Wilde School Summer Camp

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unforgettable journeys in the heart of nature!

Welcome to Wilde School's Adventure Camp

NOW WITH BUS SERVICE FROM COLLINGWOOD, CRAIGLEITH AND CLARKSBURG!

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Wilde School's Adventure Camp is the Gateway for Young Explorers

Wilde School's Adventure Camp is the gateway for young explorers to immerse themselves in nature, fostering a love for the outdoors while developing self confidence.

Beyond a typical day camp, we cultivate skills, forge lasting friendships, and inspire leadership in every camper.

Join us for a journey where curiosity knows no bounds, and exploration is the compass through an extraordinary wilderness experience.

Let the adventure begin!

Wilde Camp blends Fun with Learning, Challenge and Growth

We want our students to learn, to explore, to experience new things and push themselves beyond their comfort levels in a safe environment led by expert OE’s (Outdoor Educators).

This is a demanding program at times. We believe strongly that this is how you develop confidence and resilience, as well as a love for the natural world and adventure.

We operate in the rain, in the heat, and in buggy forests.

We go for long hikes and bike rides that can be quite exhausting, we portage over beaver dams through swamps and mud, and we paddle up rivers.

We also sing, play games and learn how to persevere.

the benefits of being outside

The Great Outdoors

Amidst the forests, fields, and rivers of the Blue Mountains, we encourage campers to run wild, fostering happiness, self-confidence, and skill development.

BM Wilde School’s Adventure Camp is all about creating an exhilarating, yet safe 'wild' environment where fun takes centre stage.

Led by experienced outdoor educators and instructors, our intimate small group sizes focus on a variety of core adventures, skill-building, and leadership development.

A Camp Experience Beyond the Ordinary

A Variety of Core Adventures

Amidst the forests, fields, and rivers of the Blue Mountains, and built on the foundation of our renowned W.I.L.D. School leadership program, this dynamic curriculum seamlessly blends essential hard skills with crucial soft skills.

The result? A diverse range of engaging problem-solving activities, skills development and tasks that are both challenging and rewarding.

Wide Range of Activities

From canoeing and mountain biking to shelter-building and orienteering, we embrace a spectrum of activities.

Joy & Personal Development

We encourage campers to run wild, fostering happiness, self-confidence, and skill development.

drawing out the child's internal compass

Empowering our Future Leaders

Emerging evidence & research strongly suggests that experiences in nature not only boost academic learning, but enhance personal development, and environmental stewardship.

Positive shifts in the following leadership qualities have all been linked to learning in a natural environment:

Perseverance, Resilience, and Grit

Problem Solving & Critical Thinking

Teamwork and Social Skills

skills and thrills

Adventure Skills and Self-Confidence

Built on the foundation of our renowned W.I.L.D. School leadership program, this dynamic curriculum seamlessly blends essential hard skills with crucial soft skills.

The result? A diverse range of engaging problem-solving activities, skills development and tasks that are both challenging and rewarding.

From canoeing and mountain biking to shelter-building and orienteering, we embrace a spectrum of activities.

If you have a young adventurer eager for a summer filled with fun, productivity, and engagement, then this camp is the perfect fit!

What Activities Do We Do at Wilde Camp?

Core Activities

  • Problem Solving Activities and Challenges
  • Mountain Biking - for 9 and up (must supply your own bike)
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming (only with life jackets)
  • Bushcraft
  • Birding
  • Tracking
  • Orienteering
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Caving

Key Features

  • Multi destination DAY CAMP (across the Blue Mountains)
  • Small Group Sizes
  • Led by experienced instructors
  • Teaching core wilderness skills and environmental stewardship
  • With an integrated leadership curriculum
  • Merit based badge system to work on skills progression

NEW! Merit Badge System

New to the summer of 2023 and with rave reviews was our merit badge program.  This is a dynamic level-based program designed to inspire and reward our campers as they journey through a multitude of exciting skills.

Our badge system is a testament to our commitment to individual growth, allowing campers to progress through different levels in various skills, showcasing their accomplishments and fostering a sense of achievement.

Whether mastering outdoor survival techniques, honing artistic talents, or developing leadership skills, each badge earned represents a step forward in a camper's personal and collective adventure.

This system not only encourages continuous improvement but also instills a sense of pride and motivation in our young explorers, making their Wilde Camp experience even more rewarding and memorable.

EARN THESE MERIT BADGES:

  • WILDE Bushcraft - Level 1 to 3
  • WILDE Canoeing - Level 1 to 4
  • WILDE Wilderness First Aid - Level 1 to 3
  • WILDE Fire Building - Level 1 to 3
  • WILDE Shelter Building - Level 1 to 2
  • WILDE Knots - Level 1 to 3
  • WILDE Arts & Crafts - Level 1 to 2
  • WILDE Orienteering - Level 1 to 3
  • WILDE Plant an Animal ID - Level 1 to 3
  • WILDE Mountain Biking - Level 1 to 3

Wilde Bus Service Available

Parents have the option to either drive their children to our destinations (the farthest of which is 25 minutes from Collingwood and 20 minutes from Thornbury) or take advantage of our Wilde Bus!

