MAPS are Moorelands Activity Picks at Moorelands Wilderness Camp. These are skill based activities chosen by campers on arrival at camp on Monday. Campers pick 3 MAPS. From Tuesday to Friday, they spend their mornings honing the different MAP skills they have selected.
MAPS are not only used to teach campers active and healthy outdoor pursuits. They are also the mechanism Moorelands uses to teach vital life skills, leadership skills and positive character qualities. Camp staff put a lot of time into preparing each program. They think through how they can connect each MAP to a deeper level of learning. Like teaching teamwork through canoeing and communication skills through low ropes. MAPS always end with a debrief. Here, campers can discuss their experiences and what they have learned. Staff use this time to explain to campers how they can use the skills they have learned back home to become leaders in their own lives and communities.
Since Moorelands Camp is on a peninsula, swimming is an essential program. Campers are offered daily swim lessons, to increase their confidence and competence. This program also includes skin diving and “Swim to Survive”. Recreational swimming is available every day.
WILDERNESS SURVIVAL SKILLS PROGRAM (WSS)
In WSS, campers learn the essentials of wilderness living, emergency responses, and nature education. Skills taught include map and compass reading, food preparation and storage, knots, first aid and safety, minimum impact camping and weather.
ARTS AND CRAFTS PROGRAM
The Arts and Crafts Program helps campers to express themselves. Celebrating and appreciating other’s creativity is modelled and encouraged.
VOCAL MUSIC PROGRAM
This program focuses on working together as a group to learn and perform songs and appreciate music.
LOW ROPES & ADVENTURE TEAM CHALLENGE
The Low Ropes Course is a fantastic team-based activity course. Through initiatives and cooperative activities, groups learn to work together. They are taught to understand and appreciate strengths, differences, and group dynamics. The low ropes course advances group interaction, building teamwork and cohesion.
HIGH ROPES PROGRAM
The High Ropes Course is an innovative program. It provides campers with a safe environment to learn more about themselves and others. The foundation of this program is CHALLENGE BY CHOICE. We foster a cooperative and supportive environment. Campers choose to challenge themselves. They are not pushed to complete a task if they feel uncomfortable.
The Sports Program teaches lifelong recreation skills and Physical Literacy. With an emphasis on team sports, we aim to develop campers’ sense of fair play, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Sports include field games, basketball, quidditch, soccer, volleyball, and football.
This program teaches the fundamentals of archery. It focuses on safety, equipment care, self-discipline, decision making and fun. Archery is a non-athletic sport that encompasses many levels of ability. Campers practice discipline as they work through the program.
CANOEING AND KAYAKING PROGRAMS
Kayaking – We use sit-n-top kayaks to teach entry level skills to campers. Campers learn the parts of the boat and paddle and basic maneuvering. At the end of the session, they paddle around the camp.
Canoeing – Using Grumman canoes, we teach basic to advanced canoeing skills to campers at Canoe Bay.
Land, Lake and Sky (LLS) PROGRAM
LLS is a mix of science exploration, environmental awareness, stewardship and in-depth discovery of nature and conservancy. Campers learn about the environment they inhabit at camp and the program helps them become responsible stewards of our Ontario wilderness.Visit our Community Hub to see all the latest updates!