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Gryphon After School Clubhouse - ages 5-14 (Register by Nov.25th@9pm)

The Provincial Government has introduced a new COVID-19 framework. To find out how this will affect you and our programs, please click here to visit gryphons.ca/What’s New. Everyone is required to complete the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form prior to every visit > uoguel.ph/COVID19screening   

Gryphon After School Clubhouse

Our Gryphon After School Clubhouse is designed to enable campers to connect with each other and counsellors through designated age programs that are engaging, fun, and active. The Clubhouse is a great way to bring fun, adventures, creativity, and laughter to campers between the end of school and dinner (4:15pm-5:30pm)! We have clubhouse programs designed for everyone!

Gryphon After School Clubhouse

Our Gryphon After School Clubhouse is designed to enable campers to connect with each other and counsellors through designated age programs that are engaging, fun, and active. The Clubhouse is a great way to bring fun, adventures, creativity, and laughter to campers between the end of school and dinner (4:15pm-5:30pm)! We have clubhouse programs designed for everyone!

"Curious Minds At Work"

Curious Minds at Work Clubhouse is designed for campers 6-10 years.  We will participate in adventures that will allow creativity and learn about new things.  We will play active games and even create our own toys or decorations (string balloon decorations, Jacob's Ladder, nail and yarn art, and build our own toy race car.  The clubhouse will be filled with joy and lots of fun as we grow our interests in making new things.

G.R.O.W.T.H. PROGRAM

The GROWTH Clubhouse stands for "Girls Respecting Others With Teamwork & Heart". This Clubhouse provides girls with experiences that will encourage them to explore who they are as individuals, as well as within a team. Online experiential activities, games and art activities provide each participant with a better understanding and appreciation for a healthy & active lifestyle, strengthen self-esteem, work in groups and create a sense of community. 

B.E.A.T. PROGRAM

The BEAT Clubhouse stands for "Boys Engaging in Active Teamwork". Boys will work with others in a group setting, tackle challenges together, create a community, and grow in their own self-development and self-esteem. Each week will have a multiple of challenges that they will tackle along with interactive activities that will assist them in their esteem, healthy habits and learn more about who they are as an individual and as a leader. 

Ukulele Clubhouse

The Ukulele Clubhouse is for individuals that have their own Ukulele but wish to learn more about it, play with other individuals and receive tips and coaching from experienced players on the Gryphon Team. This clubhouse will have lots of opportunities for everyone to really explore the Ukulele and grow in their abilities. All material will be emailed out to you, so you will have access to it yourself for when we play together. You are required to have your own Ukulele.

Les Aventures Fran├žais

Les Aventures Français will be focused on having fun as per our other clubhouse programs but communicating more in French (especially verbally). In this clubhouse, you will be actively engaged in conversations, games and grow your own French speaking and comprehension abilities in a fun way that will have you excited about the language and strengthen your abilities at school.

Party & Games with the Gryphon...

Come celebrate the end of the week with some high energy fun with Gryphon Counsellors and Campers. We'll be interacting in lots of fun games as we celebrate our end of the week. This Clubhouse is all about fun, activities and connecting with others. It'll be a busy hour but we'll be having a great time together and lots of laughs. Can't wait to see you there as we celebrate another week closer to school holidays!!

Crafts Together

The Gryphon Clubhouse programs provide campers with all of the materials that they need to complete the activity together with the others in the clubhouse. Our Clubhouse Leaders will explain the craft to the participants and they will start it while all together and then complete it at home. When we gather together, the group can share their artistic ability with everyone!

Physical Activities

With our programs being delivered over the Zoom platform, we have created activities that get everyone moving around in their house and physically active. These creative activities have everyone getting up and having fun while connecting with others.  From Scavenger Hunts to Charades to Dance Parties to getting creative in the kitchen, kids will be busy!

Themes and Friendships

Similar to all of our Gryphon Camp programs, we always have themes attached to our fun clubhouse programs.  Our themes allow campers to come together and connect more together and solidify friendships with these creative costumes and activities.  Everyone loves to share their ideas, have big laughs and come together as a group. It's always a lot of fun!!

Interactive

Even though we are apart, it feels like we are all together as one group in Gryphon Clubhouse.  The interaction with one another and clubhouse leaders is just as though we are together in-person. Clubhouse leaders will communicate and teach with all of the participants and break into smaller groups for more specific activities. Our leaders have all of the same materials as our participants, so this allows them to work together to complete the activity and grow the skills of the participants. It's a two way street of communication.

