FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the most common questions.
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Does my child have to register for the whole Summer?

Absolutely not.  You can work Camp Juku into your child’s busy Summer agenda by choosing as many or few weeks as you like.  You might consider that the rates might be lower if you register for more than four weeks at a time.  Adding weeks later will be treated as single weeks.  Also, students who attend the complete Summer are guaranteed an “Iron-Person” trophy at the trophy ceremony.

What is the goal of Juku's Summer Camp?

Camp Juku’s goal is to build a “confident student” by: creating a supportive environment; providing a customized curriculum of Math and English; offering new experiences and activities; and making all learning and activities fun.

Originally, twenty years ago, Juku’s camp was an extension of Juku’s year-long tutoring operation.  Although the camp focused on English in the morning and Math in the afternoon, the teachers made the day a very active experience within the mandate of making learning fun.

Today, we have evolved to combining the academics of Math and English in the morning with a variety of learning, recreational, and fun activities in the afternoon.   The activities are designed to give every child an opportunity to try new things without the feeling of being graded or ridiculed.   We would like to give children the confidence that comes from leadership, team-building, and a willingness to fail or succeed.

In twenty years, we have seen many of our students go on to good things.  But the one’s who reach greatness are the one’s who exhibit a fearlessness to try new things, engage in the learning process, and work collaboratively with peers.  Camp Juku aims to help your child reach greatness through confidence.

What is taught in the English or Math class?

Juku has been providing a Math/English Combo class for the last twenty years. Students will get work similar to the work other students receive throughout the year. Students will always be challenged with work based on their abilities. Most of the work will be next year’s curriculum.

Before students are challenged with Juku-work, teachers will spend time introducing a new list of spelling and vocabulary words.   All English work has a component of vocabulary/spelling building exercises, grammar, reading, and creative or academic writing. The math work will primarily focus on computational drills, along with word problems and curriculum based exercises.

What will my Grade 8/9 student do?
They will probably follow Mr. T (Director) or Max (TDSB Teacher) all summer by taking a few of the advanced classes: Writer’s Workshop, Vocabulary, Public Speaking, or Leadership. Grade 8, 9, 10 are their specialties. The older campers will never ask their parents, “why did you put me in camp?
What will my JK/SK child do?

Kindergarten children are always welcome. The morning session will focus on learning to read and write. In the afternoon, they will be in the camp’s EDUFUN classes; art, crafts, games, and educational activities. In previous years, they have been in the same room as grade 1’s.

There is always a high level of supervision, as many of our high school helpers teach students almost on a one-on-one basis. They will participate in all the activities and games. The movies will be age appropriate. All children must be at least 4 years old.

What games are played?
This is Juku’s secret formula. Everything we do is a game. Students work towards winning “JUKU POINTS”. The points are used to win special daily and weekly prizes. We have been doing camps so long, with basically the same group of teachers, that we know which games work and which don’t. We have a whole list of individual and team contests for trophies and medals. Children absolutely love the games–and everyone participates.
What movies are shown?
The movies are usually a family friendly movie that everyone can watch, rated G (Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero, Madagascar, Brave..). If a movie is an action-movie, usually PG (Rush Hour, Spiderman, Mask, Karate Kid…), another G movie will be shown for younger children.
What are Juku-points used for?

The coveted Juku-points are little raffle tickets students receive every day.   Each teacher gives out points for completed Math and English work and for winning individual or group contests.  Every student should average 3-5 every day.

The Juku-points are used in our end of day raffle draw for prizes and candies. The daily tickets are added to the weekly group.  Every Friday the weekly draws are for larger prizes and to determine who gets to visit the “toy box” first. Every student will get to take an item out of the toy box. The box is constantly filled with different fun and educational items.

What games do you play?
We have the silliest games, but kids love them. Games are designed so that everyone can play and anyone can win. Each year we make up new games, but the all-time favourites are: smash brawl wii tournament; garbage ball; shoe toss; balance ball relay; triple threat (pictionary, password, charades); and the classic mini-Olympics (5-7) team events. These events are guaranteed crowd pleasers. Usually, there is one event per week, with elimination rounds going throughout the week and the finals on Friday afternoon. Trophies and medals are awarded to the winners.
Who gets a trophy?

We’re like a trophy factory! We have weekly awards and end of summer trophies given out to outstanding students. Previous trophies have been given for: Best Math Student; Best Writer; Teacher’s Choice; Juku Ambassador; Public Speaking; Team Player; Best Speller; Hardest Worker; Most Improved; Best Student, Neatest Binder … We try to spread the trophies around, but some students win multiple trophies. The Iron Person trophy is awarded to students with perfect attendance.

