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Payment Deadlines

All payments are due May 29th, 2014

There are two options to make a payment:

  1. Online: Log in to your online application to pay through Paypal.
  2. Telephone: Contact your Take Action Camp Coordinator at
    • Week 1,2,3 – Samantha Hand – 416 697 5962
    • Week 4,5,6 – Caitlin Gillan – 416 859 0068

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

Booking Conditions

Booking Conditions

*A deposit of $250.00 CAD (plus tax) must be paid to Me to We to confirm participation and secure enrolment in the 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 is included:

  • Three delicious and nutritious meals daily
  • 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 is not included:

  • Travel medical insurance
  • Spending money for Me to We Store (ex. $50 would provide a book + t-shirt)
  • Transportation to Take Action Camp on the first and last day*

* Please note you will need to fill out your transportation needs in your online application.

Insurance

Travel Medical Insurance is mandatory for all campers travelling outside of their country for a Take Action Camp. 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 the trip. 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 policy. If you are travelling between countries to either the USA or Canada for the camp it is mandatory that you purchase a complete insurance policy including Travel Medical, Trip Interruption and Trip Cancellation.

1. Canadians Travelling to Ontario Camp:
If you are traveling from Canada to the camp in Bethany, Ontario you can purchase a non-medical package through RBC Insurance banner below.

2. Americans Travelling to Ontario Camp:
If you are traveling from the United States to Canada, you can purchase the Deluxe Package through CSA Insurance by clicking here.

3. Canadians (residents of Ontario, Quebec and Alberta) Travelling to Arizona Camp:
If you are traveling from Canada (from Ontario or Quebec) to camp in the United States, you can purchase the required insurance directly through your Camp Coordinator. Please call us at 416 697 5962

4. Canadians (residents outside of Ontario, Quebec and Alberta) Travelling to Arizona Camp:
If you are traveling from Canada (from outside of Ontario or Quebec) to camp in the United States, you can purchase the Deluxe Package through RBC Insurance by clicking the banner below.

RBC Insurance®

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 please contact your Take Action Camp Coordinator and we will provide you with your current account status.

Fundraising Resources

We know that fundraising can be a daunting task, especially when you are busy with school, homework, piano lessons and basketball to boot. This is why Me to We provides resources and support to youth wishing to fundraise for their Take Action Camp experience. We’ve launched a new 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 please visit our fundraising page.

Bursary Information and Application

Here at Me to We, we understand how important the Take Action Camp experience can be in the life of a young person.

That’s why, with the help of Investor’s Group, we are able to offer several bursaries to help ensure that as many young people as possible have the opportunity to attend Take Action Camp, no matter their economic background or where they are coming from. This bursary is available to Canadian youth applying for Me to We’s Ontario Take Action Camp.

Applicants should display a commitment to philanthropy, a desire to improve their leadership skills and a passion for using social innovation to make the world a better place. This bursary is for Canadian residents only.

Click here for the application.

Submission Deadline: March 25th, 2014*
You can fax, mail, or email/scan your application to:

Take Action Camp – IG Bursary
Attn: Samantha Hand
225 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON
M5A 2L2

Fax to: 1-416-964-2199

Scan/email to: samantha@metowe.com

*We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, however please note that after this date we will be unable to process submissions.

Applications submitted after the deadline March 25 2014 will not be considered. The IG Bursary cannot be used towards the deposit of $282.50.

Packing List

After running this program for many seasons, we have compiled this list based on camper feedback. Please review the list below, especially the ‘medication’ and ‘what not to bring’.

Clothes

  • 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)
  • Pajamas
  • One special outfit for the closing Take Action Banquet (ex. Dress top, button down shirt, skirt, slacks, summer dress, etc)
  • 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
  • Spare set of contact lenses/glasses if necessary
  • A supply of feminine products if necessary

Other:

  • Sleeping bag or other bedding for a twin-sized mattress (sheets & blanket)
  • Pillow case (pillows provided)
  • Towel and wash cloth
  • Small backpack, or messenger bag that you can carry during Take Action Day
  • Reusable water bottle (labelled with your name)
  • Journal or notebook for taking notes and recording your thoughts at the 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 in Bethany Hills and at the store in Toronto if arranged transportation begins there)
  • A disposable or inexpensive camera – we do not recommend bringing expensive cameras (Optional) Note: Cell phones cannot be used to take photos
  • A musical instrument for the talent show if you play (Optional)

