G.O.S. Summer Sessions 2019

Parent Welcome Package

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Congratulations on choosing GOS Summer Sessions this year.  We are dedicated to providing a positive experience for your child and you.   This package supplies parents and caregivers with important information and handy suggestions for creating the best results possible.  Thank you as always for your trust and support, and we look forward to seeing you out there!

- Chris Green,  Program Director

 
 
The Old Stone Road Bridge takes us from the parking lot @ 733 Stone Rd to our Outdoor Clossroom.

The Old Stone Road Bridge takes us from the parking lot @ 733 Stone Rd to our Outdoor Clossroom.

Location and Timing

All Summer Sessions are at our Stone Road location. Please use the parking lot @ 733 Stone Rd East. This is our drop-off and pick-up point.

 We use the public parking lot - don’t go through the Scout Camp Gate.

Parking can be tight, and please be mindful of maintaining room for other vehicles.  

Drop-Off is between 8:30 am -  9am.

Pick-Up at 4pm (4:15 at the latest - there is no aftercare)

If there is a need for a late drop-off or early pick-up, if possible, please speak directly with a staff member on site or by phone, using the directory below ahead of time.  

With late arrivals or early pick-ups, please come all the way into our program site Please make brief contact with a staff member before leaving with your child.


Lunch, Snacks and Water

Food: Please pack a full day of (litterless) snacks and lunch for the child in your care.  

In our experience, unprocessed, low sugar / high protein options will help keep kids going steady all day long.   

Water: Please equip your child with a durable water bottle 1 litre minimum.  

Keep it litterless: Please no disposable (one time use) bottled water.

Our level of activity and full immersion in  the elements requires lots of water. There will be extra water, and please still pack as if there weren’t!

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Clothing & Sun Protection

Please make daily judgement calls on dressing for the weather.

Keep in mind that we don't have indoor space: just a small wall tent to get changed, etc.  Long (and light) pants are great for avoiding bugs and scrapes.

Kids love wading into the river, so some water shoes and bathing suit is always good. Water shoes are essential as we cannot control what goes into the river, and broken glass is on ongoing concern.  

Note: We are  not a swimming camp, and the river is shallow. But it's fun to hunt for bugs and cool off in the water.

Consider sun gear, like a brimmed hat. The camp is run primarily in the shade of a cedar grove and can be milder than out in the sun, but we do get out on the land and into the sun.  Rain gear is always good and when the rain comes, kids will often make shelters from tarps and ropes provided. A second set of clothes is always good.

Sunscreen:  If parents want their child wearing sunscreen, we ask that it be applied prior to arrival.  While staff will not apply sunscreen directly for kids, they will regularly prompt participants to re-apply throughout the day and as needed.


Hazards

Ticks are a growing concern in Southern Ontario.  As such, we recommend doing a nightly tick check with your child.   If a tick is discovered, staff will make immediate contact with you to decide together how to proceed.  It is GOS policy that staff do not remove ticks because of medical concerns around proper removal and testing. Please refer to the Ontario Guide on Ticks and Lyme Disease for more facts and safety procedures.

Inclement Weather:   GOS staff have been trained in identifying the safest places for participants in all types of  inclement weather. Recognizing that we do not have an indoor space, parents are welcome to decide, case by case, whether to pick up the children early.  

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Knife work & Carving is a natural interest for kids and adults. Working with knives together normalizes responsible use.. Kids feel a sense of self-esteem and competence when they are offered the opportunity to use this basic tool. Carving rojects also build the capacity for sustained focus, fine motor skills, spacial awareness….and basic first aid :)

Knife work & Carving is a natural interest for kids and adults. Working with knives together normalizes responsible use.. Kids feel a sense of self-esteem and competence when they are offered the opportunity to use this basic tool. Carving rojects also build the capacity for sustained focus, fine motor skills, spacial awareness….and basic first aid :)

Tools

Our Wildlings program allows that some participants (7 yrs +) can bring tools, a knife and/or fire making gear. These items are not required, though for older groups, they are allowed.  Goslings programs do not allow for knife use.

 Knife Guidelines:

• Blade approx. as long as the user’s hand is wide.

• Either fixed blade (non-folding & with sheath) or Folding & Locking

• Knife use requires respecting our agreements, and instructors reserve the right to take possession of a knife for the remainder of a day in response to unsafe use.

