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Gryphon Life

Summer FUN at GNS

Glenlyon Norfolk School is pleased to offer a variety of fun summer camps for students age 4½ to 17. 

Summer FUN and COVID-19

We recognize the importance of summer camps for your child’s emotional, social and physical development and the need for childcare in order for our parents to return to work during these challenging times. From the guidance of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the provincial health officer, we have developed a COVID-19 action plan with policies and procedures in place to maintain the health and safety of our participants, families and staff. Please be advised that although our camp registration is open, additional precautions, activities to maintain physical distancing and smaller group sizes will change the camp experience significantly. We are continually reviewing and monitoring the current situation and our camps are subject to change. Cancellations may occur in the rapidly evolving situation and we appreciate your on-going understanding to keep our community healthy and safe.
Arts, athletics, kayaking, creativity, magic and more—our summer programs offer something for everyone! Half- and full-day options are available as is free extended care where age-appropriate, and all camps and activities are open to both GNS and non-GNS children and families.

The cornerstone of GNS Camps is the excellent leaders, teachers and coaches, all of whom are experienced working with students, certified in First Aid and CPR-C, criminal record checks and vulnerable sector screening. Our leaders combine creative, active and collaborative ideas to deliver a quality program that emphasizes truth, courage, caring, individuality and community. The leader to student ratio is 1:10.

Summer Camps FAQs

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Are GNS camps running this summer?

    Yes, we have created additional precautions and protocols to maintain social distancing and smaller group sizes to meet the health and safety guidelines developed by Public Health and Medical Professionals.
  • Q:
    I would like to cancel my child’s registration. What is your refund policy?

    1. Regular Refund Policy: All requests for refunds must be made in writing via email to eharris@mygns.ca. Refunds less than a $50 administrative charge per camp, per child, will be issued for all camp cancellations up to two weeks (14 days) before the first day of the camp. GNS reserves the right to cancel a camp due to insufficient enrolment or unavailability of instructors. If this situation arises, camps will be cancelled by 3:30 p.m. one week before the start date and all fees for a cancelled camp will be refunded.
    2. COVID-19 Camp Cancellation Policy: Given the uncertainty of the current situation, full refunds will be provided for registered participants if the school’s Leadership Team (through guidance from Public Health) determines that our camp program is unable to operate due to social distancing requirements or health concerns related to COVID-19.
    3. Sick Child Refund Policy: A camp credit will be applied to participants who miss camp due to being sick or who have symptoms of a common cold, influenza or COVID-19. There will be no tolerance for sick children or staff at camps, therefore, participants must remain home until they have been assessed by their health care provider and it is determined that they do NOT have COVID-19, and their symptoms have resolved.
  • Q: What is I am late to pick-up my child from After Camp Care?

    For any child not picked up by the time reflected in their registration, parents will be charged a $25 late pick-up fee per child.
  • Q:
    What is GNS’ Summer Program COVID-19 Action Plan?

    As outlined by the BC Centre for Disease Control and BC Ministry of Health, GNS will follow the COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings Guidelines to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and maintain safe and healthy environments for children and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Please read our COVID-19 Summer Program Action Plan.
  • Q: What will camp participants do each day?

    1. Camp will look different this year as our priority is to ensure the safety of your child and our community. We have had to make adjustments to the structure of the camp, typical games and activities to ensure physical distancing.
    2. Each camp has a designated theme and the specific schedule will be released one week in advance to the camp.
    3. Individual, indoor, outdoor or rainy day activities will be facilitated and led by the leader while continuing to maintain physical distancing among staff, parents and participants.
    4. Assigned equipment will be allocated to one participant each day and will be cleaned and sanitized at the end of the day for another participant to use the next.
    5. Timetable for a typical day:

