Summer is just around the corner, and to help both kids and parents make the most of it, we offer theHumm’s annual round-up of summer camp options in the area. From creating art to spying, from helping animals to performing, you’re sure to find something of interest below. Happy camping!
Summer Spy Camp at the Diefenbunker (Carp): Children aged 7 to 12 go undercover at the Diefenbunker and return home having mastered the skills of a real secret agent! As spies in training, they will learn the art of espionage, develop disguises for cover, make and break codes, create and use spy gadgets, go on scavenger hunts, and take part in many more fun activities. Your child will get a taste of what it’s like to be a spy, and will graduate as a Level One Spy upon completion. Each week has a different theme, and all camps are $225/child/week and include complimentary before and after care.
Fun on the Farm Summer Day Camp (Almonte): Rock-N-Horse Farm is a 230-acre farm that includes cropland, forest, market gardens, a maple sugar bush, and a barn full of animals. Participants will learn hands-on to take care of animals, explore nature, be creative and harvest their own food. A variety of activities will engage youth with nature and farm life, making each week a unique experience. Contact Sarah at 979–8754 or via email.
Maple Key Day Camp (Perth): Owned and operated by a certified teacher with a significant camp background, Maple Key was created to provide an authentic summer camp experience for campers aged 4–12, without having to stay overnight. In addition to traditional activities such as sports, arts & crafts, mad science, music, nature, and water play, MKDC also provides specialty programming in a variety of skills such as woodworking, leadership, outdoor cooking, orienteering, performing arts, pottery and more. Introduce your child to a warm, bully-free culture, wrapped in a beautiful natural setting.
JB Arts Summer Art Club (Almonte): This program offers fantastic art projects, with different ones every day throughout the entire nine weeks! All art projects start with a lesson and a demonstration, and then the kids get their chance to create. They do four different projects a day using different media each time (paint, clay, charcoal, plaster…), with snacks, lunch, and outdoor breaks in between. Kids also get a chance to finish up earlier projects, play games or show each other their creations from each day.
Wildlife Watchers Summer Day Camps (Almonte): Children aged 6–11 explore the natural environment at the beautiful Mill of Kintail Conservation Area. Space is limited and filling up quickly. For more information, contact Sarah O’Grady at 253–1756 x239 or via email.
Almonte Potters Guild (Almonte): The Guild is partnering with local artist Cathy Blake and the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum to deliver camps in which kids can create pottery in the morning and either visual arts or textile projects in the afternoon. There are three different programs, for various ages, running in July and August, as well as drop-in morning classes during the weeks that the camps are not running. The camp cost is $250 per week, which includes all supplies and materials.
Holistic Summer Camp (Carp): This July, Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre is offering a holistic camp for children aged 6–12. Campers will explore acres of woods on the Carp Ridge in search of wild food, herbs, beautiful rocks and rare species of animals. Activities include making and cooking over a campfire, reading, making crafts out of nature, playing music and cooperative games, and getting wet in order to cool off the summer heat. There will also be a final presentation for the parents at the end of each week. Each day ends and begins with a calming meditation. Register by May 31 by calling 839–1198 or via email.
Perth Outfitters Summer Day Camp (Perth): In keeping with Perth Outfitters’ reputation and five star rating, the fabulous 7-acre waterfront site includes certified canoe, kayak and SUP instruction, a world-class Mini Golf Course, plus other fun camp activities. A perfect combination of nature, water, instruction, friendship, personal growth, summer fun and “having a blast”. Ages 7–12 yrs.
The Academy for Musical Theatre (Perth, Ottawa): This group provides high quality instruction in music, acting, dance and various aspects of technical theatre to youth of all ages, culminating in the performance of a full-scale Broadway musical. The Academy is a special community of non-judgmental and spirited individuals with positive attitudes, devoted to providing a fun and safe environment in which to experiment artistically without fear of negative feedback. Their primary mandate is to build confidence. One-week and two-week programs are available this summer, including Peter Pan, West Side Story, Alice in Wonderland, and Narnia: Prince Caspian.
Almonte Summer Fashion Camp for Youth (Almonte): Costume designer Ingrid Harris and Marg Lee of Sew Much Fun will personally instruct this unique camp in Ingrid’s studio. Only the weeks of July 25–28 or August 22–25 are available, so book soon. Camp hours are Mon–Thurs from 9am–2pm with a Thursday afternoon graduation fashion show, modelling the items made during class. The cost is $230/week including snacks and all materials, for girls and boys aged 10 and up. Confirm your spot with a $50 deposit. Book your spot by contacting Ingrid at 256–5577 or via email.
Big Sky Ranch Camp (Kemptville): This year, Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary is again offering week-long camps during the month of July. Youth enjoy exploring the Ranch and participating in activities such as pony rides, being responsible for the care of an animal, arts and crafts, games, the Great Race and much more!
Residential camps offer a more immersive experience and really allow kids to flourish and find their independence as they get older. Here are two great options in our area:
Camp Lau-Ren Residential Camp (Deep River): This is a children’s residential summer camp of the United Church of Canada, accredited by the Ontario Camps Association, that offers week-long co-ed camps for ages 6 to 16, as well as a girls’ camp, a three-day Tadpole Camp for six and seven-year-olds, and a ten-day Leaders-In-Training Camp. Camaraderie and friendship are built in the camper’s cabin with counsellors, and this continues throughout the day at morning watch, at meals in the dining hall, and while eating tuck on the dining hall steps. A camper’s day continues with Bible study, nature study, swimming, beach time, crafts, archery, canoeing, games in the field, doing dishes by hand, campfire, skits, bedtime snack and lots of active outdoor fun.
Long Bay Camp — Arts by the Lake (Westport): Long Bay Camp is a sleep-over summer arts camp for youth aged 9–16 that offers a variety of art, drama, music and dance workshops to choose from. Long Bay Camp also offers sports, swimming, campfires, canoeing and many camp games. Campers and staff hold their weekly performances in a unique barn space that is one of their favourite places to be. Long Bay’s small capacity allows campers to feel at home while learning, growing and making new friends. Great food, great people and so much fun!