What are camp session times?
Morning sessions: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Full Day sessions: 9:00am – 4:00pm
For more details on drop off, pickup and extended hours available, please visit our Camp Sessions section by clicking here.
Do you offer an extended hours care (early drop off or late pick up)?
Yes. Our regular no-cost drop off time is from 8:30-9:00am and pick up from 12 – 12:30pm (for morning sessions) or 4-4:30pm (for full day sessions), however, we have extended care options available for an additional nominal fee.
For morning sessions, we offer extended before care from 8 – 8:30am ($15 per camper per week) and after care pick up from 12:30 – 1pm ($15 per camper per week). If you purchase both the before and after care, you’ll receive the extended care for $20 per camper per week.
For full day sessions, we offer extended before care from 8 – 8:30am ($15 per camper per week) and after care pick up from 4:30 – 5pm ($15 per camper per week). If you purchase both the before and after care, you’ll receive the extended care for $20 per camper per week.
The extended care option is based on a full week, regardless of how many days extended care is needed. If you don’t require the extended care service for certain days, there is no discount or refund. If you are registered for multiple weeks but don’t need extended care for all weeks, you can choose which week(s) you need extended care for.
What is morning session programming?
Our morning sessions are popular for the families who just want a half day program and prefer a soccer focus. Mornings consist primarily of learning and playing soccer including a daily warm up, individual skill development, fun team games, soccer scrimmages and mini-Royal Cups. These morning sessions are coached and supervised by our staff in approximate ratios of 10 campers to 1 staff member (younger campers will have smaller ratios).
Campers are grouped and coached by age, size and ability where possible. All children aged 5 to 13 of any skill level, from never playing before to competitive rep players, are welcomed to register (for older competitive rep players, please contact us regarding your soccer expectations at camp). We recognize that many of our campers attend for multiple weeks of camp, so we accommodate this by introducing weekly themes with variations to and vary up the games and exercises.
Programming for morning sessions is subject to change depending on Public Health recommendations and restrictions.
What is the afternoon session programming?
Our full day sessions are the most popular but have limited capacity. Full day sessions combine the soccer focus in the morning sessions (daily warm up, individual skill development, fun team games, soccer scrimmages and mini-Royal Cups) with an afternoon session full of more traditional ‘camp’ games and a possible recreational swim (where available). Morning sessions are taught in an average group ratio of 10 campers to 1 staff member (younger campers will have smaller ratios) while afternoon sessions consist of a much smaller supervision ratio, especially in the pool. During the afternoon portion, campers will play various camp games and enjoy a leisure swim at the nearby pool for approximately an hour (some locations may not swim every day). During the afternoon leisure swim, our campers are fully supervised by camp staff and pool lifeguards in accordance with the ratios and regulations. There are limited spaces available for full day sessions to ensure supervision ratios are safe and meet the pool regulations. In some locations, children aged 5, 6 or 7 may not be able to register for full day sessions due to extremely restrictive pool ratios. If your camper is participating in the afternoon swim, these ratios are much lower as we are required to meet or exceed the local pool’s regulations for supervision ratios. In most pools, swim tests are conducted by local pool lifeguards. If your camper does not pass the swim test, their swim may be subject to pool restrictions including limited swim time due to rotating swim in the pool. If you have any swim concerns, speak to your onsite Supervisor or contact us at 1-800-427-0536. It is important to note there is no soccer instruction in the afternoon sessions. Soccer specific activities may or may not be played in the afternoons due to weather and other factors.
Programming for full day sessions is subject to change depending on Public Health recommendations and restrictions.
When is lunch time?
Our lunch time is scheduled between 12 – 1pm and is fully supervised by our camp staff. Safety, food allergies and cleanliness are high priorities for our camp staff to consider during the lunch hour.
Are the weekly sessions the same each week?
Each week is a little different but our daily structure is generally the same. The themes, games, activities and other programming may differ from week to week. We design our programming with the knowledge that some campers register for all weeks in the summer.
What do you do when it rains or during inclement weather?
Our camp is run primarily outdoors, however, during inclement weather (rain, extreme heat, etc.), our camp will go indoors or take shelter temporarily in a designated area until the inclement weather clears subject to facility availability. If it’s a light mist, activities will most likely continue outdoors as scheduled. In some locations and on some occasions, a school bus (or equivalent) may be required to bus campers and staff to a nearby indoor facility. Supervisors will do their best to notify parents in advance if we need to bus campers offsite temporarily or for the day. Programmed activities may be modified to suit the indoor facility used. Please note, unfortunately, there are no refunds due to inclement bad weather. In the event that Public Health restrictions due to COVID-19 prevent our camp from securing an indoor facility during inclement weather during your week of camp, then we’ll advise you of your options in advance.
