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Oak Learners Summer Camps 2022

* Registration for 2022 Summer Camps is NOW OPEN *

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.

Oak Learners is excited to be entering our 8th Summer Camp Season!

 

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

Creativity: We encourage campers to be creative and explore various means of expression. We plan out a variety of activities including music and art to allow campers to ‘give it a go’.

Mindfulness: In addition to the engaging and busy camp activities, we plan in times where campers can take time to reflect and relax. Mindfulness activities include yoga, meditation, specific self-awareness activities and time to stop and think.

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. They will enjoy field trips that give them the opportunity to experience situations that they might not usually have the chance to.
Campers can explore natural surroundings and understand their part in nature and the local 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.

Arts & Adventure Camps

What to expect at Arts & Adventures Camp:

At our Arts & Adventures Camp, campers will spend the day doing a variety of planned activities which are both indoors and outdoors. They will learn, explore their creative side, have fun and make new friends.

Activities are based on the weekly themes which have been carefully planned by our camp counsellors. Campers will have the opportunity to spend time outside in the local community and try new activities. If you want your child to have a structured and enjoyable week, our Arts & Adventures Camp is the place to go.

Activities may include:

  • Nature trails
  • Arts and crafts creations
  • Composing music
  • Mindfulness events
  • Sports and challenges
  • Trip to local parks
  • Team games and team building activities
  • Science experiments

Campers will also have the opportunity to visit local splash pads and wading pools and you will be notified of “water days” to help pack accordingly.

A Typical Day at Arts & Adventures Camp:

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

8:45 – 9:15 – Drop-off, welcome and arrival activities

9:15 – 10:00 – First activity e.g. artistic designs on the weekly theme

10:00 – 11:00 – Second activity e.g. music on the weekly theme

11:00 – 11:15 – AM Snack

11:15 – 12:15 – Third activity e.g. outdoor explorations

12:15 – 1:15 – LUNCH

1:15 – 1:45 – Mindfulness activity

1:45 – 3:00 – Fourth activity e.g. nature trail and games

3:00 – 3:30 – Reflections & celebrations

3:30 – 4:00 – Closing Activities & Dismissal

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

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Eco Adventures Camps

What to expect at Eco Adventures Camp:

At our Eco Adventures Camp, campers will spend the ENTIRE DAY OUTSIDE exploring the local area and the beauty within it. They will experience learning in a different way, play outside and find out about the local community.

Campers will take trips to places such as the Humber River, Mimico Creek Trail, Humber Bay Shores and Mimico Waterfront. Campers will be fully outside and be regularly ‘on the move’.

Activities may include:

  • Animal explorations
  • Hiking
  • Survival skills
  • Mindfulness activities
  • Nature trails
  • Sketching sceneries
  • Team games and team building activities

Campers will also have the opportunity to visit local splash pads and wading pools and you will be notified of “water days” to help pack accordingly.

With this being a fully outdoors camp, campers are strongly encouraged to pack lightly with everything they need for the whole day.

Our Eco Adventures Camp will only come indoors if it is necessary for campers and the counsellors safety. Counsellors will plan for ‘rainy days’ but may need to use an indoor location if there are extreme weather warnings.

A Typical Day at Arts & Adventures Camp:

