Our camp is inspired by Playwork and Forest School principles. It fosters independent decision-making, practical problem-solving skills, and creativity; skills that children will use for the rest of their lives. Most importantly, at Adventure Camp kids have the opportunity to spend their days simply playing for play’s sake!
In the spirit of playwork, we respond to children’s interests while giving them plenty of time and space to play independently with adults in a supporting role. We regularly provide children with loose parts, ensuring they have material to create and tinker with.
Our activities vary greatly depending upon the children’s interests and the weather. A typical day might be spent hiking Mont Royal, playing hide and seek, catching butterflies, building forts, cooling off in the splash pad, all the while inventing games and stories.
In order to maintain this degree of flexibility in our activities, our camp maintains a low child-to-educator ratio (8:1).
This year we are working to put in place shadows and a more comprehensive bursary fund to make our camp more accessible. Please contact us as soon as possible if your family would be interested in participating in either of these programs.
Ages: 5 – 10 years as of September 30th 2019
Dates: June 25 – August 28, 2020. Registration available for full weeks only. **Please note that some weeks are shorter in order to remain consist with the school calendars.**
Time: Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 3:30pm (extended care available until 6:00pm for an additional fee)
Language: French and English (bilingual environment)
Cost: $180, $165 for each additional child from the same family, fees eligible for the childcare tax credit
Food: Lunch and snacks not included.
General registration will open WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1 2020 at 12:30 PM via the “Register now” button below.
What parents have to say about Adventure Camp:
“The laid-back, child-led day lets the kids get a true sentiment of summer fun.”
– Response from parent survey
“My child had a great time. I loved seeing her filthy and smiling at the end of the day. To me, it was a sign that she had had a great day.”– Response from parent survey
“This program did wonders for our child’s social and personal skills — we noticed a great improvement in overall behavior and attitude during the weeks she was at ‘Freedom Camp’. It really made us realize how much she needs outside/unstructured play time and we’re going to work to make it more a part of our lives.” – Response from parent survey
“Thank you all so much, my child had a great time and as a parent I thought it was amazing to have the kids exploring without rushing. There’s so much to see all around us if we just slow down and notice! He enjoyed his counselors and being outside and never wanted to leave at the end of the day.” – Eugenia
“My 6 year old has attended the summer camp and Adventure Club at The Lion and The Mouse over the last year and he absolutely LOVES it. I love that he has the freedom to explore and discover the outdoor urban environment where we live in a safe and healthy way. He calls it ‘freedom camp’! His curiosity is encouraged, his bilingual language skills get some practice and the staff is incredibly engaging with the children.” – Christine