At Tamarack West we rally around the enthusiasm, curiosity and playfulness of our kids and use this energy to drive each day. Our activities are guided by camper curiosity and inquiry, turning them into adventures that are filled with opportunities for fun, growth and learning.
Our teachers/mentors are extremely caring and patient individuals who subscribe to a philosophy of mutual respect and support. These leaders are passionate about helping develop resilient, strong and confident campers.
Tamarack West offers an Extended Camp Program that runs from 3:30pm until 6:00pm. Extended Camp is almost always outside in the park near playgrounds and splashpads - the kids are encouraged to follow their interests and energy by running around the structures, taking part in arts and crafts activities or resting while a good book is read aloud to the group. The program is $20/day - it is not necessary to sign up for the entire week, campers can attend anywhere from one to five days of after school per week.
Day 1 – Explore and Get to Know Each Other in High Park
This is the first day – a day when campers might be feeling a bit shy, unsure, and curious about what camp is all about. Campers will be introduced to one another through fun team games and plenty of activity! From nature discovery to natural tunnels to games and splash pad parties, we bring the group together with a sense of wonder and excitement for the week to come.
Day 2 – Dufferin Grove park Day 2 – Adventure in the City
A day of destination always marks Day 2 of Tamarack West Summer Camp! We travel as a group to the amazing Dufferin Grove park to explore in the playground, splash pad, and of course the amazing sand pit! Counsellors also bring games and activities with them to the park to make the experience even more varied. The end of the day at Dufferin Grove is always met with a treat before heading back to High park!
Day 3 – High Park Adventure
Day 3 is back in High park to do even more exploring! We are lucky enough to be in one of the biggest parks in Toronto and there is so much to do and see. From the adventure playground, to the bird sanctuary there is endless exploring to be done. By the end of day 3 campers will start to become High park experts! Keep your eyes peeled for all of the amazing animals and plants around, and of course as always there are always games and crafts throughout the day.
Day 4 – Mystery Day!
Day 4 is another destination day! Each week we select a unique Toronto destination that is sure to excite every camper. In the past, we have hitched a ride on the ferry to play games in the Toronto Island Maze and splash in the cool waters of Centre Island or headed down to the Science Centre for a day of learning and laughs. Wherever the destination, we make sure to pepper it with games, songs, and a sense of adventure!
Day 5 – Celebration and Salutations
On the final day of the week we celebrate the friendships we’ve made. The morning is spent either visiting a favourite location from the week, or going on a nature adventure to a new area! The afternoon is then spent together as a group in what we call “village afternoon”. During our village each counsellor comes with a unique activity to share with the group! Past activities include face painting, science experiments, music, slack lines, and the always requested slime station!
Recreational Instructional Intense or Competitive