Our day camp schedule begins at 9:00 am, when we all begin to make our way down to the Notch. We meet together, as an entire camp to create a sense of community among our day camp staff and campers. Each camper receives a sticker with their name and group number on it. Once at the Notch, campers find their assigned groups with the help of the counsellors. Campers are divided into groups of 12 based upon their school grade. After some brief announcements, each group sets off on the first activity on their schedule, which begins at 9:30 am. There are six periods, including lunch. By 3:30 pm, everyone is heading back to the Notch where we acknowledge achievements such as bulls eyes at archery or a record climbing time at the wall. Campers leave the Notch and head to the buses and board. All the buses are scheduled to leave the camp by 4:00 pm.
A typical day at our day camp program begins with arrival. Although some parents choose to drop off their children at day camp between 7:30 am and 8:40 am, most campers arrive by bus. Our buses begin picking up our campers at 8:00 am or shortly before and all buses are scheduled to arrive at Kettleby Valley between 9:00 am and 9:10 am.
Once all our day campers have arrived, everyone gathers together at the Notch for morning greetings and announcements. At 240 campers each week, we are a relatively small day camp, which adds to the feeling campers have of being an important part of our community.
Campers are placed into groups of 12 others who are close in age. Each group has a weekly schedule of activities that includes archery, arts and crafts, nature, climbing wall, drama, bouldering, canoeing, camp craft, ropes courses and swimming. In most cases, our day campers have the opportunity to take part in these activities twice throughout the week. Swimming is scheduled daily for each group so that campers can keep cool and advance their skills though Lifesaving Society Swimmer Levels. Canoeing and crossbow are restricted to our older campers. Our younger campers take part in low ropes, while our older campers participate in high ropes.
Lunch is served about half way through the day. Most campers love the food we serve. We offer pasta (with or without sauce) for those who are pickier about the food they eat. We also offer alternatives for campers with allergies and dietary restrictions.
Our counsellors supervise and encourage our campers. Our campers are required to make their way through the daily schedule, often with the items that they have brought to camp. We understand that there is a connection between independence and confidence. Our approach to every aspect of the day is meant to leverage this connection. Our staff provide the help and support that each camper needs, while giving them the room to develop a healthy sense of independence.
If you’re looking for more information, the answers to many commonly asked questions can be found in our FAQ’s page.
Typical Summer Camp Day
- 9:00 am All campers gather together to begin the day.
- 9:30 am First activity period
- 10:30 am Second activity period
- 11:30 am Third activity period (Lunch for groups 1 to 14)
- 12:30 pm Fourth activity period (Lunch for groups 15 to 20)
- 1:30 pm Fifth activity period
- 2:30 pm Sixth activity period
- 3:30 pm All campers gather together to share moments of their day and celebrate achievements like bullseyes at archery, flash climbs and more.
- 3:45 pm Dismissal
- 4:00pm Buses Depart from camp