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The Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp is for children 4-11 years of age who like nature and spending time outdoors. Each week of camp has a new theme, so you can come for just a week or stay for the whole summer.

In addition, we offer a Kinder Camp program for youngsters 4 and 5. Kinder Camp has been designed with lower staff-to-camper ratios, rest breaks and age-appropriate activities to give our youngest campers the best experience possible.

Conservation Parks Members receive a 10% discount for camp registration. Please see below for fee information, and contact visitor services to get the discount.

summer camper studies insects at Kortright Centre
summer campers camouflage themselves in the forest as part of survival challenge game at Kortright Centre
summer camper enjoys mud madness experience at Kortright Centre

Camp Information

Camp Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Extended Care: Extended care is available from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Camp Fees*: Ages 4-5: Register before April 19, 2021: $260/week (Four-day camps: $204/week)
Register after April 19, 2021: $280/week (Four-day camps: $224/week)
Ages 6-11:
Register before April 19, 2021: $250/week (Four-day camps: $196/week)
Register after April 19, 2021: $270/week (Four-day camps: $216/week)
*Conservation Parks Members: Please contact visitor services to get a 10% membership discount.
Extended Care Fees: $25/day or $100/week
Ages: Campers are cohorted by age into the following groups:

  • Kinder: Ages 4-5
  • Ages 6-11
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

2021 Camps

  • leopard frog

    July 5-9, 2021: AMAZING ANIMALS

    Learn about the many different types of insects, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians that call Kortright home!

  • girl holds handful of mud at Kortright summer day camp

    July 12-16, 2021: MUD MADNESS

    Let’s get dirty! Join us for a wet and wild week to jump in mud puddles, explore a pond, search the river for natural clay, and more!

  • children use forest camouflage to hide at Kortright Centre survival camp

    July 19-23, 2021: SURVIVAL CAMP

    Learn basic survival skills in this fun-filled, outdoor-focused program.

  • bug crawls on boy's hand at Kortright summer nature camp

    July 26-30, 2021: THINGS THAT CREEP AND CRAWL

    Things That Creep and Crawl (Ages 4 to 11): Learn about different types of insects and other small creatures. | Outdoor Skills Camp (Ages 12 to 14): Learn the skills required to be a leader, in an outdoor setting.

  • youngsters hone their nature observation skills at Kortright spy camp

    August 3-6, 2021: SPY CAMP*

    In this exciting and unique program, campers will supercharge their senses and increase their observation skills.

  • girl holds small frog at Kortright outdoor adventure camp

    August 9-13, 2021: OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP

    Enrich your child’s love for adventure through fun, hands-on and exciting activities.

  • girls at Kortright summer nature day camp

    August 16-20, 2021: ART IN NATURE

    Mask making, painting and music are all part of this creative week.

  • girl learns to build fire at Kortright summer survival skills day camp

    August 23-27, 2021: SURVIVAL CAMP

    Learn basic survival skills in this fun-filled, outdoor-focused program.

  • kids explore marsh at Kortright Centre

    August 30-September 3, 2021: SPY CAMP

    In this exciting and unique program, campers will supercharge their senses and increase their observation skills.

Information for Parents

ABOUT

ABOUT KORTRIGHT SUMMER NATURE DAY CAMP

Our camp leaders are mature adults with many years of experience working with children. Home base is our spacious, air-conditioned Visitor Centre, which the campers will be in and out of throughout the day.

Campers are placed into groups of approximately 10 with children of similar age.

kids roast marshmallows at Kortright Centre summer day camp

WHAT TO PACK

WHAT TO PACK

We are an outdoors based camp and will spend a good portion of the day outdoors. Clothing must be practical and comfortable. Please bring clothing and footwear that can get dirty. Make sure all personal belongings fit into one bag. Please carefully check the list below on what to bring to camp.

Please clearly label all your child’s belongings with his or her name.


Every day ensure your child has:

  • Sunscreen SPF 30 or higher (please apply sunscreen on your child before coming to camp as well as packing it for them to use during the day)
  • An insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Reusable water bottle filled with water
  • Backpack
  • Closed-toed, flat-soled shoes (such as running shoes)
  • Lunch*

* Due to allergies of some campers, please only pack nut-free lunch and snack items.