What NOT to bring:

  • Cell phones & electronics (Note: Cell phones cannot be used to take photos)
  • Bathing Suit
  • Jewellery
  • Clothing with inappropriate brand names and/or sayings
  • Snacks / treats

Medication

To ensure the health and well-being of each camper, each camper’s application is reviewed prior to camp to ensure that any medical requirements can be met at camp. Furthermore, 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. At the end of this review, campers will be asked to entrust their medications 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, epi-pen, insulin, birth control or other medications requiring the camper to keep them on their person, that will be accommodated.

Contact Information

If you have any questions prior to your arrival at camp, do not hesitate to contact the Take Action Camp Coordinator

Week 1,2,3 – Samantha Hand
E-mail: samantha@metowe.com
Telephone: 416.697.5962
Fax: 416.964.2199



Week 4,5,6 – Caitlin Gillan
E-mail: caitlin.gillan@metowe.com
Telephone: 416.964.8942 x760 416.859.0068
Fax: 416.964.2199

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 the Take Action Camp!

When: July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, Aug 9th, Aug 16th, Aug 23rd– 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.
Where: Me to We Leadership Centre, 727 Bethany Hills Rd, ON

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.
  • Take advantage of a special, reduced deposit to secure your child’s spot next year.

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

* Please note that if you are NOT joining the breakfast, that pick up at camp on the final day is between 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Camp Itinerary

What does a typical day at camp look like?

7:30 a.m. – Wake up!

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Eat a delicious breakfast provided by our lovely cooks, Paula and Sue.

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 such as public speaking and action planning through fun and inspiring hands-on activities.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. – Theme Dinner with a special guest

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. – Group evening session and Campfire: 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!

Click here to see what a week looks like:  Take Action Camp Itinerary

Transportation

1. Drop off & Pick Up

 

Drop off on the first day of camp 

If you will be dropping off a camper at the Take Action Camp please be sure to arrive between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the first day of Take Action Camp.

Pick up on the final day of camp.

If you are picking up a camper at the Take Action Camp on the final day of camp please be sure to arrive between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. 

If you would like to join us for the Take Action Camp Parent Breakfast on the final day of camp, this will take place between 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on the final day of camp (July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, Aug 9th, Aug 16th, Aug 23rd).  We will confirm your attendance closer to your camper’s arrival at camp.

*Please note that campers can only be picked up by their emergency contacts listed on their online application.

Directions to the Me to We Leadership Centre:

727 Bethany Hills road
Kawartha Lakes, ON

Directions from Toronto:

  • Take the ON-401 E
  • Take exit 436 to merge onto ON-115 N/ON-35 N toward Lindsay/Peterborough
  • Continue to follow ON-115 N
  • Take the Porter Road exit toward Victoria Road 32/Bethany
  • Turn left at Porter Rd (signs for Porter Road/County Road 32)
  • Turn right at ON-7A E
  • Turn left at Ski Hill Rd/Regional Road 38 (signs for Ski Hill Road)
  • Continue to follow Ski Hill Rd – Watch for the “Me to We Leadership Centre” Sign
  • Turn left at Bethany Hills Rd
  • The Me to We Leadership Centre will be near the end of the road on the right

 

2. Other Transportation Options

If you are unable to pick up or drop off a camper, we are able to provide transportation for campers who request this option on their online application. This transportation is not included in the total cost of the Camp and will be an additional fee of $30 per person round trip to be paid in advance to the Take Action Camp Coordinator. There are two options to make this payment:

  1. Online: Log in to your online application to pay through Paypal
  2. Telephone: Contact your Take Action Camp Coordinator
    • Week 1,2,3 – Samantha Hand – 416 697 5962
    • Week 4,5,6 – Caitlin Gillan – 416 859 0068

Please note that if you choose to take transportation with us, campers are limited to one backpack and one duffle bag or suitcase.