What indoor activities do you do?
The indoor facility used will dictate much of the activities we can do. Because indoor facilities vary for location to location, and even from week to week, activities conducted will be subject to the facility used and will likely be modified. If inclement weather prevents us from following our regular schedule and teaching some of the scheduled soccer activities, we’ll do our best to make it up when the weather clears during the rest of the week.
How do you deal with the hot weather?
As most of our programming is conducted outdoors, the summer heat is always a safety consideration for us. From the moment campers arrive, we insist they apply sunscreen and continue to remind them to reapply throughout the day. During very hot periods, our activities are altered to ensure campers are not dehydrated or exhausted due to the heat. We make use of all the shade in the area and may even go indoors if the weather is too bad.
What if it’s too hot? Is there shade from the sun?
If the weather is too hot, we take the camp indoors or organize quiet games in the shade with plenty of refreshments and breaks. Most facilities have ample trees and shade from the sun. We encourage campers to eat lunch in the shade.
How are campers grouped?
Our campers are group by age, size and ability where possible.
What is the camper to staff ratio?
In the event there are public health or provincial requirements for group size, we will meet that standard. This may differ slightly from province to province and may change as new health regulations are implemented.
During the morning soccer focus, our staff teach and supervise their groups in excellent ratios, averaging approximately 1 staff to 10 campers. The younger campers typically receive a lower ratio during the morning sessions soccer. If your camper is participating in the afternoon swim, these ratios are much lower as we are required to meet or exceed the local pool’s regulations for supervision ratios.
Our ratios may be dictated by both health guidelines and local pool regulations governing the specific pool at your camp location.
How do you ensure safety and supervision?
Safety and supervision are the most important factors for us at our camp. Due to the pandemic, we developed a detailed and comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Plan that incorporates detailed safety procedures for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Our comprehensive Return to Camp Guideline and Safety Plan details how we’ll implement safety checks, physical distancing, cleaning and disinfecting, wearing masks where necessary, altering our programming and other safety procedures. At RCSC, it is important that our campers learn and have fun in a safe environment.
Can my child walk or ride his/her bike to camp?
If the parents /guardians listed on the registration will not be the person signing the camper in or out of camp, a SIGN IN/OUT RELEASE form must be completed by the parent/ guardian before camp starts. This form is available online during the registration process or in-person with our supervisor onsite. If a camper is walking, riding his/her bike or taxi/bus to camp or from camp, this form must be completed otherwise, all campers must be picked up and dropped off directly at camp.
Do I need to fill out any medical forms?
If your child has an EepiPpen (anaphylaxis allergy) or requires assistance with medication at the camp or has any other medical concerns, please complete fill out and return to us by fax the following forms via email to email@example.com PRIOR to the start of camp:
Age Limits & Ratios
How old does my child have to be?
A child must be at least 5 years old by the start of his/her camp session.
What if my child is too old to attend your camp but wants to participate?
If your child is 14 years old or older at the time of camp, he/she can apply to volunteer at camp by clicking here. Volunteering is a great opportunity for kids aged 14 and 15 as they not only get a chance to give back to the community and achieve any community volunteer hours needed for school, but they also get some valuable experience at camp which will help them attain summer camp employment in future years.
How many girls register for camp?
Royal City is committed to promoting girls in sport (for more information, click here). Approximately 40-50% of our campers are girls of all ages. We continue to break down barriers of entry for girls to participate in sport as that is an important goal of our club.
Fees & Discounts
Families can pay by any of the following methods of payment during the online registration process:
- Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Visa Debit)
Do you offer any subsidy?
We work closely with Children’s Aid Societies, Boys and Girls Clubs, and as well as programs like Jumpstart and KidsSport to help provide disadvantaged children with get the opportunity to attend camp. Unfortunately, we don’t offer individual subsidies, however, we can help families find a local subsidizer in your city. For more details on subsidy organizations in your area contact our head office at 1-800-427-0536 or click here.
What Do I Bring?
Do we need shin pads and soccer shoes?
Shin pads and soccer shoes are not mandatory, however, if you wish to bring them for use during the morning sessions you can. We recommend campers wear running shoes, especially in case the camp must go indoors.
Do we bring our own lunch & snacks?
