Adventure Club

A unique summer program for children 6 to 12 years of age

The health and well-being of our participants, staff and families is our top priority. Adventure Club is operating in accordance with Ontario Ministry of Health guidance and Niagara Region Public Health.

This unique program was designed to provide a safe, recreational and outdoor program experience to children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Adventure Club is a collaborative approach between a number of community agencies that allows a safe and inclusive environment that nurtures supportive relationships, the opportunity to have fun, enjoy being a kid, and develop a child’s uniqueness.

When is Adventure Club being held in Summer 2021?

Adventure Club: Niagara Falls (7 weeks)
July 5-8
July 12-15
July 19-22
July 26-29
August 3-6
August 9-12
August 16-19
Adventure Club: St. Catharines (5 weeks)
July 5-8
July 12-15
July 19-22
July 26-29
August 3-6

Hours 

Adventure Club is a six hour a day program, four days a week (Monday-Thursday, with the exception of the week of August 2 when it operates Tuesday-Friday) from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Locations 

Location (and Google Maps link)CityAddressAbsence Report
Fireman's ParkNiagara Falls2275 Dorchester RdClick here
Assumption SchoolSt. Catharines225 Parnell RdClick here

Adventure Club is a 100% outdoor program. that will run in the rain, snow or sunshine. Please send your child to the program dressed appropriately for the weather and in layers.

Activities
ArcheryCommunity & team building activitiesEnvironmental educationSongs
Active games & sportsCreative activitiesOutdoor discovery

Please note

* Transportation is not available; parents/caregivers are responsible for dropping off and picking up their child directly at the site

Registration 

Registration is based on program eligibility, and available spaces. Click here to register.

During the registration process, please ensure you:

  • Complete the required fields and provide the most accurate information possible
  • List all individuals that are authorized pick-ups (16+)
  • Complete the necessary waivers and forms
  • Submit your application

Absenteeism 

If your child is going to be absent, please complete the ‘Absence Report’ form to let us know.

What to bring? 

  • A nut-free lunch and 2 or more snacks
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Come dressed for the weather and to play outside

Please note: 

* All necessary items should be clearly labelled with the child’s first and last name
* Leave personal items and/or toys at home 

Drop-off & Pick-up

Drop-off is 9:00 a.m. and pick-up is 3:00 p.m.

If parents/caregivers need to drop-off or pick-up outside of the designed times they will be provided with a site number to text in advance to let the staff know. The latest pick up time is 3:00 p.m.

Children and individuals dropping off are required to physical distance, maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between parents and children waiting to sign-in. Only one adult per family should approach the sign-in table for drop-off or pick-up.

Only individuals 16+ listed as authorized pick-up during the registration process will be permitted to sign participants out. Authorized pick-ups including parents/caregivers will be required to show valid, government issued photo identification daily.

For the safety of everyone involved, parents/caregivers and authorized individuals are asked to remain at the sign-in area and will not be permitted to enter the Adventure Club program. Visitors are not permitted inside the program.

Additional Support 

A limited number of spaces are available for children with special needs, behavioural or physical considerations that would benefit from additional support to promote their integration into the group. For more information on the supports available and to discuss if the Adventure Club program would be a good fit for your child, please contact the Director of Inclusion prior to registering.

Parents/caregivers of children who receive additional support in school, are in a specialized classroom, have an IEP or have a diagnosed special need (i.e. are experiencing high anxiety, Autism, ADHD, ODD, etc.) should e-mail the Director of Inclusion, or call (905) 934-9755 ext. 280, prior to registering.

Safety is a top priority 

Adventure Club is focused on Safety and frequent disinfecting will be in place.

This includes having participants and staff wear a mask when unable to safely distance, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, health screening, individual equipment, and fun activities that encourage appropriate space between campers.

Groups and Physical Distancing 

Adventure Club will be operating in groups of up to 11. Groups will stay together exclusively each program week. Siblings will be placed in groups together when age and developmentally appropriate at the discretion of the YMCA.

Adventure Club activities are designed to promote physical distancing between participants. Within their group, children will be encouraged to maintain physical distancing when possible.

Illness and Symptoms 

Children who are sick or have any symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus should remain at home. A link will be provided after registration to use to report a child’s absence. Parents/caregivers should report any absences daily by 10:30 a.m.

Prior to entering the program participants will be screened daily. If the child has a temperature of 37.8 or higher, or answers yes to any of the illness or travel related screening questions, the child will not be permitted to enter the program. Before entering the program, all staff and participants will be required to wash or sanitize their hands.

If a child begins to develop any symptoms during the program the parent/caregiver will be notified and will be required to pick that child up immediately. For the safety of everyone involved, the child(ren) will be removed from the group, and will be required to wear a mask and eye protection, while waiting to be picked up.

Contact 

If you have any questions regarding Adventure Club, please e-mail us, or call (905) 934-9755 ext. 280

The Government of Canada supports YMCA Adventure Club

Funded in part by the Government of Canada

United Way Niagara is proud to support YMCA Adventure Club

Proud Community Partner