Registration Starts this Saturday, March 5th

Are you ready? Have you looked up your Registration Barcodes? Do you have your Family & Client Numbers ready? Most importantly … do you have enough coffee on hand (or refreshing beverage of choice!)!? This Saturday, March 5th City of Toronto Registration opens for spring and summer recreation programs located in Etobicoke/York District at 7 am.

That’s right Etobicoke/York FUN Guide Program Registration starts at 7 am on Saturday, March 5th, 2016!

So as our biannual tradition goes … it’s time for Registration Preparation! Below you will find plenty of tips and tricks to get you through the registration process (for any City of Toronto Recreation Program) as smoothly as possible.

Click here for Barcodes for Eco Camp Day Camp Programs in High Park

Click here for our Spring Cooking with Veggies Programs at the High Park Teaching Kitchen

Click here for our list of Spring Edible Cosmetics Workshops for Youth

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For those of you wondering how the City of Toronto’s Recreation Program Registration process actually works here’s a little run-down:

  • Each district has it’s own registration start date. For Etobicoke/York it’s Saturday, March 5th starting at 7 am (for other district dates click here). Anyone from across the city can register for a program in that district on the start date.
  • You have six options for registering for Rec/FUN Guide Programs. Click here for a description and instructions on how to register for City of Toronto Recreation Programs. For our programs we suggest using the phone (416-338-4FUN (4386) or touch-tone 416-338-0000) or going online in order to have the greatest chance at registering your camper.
  • Our available programming space (especially indoor space) is fairly small so our program size is quite limited. We would love to have hundreds of kids join us for Eco Camp each week but there’s only so much Garden. Also note many other Community and Recreation Centres have issues with space and are unable to hold as many programs as they (and the community) would like.
  • If you do miss out on our Eco Camp we offer a free  Thursday morning drop-in program throughout July & Aug from 10 am to Noon. So please stop by and experience a bit of what our programs are all about!
  • A note about online registration. It can seem impossible to get onto the online registration site on the first day of registration. There is a reason for that … The City of Toronto wants to ensure fair access to programming for all individuals. So there are only a certain number of people allowed to register online at any given time on the first day of registration in each district. This allows people without access to computers (or high speed internet) an equal opportunity to register through the phone. The City of Toronto is committed to ensuring accessibility to our programs for all residents of Toronto.

Another Turtle Break to Cleanse Your Mind Before the Important Stuff!

The Whole Gang

Now that you know the background info, here’s our yearly guide to registering for Summer Camp or any other popular city program. There are a few things you can do to make Registration Day a little easier for you! Here is a list of things to prepare for ahead of time:

  1. One of the most important tips we can give you is to fully register for all camps firstthen at a later time register for any extended care you might need. There will always be enough room in the Eco Camp (and any camp) Extended Care for every camper registered so you can sign up for it at any time.
  2. Start by finding your City of Toronto FUN Guide Registration Family and Client Numbers. If you can’t find them or you’ve never registered for a City of Toronto Recreation Program before please call 416-338-4FUN (4386) and a Customer Service Representative can help you (it’s important to do this ahead of time so you don’t waste time on Sat., Mar. 5th!).
  3. Once you are set to register you can print out or write down the barcodes for each program you are interested in. Barcodes for our Cooking Programs Are Here and for our Eco Camp Programs Click Here. Keep all of your Client/Family numbers and Barcodes together in a safe (but not too “safe” 🙂 ) place for registration day
  4. Bookmark the Registration Information Page where you can launch the Online Registration Site.
  5. Just before 7 am on Saturday morning (Mar. 5th) dial into 416-338-0000 (for touch tone registration) or 416-338-4386 (actual human being) and launch the Online Registration Site. This way you can start hitting redial/refresh right at 7am. It will take a few tries … make sure to be awake enough to stop redialing/refreshing when you finally get in! (I’m guessing if you’re signing up for our Sprouts Camp you’re most likely awake at that time anyhow!).
  6. Once you’re in the system move quickly but not so fast you make mistakes. Also note that the Online Registration Site will timeout if you leave it alone for too long (and when I say too long … I’m talking less than 5 minutes).
  7. Please remember to mark on your calendar what weeks your camper is attending Eco Camp … we often have a number of last-minute cancellations and are unable to fill the spot even though our wait lists are often quite long! 
  8. Once registered you will receive a Camper Information Package in the mail sometime late in April or early May. This package contains forms that need to be filled out and sent back before camp starts and a Parent Handbook to give you all the info you need to know about sending your Eco Camper to camp. Please fill out the forms and send them back by the date stated on the package!
  9. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions 416-392-1329 or kidsgrow at toronto dot ca (spelled out to reduce spam).

