Cabins, campfires, sing-a-longs and dips in the lake may be the hallmarks of summer for some children but for many novice campers, the idea of sleeping over is scary. For still some families sleep over camp presents a variety of other challenges that makes it an unrealistic option for summer fun or childcare.
In an attempt to mitigate some of the factors that may prohibit parents from sending their children to overnight camp, renowned camp Muskoka Woods is offering a unique urban day camp unlike anything else in the Greater Toronto Area to those kids who can’t make it to the lake.
Muskoka Woods CITYCAMP is for kids ages 6-12 and is a great option for young children to get a feel for a camp experience without travelling too far away from home. CITYCAMP is about creating a real overnight camp experience in a day camp format. That’s why the camp is divided into three “cabin groups” led by the best and the brightest counsellors, to ensure each camper experiences life-changing fun, growth and accomplishment.
Day camps offer many of the same benefits as overnight camp and can serve as a stepping stone for overnight camp . . . or not.
- Summer camp provides experiences that last a lifetime
- Develop leadership skills
- Life skills like overcoming challenges, cooperation, and establish trust
- Learn responsibility
- Build and develop self-esteem, self-confidence and self-awareness
- Develop communication skills, compassion and empathy towards others
- Develop leadership skills, work as a team, conflict resolution
- Try new things!
Before you decide that there is no way your budget could ever allow for an experience like this, do some homework. Many camps offer scholarships and financial aid packages, as well as the opportunity to set up payment plans. For example, The Muskoka Woods Youth Foundation provides support for life-changing programs that help young people recognize and achieve their potential. Each year, numerous events are held to raise funds to give deserving youth an unforgettable week of camp, inspiration and growth. Its funds support meaningful partnerships, educational opportunities, bursaries and unforgettable summer camp experiences for young people with financial or special needs.
As with any activity, the earlier you start researching the more likely you are to find a good fit for your child and your chequebook, plus many camps tend to fill up early in the registration period. CITYCAMP does still have space in some of their locations, so if you’re interested in signing up, visit http://muskokawoods.com