Before your first dayBefore your first day

Before first day

 

 

 


QUICK LINKS:
Spring Break &/or Summer Camp
Aquatics Info

 

 

Staff Message

Welcome to the Mini U Programs at the University of Manitoba. The following information is designed to help you know more about our programs and what to expect from your experience. It will ensure your time with us is enjoyable and easy. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Confirmation

Your receipt will confirm the details of your purchase. Our customer service staff are available at 204-474-6100 should you have any questions or require any changes to your registration. 

 

Spring Break &/or Summer Camp

 

Before your first day of camp, pack a backpack!

Your child’s program will be action packed with activities. We recommend they come prepared with:

·      a hat

·      a water bottle

·      sunscreen

·      bug spray

·      a swimsuit and towel

·      physical activity clothing

·      indoor running shoes

·      a bagged nut free lunch that does not require a microwave.


Nut Policy: We do our best to create an environment that is as nut free as possible but due to the size and diversity of the University we can guarantee 

Please save ‘NoNut’ products such as peabutter (i.e. Wowbutter) for snacks at home as they can be difficult for children with nut allergies to identify from a safe distance.

Other special equipment may be needed and will listed on your receipt (ie. hockey equipment, painting smocks, etc.).  


Our leaders will have plenty of exciting activities planned for your child so we do not recommend bringing portable gaming devices, music players, collector cards or other valuables as they can act as a distraction from the activity and may be lost or stolen. However, some participants find it enjoyable to have a book or a quiet activity to do during a.m./p.m. supervision.

 

Our Leaders

Mini U leaders are university students chosen for their maturity, leadership skills an ability to relate to children. Leaders work with faculty advisors, camp coordinators, and the director of Mini U programs to benefit from this unique work-study program.

  

Parking on Campus

Parking for Mini U drop off and pick up is available in I and Q parking lots during the designated times below. An interactive parking map can be found in the quick links section of www.miniu.ca to help you find your way to these parking lots.     

      

 

Morning Drop Off 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. No pass required
Half Day Programs 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Pass provided and required
Spring Break Pick Up 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. No pass required
Summer break pick up 3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. No pass required

 

* Parking tickets may be issued if parking occurs outside of the times and specifications listed above.

 

Accessible Parking Spaces     

Priority parking is available for customers with Manitoba Parking Permit Program passes in I Lot.  Display your permit visibly from the rear view mirror and our staff in this parking lot will be happy to assist you.

 

Event Days

Investors Group Field event days may impact your ability to access campus on days of your selected program. Further details regarding IGF event days can be found at http:/umanitoba.ca/campus/parking/igf.html

 

Pre / Post Camp Supervision

Our staff can’t get enough of the camp atmosphere and are available to supervise children before and after scheduled activities. You are welcome to drop off your child as early as 8:00 a.m. and pick up your child as late as 5:30 p.m. (5:00 p.m. during spring break). Please note: although supervision is provided until 5:30 p.m. (5:00 during Spring Break programs) there are no structured activities before 9:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. and there is a fee for pick up after 5:30 p.m. (5:00 p.m. during Spring Break).

 

Do your best to pick up your child before 4:30 p.m. to hear all about the day from your child’s group leader.

 

Camp Arrival


Please bring your official receipt with you on your first day.


Meet in the Max Bell Centre between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Our staff have activities planned to begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Be sure to arrive a little early so you don’t miss out on the fun! Hockey camps may be asked to arrive early to be prepared for their 9:00 a.m. ice time. Your receipt will notify you.


Find your selected program, group number and child’s name on the class lists posted on the bleachers in the Max Bell Fieldhouse.

Between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m:  Sign in with our staff located at the head tables of each curtain area.  They will supervise your child until their group leader arrives at 8:30 a.m.


Between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m:  Sign in directly with the group leader located under the program signs in the color-coded curtain area of your selected program.


If your child’s name is not found on a class list, or you would like to discuss changing groups, our administrative staff wearing collared shirts will be happy to assist you. 


For everyone’s safety, we ask parents/guardians to help us keep all children from running on the track during drop off and pick up times.

