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Spectator Rule – Starting on Monday, October 19, no spectators will be permitted to remain on-site.

Return to Youth Programs - What to Expect

(Updated on October 16, 2020)

For everyone’s safety and comfort, please review the following information carefully prior to returning to a Town of Aurora Youth Program.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at aurora.ca/eplay

Program Modifications
  • Program capacities have been restricted so participants can maintain physical distance.
  • Physical distancing will be enforced at all times.
  • Emphasis on skill development and drills instead of game play to avoid physical contact between players. 
  • After each program all equipment, tables and activity stations will be cleaned/disinfected before next use.
Facility Access & Participant Screening
  • Access to all Town of Aurora Facilities is limited to those who have pre-registered for a program or drop in.
  • Registration for Fall Programs will begin on Monday, September 28 for residents. Non-resident registration will begin on Thursday, October 1. Visit aurora.ca/eplay to register online.
  • As a part of registration, participants will be asked a series of screening questions. If participants answer “yes” to any of the questions, they will not be permitted to enter a Town Facility.
  • Participants are asked to come dressed for their program as the use of change rooms is not permitted at this time.
  • At this time, spectators are not permitted to remain on-site.
  • Upon arrival to the facility for your scheduled program you will be met at the front entrance by a Facility Greeter. They will confirm your registration and ask the participant 1 affirmation screening question “When registering for the program, you answered screening questions in relation to COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Have any of your responses to those questions changed?” At this time, the participant’s parent/guardian accompanying them to the program will also be asked the same screening questions the participant was asked at registration. If the participant or parent/guardian answer “yes” to any question, they will not be granted access to the facility. The participant must exit the building and contact their local unit for next steps.
  • All Staff will also be pre-screening before entering any Town Facility each day.
Face Masks are Mandatory in all Town Facilities 
  • The Town of Aurora will follow all York Region guidelines for mandatory masks as outlined in The Regional Municipality of York Medical Officer of Health Instructions to Businesses and Organizations Currently Operating (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), R.S.O. 1990 and related Regulations).
  • Note: York Region lists children under the age of 5 as an exemption therefore it is not mandatory for them to wear a mask while participating in any program.
  • Note: York Region lists physical activity as an exemption therefore it is not mandatory to wear a mask while exercising or participating in sport based programs. Masks must be worn into the facility and up until when the sports program starts. Masks must then be placed into participant bins. Masks must be put back on when the program ends, and as you exit the facility.
Physical Distancing & Signage 
  • Participants will be required to maintain physical distancing at all times.
  • There will be floor markings and signage throughout each facility to promote and maintain physical distancing.
  • Program capacities have been restricted so participants can maintain physical distance.
  • Programming is modified and limited, to allow for staggered start and end times.
  • There will be one-way directional flow throughout the facility.
  • Participants are asked to arrive for their program no earlier than 15 minutes before their program start time and must leave the facility within 15 minutes of their program or activity ending.
Cleaning & Sanitization 
  • High touch surface areas will be cleaned and sanitized between programs and activities throughout the day.
  • Program supplies and equipment will be cleaned and sanitized after each program.
  • Individual program supplies will be provided when possible.

Youth Programs 

Youth Programs will be returning starting in October 2020 with new safety protocols in place to ensure participant and staff safety. We are excited to welcome you back!

The Youth Division aims to provide engaging and empowering programming for teens ages 12 to 17 including recreation, social leisure, and skill development opportunities. Programs include registered classes, drop-ins, community service, and events. Based on the principals of Positive Youth Development, our programs aim to encourage youth to develop a lifelong interest and active participation in recreation activities.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at aurora.ca/eplay

Registered Programs

Whether you're looking to learn a new skill, gain a certification, or meet new friends, the Town hosts a range of programs for ages 12 to 17. Make sure to check the Program Guide or ePLAY for the most up to date information and program offerings.

Sports Development: Being active is an important part of life at any age. The Town offers a range of programs for teens to learn a new sport, practice skills, or build confidence. Typically programs run 6 to 8 weeks and include a mix of drills, guided instruction and games. Programs can include Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Running, and Physical Fitness.

Life Skills: Whether it's your first time staying at home alone or you just want to learn how to cook an amazing meal, the Town can help. Check out a range of life skills courses include cooking, basic first aid and safety, job prep, technology and science, and acting. Programs offer you the chance to learn a new skill while having fun!

Leadership: Leadership courses can help build skills and strengths to help teens thrive in schools, succeed in future workplaces and become positive, contributing members of our community. Current courses include Red Cross Babysitter's Training, Leaders in Play, Summer Leader and Counsellor in Training programs.

 Drop-Ins

The Town of Aurora offers a range of drop-in programs. A drop-in is a program where youth can come and go as they please and with no formal instruction. Drop-in fees depend on the program. Drop-ins are now operating on a pre-registered basis. Please visit our AFLC Drop-In page for full schedules and registration details. Youth staff are onsite to supervise the space and facilitate use of space and equipment. We currently offer the following drop-ins.

Youth Open Gym: Teens can access a range of sports equipment in the Gymnasium at the AFLC including basketball, volleyball, badminton, dodge ball and soccer. Full court games are dependent on drop-in numbers and participant interests.

Youth Basketball: One of our most popular drop-ins, this Gymnasium program is a great opportunity to practice skills or play a pickup game. Half and full court games are dependent on drop-in numbers and participant interests.

The Loft: A lounge specifically for teens, this space is open for ages 12 to 17 to hang out with friends, spend time after school, and be themselves.

Rock Wall: Come try something new! Challenge yourself and try your hand at the wall. All climbers must complete a waiver form prior to climbing. Those under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Closed until further notice. Please check our AFLC Drop-In page for the up-to-date schedule. Rock Wall - Waiver Form

Skate Park: Come checkout our 10,000 square foot permanent skate park, located at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex. There are numerous ramps, rails and bowls. Although the park is unsupervised, it is recommended that full gear is worn while at the park, which includes a helmet.

Community Services

It is important for teens to feel connected to their community and see the impact of their contributions. We offer several opportunities for teens to gain community service hours or connect with local community groups.

Youth Engagement Committee: Looking to make a difference in Aurora or ensure that youth voice is heard? The Youth Engagement Committee (Y.E.C.) is a group of nine teens between the ages of 12 and 17 who advise Town staff in ensuring programs and services are youth friendly and engaging. Visit the Y.E.C. page to learn more about the committee's role and how to get involved.

Program Volunteers: If you're looking to get coaching or childcare experience, the Town offers a range of opportunities to volunteer in play programs and gain community service hours. Teens can volunteer as Leader or Counsellor in Training (ages 13 and ages 14+) during summer camps or be paired up with an individual with special needs as a Leisure Buddy (ages 14+). For more information on both programs, check out the Program Guide or the ePLAY website.

Volunteer Fair: Once a year, the Town organizes a volunteer fair for teens to learn about opportunities in the community for them to get involved in. Held at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex, the fair features over 20 community organizations. Representatives from each organization are on hand to speak with teens about the various opportunities.

Youth Events

In collaboration with the Special Events division, the Town offers a variety of youth events across the community. Events are aimed at getting teens involved and provide a safe and fun environment. Past events include movie nights, skateboard and bmx showcases, art shows, and basketball tournaments. Check out the Youth Events page for current offerings.

Each year on the first week of May, the Town celebrates National Youth Week. Schedules include free access to programs, special events, and sports tournaments for teens. The Town of Aurora is proud to recognize the contributions of youth to our community and across Canada.

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