Summer camp at Belwood Lake all about getting outdoors and experiencing nature. We believe that the best camp memories come from exploring nature, making discoveries, building a campfire, hiking through the fields and forests, finding frogs and water creatures and connecting with the natural world. Along the way we know that campers will make new friends, learn new games and discover new skills. The camps are action-packed and full of different activities each and every day. All camps focus on environmental discovery and engage campers in the outdoors in a fun, yet educational way. Every camper receives a free nature themed t-shirt.
Campers can enjoy a different camp theme each week with hikes, crafts and activities designed to make the outdoors fun! Participants actively go outside daily to explore the fields and forests that surround the nature centre. Our highly skilled team will share their passion and knowledge of nature and outdoor adventure with your child. Our goal is to connect your child to a lifetime of appreciation for nature and the outdoors.
Camps run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Supervison is provided from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Belwood Conservation Area gates open at 8:15 a.m.
Fishing FUNdamentals - July 24 - 28 (for ages 8 – 12)
During this week, practice basic fishing skills like casting, knot tying, and fish ID. There will be fun nature activities like bug hunts, water studies, and nature games included as well.
More Fishing Fun - July 31 –Aug 4 (for ages 8 - 12)
This camp will focus on improving your fishing skills. Learn how to identify aquatic insects, tie a fly and find out how you can help to protect local fish populations from invasive species. Other fun nature activities like bug hunts, predator prey and shelter building will be included as well.
Hands on Nature – Aug 8 – 11 (for ages 8 – 12)
It's time to get mucky and discover your wild side. We have a full week of outdoor experiences and challenges line up for you this week. This week we will learn how to fish, practice building a shelter and learn the best practices for building a fire. We will learn how to ID common edible plants and prepare them, and learn how to navigate our way through the forest using the sun, a compass and a GPS unit.
Survival Challenge – Aug 14 – 18 (for ages 8 – 12)
Join us for another week of great week of outdoor adventures. Become more comfortable in nature while learning to read and understand the land and its wildlife. We’ll practice skills like tracking, fishing, shelter-building and how to make a successful campfire. End the week by testing your skills in a teamwork survival challenge!
What should my child bring to the camps?
To make sure that your child has the best possible experience at camp, please be sure to send them with the following items:
- A healthy, nut free lunch and drinks (a refillable water bottle is a good choice)
- Extra snacks – we work up a good appetite every day!
- Sun hat and sunscreen
- Rain gear – just in case!
- A change of clothes and shoes. On hot days we may play water games to cool down so a swimsuit may be a good idea.
Sunscreen and bug spray should be applied before your child comes to camp each day. Staff will remind campers to reapply sunscreen throughout the day. Please be sure your child knows how to apply their sunscreen. We do NOT provide or apply sunscreen or bug spray due to the possibility of allergic reactions.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
A camper information package will be sent to you a week or two before camp. In the meantime if you have any specfic questions please email GuelphLakeNC@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.