Dropping Off Late or Picking Up Early from Camp

Children being dropped off or picked up after 9:00 a.m. or before 4:00 p.m., please present a note explaining the dates and times of this special arrangement to your child’s group leader. On the day of this arrangement please meet our staff at the Mini U Supervisors Office – Room 156, Frank Kennedy Centre to drop off or pick up your child.


Camp Dismissal

 

All adults picking up children from camp will require photo identification and may be asked to provide signature.


Children will only be released to individuals authorized for pick up. Adults identified during the registration process (i.e. parent/guardian and emergency contacts) will be given this authority. To check to see who is listed on your child’s account as safe for pick up please call our customer service team at 204-474-6100.


Individuals on this list are welcome to authorize other adults to pick up their child by submitting a signed noted to your child’s group leader.


Pick Up begins at 4:00 p.m. and supervision is available until 5:30 p.m. 


Between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m:  Our staff want to ensure all children arrive at the group meeting spot in the Fieldhouse safely.  Please be sure to wait until the group as been seated and the group leader is able to check your ID before leaving camp.


At 4:30pm all remaining children are signed into post camp supervision with staff at the head tables.  For the safety of all children, please be patient with us and be sure you have signed out with one of our staff during this busy time before leaving with your child.


Between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m:  Meet your child at the head table of the curtain area of your selected program.  Present our staff with your photo ID and our staff will ask for your initials to sign your child out.


Participants attending summer swimming lessons at 4:30 p.m. will be picked up and taken to the swimming pool by a member of the aquatics team. They should be signed out at 5:15 p.m. with the headguard at the pool. Please bring your ID.
 

Being Absent From Camp

If your child must be away from camp for unexpected reasons (ex. illness), please call 204-474-8700 to notify us. If your child will be absent for planned reasons (ex. vacation, appointments, etc), please notify your group leader in advance with a written note.

 

Swimming at Camp
We know swimming is a favorite activity of many of our campers and unless otherwise noted, it will be included in your child’s day program. It is our intention to ensure that each camper swims as often as possible and all groups swim at minimum once per week. In the unfortunate event of a pool fouling or closure, swim times may be affected.


Our pool typically closes for our annual maintenance during the last week of August (Aug. 26-Sept. 15, 2017) which means there will be no swim time during week 9 of camp. For precise dates of the closure for the upcoming summer please visit miniu.ca or call our Customer Service team at 204-474-6100.


A minimum swimmer to adult ratio of 7:1 is maintained at all times in the swimming pool. There will be 8 lifeguards on duty at all times, as well as one or more group leaders per group (plus volunteers when available). 


All children 7 and under must wear a lifejacket or swim belt (unless a note is written by parents and the child passes a swimming test prior to each swim time). 


We have a large obstacle course in the pool that participants can play on under the supervision of our lifeguards and staff.   

 

No external pool toys are permitted.


Be sure to pack a swim suit and towel each day for camp as your child’s group may swim multiple times during the week.


The ‘group with’ option on the registration form is not applicable to swimming lessons as all children are grouped based on their swimming ability.

Special Needs
We welcome children of all abilities and believe every child deserves an opportunity to select the program that interests them most. Support staff and funds to subsidize a portion of registration fees are available for families with children with special needs to ensure we provide the best experience possible. Resources are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If your child has special needs, please visit the ‘About Us’ > ‘Supporting Families’ section of miniu.ca for more information. At Mini U we make every effort to be fully inclusive but do have some limitations in providing an experience for all children. Once we receive your child’s application form, we may need to discuss in more detail if and how we can best care for your child.

 

Health Care
First-aid staff will be on site in case of medical concerns and will work in conjunction with medical professionals where necessary. Parents are required to include pertinent health information on the registration form. If you would like to check to see what information we have recorded or provide an update, please call our Customer Service team at 204-474-6100.

 

Each child must have his/her own health and accident insurance policy.

 

T-Shirts
Participants attending summer programs (July and August) will receive ONE complimentary Mini U Program T-shirt to take home! T-shirts will be delivered to your child during their first week of programs. Children registered for multiple weeks will receive their shirt during their first week of programs. We do our best to deliver your preferred shirt size, however sizes are not guaranteed. This offer does not include aquatic programs.

  

 

Behavior

We want all children to have fun at Mini U. Unfortunately, some children’s behavior negatively affects others. Our staff are wonderful at encouraging positive behavior. We encourage you to have discussions with our Group Leaders and Supervisors regarding any comments or concerns related to behavior in your group. 


