Celebrate our 10th Summer Camp Season with us this year!

We offer a unique summer camp experience designed to engage children and make them want to return year after year.

What to expect at Oak Learners Arts & Adventures Camps:

At our Classic Arts & Adventures Camps, campers will spend the day doing a variety of planned activities indoors and outdoors. Activities are designed to fit within the weekly themes which have been carefully planned by our camp leadership team. Campers will have the opportunity to spend at least 50% of their days outside in the local community and try new activities. If you want your child to have a structured and enjoyable week in a small-group, our Arts & Adventures Camp is the place to go.

Activities may include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Enjoying, playing and even composing music
  • Mindfulness, yoga and movement
  • Sports and physical challenges
  • Trip to local parks and hikes on local nature trails
  • Team games and team-building activities
  • Science investigations and innovations

2024 Arts & Adventures Camp Weekly Themes

Week Dates Weekly Theme
1 July 2-5 (4days) Celebrate Canada
2 July 8-12 Exploring Art in Nature
3 July 15-19 Junior Scientists
4 July 22-26 Summer in the City
5 July 29-Aug 2 Let the Games Begin
6 Aug 6-10 (4day) Musical Theatre
7 Aug 12-16 Food & Gardening
8 Aug 19-23 Bugs & Butterflies
Summer Camp counselors 2021

A Staff Team that can’t be beat! 

Each summer, our Camp Director and School Director spend a LOT of time recruiting and hiring staff to help run our camps! Returning staff are invited back and new team members are carefully interviewed and selected. Pre-requisites to join the Summer Camp team require that applicants have completed at least 1 year of post-secondary education and be pursuing a field of study related to education or child care. Priority selection is given to applicants with experience in both camp and leadership roles.

Prior to the start of camp, our counsellors undergo an intensive two weeks of training where they complete or renew their Red Cross First Aid & CPR Certification as well as participate in training workshops on programming, leadership and child development. Safety is our top priority at Oak Learners and ALL staff members must also have undergone (and passed!) a recent Vulnerable Sector Check and partake in Safety & Wellness training during their onboarding process.

All season long, our Camp Team goes above and beyond to ensure campers have an exciting and memorable camp experience! 

July 2-5 (4days) – Celebrate Canada

Our home and native land! Start your summer with an engaging and entertaining celebration of Canada. From Alberta to Zambonis, campers will explore famous Canadians, a rich history and stunning geography, artistic and cultural traditions, and the future of our home.

Typical Activities Include:
* Explore and recreate Canadian art & artists, including the Group of Seven and famous Inuit art
* Celerbate important symbols of Canada as we create our own ”Passport Across the Country””
* Enjoy Canadian traditions in music, dance, and food”

July 8-12 – Exploring Art in Nature

Let’s get messy and explore the beauty of the world around us! This is the week for campers who like to draw, paint, and create. Each day, campers will explore different artistic mediums and methods, both in the studio and out in nature. They will learn how nature often inspires art and how to look for such inspiration each and every day. Throughout the week, campers will work towards producing a portfolio of art and share their work in a special gallery for parents and friends.

Typical Activities Include:
* Explore different artistic mediums, including drawing, sketching, watercolours, acrylic paint techniques, and more.
* Investigate ways that nature inspires Art & Design
* Work towards building a portfolio of art and prepare a ‘Gallery Exhibit’ for families on the last day of camp

July 15-19 – Junior Scientists

Calling all backyard scientists! Would you like to explore fun aspects of science through exciting outdoor adventures and hands-on experiments? Our Junior Scientists will explore aspects of Science from Astronomy to Zoology and everything in between in a wonderful mix of excitement, experimentation, and exploration. Eureka!

Typical Activities include:
* Investigate topics in science through hands-on learning, following the Scientific Method
* Experiment with chemistry and find out if baking soda and vinegar or coke and mentos really create volcanic experiences
* Design and build innovative devices that solve everyday problems with household and repurposed materials

July 22-26 – Summer in the City

Love where you live! This week, campers will celebrate their great city and investigate ways to improve it. Let’s get outside and enjoy what our neighbourhood has to offer! Campers will learn about the natural wonders in our own backywards. They will engage in hands-on activities that encourage them to think about sustainability and inventions to make Toronto even better.

Typical Activities Include:
* Daily adventures to local hidden gems of parks and creeks
* Explore maps and geographic landmarks in our city and local communities
* Investigate what makes Toronto a special and unique city

July 29-Aug 2 – Let the Games Begin

Get Set, Go! The 2024 Olympic Games kick off on July 26th in Paris, France! This week will celebrate Canadian athletes and create future competitors. In this active week, campers will design their own games and compete to beat their own goals and targets. The week will culminate with a camp-wide Olympic-style fun competition!

Typical Activities include:
* Celebrate Canada on the world stage at this year’s Summer Olympic Games
* Explore sports and learn about famous athletes at the Summer Olympic Games
* Participate in familiar sports and work as a team to develop new sports, all in the name of sportsmanship and healthy competition.

Aug 6-9 (4day) – Musical Theatre

Casting call! Campers in this specialty camp will work with a guest instructor to explore all aspects of performance arts, including singing, dancing, and acting. Over the course of the week, they will work together to prepare a special performance that will be shared on the last day of the week.

Typical Activities include:
* Explore classic and modern musical theatre numbers through song and dance
* Investigate how music and performance help tell a story
* Rehearse and perform a special song to share with the rest of the camp on the last day of the week.

Aug 12-16 – Food & Gardening

Our very own garden will be the classroom for this week, while campers explore how to plant, grow, and prepare their own food! We will be getting our hands dirty in the garden while campers explore the science of growing food, including seeds, soil, water, and more. They will also learn how to harvest food from the garden to prepare new and nutritious snacks for themselves and the rest of the camp.

Typical Activities include:
* Investigate sustainable gardening and how so many foods we love can be grown in our own backyard
* Explore the plant life cycle, including the bioloigy of seeds and the chemistry of soils
* Harvest and prepare foods grown locally and learn new ways to enjoy classic favourites

Aug 19-23 – Bugs & Butterflies

Insects and creepy-crawlies! During this week, campers will explore the fascinating world of the little creatures in the parks nearby. Campers will learn about the life, habitat, and have the chance to investigate where they can find the bugs. Making their annual cameo, this week will be a busy week for our native and endangered Monarch butterflies and caterpillars as they devour milkweed and metamorphosize in front our very eyes!

Typical activities include:
* Explore hidden nature hideouts of bugs and butterflies in our local parks and gardens
* Investigate the amazing life cycles of bugs and butterflies through hands-on observation and activities
* Investigate the importance of pollinators in our environment and how humans can both harm and help these insects

Kelly Farrell

Kelly Farrell is the Founder and Director of Oak Learners. She is dedicated to supporting learners of all ages and abilities reach their goals and love the learning journey. Kelly’s philosophy of education is based in the understanding that every child has the capacity to excel and succeed when they are given the tools and taught the skills to help them on their journey.
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