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Camp Itinerary

What does a typical day at camp look like?

Time Activity
7:30 a.m. Rise & shine! The facilitators on your floor will wake you up so you can get ready for the fun day ahead!
8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. Eat a nutritious breakfast provided by our lovely catering staff.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Leadership Programming: Led by our expert facilitators! Delve deep into important social issues and build strong leadership skills in a supportive environment full of like-minded peers.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eat lunch with your new camp friends.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Choice Time: Choose your favourite activity to relax with after lunch. Basketball, gardening, arts and crafts—it's up to you!
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Camp-Wide Activity: An opportunity for the entire camp to take part in a fun active challenge!
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Leadership Programming: Learn and develop new skills like public speaking and action planning through fun and inspiring hands-on activities
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a theme dinner with a special guest
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Group evening session and campfire: Have the opportunity to reconnect and reflect upon the learning for the day.
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Lights out! Time to rest up for an exciting day tomorrow!

What does a typical week at camp look like?

Although no two weeks at Take Action Camp are the same, here is a snapshot of what to expect throughout the week!

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 (e.g. Evergreen Brickworks), food security, homelessness (e.g. Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre), youth empowerment (e.g. The Boys and Girls club of Kawartha Lakes) 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 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

* Please note that if you are NOT joining the breakfast, camper pick-up at camp on the final day is between 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.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 of Camp Pick Up Time: Last Day of Camp Cost (One Way) Cost (Round Trip)
Parent/Guardian Driving: 727 Bethany Hills Road

Click here for directions.

Arrive between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Attending Parent Breakfast: 10:00 a.m.

Not Attending Parent Breakfast: Between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

N/A N/A
Me to We Store Toronto: 223 Carlton Street.

Click here for directions.

Arrive at 2:00 p.m., Bus departs promptly at 2:30 p.m. Pick up your camper between 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m $15.00 $30.00
Pearson International Airport Book your flight to arrive between 11:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Book your flight to depart after 4:00 p.m. $15.00 $30.00
Toronto Greyhound Station: Arrivals Area Arrive between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m Book your departure ticket for a time after 3:00 p.m. $15.00 $30.00
Toronto Union Station: Underneath the clock in the VIA Rail main entrance hall Arrive between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m Book your departure ticket for a time after 3:00 p.m. $15.00 $30.00

*Please click here to print a copy of the driving directions.

*Click here to print a copy of the Packing List.

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)
  • $20-$50 of “just in case” money (campers will have an opportunity to shop at the Me to We Store at the Leadership Centre on the final day of camp)
  • 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)

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

Investors Group Bursary

Here at Me to We, we understand how important the Take Action Camp experience can be in the life of a young person. That is why, with the support of Investors Group, we help ensure that as many young people as possible have the opportunity to attend, no matter their economic background. You could receive up to $500.00 towards your Take Action Camp experience!

Application: Click here.

Deadline: March 25th, 2015 by 6:00 pm EST. Applications after this date will not be considered.

*Please note: The Investors Group Bursary cannot be used toward the deposit of $282.50.

We know that fundraising can be a daunting task, especially when you are busy with school, homework, piano lessons and basketball—just to name a few things! This is why Me to We provides resources and support to youth who want to fundraise for their Take Action Camp experience. We've launched a fundraising program that invests in youth to invest in themselves. Our fundraising coach can help you create a fundraising plan and keep you on track. If you are interested in finding out more about our fundraising program, please let your Take Action Camp Coordinator know! For more information, visit our fundraising page.

If you have any questions, please contact our fundraising coach directly at: fundraising@metowe.com.

*A deposit of $250.00 CAD (plus tax) must be paid to Me to We to confirm participation and secure enrolment in Take Action Camp. By paying this amount, it is understood and accepted that once Me to We has accepted the deposit and subsequent payment amounts towards Take Action Camp, they are completely non-refundable.