If a child is asked to leave the camp, it will only be after we have contacted the child’s parents/guardians. Camp fees will not be refunded.

 

Parental Involvement & Pictures/Video


Some programs will put on a short show/production for parents/guardians at the end of the week. If your child is attending a program putting on a special event, you will receive a notification early in the week with an invitation and special parking pass. 
Shows and productions will have specific designated picture and video times that will be indicated by our staff at the event. We appreciate the desire to take pictures/video of your child during the show however due to privacy of each child, we do not allow any recordings to be taken during this time.

 

Lost and Found


Our staff do their best to help children keep their personal items with them at all times. You will be able to look through lost and found items for all Mini U Programs at the James Daley Fieldhouse at  Max Bell Centre. Items from all campus locations are brought to this lost and found throughout the week.


General Registration Information

 

Refunds and Transfers

Full refunds will be issued if we cancel a program or day course prior to the start date of the program. If a program is cancelled after the start date, the registrant will receive a pro-rated credit. The credit can be used to register for any other program and is valid for one year from date of issue.  Credits can be transferred among immediate family members. 

If a registrant withdraws from a program 10 or more days before the start date they may receive a refund less a $15 plus GST processing fee. We do not issue cheque refunds of $10 or less. Credits are issued instead and are valid for one year from date of issue. Credits can be transferred among immediate family members.

If a registrant withdraws from a program less than 10 days before the start date they may receive a credit for the value of the program less a $15 plus GST processing fee. The credit can be used to register for any other program and is valid for one year from date of issue. Credits can be transferred among immediate family members.

After the start date of the program, a prorated credit minus a $15 plus GST processing fee will be issued only when a registrant presents a valid medical certificate at the time of withdrawal. The credit can be used to register for any other program and is valid for one year from the date of issue.  Credits can be transferred among immediate family members.

No refunds will be issued when a registrant has been asked to leave a program.

Transfer Policy
Transfer requests received 10 or more days prior to a program start date will be granted provided there is space in the program. Transfer requests received less than 10 days before the start date will be granted provided there is space in the program and are subject to a $15 plus GST processing fee.

The ‘Mini’ Print

The University of Manitoba is fully responsible for the supervision of your child during the times he/she is signed in with one of our staff. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items while on campus. We do not allow children to share food while at camp. Parents/guardians that would like to recognize birthday celebrations are welcome to do so with items other than food or treats. Parents/guardians are not allowed to watch or participate with children during scheduled activities (unless otherwise noted ex. shows/productions). Pets are not permitted in the Fieldhouse. Individuals with cameras/video cameras in our facilities may be asked by our staff to show the pictures/videos taken. There is a fee for late pick up after 5:00 p.m. for spring break programs and 5:30 p.m. for summer programs or after the changed pick up time due to an event at Investors Group Field. There is no free parking on campus during the day. During times other than drop off and pick up, the most convenient location for parking is the University Parkade. Should you receive a parking ticket in any other lot or at a time other than those designated in our parking directions, you are responsible for paying the fine. Questions or comments regarding parking at the University of Manitoba can be directed to the Parking Office 204-474-9483. 


Aquatic Program Information

I Can Swim
The I Can Swim program is somewhat unique in its delivery. One of the most unique features is the lack of a defined level system as you might experience in other programs. The benefit to this system is children are not attempting to pass a level comprised of many skills. Instead, they are each working toward achieving all of the 54 skills at their own rate and are awarded these skills as they achieve them. If you are a returning customer then when you register your child for the ICS program our online computer system will automatically group your child with other children of similar ability. If you are a new customer to our program then your child will be grouped with others based on their age. The head lifeguards will then evaluate all swimmers on the first, second and possibly third swimming lessons and may move swimmers to a more appropriate class. We call these moves ‘switches’, and they are based on swimmers current abilities, not on the physical location in the pool. We do our best to make sure everyone is in the right class as soon as possible to ensure everyone is being challenged and enjoying their lesson. If for some reason you are concerned about your child being in the right class, please feel free to speak to the head guard. Please note: as all of our swimmers are grouped based on their skill level the ‘group with’ option found on the registration form is not available for swimming lessons.

