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10 Things Parents Should Know About Moorelands Camp

Sending your child to camp is an exciting thing! They are going to learn, play, have fun, meet new friends, and grow in confidence and leadership skills. But we also know it can be nervewracking to send your child to sleep-away camp and that you might also have some questions. Here we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about sending your child to Moorelands Camp.

10: Why should I choose Moorelands Camp?

Moorelands Kids has been serving children and families from Toronto since 1912, and has been serving kids at summer camp since 1917! Moorelands Camp serves children and youth from Toronto who are currently in grade 3 to grade 8. A subsidy is available for all spots at camp, with fees based on a sliding scale and geared to income. Campers gain experience of living in a group and working together, learning about leadership and having a break from the city for a week. All our transformative programs are based on and support Positive Youth Development.

9: It’s a Sleep Away Camp – where do the children sleep?

There are cabins in each of the boys and girls sections which are located on different sides of the camp. Campers of a similar grade and same sex share a cabin with up to 9 other cabin mates and 2 staff leaders.

8: My child has never been to overnight camp, what if my child misses home?

We work with your child to help them settle into camp and feel a part of the community. We want them to feel safe. If the situation remains unchanged, we will contact you.

7: What is the food like?

We provide nutritious meals based on Canada’s Food Guide. There is a hot food option at every meal and salad is offered at lunch and supper. Vegetarian alternatives are available. If your child has special medical or other dietary needs, please call us to discuss the situation. Moorelands Camp is nut aware. Each cabin group has its own table in the dining hall where meals are eaten. There’s lots of good food and of course desserts! The dining hall is a fun place!

6: Who are your staff?

Our Directors have provided leadership at Moorelands Camp for over 20 years. Summer staff are generally college and university students who have a true desire to enrich the lives of children and youth. Staff are trained in First Aid, Positive Youth Development, Safety procedures and have submitted a clear Criminal Reference Check. Program staff have current qualifications pertaining to the specialty they teach. All staff are involved in an intensive pre-camp training program to ensure they are ready to provide your child with a safe, meaningful and fun learning experience.

5: How are the campers supervised?

Campers are supervised by Moorelands Kids staff 24 hours a day. Each cabin has 2 leaders and the overall staff to camper ratio is 1:2.

4:  Does my child have to swim?

Yes! Our lake is beautiful and clean. On the first day of camp, all campers show us their swimming ability and work to improve their swimming skills every day at our Ports Toronto beach on site.

3: How many kids will be in each cabin group and at camp?

Typically there will be 8 or 9 kids in each cabin. There will be about 100 other campers! Lots of new friends!

2: What activities will my child participate in?

We have lots of exciting activities! Some of our activities include Swimming, Arts and Crafts, Sports, Team Challenge, Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, and Outdoor Living Skills.

1:  What will my child learn?

Moorelands Camp is an INTENTIONAL Camp. Everything we do has a purpose; from the songs we sing together, to the routines and competitions around cleaning up our cabins, we aim to teach children the skills they need to thrive in this world. Working within a cabin group, Moorelands Camp focuses on leadership development. Every day we learn about and work on a different Moorelands Kids’ Leadership Habit and Quality through a variety of fun, experiential activities.

Ready to apply? You can fill out an application online or call us – (416) 466-9987 ext. 300 – to request an application in the mail!

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