My child turned 5 years old after September 30 this year. Can I still register for the camp? My child is very active and wouldn’t have any trouble following the group.
No. All children attending the camp must have turned 5 years or older by September 30 of the school year. Any falsification on the registration forms could lead to the cancellation of a reservation, without possibility of refund.
Can my child and his friend be in the same group?
If your children are enrolled in the same age group camp, they will be together during the week.
If your children are not in the same age group, they will not be in the same camp group. But that will not stop them from seeing each other during the day! Les salamandres (6 - 7 years old) and Les libellules (7 - 8 years old) eat and play together in the afternoon. For their part, Les faucons (8 - 10 years) and Les hérons (10 - 12 years) often go on expeditions, but play team games together during the week.
In light of the possible end of transit traffic on Camillien-Houde, will I have to make a detour to bring my child to camp?
No. In the event that transit is stopped on the Camillien-Houde/Remembrance roadway in 2018, Les amis de la montagne will make sure to offer you a solution so that you do not have to make a detour, no matter where your child must go (Smith House or Beaver Lake Pavilion) or where you are coming from.
What does a typical day at summer camp on the mountain look like?
Once all the children have arrived, the day begins with a group assembly followed by snacks and sunscreen application. We then head off for the morning activity, which might be bird watching, a treasure hunt in the forest or another fun outdoor game. Lunchtime is a picnic and a rest period allowing children to play quiet games or nap depending on their level of energy. In the afternoon, we reapply sunscreen before starting a group game to get kids moving and playing in teams. At the end of the day, we return to our base camp for a last snack and transition towards pick-up time or daycare service. Our daycare provides a calmer and less structured time for kids to draw or play with educators.
Do kids spend a lot of time outdoors?
Yes! Children spend most of the day outside, even during lunchtime, rain or shine.
What do you do when it’s very hot?
During a heat wave, we make sure to slow the pace a little. Children play in the shade, for shorter periods of time, and take more breaks to drink water. We also have a steady supply of sponges that make for wet and refreshing games!
What if it rains?
On a rainy day, we put on boots and jackets and we go outside. We might eat indoors and do some arts and crafts to let our socks dry out but then it’s back outdoors… maybe for a snail race!
Do you do a lot of walking? I’m worried that my child will get too tired.
There is a lot of walking in our day camps; however, it’s often disguised as an exploration or an expedition. Since children are divided into age groups, we adapt the camp activities to suit the general pace of each group. Our day camps are not sports camps, and our goal is for kids to have fun, learn about the mountain’s natural environment and enjoy their summer. If we think a rest period is necessary at midday, we never hesitate!
Who are your camp counsellors?
As CEGEP and university students in biology, environment, teaching or related fields, our camp counsellors are passionate about the mountain and have a solid background working with children. They receive a thorough training covering children's needs, security, first aid, as well as the natural and historical heritage of Mount Royal.
The day camp organized by Les amis de la montagne is certified by the Association des camps du Québec
My two children are registered for camp, but one will be based out of Smith House whereas the other will be at the Beaver Lake Pavilion. How can I simplify their arrival and departure?
If you plan on using our daycare service in the morning and afternoon, the arrival and departure of kids of all ages will take place at Smith House.
If you do not plan on using the daycare service, you can indicate in the online reservation system that your older child can “leave alone.” In this case, your child will sign the attendance sheet upon arrival and departure and will be able to do the five-minute walk between Beaver Lake and Smith House alone. However, you must accompany your children on the first morning to validate the details of your reservation.
My child does not have a health insurance card (RAMQ), but we have a private insurer. Can we still register for the day camp?
Your child can participate in the day camp, but you will have to provide all the details of your private insurer when registering online.