Interest Themed Programs

Gryphon Clubhouse programs are designed to meet the specific needs of our participants (socially, mentally, physically, and emotionally). Register for the appropriate age group and specific interest.  Examples of clubhouse programs from the past include: Arts Alive, Outdoor Adventures, Up In The Air, Detective Training, Girls Empowerment, DIY Adventures, Life As A Bug, and Ukulele Clubhouse.  Programs are designed in small age groups between 5-14 years.

Join From Anywhere

You never have to worry about missing a program. You can sign on from any device and from anywhere. Our programs are designed for participants to have flexibility in where they will be during the allocated program time. Through the Zoom platform you can sign on from any device. 

Gryphon After School Clubhouse
"Curious Minds At Work"
G.R.O.W.T.H. PROGRAM
B.E.A.T. PROGRAM
Ukulele Clubhouse
Les Aventures Fran├žais
Party & Games with the Gryphon...
Crafts Together
Physical Activities
Themes and Friendships
Interactive
Interest Themed Programs
Join From Anywhere

GRYPHON AFTER SCHOOL CLUBHOUSE DETAILS

Gryphon Active Kids & Camps continue to create new programs to serve the needs of our Gryphon campers and community throughout the year. We understand that things may come up during the school year or a special event is being planned for our campers, and thus this webpage is dedicated to keep you informed about new programs or ones that are considered a special event.  This page will be updated continuously to inform you and our camp community of Gryphon programs that are designed for a specific purpose and are new to our program menu. 
 
The Gryphon After School Clubhouse program is designed to create a safe, fun and supervised opportunity for Gryphon campers to come together through a series of engaging and interactive programs after school and before dinner (4:15pm-5:30pm) . The After School Clubhouse includes a combination of online in-person interactive programs between campers and Clubhouse Leaders ("Counsellors") through the Zoom platform and our Gryphon Clubhouse Adventure Packs (things that you can do and try between weekly get togethers).  Each pack will consist of things connected to our Clubhouse program, and all of the materials for the activities and crafts that we will be participating in throughout the program (both together on Zoom and separately). 
 
Our time online will be active and engaging while the clubhouse program allows campers to be social with others, have fun and laugh, and create connections with others from their own homes.
 
Gryphon Adventure Packs will be picked up at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre on the Friday prior to the start of our program. For those living in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region, we will offer an alternative location for pick up that is closer.
 
Scroll down to Red Accordian bars below and select the Clubhouse Program of interest to register.  REGISTRATION CLOSES ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25TH AT 9PM! Grab your friends and don't be late!
 
We have designed activities based on best practices around the world and integrate them with the desired outcomes of Gryphon Camps and model our "I AM A GRYPHON" motto and encourage campers to connect in a fun environment. Gryphon Clubhouse programming during Covid19 is different from our typical in-person camp program, as we have ensured that activities are conducive to this format of programming.  We want to assist with this by offering the opportunity for campers to connect with others like they would at camp and for parents to have the opportunity to take time for themselves.
 
Questions about Gryphon Special Events & Programs? Contact Kevin Lindner (Active Kids Coordinator) at lindner@uoguelph.ca 
 
If you are registering more than one child for the same Clubhouse program (sharing screen), please email Kevin after registering for a $5 rebate.

"The kids loved every minute of the clubhouse this week, the puzzles were fun and engaging, they loved having a set "break" built into their day. Your enthusiasm is contagious. Keep up the great work!"
"Thank-you for the Gryphon Clubhouse what a fantastic idea.”
"We weren't sure about online camp programs, but after clubhouse we are sold on what you can provide. Love it!"
"We'd tried other Zoom events over the last 3 months & this was the only time my daughter stayed engaged & interested."
"Kids are engaged during the activity.”
"I found my daughter to be really excited and engaged. Keep up the great work .”
"Kevin and team could not be more engaging. Lots of variety and it moved along really well!"
"It was a lot of fun for all ages and well organized. Your first two zoom camps were great!"

Looking for More Details? Answers to Gryphon Clubhouse Questions

 Look below for answers to some common questions about Gryphon Clubhouse Programs

When are we notified about final details pertaining to the Gryphon Clubhouse program?

You will receive an email on the Thursday prior to your Clubhouse program that begins the following week. In this email you will receive a Clubhouse newsletter that will inform you of the link and password to our secure Zoom platform, details pertaining to the program for the week and a schedule, and an expectation sheet for you and your clubhouse participant.

