Frequently Asked Questions
I would like to register for more than one child, how should I proceed?
Please use the standard registration form for the first child: https://form.jotform.me/80521140583448. You would need to make payment via PayPal to complete the registration. The second and third child enjoy a sibling discount of $50 each, please use this form: https://form.jotform.me/83102414978458. No payment is required at this point for sibling discount, you will receive an invoice shortly and please make payment via Bank Transfer or PayNow.
My child is a returning camper and is joining with his sibling, how should I proceed?
Please use the Returning Camper/Sibling form for both of them: https://form.jotform.me/83102414978458.
Is transportation provided?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide transportation due to the small camp size. However, we have contacts of mini-bus drivers who may be able to pick/drop-off your child. Please contact us for more information.
We provide early drop-off and late pick-up service at no extra charge.
Parents may drop off their children at 8.30am and pick up latest by 5.30pm. Please note that outside of camp hours, our camper–facilitator ratio may not be maintained.
What public transportation is available ?
We are located about 10 minutes walk from Sixth Avenue Station (Downtown Line).
There are many buses that stop along Bukit Timah or Dunearn Road – all about 10 minutes walk to our camp site.
Some of the buses – 66, 67, 74, 151, 154, 157, 170, 171, 174, 852, 961, 961C
What is the age group for the camp?
Our happy campers range from 6 to 12 years of age.
What are the camp hours?
Camp starts at 9am and ends at 4.30pm. Field trip day, camp will start at 8.00am and ends at 3.30am (late pick-up is still 5.30pm).
For sleepover camp, camp will ends on Friday at 3.30pm (late pick-up is 5.00pm).
What does my child need to bring for the camp?
We will send you a Camp Pack with all the information about what your child needs to bring 1 week before camp starts.
What is the camp size?
Camp size varies from 12 to 24 campers.
What is the camper to facilitator ratio?
We maintain a ratio of 6 campers to 1 facilitator during camp hours.
What happens if my child does not want to return to camp after the first day?
Some children take a longer time to get comfortable in a new environment. We would find out from the child what is bothering him/her, most of the time, with encouragements they will get over the initial resistance. Our small camp size allows each child to get the attention and care he/she needs. Please speak to our camp leaders.
Who are your camp leaders/facilitators?
The main camp facilitator is Dawn, the founder of The Open Centre and the creator of this happy camp! Dawn holds a master in counselling and has received extensive training at The Center for Mindfulness (CFM), University of Massachusetts Medical School, in the United States and is recognised as having met the full professional teaching standards of CFM. She is also trained and qualified to teach a range of mindfulness programmes under the Mindfulness in Schools Project (.b, Paws b and .b Foundations).
Juliana is a yoga teacher with more than 10 years of experience working with children. She is a happy soul who practices mindfulness and is one of our camp facilitators.
Pixin is an art-maker and registered art therapist born and raised in Singapore. Pix graduated with a first class honours in Painting, Fine Arts from the LASALLE College of the Arts in 2004 and spent the next decade facilitating art workshops for children and adults in Singapore and overseas. This led to her interest in utilizing art-making processes as means of healing and growth, which led to her attainment of a Masters in Art Therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2016. In her art workshops with children, Pixin places a focus on play, as she sees the vital role of how play in art encourages young minds to express themselves authentically through creative art processes.
Yiping is our popular camp leader!
Our facilitators are employees of the company and work with us throughout the year to ensure they are familiar with the camp’s culture and values. They are not hired on an ad-hoc basis. These facilitators are university graduates or 3rd year students majoring in psychology or social science. They are at least 21 years old.
Every facilitator and co-facilitator undergoes curriculum and camp training, covering topics such as safety issues, counselling, conflict resolution and teaching skills.
Will snacks and lunch be provided?
Healthy wholesome lunch is served every day. Our provided lunches are mainly catered from The New Luncher, featuring Western and Asian dishes.
Snacks such as cookies, fruits and sandwiches are provided twice a day.
My child has special dietary requirements – how do you accommodate his/her diet?
We try our best to meet the needs of campers with special diets. We can provide vegetarian (please indicate your requirements on the registration form). However, we do not have the resources to cater to campers who require a gluten-free or vegan diet, or those with food allergies. Parents may pack food for their children if they have such needs.
We are only able to provide Halal food during local school holiday – March/June/September/Nov-December.
What happens if my child falls ill or is injured at camp?
Our camp has guidelines for treating sick or injured campers. Camp facilitators will attend and care for the child first, and notify the parents in the event of illness or injury. If we feel it is necessary for the camper to receive professional medical treatment, we will send him/her to the nearest clinic (about 100 metres from our centre).
What happens in the event of haze?
Our centre is ready to respond and take appropriate haze-management measures based on a set of guidelines corresponding to the health advisory.
The following policies will be followed based on 3-hour PSI readings:
Less than 100: Outdoor activities as usual
100–150: Limited outdoor activities
Above 150: No outdoor activities (rainy day/haze programmes will be arranged)
Above 300: Camp cancelled (make-up session will be arranged)
Please be assured that your child’s health is our priority.