Parents Handbook

The A-Z’s of Sunny Acres Day Camp

If your child will be absent from camp, please call or send us an email to let us know.

Sunny Acres Day Camp is proud to be a nut aware camp. We have many children in camp with life threatening allergies, please make sure all food sent to camp with your children is peanut and nut free.

We love celebrating birthdays in camp! If you would like to send in a birthday treat for your child to share with his/her bunk please let us know in advance. Treats must be peanut and nut free.

You will receive a phone call or an email from the camp office on Friday afternoon with your expected pick-up time for the following week. Because new campers start every week, pick up and drop off times vary from week to week. Please have your child ready a few minutes before your pick up time.

We are open on July 1st  and have a great day planned at camp!

Regular camp hours are from 9:00am-3:30pm (drop off between 8:50-9:10am and pick up between 3:20-3:40pm)

Extended hours are from 7:30am- 6:00pm

The camp office is located in the Penfield building on the second floor, room #220. Our office hours are from 8:00am - 5:00pm

Camp t-shirts are optional but make a great souvenir! T-Shirt order forms can be found on our website. T-shirts will be distributed during camp.

Should you wish to add or change any weeks, please let us know by the Wednesday of the preceding week so that we can make the necessary arrangements.  Changing weeks and/or programs is not a problem as long as there is space available.  The cost of adding any additional weeks are subject to the prices in effect as of  January 1, 2017.

Carpool refers to any campers being picked up/dropped off  during our regular camp hours. All campers are dropped off and picked up at the side entrance of the Penfield building. You will have the option of staying in your car by lining up and being assisted by Sunny Acres staff members. You can also choose to park around the football field and walk your kids into the building.

Drop off is between 8:50–9:10am
Pick up is between 3:20-3:40pm

You will receive 2 carpool cards in the mail. You will need to present these cards when picking up your child from camp. Please keep them in your car throughout the summer. If you forget your card, you will be asked to show us your I.D.

 As of June 12th we can be reached at our summer office. Our office is located at John Abbott College on the 2nd floor of the Penfield Building.

Our phone number is: (514) 457-6610 ext.5526

Our mailing address is:

John Abbott College
Attn: Sunny Acres Day Camp
21275 Lakeshore Rd.
Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
H9X 3L9

Our office hours are 8:00am-5:00pm. We can be reached by phone throughout the day. Camp is a busy place, if you get our answering machine, we will call you back as soon as possible.  Email is a great way to reach us,  we check our emails throughout the day.

From Highway 40  (Going west)
•    Take exit 41 (Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue)
•    Veer right and and follow the road up the hill till the stop sign at the top
•    Turn right at the stop sign and continue straight till the end of the road
•    Turn left at the next stop sign
•    Drive over the overpass. This will bring you onto the campus. Once on the campus, veer to the right and follow the road around the football field. The Penfield building will be on your left. If you continue on that road, the Casgrain building is around the bend.

From Highway 20 (Going west)
 
•    Take exit Morgan rd.
•    Make a left onto Morgan Rd.
•    Take Morgan down to Lakeshore rd. and turn right
•    Bypass the blue/yellow John Abbott College signs and continue for approximately 100 yards until you reach Maple Ave. Make a right on Maple
•    The entrance to the college is on the right hand side just after the first stop sign. The Casgrain building will be directly in front if you.
•    Veer to the left around the bend. The Penfield building will be on your right.

Photos will posted on our website at the end of each week. A password will be sent to you closer to the camp in order to access them.

For morning Extended Day: Drop off campers in the Casgrain building Gym #2

From 7:30am-8:30am, the cost is $5.00 (No charge between 8:30-8:50am)

For Afternoon Extended Day: Our coordinator will be in the Casgrain building (next to the Tim Hortons) to meet parents and sign out campers.

From 4:00-5:00pm, the cost is $5.00 From 5:00-6:00pm, the cost is $8.00 (No charge between 3:40-4:00pm)

Extended day fees will be charged at the end of each week.

Campers staying in extended hours in the afternoons will have the option of participating a sport, art or movie activity. Due to the high number of allergies, we ask that campers do not use the vending machines. We will be offering a choice of snacks at the cost of $1.00/item.

If you need to pick up your child early from camp, please call or send us an email, and we will have your child waiting for you in the camp office.

Remember, campers are busy doing lots of fun things during the day at camp and need enough notice to get to the office on time.

Camp is a great place to meet new friends, try different activities, get outdoors and have a blast. Counsellors are trained to be friendly, outgoing and make every effort to introduce and integrate new campers into the group. We know that every Monday is someone’s first day and we work hard to make sure it’s a positive experience. If your child is anxious about starting camp, please let us know beforehand so we can inform the counsellors. The more we know about our campers, the better we can help them.

Everyone’s favourite time of the day! We give out freezies every afternoon.

Kids who are registered in golf camp do not need to bring their own clubs, we will provide them. (You are welcome to bring your own clubs if you like). Campers in the Golf Academy should be dropped off at camp at the regular time.
They will be brought by bus to the Golf Dome in Kirkland for lessons. They will return to camp in time for lunch and an afternoon of regular camp activities. Please make sure your child wears proper running shoes for golf. Sandals, crocs and flip flops are not permitted.

We make every effort to accommodate all bunk requests. There is a space on the registration form to indicate your bunk requests.