What are the goals of the Gryphon Clubhouse?

Our goals for the Gryphon Summer Clubhouse Program are:

  1. To bring an engaging and fun online program that allows social interaction with children of their own age and facilitated by trained Gryphon Camp Counsellors.
  2. Participate in challenges and activities that will keep them entertained and outdoors throughout the day.
  3. Connect and re-connect with other Gryphon campers and friends

What supplies or equipment does my camper need for the program?

Our Gryphon After School Clubhouse program is designed to take all program responsibility away from parents and guardians. Our Clubhouse Adventure Packs will contain all of the craft supplies, equipment for outdoor activities, additional instructions, special Clubhouse surprises, and a camp schedule for the week.  Crafts will be pre-cut and organized for the participants. You may need to assist them unless they can independently use scissors and other craft supplies.  We encourage someone to be in close proximity to help if required by your camper.

Some basic camp supplies that we ask clubhouse participants to provide on their own:

  • Computer or Tablet with Internet and the ability to use Zoom
  • Spacing in front of the computer to move your chair and do standing activities or exercises.
  • Space near the computer that you can use to play activities or work on your craft with others in the clubhouse.
  • Craft Supplies: Paper (lined or plain), Scissors, White Glue and Glue Stick, Markers, Pencil Crayons or Crayons, Tape (masking tape or scotch tape). All other specific craft supplies will be provided in your Adventure Pack.
  •  If anything is required, for example a t-shirt for craft design - you would be notified in advance.

Are the Clubhouse activities pre-taped?

No! We believe that there is value in our activities being demonstrated and facilitated by a live Clubhouse Leader. All of our programs are live and will involve communication between campers and clubhouse leaders.  The purpose of our program is to keep programs similar to the feel of summer camp.  We will provide written instructions for some activities in the Adventure Pack.

Campers will also be active while participating in the online portion of the program as our games and activities are ones in which they will be physically moving and having fun together.

What does the Gryphon Clubhouse Adventure Kits contain and how are they distributed?

What's Inside the Gryphon Clubhouse Adventure Kits? (You get to keep all materials from the Adventure Pack)

  • All of the specialty supplies required for the Clubhouse program
  • Equipment to get Physically Active at home with Camp Games
  • Themed items that will be used during the program

Distribution of Clubhouse Adventure Packs:

The Gryphon Clubhouse Adventure packs will be assembled by trained staff that will be following all current health and safety measures.  Each bag will be pack by one specific individual, and this will be tracked.  

On the Friday (from 4:30pm-6:30pm) you will be able to drive by the Athletics Centre to pick up your Adventure Pack through zero contact. All details pertaining to the pick up will be informed to you in the Clubhouse Newsletter.  

We will also offer a time and pickup location in Kitchener. Location and time is still to be determined.

Are there any precautions/risks associated with Gryphon Clubhouse programs?

While risks associated with Gryphon Summer Clubhouse are minimal, please note the following:

  • Your child may be asked to leave their desk for a scavenger hunt activity or other moving activities and then return.
  • Please ensure your child can use all supplies or equipment necessary independently or you are in close proximity to assist at that moment.
  •  For all dancing, standing and movement activities ensure that all cords are out of the participants way and that your child is able to fully participate in that space.

How does the registration for multiple campers in the same Clubhouse program and same househould work?

If you are signing up multiple children from the same household and in the same Clubhouse program (they will be sharing a computer and counsellor), contact Kevin at Lindner@uoguelph.ca after you have registered the children in the program.  Once the registration is confirmed, you will receive a $5 rebate off of the second registration.

We do recommend that children should participate in programs that are close to their age range as the activities are designed to be age appropriate.

What safety precautions does Gryphon Clubhouse have in place for online interactions?

Gryphon Summer Clubhouse has created very strict policies pertaining to our Zoom platform. Each individual will receive their own Zoom link via their clubhouse newsletter along with their password. During the program, you will be waiting for the counsellor to sign you in as you are in the waiting room. You must have your child's first and last name on Zoom in the waiting room so we can take attendance. Once inside, your camper can change their name to only first name.  

Each clubhouse participant will be encouraged to have their parents sign them in and say hi to the counsellor. They will also be welcomed individually before moving on to the larger group.  Once the program begins, our Clubhouse producer will lock the Zoom account so no one else can enter and will monitor all discussions within the group and the videos.  

We will record the Zoom get togethers for internal purposes and not used for any marketing or promotions.

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