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Oak Learners Summer Camps 2021

 

Summer Camps are now FULL for 2021.

Please check back in December for the launch of our 2022 Summer Camps.

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Oak Learners offers a unique summer camp experience designed to engage naturally inquisitive and active children. 

 

Mindfulness: In addition to participating in guided yoga and meditation exercises, campers will participate in specially designed self-awareness activities, giving each camper time to be introspective, ask questions, relax and be creative.

STEAM: Through Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math activities, campers will have the opportunity to develop their social skills, confidence and cognitive flexibility. 

Community: Campers will spend as much time outdoors as possible, enjoying local field trips that are designed to encourage them to explore their natural surroundings and develop an understanding of their own roles in nature and in our surrounding community.

**COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES**
Oak Learners regularly reviews and implements precautions and enhancements to our camps and programming to protect the health and safety of our campers and our staff, as per the guidelines from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Toronto Public Health. Read more.

A Typical Week at Arts & Adventures Camp:

A typical day includes mindfulness activities, outdoor adventure trips to a local park or nature trail and time to work on their STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math) activities throughout the day. Weekly excursions to local destinations are planned  to foster experiential learning and increase their understanding of the elements that have been learned throughout the week. Each week also includes at least one or two visits to a local splash pad or wading pool. You will be notified each week which days are intended to be “Water Days” so you can pack accordingly. 

8:00-9:00 am – Early Drop-Off Programming (add-on)

8:45 – 9:15 amArrival Activities

9:15 – 12:00 amCamp Theme Activities / AM Snack

12:00 – 1:00 pmLunch

1:00 – 3:30 pm  – Outdoor Adventures

3:30 – 4:00 pm  – Closing Activities / Dismissal

4:00-6:00 pm  – Extended Day Programming (add-on)

A Typical Week in Eco Adventures Camp:

Eco Adventures Camps are led by experienced Outdoor Educators. Campers will spend the entire camp day in the great outdoors, exploring the local beauty our community has to offer. Daily adventures include trips to the Humber River, the Mimico Creek Trail, Humber Bay Shores and Mimico Waterfront.

A typical day includes mindfulness activities, bug and wildlife exploring, hiking, and outdoor survival skills. Each week also includes at least one or two visits to a local splash pad or wading pool. You will be notified each week which days are intended to be “Water Days” so you can pack accordingly. 

Since the entire camp day, 9am-4pm, is spent outdoors, campers and counsellors will enjoy picnics at scenic spots for morning and afternoon snacks as well as lunch. Campers are encouraged to pack lightweight day packs with all of the provisions they will need throughout the day.

Eco Adventures Camp is entirely outdoors, rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, a suitable indoor alternative location will be found to keep the campers and staff safe. 

Environmental Stewardship

Understanding the responsibility of caring for our local environment.

Navigation and Mapping

Developing skills to navigate the local community and trails.

Observation and Inquiry

Scientific investigation and STEAM integration sparked by natural observation and inquiry.

Sense of “Place” and Belonging,

Building an understanding our place and role in our community.

Local Culture and Heritage

Developing an appreciation for local culture, tradition and heritage.

It was my son’s first time at camp (he’s 4.5 years old). He absolutely loved it and was a little sad it was over. I loved that they challenged him. Every day was an activity that incorporated art, music, movement, and fun. The teachers were AWESOME and the location is so welcoming. We can’t wait to return next summer. Highly recommended!

Jacqueline H.

Oak Learners is a wonderful place for kids. My son attended their camp for three weeks this summer and he was so happy there. He would rush to join his counselors and friends in the morning forgetting to say goodbye to his parents, and that says a lot. And in the evening he wouldn’t stop talking about all the fun they were having.

Margarita P.

Our neighbourhood has benefited from Oak Learner’s presence in the community! Kelly and her team truly care for my son and he, in turn, loves to go to summer camp and have private tutoring during the school year. Lots of love for this school and what they do!
Natalie R.

My son attended his first day camp last week at Oak Learners. To say he loved it would be an understatement. They built a fun soap volcano, saw caterpillars and watched them eat and grow, and even managed a visit to a splash pad. They did many arts and crafts projects which are now displayed at home. Thank you to Oak Learners for a great week!

Gillian R.

 

