Is each week at camp the same?
Yes, our lesson plans repeat weekly in the summer.
My child loved your camp! Can they return for another week in the same summer?
Yes! Campers are more than welcome to return for multiple weeks. While our lesson content will be repeated weekly, our instructors are happy to modify the activities so your child will be creating something new each time. Boredom is never an issue at Mindful Makers!
Do you offer extended child care?
Yes! It is available for a small additional fee. Daily fees are $30/week for morning OR afternoon care, $60/week BOTH morning and afternoon care. We also offer single day rates, $6-$12.
AM care starts at 8:00 am and PM care ends at 5:30 pm. If you require care past 5:30 pm please contact email@example.com to make special case arrangements (additional fees will apply).
Are your activities safe?
Safety is a top priority at Mindful Makers. Our lessons are designed with learning success in mind which means proper tool handling techniques will be taught along with taking the necessary safety precautions in order to avoid injury.
While our goal is to get children comfortable using real tools, we will never force a camper to do anything they are unwilling to try. If your child is nervous about using a certain tool, our staff will work one-on-one with them until they are comfortable enough to work on their own.
Learning success does not mean that we will never fail-- failure is always an option! However, giving up is not on our agenda. Whenever we learn something for the first time, failures are to be expected. What is important is that we keep trying and we learn from our mistakes.
My child is not 7 yet but would still like to attend camp. Can I still enroll?
Our programming is geared for ages 7 and up for a number of reasons—safety being one of them. We understand that children develop at different rates, and you are more than welcome to get in touch to chat if you feel like your child is mature enough to handle the level of manual dexterity and attentive focus required to participate in our camp lessons and work independently without constant one-on-one assistance.
Will my child be stuck indoors all day?
Absolutely not! We are following Waterloo Region's Balanced School Day model, which means we will enjoy two 40 minute periods in the day for eating and physical outdoor activities.
There is lots of green space in front and behind our building which we will be taking advantage of as often as possible to play camp wide games and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
Is there parking available?
Yes, there is plenty of parking in front of the church. Please note the parking lot may get busy during drop off and pick up times since we are also sharing the space with another camp next door in the summer time.
Is your facility wheel chair accessible?
Unfortunately, no. We are occupying a space that used to be a home. There are several staircases that campers will need to be able to climb up and down to travel between classrooms.
What does my child need to bring to camp?
Campers should come prepared with:
- A nut-free lunch and snacks. Please be advised we have campers joining us this summer with severe nut allergies. We will have two 40 minute breaks in the day to eat.
- Any medicine they require (EPI Pen, Benadryl, etc.)
- A reusable water bottle (please label with your child's name)
- We will be spending time outdoors as much as possible. If you want your child to wear sunscreen, we ask that you apply it at home before coming to camp. Our staff will not be applying sunscreen to campers unless you explicitly ask us to and provide the product.
- A hat.
- Shoes they can run around in. Please no flip-flops.
- Dress in clothes that can get messy.
- Please do not bring any expensive personal belongings. If you child has a cell phone to communicate with you, we ask that it is put away, and not used during camp time. We will not be held responsible for any lost or damaged items.