March Break Camp
2022 March Break Camp Programs
Spend your March Break with us! RBG offers camp experiences for campers aged 6-13. From exploring our trails and forests to following animal tracks and see where they go, your child will have fun exploring nature with us. Come for the whole week – we have adventures that work for you!
What’s Different in 2022?
We know how much children missed their RBG March Break experience last year. Our teams are working hard to prepare for a fun, safe and active camp season. RBG takes the health and safety of all our visitors, program participants, volunteers, and staff seriously and is going above and beyond recommended public health guidelines.
We are preparing for a week of fun with adherence to safety measures to ensure we are doing everything to mitigate any effects COVID-19 could potentially have on our camp community. You will notice many changes including smaller group sizes, a reduction in long-term close proximity activities, and a modification in how we manage the daily operation of our program.
Other adjustments include:
- Maximized outdoor programming
- Updated mask policies
- Smaller group sizes
- Reduction of long-term close proximity activities
- No extended care (to minimize camper mixing and maintain the integrity of camp cohorts)
- No daily camp tickets; full week sessions only (to maintain camp cohorts; see below)
The COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for: Day Camps produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health states the importance of maintaining consistent cohorts in camp. As we are bound by this document, we are only able to offer full-week sessions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
By adapting to changing regulations and guidelines, and by making necessary changes as needed RBG is able to manage the risks presented by COVID-19.
Please note: onsite camp’s operation is subject to organization, municipal, and provincial guidelines in place this March Break. RBG will be in touch with camp families with the most up-to-date information regarding health guidelines and our programs.
Register for March Break Camp
Registration for Royal Botanical Gardens’ 2022 March Break Camp will be available for registration online on Wednesday, February 2, 12 p.m.
Camp Dates: March 14 to 18, 2022
Camp program runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Drop off from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Pick up from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
5-day camp (March 14 to 18): $300* (+ $12.50 Service Fee)
*RBG Members receive 5% off March Break Camp programming when using the member discount camp code. Enter this code in the “promotional code” field on the top left of the registration screen BEFORE selecting your programs. If you are a member but did not receive the code as of Monday, January 31, 3 p.m., please request a code.
March Break Camp Programming
Browse available camps for March Break 2022 below, sorted by age group. See below for descriptions, locations, and more.
Campers aged 6 to 7 at RBG Centre
Become a junior ecologist as you explore how living things depend on each other to survive, and how small actions we can all take can benefit these living things. We spend lots of time outside hiking and exploring Hendrie Park and Valley.
Campers aged 6 to 7 at Nature Interpretive Centre
The natural world is full of exciting things, and we are on an outdoor quest to find them! Join us to experience the magic of the forest and wetlands around RBG. Invent a folk story with a puppet you create, pretend to be a local forest creature, or explore a forest meadow in search of animal tracks. Come ready to learn all about the hidden world outdoors!
Campers aged 8 to 9 at Nature Interpretive Centre
Our beautiful Arboretum is the perfect place to learn all about the living treasures of the forest and wetlands. Each day you get the chance to discover something new about the natural world, whether through exploring forests and fields, using natural plant dyes, playing games, or taking on conservation projects. What will you find on YOUR expedition?
Campers aged 10 to 13 at Nature Interpretive Centre
Become a scientist, survivalist, and explorer — and then tell your tale! Learn by doing hands-on explorations of forests and fields, making observations of wildlife, and playing field games. Be inspired to create and share stories about the importance of diversity in the wilderness around you.
6 to 7-year-olds;
8 to 9-year-olds;
10 to 13-year-olds
Programs are developed to meet the age and stage appropriateness of campers within the listed age range. Please register campers into their age appropriate group.
FAQ — Camp Guide for Parents
How Do I Register?
Programs are developed to meet the age and stage appropriateness of campers within the listed age range. Please register your child in the appropriate camp for their age.
Online Registration: Advanced registration is required. The best way to register is to do so online. When available, registration links will be posted here at rbg.ca/camps. You can find the links above, underneath the specific camp you are interested in (March Break, Summer, etc.)
Reminders Before Registering:
- The fastest and easiest way to register is to do so online at www.rbg.ca/camps
- Full payment MUST accompany registration
- Incomplete registration forms ARE NOT PROCESSED – please ensure all fields are filled out accurately
What is the Policy for Cancellation and Refunds?
