At Kumbuka, we believe that summers are about letting kids be kids, through good old-fashioned fun, lots of time to play, and exciting activities and trips. Kumbuka is a summer camp open to all children ages 6 to 13 years-old. Join in on the fun and see why parents are raving about Kumbuka!

FAQs

When I bring my child to Kumbuka, do I need to sign him or her in?

Yes. When you drop off your camper at Kumbuka, you need to stop at the front desk and have a Camp Staff member sign your child in.

Do I need to sign my child out when I pick them up from camp?

When you pick up your child from Kumbuka, please stop back at the front desk and complete a sign out sheet. Children will not be released to anyone not listed on the approved pick-up list. New parents, please be prepared to show ID when you pick up your child until our Camp Staff is familiar with you. If you are having someone pick your child up from camp that is not on the approved pick-up list, please call ahead of time and speak to the Camp Director.

Where can my child put his or her belongings when at camp?

Once your child has signed into camp, he or she can choose any empty cubby to put their belongings in. Cubbies are not assigned, so your camper may have a different cubby from day to day.

Do I need to pack a lunch for my child?

Each child must bring their own lunch and snacks, except Wednesday when we provide a Healthy Hot Lunch for all the campers. We have a designated morning snack time and our lunch hours vary following morning activities. Snacks are only provided in the afternoon.

Please also note that we strive to be a nut-free zone.

What snacks are provided?

Healthy snacks are served in the afternoon–such as fruits, veggies, and healthy beverages. We also provide supplemental fruit or veggies every day.

What are Water Days?

Every Wednesday, weather permitting, Kumbuka will have special visit to the pool and playtime that involves water. Campers should be prepared to get wet on these days.
We also ask parents to pack a towel, plastic bag, and an extra change of clothes.

Does my child need to bring anything with them to Kumbuka?

We ask that all campers bring a bottle of sunscreen with them on the first day of camp to add to our shared sunscreen bucket. We apply sunscreen twice per day (once in the morning, once in the afternoon). If your child has allergies or needs special sunscreen, please put his or her name on the bottle and let one of our Camp Staff know.

Do I have to register online?

We highly encourage you to register online as the process is lengthy.  But, you can also register over the phone. Simply give us a call (604-424-7373) and we will walk through the process with you. We do accept credit card over the phone and credit card or cash in person.

To register in-person, please call to make an appointment as we do not accommodate drop-in visits until camp opens in July.

Is there a family rate?

There is a family-rate available for multiple children in the same family up to 3 children. If you would like to register more than 3 children please contact our Camp Director.  

Do you offer pick-up and Drop- off?

For families in New Westminster and Burnaby we can offer pick-up between 7:50 am – 8:45 am and drop-off between 4:15 -5:30 pm. Pick-up and Drop-off is an additional $50/family for the week. For individual days $15/family for the day. Registration for pick-up and drop-off must be done at time of registration to ensure availability, Limited spots available. Please contact Camp Director for more information.

Can you hold a spot for my child?

Unfortunately, we cannot hold spots (even with a deposit). Your spot is not secure until full payment has been made.

What is extended care?

Extended care is for families who may need additional child care due to work or other appointments. You may register for extended hours for drop-off as early as 8:00am and pick-up as late as 5:00pm. This is usually a time of free play. 
We understand that sometimes life happens, and you may need extended care at the last minute. There is no additional fee for extended care.

Do you allow part-time registrations?

Unfortunately, we do not allow part-time registrations. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis to assist families in immediate need. Please call or e-mail us for details.

What does the fee cover?

Fees cover all costs except for meals. This includes field trip admission fees, transportation costs, and other activity-related expenses. We only ask parents to pack a lunch and morning snack.

Do you accept government child care subsidies?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept government subsidies for our day camp. Government child care subsidies are only applicable for child care programs whereas this is a day camp (Note: Day camps and day cares are different).

Can we do a site visit?

The facilities that we rent from our host sites are shared spaces. We typically set up the rooms the week before camp starts and clean-up within the week after camp. We do not operate year-round. You can also contact us to arrange an in-person visit once camp has started.

What is your refund policy?

You can find our refund policy in our Camp Policies section.

A Few Kind Words…

“My kids look forward to Kumbuka Summer Camp and it is the best part of their summer. They gain lots of confidence and build their self-esteem at camp. I’m impressed with the depth of relationships they make and all the activities they do at camp.”

~Abby, Camper Mom

“It makes me happy to see my daughter come back from camp with a newly learned skill and lots of stories about her adventures. The counselors are all very positive & supportive; it’s a great place for building self-confidence!”

~ Josephine, Camper Mom

“We are absolutely thrilled with Kumbuka Summer Camp, I wouldn’t have my son anywhere else. They run an amazing program that our son has thrived in. The kids are always engaged in a supportive, safe and fun environment. The new themes every week keep the kids interested and excited.”

 ~Christopher, Camper Dad

“We are absolutely thrilled with Kumbuka Summer Camp. They run an amazing program that our son has thrived in. The new theme every weeks keeps the him interested and excited. All of the staff are extremely caring and genuinely concerned about each child’s individual needs.”

 ~Emmanuel, Camper Dad

“Kumbuka Summer Camp was an amazing experience for my kids! My son conquered his fear of getting in the pool & continued spending more time outdoors. My shy, quiet, reserved daughter was loudly singing camp songs, laughing and showing me the all they do when I picked her up. Her self-esteem and independence increased tremendously. They can’t wait to go back next summer!!”

~ Erika, Camper Mom

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