What's included:

  • Three delicious and nutritious meals daily plus snacks
  • Overnight accommodations
  • 24/7 facilitation and supervision by Me to We facilitators and staff
  • Leadership training such as public speaking, goal setting and action planning
  • Social issues training such as gaining perspective on global and local issues
  • Transportation to and from the volunteer locations during Take Action Day
  • All activity and programming supplies

What's not included:

  • Trip cancellation, trip interruption and travel medical insurance
  • Spending money for the Me to We Store (e.g. $50 would buy a book & T-shirt)
  • Transportation to Take Action Camp on the first and last day*

*Note: You will need to fill out your transportation needs in your online application.

Payments

All payments are due Thursday May 28th, 2015 by 6:00 pm EST.

There are two options to make a payment:

  • Online: Log in to your online application to pay through Paypal.
  • Telephone: Contact your Take Action Camp Coordinator at 416 964 8942 ext. 774 or 416 859 0068

If you have any further questions, please contact your Take Action Camp Coordinator

Cancellations

All payments to Me to We for Take Action Camp are non-refundable. If you do not complete your registration (online application, signed waivers and payment) before the deadlines provided, you may lose your spot at camp. If you are unsure of the balance remaining for your camp experience please contact your Take Action Camp Coordinator and we will provide you with your current account status.

Insurance

At Me to We, we believe it is important that all campers have the necessary coverage for any illnesses or medical emergencies that may occur during their time at camp.

  • Travel Medical, trip interruption, and trip cancellation insurance are mandatory for all campers travelling outside of their home country to attend Take Action Camp.
  • If you are traveling from outside of your home province or state (but within your home country) we strongly recommend that you purchase a non-medical insurance policy.
  • If you are travelling between countries to either the U.S. or Canada for camp, it is mandatory that you purchase a complete insurance policy including travel medical, trip interruption and trip cancellation.
Type of Travel Mandatory Insurance
Canadians Travelling to Ontario Take Action Camp It is strongly recommended that you purchase a non-medical insurance package. You can purchase this through RBC Insurance by clicking here.
Americans Travelling to Ontario Take Action Camp
  • Trip Cancellation
  • Trip Interruption
  • Travel Medical

You can purchase the Deluxe Package through CSA Insurance by clicking here.

Outside of North America Travelling to Ontario or Arizona Take Action Camp
  • Trip Cancellation
  • Trip Interruption
  • Travel Medical
Canadians (Residents of Ontario, Quebec and Alberta) Travelling to Arizona Take Action Camp
  • Trip Cancellation
  • Trip Interruption
  • Travel Medical

You can purchase trip insurance directly through your Take Action Camp Coordinator. Please call us at 416-697-5962.

Canadians (residents outside of Ontario, Quebec and Alberta) Travelling to Arizona Take Action Camp
  • Trip Cancellation
  • Trip Interruption
  • Travel Medical

You can purchase the Deluxe Package through RBC Insurance by clicking here.

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.

Caitlin Gillan – 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.

First Aid & Medication Policy

The safety and health of campers remains the absolute top priority at the Me to We 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 arrival of campers, a fire drill is also done 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 and a senior facilitator will review their medical information to ensure that we provide a safe and healthy experience. During the initial health review, the 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 at camp, 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 and put your name on it. In the event that a camper requires a visit to a medical clinic or hospital, this information will be shared with the medical professional 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.

Take Action Camp Group A & B Rules

All campers and staff at Me to We commit to following the following rules, which are set in place to ensure the safety, health and happiness of every camper.

Group A Rules

If any participant refuses to adhere to any of the Group A Rules they will be sent home at the expense of their parents/legal guardians and will not be permitted to participate in any future Take Action Camp program.