 

A couple other things for your Registration morning checklist:

  1. Coffee, Tea or hot beverage of choice (for us non-morning folk … put everything out the night before so you can wake up just before 7 with caffeine available! For morning folk … please tell me your secret!  How do you do it!?)
  2. Calendar and/or Datebook – The first week of Camp in 2016 is July 4 to 8.
  3. Scrap paper, pen/pencil and/or printer for confirmation codes, etc.
  4. Don’t forget to write it down on the calendar, once registered!
  5. Having someone else around to cook you breakfast while you wait … certainly can’t hurt 😉

Good Luck Everyone and We Hope To See You At Camp This Summer!

All The Latest in Eco Camp Barcodes!

It’s that time of year … even though we’re covered in a pretty blanket of snow, it’s time to get organized for Summer Camp Registration! Below you’ll find all of our Barcodes for the upcoming Summer Eco Camp Session. We’ll be updating our Registration how to guide soon too. 

Etobicoke/York Spring and Summer Program Registration starts at 7 am on Saturday, March 5th, 2016. Remember this is for programs running in Etobicoke/York … even if you live outside the area but want your camper to attend a program in High Park, etc. you can still register on March 5th.

Please note if there is a labour disruption registration start dates may change.

Click on the photo or click here for a .pdf version of our Barcode page.

2016 Eco Camp Barcodes

High Park Is Closed Again This Friday (Aug. 7)

Once again High Park will be closed this Friday (Aug. 7th and Saturday, Aug. 8th) for the Parapan Am Cycling Road Race Events. We will be moving our camp location on Friday over to Rennie Park Clubhouse/Ice Rink for the day. Below you’ll find directions on how to get there for drop-off and pick-up.

Don’t forget to get out there and cheer on our athletes!

Sign In

How to get there:

TTC

For the subway get off a Runnymede Station and head south on Runnymede (crossing over Bloor) to Morningside Ave. Turn west onto Morningside and just around the corner you’ll see the path across the road into the park. Follow that path to the Clubhouse/Ice Rink.

For Streetcar/Bus take the 501 Queen Streetcar to Windemere Ave. Get off the streetcar and transfer to the 77 Swansea Bus. Take 77 Swansea North to the Morningside and Runnymede stop. Get off at Morningside and Runnymede and head south into the park to the Clubhouse/Ice Rink.

Walking/Biking 

The walk/bike from Runnymede Station to Rennie Park is about the same length as the walk from High Park Station to Grenadier Restaurant. Walk south on Runnymede Rd. until you reach Morningside Ave. turn west and just past the corner, across the street you’ll see the path into the park.

Walking/biking from the South end go north on Windemere Ave. to Walter Ave. Walk west on Walter Ave. until you reach Rennie Terrace and walk/bike south into the park from there.

Car

From Bloor turn south on Runnymede Rd., west on Morningside Ave. then south on Rennie Terrace. Take Rennie Terrace south into the park and the Clubhouse is near the parking lot.

From Queensway take Windemere Ave. north to Walter Ave. Go east on Walter then south on Rennie Terrace. The Clubhouse is near the parking lot.

From South Kingsway take Morningside Ave. east to Rennie Terrace, south on Rennie Terrace and the Clubhouse is near the parking lot.

If you get lost feel free to call Keely or Andrew for directions. Good luck!

Are Your Forms In Yet!? – New Fax #

NEW Fax Number – 416-392-0044
Please note that our regular fax number is out of order. Please use the fax number above.

It’s hard to believe it’s already week 4 of Eco Camp!! Where does the time fly? That said there are still camper information forms out there that we need for your camper!  If you’ve just signed up don’t worry … we understand and below you’ll find all the links to all the forms and the Parent Handbooks. If you signed up back in March … our baby Capybara is going to stair you down until you send them in! 😉

Baby Capybara

And if that doesn’t work? We’re sending Mommy Capybara …

Mommy Capybara

In all seriousness it’s very important for us to get those forms in. It helps our counsellors to know about any needs your camper may have and to prepare them for the week.

Here are the links to all the important forms you may need.

Two forms that must be filled out:

Camper Information Form
Media Release Form

Print the forms, fill them out and fax to 416-392-0044 or scan and email to apuchal@toronto.ca

Forms if your camper has an epi-pen or requires medication while at camp:

For Epi-Pen Carriers

Emergency Allergy Alert Form with Photo ID – .pdf file you can print and fill out
Emergency Allergy Alert Form with Photo ID – word file you can fill out and print then sign

Administration of Medication Form & Waiver – .pdf file you can print and fill out
Administration of Medication Form & Waiver – word file you can fill out and print then sign

For those taking medication during the hours of camp:

Administration of Medication Form & Waiver – .pdf file you can print and fill out
Administration of Medication Form & Waiver – word file you can fill out and print then sign

Eco Camp Parent Handbooks:

Eco Camp Junior & Youth Parent Handbook (ages 6-9 and 10-14) 
Eco Sprout Parent Handbook (ages 4-5)

If worst comes to worst we may even send in our (not so) stealth squad to pick them up for us 😉

Stealth Squad

Eco Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Location Change this Friday!

