Mini U leaders are university students chosen for their maturity, leadership skills and 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.
All children in Mini U programs will spend the lunch hour under the supervision of a Mini U Leader. Please send a bag lunch with your child or purchase a lunch through our Lunch Bunch Program. Please do not send items that require a microwave.
For safety reasons, please do not include nuts, peanut butter or substitutes like sun, soy, or pea putter in snacks or lunches as a growing number of children have life-threatening allergies to nuts. Due to the size and diversity of the University, there is no guarantee that peanuts and nut products will not be on or around the location of Mini U Programs. Thank you for your cooperation in making the environment as safe as possible.
All camps will meet in the Max Bell Centre, open from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm for the convenience of working parents. We appreciate your every effort to pick up your child before 4:30 pm. Please note that although supervision is provided until 5:30 pm (5:00pm during Spring Break Programs), there are no structured activities before 9:00 am or after 4:00 pm. Please note: there is a fee for late pick-up after 5:30 pm (& after 5:00pm for Spring Break Programs). Pick up times on Bombers game days may be changed from 5:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Please see page 7 of the brochure for more details on game days.
Only individuals whose names are provided on the registration form will be allowed to pick-up the child. Only when written permission is provided in advance will other individuals be allowed to do so. We require all adults to present photo ID and signature when picking up children from camp. This policy is in effect at all times.
Unless otherwise noted, day programs include swimming. Please send swimsuits and towels on the first day. Although camps will run between August 26 and 30, there will be no swimming due to the annual pool shutdown and maintenance. A minimum ratio of seven kids per one Mini U Leader is maintained in the swimming pool at all times. All children seven years and under MUST wear a life jacket, unless a note is sent by parents and swimming ability is approved by lifeguard. The “Group With” option on the registration form is not available for swimming lessons.
We have resources available for children with special needs to participate in Mini U. These are allocated on a first come, first served basis. If your child has special needs, please visit our section on Special Needs for more information on the opportunities we have available. While Mini U makes every attempt to be fully inclusive, we may have some limitations in providing an optimal experience for all children. Once we receive your child’s application form we may need to discuss in more detail how and if we can best care for your child.
We want all children to have fun at Mini U. Unfortunately, the behaviour of some children negatively impacts others. If a child is asked to leave a day program, it will only be after we have contacted the child's parents or guardinans and no money will be refunded.
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. Each child must have his/her own health and accident insurance policy.
Parents of children who may require the use of medication during their time at camp must fill out the appropriate form(s) in order for the child to be permitted to have their medication at camp. These forms include, inhaler consent form, epipen consent form, insulin consent form and over the counter medication and prescription medication form. If you wish to send medication with your child that is not outlined on one of these forms, please contact us.
In order for a camps fees to be eligible for the Canadian governments children's fitness tax credit they must meet the following criteria. They must provide five consecutive days of supervised programming where no less than half of the schedule is organized physical activity.
All sport programs are 100% eligible.
For more information, please see the Government of Canada Children's Fitness Tax Credit web site.