Sport Camp FAQs

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Do you need to be an Oval Member to take part in Camps?

No, Oval Sport Camps are open to both non-members and members.

What is the schedule for each day?

With the exception of our hockey programs, camps start at 9:00am every day with one 15 minute morning snack break, an hour lunch period from 12:00pm-1:00pm and a 15 minutes afternoon snack break. Water breaks will happen throughout the day.

In the week leading up to camp, every participant will be sent an email with details about their camp(s) indicating activities they will participate in each day.

How old does my child have to be to take part in Oval Sport Camps?

Our Sport Camps include programming for children ages four and up. We offer several camps for Tots aged 4 and 5. The Oval does offer a number of other Oval sport programs suited for tots aged five years and younger.

What happens if I am able to enroll one child but not the other?

If you can register one camper but the same session for your other child is full, please be sure to register the first camper, add the second camper to the waitlist and email us at camps@richmondoval.ca. We cannot guarantee a spot for those on the waitlist; however, we will make every effort to keep requested siblings and friends together for the same sessions.

Can I sign up for more than one camp?

Yes, participants can sign up for more than one camp throughout the summer. Or, sign up for two half-day camps in the same week. If you spend a full day at the Oval but are in both a morning and afternoon camp, be sure to sign up for lunch supervision. Lunch supervision is free for those staying for an afternoon camp.

If you sign-up for two full weeks of camps (two full-day camps or four half-day camps or combination) your child will receive a free Summer Sport Club Pass which will enable them to register for free into the Oval Sport Club program and drop-in to the facility for free.

A 10% multi-camp discount will be applied to those who register for a second and each subsequent camp.

Can my child come to three out of five days of camp?

Yes, but we offer no pro-rated program fees. Parents or guardians are responsible for notifying Oval Camp staff of which day(s) the camper will not be there.

Can I use Extra Supervision for only one or two days?

In order to use Extra Supervision, you must register and pay for the entire week of supervision care. Once you have registered, you may use it as you need but no refunds will be given for individual mornings, lunch hours and afternoons. Parents or guardians are responsible for notifying Oval Camp staff of which day(s) the camper will not be there.

Can I cancel my child’s registration?

  • All Winter Break Camps are non-refundable or transferrable after December 1.
  • All Spring Break Camps are non-refundable or transferrable after March 1.
  • All July Summer Sport Camps are non-refundable or transferrable after June 1.
  • All August Summer Sport Camps are non-refundable or transferrable  after July 1.

Requests for a refund or transfer after these dates are the discretion of the Camp Programmer and are subject to an administration fee of $25.

How do I know if there is a place available when I am on the waitlist?

Those on a waitlist will be notified by phone and given instructions on how to register from the waitlist. In most cases, we will need your response within 24 hours to move your camper from the waitlist.

Will my child be outside or leave the Oval?

The majority of our sport camp activities stay on site in the Oval. Get Skills camp will visit Dover Park 1-2 times during the week. Get Outdoors, Get Wet, Outdoor Athlete and paddling and rowing camps all involve regular scheduled offsite activities.

Lunch hours and some Friday afternoon activities may be spent outside on the Oval Plaza. Some leaders may also schedule an offsite walk to Dover Park for outside sports and activities. We have many safety rules and protocols in place to ensure the safety of all campers while offsite.

Where do participants meet every day?

The sport camp greeting area is on the second floor of the Oval. Please follow signs to the Activity Level.

Where do I park for drop off and pick up?

For camp drop off and pick up, free parking for 15 minutes is available at the Oval in the underground parkade (entrance to parkade is located at the west side of the building). Pick up and drop off times are between:

8:45am-9:05am,

11:45am-12:05pm,

12:45pm-1:05pm and 3:45pm-4:05pm

Please note that there will be no parking available in front of the Oval on River Road. The only drop off and pick up zone will be in the parkade. If parking for more than 15 mins, parking fees are $1 per hour up to a max of $10 per day. Parkade max height is 6’11”.

What time is sign-in and sign out?

Sign-in: Daily sign in will begin 15 minutes before camp time, 8:45am for morning camps and 12:45pm for afternoon camps.

Sign- out: Daily sign out will occur at the end of camp and will take place for 15 minutes afterwards, 12:00pm-12:15pm and 4:00pm-4:15pm.

Please be respectful of our sign-in and sign-out times. If these times are not respected additional charges may apply for extra supervision. Repeated incidence may result in dismissal from future camp participation.

Is lunch provided?

No, lunch is not provided during summer camps. Participants must bring their own peanut-free lunch and snacks with them. Participants will not have access to refrigerators or microwaves while at camp.

My nine year old falls in both age categories, which camp should we choose?

Our camps are designed to give children an option as not all children develop at the same pace. We want to ensure the best camp experience possible. If the nine year old is a beginner, the younger option may be the best choice. If they are looking for a challenge and are comfortable with competition, the older option is the best. Choose the camp which will best suit their skills and comfort level.

What should my child bring to camp?

  • Proper active clothing for indoor and outdoor activities
  • Running shoes with a non-marking sole
  • A healthy, peanut-free lunch and snack
  • Individual labelled water bottles
  • Waterproof sunscreen and hat
  • Gym bag/backpack to carry and keep track or belongings
  • Some programs will require a bathing suit and towel (participants will be notified)
  • Please do not bring valuables, electronics or cell phones.

For programs involving biking:

  • A fully operation 2- wheel bike (no training wheels)
  • Bike helmet
  • Bike lock

For hockey camps:

Full equipment for players is required, including:

  • Helmet with cage (CSA approved )
  • Neck guard
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Jock/Jill
  • Hockey pants
  • Shin pads
  • Hockey socks
  • Tape
  • Hockey skates (Skates should be sharp and ready for skating before the first day of camp. There will be no opportunities to sharpen skates during camp hours).
  • Stick
  • Mouth guards (optional)
  • Hockey gloves
  • Change of clothes for under gear and for off-ice activities
  • Running shoes with a non-marking sole
Rowing Camps

Do participants of Learn to Row Camp meet the pre-requisite to row at the UBC Boathouse?

Yes.
Fencing Camps

What type of equipment is involved in the fencing camps?

All of the equipment meets international fencing safety standards. The campers will receive a glove, jacket and mask while at camp. The foil has a rubber soft tips.
Hockey Camps

How long are Hockey Camps and Power Skating Camps on-ice?

Hockey Skills Development Camp 6-9yrs, Power Skating Camp 6-9yrs, and Power Skating Camp 9-12yrs will be on ice for 60-90 per day. The range in time is to account for adapting to the fatigue levels of the participants.

What will the campers do when not on the ice?

Off-ice training. Oval hockey instructors will take the campers through various off-ice training routines each day. Each session will be designed to fit the appropriate age and skill level. Off-ice workouts will focus on increasing coordination, agility, core strength, balance and speed.

Other Questions

If you have a question that is not answer by our FAQs, please email us at camps@richmondoval.ca