Prepare for Take Action Camp

 

We’re so excited for you to come to Take Action Camp! Here’s some important info for you and your parents to help make sure you’re ready to have the best experience possible.

Day Focus Activities
Day 1: Sunday 
First Day of Camp! Going From ME to WE


 Time to get to know one another! Participate in fun energizers and get introduced to new ideas and social issues that will be explored throughout the week. Sit down with your group and identify what skills you’d like to develop!
Day 2: Monday

 Leadership Skills/ Team Building

 Create strong bonds with new friends and strengthen your leadership skills! Explore and challenge your limits through team-builders and interactive skill-building modules.
Day 3: Tuesday

 Local Focus

 This whole day is themed around examining local issues. We focus on community mapping and preparing you to think critically and make lasting change in your own backyard.
Day 4: Wednesday 
Take Action Day



 Take Action Day




 Time to put your words into action! We venture out into our local community and volunteer! Volunteer placements vary each week. Examples of themes explored at our local volunteer placements include: environmental sustainability, food security, homelessness, youth empowerment and more. Volunteer activities take place in either Peterborough (and the surrounding area) or Toronto.
Day 5: Thursday



 Global Focus We’ve discovered the positive impact helping our local community can have. Now, it’s time to take our perspective global! We will work together to identify and explore a number of issues facing individuals and countries around the world, the impact of globalization and how our choices impact our global family.
Day 6: Friday




 Action Planning Over the past week, you dove deep into issues that sparked a passion within you. Now, we’ll use that spark to create an action plan! To make a difference, we need to turn our motivation and inspiration into lasting action. Participate in the Take Action Banquet (a finale dinner and talent show) to celebrate and launch socially conscious living and to keep the magic alive long after we have said goodbye at Take Action Camp.
Day 7: Saturday 
Last Day of Camp Living the Change and Parent Breakfast Have thoughtful discussions on how you can take seemingly small, simple actions every day to make a difference. Share these passions with your guardians and friends at the parent breakfast, and say your final goodbyes to camp friends and facilitators.

Take Action Camp Parent Breakfast

Join us on the final day of camp for a delicious pancake breakfast and see what your children have been up to at Take Action Camp!

When:

Last Day of Camp: July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27. Please arrive by 9:30 – 9:45 a.m.; the Parent Breakfast presentation will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

* Please note: If you’re NOT joining the parent breakfast, camper pick-up on the final day is between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Where: ME to WE Leadership Centre, 727 Bethany Hills Rd, ON. For directions to the ME to WE Center in Bethany, click here.

Highlights:

  • Meet the facilitators, other campers and their parents.
  • Hear highlights from the Camp Director and your camper.
  • Learn more about your camper’s personal action plan and how you can support them when they get home.

We will confirm your attendance closer to your camper’s arrival at camp.

Transportation Options Drop Off Time: First Day Pick Up Time: Last Day Cost (One Way) Cost (Round Trip)
Parent/Guardian Driving: 727 Bethany Hills Road


Click here for directions.

Arrival between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Attending Family Breakfast: Arrival by 9:30-9:45 a.m.

Presentation begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.


Not attending Family Breakfast:

Arrival between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

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Free The Children Office Toronto:

233 Carlton Street(look for the Take Action Camp Pick-Up Sign)



Click here for directions.

Arrival at 2:00 p.m.

Bus departs promptly at 2:30 p.m.

Pick up your camper between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.


 $15.00 $30.00
Pearson International Airport:

(Look for the Take Action Camp Pick-Up Sign).

Book your flight to arrive between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

If you are driving to the airport: Meet us outside of baggage claim, in Terminal 1

Book your flight to depart after 4:00 p.m.



If you are driving to the airport: Meet us at the Terminal 1 domestic departures area between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m.

$15.00 $30.00
Toronto Greyhound Station:

Arrivals Area

(Look for the Take Action Camp Pick-Up Sign).

Arrive between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. Book your departure ticket for a time after 2:00 p.m. $15.00 $30.00
Toronto Union Station:

Underneath the clock in the VIA Rail main entrance hall

(look for the Take Action Camp Pick-Up Sign)

Arrive between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. Book your departure ticket for a time after 2:00 p.m. $15.00 $30.00

Clothing

  • Three or four light shirts
  • Two long-sleeved shirts/light sweaters
  • One long-sleeved jacket
  • Three bottoms (pants, skirts, shorts)
  • One pair of running shoes
  • One pair of sandals
  • Six pairs of socks
  • Six sets of undergarments
  • Sun hat/baseball hat (mandatory)
  • Pyjamas
  • One special outfit for the closing Take Action Banquet (e.g. Dress top, button-down shirt, skirt, slacks, summer dress)
  • One outfit that you don’t mind getting dirty (for Take Action Day)
  • Shower shoes (Optional)

Toiletries

  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap/body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • A supply of feminine products if necessary
  • Prescription and non-prescription medication*

*Note: All medication will be collected by facilitators to ensure that symptoms experienced and subsequent medications taken are appropriately monitored and documented. Please bring all medications in their original packaging, put in a plastic Ziploc bag labelled with the camper’s name.