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

8:45 – 9:15 – Drop-off, welcome and arrival activities

9:15 – 10:15 – First activity e.g. animal exploration and nature trail

10:15 – 10:45 – AM Snack & Minfulness

10:45 – 12:15 – Second activities e.g. hiking and artistic sketches

12:15 – 1:15 – LUNCH

1:15 – 1:45 – Team games

1:45 – 3:00 – Third activities e.g. survival skills and team building

3:00 – 3:30 – Reflections & celebrations

3:30 – 4:00 – Closing Activities & Dismissal

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

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 4-8 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, update our traditions and think about the future of our home.
2 July 11-15 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 18-22 Space Sciences Life on Mars! Campers will explore the wonders of space, the solar system 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 rocket launching and creating a Solar System.
4 Jul 25-29 Let the Games Begin Get Set, Go! The 2022 Commonwealth Games kick off on July 28th in Birmingham, UK. 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.
5 Aug 2-4 (4 Days) Nature & Experiments
Wow! This week is for campers who love being outdoors and love experiments. Campers will learn about nature and the outdoors, as well as engage with hands-on activities. A wonderful mix of excitement and exploration.
6 Aug 8-12 Love Our City Love where you live! This week campers will celebrate their great city and investigate ways to improve it. Campers will think about sustainability as well as creating inventions to make Toronto even better.
7 Aug 15-19 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 their life, habitat and have the chance to investigate where they can find them.
8 Aug 22-26 We are the future! It’s our time! During this week, campers will explore their gifts and talents and look at how they can make a difference. They will share their skills and think about how they can make a difference to their community. Start the school year with positive intentions and make the change we need.

Lunch

Campers should attend camp with enough food and water. Please note that their lunch should be:

  • Healthy
  • Garbage-free
  • Enough to last the day
  • Nut-free
  • In a labelled lunch bag

 

Other items

Campers will also need:

  • A reusable water bottle (labelled if possible)
  • Appropriate footwear for outdoor exploration
  • Clothing appropriate for their activities
  • Sunscreen in sunny weather

 

Timings

Please note the following to ensure a smooth running of each day.

  • Day camps run from 9am-4pm
  • Drop-off from 8:45-9:00
  • Pick-up from 3:45-4:00

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.

 

Fees & Registration

Full payment of fees must be received at the time of registration to reserve a spot for Summer Camps.
All camps are $395 per camper, per week. Excepting the week of August 2-5 which is $325.

 

Cancellation Policy

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 cancellation 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.

Register for Summer Camps 

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.
How old do children need to be to attend camps?

Arts & Adventures Campers are Ages 4-12

ECO Camp  are Ages 5-12

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?

Our Camp Counselors are post-secondary students who may be training to be teachers or other professions that work with youth. They all have experience of working in schools or camps. 

All counselors go through a training process to prepare them for the summer. They all have Red Cross CPR/First Aid Training and undergo a Vulnerable Sector Check.

What Is My Child Going To Do At Camp?

Campers will experience a wide range of activities such as arts and crafts, team games, mindfulness events and outdoor activities. Sessions are based on a theme for the week and our counselors spend a great amount of time tailoring the activities for their group. 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?

Groups are usually based on a variety of criteria including age and specific requests. 

Groups have an average of 8 campers and 1 counselor. Some groups will also have a volunteer or Learn and Lead camper. 

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 camps@oaklearners.ca Please note that not all grouping requests can be guaranteed.

What Is The Difference Between Arts & Adventure and ECO Camps?

Arts & Adventure

This camp will focus on creative explorations, team building and projects. Campers will spend their time indoors and outdoors.

ECO Camps

This camp is PURELY OUTDOORS and focuses on nature & trails, scenery & hiking and outdoor learning.

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.

Campers will only come indoors in cases of extreme weather. Campers will need to come prepared for being outside in the rain.

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
Where s the camp?

Arts & Adventure camps are based at Oak Learners, 394 Royal York Road but will spend much of their day outside.

ECO Camp camps will be at various parks and trails throughout the week. Drop-off and pick-up points will be confirmed for each week.

My child needs to take medication. Will there be provisions for this?

Yes. If your child needs to take medication during the day our counselors will ensure this is done safely with minimal disruption to their day. Counselors will be trained for these situations.

Can my child bring their cell phone?

No. At our camps we encourage time away from screens.

Can I drop my child off later or pick them up early?

If you need to do pick-up early or drop-off later this can be arranged. However, please note that the campers may not be on site. Also, there is no discounted rate for late arrival or an early leave.

What happens if there is an emergency? How will you contact us?

We will ALWAYS contact you in case of an emergency. Please ensure you have supplied us with the correct contact information on your application form.

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