The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Camp Tiffin

Registration for Camp Tiffin is coming soon. 

Email outdoored@nvca.on.ca to be notified when registration opens! While you’re waiting, check out our other programs!

Children on balance rope Tiffin Nature Program

Geared towards pre-K and children in kindergarten, this program focuses on child-led, open-ended and playbased learning. Children learn about risky play, and develop a better understanding of their relationship with the land.

Adopted from our traditional summer camp program, this special edition of Camp Tiffin encourages outdoor exploration, guided excursions in the forest fueled by student interest.

Parents and guardians are invited to bring their children to the Tiffin Centre for Conservation where we take care of the programming so that families can spend time learning outside together.

Yellow orange background with a sun and tree in the background and blue canoe silhouette in the front

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 at the bottom of the page.

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

Two girls sitting in a forest
Four children canoeing in a red canoe
Child running in the forest

Activities

Magnifying glass on dragonfly

Nature Discovery

Two boys pond dipping

Pond dipping

Girl paddling

Canoeing

Two girls building a shelter

Shelter Building

Girl putting hand made boat into water

STEM

Girl holding painted rock

Arts and Crafts

We are located at the
Tiffin Centre for Conservation

Just 15 minutes from Barrie, Angus and Innisfil

Registration for Camp Tiffin is coming soon. 

Email outdoored@nvca.on.ca to be notified when registration opens! While you’re waiting, check out our other programs!

Weeks/Dates

Week 1 – July 2 – 5

Week 2 – July 8 – 12

Week 3 – July 15 – 19

Week 4 – July 22 – 26

Week 5 – July 29 – August 2

Week 6 – August 12 – 16

Week 7 – August 19 – 23

Week 8 – August 26 – 30

Pricing and Hours

Pricing Hours
Camp Tiffin (weekly rate)

First week of camp (4 days) - 185.75

All other weeks (5 days) - $232.20

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Extended Care (weekly rate)

First week of camp (4 days) - $34.60

All other weeks (5 days) - $43.25

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Extended Care (daily rate)

$8.65

Cash only. Must be pre-arranged

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

PickUp / Drop Off

Camp Tiffin is open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with extended hours from ​​8 a.m. – 9 a.m. and ​4 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

​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.​

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.

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. For children ages 13-15, our Junior Leadership Program is available.

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 do 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.​
How to I view my registration?​

To view your registration, sign in to your Camp Tiffin Account, go to “Account” then “Order History”. Click on the receipt and check if your registration is successful. You can also email yourself a receipt by clicking “Email”.

Can my child be in camp with a friend or family member?

If you would like to request that your child be in a camper group with another child (friend or family) please email us at outdoored@nvca.on.ca​ no later than the week before the start of camp so that we can make the adjustment. After camper groups are made and shared on the Friday before the start of camp, we cannot guarantee an adjustment.​

Refunds and Cancellation

Payments are subject to a 25% non-refundable registration fee, which will be retained on all cancellations made up to 2 weeks prior to the start of camp.

No refund will be given on cancellations made with less than 2 weeks’ notice. 

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