We have our own dedicated school bus service which has convenient pickup / drop off locations in Collingwood, Craigleith and Clarksburg.

We send out an itinerary, with program locations before Friday of the following week start date. We do ask that parents to remain connected with us to learn what is happening in the event of a plan change due to weather or unseen events.

Equipment & Gear

This is a backcountry program and ensuring your kids have the proper gear will make their experience more enjoyable.

You don’t need to break the bank, they will be travelling, so think about keeping the weight of their packs as low as possible and that they fit well with plenty of padding.

for campers eyes only!

Dear Adventurer,

We would be thrilled to have you to join us for some fun filled summer adventures in the Blue Mountains!!

We have a fun and enriching program designed for you. This program is led by some really amazing instructors; you’ll love them!

Our aim is to teach you how to adventure.

We want to give you the skills to travel and be comfortable in the wilderness in all scenarios.

Some of the activities we'll do this summer are:

  • bike (for the older ones)
  • hike and canoe in the backcountry (this means natural and wild places away from roads, houses and towns)
  • teach you how to navigate in the forest and on rivers
  • build fires
  • make shelter
  • track animals
  • learn about wilderness medicine, animals, trees and plants and all the while having a ton of fun!

This summer we want you to get in touch with your inner wildness! At Wilde School we like to travel, explore and learn. We cover a lot of ground to take you to some really cool places. Sometimes it’s hard work, but that only makes getting to the destination that much better.

We hope you will bring a sense of adventure and openness to learn and try new things and meet new people. We’re so excited to meet you and have a very excellent adventure!

what's wildE camp like?

Challenging & Fun!

Experience a Sense of Accomplishment

Completing this program is meant to be challenging. If it is your child's first time, you should frame this before they arrive – they will complete each day with a sense of accomplishment.

Kids Love Our Program

The vast majority of kids absolutely love our program!  And, to put it bluntly, the ones that don't are the ones that stand to benefit from it the most. By the end of the week they'll be amazed at what they've achieved.

bridging the gap

Wilde Camp as an Extension of Wilde School

Wilde Camp is a valuable addition to Wilde School, addressing the issue of learning regression during longer summer breaks. In September, we witness firsthand the impact of this regression. Wilde Camp not only helps bridge this gap, but also offers a wide range of activities not possible during the school year.

Our camp focuses on fun while ensuring learning new skills and providing opportunities to apply them in a safe and engaging environment.

Playing with these skills not only aids retention, but also fosters lasting friendships.

wildE camp helps us grow in more ways than one

Supporting Wilde Camp means supporting Wilde School

A significant part of our revenue comes from the summer months. This money is reinvested into infrastructure development, such as new yurt classrooms, computers, a new soccer field, and many other aspects of the long list of dreams that we have for our school. By enrolling your child in Wilde Camp, you're directly contributing to the enhancement of your school.

Familiarity breeds Confidence & Inspires Growth

Your children are already comfortable with our property, which provides a fantastic platform to try new skills and challenge themselves further. This connection to place fosters a sense of belonging, personal growth and confidence.

Experience our Property at its Zenith

In the summer, our property is truly at its best: the pump track is dry, forests and meadows are in bloom, and rivers and creeks are warm. This also allows us to enjoy activities that are not possible in the Spring and Fall, such as paddling in Georgian Bay.

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so? are you ready to give your child the best summer ever?

Register for Wilde School Summer Adventure Camp

An unforgettable journey for the young adventurer

Registration Details

AGES: 4 to 12

LOCATION: Though we primarily operate out of Blue Mountain Wilde School, we do not limit ourselves to one location but take advantage of the incredible locations that our backyard has to offer.  We choose our destinations based on the theme and activity that we are engaging in as well as the daily weather. Parents also have the option of school bus service via our dedicated Wilde Bus.

COST: $395.00 / week

*NOTE - additional weeks are offered at a 5% discount

*NOTE - all programs are 5 days - we do not take time off for holidays on Canada Day or August Long Weekend

Times & Dates

DATES: Our program curriculum runs in two week blocks throughout JULY 1st 2024 - AUGUST 23rd 2024:

  • July 1 - July 12
  • July 15 - July 26
  • July 29 - August 9
  • August 12 - August 23

We encourage families to sign up for two consecutive weeks (but this is not mandatory)

TIMES: Monday to Friday 9:00am* to 4:00pm**

*Before care available - 8:30am to 9:00am.

**After Care available - 4:00pm to 4:30pm.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Our cancellation policy allows for a full refund if notified prior to June 1st, 2024. Failure to notify will result in no refund. After June 1st we require 15 or more days prior to the program start date in order to be entitled to a refund. We are unable to offer any refunds or credits if notice is given 15 days or less prior to the program start date or once the program has begun. All cancellations after June 1st 2024 will result in a $100.00 cancellation fee.

our location

An Incredible Summer Camp in Collingwood & Blue Mountains Area

If you're looking for a summer camp in Collingwood, or a summer camp in Blue Mountains area, our camp takes place at various locations each day, such as Metcalfe Rock in Ravenna, Peasemarsh Beach in Clarksburg, and a host of other amazing locations throughout the South Georgian Bay area. All of our locations are easily accessible from both Collingwood and Blue Mountains with an expected travel time of between 15 to 20 minute drive to each location.

