Summer camp at Laurel Creek Nature Centre is all about being outdoors, singing silly camp songs, discovering nature, making new friends and enjoying memories that will last a lifetime.
The Grand River Conservation Authority offers Junior, Intermediate and Senior Summer Day Camps at Laurel Creek Nature Centre for kids aged 6 - 16. Each camp is action-packed and full of different activities each and every day. All of these camps focus on environmental discovery and teach campers about the outdoors in a fun, yet educational way. Every camper receives a free t-shirt too.
Campers can enjoy a different camp theme each week with hikes, crafts and activities designed to make the outdoors fun!
Intermdiate and Senior camps offer kids something a little more challenging and are designed to provide an even more exciting camp experience for our older campers. These camps include much longer wilderness treks and adventures.
All camps run from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Supervision is provided from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The 50 Things Camp (Ages 6-10) - July 7 to July 11
It's time to get mucky and discover your wild side. We have come up with a list of 50 fantastic experiences that everyone should do before they are 11. Have you ever tamed a scary beast, caught a crayfish, flew a kite or found a geocache? We have a full week of outdoor experiences and challenges for campers check off their bucket list. (based on www.nationcaltrust.org.uk/50things )
Naturalist-in-Training Leadership Camp (Ages 14-16) - July 7 to July 11
The Naturalist-In-Training (NIT) camp is designed for teens aged 14-16 who are looking for skills that will help with future employment and an opportunity to complete their community volunteer hours. During this leadership week, campers will have the chance to gain certification in emergency first-aid and ORCKA-level canoeing. They will also develop leadership skills and build a knowledge base that will allow them to feel comfortable leading camp activities such as games, arts and crafts and natural history. An overnight campout at Laurel Creek Conservation Area is included in this week-long camp. Each camper will be able to choose to attend at least one additional week of camp where they can volunteer and apply their new skills! These skills include: leadership, animal care, first-aid, water studies, games, camp procedures and ORCKA-certification.
Wild About Animals (Ages 6-10) - July 14 to July 18
Are you an animal lover? Do you want to learn more about animals? This camp is for you. You will get up close a personal with the animals that live in and around the Nature Centre. Find out what these animals eat, where they live and some of the cool things they do to survive. Activities this week include safari hikes, survival games and nature investigations.
Wet and Wild! (Ages 9- 12) - July 14 to July 18
I hope you’re not afraid to get wet! Water covers over 70% of our plantet and it is not only vital to our survival it is a lot of fun!! We will wade in and explore aquatic ecosystems, find some local stream creatures, make some cool discoveries and play water games . Be prepared to get wet and have some fun.
Focus In... (Ages 6-10) - July 21 to July 25
Every day we will focus on a different part of nature and take a closer look at: Spineless Wonders, Slime and Scales, Beautiful Birds, Terrific Trees, and Marvellous Mammals. Activities include safari hikes, games and nature investigations.
Grand Adventures (Ages 11-13) - July 22 to July 26
Can you survive in the wild? Campers will learn wilderness survival skills like knot tying, edible plants, animal tracking, and fire building. At the end of the week, campers will have the opportunity to practice all the skills you've learned during a canoe trip down the Grand River!
Ecosystem Explorers (Ages 6-10) - July 28 - August 1
Spend each day exploring a different habitat and the living things that call it home. Explore the Forest, field, marsh and streams and discover who lives there. This is an active camp where you will get muddy and wet playing games and hiking the property. We will track animals, turn over rocks and logs so get ready to be an explorer.
The Next 50 Things Camp (Ages 9-12) - July 28 to August 1
We’ve come up with a challenging list of 50 fantastic experiences in and around the nature centre you’ll be able to cross off your bucket list!! Have you ever wanted to make friends with a duck, catch a fish or shoot a rocket? Then this camp’s for you! (based on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/50things)
GO Girls! (Ages 6-12) - August 5 to August 8
Great Outdoors (GO) Girls is a unique opportunity for girls to explore nature and get comfortable with all things creepy, crawly, muddy and slimy in an all-girl environment. Make new friends while having fun outdoors! Hikes, nature cooking, art projects, animals, campfire songs, stories and more. Girls get to take the lead and learn some outdoor skills to help you develop a lifelong love for getting outdoors.
Things with Wings(Ages 6-10) - August 11 to August 15
Interested in flight? We will spend this week looking to the skies, exploring the world of birds, butterflies, bats, seeds, and many more living things that have wings. We will go on bug safaris and birding hikes. This week campers will also participate in the great flight challenge to see put their knowledge to the test at the end of the week.
Zombie Rangers (Ages 9 - 13) - August 11 to August 15
Are you ready for the zombie apocolypse? This week you will learn important survival skills such as finding medicinal and edible plants, shelter building, stalking and camouflage skills and fire by friction. Your survival skills will be put to the test with the zombie apocolypse on Friday!
Buddy Adventure (Ages 6-10) - August 18 to August 22
Adopt a stuffed buddy on the first day of camp and take part in an adventure together every day. A few adventures for your buddy will include building shelters, raft racing and scavenger hunts. After a week of fun-filled challenges take your buddy home with you.
Grand Art and Tech Adventures (Ages 10-13) - August 18 to August 22
We will show you how art, technology and adventure can mix. This week you will go geocaching, use microscopes, create natural plant dyes and do some photography. We will also repurpose and upcycle some common household items. Get both sides of your brain working! A highlight of the week is a canoe trip down the Grand River.
What should my child bring to the camps?
Day camp programming takes place outside as much as possible. Please check daily weather conditions and ensure children come prepared for the weather.
¨ Please bring a hat. Sunscreen may be applied each morning at home. A good sunscreen can last the entire day.
¨ Dress for the weather. On hot days and water study days bring a swimsuit and towel. On rainy days bring extra pants and socks.
Bring a nutritious lunch and healthy snacks for morning and afternoon, as well as a refillable water bottle. To model environmental sustainability, please try to make it litterless. This camp is peanut and nut-free, please ensure that all food is free of peanuts, nuts, nut products, and traces of nuts.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Before camp starts you will be sent a camp informaiton package. This will hopefully answer all your questions but if you have any specific questios feel free to email LaurelCreekNC@grandriver.ca
What is the refund policy?
Full refunds will be granted if requested six weeks before the first day of camp. Refunds requested after that time and up to three weeks before the first day of camp will be subject to a $50 administration fee. Refunds requested after three weeks will be subject to a $100 administration fee.