2024 SUMMER CAMPS
With 2023 summer camps coming to a close, our team is hard at working creating the 2024 camps. Check back in for more details!
Our camps provide the most VIP police experience possible. Campers will get an all-access pass to our museum and exhibits, experiments with forensic science and crime-solving, participate in team-building game, and get behind the scenes experiences with Calgary Police Specialty Units (schedule dependent).
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SUMMER CAMP FAQ
What is new at YouthLink Summer Camps this year?
YouthLink has extended the camp hours to 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Offering extended drop-off (8:30AM to 9:00AM) and pick-up (4:00PM to 4:30PM) hours for all campers, with main camp activities commencing from 9:00AM to 4:00PM each day.
This year YouthLink will be further grouping campers by age: 6- and 7-year-olds, 8- and 9-year-olds, and 10- to 12-year-olds. We will not group campers of a vast age difference in smaller camp groups. There will be some opportunities for all campers to participate in full-camp activities during the week.
Every summer, we strive to create new experiences for camps; however, due to the nature of our camp, there may be some repeated activities from previous camp years. Special Calgary Police Service guests are subject to availability and may not be able to attend every camp week due to the dynamic nature of policing.
Where is the camp located?
Our camp is located at YouthLink Calgary, next to Calgary Police Service Headquarters (5151 – 47th Street NE). You can find parking by accessing the open parking gate through Entrance 3.
What is your refund policy for camp?
You must submit a written email request no later than five (5) business days before the camp’s listed start date for a refund. YouthLink Summer Camps will not refund requests received less than five (5) business days before the camp start date unless it is for a documented medical reason or family emergency.
Please note that if the child chooses not to attend the camp and/or experiences a conduct-related dismissal, we will not provide a refund. YouthLink will issue full refunds if we have to cancel a camp.
What is the recommended age for YouthLink Summer Camps?
YouthLink does not permit children under 6 years old or older than 12 years old to participate in our summer camps. Campers must have turned 6 years of age prior to the start date of their camp week. YouthLink works hard to ensure that all campers get the most out of their summer camp experience and camp activities at YouthLink are designed with the targeted age group in mind.
Can I sign up my camper for more than one week of camp?
We strongly discourage signing up for multiple weeks of camp. YouthLink camps will repeat some main activities from week to week due to their nature.
We do limit registration to a maximum of two weeks per camper. We will cancel and refund any additional bookings if you sign up for more than two weeks of camp.
What is YouthLink’s camper behavioural policy?
YouthLink works hard to ensure that camps are a fun, inclusive, and safe experience for all campers attending. Part of that commitment requires that we ensure that campers follow the summer camp behavioural policies outlined in our camp waivers that all parents / guardians will be required to sign off on prior to the start of camp. If camp behavioural policies are disregarded YouthLink reserves the right to ask a camper to leave camp and no refund will be issued.
What are the drop-off and pick-up guidelines?
During your registration, we will ask you to provide a pick-up password. At every pick-up, our camp leaders will ask you, or the pre-authorized adult who is picking up your camper, to provide the password, to ensure that your camper is going home with trusted adults. Please inform anyone who will be picking up your camper of this password policy to avoid any delay. If an adult cannot provide the password upon pick-up, we cannot permit the camper to go home with them until we have contacted a guardian.
Can I send someone else to pick up my child?
You can add an alternate pick-up for your child by sending us the pre-authorized name, phone number, and relationship of who will be picking up the camper in writing through email or adding someone to the camper’s file in the morning when you are dropping them off. This alternate pick-up must provide the camper’s pick-up password, camp staff will not allow campers to go home with an adult who cannot provide a password upon pick-up.
What are the drop-off and pick-up times?
Drop off is between 8:30AM and 9:00AM and pick up is between 4:00PM and 4:30PM. The YouthLink parking lot (Entrance 3) is open for drop-off from 8:30AM to 9:15PM and 3:45PM to 4:30PM for pick up.
Does YouthLink offer before or after care for summer camps?
We will not be offering Before and After Care this year. We have extended our drop off (to 8:30AM) and pick up (to 4:30PM) hours this year for all campers in lieu of offering a formal Before and After Care program.
What if I am early dropping off my camper?
YouthLink does not offer early drop offs for our summer camps and cannot provide supervision to campers before 8:30AM.
If I am late picking up my camper, what should I do?
Please be prompt and contact us should there be any circumstance that causes you to be delayed by calling our front desk at 403-428-4530 or our Program Coordinator at 403-428-8679.
Parents / guardians who have not picked up their children by 4:40PM will be charged a $20.00 late fee for the first 10 minutes and $5.00 for each additional 10 minutes which must be paid before the beginning of the next camp day.
What happens is my camper is absent or arrives late to camp one day?
Please let us know promptly if your camper will be absent or late to camp by calling our Front Desk at 403-428-4530 or our Program Coordinator at 403-428-8679.
Why does YouthLink have a photo waiver to sign?
YouthLink does take photos of campers throughout camp to share with parents and in some cases for marketing and donor reporting purposes. The YouthLink photo waiver is optional for parents / guardians to sign. If you opt not to sign the photo waiver for your camper, we will not take any photos of your child during camp.
Does YouthLink offer a lunch option?
Yes, we are offering a lunch option this year.
However, you must pre-purchase lunches a minimum of one week before your camp date. We only offer lunch as a week-long option. Lunch will be provided by our partners at Roma Catering and will include a sandwich, veggies and dip, a cookie, a granola bar, and a juice box.
Is YouthLink a nut-free facility?
We strive to be a nut-free facility. We ask that all packed lunches and snacks are nut free. However, due to the public nature of the facility some campers and visitors to the museum may show up with a peanut butter and jam sandwich or have eaten peanut butter for breakfast before attending camp. If your camper has a peanut or nut allergy, please let the camp staff know.
What does my camper need to bring to camp?
- Bug Spray
- Light jacket or layer
- Runners / sneakers (rain boots on rainy days)
- Contained nut-free packable lunch with at least two snacks (campers get hungry)
- Full water bottle
- Medications (Inhalers, Epi-Pens, etc.) – clearly labelled and in the original packaging
- Quiet time item: book, colouring supplies, puzzle book, etc.
Are there items my camper should not bring to camp?
- Personal electronics or cell phones
- Personal valuables that the camper does not wish to lose
- Flip flops or sandals
- Restrictive clothing (i.e. dresses, skirts)
- Nuts or nut products in lunches or snacks (we strive to be a nut free facility)
What if my camper has medication they need to carry?
If your child requires any prescription medications (including Asthma Inhalers) or carries an Epi-Pen, please let your camp leaders know on Monday morning at check-in. All prescription medications that campers need to carry must be discussed with camp staff at check-in. Prescription medications must be in the original pharmacy packaging, labelled with the patient’s name and the physician’s ordered dos on the bottle (pills in Ziploc bags or other packaging are not permitted). Unless otherwise specified by a parent or guardian, camp leaders carry all camper prescriptions.
Does YouthLink offer any subsidies for camp fees?
YouthLink does not offer any subsidies or fee assistance for camps.