Our main "base" is the Wilde School Campus in Kimberly. Here's a map to help you estimate your travel time.

FAQs

Curious about Wilde School and our programs? Contact us anytime and we'll be happy to walk you through our programs, our approach, and answer any questions you might have.

How Do I Register For Wilde School Summer Camp?

Registration for Wilde Camp can be completed online through our website. Early registration is recommended as spaces fill up quickly.

Can I Visit Wilde Adventure Camp Before Registering?

Yes, we encourage prospective campers and their families to schedule a visit to Wilde School to meet our staff, explore the facilities, and learn more about our programs and philosophy.

What Happens If My Child Doesn't Like It?

It is extremely rare for a child not to enjoy their experience at Wilde Camp. While some campers may initially struggle with the transition to spending extended time outdoors or being physically active throughout the day, our experienced staff are skilled at helping them adjust and feel comfortable. We find that once campers settle into the rhythm of camp activities and immerse themselves in the adventure, they typically have a fantastic day filled with fun and new experiences. Our supportive environment and engaging programs are designed to encourage participation, build confidence, and foster a love for outdoor exploration in every child.

Does My Child Need To Know How To Swim?

No, previous swimming experience is not required for participation in our water-based activities at Wilde Camp. The safety of our campers is our top priority, and all water activities are supervised by trained staff members. Additionally, all participants are required to wear a certified Personal Flotation Device (PFD) during water-based activities to ensure an extra layer of safety and support in the water.

What Safety Measures Are In Place At Wilde Camp?

At Wilde Adventure Camp, the safety and well-being of our campers are paramount. We take comprehensive measures to ensure a secure and supportive environment for all participants. Our dedicated staff members undergo extensive training in first aid, CPR, and wilderness safety protocols, with several team members certified as Wilderness First Responders. This specialized training equips our staff to handle medical emergencies, minor injuries, and potential hazards that may arise during outdoor activities.

In addition to our highly trained staff, we adhere to strict safety protocols that include regular equipment checks, thorough risk assessments of our activity areas, and emergency response plans tailored to various scenarios and locations. Our campers are always under supervision during all activities, with a low camper-to-counsellor ratio to ensure personalized attention and swift assistance when needed.

We believe that proactive safety measures, ongoing staff training, and clear communication with campers and their families are essential components of a successful and enjoyable outdoor experience. By prioritizing safety at every level, we aim to instill confidence in our campers, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the adventure and learning opportunities that Wilde Camp has to offer.

What Is The Camper-To-Counsellor Ratio At Wilde Camp?

We maintain small group sizes and a low camper-to-counselor ratio to ensure personalized attention, safety, and a positive learning environment for all campers.

Is Transportation Provided To And From Wilde Camp?

Yes, we offer the Wilde Bus service for convenient transportation to and from Wilde Camp. This service ensures safe and hassle-free travel for campers, allowing them to focus on enjoying their outdoor adventures.

What Are The Camp Hours?

Wilde Camp operates from Monday to Friday, 9 to 4 with drop-off and pick-up times specified in the camp schedule. Extended care options are available for an additional fee.

Is Wilde Camp A Peanut-Free Environment?

Yes, Wilde Camp is a peanut-free environment to ensure the safety and well-being of all students with allergies or dietary restrictions.

Are Meals Provided At Wilde Camp?

No, we do not offer a lunch or snack program at Wilde Camp. Campers are required to pack their own lunches, and it is essential that these meals are substantial and of high quality to support their nutritional needs throughout the day. We encourage families to prioritize healthy and balanced meals that align with our holistic approach to well-being and learning.

What Should Campers Bring To Wilde Camp?

Campers should bring appropriate clothing for outdoor activities, including sturdy hiking shoes, rain gear, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a water bottle, and a backpack. A detailed packing list will be provided upon registration.

Is Previous Outdoor Experience Required To Attend Wilde Camp?

No, previous outdoor experience is not required. Our knowledgeable and friendly camp counsellors provide instruction and support to help campers of all skill levels feel comfortable and confident participating in outdoor activities.

What Activities Are Offered At Wilde Camp?

Wilde Camp offers a diverse range of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, canoeing, orienteering, camping skills, wilderness survival, nature exploration, team-building games, and hands-on projects. Each day is packed with exciting adventures and opportunities to learn and grow.

Who Can Attend Wilde Camp?

Wilde Adventure Camp is designed for children aged 4-12 who are eager to explore nature, learn new outdoor skills, and make lasting memories with friends. Our programs cater to various skill levels, from beginners to more experienced campers. We also offer an LIT program for teens between 13 and 17.

What Is Wilde Camp?

Wilde Camp is a dynamic outdoor summer camp experience offered by Wilde School. It combines outdoor exploration, skill-building activities, and character development in a fun and supportive environment.