• GOS has kids’ Mora Knives for sale, which are great for bushcraft; colourful, and age appropriate.

• If you are choosing to send a knife with your child, please check in staff on the first day.


Session Dates & Weekly Saffing

For your reference:

Here is a listing of staff for each week, along with contact details.  This will be handy for unforeseen events that require late drop-offs & early pick-ups.  

It’s also nice to be able to check our staff bio page to get a sneak peak at who will be with your child on a given week. [https://www.theguelphoutdoorschool.com/staff-bios]

Weekly Staff Rosters & Contacts

Note that some weeks only require 2 staff, where listed the 3rd staff may not be present.  Staffing may be subject to change. Lead staff will send a welcome email prior to start date of your child’s camp experience with any updates.

Goslings:

July 2-5 (Hatchlings) - Alex, Danielle, Byron

Contact for the week: 416.835.7432

July 8-12 (Foragers) - Byron, Carolyn, Danielle

Contact for the week: 519.763.4845

July 15-19(Webbed Feet) - Sarah, Alex, Savannah

Contact for the week: 416.835.7432

July 22-26 (Flight Feathers) - Carolyn, Alex, Maddie

Contact for the week: 519.763.4845

July 29-Aug 2 (Jewelweed & Jewelwing) - Sarah, Nick, Maddie

Contact for the week: 519.760.5736

Aug 6-9 (Milkweed & Monarchs) - Danielle, Nick, Savannah

Contact for the week: 250.487.0115

Aug 12-16 (Skippers & Skimmers) - Brooke, Nick, Danielle

Contact for the week: 250.487.0115

Aug 19-23 (Cedar Waxwings) - Sarah, Carolyn, Ella

Contact for the week: 519.760.5736

Aug 26-30 (Swifts & Sparrows) - Alex, Danielle, Ella

Contact for the week: 416.835.7432

Wildlings:

July 2-5 (North) - Adrian, Savannah, Maddie

Contact for the week: 438.939.3453

July 8-12 (East) - Adrian, Savannah, Maddie

Contact for the week: 438.939.3453

July 15-19 (South) - Adrian, Brooke, Matt

Contact for the week: 438.939.3453

July 22-26 (West) - Sarah, Byron, Matt

Contact for the week: 519.760.5736

July 29-Aug 2 (Foxwalk & Burdock) - Alex, Brooke, Matt

Contact for the week: 416.835.7432

Aug 6-9 (Bioluminators) - Sarah, Byron, Matt

Contact for the week: 519.760.5736

Aug 12-16 (Where the Wildlings Are) - Carolyn, Byron, Savannah

Contact for the week: 519.763.4845

Aug 19-23 (Mudpuppies) - Chris, Brooke, Dylan

Contact for the week: 519.400.9507

Aug 26-30 (Summer Forever) - Byron, TBD

Contact for the week: 519.400.9507

Additional useful phone numbers

Chris Green / Program Director @  519-400-9507

Program related inquiries. Including feedback about program delivery, staffing, special needs/ accommodations.

Tory Greff / Operations Manager @ 519-400-3968

Registrations, account and/or payment inquiries


Parent Involvement & Supporting the Experience

Our Sessions can be tiring! Make sure your child arrives with a good breakfast in their belly so that they have enough energy to get through the morning.

When you pick up your kid at the end of the day:  turn up the volume on excitement about their day spent outside and show that this stuff matters.  Consider avoiding the catch all, “how was your day?”.  

Go for specifics: did you see any new plants, did you notice any animal tracks, did you see any acts of kindness in other kids?

Continuing the Journey

GOS Summer Sessions are a great way for a child to spend a part of his or her summer.  You will notice a few things that set Guelph Outdoor School Summer Sessions apart.

Where our programs really shine though, is on a weekly basis, during the school year,  creating lasting and meaningful relationships, with self, others, and the natural world.  GOS weekly programs start on the second week of September and mirror the school year, ending in June.  There are weekly program options for all ages, and we know that regular participation in nature immersion programs throughout the year leads to significant benefits on all the metrics: social, physical, emotional, spiritual, cognitive and academic.   

Our fall schedule will be posted by early July.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch about fall enrollment.  We offer sliding scales and make sure that all young people and families who want to be a part of GOS programs, can be.

Looking forward to seeing you out there.  

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Chris Green

Guelph Outdoor School Program Director

info@theguelphoutdoorschool.com

519-400-9507