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Kids Camp 1

AGE: 8* – 12 Years Old *Campers MUST be 8 by Sept 1 in the year of camp.
TIME: 9am – 3pm (Mon – Fri) *Before & After Care Available (8:00am-5:30pm)
PREREQUISITES: NONE; Great for Beginners
REQUIRED: Any camera with manual mode (*rentals available)
LOCATION: 100 Laurier Ave E. (University of Ottawa)
PRICE: $399/549

Overview

Kids Camp 1, We Have FUN!

Kids Camp 1 is a unique photography program that empowers kids, like no other in the country! Kids Camp 1 introduces campers to their cameras through hands-on demonstrations and interactive field trips! In our program, we cover creative and technical techniques that are engaging and meaninful for kids! Kids leave feeling confident having developed a skill set that they will carry with them forever!

“Omg…….I cannot say more! My kids never said goodbye when I dropped off and I had to bribe them when we left daily!”
– Caroline Waite | GTA Photography Camps Parent

Best Summer Experience

Summer is a great time to explore, have fun and make new friends! We work hard to make each week not just about photography, but a real experience that the campers will never forget.

5-Star Reviews & Quality Instructors

Our instructors are excellent teachers, award winning photographers and have their work published! We consistently get 5 star reviews and offer one of the best youth photography programs in the city.

We Were On TV & Radio!

You may of seen us on TV or heard us on air! Our director and instructors were invited to be photography mentors, and judges on CBC Kids’ reality TV Show, “Snapshots”. Most recently, we were on “Ontario Today” chatting about photography to CBC Radio 1 listeners.

Experiential Learning

We know learning doesn’t only happy in the classroom! To really make it ‘click’, we focus on experiential learning by getting campers to shoot outdoors and put the principles they learned into practice.

Camp Outline

Camp Summary
  • Top 10 tips to improve your photos instantly
  • Basic camera settings that make a big impact on your photos (white balance, ISO & scene modes)
  • Introduction to Aperture & Shutter Speed
  • Experimental shooting techniques like using handmade filters to create your own Instagram look
  • Fun photography games and daily photo field trips!
Intro to Camera Settings

Campers will be introduced to important basic camera settings like white balance and ISO that will make a major impact on their images. They’ll learn how and when to use various shooting modes like shutter and aperture priority as well as the auto scene modes on the camera.

Composition and Helpful Tips

In this camp, kids will start training their eyes to see great images right in front of them! Compositional rules and helpful hints for different subject matter like portraiture and landscape will be covered.

Fun Photo Activities

Kids Camp 1 is packed with great photo activities! All of our shooting projects have been designed to give campers the opportunity to really express their creativity while utilizing important technical skills. Daily field trips give campers lots of opportunity to use their cameras and really practice what they learn.

Sample Day Agenda

9:00 am Drop-Off
Before care starts at 8:00am
9:00 am Warm up game
9:15 am Photography Lesson
Learn & Practice
10:30 am Demos & Hands on Practice
Apply what you’ve learned
12:00 pm Lunch Break
Bring your own or buy lunch at a local spot
1:00 pm Field Trip
Visit exciting local spots and take incredible photos and videos
2:45 pm Arrive back at camp
2:45 pm Cool Down Game
3:00 pm Student Pick-up
After care until 5:30pm*
Savings & Add-Ons

Save Up To $300.00

Receive $100.00 off each additional week of camp in a singular booking. *Camps must be booked in the same year to qualify for discount.

Before & After Care

We offer before & after care for $65 per week. Before & after care starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 5:30 PM

Loaner Cameras

Don’t have a professional DSLR? No worries! We offer loaner cameras at the price of $55 +HST for the full week at camp. SD Card included so you can take your photos home with you!

Financial Aid Available | Apply By March 20, 2019

We believe all kids and teens deserve the opportunity to attend our camps and should not be limited by financial needs. Click Icon For Application.

FAQ's
How many campers are in your sessions?

We limit all kids programs to 12 campers and teen programs from 10 to 20 campers (depending on the program). Based on our experience, we have found that campers are able to grasp the concepts better in small class sizes. This allows them to ask questions as we go and get personal attention.

How do you address safety at your camp?

We take safety very seriously at GTA Photography. You can be sure that your child is in good hands. Here are just some of the measures we have taken to ensure the safety of your child:

  • Staff Qualified in First Aid / CPR: All of our instructors and counsellors are trained in First Aid and CPR and are able to treat minor injuries on site. Parents will be immediately notified in case of injury or illness.
  • High Instructor to Camper Ratio: Our Kids Camp has a ratio of 2 staff to 12 campers. Our Teen Camps have a ratio of 2 staff to 15 campers.
  • Strict Pick up / Drop Off Policy: We have a strict pick up / drop off policy; whereby, you provide us with the proper information on who is allowed to pick up your child and we ensure that they are released only to that individual.
  • Background Checks: It is our policy that we conduct background and criminal checks on all staff members.
  • Risk Management Training: All of our instructors and counsellors undergo thorough training in risk management and emergency procedures. All of our instructors and counsellors have cell phones and can be reached at any time.
How old does my child have to be to attend?

