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Join the LGBTQ Parenting Network for our Family Camp Day at Camp Naivelt, just outside Brampton!
This fun-filled family oriented day will include activities for LGBTQ parents and their kids of all ages, from babies to adults.
Join us on the bus from Sherbourne Health Centre or meet us at Camp Naivelt.
Your RSVP by August 1, 2014 will help us plan for bussing and parking
Camp Day Schedule
10:00 AM Bus to Camp - leaves from Sherbourne Health Centre
If you are joining us on the bus, please arrive at Sherbourne Health Centre by 9:45 AM
10:45 AM Arrive at Camp Naivelt
If you are joining us at Camp, please arrive no earlier than 11:00 AM.
11:00 AM Welcome and tour of Camp Naivelt
11:30 - 1:00 PM Picnic
Please bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy at Camp Naivelt
(Please do not bring food contaning nuts!)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Aquafit & Pool time
The pool will be available all afternoon, but from 1:00 - 2:00 PM it is reserved for exclusive use by Camp Naivelt, including our group, and it is open to the general public later in the day. Adults are invited to participate in Aquafit class or to enjoy the shallow end of the pool with their kids.
- Swimming at the pool
- Scavenger Hunt
- Self-guided hikes
- Wading, playing, and floating in the Credit River
- Group Games
- Explore El Dorado Park next door
- Chill Zone - Youth retreat space and hang out time
- Quiet Space - place for young children and toddlers to enjoy a break, have a nap, or read a story (parent/caregiver supervision required)
- Connect with other parents
5:00 PM Early Bus Back to Sherbourne Health Centre
The first bus will leave Camp Day early to accomodate families who would like to get their children home for bed. We will provide snacks for the bus home.
5:30 PM Dinner - provided by LGBTQ Parenting Network
We are delighted to serve a catered dinner of falafel, chicken, pita, rice, hummus, and other toppings. We do our best to provide gluten and dairy free and vegetarian options for our guests.
Your RSVP helps us plan for your family's needs - please get in touch with us if you have specific dietary concerns.
7:00 PM Community Performance with Dinah Thorpe
We will be joined by members of the Camp Naivelt community for a family and kid-friendly performance by Dinah Thorpe, a performance artist whose music as a whole resists simple genre definitions. The Toronto-based artist has been favorably compared to Laurie Anderson, Portishead, Natalie Merchant, Beth Orton, Grace Jones, Feist, and David Bowie among others. But Thorpe draws on a hugely diverse range of influences – from folk to rap, trip hop to blues, orchestral to techno – and distills them into a musical style that is unmistakably her own. If you ask her, Thorpe says: "Whatever it gets called, what I hope for my work is that it moves people - that it helps them through difficult days, or helps them enjoy fabulous days, or invites them to think or to dance. Or both."
8:30 PM Campfire
After the community performance, we'll have a campfire with snacks and camp songs as the sun sets.
Campfire snacks will be fruit and s'mores - we do our best to include veg*n, gluten-free, and non-dairy options. Please get in touch with us if you have specific dietary concerns.
10:00 PM Closing
Late bus leaves to return back to Sherbourne Health Centre, arriving back at SHC at approximately 10:45 PM
What to Bring?
- Sun stuff - sunscreen, hats, long shirts
- Swim stuff - swim suits, towels, a bag for wet clothes
- PFDs or lifejackets for small children - please note the waterfront is not lifeguarded
- Extra clothes - just in case
- Something warm - it could be chilly around the campfire and in the evening
- Something snuggly - it's nice to snuggle up in a sleeping bag or blanket if you are need to nap during the day or if you might fall asleep before the campfire or on the bus home
- Bug stuff - it could get buggy, consider bug repellant
- Food (nut free) - Please bring your own picnic lunch, snacks, and additional foods that your family will enjoy.
- Cutlery, dishes for dinner - We will be serving food on paper plates - please feel invited to bring your own reusable cups, plates and cutlery if you can. We try to limit our environmental impact by using compostable plates, cups, and cutlery as much as possible, but we cannot completely eliminate disposables for a gathering of this size.
- Musical instruments - Do you play an instrument or have an act to perform at the Campfire? Bring it along!
Please do not bring products containing nuts out of concern for the safety of those with life-threatening or other serious allergies.
When & Where
LGBTQ Parenting Network
The LGBTQ Parenting Network is a program of Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto. We support lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer parenting through training, research, resource development, and community organizing. We work with individuals, organization, and communities from the local to the international.
LGBTQ Parenting Network
Sherbourne Health Centre
333 Sherbourne Street
(416) 324-4100 ext. 5276
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