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).
INFORMATION FOR 2021
For 2021, we are once again offering a four-day camp week (this time from Monday to Thursday). Due to COVID measures, most of our play equipment must undergo a 3-day quarantine period between groups in addition to our standard disinfection procedures. Our past experience has also shown us that the optimal duration of an adventure camp for most campers and staff is four days. For these reasons, we maintain the camp itself at four days a week and we are offering a full day of after-care on Fridays, allowing families to access more childcare for their children as needed without increasing their contact.
Thanks to the generous support of the Ministry of Families, which has provided us with one-time funding for 2021, we are able to offer free afternoon after-care 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The number of spaces is limited and we encourage families whose participation depends on this extra care to register for childcare when they register for camp.
Regular registrations will be open on Monday March 1st at 12:30 pm via Amilia (see button below).
We offer both a bursary fund and a shadow program to make our camp more accessible. If your family would like to participate in either of these programs, please contact us as soon as possible.
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.
Camp schedule: Monday to Thursday from 8:30am to 3pm (no camp July 1st).
Additional programming schedule (details to come): Friday from 8:30 am to 3 pm
Aftercare schedule: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
Fees: $135 for weeks 1 and 9 (three days), $180 for weeks 2 to 8 (4 days). Afternoon after-care is free in 2021 thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Families. The Friday full day after-care is 35$ for the day.**
Languages used: French and English (bilingual environment)
Sites : Jarry Park
Champ des Possibles
Week 1: June 28-30, 2021
Week 2: July 5-8, 2021
Week 3: July 12-15, 2021
Week 4: July 19-22, 2021
Week 5: July 26-29, 2021
Week 6: August 2-5, 2021
Week 7: August 9-12, 2021
Week 8: August 16 to 19, 2021
Week 9: August 23-26, 2021
*We have based our procedures and group capacity in 2021 on the restrictions in effect in 2020. If new restrictions are imposed on day camps for 2021 and force us to further reduce group capacity, we will follow the priority of registration on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that those who registered first will be given priority to keep their place if they feel they still need it.
**All fees are eligible for the tax credit for child care expenses.
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