      8:30 a.m.Staggered parents drop off. Parents sign a form (using their own pen) stating that their children are healthy. Parents must provide snacks and lunch, a water bottle and outdoor clothes (items will be placed in the participant’s designated locker). Participants will wash their hands and staff will offer individual play activities. **Please note participants cannot be dropped off before 8:30 a.m. unless registered for before camp care.
      8:30 to 9:00 a.m.Participants will engage in individual activities or activities that encourage more space between children and staff (i.e colour, read books or play quietly).
      9:00 to 10:00 a.m.Individual arts and crafts or activity related to the weekly/ daily theme.
      10:00 to 10:30 a.m.Participants will wash their hands and have their snack.
      10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Playtime outside or on the beach in separate areas.
      12:00 to 12:30 p.m.Staff will wipe tables. Participants will wash their hands before lunch and will have their lunch provided by parents. Participants will wash their hands after lunch.
      12:30 to 3:00 p.m.Outside to play or complete the activity of the day.
      3:00 to 3:30 p.m.Participants will wash their hands and have their afternoon snack, play centres or free play.
      3:30 p.m.Participants wash hands and pack up before they are picked up by parents.
    6. At this time we will be limiting field trips and bus trips to ensure physical distancing is maintained.
  • Q:
    Are there any spaces reserved for essential service workers?

    Not at this moment. Due to the smaller group sizes, our registration has started to fill up, we recommend parents register their child/ren in our online portal. If you are placed on the waitlist and are an essential service worker, please send an email to the External Programs Manager indicating you are an essential service worker.

Camp Locations

Our Pemberton Woods Campus is located at 801 Bank Street. The drop off area is accessible from Maddison Street.

Our Beach Drive Campus is located at 1701 Beach Drive. There is street parking adjacent to the campus.

Summer FUN Schedule

DatesCampHoursAges
June 22 to 26 Chipmunks: Parks & Playgrounds: FULL taking waitlist 8:30 to 3:30 4.5 to 6
June 22 to 26 Ravens: All Destinations 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
June 22 to 26 Sports Academy 8:30 to 3:30 10 to 12
June 29 to July 3
(closed July 1)
Chipmunks: Summer FUN 8:30 to 3:30 5 to 6
June 29 to July 3
(closed July 1)
Ravens: Summer FUN 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
July 6 to 10 Ravens: Curious Minds 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
July 6 to 10 DIY Crafting Camp 9:00 to 3:00 9 to 13
July 6 to 10 Kayak Day Camp: FULL taking waitlist 9:00 to 4:30 10 to 12
July 13 to 17 Chipmunks: Beach Explorers 8:30 to 3:30 4.5 to 6
July 13 to 17 Startup Skool: Creative HQ 8:30 to 4:00 8 to 11
July 13 to 17 Witches & Wizards 8:30 to 3:30 10 to 12
July 13 to 17 Kayak Discovery Camp 9:00 to 4:30 13 to 15
July 20 to 24 Chipmunks: Wildlife Rangers 8:30 to 3:30 4.5 to 6
July 20 to 24 Field Hockey Camp 9:00 to 3:00 9 to 13
July 20 to 24 Startup Skool: Innovation 8:30 to 4:00 8 to 11
July 20 to 24 Kayak Day Camp: NEW 9:00 to 4:30 10 to 12
July 27 to 31 Ravens: Art Explorers 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
July 27 to 31 Startup Skool: Design Thinkers 8:30 to 4:00 12 to 16
July 27 to 31 Kayak Day Camp: NEW 9:00 to 4:30 10 to 12
August 10 to 14 Chipmunks: Eco Adventures 8:30 to 3:30 4.5 to 6
August 10 to 14 Startup Skool: Creative HQ 8:30 to 4:00 8 to 11
August 10 to 14 Witches & Wizards 8:30 to 3:30 10 to 12
August 10 to 14 Kayak Discovery Camp 9:00 to 4:30 13 to 15
August 17 to 21 Chipmunks: Dance & Theatre 8:30 to 3:30 4.5 to 6
August 17 to 21 Ravens: Innovation Station 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
August 17 to 21 Kayak Day Camp 9:00 to 4:30 10 to 12
August 24 to 28 Chipmunks: Magic & Mystery 8:30 to 3:30 5 to 6
August 24 to 28 Ravens: Witchs & Wizards 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
August 24 to 28 Kayak Day Camp 9:00 to 4:30 10 to 12
August 24 to 28 GNS Team Soccer Training 10:00 to 12:00 11 to 13
August 31 to September 4 Chipmunks: Summer Celebrations 8:30 to 3:30 5 to 6
August 31 to September 4 Ravens: Stix & Skills 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
August 31 to September 4 Preseason Field Hockey Training 1:00 to 3:00 14 to 17

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