 

To keep track of your child’s progress throughout the program report cards will be handed out to all ICS participants twice throughout the session. Should your child achieve skills during the session these skills will be listed on the final report card. Should you wish to keep track of these achievements we have skill tracker posters and stickers available for purchase at the Active Living Centre Customer Service Desk at a cost of $4.00. If you have any questions about a particular skill please feel free to speak to one of the head guards.

 

 

Parking
Participants are encouraged to park in either the ALC Lot (entre off Dafoe Road), U Lot near the University of Manitoba Welcome Centre or I Lot near Investors Group Athletic Centre and Max bell Centre. Parking in these lots is free after 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and on weekends but please be careful that you are not parking in a 24 hour reserved spot.

 

How to find your class
When you arrive at the Active Living Centre for your first lesson you will be greeted by a Mini U team member and directed to find your child’s name on the class lists. Once you know the name of your teacher, and have changed and are ready for lessons, please locate their name on the walls circling the pool deck and have your child stand under their name, the teacher will meet you there. If you don’t see your child’s name on the list please approach one of the head guards to help you find the correct class.

*Note: Tot and Adult classes are the exception to this.

·      If your child is registered for any of our Tots classes the instructor will meet you by the small yellow slide near the windows.

·      If you are registered for an Adult program the instructor will meet you near the blue benches (near the entrance to the change rooms). If you feel lost when you arrive please just ask one of us for help!

Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross/ National Lifeguard Awards
On the first day of these courses please meet your instructor in the pool classroom (room 212). You will find it right outside the main entrance to the viewing area of the pool. Just a reminder: you will need a Canadian Lifesaving Manual as well as a barrier device, gloves and a whistle. These are all available for purchase at the Customer Service Desk of the Active Living Centre.

 

Pool Temperature
Our pool is used as a training center for our Manitoba Bison athletes and is therefore a little on the chilly side so that our athletes don’t get over heated. For this reason, if your child is smaller, they may benefit from wearing a rash guard, swim top or wetsuit during lessons. They can be purchased at many of the following locations: Canadian Tire, Costco, Walmart, Swimming Matters, Sportsman Marine and Ski, or online. When buying wetsuits, remember that tighter is better as it will trap more heat.

 

Pool Temperature & Closures
In the event of an unplanned pool closure, our staff will make every attempt to call all parents/guardians to notify everyone of the closure. Swimming participants will receive a credit on your family account. Credits for the missed class are valid for one year from the date it is applied and can be used for any future business with Active Living.

If you are a smart phone user please feel free to download the recreation services app. If you allow this app to send you push notifications you will receive a notification that way as well when there is a pool closure.

 

Due to the annual shutdown of the University’s steam plant June 13 to June 21, pool temperatures will be approximately 27 degrees Celsius (or about the same as most lakes in the summer).

Fire Evacuation
In the unlikely event of a fire alarm all parents will be asked to evacuate the pool area through the viewing area and into the Active Living Centre lobby (should it be safe to do so). All swimmers will be kept on the deck and supervised by their swimming teacher and will only be evacuated should it be necessary to do so.

 

General Registration Information

Refunds and Transfers

Full refunds will be issued if we cancel a program or day course prior to the start date of the program. If a program is cancelled after the start date, the registrant will receive a pro-rated credit. The credit can be used to register for any other program and is valid for one year from date of issue.  Credits can be transferred among immediate family members. 

If a registrant withdraws from a program 10 or more days before the start date they may receive a refund less a $15 plus GST processing fee. We do not issue cheque refunds of $10 or less. Credits are issued instead and are valid for one year from date of issue. Credits can be transferred among immediate family members.

If a registrant withdraws from a program less than 10 days before the start date they may receive a credit for the value of the program less a $15 plus GST processing fee. The credit can be used to register for any other program and is valid for one year from date of issue. Credits can be transferred among immediate family members.

After the start date of the program, a prorated credit minus a $15 plus GST processing fee will be issued only when a registrant presents a valid medical certificate at the time of withdrawal. The credit can be used to register for any other program and is valid for one year from the date of issue.  Credits can be transferred among immediate family members.

No refunds will be issued when a registrant has been asked to leave a program.