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Oak Learners Summer Camps 2024

Summer Camps for ages 4 through 12 at two convenient locations in South Etobicoke!

REGISTRATION FOR 2024 SUMMER CAMPS OPENS JANUARY 1! *CURRENT MEMBERS ONLY

General Registration Opens January 15th!

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.

Classic Arts & Adventure Camps

1-week sessions available for campers Ages 4-14

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.

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.

2024 Arts & Adventures Camp Weekly Themes

Week Dates Weekly Theme Theme Overview
1 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.
2 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.
3 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!
4 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 backyards. They will engage in hands-on activities that encourage them to think about sustainability and inventions to make Toronto even better.
5 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!
6 Aug 6-10 (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.
7 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.
8 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, and 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 metamorph in front our very eyes!

 

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

 

A Typical Day at Arts & Adventures Camp:

7:30-9:00 – Early Drop-Off Programming (add-on)

9:00 – 9:15 – Drop-off, welcome and arrival activities

9:15 – 10:00 – First activity (e.g. Arts & Crafts chosen from the weekly theme)

10:00 – 11:00 – Second activity (e.g. Music & Movement Activity)

11:00 – 11:15 – AM Snack

11:15 – 12:15 – Third activity (e.g. STEAM activity chosen in line with the weekly theme)

12:15 – 1:15 – LUNCH

1:15 – 1:45 – Transition to afternoon Outdoor Adventures

1:45 – 3:00 – Outdoor Activity (e.g. Nature trail hike and hands-on activities on location)

3:00 – 3:30 – Reflections & celebrations back at camp

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

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

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. 

Learn more about Our Team or apply to join us HERE.  

Lunch & Snacks:

Campers should attend camp with enough food and water for a busy day!. Please note that their lunch should be:

  • Nutritious and filling
  • Garbage-free (wrappers will be sent home)
  • Enough to last the whole day
  • Nut-free
  • In a labelled lunch bag

Other items to pack:

Campers will also need:

  • A lightweight backpack that can easily fit supplies and be carried by the child
  • A reusable water bottle (labelled if possible)
  • Appropriate footwear for outdoor exploration
  • Clothing and layers appropriate for daily activities
  • Sunscreen and Hats!

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.

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. No cancellations will be processed within 7 days of the start of the session to be cancelled.

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.

Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions

How to Pick the Right Summer Camp for your Child

Summer is just around the corner and parents, it’s time to start thinking about summer camps for your kids. With so many options available both locally, and around the GTA, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your child. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this post, we’ll guide you through the process of choosing the perfect summer camp for your child that will ensure their best summer yet.

Travelling Around the World at Oak Learners Summer Camps!

Two weeks of Summer Camp just flew by! And we aren’t just saying that because we took a trip around the world! We learned about different cultures and their structures! We made art such as the Chinese Dragon, a Traditional African neckpiece & a Dasara Elephant craft! Our specialty campers learned all about Environmental science with our resident scientist, Richard! We learned about water pollution & experimented with storms in a jar!

Summer Camps at Oak Learners

While engaged in outdoor play, Oak Learners provides children with risky play opportunities. Children need to engage in risky play as it enhances children’s development by developing independence and confidence within themselves. STEAM is delivered through the summer camp at Oak Learners to help children enhance their social skills along with confidence and their cognitive abilities.

Oak Learners Arts and Adventures Summer Camp 2022

The Oak Learner’s summer didn’t stop at the Eco Adventures Camp! We also had our Arts and Adventures Camp running for 8 weeks in Summer 2022. The Arts and Adventures Camp focuses on an indoor and outdoor summer. Following themed weeks, the campers are able to spend...
Summer Camp counselors 2021

Summer Camp 2021 Success for Oak Learners

With 2021 Summer Camps fully booked and even a waitlist being created, you could say this year was a great achievement and success for all staff and members at Oak Learners. Parents and children were excited to return back to yearly Summer Camp and connecting again with their fellow peers and camp counsellors.

Register by Location

TWO convenient locations in South Etobicoke!

Royal York Campus

394 Royal York Road
Etobicoke, Ontario
M8Y 3R2
416-820-5233
info@oaklearners.ca

Lake Shore Campus

3003B Lake Shore Blvd W
Etobicoke, Ontario
M8V 1K2
416-820-5233
info@oaklearners.ca

What are others saying about Oak Learners?

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.

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Summer Camps 2024: Celebrate 10 Summers of Camps with us!

Celebrate our 10th Summer Camp Season with us in 2024! Oak Learners offers a unique summer camp experience designed to engage children and make them want to return year after year.

Food & Gardening at Summer Camp with Oak Learners

At Summer Camps, sometimes we really do get to live out our childhood dreams and play with our food! Our very own garden was the classroom for this week! Campers explored how to plant & grow their own food and then prepare it for themselves, friends and family.

Travelling Around the World at Oak Learners Summer Camps!

Two weeks of Summer Camp just flew by! And we aren’t just saying that because we took a trip around the world! We learned about different cultures and their structures! We made art such as the Chinese Dragon, a Traditional African neckpiece & a Dasara Elephant craft! Our specialty campers learned all about Environmental science with our resident scientist, Richard! We learned about water pollution & experimented with storms in a jar!

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What an exciting two weeks. Our themes these past two weeks were “Art Attack/Summer in the City” & our speciality camp was “Visual Art & Nature”

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Wow… time flies when you are having the BEST time ever! This week at the  Royal York campus Summer Camps, our theme was “Move & Groove” and we certainly did that! Read more about Summer Camps at Oak Learners.

Musical Theatre Week at Summer Camp 2023

Rain or (lots of) Sunshine, we were out exploring, splashing, playing and enjoying the weather with our wonderful counsellors Emma, Gaby, Ryan & Kristina at the Royal York Campus.

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