Programs & Services: Camps

March Mania Camp

Join us for the best March Break ever! With a variety of activities, great staff, and world-class facilities, March Mania is the place to be every March Break!

Registration Open!

For more information: 905-525-9140 x24464 reconline@mcmaster.ca

March Mania Camp

Activities include: Children & Youth Programs

March 14-18, 2022

Please note that we plan to make use of our abundant outdoor facilities, barring unfavourable weather conditions. Please ensure your camper is prepared accordingly with outdoor attire! 

  • $335
  • Co-recreational , Age: 6-14 as of Dec-31 of the current camp year
  • Registration Required

March Mania Sport & Activity Schedule: March 2022

March Mania activities are designed with one goal front-and-center: A fun and engaging March Break! While learning and progression are certainly a part of every day (and a great source of fun in themselves), we recognize this is our campers' holiday, and camp is structured and activities designed accordingly.

Sports are listed in terms of Junior and Senior age group offerings. All ages as of December 31st of the current camp year. 

  • Junior: Ages 6 to 9 years
  • Senior: Ages 10 to 14 years

This year, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 campers will be in activity modules. Like previous years, campers will participate in 3 different activities during the camp day. However, unlike previous years, campers will select a module with 3 predetermined activities instead of choosing activities individually.
Campers will be grouped into cohorts based on their chosen module to prevent the mixing of campers throughout the camp day.
Programming will be indoors, and each cohort will have a designated space within a large "home-base" gymnasium.  Each cohort will have their own equipment or equipment will be sanitized for the appropriate time between use.
Due to the nature of the university schedule, many of our camp staff will still have academic commitments, therefore camp staff may change throughout the day/week but we will try out best to maintain staff cohorts as well. 

During online registration module availability will adjust in real-time based on the selections of your fellow camp families - best to plan ahead with alternate choices in case your top choice fills up. 

 

Modules

Activities

Junior Mindfulness & Movement

Campers develop rhythm, strength and overal wellness across many different styles of activities. Campers will learn to cultivate gratitude, handle emotions and develop kindness towards themselves and others through creative expression. Programming may take place outdoors! Pack your bag with appropriate attire - boots, gloves, hats & snow/rain-gear. Bring daily! 

Mindfulness, Meditation & Yoga 
Dance
Arts & Crafts

Junior Power of the Mind

A chance to explore your creativity, imagination and problem-solving skills. Let self-expression run wild and let your creative talent take you on a journey through visual arts & crafts and drama.  Challenges will stretch your imagination and test your determination with activities that incorporate science, creative problem-solving and adventure. 

Arts & Crafts
Challenges: Plan it, Build it, Test it
Drama

Junior Games

Challenge yourself with fun games that will test both your physical and mental abilities. Splash around and try out different water sports such as
competitive swimming, innertube waterpolo and underwater orienteering. Take part in new game every day like tchoukball, floorball, ultimate, spikeball, can-jam and pickleball. Challenges will stretch your imagination and test your determination with activities that incorporate science, creative-problem solving and adventure. Equipment required: towel, bathing suit and goggles daily. Swimming and treading water skills are mandatory! 

Aquatic Games & Water Sports
Multi-Sport Games
Challenges: Plan it, Build it, Test it

Junior Sport and Performance FUNdamentals

In this sport module, campers will learn the fundamentals of sports in lesson, drill, and practice formats. Skills include throwing, catching, passing, shooting, dribbling, and basic game play. campers will focus on different skills each day, as well as participate in scrimmage based games. 

Learn the proper and developmental age-appropriate techniques for fitness. Racquet Sports will develop hand-eye coordination and friendships through games like pickleball, squash and table tennis.  Racquets and paddles are provided as well as eye-protection for squash. 

Multi-Sport Court Sports
Fitness Challenges 
Racquet Sports

Senior Sport and Performance 

In this module, campers will be introduced to a wide variety of sports as well as learn proper developmental-age appropriate techniques for strength training, fitness and nutrition. The program supports improved athletic performance and development of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Strength, Conditioning & Nutrition
Multi-Sport Field Sports
Multi-Sport Court Sports

Senior Athlete Development

In this module, campers will focus on improving fundamental skills and be challenged to apply skills in scrimmages and game situations. Coaches will focus on teaching game strategy, and improving overall game play. Racquets and paddles are provided as well as eye-protection for squash.

Racquet Sports
Multi-Sport Court Sports 
Multi-Sport Field Sports

Senior Mind & Body

Campers develop rhythm, strength and overall wellness across many different style sof activities. Campers will learn to cultivate gratitude, handle emotions and develop kindness towards themselves and others through creative expression. Programming may take place outdoors! Pack your bag with appropriate attire - boots, gloves, hats & snow/rain-gear. Bring daily! 

