OHS Camp FAQs

COVID-19 Restrictions and OHS Camps

*** COVID-19 safety protocols, including child and youth vaccinations, are in effect at the OHS. ***

In order to create a safe environment for all children, youth and staff, the OHS has taken the following precautions:

  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for all campers
  • Parents must complete the Ottawa Public Health daily pre-screening tool online, prior to sending their child to camp – verification must be shown at the door
  • Campers are required to wear face masks throughout the day, with the exception of meal times
  • The camp capacity has been reduced by 50% – we are currently accepting 20 campers per day/week
  • Phyical distancing will be encouraged for campers throughout the day
  • Regular hand-washing and/or sanitizing between activities will be enforced

Upon arrival to the OHS for all camp programs, a parent must present the child or youth participant’s valid COVID-19 vaccine certificate with official QR code. The OHS reserves the right to turn away participants in the event a child or youth participant is not fully vaccinated and/or unable to show valid vaccination certificates (refunds will not be applicable).

 

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What does my child need to bring to camp?

Your child should bring closed-toe indoor shoes, weather-appropriate clothing for outdoor play, clothing that can come into contact with animals, a lunch, at least two snacks and a bottle of water. Please refrain from bringing peanuts or products containing nuts to the OHS.

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When should I drop off/pick-up my child?

For week-long camps, sign-in is available for campers who have not opted in for extended care at 8:45 a.m., with activities starting promptly at 9 a.m. Camp programming will finish at 3:45 p.m., and extended care begins at 4 p.m. Extended care is available for week-long camps at $25/week and is complimentary for PD Days, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Will my child spend the majority of the day interacting with animals?

All of our activities are geared towards teaching campers about animal care, handling and welfare. We try to have at least three 20-minute animal interactions every day, but that can sometimes vary depending on animal availability and behaviour. Our top priorities are the well-being and safety of both the campers and our animals. We provide a fun and safe learning environment for our campers, and one that is free of undue stress on the animals.

Animal interaction activities may include: a visit to the cat gallery, a small animal circle, a visit with a volunteer dog, a canine agility activity, a dog walk, etc.

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How do you choose which animals the campers will interact with?

Our animals are carefully screened before they take part in the camp program. All animals that participate in OHS programs are behaviourally assessed for suitability in being with children, as well as health checked by our animal care team.  Additional animals may be brought in through the Humane Education program, or accompanying our guest speakers.

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Can my child attend more than one camp?

OHS camp programming remains pretty consistent. You can find a list of the standard camp activities on each camp’s information page. Program animals, crafts, games and presentations vary throughout the year – but we often repeat the most popular activities so that new campers can get the full OHS camp experience. Returning campers who thrive in a familiar routine and enjoy repeating activities that they’ve done before, typically do well a second time in the program. Our camp staff strive to ensure that there is enough new material to keep a repeat camper occupied.

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What about my child’s medical or dietary needs?

Since campers bring their own lunch and snacks (with the exception of scheduled pizza days), dietary needs are generally easy to accommodate. Please indicate all medical issues and allergies on the online registration form. For week-long camps, a cheese pizza lunch is provided on Friday. Pizza will be served with a fruit cup and juice box. Campers are still required to bring their own additional snacks for the day.

We are unable to accommodate campers with severe allergies to cats and dogs, as integration with animals is an integral part of our program. While we request that campers not bring products containing nuts to camp, we are not a nut-free facility.

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What are the camp rules?

To ensure a positive and safe camp environment for all persons and animals involved, campers are required to abide by the following rules:

All campers must:

  1. Respect one-another, the staff, and the animals involved in the camp. Engaging in conduct that disrupts the camp program or undermines the safety and security of any of the other campers will not be tolerated, including the use of profanity or engaging in any physical misconduct.
  2. Stay on the OHS property and remain with their group at all times. Any camper wishing to leave for any purpose must consult a group facilitator and have an escort.
  3. Follow directions provided by the camp staff.
  4. Wear closed-toe shoes.
  5. Leave all electronic devices and cell phones at home.

Campers failing to abide by camp rules and policies may be removed from the camp at the sole discretion of the OHS. Refunds will not be provided for campers dismissed from camp. Campers acting out violently or engaging in behaviour that threatens the safety and security of any person or animal will result in immediate expulsion. If necessary, inappropriate electronic devices will be confiscated and remain in the possession of the supervisor: programs until the end of the camp day.

Please discuss the camp rules with your child prior to camp!

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Where do the proceeds of the camp go?

All of the proceeds from the camp are directed to helping the animals.

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How do I sign up for camp?

Registration is completed online per child, per program. Payment is required upon registration. Visit the OHS camp program’s webpages for more details:

For more information, email programs@ottawahumane.ca or call 613-725-3166, ext. 298.

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