Summer camp at Guelph Lake Nature Centre is all about being outdoors. 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.
Intermediate and Senior camps offer kids a little more challenge and are designed to provide an more adventure based camp experience for our older campers. These camps include much longer wilderness treks and some offer caving or canoeing for a day in Rockwood. Please scroll to the bottom of the page for a listing of camp themes and dates.
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 for free. Every camper receives a free t-shirt too!
Check out the day camp opportunties at Rockwood if the camp at Guelph Lake is full. http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/4923378959/eorg#
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 with less than 3 weeks before for the first day of camp will be subject to a $100 administration fee.
Hands On Nature - July 10 -14 (for Ages 6 - 10)
It's time to get mucky and discover your wild side. We have a full week of outdoor experiences and challenges lined up for campers. This week we will explore forests, meet the creatures that live in the river, get nose to antennae with the bugs that live in the meadow and practice some survival skills.
Naturalist in Training - July 10 - 14 (for ages 14 - 16)
The Naturalist-In-Training (NIT) Level 1 and Level 2 are designed for teens aged 14 (or entering grade 9) -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 certifications such as emergency first-aid, ORCKA-level canoeing or swim safeguard. They will also develop leadership skills, nature skills and build a knowledge base that will allow them to feel comfortable leading camp activities. An overnight campout at Rockwood Conservation Area is included in this week-long camp. Children need to be dropped off at the Rockwood Conservation Area on Thursday morning and picked up at Rockwood on Friday afternoon. Campers may be asked to bring a tent. 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! First year participants will be Level 1 with returning campers joining Level 2.
Survival Challenge - July 17 - 21 (for ages 6 - 10)
Become more comfortable in nature while learning to understand the land and its wildlife. We’ll practice skills like tracking, shelter-building and fire-building. End the week by testing your skills in a teamwork survival challenge!
MACh 1 - July 17 – 21 (for ages 10 - 13)
Are you up for MACH 1 (Multi Adventure Challenge)? During this week your endurance will be put to the test. We head off from the Nature Centre for full days of hiking, biking and exploring. We will learn to use GPS to navigate trails and discover geocaches in the park. On Thursday campers will begin their day at Rockwood Conservation Area for an overnight camp out. Parents will need to drop your child off at the Rockwood Conservation Area on Thursday. Thursday and Friday we will explore the caves and canoe the River at Rockwood Conservation Area. Campers will have to supply their own bike.
Art Outdoors – July 24 - 28 (for ages 6 - 10)
Let your creative side loose and let nature inspire your creations. This week we will experience nature while exploring different art mediums. Topics may include painting, sketching, sculpting and digital photography.
Guardians of the Grand - July 24 - 28 (for ages 10 - 13)
Join our superhero training camp to become a Guardian of the Grand. Campers will learn and experience the powers and abilities of Mother Nature’s creatures. Find out which animals are the strongest, the best fliers and which animals have the best camouflage. Campers will participate in projects to help local animals such as protecting habitat loss and attacking invasive species. Friday we'll spend the day exploring Rockwood Conservation Area. Friday drop off and pick up will be at Rockwood Conservation Area.
Nature Ninjas – July 31– Aug 4 (for ages 6 - 10)
Using stealth and awareness, become a protector of the wild spaces around Guelph Lake. Discover the ancient secrets of the Nature Ninja. Draw on traditions both ancient and new, to build epic skills of wilderness survival and invisibility. Join the guardians of our wild realm. Unleash your inner ninja!
Survival Challenge – July 31 – Aug 1 (for ages 10 - 13)
Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Learn to build shelters and tie simple knots. Campers will practise the art of fire building, fishing and animal tracking. We will ID, collect and prepare edible wild plants as well! Friday will be spent exploring and practicing survival skills at Rockwood Park. Friday drop off and pick up will be at Rockwood Conservation Area.
Dragons and Damsels - Aug 8 – 11 (for ages 6 - 10)
Come exploring with us and meet some of the creatures that have inspired myths and legends. We will look for fairy rings and hunt for magical creatures and places. Is it myth or magic or mother nature? Let a dragon land on your nose and find beautiful damsels living by the river.
Canada 150 – Aug 14 - 18 (for ages 6 - 10)
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by learning about the animals that live here. From coast to coast, from the arctic to the prairies, Canada is home to amazing creatures with incredible adaptations for survival. We will play games, go exploring and even meet some of these awesome animals face to face.
Nature Scene Investigation – Aug 14 - 18 (for ages 10 - 13)
Want to become a nature scene detective and solve some mysteries? Put your natural curiosity to work and learn how to look for clues and signs of what is going on around you. This active camp will expand your nature awareness through games and hikes. Campers will develop their tracking skills, examine skulls and bones and study bird nests to solve the mysteries all around us. Friday we will spend the day at Rockwood. Drop off and pick up will be at the Rockwood Conservation Area on Friday.
SPLASH! – Aug 21 – 25 (for ages 6 - 10)
Water covers over 70% of our planet, it is vital to our survival…and it is a lot of fun. Join us as we look at water above and below the surface. We will wade in, get wet, make cool discoveries, and most importantly learn to appreciate this incredible resource.
Nature Ninjas – Aug 21 - 25 (for ages 10 - 13)
Using stealth and awareness, become a protector of the wild spaces around Guelph Lake. Discover the ancient secrets of the Nature Ninja. Draw on traditions both ancient and new, to build epic skills of wilderness survival and invisibility. Join the guardians of our wild realm. Unleash your inner ninja! Friday we'll spend the day canoeing and caving at Rockwood Conservation Area. Drop off and pick up will be at the Rockwood Conservation Area on Friday.
Nature Scene Investigation - Aug 25 - Sept 1 (for ages 6 -10)
Want to become a nature scene detective and solve some mysteries? Put your natural curiosity to work and learn how to look for clues and signs of what is going on around you. This active camp will introduce nature awareness through games and hikes. Campers will develop their tracking skills, examine skulls and bones and study bird nests to solve the mysteries all around us.
Art Outdoors - Aug 28 – Sept 1(for ages 10 - 13)
Let your creative side outside! This week, campers will get to experience nature while using various art mediums. Some topics we might cover include painting, sketching, sculpting and digital photography. We will visit the Rockwood Conservation Area to go caving on Friday. Drop off and pick up will be at the Rockwood Conservation Area on Friday.