Dance
Arts & Crafts
Mindfulness, Meditation & Yoga 

Senior Outdoor Recreation 

Programming is run by our McMaster Outdoor Rec & Altitude staff. Explore the great outdoors and learn survival skills. Explore McMaster's expansive property with adventure across campus and through the RBG. Splash around and try out different water activities (in our indoor pool) such as kayaking, swimming, innertube waterpolo and underwater orienteering. Rain or shine - programming will vary depending on weather. Pack your bag with the appropriate attire - boots, gloves, hats, rain/snow-gear.

Team Initiatives 

Outdoor Adventure

Aquatic Games & Water Sports

Additional Camp Services

Options available during registration include:

Our Busing, Lunch and 1-on-1 Support programs are not available for March Mania.

Preparing for Camp

Covid-19 Procedures

  • In line with McMaster University's vaccination mandatecampers 12 years and older will be required to show proof of vaccination. Campers 11 years and under will not be required to be vaccinated. 
  • Staff, visitors, and athletes will be screened daily for Covid-19 symptoms. Campers should complete the Provincial School Screening prior to their arrival to campus. 
  • Staff
    • All McMaster staff will be fully vaccinated and screened daily.
    • Due to the nature of the university schedule, many of our camp staff will still have academic commitments, therefore camp staff may change throughout the day/week but we will try out best to maintain staff cohorts as well.
  • Masking 
    • Campers will not be required to wear a mask during physical activity, however it is strongly encouraged. 
    • Masks will be required during transitions, use of washrooms, during camper arrival/dismissal for all participants, staff, and caregivers. 
  • Cohorts 
    • 8 Cohorts of 15 Campers + 2 Staff
    • Campers will participate in 3 different activities during the camp day. However, unlike previous years, campers will select a module with 3 predetermined activities instead of choosing activities individually.
    • Campers will be grouped into cohorts based on their chosen module to prevent the mixing of campers throughout the camp day.
    • Note on friend pairing requests: Please note that our operations are very different this year. As such, campers wishing to be grouped will need to be registered in the same module. Cohorts will be in the activities together throughout the entire camp day and week. 
  • Programming
    • Programming will be indoors. Each cohort activity will have its own location.
    • "Home-Base" will occur in the Mezzanine where each cohort will have their own space within.
    • Each cohort will have their own equipment or equipment will be sanitized for the appropriate time between use.
    • Lunch & Nutritional Breaks will take place inside (barring a beautiful March break weather scenario). Juniors and Seniors will eat at different times. Each cohort will have their own designated space inside the mezzanine where social distancing will be in effect. 
    • Physical distancing of 2 meters will be taken into account for all activities and transitions where possible. 
    • Hand hygiene protocols will be posted, schedules, and enforced throughout the day.
    • Surfaces and equipment will be disinfected daily. 

Camp Guide & Links

Camp Checklist

  • Water Bottle: Bring your own every day!
  • Uniform T-Shirt (provided on the first day of the session)
  • Running Shoes (no “Heelies” or sandals)
  • Bathing Suit – ONLY if enrolled in water sports (Jr. Games & Sr. Outdoor Recreation) 
  • Towel – ONLY if enrolled in water sports (Jr. Games & Sr. Outdoor Recreation) 
  • Lunch & Snacks: There is no refrigerator and no access to vending machines or cafeterias. Consider sending lunches in re-usable containers, and remember we’re nut-free!

A note on electronics: One of the goals of camp is to provide campers with unique experiences at McMaster. Electronic devices - games, phones, music players, etc. - while great for individual entertainment, do not readily encourage socialization at camp and often present challenges, especially when they go missing. We ask that all electronics be left at home for the duration of camp, and promise to provide an awesome experience to keep campers engaged throughout their session!

Dismissal Procedures

Your camper must be picked-up by an approved pick-up person or have self-sign-out privileges. Both were part of registration. In order to review your registration information:

       Log in and go to > View My Submitted Applications > View Details

  • (Under Forms) Download Printable Registration Confirmation

Please pay special attention to the Camper Dismissal and Approved Pick-Up Persons

If you notice any changes or updates that need to be made to these, please contact our office ASAP at 905-525-9140 x24464 or at reconline@mcmaster.ca

A note is required for any special dismissal arrangements. 

Daily Camp Schedule

The schedule offered below outlines a typical day at camp:

Pre-Arrival - please complete Covid-19 School & Child Care Screening Daily prior to arrival on campus: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

8:30am Camper Arrival & Hand Hygiene
8:50am Group Wake-up Call 
9:05am AM Activity 
10:30am Hand Hygiene
10:40am Sr Group Challenges / Jr Nutritional Break
11:10am Jr Group Challenges / Sr Nutritional Break
11:40am Hand Hygiene
11:50am PM1 Activity
1:10pm Hand Hygiene
1:20pm Sr Rec Session / Jr Nutritional Break
1:50pm Jr Rec Session / Sr Nutritional Break
2:20pm Hand Hygiene
2:30pm PM2 Activity
3:50pm Hand Hygiene
4:00pm-4:30pm** Camper Dismissal
4:30pm-5:30pm Extended Care *must pre-register

**Self Sign-Out Campers dismissed at 4:00pm