The top award is the Spirit Award. This award goes to the students who: works hard; plays fair; displays great attitude; and is basically the prototype for the ideal summer student at Juku.  Most of the winners eventually become volunteers at Camp Juku.

Here’s the tip to winning an award. Always show great attitude and be at Juku long enough to get noticed.

Does my child need to bring lunch?

Meal plans are optional. For those who want Juku to supply meals, we will have a separate room for students on the meal plan. They will get their meals and can then join their friends for lunch. The meals will include a main entrée (Pizza, Hotdogs, Butter Chicken, Chinese food, MacDonalds, sandwiches..), drink box, and dessert snack. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate a strictly vegetarian diet. We will always have a “no pork” option.

Parents can provide snacks for their child for the breaks. But this is optional, many students are having too much fun to snack.

The fee is $27 per week. For partial weeks, the rate is $6 per day. Since providing meals requires pre-planning, there is no pay-as-you-go rate.

Can the extended hours be longer (or shorter)?

The extended hours are set by the school board and cannot be changed by Juku. The earliest drop-off time is 8:00 am and the latest pickup time is 5:45pm.  Some schools allow for earlier entry or later pickup times. Please call us if this is of importance.  Note: we will supervise the children until 6pm, even if we have to go to the front entrance.

Students are not allowed on school property before or after these times. Students will have free play time during the extended hours (tv, game systems, cards, board games, lego…).

The grace period is 10 minutes.   There is an extended hour fee for anyone coming in 10 minutes before the class starting time or staying 10 minutes past the class closing time.   There is a discount of 50% if you can consistently pickup your child within 30 minutes after class (you must be able to be within 30 minutes every day).

Please do not come after 6:00 pm because many of the teachers have other commitments, like evening classes to teach.
The fee for pickup after the expected pickup time (6:00 pm) will be $1 per minute.

What is the refund policy?

Although we base our staffing and material inventory on the number of expected students, we do recognize that things come up and you should not have to be penalized for prepaying well in advance Since refunds are an administrative burden, it is essential that we receive an email confirmation before any days are missed; otherwise, a refund will not be possible. No exceptions!

Refund Policy: Full refunds, excluding registration, are available before June 1.  Before July 1, 70% of “Class Fees” (including class fees, meal plan, and extended hours) is available.  After July 1, 50% of “Class Fees” are available.  Refunds for single days missed are only available if we receive an email confirmation (refunds@juku.ca) at least 24 hours before any days are missed.  Refunds are processed the first week of October. All refunds must be picked up before December 31/18 and must be accompanied with the original receipt. 

What is the referral policy?

Spread the word!  A large part of the expense of operating a summer camp is the advertising expense.  We would rather reward our loyal campers who tell their friends about our great camp.

Juku offers $20 for the referring family and $20 for the referred new family.

Ofcourse, like the Refund Policy, there are stringent conditions.  The most important one is that you must email us at “referrals@juku.ca” before the new student registers.   For other conditions, please visit the registration section of this website.

I have an irregular schedule. Can it be accommodated?

If you have any special scheduling requirements, contact us for proper adjustments.

Almost all the students attend on a “full week” basis.  The teachers have based the lesson plan and games/contests/teams on the assumption that the class attendance is the same for each week.   For example, if a teacher has an ongoing story being developed or has grouped leadership teams for mentoring, then it would be a problem if someone did not appear the next day.  Having said this, it is still possible to pick and choose your days.  But, it is more costly.

In fact, if you were taking more than 3 days a week, it is often less fees to take the whole week and just miss a day (and apply for a refund).   Partial weeks are $30 per day.

We do allow students who have have registered for at least three full weeks to schedule partial weeks at a prorated single week rate.

I paid for a single week and now want to register for the whole summer.

If we are notified before June 1, we will adjust the total fees based on the ratecard.  After June 1, only the future fees will be adjusted based on the ratecard.