Royal Botanical Gardens reserves the right to cancel any camp program if the minimum number of participants is not reached. If RBG cancels a camp, registrants are fully refunded. Refunds are not issued for inclement weather. The Friday prior to the registered camp week is the cut-off date for camp refund requests by purchasers.
Registration change or modification requests must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be put in sequence to be processed.
All changes to camp registration are subject to a non-refundable $25 administration fee.
More than 10 business days before the start of the registered camp week: Full refund less $25
Within 10 business days before the start of the registered camp week: Refund subject to a service fee (full-day camp: $100)
Changes to camp preference or date can be made prior to the start of the registered camp week, and are subject to availability.
What Does a Day of Camp Look Like?
Introductions, expectations, and icebreakers. Camp leaders will give your camper’s group some expectations for the week and let them know what they can look forward to during their week at camp. Campers will play games and participate in activities that will give them a chance to know each other and their camp leaders!
Discovery. At RBG, the foundation of our programs is inquiry-based and experiential learning. We want campers to ask questions and follow their curiosity. This part of your camper’s day inspires curiosity, discovery, and connection in a natural setting.
Games. Whether active or cool-downs, reflective or silly, the aim of our camp games is to have fun together. Campers will be able to engage in activities and games that foster a sense of community within their group and connection to the natural world.
Snack and lunch breaks. Whenever possible, our campers will have snack and lunch outside. Campers will practice proper handwashing before and after meal breaks and will practice physical distancing while eating.
Hike and nature exploration. Campers will spend time exploring RBG’s trails and gardens, learn about the animals and plants that make their homes here, and take advantage of all that nature has to offer.
Creative adventures and/or skills sharing. We take time each day to foster your camper’s creativity. Whether it’s learning a skill or diving into their artistic side, your camper will come home from their week of camp having learned something new.
Goodbyes. The group will wrap up their day with their counsellor, reflecting on the fun experiences they’ve had that day and looking forward to the next!
What Should My Camper Bring to Camp?
Campers need the following items to be prepared for all activities:
- To ensure a healthier environment please pack a litterless, nut-free lunch and two snacks from home. Extra masks, drinks or water bottles are encouraged.
- The Nature Centre is a nut-aware facility. Please ensure that lunches and snacks are free of nuts, nut products and traces of nuts. Snacks that “may contain traces of nuts or nut products” are not permitted. Food that does not comply with our policy will be replaced with a healthy alternative.
- We are outside in all sorts of weather— please send your child with weather-appropriate clothing including hats, sunscreen, and a refillable water bottle.
- Please pack a pair of indoor shoes, 2 extra masks, and an extra change of clothing.
- Camp is a time to make friends, learn, and explore all of the wonders of our natural world. To facilitate this, please make sure electronic toys, music devices, video games, trading cards and toys in general stay at home.
- Please ensure that everything brought to camp is labeled with your child’s name.
- RBG is not responsible for any items your child loses at camp. Please label all of your child’s belongings with their first and last name and leave all valuables at home. Campers are asked not to bring items of any significant value. RBG does not provide refunds for damaged or lost belongings. Please do not bring electronic devices to camp.
Are There any Restrictions / Guidelines for Food at Camp?
Every camper needs to bring a healthy and peanut / nut safe lunch and snack for morning and afternoon snack breaks, as well as a refillable water bottle to nourish them throughout the day. To help us model good environmental behaviour, please pack a litterless lunch.
Nut Safe Policy: To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all of our campers, please ensure that lunches and snacks are free of peanuts, nuts, nut products and traces of nuts. Food that does not comply with our policy will be kept in your camper’s lunch to enjoy at home.
Who Are RBG Camp Leaders?
Camps are led by mature, experienced and passionate leaders who have a personal interest in ensuring that your child’s experience is one that will be cherished and remembered for many years. Our leaders are enthusiastic, carefully screened high school, college and university students or graduates. Many leaders and support staff have been with us for several years. These individuals provide a safe and enjoyable environment in which your child can learn, play and have fun. Camp leaders are assisted by supervisors, support staff, and junior staff, resulting in an average leader to camper ratio of 1:8. All of our staff members undergo intensive training that focuses on safety, healthy child development, environmental appreciation/education and program management. All leaders are certified in First Aid and canoeing. All staff members over the age of 18 are screened using local police criminal record checks.
Do you know someone who would be interested in becoming a camp leader? Current opportunities are posted at rbg.ca/careers
What Time Is Camp Available?
