Our March Break and Summer Arts Explosion Camps are a fun-filled, pressure-free exploration of the arts. Renowned local and national artists encourage children from 4-13 in all art forms.
2019- Camp Dates
Arts Explosion March Break Camps
March 11-15, 2019
Arts Explosion Summer Camps
Week 1 -July 2nd – 5th, 2019
Week 2 -July 8th-12th, 2019
Week 3-July 15th-19th, 2019
Dance Focus Summer Camp
Week 1 -July 2nd -5th, 2019
Performance Focus Summer camp
Week 4 – July 22nd-26th, 2019 ** this camp will go ahead if we meet required registrations
Counsellor in Training Program
July 8th-12th, 2019
July 15th-19th, 2019
Registration & Camper Information Form
For March 2019 and Summer 2019
General Camp Information
Drop-off & Pick-Up
Regularly scheduled camp activities occur between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. As a courtesy, we offer complimentary before camp care from 8:30-9:30 am and after camp care from 3:30-4:30 pm.
After Camp Care
Extra post-camp care is offered from 4:30 – 5:30 pm at a cost of $25 for the whole week (Mon-Thur). Use the Registration and Payment page to register and pay for aftercare.
What to Bring to Camp
Please ensure your child brings the following items to camp each day:
- A nut-free lunch & two nut-free snacks
- A labelled water bottle
- Loose-fitting clothing that allows for freedom of movement and possible paint stains
- Weather-appropriate clothing: part of lunch hour will be spent outside, so children may get muddy, snowy or wet – and anything in between.
Camper Readiness Guidelines
Often the best way to determine if your child is ready for camp is to have a conversation with them. You can talk about the following things, as well as what to expect at camp. Some of the things they should feel comfortable with for a successful camp experience
- being comfortable taking direction and following direction from staff
- staying with their group
- being comfortable in both large and smaller groups of children they may not know and being able to get along with them.
- understand the importance of snacks, lunch and water and be able to manage them on their own with supervision of a counselor
- being able to dress themselves, knowing and asking when to use the washroom
- be able to apply sunscreen or be able to ask a counselor for help
- be able to keep track of their belongings with the help of counselors
We hope to make make camp a positive experience for all children and will work with you to help your child transition to camp. Please share any concerns you may have so that we can help your child thrive at camp. If we have exhausted all means to ensure their success at camp, we reserve the right to refund the remaining fee and ask that they return in another session when they are more prepared for a camp experience.
Guelph Dance offers subsidized spaces on a first-come-first served basis. Campers will only be subsidized for one camp each year, either March Break or Summer Camp. If you are interested in a subsidy for March please see our Subsidy page for more information. The deadline for March subsidies is February 18th, 2019. For summer please e-mail Leslie Fisher to be notified when the subsidy application gets posted.
The Monica Davis Camp Scholarship Fund
The Monica Davis Camp Scholarship Fund continues the legacy of this inspirational woman, encouraging young people to be creative in all facets of their lives. The Fund was established in 2009 to offer young people, who may not otherwise have the resources, an opportunity to attend Guelph Dance’s Arts Explosion Camps at a subsidized rate.
Monica Davis (1931-2009) was a passionate and caring woman who saw the true value of the arts in our community. She was an active volunteer with the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival for many years and avidly supported various other charities with both cultural and child poverty mandates. She was a mother, a grandmother and a wonderful role-model who never gave up on making the world a tiny bit better.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
In the event of illness or other unforeseen circumstances, any changes to and/or cancellation of your child’s registration must be done in writing no later than three weeks prior to the start of camp in order to receive a full refund less an administration fee of $50. Refunds requested with less than 3 weeks before for the first day of camp will be subject to a $150 administration fee. Once camp has started, days missed for any reason cannot be refunded or made up.