Summer Camp FAQ

How will you keep staff and students safe?

The health and safety of our staff and students is the utmost priority to us. We will follow all provincially established protocols for day camps, including:

  • Reduced staff-to-children ratios in all camps
  • Designated, exclusive camp spaces, including washrooms and work areas. The camp space will only be accessible for participants and designated staff
  • Physical distancing will be implemented. Staff may be wearing face masks, and students will be asked to wear as well if physical distancing isn’t possible
  • There will be no sharing of craft supplies etc. Each student will be assigned their own kit to use during camp at the start of the week. Props and costumes will also be removed from the learning space
  • Health screening upon arrival to camp for staff and students (further information on screening procedures will be included in the registration kit)
  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols, in line with recommendations from the Ontario Ministry of Health

What is your staff to child ratio?

As per guidelines created by the Ontario Ministry of Health, we will have two staff members and no more than eight students in each camp.

Will there be any additional behavioural expectations of my child during camp?

COVID-19 has changed some of the expectations at summer camp for both staff and students. We want summer camp to be a fun and enriching experience for everyone, but there will be new challenges this year. It is essential that all students at camp comply with verbal instructions from staff. It will be difficult to ensure a safe environment for staff and students if we face behaviours like:

  • Not respecting physical distancing
  • Leaving the room without permission
  • Engaging in physical conflicts (or any ‘hands on’ behaviour, including hugging) with staff or other students
  • Not following verbal instructions

Some students may have more difficulty at camp under these conditions, and we expect that some behaviours that are manageable during typical conditions may unfortunately be more difficult to handle under current conditions.

Please consider what your child’s experience will be like if they typically require extra supervision or close contact.

What will daily screening be like?

A screener will be available on site, located at an outside screening station, to complete a health screening for students and staff each day. Screeners will maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from those being screened.

All students will have their temperature checked, and answer the COVID-19 screening questions.

What happens if my child is ill?

Please keep students that are feeling unwell at home. We request that parents/caregivers notify us in advance about participant absences. If a participant is absent and no contact has been made, Magnus Theatre staff will contact the family to follow up.

If your child becomes ill while at camp, we will inform you or your emergency contact immediately. If they are displaying symptoms common to COVID-19, we will separate them from the group while we wait for you to pick them up. We will also have to inform the Thunder Bay District Health Unit (https://www.tbdhu.com/), as part of COVID-19 protocols. It is possible that the camp may be disbanded based on COVID-19 test results for the child in question, as required by the Health Unit.

What time do camps start?

The earliest drop off time for camps is 8:45 am. Camp officially begins at 9 am.

What is the refund policy?

The total cost of each camp includes a 25% administration fee. If the student should choose not to participate, the administration portion of the class fee is non-refundable. Within one week of the first day of camp, fees become 100% non-refundable.

If your child becomes ill before or during the session and cannot attend, please contact us for accommodations (at our discretion).

Will there be a performance at the end of a summer camp?

There will no public performances during summer camp this year.   Virtual performances may be offered to invited audience members via Zoom or a similar platform instead.

What is the background of your staff?

Our camp staff is knowledgeable and passionate about both theatre and working with students. Our Theatre in Education Director, Danielle Chandler, is a qualified teacher with over ten years of experience in the field.  All camp staff must have a current vulnerable sector police check.

What will happen come Fall?

Magnus Theatre continues to follow government guidelines and regulations. As the province continues to reopen, we hope to be able to provide you with further updates regarding the 2020/2021 season’s Theatre in Education programming.

Please check our website, Facebook page or email danielle.chandler@magnustheatre.com for the most up-to-date information.

How do I register?

Registration is exclusively online this year. To sign your child up, please visit https://tickets.magnus.on.ca/

Please note that you must also fill out the form at https://magnustheatre.com/theatre-school-registration/. Students will not be able to attend camp without a completed form.

If you are unable to register online, please call our box office at 345-5552 and leave a message. Please note that leaving a voicemail does not secure a spot.

How are registrations administered?

Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Camps require a minimum of 5 participants to run. We review registrations daily, and if a camp has less than 5 registrations the week before its due to start the camp may be cancelled.

If a camp has more than 5 registrations, registrations are closed the Friday evening prior to the camp start date at 3 pm (For example: if the camp starts August 10th, registrations close on Friday,  August 7th at 3 pm.)