The day camp takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ). The address is 3535 Saint-Denis Street, Montreal, QC H2X 3P1.
Every Thursday before a new week of camp, we send an email to the parents of registered campers with information to help you and your child get ready for the camp experience. For example, you’ll get a reminder about how the first morning will go as well as information about your child’s group, the camp regulations, and more.
The great news is that you have nothing to prepare or provide for your child! The camp fee includes the costs for the apron, snacks, lunches, as well as suppers for 4 people.
At the ITHQ, your child will cook for almost the entire day and will make about five recipes every day. Although cooking is the main camp activity, the campers will also have leisure periods over lunch and at the end of the day at the child care service.
Since the ITHQ is located right above the Sherbrooke metro station, we recommend that you use public transit to make getting here easier.
You must indicate on the registration form whether your child is allowed to leave the ITHQ on their own. If not, you must indicate on the registration form the name of anyone authorized to pick up your child. Authorized people must always advise an employee when they leave with your child.
Camp activities start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., with a break from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Starting at 8 a.m., you can bring your child to the student café, where they can wait until they day camp starts. At the end of the day, you can pick up your child at 4 p.m. or register them for the child care service.
The child care service is open from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. During these periods, the camp code of conduct must be respected. Disciplinary measures will be applied to any problematic behaviour.
If your child has permission to leave the ITHQ on their own, they may do so after 4 p.m. as well as between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Before you leave the ITHQ at the end of the day, you (the accompanying parent) must identify yourself with the reception staff and notify them that your child has left.
If your child is absent or will be late, please call 514-282-5115, option 2, and leave a message before camp starts (9 a.m.). Leave your name, the name of your child, and (in the case of absence) the day your child will not attend camp.
Most of our take-home meal containers are recyclable or compostable. Please note that you should rinse the containers before putting them in your recycling bin.
To reduce at-source waste, we also allow campers to bring reusable plastic containers for their meals to take home. The containers must be clean and undamaged. Glass containers are not allowed due to the risk of breakage during handling.
Lunches and dinners are prepared by the children and workshop leaders and may contain allergens. Given the ITHQ’s vocation and the wide variety of foods handled on a daily basis, the ITHQ cannot provide an allergen-free environment. Please note that we cannot change the menus for allergies, special diets (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.), or religious beliefs (kosher, halal, etc.).
If you have allergy concerns, please contact us for more information about the menu.
If your child needs an EpiPen, vasodilator, or rescue inhaler (asthma pump), your child must carry this equipment on them at all times. The camp administration and the workshop leader for your child’s group must be informed that they have this medication or equipment. Please indicate any precautions that must be taken with your child.
If required, make sure your child wears their MedicAlert bracelet at all times during camp.
If your child needs to see a health professional because of an accident, illness, virus, or infection, the Culinary Camp may require you to provide a doctor’s certificate attesting that your child can return to camp without putting the health of the other children at risk and that your child can take part in the camp activities without any complications due to this accident, disease, virus or infection.
- Respect the other children, the workshop leaders and their assistants, and anyone else at camp.
- Take good care of the ITHQ’s facilities and kitchen equipment.
- Follow the instructions given by the different staff members.
- Stay with the group at all times.
- Only leave for lunch if you have permission.*
- Do your part to recycle materials as much as possible and avoid wasting resources (water, electricity, raw materials, etc.).
- Toys and personal items (e.g., small electronic games, Legos, trading cards, etc.) are not allowed. Cell phones and iPods are tolerated in class, but they may only be used for emergencies or for special activities announced by the workshop leaders.
* Children who do not have permission to leave over the lunch hour can take part in activities supervised by the Loisirs 3000 counsellors (registration required).
If your child breaks these rules, the following successive consequences will apply. Your child will:
- Receive a verbal warning.
- Be temporarily withdrawn from activities for part of the day. A meeting will be held that evening with a camp staff member, the parent or guardian, and the child.
- Depending on the situation, be partially or definitively suspended, without reimbursement of camp fees.
In the case of serious misconduct (vandalism, injury to others), the parents or guardians of the child at fault must voluntarily cover the costs to replace any damaged equipment.
As per the Income Tax Act, a Relevé 24 will be issued for child care costs in the name of the parent who has paid the fees and will be added to your user account (as a PDF) by no later than the last day of February (your social insurance number must be indicated on the registration form).
To get the most out of the camp activities, your child must:
- Wear closed, non-slip shoes. Sandals are not allowed due to the nature of the camp activities.
- Jewellery is also not advised for safety reasons and to avoid loss or theft.
- Long hair must be tied back at all times.
It is strongly recommended that you clearly label your child’s equipment and clothing. The day camp is also not responsible for lost or damaged items. Any items found will be kept until September 1. Unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity. If found items are labelled with the owner’s full name, the ITHQ will contact you so that you can retrieve them.
All counsellors from the Loisirs 3000 child care service are 18 and over and have first-aid certification. They work at the child care service during the lunch hour and after camp.
To provide quality instruction for all children, each Culinary Camp workshop leader and assistant has a maximum of 16 children in their group.
At the child care service, the ratio is one counsellor for 20 children.