Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Q: What training does the SPARC staff receive?
The staff go through an application and interview process yearly followed by reference checks. Once hired, each member must have a police check completed by Peel Regional Police, and receive their Emergency First Aid and CPR training. In June, the SPARC staff have a week of training on topics such as communicating with children, assisting those with special needs, safety and emergency policies. Mentorship is available throughout the summer from church staff. SPARC Camp is proud of their staff and the hard work they put into the camp. Each summer our staff also volunteer one week of their time to provide a week of camp, free of charge to First Nations children in South Western Ontario.
Q: Will I get a tax receipt?
Yes, at the end of the summer receipts will be e-mailed to you.
Q: What if I cannot afford to pay the full camp fee?
SPARC Camp is committed to creating Christian camping opportunities to children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to enjoy it. Camper scholarship opportunities are available for those in need. Please contact the camp office for more details.
Q: What Christian content is involved?
SPARC Camp is sponsored by Lorne Park Baptist Church and Christian content is found throughout the week in songs, 20-30 minute long interactive fun Bible studies, and prayer. At SPARC, we welcome children of all backgrounds and participation in prayers, songs and skits is optional.
Q: Does my child stay at Lorne Park Baptist Church all day?
At SPARC Camp, professional bussing services are used to augment the daily program. Each day without rain, campers are guaranteed to be outdoors. Bussing is used to take campers to local parks for outdoor play and other field trip locations.
Q: Where do I drop off my child each day?
SPARC Camp begins and finishes its day at Lorne Park Baptist Church located at 1500 Indian Road Mississauga, ON L5H 1S7.
Q: What will I need when I drop off and pick up my child?
To ensure your child’s safety, bring ID when picking up your child. You will be asked for your identification and a child is not permitted to leave until we are sure the child is safe.
Q: Can a neighbour or friend pick up my child from camp?
Yes. We have a form that a child’s parent/guardian must fill out indicating approved pick-ups. Every parent/guardian will complete this form on arrival at camp Monday morning.
Q: What if I am late picking up my child?
If your child is not staying for extended hours, you have 15 minutes past 4 PM to collect your child before an extra fee of $1 per minute will be charged (similar to day care policy). This will be charged for every one minute after 4:15 PM. Likewise if the camper is on extended hours, there will be a late fee of $1 per minute for every minute past 6:00 PM that your child needs care. Thank you for your understanding with this policy. We need to know who is staying late so we can staff properly for camper safety.
Q: How do extended hours work?
Extended hours are a time for structured and well supervised play. One or two counselors will be present in addition to a manager to provide activity options in a safe environment.
Q: Do I pack a lunch for my child?
Campers should bring their own lunches Monday through Friday.
Q: Should my child dress for rain or shine?
Although Lorne Park Baptist Church is used as a rain-day location, campers should be prepared with the proper attire such as a sweater, a hat, rain jacket and sunscreen.
Q: Should my child bring money on outings?
No. Trips are prepaid and staff cannot be responsible for lost cash or valuables.
Q: Can my child bring a favourite toy to camp?
We do not recommend this as the toy can get lost and cause conflict between the campers. We also discourage children from bringing electronic devices that could become lost, damaged or stolen.
Q: Will the SPARC staff help my child with sunscreen?
At SPARC Camp, staff will always remind campers at lunch and afternoon snack to reapply sunscreen. With Blaze campers, staff will help the campers with application if required.
Q: If my child has medication, who administers it and what do I need to provide?
SPARC Camp staff do not administer medication but can remind a child to take medication him/herself as directed by the parents. All medication must come in the original packaging, and if it is a prescription, the camper’s name must be found on the label. Parents will sign a form indicating the medication, timing and directions for the child to follow and the staff to oversee.
Q: What if my child is sick for a day? Will I get a refund?
There is no refund for sickness. If a child comes down with a serious illness and cannot attend the majority of the week, SPARC will consider the camper attending another week with no charge depending on camp availability.
Q: What if my child cannot swim?
All swimming activities take place at a public pool with qualified life guards. There are shallow end and splash pad options for children who do not wish/are unable to swim.
Q: I cannot find the LIT section of the website. What happened to it?
Based on two years experience, we have decided to no longer offer the LIT portion of SPARC. While the program was fun and well received, we have decided to return to our roots by offering a great fun camp for grades SK to 7, plus a few weeks of camping for those in grades 7 to 9.