Camp Basics 

Camp Basics
Our skateboard program is simply the best in Canada, and we provide your campers with a world-class facility! Welcome to the C.J.’s Skate Camp experience! Life at C.J.’s Camp is specifically designed for any skateboarder, from beginner to advanced. We offer such a fun, well-rounded program that it’s perfect for any young person, even those who are giving skateboarding a try for the very first time. Learn more about our camp program:

We strive to provide the absolute safest and best facilities for your child. Add to that the great staff, innovative coaching ideas and a complete camp program, and you have a skateboarding experience that’s unmatched anywhere in Canada! In fact, we attract campers from across the country each year. C.J.’s has been offering skateboard camps for over 5 years, and we continue to grow both in camp size, scope and diversity. Our camp experience includes:

  • Age and skill appropriate instruction with skilled instructors
  • Sport specific stretching and structured lessons
  • Healthy snacks (morning/afternoon) and a balanced lunch
  • Organized games and/or activities
  • Fun extras – instructor demos, games, crafts, dodge ball and more!

We are located in Etobicoke (west end of Toronto) with ample free parking and direct access from the QEW and the TTC (Toronto Transit).

C.J. Skateboard Park & School is a division of the Canadian Skateboard Park & School Association (A Not-For-Profit Corporation). President and founder Jay Mandarino, alongside Co-Director Greg Lowe and their team, have the experience, knowledge and dedication to offer the best skateboard camp experience for your child in Canada.


Who Can Come to Camp?
Any girl or boy who has reached five (5) years of age is eligible for the camp. No previous skateboard experience is required, only interest! Our facility and instructors can accommodate all skill levels between the ages of 5 and 16. We also have a Coach-In-Training (CIT) program for teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16, which can be used as volunteer hours for high school credit.

My son isn’t much for organized sports, so we thought we’d give C.J.’s a try. We weren’t sure what to expect, but he loved the camp. The staff is fantastic. Their coaching has helped him develop his skateboarding skills.


How to Reserve
Reserve Online (click here)


Cost
  • Please see Reservation section for details.
  • Discounts apply for early registration.
  • Note: 4 day/holiday weeks have reduced rates.


Goals and Benefits
Our goal at C.J.’s is to combine skateboard instruction with fun activities in a safe environment. We offer skilled instruction from beginner to advanced skateboarding levels. Our skateboard camps offer kids:

  • a fun, safe environment for skaters of all ages and skill level to learn and enjoy skateboarding
  • trained skateboarding instructors
  • groups divided by age, but taught at skill level
  • personal one-on-one and group instruction
  • C.J. mentoring
  • attentive lessons and a graduated evaluation system, so parents and students can track progress
  • a place to make new friends
  • a chance to learn new tricks
  • a way to inspire confidence and build character
  • physical fitness and self-discipline
  • stress relief and awareness
  • a chance to improve concentration and coordination
  • an opportunity to discover the importance of dedication and practice
  • a broad spectrum of other activities including: dodge ball and Capture the Flag
  • arts and crafts
  • both the video games room and parents lounge which we use as our base camp are air-conditioned – for when kids get tuckered out and need a break


Program and Structure
Upon arrival at C.J.’s Skate Camp, our skateboard instructors will oversee an assessment period to help us place your camper in the correct instruction group based on their age and ability level. Throughout the day, campers will be guided by some of the best trained skateboarding staff in Canada, learning on a diverse collection of skateboard settings including flat, street and mini. These lessons are aimed at introducing new campers to the joy of skateboarding and working with more experienced campers on improving their skill set.
It was our first outing to C.J. Skateboard Park and School, and all 35 students (along with their teacher and principal) can’t wait to get back there! The instructors are awesome, the place is amazing, and everybody learned new skateboarding skills in a safe, well laid-out facility. The program was designed for fun while increasing self-esteem and confidence. The school also helped the students team-build and work together regardless of their ability. I would not hesitate to recommend this to other schools and students.Greg Martin, Principal Wexford Public School


Camp Hours
Camp hours of operation are 8:30am to 4:00pm.
8:30am – 9:00am is drop-off.
3:30pm – 4:00pm is pick-up.

Early drop-off and/or late pick-up can be arranged for your convenience at a nominal fee:

  • Early drop-off from 8:00am to 8:30am is +$5.
  • Late pick-up from 4:00pm to 4:30pm is +$5.
  • Late pick-up from 4:30pm to 5:00pm is +$10.

If you need an earlier drop-off or a later pick-up, subjective to staff availability and a nominal fee we will do our best to accommodate with advance notice.


