There’s a reason people say camp friends become lifelong friends – the memories forged together at camp are ones that last forever and create a special bond. Whether it’s an artsy camp feeling clay between your fingers, an adventure camp challenging you to reach a little higher, a sports camp improving your skills and teamwork, or one with a little bit of everything, the new experiences and moments of independence have a way of sticking with you.
As many people plan family cottage getaways for the summer and leave their home towns and cities behind, you may feel that your kids have to forego the summer camp experience, but this doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re renting a cottage or planning a trip to Ontario’s Highlands this year, check out one of the following day camps to get the best of both worlds – busy and exciting days for your kids, relaxing dock time for you, and evenings together recanting the stories and new experiences.
Where: Perth, ON
Watch as pride beams from your child as they fill you in on how they mastered their own kayak, canoe, or SUP board with their daily time on the Tay River. Listen to them share their stories of discovering nature and the outdoors, or recount moments of laughter from their day at camp.
Where: Throughout the Haliburton Highlands, ON (mobile)
As a mobile day camp, Monarch offers day camps at 7 different locations over the summer (and 1 week of overnight camp). Listen to your child regaling their days spent enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors and the diversity of their programming at this wholesome and exciting camp.
Where: Almonte, ON
Send the kids to expel some creative energy and try their hand at pottery for every skill level with drop-in pottery classes every morning of July and August. Feel like letting your creativity flow as well? Adults are welcome to join in too!
Where: Eganville, ON
With experiences spanning from horseback riding to whitewater rafting, and paintballing to zip lining, as well as more traditional camp activities, you can send your little adventurer off for new challenges and excitement each day.
Where: Eagle Lake, ON
Let your kids burn their extra energy and work on some new skills during a day camp at Sir Sam’s Ski & Ride, like during their Beginner Mountain Bike Skills Camp or their Pedal & Paddle Camp. Spend your evenings being relayed stories of gliding through the water or down the trail and enjoy seeing the confidence in their skills develop a little more each day.
Where: Perth, ON
Witness your child’s confidence blossom and imagination be blown out of the water, and let their excited energy as they share their experiences with the creative and immersive programming bring a smile to your face each evening.