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Summer Outdoor Adventure Day Camp

NPCA Summer Adventure Camps At St. John's Conservation Area


Join the fun at St. John's Conservation Area this summer as children ages 4-15 are invited to join us for a season of fun, while totally immersed in nature!

Junior Campers ages 4-11 will get a chance to explore the forest, discover our heritage, learn outdoor survival skills, conduct science experiments, roast marshmallows over a campfire, and so much more!  See our descriptors of each week below.

Senior Campers ages 12-15 will get a chance to participate in our Leader-in-Training (LIT) camp! In this program, campers will learn what it takes to be a leader in a summer camp setting from managing a group to planning their own activities!

Fee per Camper - $160/week*
Leader-in-Training Camp - $160/week*
Hours - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Extended Care Hours - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Extended Care Fee - $10 per family (morning, afternoon or full day available)

Camp location

St Kateri / St Johns Valley Centre
3024 Orchard Hill Rd, Thorold, ON, L0S 1M0

*10% family discount on the second child when booking two or more children in the same camp




Nature Awareness

August 2 - 5
Develop a relationship with nature by sharpening up your senses. Be aware of the smells in the air just before a rainstorm. Sit silently under a tree and observe nature go about her daily routine around you. Listen to the creek flowing over and around rock formations. Feel how bark of an oak feels against your fingers. Open yourself up to nature and she will show you a whole magical world of adventure!

Wild Animals

August 15 - 19
The Carolinian forest is home to the largest variety of animals in all of Canada. However, this region also has the most endangered species in the country. Help us learn more about these amazing creatures and why they are the decline. Campers will learn how animals survive in the wild, and brainstorm ways to protect and support these animals.

Summer Survivors

August 22 - 26
Bushcraft is a way of thriving in the natural environment. In this week campers will learn all about how to enjoy and make use of the wild countryside around us! Campers will develop skills that will help them adapt to their surroundings from lighting fires to making dens and practical crafts!

Ultimate Adventure

August 29 - September 2
You do not need a lot of equipment to have fun outside! Just a few ideas, some simple rules, willingness to be a bit silly and a wide-open space. Campers will participate in several ultimate games that will encourage team building, communication, problem solving and bonding!

NPCA Summer Adventure Camps At Ball's Falls Conservation Area

Junior Camp spaces are now filled for the 2022 season. Please complete the form below to join the waitlist and mailing list in the event that spaces become available, and to receive updates about future camps and programs.

Join the fun at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area this summer as children ages 4-15 are invited to join us for a season of fun, while totally immersed in nature!

Junior Campers ages 4-11 will get a chance to explore the forest, discover our heritage, learn outdoor survival skills, conduct science experiments, roast marshmallows over a campfire, and so much more!  See our descriptors of each week below.

Senior Campers ages 12-15 will get a chance to participate in our Leader-in-Training (LIT) camp! In this program, campers will learn what it takes to be a leader in a summer camp setting and will prepare them to volunteer as a Junior Camp Leader at Ball's Falls if they are interested!

Where: The Arboretum at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area
              3159 Sixth Avenue, Lincoln, ON L0R 1S0

For more information:
programming@npca.ca or 905-788-3135 ext. 322 or 330

Fee per Camper - $160/week*
Leader-in-Training Camp - $160/week*
Hours - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Extended Care Hours - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Extended Care Fee - $10 per family (morning, afternoon or full day available)

Camp location

Ball's Falls Arboretum
3159 Sixth Avenue, Lincoln, ON L0R 1S0

*10% family discount on the second child when booking two or more children in the same camp

 

PREPARING FOR THE ADVENTURE

  • Campers must come prepared for an action-packed day in the great outdoors. Backpacks should include:
  • Indoor and outdoor footwear (running shoes, and/or waterproof boots)
  • Litter-less and nut-free lunch and snacks
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Summer gear: rain jacket, splash pants, sunscreen, hat, bug spray, face mask
     

weekly program descriptions

Leader-in-Training (LIT) Camp - Jul 11 - 15

 

A 1-week camp for campers ages 12-15 that will provide them the opportunity to learn how to become a summer camp leader. Campers will receive training in the areas of leadership, behaviour management, activity planning, inclusivity, and team building. They will also receive their Emergency First Aid certification from the Red Cross that will be valid for 3 years! Our LIT's will use their daily training to work with one of our junior camp groups and lead their own activity by the end of the week! Campers that have successfully completed our LIT camp will be able to volunteer as Junior Leaders for the rest of the summer. Any Junior Leader volunteers in high school can use their hours towards their community service hours requirement.

History Mystery - Jul 4 - 8

The picturesque village of Glen Elgin sits between the majestic waterfalls of the Twenty Mile Creek… but this place holds a secret- it’s a ghost town! What happened to the people that lived here?! Where did they go?! The mysterious history of Glen Elgin will be discovered by our campers as they become super summer sleuths. Our campers will travel back in time to unlock the secrets of Glen Elgin and get hands-on with history from pioneer times, through the Victorian era, and all the way into the roaring 20s. Using deductive reasoning, our campers are sure to crack the case!

Wetland Wild - Jul 11 - 15 & Aug 15 - 19

Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink! At Ball’s Falls we have a world of wetlands and wildlife that our campers will discover. They will take a dip into aquatic life with pond and stream studies and meet the reptiles, amphibians and insects that call the Twenty Mile Creek home. Our campers will study wetland habitats and explore the importance of water conservation, also while having fun in water-based games. Our wetland warriors will work together to help protect our water-based environments and will earn a Water Warrior badge at the end of their week!

Summer Survivors - Jul 18 - 22 & Aug 8 - 12

Have you got what it takes to survive the wild and the natural local elements? Campers will learn to navigate through the forest, build shelters and fires, and discover the bounty of the environment around them! Working in teams to complete the ultimate survivor challenge, campers will make use of their newly acquired archery, emergency signaling, and water purifying skills and abilities. Our campers will earn themselves a Super Survivor badge at the end of the week!.

Ultimate Adventure - Jul 25 - 29 & Aug 29 - Sept 2

Trek through the forest searching for clues on an interactive scavenger hunt. Sharpen your skills in archery, create a team logo and cheer, and participate in the Ultimate Adventure Challenge! Channel the movements of your favourite animal and try to make it through the Habitat Maze. Campers will also create their favourite treats over the campfire and make incredible crafts to wear back to school.

Forest Explorers - Aug 1 - 5 & Aug 22 - 26

Our campers will not only learn about the wonders of a Carolinian forest environment, but also how to protect it! During this week campers will journey into the wilderness to learn about plants, animals, and insects using their scientific inquiry skills. Our valiant explorers will discover how people have an impact on our planet and complete STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) activities to help reduce our ecological footprint. At the end of the week our campers will receive a Junior Conservationist badge!