What to Bring (and What We Provide)
All skaters under 18 years of age must have their waiver signed by a PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN (Click here).What to bring:

  • complete skateboard or scooter – must be in good condition (will supply, if needed). Pegs on a scooter must be taped.
  • all skaters are required to wear a helmet (and knee pads for vert ramp and foam pit)
  • Note: bicycle helmets are not allowed
  • flat-soled running or skate shoes. No boots or open-toe sandals are permitted.
  • shorts or jeans are ideal (Sweatpants are not recommended.)
  • short or long sleeve t-shirts are best

What we provide:

  • 2 snacks (morning and afternoon)
  • healthy, balanced lunch
  • refreshments
  • Additional drinks are available for purchase. (You can set up a tuck shop account.)


Safety and Security
All skaters are required to wear a helmet (and knee pads for vert ramps and foam pit). All campers under 13 years old are required to wear complete safety gear which includes: elbow, wrist and knee pads, plus an approved skateboard helmet. Campers under 16 require a helmet. We supply safety equipment, if needed. If you have any questions regarding your camper’s safety equipment, please contact us prior to camp so we can assist you. Bicycle helmets are not allowed.Proper gear is a key aspect of safety. But it is also equally important to ensure that this gear fits properly. For this reason, C.J.’s staff will inspect each skater’s safety gear and deck or scooter PRIOR to starting camp for the day. They will make sure all gear is appropriate and fits correctly. C.J.’s staff practices mandatory fire drills with all campers during the first and last day of camp. Campers are not allowed to leave the facility unless accompanied by a designated parent and/or guardian and/or C.J. staff member(s) for swimming/park day excursions. Be assured that any CJ staff that has direct contact with campers has had police checks to verify appropriate background.Each camp day starts off with a fun instructor-led stretching and warm-up period. This gets the campers limber and ready to skateboard. By focusing on safety training for all new campers, we help train skaters to let their pads do the work. This reduces injuries and allows kids to go bigger and faster with more confidence. Skaters are organized by skateboarding skill level and assigned an instructor who is supported by one or more volunteers. Group and individual instruction is specifically geared to the appropriate skill level. As well, proper skateboard etiquette is introduced and reinforced throughout the course of the day. We are dedicated to making security a key element of our camp experience. Our reception area includes an electronic control turn style to enter to limit access to the whole park.Our facility includes over 48 security cameras located throughout the park, which ensures staff can continually monitor all aspects of camp life.C.J.’s staff, councilors and volunteers are required to wear C.J. shirts that clearly identify them to campers and parents alike.Parents and caregivers are required to sign campers in and out in the presence of a CJ’s staff member. This ensures continuity in the transfer of responsibility.Select C.J.’s staff members and councilors are First Aid certified through the St. John Ambulance training program. As a parent, you can rest assured that your camper will be in good hands in the unlikely event of an accident.
One of my main concerns about choosing a camp is security. My daughter just turned seven. But CJ’s has put my mind at rest. With their security video cameras and a formal check-in and check-out procedure, I feel confident that my daughter is safe. Thanks CJ’s!


Nutrition, Meals and Snacks
Skateboarding can really build up an appetite! That’s why we give careful attention to our lunch and snack menu choices. A hot meal is always served at lunchtime, and it changes daily according to our menu.CLICK HERE for a sample menu.

Notes:

  • Subject to change without notice, based on enrollment.
We’re very pleased with your camp program. Our son developed so much as a skateboarder during his two-week session. And the added bonus was the healthy snacks and lunches that are provided. You’ve got all the bases covered!


Support Activities
Each day we provide a host of support activities to keep campers engaged and to provide a short break from skateboarding. Sample activities include:

  • Pro-Am skateboarding demos
  • Capture the Flag
  • dodge ball (a C.J.’s mainstay!)
  • “street section” obstacle course
  • knee-slide contest (with pads, of course!)
  • high/long jump over decks in the vert ramp and/or street section
  • “foam-pit” play
  • tie-dye C.J. T-shirt craft (it’s legendary!)
  • learn to build a complete deck
  • Swimming


Camp Scholarships and Special Needs
C.J.’s offers camp scholarships which can help offset your base cost. Please contact Jay Mandarino at camp@cjskateboardpark.com for more information on how to qualify. C.J.’s also offers a Coach-In-Training (CIT) program for teenagers aged 14 to 16. Please contact Jay Mandarino at camp@cjskateboardpark.comfor more information on the program. Our mission is to serve all kids and youth in the community, including at-risk youth and special needs kids with Autism, Asperger syndrome, Down syndrome, ADHD, OCD, LDs and those who may be challenged in other ways. Experience and observation have awakened the directors of C.J. Skateboard Park & School to the remarkable benefits of training all children in sports.While we accommodate many special needs children, we look at each child’s unique needs on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Jay Mandarino at camp@cjskateboardpark.comfor more information.All Instructors and Coaches at C.J. are trained using the International Skateboard certification Program and SKATZ Skateboard Teaching system. For more information on these great programs, please visit www.GoSKATZBoarding.com

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