It’s hard to believe we’re half way through our third week of Eco Camp! Time sure does fly when you’re gardening, hiking, cooking, swimming and generally having a tonne of fun 🙂

This Friday (July 24th) we’re moving our drop-off and pick-up locations to the Rennie Park Clubhouse/Ice Rink due to the closure of High Park for the Pan Am games.

Sign In

How to get there:

TTC

For the subway get off a Runnymede Station and head south on Runnymede (crossing over Bloor) to Morningside Ave. Turn west onto Morningside and just around the corner you’ll see the path across the road into the park. Follow that path to the Clubhouse/Ice Rink.

For Streetcar/Bus take the 501 Queen Streetcar to Windemere Ave. Get off the streetcar and transfer to the 77 Swansea Bus. Take 77 Swansea North to the Morningside and Runnymede stop. Get off at Morningside and Runnymede and head south into the park to the Clubhouse/Ice Rink.

Walking/Biking 

The walk/bike from Runnymede Station to Rennie Park is about the same length as the walk from High Park Station to Grenadier Restaurant. Walk south on Runnymede Rd. until you reach Morningside Ave. turn west and just past the corner, across the street you’ll see the path into the park.

Walking/biking from the South end go north on Windemere Ave. to Walter Ave. Walk west on Walter Ave. until you reach Rennie Terrace and walk/bike south into the park from there.

Car

From Bloor turn south on Runnymede Rd., west on Morningside Ave. then south on Rennie Terrace. Take Rennie Terrace south into the park and the Clubhouse is near the parking lot.

From Queensway take Windemere Ave. north to Walter Ave. Go east on Walter then south on Rennie Terrace. The Clubhouse is near the parking lot.

From South Kingsway take Morningside Ave. east to Rennie Terrace, south on Rennie Terrace and the Clubhouse is near the parking lot.

If you get lost feel free to call Keely or Andrew for directions. Good luck!

Eco Camp Registration Starts This Saturday at 7 am!

You heard right! Registration for Eco Camp, our Cooking With Veggies programs and our Edible Cosmetics Workshops starts at 7 am this Saturday (Mar. 7th). We suggest you start right away to book a space at Eco Camp. Below you’ll see a quick primer on How To Register for a City Rec Program. You can also check out our longer version Registration Preparation. Good luck everyone! We really appreciate how much you and your campers enjoy our programs … it’s not work when we have this much fun 🙂

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Registration Starts Sat., March 7th at 7 am for Eco Camp and Spring Programs!

For us here at the Children’s Eco Programs the first sign of spring isn’t the longer days or the warmer weather … it’s the opening day for Eco Camp Registrations! 😀 Get those fingers ready to hit the redial/refresh buttons and register your campers for Eco Camp! You will also find our Caregiver and tot (4 to 5 years) and child (6 to 9 years) Cooking With Veggies Programs plus our Edible Cosmetics Workshops for 9-16 year olds open for registration on March 7th. 

For our returning Eco Camp Families (especially those that have successfully concord the registration process before!) here are the barcodes and program information for this years Camp and Cooking Programs:

Click Here for Caregiver & Tot and Child Cooking with Veggies Program Information

Click Here or on the Picture Below for Eco Camp Program Information

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For those of you wondering how the City of Toronto’s Recreation Program Registration process actually works here’s a little run-down:

  • Each district has it’s own registration start date. For Etobicoke/York it’s Saturday, March 7th starting at 7 am (for other district dates click here). Anyone from across the city can register for a program in that district on the start date.
  • You have six options for registering for Rec/FUN Guide Programs. Click here for a description and instructions on how to register for City of Toronto Recreation Programs. For our programs we suggest using the phone (416-338-4FUN (4386) or touch-tone 416-338-0000) or going online in order to have the greatest chance at registering your camper.
  • Our available programming space (especially indoor space) is fairly small so our program size is quite limited. We would love to have hundreds of kids join us for Eco Camp each week but there’s only so much Garden. Also note many other Community and Recreation Centres have issues with space and are unable to hold as many programs as they (and the community) would like.
  • If you do miss out on our Eco Camp we offer a free Thursday morning drop-in program throughout July & Aug from 10 am to Noon. So please stop by and experience a bit of what our programs are all about!
  • A note about online registration. It can seem impossible to get onto the online registration site on the first day of registration. There is a reason for that … The City of Toronto wants to ensure fair access to programming for all individuals. So there are only a certain number of people allowed to register online at any given time on the first day of registration in each district. This allows people without access to computers (or high speed internet) an equal opportunity to register through the phone. The City of Toronto (including us!) is committed to ensuring accessibility to our programs for all the residents of Toronto.

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