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Camp FAQ

Below, please find the answers to our most frequently asked questions about our camp programs.

Have a question that isn’t on this page? Feel free to read more about us on our Band Camps page or contact us at camp@bandology.ca .

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General Information

How do I register for Band Camp or Band Camp Junior?

How do I register for March Break Music Camp?

Does my child need to know music?

Our Band Camp Junior and March Break Music Camps require no prior musical experience. Our Band Camp program requires knowledge of a wind or percussion instrument, and is aimed at students who have spent at least one semester learning their instrument in school.

Are your camps educational?

Yes! Our camps are educational camps designed to help campers build musical skills, develop a lifelong love of music and learn soft skills such as collaboration and creativity. We follow a curriculum aligned with the Ontario Arts Curriculum, and strive to ensure campers have tons of fun while growing as musicians and learners.

Where is the camp located?

Band Camp Halton runs at King’s Christian College in Oakville. March Break Music Camp runs at the Laurier Academy of Music and Arts in Waterloo. We are currently updating our camp locations for Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo and will announce them soon! Please see this page for more detailed directions to our locations.

Do you have a lost and found?

All lost and found items will be kept at camp until the last day of the week, at which time they will be donated if still unclaimed. Bandology recommends that you check daily to ensure your child has returned home with all their belongings. Campers who bring valuables of any kind do so at their own risk, so please leave them at home!

What is the camper to staff ratio?

Our March Break Music Camp has an average ratio of 4:1 campers to staff.

Our Band Camp Junior program has an average ratio of 3:1 campers to staff.

Our Band Camp program has an average ratio of 5:1 campers to staff.

What kind of support do you provide for campers with special needs or who require extra support?

We welcome campers with special needs to our camps. We aim to create a collaborative, educational environment at our camps, and recommend that campers be at a developmental level which aligns with our indicated age ranges. We strive to accommodate each camper where we can, but unfortunately our staffing structure does not always allow for 1:1 camper support. If your child requires individualized care (i.e. mobility support, meal support, washroom support, etc.), please reach out to us at camp@bandology.ca in advance of registering, so we can see if we can accommodate those needs during the week. If your child has a support person they can bring with them, please let us know, as we permit this in some cases.

Full disclosure of behaviour and support needs in our medical questionnaire is required at the time of registration and failure to do so may result in participant removal. No refunds or credits will be issued should this occur.

Are your locations wheelchair accessible?

Yes.

Do you have special guests at camp?

Bandology invites some of the best conductors, clinicians and music teachers to camp to work with our campers throughout the week. Check out our faculty from previous years.

If I need to get in touch with someone on site to pick up my child early or in case of emergency, can I?

Yes, the camp directors and the Executive Director will provide their phone numbers and contact information prior to the beginning of camp!

Where do we find our staff and volunteers?

The majority of our staff are university students studying a variety of subjects, and who all have a passion for music and education! Our camp directors are professional musicians and educators, and our year-round staff has over 30 years of combined camp experience! You can learn more about them here. During our camps we also have volunteer Music Mentors, who are high school students that provide activity and supervision support for our campers.

If I want to become a Music Mentor how do I register?

You can use this registration form to sign up as a Mentor. Also check out our Mentor information page to learn more!

Camp Day

What are your camp hours?

Each camp runs from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday for one week.

Are your camps overnight camps?

No.

What does a typical day of camp look like?

Check out the schedule for a typical day at Band Camp and Band Camp Junior and March Break Music Camp.

Do you provide before and after care?

No, unfortunately Bandology is not able to provide before or after care. You may drop off your kids between 8:45 am and 9 am. Pickup is at 4 pm.

Does my child need to bring lunch?

Campers need to bring lunch every day, except on Friday when we provide a pizza lunch. Kids in the Band Camp Junior program also have two snack breaks alongside their lunch time.

What does my child need to bring to camp?

Campers should bring snacks, a water bottle, sunscreen, and clothes they are comfortable going outside in. Please do not send campers to camp with valuables, and we recommend younger campers are not sent with expensive technological devices such as a smartwatch or cell phone.

Does my child need an instrument?

Campers in the band need to bring their instruments and music every day. If they are borrowing an instrument from our Lending Library for the week, they will receive it on Monday when they arrive.

Is the camp week curriculum the same year over year?

Our Band Camp program for kids in grades 7 to 12 is structured the same year-to-year, but the repertoire learned changes each camp, and our special guests and music directors often rotate.

Our Band Camp Junior and March Break Music Camp programs for kids grade 1 to 6 are also structured the same year-to-year. However, there are new activities added each season, and for returning campers we provide updates to our activities which will be more aligned with their skill level.

Health and Safety

Are your staff trained in First Aid?

Yes, there are always staff members on site who have First Aid and CPR training.

Are all your staff police checked?

Yes. Bandology requires a police check as a prerequisite of employment. We do not share staff police checks with individuals or groups outside the organization.

Do you administer medication?

Please be aware that camp staff are not trained or authorized to administer medication of any kind and all medications must be taken by the camper independently.

What is your allergy policy?

Peanut and other nut products are not permitted at camp. Disclosure of allergies is required during our registration process. In advance of camp, foods and products which are not permissible during the camp week will be communicated to parents and caregivers. Bandology is not liable for infringement of these policies, and failure to comply with them may result in the removal of your child from camp, with no refunds or credits provided. If you have concerns about your child’s allergies, please reach out to us at camp@bandology.ca

Are your staff vaccinated against COVID-19?

All our staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a prerequisite of employment.

Payment and Cancellations

How do I pay for camp?

At the end of the registration process, you will receive a link to a personalized checkout page. Payments are made via PayPal. If you would prefer to use e-transfer, please reach out to us after completing your registration and we will provide you with e-transfer information.

What is the cancellation policy?

For March Break Music Camp: You may cancel your registration at any time leading up to camp. Requests for a refund must be submitted in writing no later than February 20, 2024 in order to receive a refund of $245 (does not include the $50 non-refundable administration fee). There are no refunds after these dates.

For our summer Band Camps: You may cancel your registration at any time leading up to camp. Requests for a refund must be submitted in writing no later than June 30, 2024 in order to receive a refund of $345 for Band Camp and $245 for Band Camp Junior. Refunds do NOT include the $50 non-refundable administration fee. There are no refunds after these dates.

Following the cut off date for refunds, we may allow you to switch the registration to another camper – please contact us directly. There are no refunds for campers who do not attend camp, attend only partial days, leave camp early or are asked to leave due to misconduct.

Do you have subsidies for low income families?

We aim to make camp accessible to campers of any economic background, and have worked with community organizations and donors to provide a limited number of partial subsidies for camp fees. Please reach out to us at camp@bandology.ca for more information on how to apply for these subsidies. If you would like to donate to help send a kid to camp, you can do so at this link.

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