Kids Camp (8 – 12) and Teen Camp (13 – 17).  If you have any questions regarding the age group, please feel free to contact us.

How does pick up / drop off work?

We know that pick up and drop off times are busy for families.  We do everything we can to make it as smooth as possible for you.

At each location, we have designated pick up / drop off areas to allow for quick transitions.  Please consult your Parent Handbook for details.

All of our camps begin at 9:00 AM. Students should be dropped off 10 minutes prior to their start time. All of our camps end at 3:00 PM. Students should be picked up by 3:10pm. We provide Before / After care for our Kids & Teen Camps (8:00am to 5:30pm). 

Is there Before & After Care Provided?

Before and after care for kids and teen camps is available from 8:00am – 5:30pm  for an additional fee of $65 +HST. *

Please note that camp programming ends at 3:00pm. Simple activities and entertainment are provided during after care.

Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?

Yes!  We believe that every child should have access to camp and financial limitations should not be a factor when making the decision to go to camp. Every summer, we have a select number of spots that are open to students in need.

Deadline to apply for financial aid is  March 20, 2018. Campers will be notified if they were granted a spot by end of April. Please fill out the application below and email it back to us (info@gtaphotographyclasses.com) by the deadline.

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION

How early should we register?

Registration is open until the Friday before the session begins. Please note that in prior years most of our camps have sold out months in advance. In order to guarantee enrolment, we recommend registering as soon as you know your schedule and at least a month in advance. Avoid the rush – register early and secure a spot!

What are your registration policies?

Policies:

  • Prepayment is required to confirm your registration and spot in the class / camp / workshop.
  • All sessions begin promptly at the stated time. Any missed material is forgone by the student.

Cancellation by Campers:

  • Cancellations are non-refundable whether the camper cancels or fails to show up for camp; however, if cancellation is received within 14 days prior to the scheduled session, we will reschedule you to another session but a $100 administration fee will apply.

Cancellation by GTAPC:

  • GTA Photography Classes reserves the right to cancel or postpone any camp if there is inadequate enrolment. In the event that a camp must be cancelled, you will be notified by email with adequate notice (please be sure to register using the email address where you can best be reached). You may then either reschedule for another session or receive reimbursement of camp fees.
What is the format of the day?

Weekly Camps (Summer, March Break, Winter)

Monday to Friday from 9 am – 3 pm.

Before & After Care is available for an extra $65 + HST / week.  Hours are 8:00am – 5:30 pm.

Typical Day at Summer Camp

9 – 9:30 am : Ice breakers / team building exercises
9:30 – 12 pm : Lessons / Workshops / Assignment
12 – 1 pm : Lunch
1 – 3 pm : Outdoor field trip and shooting assignments

Fall & Winter Programs

We cover the same material as our summer camp program.  We alternate one week is indoor lecture / assignments and the following week is outdoor shooting field trip. 10-week and 12-week programs are available and will contain 1.5 – 2.5 hours of instructions depending on the program

Field Trips

Field Trips are a huge part of our program! We visit various sites around our facilities. All sites are within walking distance.

Toronto Location: Sites may include; ROM, Casa Loma, Queen St. W, Galleries, Kensington Market, Yorkville, Nathan Phillips Square, etc.
Chicago Location: Oak Street Beach, Michigan Ave, Museum of Contemporary Art, Navy Pier, etc.
Ottawa Location: University of Ottawa, National Arts Centre, City Hall, Parliament Hill, Rideau river, etc.

How does lunch work?

Lunch at camp is similar to lunch at school! Campers can either bring their lunch or money to buy a lunch at one of the nearby vendors. All of our locations have food options within a 2 minute walking distance. Whether they are bringing or buying, we always eat together as a group!

Do you accept international students?

Yes!  A tourist visa is all that is required to attend our camp.  Student visa’s are not required for summer camps.

Our programs are taught in English and do require a good understanding of the language in order to participate and follow the program.  Students should be able to converse at an Intermediate to Advanced level in order to participate in our summer camp programs. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact us for more information.

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*There will be no camp sessions running on Statutory Holidays (Canada Day: Monday, July 1, 2018 – Civic Holiday: Monday, August 5, 2018)

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