The Tamarack West Summer Day Camp provides a compassionate, challenging and inspiring environment where kids feel safe to take risks and explore their potential. We are dedicated to helping develop resilient, confident and passionate children with inquisitive minds and strong skills.
The Tamarack West Approach
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.
At Tamarack West we follow three key steps:
1) ASSOCIATION – Relating experiences and observations to broader ideas and concepts.
2) INQUIRY – Mentors/Teachers encourage campers to ask questions by asking questions themselves and help guide the campers to finding their own answers.
3) DILIGENCE – Manageable challenges are presented, supported and fulfilled, building confidence and encouraging the pursuit of further challenges.
Summer Program Focus
Tamarack West Day Camp has two main focuses:
Nature Immersion, where campers explore and play, while learning about the natural world inside our great parks and islands.
Cultural/Urban Adventures, which take us to such destinations as Harbourfront, the Toronto Botanical Gardens, the ROM and the Science Centre.
A SAMPLE WEEK
Day 1 – Explore and Get to Know Each Other at 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 splash pad
parties, we bring the group together with a sense of wonder and excitement for the
week to come.
Day 2 – Adventure in the City
A day of destination always marks Day 2 of Tamarack West Summer Camp! 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 – Get Dirty at Dufferin Grove
Day 3 is famous at camp for being “Dufferin Grove” day! On this day we begin with
active games in High Park before heading over to Dufferin Grove Park to the
humongous pit where we dam rivers, build bridges, dig, dig, and dig some more. A
great day that includes wading pools, freezies and fun.
Day 4 – Mystery Day!
New this year is our much-anticipated Mystery Day. Each week, the staff plans a
unique day for the whole group that may include cooking, crafts, theatre visits, or
something never-before-seen! Be sure to come dressed for the weather – you never
know what adventure we’ll get ourselves into!
Day 5 – Celebration and Salutations
On the final day of the week, we celebrate the friendships we’ve made and the
experiences we’ve had. What better way to do this than by focusing on the games
and activities that have brought the group together and reinforce the connections
that have been made over the week.
What to Bring
Clothing: We are outside most days so please make sure your child is dressed appropriately including waterproof boots or at least closed toe shoes. We recommend having a rain jacket on hand as well as a change of clothes – extra shirt, shorts/pants and socks.
Food: A lunch and some snacks that are portable and preferably in re-usable containers so as to avoid garbage.
Water: At least 500ml.
Accessories: Sun Hat and Sunscreen.
Tamarack West believes in building a strong sense of community among its campers, our groups are mixed ages who do many things together, splitting up at times when skill and capability require. We take kids who are between the ages of 4 and 10.
Typical Weekly Price: $300 for 5 days
Extended Camp: Add $18 per day
Refunds are accepted up to 3 weeks prior to the first day of camp. Note that a $50 administration fee will be deducted from all refunds.
Download the Tamarack West Summer Camp Registration Package here.
If you have any questions, please contact Jay Field at 416-606-4584 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2264A Bloor St West
Toronto, ON, M6S 1N9
8:45 – 3:30
Extended Camp hours
3:30 – 5:30