All full-day camp programs run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop off begins at 8:30 a.m., pick up ends at 4:30 p.m. In an effort to maintain cohorts and minimize mixing of campers, we will not be offering extended care this summer.
Which Location is my Camper In?
March Break Camp programs are based at one of two locations:
Nature Centre in the Arboretum, 16A Old Guelph Road, Dundas
RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington
Please refer to program descriptions above for all camp locations.
FAQ — Safety and Wellness
Signing Campers In and Out
RBG requires all visitors aged 12 and up to prove they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Please be prepared to present receipt of full COVID-19 vaccination, and official government-issued ID showing name and date of birth, every day at camp sign-in. Please see the FAQs for details.
For up-to-date information, please visit rbg.ca/covid-19-policies-and-procedures
Winter camp programs take place at the Nature Interpretive Centre in the Arboretum, 16A Old Guelph Road, Dundas.
March break and summer camp programs are based at one of two locations. Please make sure you know at which location the camp you have registered for takes place.
Nature Centre Camps are located in the Arboretum, 16A Old Guelph Road, Dundas.
RBG Centre Camps take place at RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington.
Camper pick up and drop off will be in the same location outdoors each day. Only individuals authorized for camper pick up will be able to take their camper home. We check ID to verify authorized individuals for pick up.
In order for anyone other than the person who dropped off and signed the camper into the program, to sign out and pick up a camper they must show photo identification and must be listed on the child’s registration as either:
- a) a primary caregiver;
- b) an individual authorized for pickup;
- c) an individual listed as an emergency contact.
The individual must be over the age of 18 years. Any changes to these names on your initial registration must be noted in writing by letter addressed to Liz Jankowski, Education Programs Officer, Camp and Youth Programs and be accompanied by a listed caregiver’s signature.
Camper drop off and pick up will occur outside regardless of the weather. All individuals accompanying campers are asked to wear a well-fitting mask that complies with local public health recommendations. Though camp families will be asked to conduct a COVID screening before coming onsite, we will have onsite options for COVID screening to ensure all families have conducted a screening before entering the camp space.
Does my camper need to wear a face mask all day?
The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health states masks are not required in outdoor spaces among camp participants of a cohort; however, cohorts should maintain at least a 2 metre physical distance from other cohorts. Campers will be required to wear a mask outdoors when within 2 metres of other camp cohorts.
It will be mandatory to wear a mask indoors and for all persons onsite at camp sign-in/sign-out. When outdoors, campers within a group will have the option to remove their mask when distanced from other camp groups. Campers may remove masks to eat and drink when needed. Campers will be asked to bring extra masks to camp to change out when damp per local public health recommendations.
Staff will wear masks all day at camp.
Do I need to wear a mask when I drop off or pick up my camper?
Following guidance from the Ontario Ministry of Health, we will require all persons accompanying campers (including siblings, parents, staff, and administrators) to wear a well-fitting mask that complies with local public health recommendations at camp sign-in/sign-out, and outdoors when a guarantee of physical distancing cannot be assured.
What does physical distancing at camp look like?
We understand that in camp environment and when working with children, physical distancing can be challenging and may not be fully possible. While moments of close contact may be unavoidable between members of a cohort, general health and safety practices are strictly followed.
Health and Safety Protocols
COVID 19 Rights and Responsibilities
Royal Botanical Gardens understands and respects the rights of all staff, volunteers, and program participants to be protected from infectious diseases. Royal Botanical Gardens follows the public health and workplace safety measures and regulations as indicated by local public health units, local municipalities, and the Province of Ontario. As such, program participants (including accompanying individuals) are mandatorily required to adhere to the processes and policies that are put in place to mitigate effects of infectious diseases. Such processes and policies include, but are not limited to: face coverings, daily medical screening, and social distancing. Royal Botanical Gardens will make aware all program participants of required actions and measures in a reasonable amount of time before the start of a program and with a reasonable amount of time if and as regulations change within a program’s run time. It is the right of Royal Botanical Gardens to restrict the access to or remove from its programs and properties to any individual who does not adhere to such processes and policies.
We are vigilant in our concern for the health and safety of all participants. Children are required to wash their hands several times a day, especially before they eat. We do not allow children to share food, drink or utensils. If your child is not feeling well please keep them home. If a child arrives at camp with an obvious illness, their caregivers are immediately contacted and asked to take the child home.
