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Camp Tiffin is Now Open for Registration!​

Led by NVCA’s environmental educators, Camp Tiffin is an outdoor camp designed to enhance your child's knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our amazing planet.

Our staff have been busy preparing new and exciting activities in combination with our tried- and-true programs. For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions​.

Activities may include shelter building, arts and crafts, hiking, canoeing, pond dipping, STEM activities, geocaching, wilderness survival.​

​Registration and Fees

Camp Tiffin is now open for registration! 

Families are welcome to register their children for weekly camps from July 5 - September 3, 2021. 

Pricing

​$215/week. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are only able to offer week long camps

Available weeks:

August 9 - 13
August 16 - 20
August 23 - 27

To register, please email outdoored@nvca.on.ca


Pick Up / Drop Off Tiffin

Camp Tiffin is open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Extended care may not be available. Email outdoored@nvca.on.ca​ if you need extended care, and we will try our best to accomodate.

Please be prepared with your identification to pick up your children and also advise anyone with permission to pick up your children to do so as well.

What to Bring

  • Appropriate clothing—suitable for outdoor activity & weather conditions
  • Extra clothing—suitable for random water days when kids need to cool down!
  • Closed-toe shoes — a MUST!
  • Long pants and socks—pack an extra pair to leave at camp for forest-based activities
  • Lunch—nut free along with a freezer pack
  • Healthy snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen with camper name on it
  • Insect repellent with camper name on it
  • Rain gear, rubber boots and extra clothing can be safely stored at our site for the week.
  • 1 solitary toy, something your child can do on their own if there is a thunderstorm. We will have books, colouring sheets and play games too.

Leave valuables at home

​Leave cell phones and other valuables at home. These have a habit of falling out of pockets and getting lost in the woods! If campers do bring valuables we are not responsible for them.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Campers will be asked to follow these guidelines to keep staff and families safe:

  • Do your best to be at least 2 metres away from others.
  • Wash your hands, and when that is not possible, sanitize your hands, especially before and after you eat.
  • Do not eat unless it is during 1 of 2 nutrition breaks
  • When indoors, wear a mask at all times, except when you are eating.
  • When outdoors, wear your mask if you cannot be at least 2 metres away from others. Keep your mask in a clean place, use a plastic bag to store it in, or wear a break-away lanyard.
  • Make sure to sit on a yellow 'X' at the picnic table which has two yellow 'X''s on opposite ends at each table.
  • Sanitize your hands before and after, if you must share equipment
  • Please put used equipment in the designated area for cleaning
  • Campers will at times forget to distance. That's okay, just remind each other to distance in a calm and kind way.
  • When hiking, please make sure you cannot touch the person closest to you.
  • Don't attend program if you feel unwell. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and if you have symptoms of COVID-19 get tested.

Frequently Asked Questions


How old should children be when they attend Camp Tiffin?

We do accept children who are turning 5 during this calendar year. Camp Tiffin is designed for children between 5-12.

What are the Pick-up/Drop-off hours?

Regular hours for camp are 9-4. You are welcome to drop off at 8:45. 

What is your day like?

At the end of summer 2018, as part of Take Me Outside Day (TMO), a Conservation Authority video was released which featured Camp Tiffin. This great 1 minute video gives a great synposis of Camp Tiffin!

 

Here is our schedule on a typical day​

9:00-9:30 - Morning circle and Counsellor lead activities 
9:30-11:00 - Tiffin Education Program
11:00-11:00 - Lunch and Free time (balanced day nutrition breaks to replicate what children are now used to in school) 
11:40 - 1:10 – Counsellor lead activities 
1:10-1:50 – Lunch and Free time 
1:50-3:20 - Tiffin Program 
3:20-4:00 – Counsellor lead activities  
 
Counsellor lead activities
These activities are generally more camp-based, ie: crafts, hikes, camp games, ‘Get to know you’ games, usually whatever is popular within the group. These are small blocks of time for camper groups to explore nature and participate in activities the group as a whole wishes to do.  

Tiffin Program
These activities are developed and require a Tiffin Outdoor Educator to put together, teach, and oversee. Counsellors are still with their group to help facilitate, but the bulk of instruction is left to our education staff who work at our Centre teaching grades JK-12 during the school year. 
Options include orienteering, shelters, art, GPS, scavenger hunt, Predator/Prey game, bug hunt, STEM activity, canoeing, pond dipping (no swimming, just looking for creatures that live in the pond). All of these activities happen once a week. Some favourite activities will replicate within Councillor Lead Activities time if the group requests it.

We hire mature high school, college and university students to be camp counsellors. They must complete a Criminal Reference Check with a vulnerable sector search and First Aid CPR level C. All staff carries First Aid kits.

Where is Camp Tiffin located?

Camp Tiffin is held at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation. We are 8 km West of Barrie (between Barrie and Angus). If you are driving West on Hwy # 90 from Barrie you would drive South along the 8th line.  Or, from South End Barrie you would drive West along Mapleview and continue West past Hwy # 27 as Mapleview turns into the 25th side road. We are on the 8th line.  
 

What activities do you at Camp Tiffin?

We used to do a weekly theme, but essentially, we have so many activities that are Camp Tiffin favourites, we do them every week. For example, we usually start building shelters on a Monday because whenever kids have free time, they tend to ask their counsellor if they can go and work on their shelter throughout the week. This is a great team activity that tends to build friendships through teamwork, and it is their wilderness home base.  Great for distancing as a cohort.

STEM activities are on Wednesdays and led by a STEM instructor who visits the camp. Canoeing and pond dipping happen on Wedesndays too. Thursdays is navigation (GPS or Orienteering) and Friday is wilderness adventure.

Generally, counsellors get a feel for how their campers are and run their own programs/games based on camper suggestions and interests.​