Summer Sewing Camps


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We know that the safety of your children is of the utmost importance to you, as it is to us at Theatre NorthWest. We also know that you might be ready for some extracurricular activities for your children. We have just the thing for you: Summer Sewing Camp!This is our fourth year of summer sewing camps for children and youth. We cater to a variety of ages and skill levels. From 7-18 year olds, from beginners to advanced students.We have developed a comprehensive safety protocol specific to our programme and space, to keep your children as safe as we can. It is important to note that we will be teaching them a skill they can sit and do quietly alone for hours.Below you will find:

  • Safety protocols
  • A schedule and description of our programmes

If you have further questions, please call Ferris at 250-563-6969 ext 304 or email boxoffice@theatrenorthwest.comThank you,
Marnie Hamagami
Executive Director

See our Work Safe BC report for Summer Sewing Camps here:

Work Safe BC

Sewing Camps for Children & Youth
Sewing for Young Children
7yrs – 10yrs                       3 hour per day, 4 days

This class is designed for young children with an interest in learning to sew.
Dates will be June 29, 30 and-July 2, 3 morning or afternoon, August 4-7 morning or afternoon

Beginner class
Ideal age 10yrs – 15yrs                3 hour per day, 5 days
1 project per day

Exception: if the child is 8 yrs (minimum age) and experienced with sewing then we can accept from 8yrs. If they are between 10 and 15 years and have no experience this class is still perfect for them.
Dates will be: July 6-10 in the morning, July 13-17 in the afternoon, July 27-31 in the afternoon.

Intermediate class
Ideal age 12yrs – 17yrs               3 hour per day, 5 days
4 projects over 5 days

Exception: Age for experienced 10yrs, Age for inexperienced starts at 12yrs
This class is great for those children who have sewed before or 12yrs+. If the children came to last years sewing club this would be perfect for them too. The projects are a little harder, some projects will take over two days to complete.
Dates will be: July 6-10 in the afternoon, July 20-24 in the morning

Advanced class:
Ideal age 14yrs – 18yrs     3 hour per day, 5 days
3 or 4 projects over 5 days

If they have completed the intermediate class or are a home sewer or 14yrs+ and want to learn more complex sewing skills this would be a good class for them.
Dates will be: July 13-17 AM, July 20-24 in the afternoon

TNW Sewing Camp Infection Prevention and Exposure Control Measures

Daily Measures and Procedures:Before Drop-Off:

  • At home, parents must assess their children daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other respiratory diseases prior to going to Theatre NorthWest and keep them home if they are ill
  • All parents must complete and email our registration form to boxoffice@theatrenorthwest.com before the child will be allowed to participate in the camp
  • It is not recommended that children wear cloth or homemade masks to the camp
  • Children are encouraged to bring personal equipment listed at the end of this document to prevent unnecessary contact
  • If child is bringing personal belongings to the camp, labelling these items with the child’s name will discourage accidental sharing
  • Staff will assess themselves daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, or COVID-19 prior to working and stay home if they are ill

Daily Drop-Off:

  • Parents will not enter the building but will find their child’s sign-in sheet on the window, sign their child in and sign that they do not have any symptoms of Influenza, COVID-19, or any other respiratory disease, and then the child will enter through the already opened door. Parents, please bring your own pen for the sign-in sheet each day
  • Everyone will enter and exit through labelled doors
  • Children will be instructed to use hand sanitizer placed at the lobby entrance immediately upon entering the space

Activities during the Camp

  • All students will be seated and complete the majority of camp activities at their own individual station that is set up at least 6 feet apart from any other station
  • Children will be directed to their station upon arrival
  • There will be a safety talk at the beginning of the first day of camp to go over all safety measures and procedures with the campers
  • Teaching the steps of the project: The instructor will stand in view of all of the children, at least 6 feet apart from all of them and relay any instructions and directions.
  • If absolutely necessary for the instructor to be at a child’s workspace (to fix a sewing machine or fix a problem with a project, for example) they will wash their hands before and after going to the child’s station, and will wear gloves and a mask
  • Distributing patterns and supplies: The BC Ministry of Health states, “There is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted via textbooks, paper, or other paper-based products. As such, there is no need to limit the distribution of books or paper based educational resources to children because of COVID-19.” Thus, we will distribute patterns and instructions to the children’s individual workstations before the camp begins. If requested, we can email these resources to be printed at home
  • Choosing pre-washed fabric: Staff will wear gloves and present several clean fabrics for the campers to choose from, and bring them to the campers stations. Campers are encouraged to bring any supplies possible, including fabric, from home to avoid unnecessary contact
  • Clean-up: children will tidy their own stations, but staff will perform the majority of cleaning tasks, including all disinfecting, sweeping, mopping, taking out garbage, and tidying common areas such as the fabric bins, all of which will occur whilst the staff member is wearing gloves properly

Snacks:

  • Snacks will not be shared amongst campers
  • Campers and staff will wash their hands before and after eating of any kind
  • Each child will have their own individually-wrapped and sanitized granola bar and juice box placed at their station before the camp begins, prepared by a staff member following proper hand hygiene and wearing gloves
  • Snack times will be staggered to ensure that the children will be able to wash their hands one at a time

Daily Pick-Up:

  • Parents will not enter the building but will sign their children out for the day on the same sheet that they signed their children in at the beginning of the day, posted outside the door. Parents please bring your own pen
  • Everyone will enter and exit through labelled doors

Washrooms

  • As the camp is 2.5 hours long, children are encouraged to use the washroom at home before arrival to the camp, and to only use the theatre washrooms if absolutely necessary
  • If necessary, there are three washrooms in the space, only one child or staff member will be allowed in each bathroom at a time and must wash their hands for at least 20 seconds before returning to the sewing space

Cleaning and Disinfection of Space and Equipment Plan:

  • The space will be well stocked with hand-washing supplies, including plain soap, clean towels, paper towels, waste bins, and hand sanitizer
  • All Sewing Machines, tables/work surfaces, door handles, light switches, faucet handles, chairs, all sewing equipment, and anything that is used by a staff member or a camper will be cleaned and disinfected before each camp (twice a day)
  • Floors and washrooms will be cleaned every day, washroom surfaces will be disinfected before each camp (twice a day)

Staff
Samantha:

  • Cleaning and setting up before campers arrive
  • Ensuring that all staff and campers are following hygiene procedures
  • Creating patterns and instructions for projects
  • Demonstrating and explaining the steps of the projects
  • Helping the campers if they come across issues with their projects or sewing machines
  • Answering sewing questions
  • Calling the campers up to pick fabric one at a time

Ferris:

  • Cleaning, disinfecting and setting up before campers arrive
  • Ensuring that all staff and campers are following hygiene procedures
  • Designated staff member to separate, supervise, and support any children who become sick on-site
  • Supervise sign-in and sign-out to ensure all parents remain outside and sign their children in and out, and that children all enter through the marked door and immediately sanitize their hands
  • Call out staggered snack times
  • Frequently clean and disinfect common areas and any shared equipment in-between users
  • Sing along with campers as they wash their hands to ensure proper length of hand-washing and to make it more fun
  • Email: boxoffice@theatrenorthwest.com
  • Phone: 250-563-6969X306 (lobby)

Equipment List

Children must bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Pencils
  • Eraser

Children are encouraged but not required to bring:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Pencils
  • Pins
  • Pin cushion
  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Decorations for their projects such as ribbons, lace, buttons, or decorative fabrics
  • Ruler
  • Knitting needle
  • Their own snacks