Thursday  June 13th : Parent Information Evening 6:30-7:30pm
Thursday June 23rd: Camper Open House 4:00-6:00pm
Monday June 26th: First day of camp

Campers are very active at camp, and work up a healthy appetite. Please make sure your child comes to camp with a full lunch each day. This includes at least 2 snacks, a lunch (nothing that needs a microwave please), a water bottle and a drink. For those staying in extended day, an extra snack is a good idea. Lunches should be sent in a lunchbox with an ice pack and labelled with your child’s name.


FUN LUNCHES: We offer three fun lunches every week. Pizza Wednesdays, BBQ Thursdays and Subway Fridays. A form will be sent home every Monday with your child. Each lunch includes a juice box and a dessert. The cost is $8.00/per lunch.
Campers who sign up for fun lunches should still bring a drink and 2 snacks as well as a bottle of water.

**Please remember all food must be peanut and nut free**

If you are going to be arriving late for camp, please drop your child off at the camp office and we will take them to their activity.

We do our best to make sure that campers go home with all their belongings every day. If things do get lost, we will make every effort to find and return them. To help with this, please label all clothing and items brought to camp with your child’s first and last name. We have a designated lost and found area located next to the office.

Every Monday your child will come home from camp with a letter that will tell you what’s going on in camp that week above and beyond the regular camp schedule. The letter will also contain the “Fun Lunch” form”.

Please call us to arrange to drop off any medication, inhalers, epipens etc… before your child’s first day. Print your child’s name clearly on any medication and advise us if it requires refrigeration. If anything has changed in regards to your child’s health since we have received your registration form, please contact us and let us know.

You will receive a name tag in the mail. Please fill in your child’s name and have him/her wear it on their first day of camp.

Our open house will take place on June 23rd  from 4:00-6:00pm. Presentation starts at 4:00pm. Open house is a great time to meet some of our staff, get a tour of the camp and get all your questions answered. If you cannot make it to open house and would like a tour of the camp, feel free to call the camp office to arrange a tour.

We are always trying to improve and welcome your feedback. We make every effort to ensure all our campers are happy and having a great time at camp. That being said, should a problem arise or you and your child are unhappy about anything, please let us know immediately. The faster we know about a problem, the sooner we can work towards resolving it.

Campers registered for horseback riding should be dropped off at camp at the regular time. Campers will be bussed to the stables for lessons. They will return to camp for lunch and an afternoon of regular camp activities.

CAMPERS MUST WEAR LONG PANTS AND BOOTS WITH A HEAL IN ORDER TO RIDE. (RAIN BOOTS ARE FINE). Please send shorts and running shoes for the afternoon.

In our opinion there is nothing more important in a camp that a strong staff. We devote much time and effort finding and retaining the best people for the job. We know that your child’s counsellor will play a vital role in his/her camp experience. With that in mind we train our staff in all aspects of being a camp counsellor. From first aid, to safety procedures, to age appropriate programming to the responsibilities of being a Sunny Acres camp staff member. We are extremely proud of our high rate of returning staff from year to year.

 The safety and security of your children is our number one priority at camp. Campers are not allowed to go any without a staff member.  We are very proud of low camper to staff ratio allowing for excellent supervision.  Our staff are trained to  be mindful and  vigilant about the safety of their campers at all times.

Sunny Acres provides daily swimming lessons for campers of all ages and in all programs (including all campers registered in specialty camps). Following the Red Cross program, our qualified instructors help to ensure a safe and fun environment. Each camper is placed in a small group based on their ability and current swim level. For our beginners, special “tot docks” are placed in the shallow end allowing all swimmers to stand in the pool at all times. Progress reports are given to campers after weeks 2,4,6 and 8. We plan our swim groups in early June.

Please call the camp office to update your child’s swim level if the information is different than that supplied on your campers’ registration form. If your child cannot swim on a specific day, please send us a note/email or call the camp office.

A copy of your child’s weekly schedule will be posted online weekly.

We have many great theme days planned throughout the summer.  Information about all our special events will be found in our weekly Monday letter.

If you would like to visit us during the summer, please call the camp office in advance to arrange a tour with one of our staff members. For security reasons, our staff  have been instructed not to allow anyone to join their group without permission from the office.

There are vending machines located around John Abbott College. Due to the high number of allergies, we do not allow our campers to buy items from the vending machines.

Rain or shine Sunny Acres is a great place to be! Programming and scheduling are done in the best interests of our campers to ensure a safe and fun day for everyone. On days on of extreme heat, we will make sure the campers drink lots of water, get ample time in the shade and indoors and regularly apply sunscreen.

When it’s a rainy day, our indoor facilities accommodate all activities, including swimming and sports.

•    One towel and bathing suit
•    Sneakers, we don’t recommend crocs or flip flops
•    A sunhat
•    Sunscreen. Please label the sunscreen and place in a zip-lock bag
•    A cold lunch with an ice pack, plus 2 snacks and a refillable water bottle
•    For Sunny Starters, please send a change of clothes.
•    A plastic bag in your child’s backpack to put the wet bathing suit in after swim.
•    Optional: Swim goggles and flip flops for the pool

•    Electronics, including cell phones and ipods
•    Valuable items such as jewellery
•    Any clothing you mind getting dirty
•    Trading cards
•    Toy guns (including water guns)

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