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!
Adventure Camp takes place entirely outside in two parks: the Champ des Possibles and Parc Jarry. We only use our indoor spaces in the event of extreme weather.
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).
We offer both a bursary fund and a shadow program to make our camp more accessible. If your family would benefit from participating in either program, please contact us as soon as possible.
Registrations for Adventure Camp 2021 will exceptionally take place in March 2021. We firmly believe that camp is essential to our collective well-being and are committed to making Adventure Camp 2021 as beneficial and accessible as possible, while still following all the necessary public health measures as they continue to evolve. We will communicate the details with you as soon as we are able. In the meantime, we eagerly await the end of the school year and the beginning of a new set of adventures together.
Ages: 5 – 10 years old on September 30th, 2020 **Children who were not yet 5 years old on September 30th, 2020 but will be during the camp and who have previously attended a group setting outside of the home may be eligible. Parents of these children should communicate directly with our team before registering to better understand the camp context and evaluate whether or not their child is ready to participate.**
Dates: 23 June – 27 August 2021 **Dates are subject to change to respect the CSDM and EMSB school calendars**
Language: French and English (bilingual environment)
Champ des possibles
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