Mini Music Camp

Camp Details

This one-week day camp is a fun introduction to musical theatre for 4-5 year olds! 

Campers will spend their time learning songs, playing hand-held percussion instruments, movement activities and musical stories that help children connect with early music learning. Campers will also participate in daily arts and crafts period creating crafts that that tie into the theme of the week. Team building activities are encouraged to promote friendship and fun. There will typically be 1/2 hour of outdoor play per day on-site, weather permitting. All songs will be performed at the end of the week in a creative performance for friends and family! 

Theme: Superhero Adventure!

Ready, Set…Action! Camp

Camp Details

This one-week camp is a fun introduction to musical theatre for kids ages 6-8! 

Campers will choose their own roles, memorize songs, spoken lines, dance steps and scenes that will be performed at the end of the week in a theatrical production. Campers will also create props and theme related crafts. Team building activities are encouraged to promote friendship and fun. There will typically be 1 hour of outdoor play per day, weather permitting. 

Theme: Superhero Adventure!

Beginner Ukulele Camp

Camp Details

Always wanted to learn how to play the Ukulele? Here’s your chance to register for this exciting new camp offered for March Break! 

Learn all about the Ukulele and the basic skills for playing your first few songs. Show off your new skills to family and friends at the end of the week with the final camp performance!

 

Pre-requisites:

  • Ages 4-5 years old. Campers must be of the required age by the camp start date.
  • Campers must be potty trained.
  • No performance experience required.
  • Note: Camps run from 9am to 4:30pm. Lunch at 12pm (optional pizza/pita lunch available to purchase) with mid-morning and afternoon snack breaks.
  • Location: Oakville campus only

 

Pre-requisites:

  • Ages 6-8 years old. Campers must be of the required age by the camp start date
  • No performance experience required
  • Note: Camps run from 9am to 4:30pm. Lunch at 12pm (optional pizza/pita lunch available to purchase) with mid-morning and afternoon snack breaks.
  • Location: Oakville campus only

 

Pre-requisites:

  • Ages 7-12 years old. Campers must be of the required age by the camp start date
  • No experience required
  • Purchase ukulele prior to start of camp
  • Note: Camps run from 9am to 4:30pm. Lunch at 12pm (optional pizza/pita lunch available to purchase) with mid-morning and afternoon snack breaks.
  • Location: Oakville campus only

 

Camp Pricing:

Non-MSM Students:  $225

MSM Students: $202.50

Camp Pricing:

Non-MSM Students:  $225

MSM Students: $202.50

Camp Pricing:

Non-MSM Students:  $250

MSM Students: $225


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Volunteers play a vital role in the delivery of our programs which ensure campers have fun in a positive learning environment while creating music. All volunteer applications are reviewed with consideration for current volunteer opportunities.

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General:

  •  Backpack
  • All campers must wear comfortable clothing.
  • Indoor shoes
  • Water bottle (labeled with your child’s name)
  • Snacks and a lunch (NUT-FREE)(extra snacks if they are registered in the afternoon extended care)

Camp Specific:

  •   Craft shirt that can get dirty (Mini Music and Ready Set Action Camps)
  •   Instruments: Ukulele (for ukulele camp)
  •   Note: The ukulele must be purchased before the start of camp.

Class sizes range for the March Break camps are between 8-10 campers per one staff. Our camp staff are carefully selected based on their experience, skills, enthusiasm and ability to work with children. All camp staff participate in a mandatory, pre-camp training program covering topics such as leadership, motivation, teamwork, parent feedback, policies and procedures as well as specifics about camp programs and management expectations.

All of our camp staff are certified in Standard First Aid and CPR C and have a clear Criminal and Vulnerable Sector Check. Our high school volunteers must complete an interview with the camp director, have a clear Vulnerable Sector Check (if they are over 18 years old) and attend the mandatory pre-camp training. 

Our camps take an outdoor break mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Mini Music campers play in the grass area in front of the school while the older children walk with the camp staff to Thorn Lodge Public School to play in their park. In the case of extreme hot weather, precautions will be taken to keep campers hydrated and in cool or air-conditions areas where possible. On rainy or smog alert days, we will minimize outdoor time as necessary.

Sign-in Procedures
Monday morning sign-in: For Monday morning, sign-in takes place upstairs on the 2n d floor. Please follow the direction and signs for where your specific camp is gathering. Arrive early to allow time for registration process (sign-in, hand in waiver form, and double checking information). For the remainder of the camp week, sign-in takes place at 9:00am at your child’s designated homeroom, unless you have prepaid for extended care (8am drop off in room 221). For safety reasons all campers must be signed in and signed out by parent/guardian.

Campers will only be allowed to leave with the person authorized to pick them up. Please note that authorized parent/guardian will be asked for ID upon pick up.

