Do participants need to live in Windsor-Essex?
Film Camp for Kids & Youth has had participants from the GTA, United States, France and Italy – usually families who have been visiting grandparents or other family/friends during the summer months – or the children of parents enjoying conferences or tours.
Children and teens have found film camp to be a fun way to spend a vacation week, while parents enjoy the region’s many seminars, historic sites, museums, wineries and breweries.
Virtual programs are also accessible to anyone, anywhere. We encourage participants to invite out-of-town family members and/or friends to join virtual classes together, e.g. friends and cousins who live far away, or apart due to social distancing or even covid, can be in the same classes together, which can be a lot of fun for families and/or neighbourhoods.
|What Precautions will be taken to prevent COVID-19 when In-Person?|
Film Camp for Kids & Youth is a safe space, and we want to make sure we can ensure student safety during camp. In-person summer camp opens July 11 and ends Sept 2nd; online classes are ongoing.
Is the overnight camp going to be open this summer?
We are happy to announce that Overnight Camp is back this summer! Tentatively, our Overnight Camp will be held at Kiwanis Sunshine Point Camp (995 Essex County Rd, Harrow, ON) from August 22-26 and August 29-September 2. Ages, pricing, and schedule to be announced.
Masks will be required for campers and staff. However, participants and staff will be permitted to take off their masks when outside OR if in a scene that is being filmed indoors under the following precautions and with instructor supervision:
1. All other participants are two meters (six feet) or more, away from the camera/tablet
2. All other participants and instructors have their masks on
4. No other participants are in the shot with them, unless two meters away.
It is preferable that masks are only removed when outside. Social distancing will not be required while wearing masks, but it will be when masks are off and indoors. We will try our best to have lunches outside in a park or on our property.
All rules are subject to change, depending on the guidelines from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
Participants are not required to be vaccinated to attend camp. Those without a vaccination will be required to take a rapid test on Mondays and Thursdays.
The Film Camp will send home participants who feel sick. If your child has a combination of symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, etc.) s/he should not attend to camp.
Because we cannot ask for proof of vaccination, camp staff will also be required to take rapid test every three days, administered by an assigned staff. Where a camp staff member shows an up-to-date vaccination, testing will be less regular.
When returning to camp following being sick, the camp will be required to take a rapid test. Parents need to stay on-site for this testing. It is best to also test at home before returning to camp so that the child is not turned away. If recurring positive tests occur, it is advised to call the health unit or the child’s doctor for advice or a letter.
Finally, just like last year, upon arrival, parents will be required to sign a form that states that the participant has no symptoms and is able to attend camp. This form will be used for Contact Tracing.
How will participants get to camp/get home?
Participants need to find their own transportation. Participants can be dropped off between 8:30-9am and picked up between 4:30-5pm. Signatures will be required. Early Drop off and late pick up are available upon request.
What should my child bring to camp?
Participants should make sure to bring a nut-free lunch, water, a hat and sunscreen to camp each day. Parents should alert camp staff of any sensitivities to the sun or pollen, or if any other allergies.
Will there be “online only” classes in July and August?
Most of our one- and three-hour tutorials will be offered online. You can find all our tutorials here.
Our virtual Filmmaking Camps will be offered this year. These are half-day camps that take place through Zoom for three hours per day Monday-Friday. The online sessions include a lesson each day, group film-related projects, and interactive games. At the end of the day, participants will be assigned “homework” to complete for the next day, which can include filming certain scenes, finishing their storyboards, etc. Scripts are written so that participants are on camera or tablet individually and so participants can film additional footage from home using a camera, or phone or tablet set at 4K. Files filmed from home will be emailed to staff through MyAirBridge.com (they have a FREE plan, and it is safe), and emailed to the camp’s email address (email@example.com). Finished camp movies are approximately 1.5- to 5-minutes, and they are uploaded to the camp’s YouTube Channel at the end of each week. We encourage family members, e.g. cousins, and friends from different regions to participate in our online film camps – both tutorials and our online filmmaking camps. It can be quite fun to appear in a film with a cousin from another city or country! You can find our online camp dates for ages 9-11 and 12-14 here .
Does my child need a computer to take a virtual class?
A computer, tablet, or cellphone are required to participate in our virtual camps and classes.
Participants do not need a computer, tablet, or cellphone for in-person camp.
Do you confirm attendance?
For in-person classes, parents’ signatures are required and check-in and check-out. Parents will also be required to fill out a form confirming their child has no COVID-19 symptoms, which will be used for Contact Tracing.
For virtual classes, we record all classes (to our private cloud site) for internal monitoring, and as per our child protection policies. We confirm attendance, and lock virtual meetings rooms after participants arrive. We can confirm attendance to parents as requested. Assistant Instructors, where possible, record attendance and ensure that participants always stay visible and on-line (short bathroom breaks are allowed). Except at the request of a parent, we so ask that participants are “visual” so that we know they have not left the site and paying attention.