We are able to provide transportation to and from Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto Union Station, Toronto Downtown Coach Canada Bus Terminal, and from our very own Me to We Store. Please find details below for each drop off & pick up location location:

Me to We Store:
223 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON
M5A 2L2

Drop off –  Please arrive at 2:00 p.m., as we will be departing exactly at 2:30 p.m.

Pick up – Please pick up your camper between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 

Lester B. Pearson International Airport:

For campers arriving by air, we are able to pick you up and drop you off at Lester B Pearson International Airport. As there will be multiple people arriving at the airport and we would like to ensure that campers do not have to wait for long periods of time in the airport, please book your flight to arrive between 11:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. on the first day of the Camp. For departing flights please be sure to schedule the departure time after 4:00 p.m. for international and domestic flights.

If you will be meeting us at the Lester B. Pearson airport you must send the Take Action Camp Coordinator your travel itinerary (e-ticket), including flight numbers, arrival and departure times, airlines, and a contact number where the travelling camper can be reached as soon as the flight is confirmed.

Campers will be met at their arrival points by a Me to We Facilitator, who will be wearing a Take Action Academy T-shirt and will introduced to you by e-mail one week prior to your arrival.

 

Toronto Union Station:

For campers travelling to the Take Action Camp from out of town who are using Go Transit or other bus/train companies, we are able to pick you up from Union Station. The meeting spot for all campers arriving at Union Station is underneath the big clock in the VIA Rail main entrance hall. Campers will be met at their arrival point by a Me to We Facilitator, who will be wearing a Take Action Camp T-shirt and will be introduced to you by e-mail prior to your arrival.

Please be sure to arrive at this location between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the first day of the Take Action Camp.

On the last day of the Take Action Camp please be sure to book your departure ticket for a time after 3:00 p.m. in order to give ample time to travel from the Me to We Leadership Centre to the station and to check any baggage if needed.

 

Toronto downtown Coach Canada Bus Terminal:

Campers arriving at this location should arrive between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the first day of the Take Action Camp. Campers will be met in the arrivals area by a Me to We Facilitator, who will be wearing a Take Action Camp T-shirt and will be introduced to you by e-mail prior to your arrival.

On the last day of the Take Action Camp please be sure to book your departure ticket for a time after 3:00 p.m.in order to give ample time to travel from the Me to We Leadership Centre to the station.

Dietary Restrictions

Our professional caterers provide healthy, nut free, and delicious meals and will always provide a vegetarian option. If you have any special dietary needs or restrictions, please make sure to mention these in your application form. We have accommodated 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 requirements.

Emergency Communication

In case of emergency, a representative from the Take Action Camp will contact the camper’s emergency contact as listed in their application. Please make sure these people know that you have listed them as an emergency contact and that they are aware that you are going to the 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 you at camp, please have them contact the Camp Director. This telephone number will be sent to you 1 week prior to the first day of your camp. The facilitators would then 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 will be able to issue 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 there is an emergency during a camper’s time at the Take Action Camp, please contact the Camp Director. This telephone number will be given to you 1 week prior to the first day of your camp.

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


Week 1,2,3 – Samantha Hand – 416 697 5962


Week 4,5,6 – Caitlin Gillan – 416 859 0068

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 precautions taken.

To ensure the health and well-being of each camper, each camper’s application is reviewed prior to camp to ensure that any medical requirements will be met at camp. Furthermore, 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. At the end of this review, campers will be asked to entrust their medications 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, epi-pen, 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.

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 people. 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 during meals, camp wide activities and special programs to mentor and learn from each other

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. cell phones, laptops, tablets). Therefore, once campers arrive at camp, their cell phones and electronics will be collected and stored securely.

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 Take Action Camp 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 work 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 lap tops, iPods, or cell phones) 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 (ex. cell phones, lap tops, tablets). Therefore, once campers arrive at camp, their cell phones and electronics will be collected and stored securely.  If campers require a call home, this will be facilitated through the Camp Director or facilitator. Facilitators and the Camp Coordinator will provide one update that will be emailed to all listed emergency contacts midway through the week. Otherwise, no news is good news! 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.

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 precautions taken.

To ensure the health and well-being of each camper, each camper’s application is reviewed prior to camp to ensure that any medical requirements will be met at camp. Furthermore, 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. At the end of this review, campers will be asked to entrust their medications 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, epi-pen, 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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