Late Arrivals

It is important that campers arrive each day by 9:00am as programming begins promptly at 9:00am. Should you arrive later than 9:00am you must report to Reception and they will assist in locating your child’s homeroom to be signed in with their camp staff.

Early Departures
Should you need to pick up your child early (before 4:30pm) please contact your child’s camp staff as soon as possible to let them know.

Sign-out Procedures
For safety reasons all campers must be signed out by a parent/guardian. Sign-out takes place at your child’s designated homeroom at 4:30pm. Campers enrolled in the afternoon extended care will be dropped off by their camp staff in the extended care room at 4:30pm. Extended care fees will apply if your child is not picked up by 4:30pm.

Campers will only be allowed to leave with the person authorized to pick them up. Photo ID must be presented by those authorized to pick up campers each day.

March Break camps run from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Early drop off is available from 8:00am – 8:45am each day and late pickup runs from 4:30pm – 6:00pm. All extended care must be registered for in advance. Extended care campers must stay in the designated extended care room (room 221), where they’ll be supervised by a member of our camp staff. There are no structured activities during extended care, but campers have the opportunity to play with their friends using the variety of board games and activities provided.

Morning extended care: Campers may be signed in between 8am and 8:45am. Your child’s camp staff will pick up their campers at 8:45am.

Afternoon extended care: If your camper is registered in extended care, they will automatically be taken to the Aftercare room (221) and you must pick them up and sign them out from there. It is most important that if you are running late, you call the school at 905-820-2020.

There is a $5.00/day charge for AM extended care, $10.00/day charge for PM extended care.

*Late fees will apply if your child is picked up beyond 6:00pm.

8:00am-9:00am

Extended Care (pre-paid)

9:00am

Sign In

9:00am-12:00pm

Camp specific activities (rehearsals, Studio A, Crafts, Outdoor time)

12:00pm-1:00pm

LUNCH – All campers eat lunch together in their homeroom between 12-12:30pm.
All campers relax to watch a movie together in Studio A between 12:30-1pm.

1:00pm-4:30pm

Camp specific activities (rehearsals, Studio A, Crafts, Outdoor time)

4:30pm

Sign Out

4:30pm-6:00pm

Extended Care (pre-paid)

All camps culminate to a final performance Friday afternoon between 2-4pm. The complete performance schedule will be made available in your confirmation email. After your child’s performance, you have the option to sign-them out or leave them with the counselor to continue watching the other camps’ performances until the 4:30pm pick-up time.

Purchase a professional quality video of your child’s camp performance for an additional camp fee of $50.00. Merriam students will receive a copy of their performance in their videolog.

Partial refund will be granted up to 2 weeks before camp start date. No refund for any reason 2 weeks before your camp start date (including cancelling pizza and/or extended care) No refund if camper misses a day of camp.

All withdrawal and refund requests must be received in writing.

Merriam Music reserves the right to un-register a camper if she or she is deemed to be incompatible with the program. Please see the ‘Discipline’ section for further details.

To make any changes with your original registration, please email us at summer@merriammusic.com and inform us of the changes you require. All changes are subject to availability.

A full refund will be granted before April 30th, 2018 with no penalty. Starting May 1st, 2018 a percentage of your registration fee will be refunded if you wish to withdraw from camp:

  • No refund for any reason 2 weeks before camp starts March 12th, 2018. This includes cancelling pizza/pita lunches and/or extended care.

No refund for any reason 2 weeks before your camp start date (including cancelling pizza/pita lunches and/or extended care).

For last minute absences from the camp due to medical reasons before the camp starts can be considered with a doctor’s note.  Once the camp starts there are no refunds for any reason.

All withdrawal and refund requests must be received in writing.

Merriam Music reserves the right to de-register a camper if she or she is deemed to be incompatible with the program. Please see the ‘Discipline’ section for further details.

Merriam Music reserves the right to cancel or combine individual camps if minimum registration is not achieved. A full refund will be issued in the event of a cancellation due to low enrollment.

In the case of the two-week musical theatre camp, there are no refunds after auditions have taken place. 

If your child requires any prescription medications (including Asthma Inhalers) or carries an Epi-Pen, please fill out the Medical Information section on the registration form. All prescription medications must be turned in to the camp supervisor at morning sign in. Prescription medications must be in the original pharmacy bottle, labeled with the patients name and the physicians ordered dose on the bottle (e.g. pills in Ziploc bags are not accepted).

Non prescription/over-the-counter medication, including vitamins and herbal supplements, will not be permitted. Asthma Inhalers and Epi-Pens will be carried by your child. If you wish to discuss your child’s medications or medical conditions in advance, please contact Summer Camp Coordinator. Please note that the Camp Staff are instructed not to administer medication, such as Asthma inhalers or Epi-Pens, but rather guide our child to use it as they see fit as per their first aid training.

