Camp life in the city

Avoid five-fig­ure overnight camp pric­ing with these day camps by Mackenzie Pat­ter­son

Bayview Post - - Kids -

With many kids’ overnight camps cost­ing — gasp — over $10,000 for the en­tire sum­mer, some T.O. par­ents are choos­ing day camps where their kids can get that tra­di­tional sum­mer camp ex­pe­ri­ence right here in the city. Here are some spe­cial­ized day camps worth look­ing into. Horse camp “I al­ways say, a choice of day camp is not re­ally an age thing. It’s about what suits your child best,” says Janet Fine, di­rec­tor of the Hol­lows Camp in Brad­ford. For a kid keen on horses, the Hol­lows is a great day­time op­tion.

“With our day camp, they get all of the ac­tiv­ity choices that campers would get in the overnight pro­gram, so it’s sort of like go­ing to overnight camp with­out the sleep­over part,” Fine says. Although the camp is mainly an equestrian camp, it also of­fers archery, ca­noe­ing, kayak­ing and soc­cer. Out­doors camp Fans of the great out­doors best look into camps of­fered through Harbourfront Cen­tre. The cen­tre’s ros­ter of of­fer­ings in­cludes the Out­doors Bound camp for kids aged nine to 11. This week-long ex­pe­ri­ence will have the kids ca­noe­ing, learn­ing about en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness and wa­ter safety. By the end, they’ll be build­ing tents and fires with ease. Pad­dle board­ing camp Bloor West vil­lage of­fers both fit­ness and life lessons to build self-es­teem, grat­i­tude and lead­er­ship skills in an in­ti­mate set­ting.

With its tween and teen day camp for girls, there is much fo­cus on stand up pad­dle board­ing as well as Zumba, self-de­fence and fo­cus on pos­i­tive body im­age.

Char­lie Page, a psy­chother­a­pist and the founder of Power 4 Teens, says day camp can be help­ful for es­tab­lish­ing more open com­mu­ni­ca­tion lines be­tween kids and par­ents.

“If they’re at day camp, kids can go home and tell their par­ents how great their day was,” she says. Ten­nis camp Miloses-in-train­ing will be able to hone their racket skills at ten­nis camps like the ones avail­able through Bayview Vil­lage Ten­nis Camp, which has been go­ing strong since 1989. The week-long ses­sions — ei­ther full or half days — ac­com­mo­date all lev­els of young play­ers, with pro player Peter Nielsen lead­ing the camp. Drama camp For kids who re­ally want to get campy at camp, there’s al­ways the theatre. Bud­ding Strat­for­dians can get on­stage at the sum­mer drama camps avail­able through Young Peo­ple’s Theatre. Fun­da­men­tal theatre skills are de­vel­oped, and the thes­pi­ans work to­ward a week­end group per­for­mance, com­plete with cos­tumes, sound, lights and all that jazz.I

Some day camps of­fer up out­doorsy ex­pe­ri­ences

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