On the first day of camp, you are welcome to pack the following in a separate bag and have your child leave these items at camp for the week. If your child does not leave these items at camp, please ensure that they bring them every day instead:

  • Long pants and a sweater
  • An extra set of clothes: shirt, socks, shorts, underwear
  • Rain gear: rain jacket, rubber boots

Optional items to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Inexpensive camera

Please do not bring:

  • Mobile phones (your leaders will have phones in case of emergency)
  • iPod, video games or other electronic devices
  • Money
  • Any kind of aerosol sprays
  • Knives or hand axes

Download a Copy of the Packing List

CAMP HOURS

CAMP HOURS

  • Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Drop-off is between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. at northwest corner of the Visitor Centre parking lot.
  • Before and After care is offered at $25/child per day starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. A weekly Before and After care option is available for $100.
  • All campers at camp more than five minutes after the camp end time will be transferred to the After Care program; applicable fees apply.

 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests received by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) more than 14 days before the start of the camp program will receive a 75% refund of the relevant program fees paid. Cancellation requests received by TRCA less than 14 days before the start of the camp program do not qualify for a refund. Please contact us in cases of sickness prior to the program so we can be in touch about rescheduling or refunding. Rescheduling is subject to availability. There is no refund for camp days missed or children opting not to participate in activities. Cancellation requests must be received in writing by email to vservices@trca.ca. Minimum registration numbers required for camp to operate. In the event TRCA must cancel the camp due to low registration or government order, a full refund will be issued.

TRCA’s COVID-19 Response

Will social distancing be practiced indoors?
Yes, whenever possible. Most of the day will be spent outside. When program participants move inside, they will follow clearly signed pathways through buildings to ensure they remain 2m from other people in the building. Only the entrance door will be unlocked, to further prevent entry in non-designated entry points. Designated indoor learning and programming areas will remain closed to the public.

Will face coverings be required indoors? Outdoors?
Staff and participants in grade 1 and up will be required to wear face coverings while indoors, and outdoors when social distancing cannot be practiced. Children in grade SK and under will be encouraged to wear masks.

If the group moves indoors, will changes be made to keep staff and participants safe?
The indoor location will only be opened to a few select guided programs led by staff familiar with our COVID-19 protocols during business hours. Increased sanitization schedules that focus on high-touch surfaces and include a weekly deep cleaning are part of our COVID-19 mitigation operational plan.

Most designated learning areas are only accessible to a specific cohort. In some instances, two cohorts may occupy their own designated area within a larger space. Every learning areas is cleaned and sanitized between cohorts. Areas that have tight quarters (stairwells and hallways for example) will have one-directional travel with signage.

How frequently will high-touch surfaces be sanitized?
A minimum of two times daily, with a deep clean occurring once a week.

How frequently will children be made to wash their hands?
There will be an increased emphasis on hand washing. There will be several sanitizing stations located in and around the program areas ready for use when soap and water is unavailable or impractical. Program leaders will ensure all participants are shown the proper hand washing and hand sanitizing procedures.

Will there be any screening protocols in place?
At the beginning of each day, parents/guardians will be asked to complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire on behalf of their child.

What will the illness policy be?
Program participants must stay home if the participants or any of their family members in the same household have one or more of the following symptoms or situations:

  • Currently experiencing any of these symptoms:
    • Fever and/or chills
    • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Runny or stuffy/congested nose
    • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    • Pink eye
    • Headache
    • Digestive issues like nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
    • Muscle aches
    • Extreme tiredness
    • Falling down often
  • Live with a person currently experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and/or waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms.
  • In the last 14 days, you or anyone you live with travelled outside of Canada. If exempt from quarantine requirements (for example, an essential worker who crosses the Canada-U.S. border regularly for work), select “No”.
  • In the last 14 days, you have been identified as a “close contact” of someone who currently has COVID-19.
  • A doctor, health care provider, or public health unit has told you that you should currently be isolating (staying at home).
  • In the last 14 days, you have received a COVID Alert exposure notification on your cell phone. If you already went for a test and got a negative result, select “No”.
  • Have a member in their family who has any of the above symptoms

Any participant experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, even if mild, must stay home. The use of a mask is not an acceptable measure to attend programs for those who are symptomatic.

In cases where a participant develops symptoms of COVID-19 while attending a program, we will contact the participant’s parent or guardian to pick up their child immediately and contact the local public health unit for further direction.

What if a family member that lives with the child has symptoms?
All household contacts of symptomatic individuals are required to quarantine. Therefore, any program participant or any staff with a member of their household who has new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home.

After a period of illness, how long before I can send my child back to the program?
We will follow the most current guidelines of the local public health unit.

If someone else in my household has symptoms, do I need to keep my child home from the program?
Yes. Please refer to above illness policy. This policy is subject to change, and we will follow the most current guidelines of the local public health unit.

In the event of a positive test within the school, camp or program participant population will everyone be required to be tested? Will there be a shutdown period?
We will inform the local public health unit and follow their recommendations.

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