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They come by car, by boat, by bike clutching their nut-free lunch, bathing suit, sunscreen, water bottle and maybe even a stuffed animal or two for moral support. And no matter how they arrive, boy, are they tired when they leave! But that’s the idea behind Kinder Day Camp which caters to the tiniest of our camping community as young as 3 and a half and as old as 5 and ready for a day of new experiences.

What began as a suggestion 3 years ago to the Summer Camp Director from a Board Member, who had a grandchild who was too young for regular Day Camp, has expanded from a 1 week experiment to four one-week, fully booked sessions this summer. Summer Camp Director Adam Stasberg explains, “ I saw it as a perfect opportunity to not only introduce this age range to some concepts of Camp but also to develop some of the self-regulation skills needed for Kindergarden.”

The staff who run the Kinder Day Camp include teachers, Educational Assistants and Camp Counsellors with an exceptional understanding of children as well as experience in the educational system.

Within the set schedule there’s one big daily adventure each day which might include a boat ride, a beach party, or bug catching in the wetland. For some, the biggest “adventure” is learning to say good bye each day to the person who delivered them in the morning. Tearful goodbyes are usually transformed into fun and laughter in no time (and that goes for the parents too).

Note: registration for Kinder Day Camp 2017 opens this Nov 1st

By Shawna Foxton, Registrar at Camp Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre

Article published in the Cottage Country Connection – September 2016