How safe is the Summer Camp?
Very safe, except for maybe a “paper cut”. Our camp still has a heavy academic learning focus. There is no tolerance for “horseplay” or anything dangerous. The teachers, volunteers, and markers are all over the place. They keep each child very engaged in activities so there won’t be any time for mishief. Often during play time, they are sitting right beside the students.
The importance of the camp rules are discussed every Monday and reviewed throughout the week. Most schools have security cameras that can be reviewed for anything.
Although discipline is seldom required, we do have our “tricks” to keep students enthusiastic about listening to the teachers and focused during “work’ time”. Students are mainly motivated to work as hard as possible in order to receive JUKU POINTS, but if they break any of our camp rules, they can: 1) be required to complete some work during break time; 2) miss a complete break 3) after a few warnings, students may be required to fill out a “Frontier Justice Page”. The FJP is where a student has to write 30-50 lines, such as, “I will not bother the class during work time.”, “I will not run in the hallways”. Parents will be notified of more serious incidents. (continuous bad behaviour, doing anything dangerous, disobeying teachers…).
Why is there a $15 material fee?

The $15 registration/material fee is used to cover the cost of a binder and some of the snacks and prizes over the summer  (popcorn, juice box/water, candies/freezees/raffle prizes, awards, and toy box prizes).   If you can bring in a binder from a  previous year, your registration/material fee is $10  (save $5).  All students must have a Camp Juku binder to store and organize their work.

Does my child bring lunch for the field trip?

The field trip includes lunch.   Last year it was pretty much all-you-can-eat, as we had a lot of leftovers.  We provided hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, pizza, chips, juice, water, salad, and vegetarian meals.

If you are already on the meal plan, the field trip is discounted $5.  You will not have to pay twice for lunch.

What do you do at the park?

Our staff gets to the park really early (6am) to bring in the food, drinks, and entertainment/sporting equipment.  Once the buses arrive, we are ready to get right into the fun.  We start off with a quick overview of all the park rules and expected conduct.  We play a game to introduce all the teachers and the students to each other.  We then organize the group into teams and play a series of “new” relay games for prizes.  The younger children are supervised by the EduFun teachers as they play games.   Barbecue lunch follows with hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, pizza, chips, juice water, and some vegetarian meals.  Last year it was pretty much all-you-can-eat as we had a lot of leftovers.  After everyone was stuffed, we cranked up the music and let the students have some free time.  We took plenty of pictures.  Students did sports, danced, talked, blew bubbles, demonstrated tai chi, taekwondo, and dance moves.  After a group picture, it was sadly time to go…a great time was had by all!

Can my child just take the field trip?

Since lots of planning goes into the special picnic/party day and head counts are required for the bus and park, we do not allow drop-ins.  Please contact the Director for special circumstances.

Who are the teachers?

This is our strength.  We have known many of the teachers for a long time.  They have either been through the Juku system or they are personal friends with a teaching/camp background.

The main supervisors are the camp director, Paul Tazumi (Mr. T), and Max Tazumi (a teacher with the Toronto School Board). The other teachers are either Ontario certified teachers (OCT), or university students in the process of being certified, or university students with camp supervision experience.

Assistant Teachers or markers are university or high school students who have either been through many years at Juku Learning Centres or Camp Juku.

We only hire individuals who follow Juku’s motto of “professional, yet fun”.

How can I volunteer for Camp Juku?

Volunteering at Camp Juku is a tremendous character builder.  Students will learn leadership, patience, organizational, and public speaking skills.  We are really proud of the work performed and the progress of our high school volunteers.

Each year, we have a few spaces for volunteers to help with the marking and coordination of activities.  Most of the positions are filled from returning volunteers or previous “Spirit Award” winners.   They have demonstrated that they have: maturity; character; high academic standards; familiarity with the Juku camp rules and regulations; and a disposition of being “friendly and patient” with children.   Previous Camp Juku students and experienced volunteers from other camps will be considered, especially if they possess some teachable skills (rubik’s cube, dance, art…).

Max Tazumi is the main person involved in the selection of volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email or text the following form to teach@juku.ca or (416)737-7285 : ===>      ORA – Camp Juku Volunteer Form

What makes Camp Juku "awesome"?

It could be the happy children willing to learn new things or the blend of academics with fun or the ever-changing variety of activities, games, and contests or the action-packed field trip days, but the whole camp is really made awesome because of the teachers.

Teachers and volunteers have been carefully selected.  Almost the complete staff, has a personal tie to Camp Juku or the Juku Learning Centre.   In preparation for the camp, we have teacher orientation days where we cover all the procedures, games, and new activities.  During the camp we have teacher meetings, usually at an all-you-can-eat restaurant, to discuss how to improve what we are doing.  And at the end of camp, the teachers get together to reflect on this year’s camp and build ideas and enthusiasm for next year’s camp.

We want our teachers to know that they are very integral to the success of making each summer awesome for each child.
Juku is not a family business, but it feels like one.