Week Date Day Camps Theme Description
1 Jul 5-9 Backyard Science Eureka! For a camper with an interest in ecology or just being outside and learning about nature, you’ve come to the right place! This camp is an exciting mix of hands-on activities and outdoor exploration, while learning a lot about conservation and sustainability in our community. It’s a week-long experience of discovery and wonder!
2 July 12-16 Amazing Animals Calling all animal lovers! This week will be all about living things big and small, exploring the world of animals through crafts, research, video and hands-on experiences. Campers will also spend their outdoor time this week learning to appreciate and recognize the local wildlife in our own community.
3 Jul 19-23 Storytelling Storytelling in the digital age has come to mean so many different things, but the main aspects of telling a story remain the same: identify the characters, setting and plot. During this week, campers will work together to create and narrate stories in a variety of different platforms.
4 Jul 26-30 Climate & Change This week will be an exciting mix of hands-on activities and outdoor exploration, while learning a lot about conservation and sustainability! At the end of the week, campers will have developed an increased awareness of the environment and a wealth of ideas for how they can make changes in their own lives.
5 Aug 3-6 Space Sciences Campers will explore the wonders of space and space sciences during this out-of-this-world week of camp! We will learn about stargazing and stars that can be seen in the summer night sky. Activities may also include harnessing the power and heat of the sun to create unique projects.
6 Aug 9-13 Summer in the City  Eureka! Campers will gain an in-depth understanding of the world around them by engaging in a variety of experiments and hands-on explorations. It’s a week-long experience of discovery and wonder!
7 Aug 16-20 Lego-gineering Calling all Lego Lovers! This week is specially designed for the future engineers and creative minds! Campers will have the opportunity to feed their curiosity, as each day will be filled with exploration and invention and creative storytelling through stop-motion.
8 Aug 23-27 We Love Science Attention leaders and change-makers! During this week, campers will have the opportunity to explore their own gifts and talents and share them with their community. It’s the perfect way to set positive intentions for change for the upcoming school year.

Special Notes:

Please pack a healthy, garbage-free lunch and enough snacks to last your child throughout the day.

Please send a reusable water bottle and appropriate footwear for walking, as all camps involved an element of outdoor exploration.

All Summer Day Camps run from 9am-4pm. Campers may be dropped off between 8:45am-9:00am and must be picked up between 4:00pm and 4:15pm. Extended hours available if needed for an additional fee.

Our extended day options are: 8:00am-9:00am ($50 per week) and/or 4:00pm-6:00pm ($50 per week). Registration for the extended day is per-week to allow us to plan for regular staffing and supervision.


 

Registration & Cancellation Policy

Full payment must be received at the time of registration to reserve a spot for Summer Camps.
All cancellations of summer camp programs made before June 1 of the same program year are subject to a 10% administration fee. All cancellations of summer camp programs made on or after June 1 of the same program year are subject to a 50% administration fee.

Force Majeure Clause

The above withdrawal policy is not applicable during a time of Force Majeure; an Act of God or circumstances beyond our control (i.e. pandemic, quarantine, natural disaster, etc.). In the case that Oak Learners is unable to provide comparable instructional programming through online learning methods, a credit towards tuition fees will be applied. All withdrawal requests made during the Force Majeure period will be provided with a credit, calculated as per the withdrawal policy towards a future program registration. The lifetime credit can be used towards any future Oak Learners program registration and is transferable to any immediate family member.

 


Waitlist Form

*NOTE To be added to a wait list for a specific week, please fill out this form:


Commonly Asked Questions

How Do I Register For Camp?
Registration for camp can only be done through our website. If camps are sold out, you must join the waitlist through the form on the website. Registrations and wait list requests will not be accepted by phone.
Can I Switch Weeks After I Register For Camp?
Switching weeks of camp or camp choice is subject to availability.
Who Are The Camp Counselors?
Post-secondary students with experience teaching or working in camps. All Camp Counsellors have Red Cross CPR/First Aid Training and undergo a Vulnerable Sector Check.
What Is My Child Going To Do At Camp?
Our camp team spends a great deal of time and effort planning and preparing activities and excursions for campers of all ages and interests. Activities are loosely based on the weekly themes and camp counsellors tailor the specific daily activities to the groups of campers each week. You can find an outline of a typical day HERE.
Is There A Sibling Discount?
No. Camp fees are per camper, as stated on the website.
Are Camps Virtual?
Arts & Adventure Camp and Eco Adventures Camp are in-person. If you are interested in virtual camps, please visit Oak Online.
Do Campers Need To Wear Masks? Do They Have To Wear Them Outside As Well?
Oak Learners follows all Covid-19 related policies and guidelines as per the Government of Ontario and Toronto Public Health. Information regarding our health and safety policies and procedures can be found here: Infection Prevention Control Policies
How Are The Groups Created?
Our camp team carefully reviews the campers who are registered for each week. We create groups of 6-8 campers based on a variety of criteria and requests. Siblings and/or friends may or may not be paired together, as per a parent’s request. Groups CANNOT be changed once campers arrive at camp. If you have special requests for groupings, please included these in your registration or via email to info@oaklearners.ca Please note that not all grouping requests can be guaranteed.
What Is The Difference Between Arts & Adventure and ECO Camps?
Details on camps can be found on our website: A Typical Week
What Happens In The Event Of A Storm During ECO Camps?
Eco Camp is fully outdoors rain or shine. Parents and campers will receive information prior to their week with details regarding appropriate clothing and what to pack.
Does Oak Learners Provide Lunch Or Snacks Each Day?
No. All campers must bring their own lunch and snacks each day.
What Do I Send My Child/ren To Camp With?
Prior to each week of camp, you will receive an email outlining how to prepare for camp and what to pack.
What Are The Cancelation Policies?
Cancellation policies can be found on our website HERE
What If Another Camper or Staff Member Contracts COVID, Does Camp Get Shut Down?
Oak Learners follows all Covid-19 related policies and guidelines as per the Government of Ontario and Toronto Public Health. Information regarding our health and safety policies and procedures can be found here: Infection Prevention Control Policies
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