Camp Life FAQs

What are the standard hours of operation for Branksome Hall Day Camps?

Camp hours are weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Before-camp supervision is available from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
After-camp supervision is available from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The fee for our Extended Care program is $85 per week (includes both before and after camp). A late charge of $25 is applied for pickup after 6:10 p.m.

What type of food is provided at camp?

Each day, campers will receive a delicious, hot lunch prepared by our in-house food services staff. Campers will also receive a healthy morning snack and a snack during our after-care program. Vegetarian, gluten-free and options addressing other food limitations will be made available to those with allergies/restrictions noted in the initial camp application. For those with concerns, we suggest requesting a copy of our camp meal plan for the week to ensure that your camper will enjoy the meals. If not, packing an alternative lunch and snacks would be recommended. Please keep in mind that the Branksome Hall campus is a nut-sensitive and scent-free environment. Lunch is included in the camp fee.

What if a camper loses something at camp?

All lost and found items are kept at our lost and found station located inside the main entrance of the Athletics and Wellness Centre. A camper or parent can come to the front desk at any time to see if we have their lost items and/or contact the front desk to report/inquire about an item. At the end of each week, we will bring all lost and found items outside to the pick-up location for parents and campers to look through.

Can siblings be kept together if they’re in different age groups?

We try to encourage campers to stay with their age groups so that they can enjoy more age-appropriate activities and make friends. If a camper is having difficulty being separated from their sibling, then we can arrange for the older sibling to join the younger sibling’s program if the parents notify Branksome in advance. A transfer fee may be applied for late requests.

What is recreational swim time?

Our camps offer recreational swimming in one of our two saltwater pools. Free swim is supervised by lifeguards and staff who accompany the swimmers. The ratio between campers and staff swimming is strictly maintained and consistent. More experienced swimmers are given a choice to complete the deep-end test, which allows them to swim in both the shallow teaching pool and the deep pool. Depending on their comfort level and height, some younger swimmers will be required to wear life jackets while in the water.

For an additional fee, campers may participate in the Red Cross Swim Kids program, which will be incorporated into their camp day.

How are extreme weather conditions handled at camp?

While we all hope for warm, sun-filled days, when the weather isn’t ideal for outside activities, our camps will also have use of Branksome Hall’s three gymnasiums, Performing Arts Centre, Performing Arts Room and classroom spaces.

How are behaviour and disciplinary issues handled at camp?

Camp rules are explained to all campers on the first day of each camp. A camper code of conduct is also included in our parents’ information package for your review before coming to camp. If there is a conflict at camp, our staff are trained to work with the campers to resolve it, see: How Are Our Staff Trained. We do not tolerate bullying, violent behavior, inappropriate language or any behavior by a camper that would endanger themselves, another camper, counsellor or the group as a whole. At the counsellors or Camp Director’s discretion, the camper may be given a time-out to reflect on their actions and discuss appropriate behavior moving forward. Parents will be informed of any disciplinary action taken for inappropriate behaviour. In serious circumstances, when a camper’s behavior is repeatedly putting themselves or other campers at risk, we will not allow the camper to return to camp.

What happens if a camper is injured or is not feeling well during a camp day?

We have a designated quiet zone at camp, which is supervised by staff at all times. In the quiet zone, a camper can rest and/or receive medical treatment. In the case of more serious injuries, we will contact emergency medical services and the parents will be notified immediately. Each camp leader is equipped with a walkie-talkie that connects them to the main office and the Camp Director, as well as other camp leaders throughout the camp. All camp leaders carry a first-aid kit, emergency procedures and medical information on each of their campers. For more information on camp safety, see: Staying Safe at Camp.

Where is Branksome Hall located and what facilities do they have?

Branksome Hall is located on a picturesque campus in the heart of Toronto, nestled in the residential neighbourhood of Rosedale, within walking distance of public transit and Yonge and Bloor streets.

Campers will enjoy exploring our 13-acre campus and our beautiful award-winning Athletics and Wellness Centre featuring two saltwater pools, a state-of-the art kitchen and dining hall, a spectacular gymnasium, roof top garden, a high-performance fitness centre and specialized dance and yoga studios. Our campus also has four tennis courts, two additional gyms, a soccer field, baseball diamond and age-appropriate playgrounds for girls and boys ages 4 to 12. For more information on our campus please visit: branksome.on.ca/page/about/our-campus

What are some examples of theme weeks at camp?

We love theme weeks! Our programs are themed on a weekly basis and we encourage campers and staff to embrace the theme and dress up each Friday. Themes we’ve had in the past include: Spy Week, Superheroes, Minions, Mad Science, Pirates, Under the Sea, Halloween in July AND MORE!

How do we select our staff?

Staff are required to fill out an extensive application form before we select the top candidates for the interview process. We look for staff with previous camp counsellor experience, as well as experience supervising children of a variety of ages and backgrounds. We complete reference checks and police background checks on all new hires.

How are our staff trained?

All of our counsellors are certified in Emergency First Aid and CPR/AED Level A. They also attend an in-house training session held at our facility that is more site-specific, reviewing best practices, risk assessment, emergency protocols, etc. Our training is revisited during daily and weekly meetings where counsellors discuss any immediate concerns that they have and how we can improve and prepare for the upcoming week.

What is the camp cancellation policy?

All cancellations must be made in writing to the Branksome Hall Camps office, either by email to camps@branksome.on.ca or by mail to the Branksome Camp Office, 10 Elm Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4W 1N4. Refunds will be issued up to two weeks prior to the first day of a camp session. An administration fee of $50.00 will be deducted from the refund for each session cancellation. No refund is available within two weeks of the commencement of the camp session unless they are related to medical reasons and are accompanied by a doctor’s note. No refund is available for missed days, or due to any other camp activities not fully utilized.

Instead of cancelling your camp program, you may also transfer to a different week! All transfers are dependant on availability and subject to a $25.00 transfer fee. Please contact the camp office if you wish to transfer or cancel a week of camp.

Once registered, all parents will receive a Parent Information Package by email. This package will include all of the important information you need to know before the first day of camp. Should you have any further questions you can always contact us at the camp office by email, camps@branksome.on.ca or by phone (416)935-4128.