Odds & Sods – Youth Camp Spaces and Spring School Programs

Thank you to all of our Eco families once again for signing your campers up for Eco Camp this summer! For those of you that missed out make sure you’re on our waitlists. People’s plans change so there’s always a chance a space may open up.

Where we do have a few spaces is in our 10 to 14 year old camp. Our Youth Camp is truly an adventure that includes gardening and cooking fun! Click here for barcodes and click here to register now.

The other fun thing School Teachers can register for at this time of year is our Spring School Programs (please feel free to make suggestions to your camper’s teachers 😉 ). We offer curriculum focused programs with hands-on activities in organic gardening, nature exploration and healthy cooking. Did you know baking is a great way to learn about fractions? Possibly the tastiest way too! Click here for more information on our School Programs.

We look forward to seeing everyone this spring and summer!

2017 Eco Camp Registration Starts March 4th-7 AM!

We’re creeping up on that time of year again! That rush of adrenaline, that setting the coffee machine for 6:45 am, that setting of 10 alarms to make sure you’re up in time, time of year again. That’s right 2017 Eco Camp Registration starts at 7 AM on Saturday, March 4th. Of course it’s also the time to register for any spring and summer recreation programs that take place in Etobicoke/York with the City of Toronto 🙂

Remember registration is open to everyone across Toronto! We break it down by area so our registration staff and computer systems can handle the number of people who want to sign up for all of our fun programs.

So get those fingers ready to hit the redial/refresh buttons to register your campers for Eco Camp! You will also find our Caregiver and tot (4 to 5 years) and child (9 to 12 years) Cooking With Veggies Programs plus our Edible Cosmetics Workshops for 10-16 year olds open for registration on March 4th.

Below you will find our handy barcode charts for all of your registration needs. You will also find our How to Register Infographic or click here to see last year’s Registration Preparation Post to help you deal with registration morning pandemonium!

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Just remember registration starts at 7 am on Saturday, March 4th, 2017!

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A quick Tip that didn’t make it into the infographic … sign up for all of your programs first. You can sign up for extended care at a later date/time. There’s always enough space for program participants in extended care so don’t waste your time Saturday morning … get right to the important barcodes 🙂

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March Break Eco Camp Registration

We know it’s tough thinking about March Break when plans for the holiday season are just warming up but it’s that time again! Registration starts tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 7 am. Spaces are limited so please make sure you start early!

For more information and barcodes for March Break Eco Camp 2017 go to our:

March Break Eco Camp Page.

For a reminder on registration procedures check out our:

Registration Preparation.

If you’re looking for fun activities during winter vacation we still have a few spaces in our Winter Break Programs:

Winter Break Programs.

Good luck to all and we hope to see your campers at Eco Camp in March!

Where to Send Your Camper Info Forms

In case you’re wondering where to send those all important camper information forms … worry not! We have the answer 🙂 

Please remember they are due by Friday, June 17th, 2016

By Mail:

Children’s Eco Programs
Hillside Gardens, High Park
c/o Etobicoke Civic Centre Mail Room
399 The West Mall
Toronto, ON, M9C 2Y2

By Email:

kidsgrow@toronto.ca

By Fax

416-392-1319

Forms Due

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.

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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

Getting Ready For Fall & Winter Programs

We know it’s still summer but alas we must start talking fall and winter programs. As we’ve said before this summer has fled by at the speed of a hummingbird’s wings! So before fall and winter FUN Guide registration creeps up on us we thought it would be prudent to give you a heads up ahead of time 🙂 

Fall & Winter FUN Guide Registration for Etobicoke/York Programs (we’re included in this at High Park) starts at 7 am on Saturday, September 12, 2015

Yes you heard us right … Etobicoke/York is always on a Saturday and Registration always starts at 7 am. If you’re looking to get into one of the 3 Creative Chefs with Caregiver – Veggies! for the 3 to 5 year old crowd … make sure you’re up before 7 am and be ready to hit redial and refresh on your phone/computer respectively 🙂

Click here to find out how to register.

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For more information about our Fall and Winter Programs check out the links below:

Cooking Programs for 3 to 5 and 6 to 9 year olds

Winter Break Workshops for 3 to 5 and 6 to 9 year olds

March Break Eco Camp for 6 to 10 year olds (sign up for March Break Camps happens December 5th for everyone)