The Pine Project

2 Catherine Street Toronto, Ontario, M6S Locations: East York, Minden (view map)

Ages:
1 to 90 (Coed )
Type:
Day camp, Overnight camp, After-school / weekend classes, Family programs
Specialty:
Nature/Environment
Cost:
$340 to $2,095
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)

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The Pine Project
 

The Pine Project inspires kids to fall in love with nature! Campers spend their days exploring the forest to find cool nature mysteries, playing games that transform them into their favourite animals, learning wilderness skills like carving and animal tracking, and more. By spending their days outside, rain or shine, campers build confidence, competence, resilience and a connection to nature.

We offer day camp at two convenient locations in Toronto (ages 4-15) and a backcountry overnight camp near Haliburton (ages 7-15). We also offer school-year and March Break nature connection programs for youth and families. Join us this summer to unplug, get outside and discover nature's wonders! 


The Our Kids review of The Pine Project

 

While all camps are unique, the Pine Project is something of a rarity in that it offers both day programs in the city and overnight programs at a rural property. It’s a nice plus, allowing campers to attend different programs, and grow into overnight camp while staying within the same organization, culture, and to some extent personnel. In all, the Pine Project presents a tried and true array of camp activity, from woods lore, to skill development, to wilderness tripping and adventure. All activities are a means of getting at confidence, belonging, and fun, which is after all what camp is all about. Programs are based on academic research and insight, particularly undertaken at the University of Waterloo, so is sound both in curriculum, intent, and outcomes. Though, as with any great camp, kids learn and build skills entirely unaware that all the fun their having is good for them, too. 


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weekly or weekend class / kids programs
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Nature/Environment $725 to $1,890
Bloor West Village,ON
2 Catherine Street
Sep 30, 2019-Jun 05, 2020 $725 - $1,890
Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|Leadership training|Nature/Environment|Zoology/Animals|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Hiking
weekly or weekend class / kids programs
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Nature/Environment $615 to $1,890
East York,ON
31 Barbara Crescent
Sep 30, 2019-Jun 05, 2020 $615 - $1,890
Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|Leadership training|Nature/Environment|Zoology/Animals|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Hiking
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 13
Nature/Environment $0 to $395
Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|Nature/Environment|Zoology/Animals|Mindfulness Training|Hiking
Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|Leadership training|Nature/Environment|Zoology/Animals|Mindfulness Training|Hiking
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 7 - 14
Wilderness Skills $0 to $925
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership training|Nature/Environment|Zoology/Animals|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Canoeing|Fishing|Hiking|Swimming
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 15
Leadership $0 to $2,395
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership training|Nature/Environment|Zoology/Animals|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Canoeing|Fishing|Hiking|Swimming

Camp Address
2 Catherine Street, Toronto, Ontario
Other locations: East York, Minden

The Pine Project
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2 Catherine Street Toronto, Ontario, M6S
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Reviews & Testimonials

  • A transformative experience
    Parent of a Pine participant — Parent

    “I can’t overstate the impact that the program has had on my kids. In these formative years, the Pine Project has cultivated their curiosity and creativity, and established a solid foundation for a life-long connection with nature. It is a transformative experience.”

  • A must have for kids who love nature
    Parent of two Pine campers — Parent

    “Pine is by far the best city based day camp we have gone to. A must for kids who love nature, for parents who want to see their kids grow and gain confidence and independence. Pine counselors are a cut above all other camps.”

  • The best education beyond the classroom
    Parent of a Pine participant — Parent

    “This is the BEST education beyond the standard classroom. It offers children hands on learning by instructors who care about each child as an individual, providing them with a wealth of knowledge of the natural world in a classroom that is ever changing.”

  • An experience that should not be missed
    Parent of a Pine camper — Parent

    “Pine is an experience that should not be missed for all Toronto youth. The kindness of counselors along with their attention to getting to know each child individually is only equalled by the outdoor experience delivered.”

  • Your instructors are a cut above
    Parent of a Pine camper — Parent

    We love Pine camp - in particular, your instructors are a cut above all other day camps.

  • My favourite camp ever
    Pine camper — Camper

    "My favourite camp ever is Pine camp."


Accommodation & Property Details

Property details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Tents

Washrooms Facilities

  • Outhouses

Landscape

  • Forested Area
  • Lake/Pond/River
  • Nature Trails


Director's Message

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Andrew McMartin, Executive Director

I imagine most of you have a special place in nature that you can draw up in your memory. A place where you caught frogs, got stung by bees, climbed trees, or built forts. You may even be able to remember what it smelled like, what birds lived there, where the fox made its den, or a number of different bumps and bruises you got along the way - evidence of great adventures! These are the kinds of experiences we hope to impart on your children.

The Pine Project provides a space where kids can explore, ask questions, take risks (with the support of their counsellors) and get very dirty!

At the end of their time with us, children may have burs in their hair, clay on their face, and dirt under their nails. Each of these is a thread, a connection to the natural world that, in addition to clogging up the laundry machine, brings them one step further on their path to connecting with nature, and ultimately themselves.

For us it doesn’t matter if the child’s path is heading towards a life as a naturalist, a biologist, an artist, or mechanic. We see again and again that spending time in nature with great mentors can help a person uncover their unique gifts, and add strength in curiosity, adaptability, creativity and resilience. All are tools that we believe set up kids well for a successful future.

Thank you for considering the Pine Project. We hope to have the opportunity to help fill your child's life with fun, laughs, dirt, and adventure.


Cost & Financial Aid

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Cost: $340 to $2,095 /program

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes

Scholarships & awards:

  • Best Day Ever Bursary Fund

    Amount: 70% Deadline: Rolling
    Type: Need based
    Details: Our Best Day Ever Bursary Fund helps provide people the opportunity to participate in Pine programs and connect to nature, regardless of their financial situation. The Fund is a limited fund that enables people to participate who would otherwise not be able to afford the full cost of Pine programs. The fund only provides assistance for program fees, not for travel or other costs. The majority of our bursaries are for 20-50% of a program’s tuition; however, in some cases, up to 70% is awarded. Priority is given to children and families, and to educators working with children and families.

    Application Details: Bursary applications are only assessed for registered participants. The bursary application process involves a simple online form with questions regarding your family's financial need.

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  • Ontario Camps Association Associations


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