OUR MANDATE

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 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 building active volcanoes (Mentos are the secret ingredient!) to adventure playground games and 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 3 – Make Your Own Pizza at Dufferin Grove
Day 3 is famous at camp for being “Pizza Day”! On this day we begin with active games in High Park before heading over to Dufferin Grove Park to help campers roll out dough, lay on the sauce, and add ingredients that they harvest from both the public garden and the school garden (harvested the day before). After lunch, campers have a blast digging together in the humongous pit, creating bubbles with our giant bubble makers, or learning new crafts under an oak tree!

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. What better place to do this than heading to the beloved Monkey Vault to “hang” out together? The morning will be spent monkeying around before heading back to High Park to hike, catch bugs, and have a sharing circle before saying goodbye.

 

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.

AGES

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 12.

Fees

Typical Weekly Price: $290 for 5 days

Extended Camp: Add $15 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.

Registration Information

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 info@tamarackwest.com.

Camp Address
2264A Bloor St West
Toronto, ON, M6S 1N9

Camp Hours
8:45 – 3:30

Extended Camp hours
3:30 – 5:30