If your child is going to be absent, please inform us by emailing the camp director at summer@merriammusic.com. Or call the school at 905-829-2020. No refunds will be given for days when a camper is absent and missed days cannot be made up. For last minute absences from the camp due to medical reasons before the camp starts can be considered with a doctor’s note.  Once the camp starts there are no refunds for any reason.

If your child is injured, you will be notified following notification of the appropriate emergency personnel. Camp staff will administer first aid and complete an incident report. The Camp Staff, in conjunction with the Camp Supervisors, will make any decisions regarding further medical care. A waiver form was included in your confirmation email to allow the Camp Supervisor/Counselors to authorize all procedures (including admission to the hospital and necessary treatment) in the event of an emergency. All of our camp staff are CPR and First Aid trained.

If your child should become ill while at camp, you will be notified. Because we do not have a registered nurse on staff, we will ask you to make the decision whether to remove your child from the program for the day. We ask for your discretion on bringing your child to camp if he/she is ill.

nutfreeAt Merriam Music, we are very concerned about food and other allergies that affect our campers and staff, particularly where exposure to certain foods can be life threatening. Please inform the camp staff of your child’s allergies and/or dietary restrictions upon registration. Please note that the school has a ‘NO NUTS’ policy in effect.

Please remember to pack lunches and snacks that will not spoil and a refillable water bottle as campers will be outdoors and active throughout the day. We ask that you do not send products containing nuts or that may contain nuts listed on the labels. Please remind your child that they are not to share any food with other campers. Adult supervision is provided for all campers over the lunch period and during breaks.

Pizza Lunch

A pizza lunch is available for an extra fee of $5.00/day Monday to Friday. This comes with 2 slices of cheese or pepperoni pizza and a juice box.

Pita Pit Lunch 

A healthy Pita Pit lunch is available Monday to Friday.

Options
6 in pita = $6.00
9 in pita = $7.50
Gluten free pita = $7.50

All lunch options must be pre-paid upon registration.

Campers will be eating their lunches between 12:00pm to 12:30pm. For the 2nd half of their lunch break between 12:30pm to 1:00pm, the campers have the opportunity to enjoy a movie on our Protron screen in Studio A. It’s just like being in the theatres!

Our camp is NUT-FREE. 

There are children attending our programs with nut allergies so please do not pack nut products. If nut products are brought they will be discarded immediately!

Campers are asked to leave all valuables at home as Merriam Music will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items while at camp . Please label all clothing and belongings. Any items unclaimed by the end of the summer will be donated to charity.

For the safety of all our campers, the camp offers a low camper to staff ratio. All camp staff are required to wear their camp ID badges for easy identification. All of our camp staff are trained in First Aid and CPR C. All camp rooms are locked when not in use.

Behaviour Guidelines
It is the goal of Merriam Music to provide a healthy, safe, secure and respectful environment for all campers and staff. All campers are expected to follow the behaviour guidelines and interact appropriately in a group setting. Please review the following Behaviour Guidelines and Program Rules with your child(ren). Your co-operation is greatly appreciated and will help provide a safe, fun, and respectful environment for all campers and staff.

Camp Behaviour Guidelines and Program Rules

●  Campers are expected to participate in all camp activities, follow the directions of the camp staff and stay with their camp group at all times.

●  Campers must be respectful, honest and considerate of other campers, staff, volunteers and guests.

●  Campers must be respectful of Merriam School of Music property, property of other campers, staff or guests.If a child does not follow the behaviour guidelines, the camp staff will take the following steps:

  1. 1st occurrence – Staff will redirect the child to more appropriate behaviour.
  2. 2nd occurrence – The child will be sent to see the Camp Coordinator or School Manager to be reminded of the behaviour rules and parents will be notified by way of an incident report or phone call.
  3. 3rd occurrence – Parent will be contacted immediately by the Camp Supervisor and asked to pick up their child.Merriam Music Camps reserve the right to ask a parent to pick their child up early, temporarily suspend the child from the camp program or expulsion from the program in extreme cases with no refund.

The following are zero tolerance behaviour and will result in the i mmediate suspension from the camp program with no refund:

➔  Using profanity, vulgarity, obscenity or acting in a lewd manner.

➔  Use of alcohol or drugs.

➔  Verbal or physical abuse of other participants or staff.

➔  Stealing or damaging Merriam Music property or personal property of other campers or staff.

Electronic Mail

If you have any questions or concerns and would like to email the camp coordinator, feel free to do so at:  summer@merriammusic.com

Contacting Your Child During Camp

If you have an emergency and need to contact your child during the camp, call the front desk at:

(905) 829-2020 DIAL 0