  1. Take Action Camp is committed to providing drug, alcohol and tobacco free programs. As such, no participant, facilitator or staff member may use illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia (or narcotics considered illegal in Canada, including marijuana), use prescription drugs illegally, consume alcohol or smoke/chew tobacco during any trip or program period.
  2. Take Action Camp forbids sexual activity and romantic relationships during training events, trips, programs or conferences, etc. As such, no participant, facilitator or staff member may engage in sexual activity (including kissing, touching and intercourse) with any other participant, facilitator, staff member or member of the local community (regardless of gender, age or consent) during a training period, trip, program or conference, etc. Participants are to sleep in their assigned rooms only.
  3. Take Action Camp promotes and only tolerates respectful and positive relationships. As such, all participants, facilitators and staff members must treat one another with respect. Participants, facilitators and staff members may not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, colour, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, appearance, etc. Absolutely no harassment (be it physical, sexual or other) will be tolerated. Under no circumstances will physical violence be tolerated. No participant, facilitator or staff member may at any time carry or possess a weapon. Participants, facilitators and staff members are expected to use appropriate language, avoid swearing and be kind in their interactions with others.

Group B Rules

If any participant refuses to adhere to any of the Group B Rules they will be reprimanded at the discretion of the lead facilitator(s) and their parents/legal guardians may be notified of the incident.

  1. Participants must abide by the judgment of supervising personnel.
  2. Participants must at all times abide by all rules issued by facilitators.
  3. Participants must not leave boundaries of the accommodations as indicated by a facilitator except during designated times, with the express permission of a facilitator.
  4. Participants must clean up after themselves and keep their living and eating areas tidy.
  5. Males and females must remain in separate rooms at night, unless in unforeseen circumstances where an alternative arrangement is expressly approved by a facilitator.
  6. Participants must show themselves, their facilitator and their group respect.
  7. Participants must be proactive in personal health and safety by always wearing seat belts in moving vehicles, exhibiting appropriate volunteer site behaviour, eating enough food and drinking enough water during the day, taking all prescribed medications, getting sufficient sleep at night and conducting themselves in an appropriate and safe manner.
  8. Participants are not allowed to go swimming at Take Action Camp.
  9. Campers will not bring or use electronics (including laptops, iPods, tablets or cellphones) during camp to ensure they are able to fully engage in the camp experience.

Communication Policy

An average day at Take Action Camp is packed full with 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, iPods, tablets). Although we encourage you not to bring electronic devices to camp, we understand that campers travelling far distances may feel more comfortable travelling with a cellphone. Therefore, once campers arrive at camp, their cellphones and electronics will be collected and stored securely for the duration of the week.

  • If there is an emergency at home or you need to get in touch with a camper during their time at the 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 a 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 the 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.

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.

How do I contact my camper while they are at Take Action 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 for you two weeks prior to the start of camp.
  • If campers require a call home, this will be facilitated through the Camp Director or facilitator.
  • Facilitators and the Camp Coordinator will provide two updates that will be emailed to all listed emergency contacts upon arrival and midway through the week.
  • In the event of an emergency, parents or guardians will be contacted immediately by phone. For more information, please see our Emergency Communication and First Aid & Medication Policy.

Can I request to room with my friend?

Yes, we will do our best to accommodate a request to room with a friend. However we ask that campers keep an open mind and are ready to meet new friends. There are approximately 2-6 campers per room. This rooming request can be made on the camper's online application.

Can I do laundry?

There will not be an option to do laundry while at camp, but please note we do have laundry facilities on site if required.

Will I be with my own age group?

Yes, campers will generally be placed in a room and activity group within their own age range. One of the special things about Take Action Camp is that campers of all ages get to spend time together to mentor and learn from each other during meals, camp-wide activities and special programs.

Should I bring any electronics?

Me to We highly suggests that you leave all valuables and electronics at home to ensure that they are not lost or stolen while at camp. An average day at Take Action Camp is packed full with 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 (ex. cellphones, laptops, tablets). Therefore, once campers arrive at camp, their cellphones and electronics will be collected and stored securely.

Can I hold onto my medication while at camp?

Upon arrival at camp, all campers will be asked to entrust their medications to a facilitator to ensure that symptoms experienced and subsequent medications taken are appropriately monitored and documented. Please bring prescription and non-prescription medications in their original packaging, put in a plastic Ziploc bag and 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.

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