If you are attending morning sessions, there is no need to bring a lunch unless your camper wishes to eat lunch with the group. But we do highly recommend bringing snacks and drinks in a cooler or lunch bag.
If you are attending full day sessions, you must send lunch, snacks and drinks with your camper. We recommend storing all drinks and food in a cooler or lunch bag as we do not have storage available.
All food (snacks and lunch) must be peanut and nut free as some campers may be allergic to these items. We strive for a nut free camp environment.
Are there any food products I should not bring?
Yes, please do not bring peanuts or any nut products to camp. We strive to maintain a nut-free camp and ask that you refrain from sending peanut or nut products to camp. If for any reason nut products are accidentally brought to the camp, our staff follow our safety procedures to ensure a safe environment for everyone.
Do we need to bring a soccer ball?
Every camper will be given a ‘Royal’ camp soccer ball on their first day for them to keep. Campers are expected to bring this soccer ball to and from camp each day.
Campers will only receive 1 camp soccer ball. If a camper attends 5 or more weeks of camp, they will receive a 2nd second ball and & t-shirt on their 5th week of camp. Royal City is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged soccer balls (or any other items brought to camp).
What if we lose the soccer ball or camp t-shirt?
A lost camp soccer ball or t-shirt cannot be replaced, however, families have the option to either purchase an additional camp soccer ball ($15) or they can bring their personal soccer ball from home. Additional camp tshirts can be purchased for $8, however, it is not necessary that campers wear their camp t-shirt every day.
How do I buy something from the Camp Store?
We have lots of cool camp items available for purchase including various necklaces, camp hats, digital camp photo, training balls, spray fans and so much more. All camp gear is available for purchase during the online registration process, including a couple of package deals with amazing discounts. Most of the camp gear is also available for purchase onsite during camp except for the online package deals available during the registration process.
If you purchase a digital camp photo, please be sure to inform your onsite Supervisor of which photo you would like (group photo or individual photo of camper). Your purchased digital photo will be emailed to you shortly after your camp week ends.
How do I register for camp?
The best way to register for camp is online by clicking here. This is the quickest and easiest to secure your spot. You can even choose to pay by various methods. If you wish to register for camp by mail or fax, please contact our head office at 1-800-427-0536 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll provide you with more details. Registration by telephone is not accepted.
What happens if my child does not like the camp?
Our programming, developed over the last 3 three decades, has proven to be very effective in creating a fun, safe and learning atmosphere at camp, however, we understand that, for whatever reason, some campers may not enjoy every aspect of camp. Please let us know if your camper is not enjoying the camp and why. We’ll do our very best to address your concerns as we take feedback very seriously. While there are no refunds once camp has started, we’ll do whatever we can to make your experience more pleasurable which may include switching groups or slightly altering our program to accommodate certain needs (if possible).
Can I be in the same group as my friend?
When you register online, there is a spot where you can ask to be grouped with a friend. Please list the full name of the camper whom you son/daughter wishes to be grouped with and we’ll do our best to accommodate this request provided the ages of the friends/family members are similar.
How does this camp compare to other soccer camps?
We like to think that all camps provide value to children if run properly, however, our camp differs from many others in our approach to coaching and teaching. We are much more than just a soccer camp…our program fosters the development of individual skills, team building and life skills. Not only do we teach grassroots soccer skills and exercises, but we also strive to teach our campers life skills in a fun environment with fantastic, energetic, and experienced instructors.
If my child really likes camp, can we sign up for more weeks?
Yes absolutely… but subject to availability. Many of our camp weeks fill up very quickly, long before camp even starts. If you wait too long, the enrolment might be full. Feel free to take advantage of our new ‘no questions asked’ full refund policy that runs until May 1, 2022. You can register now and know that you can get a full refund ‘no questions asked’ if you cancel by May 1, 2022.
Who is your camp staff?
We are lucky at Royal City Soccer Club because every year we receive so many requests to work at, or return to, our camps. Not only do our staff have experience with children and backgrounds in soccer, but they are also passionate and committed to making a positive difference in the lives of every Royal City Soccer Club camper.
Our caring and responsible staff foster a child centered approach at our camps. We have a high rate of returning staff each year and, with high expectations, we want our staff to continuously be pursuing additional learning and qualifications. All staff must endure interviews, participate in multiple training sessions, and provide a police background check.
Many of our staff are past campers and volunteers that have come back year after year to share their passion for working with children in sport. The experience our staff take away from working at our camps lasts a lifetime. As years pass, many of our alumni staff recall working at our summer camps as the most rewarding job in their life.
