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Summer FUN at GNS

Glenlyon Norfolk School is pleased to offer a variety of out of school programs to keep students entertained during school breaks

Summer FUN and COVID-19

Following 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.

Camp Descriptions

List of 8 items.

  • Chickadees: Ages 4 to 6

    A different theme each week!
     
    • June 21–25: Parks & Playgrounds
    • June 28–July 2: Superhero Camp
    • July 5–9: Dinosaurs
    • July 12–16: Beach Explorers (ages 5 to 6 only)
    • July 19–23: Wildlife Rangers (ages 5 to 6 only)
    • August 9–13: Eco Adventures
    • August 23–27: Music & Dance (ages 5 to 6 only)
    • August 30–Sept 4: Space Exploration (ages 5 to 6 only)
  • Chipmunks: Ages 7 to 9

    A different theme each week!
     
    • June 21–25: Pirates
    • June 28–July 2: Forest Camp
    • July 5–9: Imagination Station
    • July 19–23: Witches & Wizards
    • July 26–30: Space Exploration
    • August 16–20: Music & Dance
    • August 23–27: Witches & Wizards
    • August 30–Sept 4: Dinosaurs
  • Ravens: Ages 10 to 12

    A different theme each week!
     
    • June 21–25: Pirates
    • June 28–July 2: Superhero Camp
    • July 5–9: DIY Crafting
    • July 12–16: Witches & Wizards
    • July 19–23: Baking Camp
    • August 16–20: STEM
  • Starup Skool: Entrepreneurial Camps

    Educating the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
     
    • July 19 to 23: Innovation for ages 10 to 13
    • July 26 to 30: Designed Thinkers for ages 12 to 16
    • August 9 to 13: Creative HQ for ages 8 to 12
  • Witches and Wizards Camps

    Have you ever wished you could attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry alongside Harry, Ron, and Hermione? If so, get sorted, make your own wand, compete in the Triwizard Tournament, play Quidditch, and attend potions, herbology, and transfiguration classes! Whether you are a diehard Harry Potter fan or you just started reading the books, this camp is for witches, wizards and muggles alike.
     
    • July 12 to 16 for ages 10 to 12
    • July 19 to 23 for ages 7 to 9
    • August 23 to 27 for ages 7 to 9
  • Culinary Camps

    Each camper will make their own lunch and two snacks every day for the duration of the week. Campers will use personal kitchen utensils and induction stovetops that are provided by GNS. For children ages 10 to 14.
     
    • June 28 to July 2
    • July 5 to 9
    • August 9 to 13
    • August 23 to 27
  • Baking Camps

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to bake delicious snacks and treats? If so, Baking Camp is the camp for you! As a junior baker, you will learn how to bake, use various icing techniques, no-bake treats and personal size cakes.
     
    GNS will supply all kitchen equipment. Each junior baker will have their own kitchen utensils for the duration of camp.
     
    • July 12 to 16 for ages 10 to 13
    • July 19 to 23 for ages 11 to 14
  • Marine Adventure Program

    The mission of this unique GNS program is to foster a love of marine adventure. MAP challenges students at all levels to develop marine skills, as well as their personal confidence and leadership abilities. Camps run from our Beach Drive Campus.
     
    • Day Camp for Ages 10 to 13: July 5 to 9, July 19 to 23, August 16 to 20, August 23 to 27
    • Discovery Camp for Ages 13 to 16: July 12 to 16

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 Camps FAQs

List of 7 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: Is Extended Care available?

    Extended Care is available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. free of charge to all campers from ages 5 to 10.
  • 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 Extended 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.

Summer FUN Schedule

Dates Camp Hours Ages
June 21 to 25 Chickadees: Parks & Playgrounds 8:30 to 3:30 4 to 6
June 21 to 25 Chipmunks: Pirates 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
June 21 to 25 Ravens: Pirates 8:30 to 3:30 10 to 12
June 28 to July 2
(closed July 1)
Chickadees: Superhero Camp 8:30 to 3:30 4 to 6
June 28 to July 2
(closed July 1)
Chipmunks: Forest Crafts 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
June 28 to July 2
(closed July 1)
Ravens: Superhero Camp 8:30 to 3:30 10 to 12
June 28 to July 2
(closed July 1)
Culinary Camp 8:30 to 3:30 10 to 14
July 5 to 9 Chickadees: Dinosaurs 8:30 to 3:30 4 to 6
July 5 to 9 Chipmunks: Imagination Station 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
July 5 to 9 Ravens: DIY Crafting Camp 8:30 to 3:30 10 to 13
July 5 to 9 Kayak Day Camp 9:00 to 4:30 10 to 13
July 5 to 9 Culinary Camp 8:30 to 3:30 10 to 14
July 12 to 16 Chickadees: Beach Explorers 8:30 to 3:30 5 to 6
July 12 to 16 Chipmunks: Sports Academy 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
July 12 to 16 Ravens: Witches & Wizards 8:00 to 4:00 10 to 13
July 12 to 16 Baking Camp 8:30 to 3:30 10 to 13
July 12 to 16 Discovery Kayak Camp 9:00 to 4:30 13 to 16
July 19 to 23 Chickadees: Wildlife Rangers 8:30 to 3:30 5 to 6
July 19 to 23 Chipmunks: Witches & Wizards 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
July 19 to 23 Startup Skool: Innovation 8:30 to 4:00 10 to 13
July 19 to 23 Ravens: Baking Camp 9:00 to 3:00 11 to 14
July 19 to 23 Kayak Day Camp 9:00 to 4:30 10 to 14
July 26 to 30 Chipmunks: Space Exploration 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
July 26 to 30 Field Hockey Camp 9:00 to 3:00 9 to 13
July 26 to 30 Startup Skool: Designed Thinkers 8:30 to 3:30 12 to 16
August 2 to 6 No Camps
August 9 to 13 Chickadees: Eco Adventures 8:30 to 3:30 4 to 6
August 9 to 13 Startup Skool: Creative HQ 8:30 to 3:30 8 to 12
August 9 to 13 Culinary Camp 8:30 to 3:30 10 to 14
August 16 to 20 Chipmunks: Music & Dance 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
August 16 to 20 Ravens: STEM 8:30 to 3:30 10 to 13
August 16 to 20 Kayak Day Camp 9:00 to 4:30 10 to 13
August 16 to 20 GNS Soccer Camp 9:00 to 3:30 11 to 13
August 23 to 27 Chickadees: Music & Dance 8:30 to 3:30 5 to 6
August 23 to 27 Chipmunks: Witches & Wizards 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
August 23 to 27 Culinary Camp 8:30 to 3:30 10 to 14
August 23 to 27 Kayak Day Camp 9:00 to 4:30 10 to 13
August 30 to September 3 Chickadees: Space Exploration 8:30 to 3:30 5 to 6
August 30 to September 3 Chipmunks: Dinosaur Camp 8:30 to 3:30 7 to 9
August 30 to September 2 Preseason Field Hockey Training 1:00 to 3:30 13 to 18
August 30 to September 2 GNS Sr. Boys Soccer Training 1:00 to 3:00 10 to 15

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