Daily medical screening: We will be asking families to complete a self-assessment form prior to their first camp program. Participants are asked to conduct this self-assessment the morning of each day of camp, followed by an onsite screening during sign-in. If participants fail the screening for any reason, they are asked to stay home and notify RBG.
Masks: The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health states masks are not required in outdoor spaces among camp participants of a cohort; however, cohorts should maintain at least a 2 metre physical distance from other cohorts. It will be mandatory to wear a mask indoors and at camp sign-in/sign-out. When outdoors, campers within a group will have the option to remove their mask when distanced from other camp groups. Campers may remove masks to eat and drink when needed. Campers will be asked to bring extra masks to camp to change out when damp per local public health recommendations.
It is mandatory for all persons accompanying campers (including siblings, parents, staff, and administrators) to wear a well-fitting mask that complies with local public health recommendations when indoors and at camp sign-in/sign-out, and outdoors when a guarantee of physical distancing cannot be assured.
Maintaining camp cohorts: The camp day will not include extended care to minimize mixing of campers and maintain the integrity of camp cohorts.
Small group sizes: To keep our sessions small and comply with organization, municipal, and provincial health guidelines, we have made our camp groups small to balance keeping safe with the camp experience.
Up-to-date health and safety guidelines: Our camp staff will comply with all organization, municipal, and provincial health guidelines, and will update guidelines as needed. Royal Botanical Gardens will make aware all program participants of required actions and measures in a reasonable amount of time before the start of a program if and as regulations change within a program’s run time.
Maximizing outdoor time: Camp will take place entirely outdoors this summer, with indoor spaces reserved for washroom and/or heat breaks. Please note: in case of inclement weather, camp will be inside for the duration of the inclement weather period.
Minimizing indoor time: Each camp group will have an assigned indoor space to go to should inclement weather threaten. Please note that in the event of inclement weather, all camp groups will be inside the Nature Interpretive Centre or RBG Centre for the entirety of the inclement weather period. It will be mandatory to for all campers, staff and volunteers to wear a mask indoors and at camp sign-in/sign-out. Camp staff, administrators, and volunteers will also wear masks outdoors.
Inclement Weather Policy
Although we are an outdoor based program and campers are expected to come to camp prepared for the weather of the day, there may be times when we will shelter from inclement and extreme weather. The camp group will retreat to an indoor space used exclusively for that camp cohort until the weather event passes. Each camper has their own individual “camp zone”, distanced from other campers’ zones. They will spend time in their zone engaging in fun activities until the weather has passed and campers may go outside once more.
Please note: should inclement weather last the full day, camp cohorts will be inside for the full day as well. Cohorts will stagger meal and snack breaks so that only one cohort is eating in the building at any one time. Camp leaders will maximize the time campers remain distanced and ensure camp spaces are as ventilated as possible for the duration of any camper indoor time.
Behaviour Management Procedures
Royal Botanical Gardens’ Discovery Day Camps strive to create a positive and safe community through safe, respectful, fun and diverse learning experiences. Communication and coaching are used to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable experience. Behaviour that is seen to go against a positive atmosphere and is seen as unacceptable behaviour is dealt with swiftly and according to RBG’s behaviour management procedures. Campers who, given guidance and opportunities to correct their behaviour, fail to comply with these guidelines, are subject to progressive discipline up to and including having their privilege to participate in camp revoked. Refunds are not given for any camper who is sent home or removed from program for disciplinary reasons.
FAQ — Rights and Responsibilities
- to be observant of signs of distress or suspected negative incidents at camp
- to report any suspected incidences of physical or emotional violence
- to enjoy the benefits of a safe and inclusive environment
- to be observant of signs of distress or suspected negative incidents at camp
- to respect camp expectations as well as the physical and emotional safety of others
- to report any acts of physical or emotional behaviour against themselves or another camper
of Leaders and Volunteers
- to be role models in words and actions
- to be observant of signs of distress or suspected negative incidents at camp
- to report and record all incidences of physical or emotional violence
- to handle all situations with compassion and objectivity
Contact and Questions
For questions regarding your registration, please contact our program bookings office at 905-527-1158 ext. 270, or via email using the form at rbg.ca/camps.
For questions regarding programming, or any other camp question that is not answered in the Camps FAQ, please contact the camps office at 905-527-1158 ext. 340