We’ll be starting the process of hiring our Summer Camp Team in January. For more information on joining our team, click here.
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What are your health & safety protocols?
The health and safety of our campers, volunteers, and camp staff is our highest priority. At Royal City Soccer Club, we continue to work closely with provincial camping associations and review local, provincial, and federal return to camp guidelines to ensure that we are doing our part to provide a healthy and safe environment for all participants.
Royal City Soccer Club reserves the right to make changes to and/or update our policies and procedures, as well as programming offerings as the Ministry of Health may make changes to their COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations. Our policies and protocols will be updated as needed.
Will campers need to be vaccinated in order to attend camp?
For campers ages 5-11:
Although COVID-19 vaccines are currently available for children under the age of 12, guidelines surrounding vaccine requirements for children ages 5-11 attending day camps have not yet been established. As such, we cannot confirm at this time whether vaccine mandates will be in place for this age group.
As we obtain more information from the Ministry of Health and provincial camp associations pertaining to any new guidelines and/or restrictions, we will update our policy accordingly.
For campers ages 12-13, volunteers and camp staff
Royal City Soccer Club programming relies on the availability of municipally run facilities, such as soccer fields, parks, pools, and recreational facilities. Proof of vaccination is required for youth aged 12 and older to enter any municipally run facility (Pool, Recreational Centre, etc). As our camp programming may include swimming and access to indoor facilities, proof of vaccination is currently required for all camp attendees (campers, volunteers, and camp staff) within this age group to participate in our programming.
What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?
As per the Ministry of Health, any individual is deemed “Fully Vaccinated” once they have obtained two doses of government approved COVID-19 vaccines and have waited a period of 14-days following the second dose.
Note – In the event that Ministry of Health updates vaccine requirements (i.e., addition of a booster mandate to the vaccine passport), the term “fully vaccinated” will be updated to reflect said update.
What is required for proof of vaccination?
Provincial guidelines require that BOTH a Vaccine QR Code as well as a government issued identification (i.e., Health Card) are presented for proof of vaccination.
- Vaccine and proof of vaccination mandates are dictated by Provincial regulations and are subject to change at any time.
- Should guidelines change and become more restrictive AFTER camp registration, cancellation policies will come into effect. Cancellation policies can be found by clicking here.
Will my child be required to wear a mask at camp?
Royal City Soccer Club will enforce mask requirements as dictated by Public Health guidelines.
Mask wearing will be required in situations where social distancing is not possible, as well as when in an indoor facility.
- In the event of inclement weather campers may need to be bused to an indoor facility. For the duration of the bus ride masks must be worn at all times and social distancing will be enforced on the bus.
- When accessing an indoor facility, whether to change and/or prepare for swimming, or utilizing an indoor space because of inclement weather, masks must be worn at all times.
Do I have to complete COVID-19 screening every day?
Yes, unless public health recommendations at the time of camp do not require it. We ask that all parents complete a COVID screening of their camper PRIOR to arrival at camp daily. This will assist in ensuring that any camper who may be symptomatic or come into contact with anyone who is symptomatic, does not attend camp and in turn does not spread any symptoms to other campers. Upon arrival at camp, staff will ask the parent/guardian of each camper to show the screening result.
Any camper, volunteer or camp staff member experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 are asked to stay home and follow Public Health guidelines as they relate to quarantine, testing, and returning to work and/or activities.
What happens if a camper becomes ill while at camp?
If a camper, volunteer, or staff member develops COVID-19 symptoms while at camp, the individual will be separated immediately from the others in a supervised area to ensure that physical distancing (2 meters) is maintained.
Parents/guardians will be notified immediately, and the camper, volunteer, or staff member will need to be picked up as soon as possible. If physical distance cannot be maintained from the ill participant, both individuals must use the proper PPE to limit the spread (e.g., mask, eye protection, gloves). Camp Staff will contact the local public health unit to notify them of a potential case and to determine the next steps.
Will you be contact tracing in the event of a positive case?
Royal City Soccer Club will keep a daily record of the following:
- Camper Name
- Drop off/pick up time
- Adult completing drop off/pick up
- Adult and child’s emergency contact information
- All staff that interact with each cohort
- Campers and staff unable to attend due to being symptomatic
- Any incidents of campers, volunteers and/or staff becoming symptomatic at camp
- COVID-19 daily self-assessments completed by parents/guardians, campers, volunteers, and staff and visitors
- Schedules and daily camper location
- Bus transportation seating plan
RCSC will implement contact tracing upon learning of a case at camp.