Other

  • Sleeping bag or other bedding for a twin-sized mattress (sheets & blanket)
  • Pillow case (pillows are provided)
  • Towel and wash cloth
  • Small backpack or messenger bag that you can carry on Take Action Day
  • Reusable water bottle (labelled with your name)
  • Journal or notebook for taking notes and recording your thoughts at camp
  • Plane, train or bus tickets, with photocopy of each, kept in a safe place (if necessary)
  • – of “just in case” money*
  • A disposable or inexpensive camera—we do not recommend bringing expensive cameras (optional). *Note: Cellphones cannot be used to take photos
  • A musical instrument for the talent show if you play (optional)

*Please note: Campers will have an opportunity to shop at the ME to WE Store at the Leadership Centre on the final day of camp. Any money that is brought to Camp will be safely stored in the Camp Office until the final day.

What not to bring

  • Cellphones (cannot be used to take pictures) and electronics (*Note: Campers travelling via plane, bus or train can bring cellphones, however they will be collected and stored securely upon arrival at camp for the duration of the week). Please review our Communication Policy for more information
  • Bathing suit
  • Jewellery
  • Clothing with inappropriate brand names and/or sayings
  • Snacks/treats

An average day at Take Action Camp is packed full of fun experiences and making new friends!

Based on past summers, we have found that campers have the best experience when they remove themselves from technology (e.g. cellphones, laptops, tablets). Therefore, once campers arrive at camp, their cellphones and electronics will be collected and stored securely for the duration of the week. (*Note: Campers travelling via plane, bus or train can bring cellphones, however they will be collected and stored securely upon arrival at camp).

  • If there is an emergency at home or you need to get in touch with a camper during their time at Take Action Camp, please contact the Camp Director. This number will be provided to you two weeks prior to the start of camp.
  • If campers require a call home, this will be facilitated through the Camp Director.
  • Facilitators and the Camp Coordinator will provide two updates per week that will be emailed to all listed emergency contacts. The first update will be sent upon arrival and another midway through the week.
  • In the event of an emergency, parents or guardians will be contacted immediately by the Camp Director.

Emergency Communication

In case of emergency, a representative from Take Action Camp will contact the camper’s emergency contact as listed on their application. Please make sure all emergency contacts are aware you have listed them as an emergency contact for Take Action Camp.

If any contact information has changed, please update your application with the correct information no later than one week prior to departure.

All facilitators have been thoroughly trained in first aid and emergency procedures and will be briefed on all medical and dietary considerations as noted in your application.

Emergencies at Home

Should your parent/guardian need to contact a camper, please have them contact the Camp Director. This telephone number will be sent to you two weeks prior to the first day of your camp. The facilitators will pass along any information privately to the camper.

Please note, if an emergency at home requires a camper to depart early, neither ME to WE nor any related organization are responsible for any reimbursement for the missed day(s) of camp. In the event that a camper needs to depart early and deviate from the camp’s itinerary, the camper and/or their parents/guardians will be financially responsible for any alternate travel arrangements (including transportation to the airport and new flights). If this situation were to arise, ME to WE will provide full logistical support in making these arrangements and ensure that the camper makes their way home safely.

If you have any questions prior to camp, please contact the Take Action Camp Coordinator.

Alexandra McKnight – 416-964-8942 ext. 774 or 416-859-0068

First Aid & Medication Policy

The safety and health of campers is the absolute top priority at Take Action Camp. With this in mind, all ME to WE facilitators are fully trained in first aid and emergency protocol. Facilitators have access to extensive first-aid kits at all times to be used in the event of any unforeseen accidents or illnesses. Furthermore, prior to arrival, all facilitators practice hospital runs and fire drills. Upon campers’ arrival, a fire drill is also conducted to make sure campers are aware of the safety procedures.

To ensure the health and well-being of each camper:

  1. Online Application‘s are reviewed by the Camp Coordinator prior to camp to ensure that any medical requirements will be met at camp.
  2. On the first day of camp, campers will each review their medical information with a senior facilitator to ensure that we provide a safe and healthy experience. During the initial health review, each camper will be asked about past and current illnesses/conditions, dietary information, history of allergic reactions, and current medications they are taking.
  3. At the end of this review, campers will be asked to entrust their medications (prescription and non-prescription) to the facilitator to ensure that symptoms experienced and subsequent medications taken are appropriately monitored and documented. Please bring prescription medications in their original packaging, put in a plastic Ziploc bag labelled with the camper’s name. In the event that a camper requires a visit to a medical clinic or hospital, this information will be shared with medical professionals as required.

Please note that all medications held in the care of ME to WE facilitators will be accessible to campers 24-hours a day as needed. If a camper currently uses an inhaler, EpiPen, insulin, birth control or other medications that may be best kept in the hands of the camper, we ask that this be discussed with the facilitator during their health review or documented in advance on the health section of the camper’s application form.

Dietary Restrictions

Our professional caterers provide healthy, nut-free, and delicious meals and will always provide a vegetarian option. If campers have any special dietary needs or restrictions, please make sure to mention these in your application form. We are able to accommodate a range of dietary restrictions, from vegan to gluten-free, with enough advance notice. All campers with dietary needs will meet with the caterers to ensure they are aware of those needing special arrangements.

Snack Policy

We are a nut-free camp, so we ask that campers do not bring any treats or snacks. Healthy snacks will be provided throughout the week by our caterers. If campers have any special dietary needs or restrictions, please make sure to include these in your application form.