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​​Camp Tiffin Updates

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Thank you for your interest in Camp Tiffin! We are currently planning on running a summer camp, and have a full waiting list. If you would like to receive an email if space opens up on our waitlist, please email outdoored@nvca.on.ca.  

At this time, we will know more about the cost and what our camper to counsellor ratio as we get closer to the summer, when the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit or the province determines projected numbers and the appropriate rules to follow,
 
This year, we are only taking 30 campers a week when we usually take 60. This way we can make sure our cohorts are distanced and our camper groups are safe. We may not be able to offer extended care, so the hours will likely be between 9:00 - 4:00, and campers can be dropped off 10 minutes early and picked up 10 minutes late. A decision on extended care will be made in June when we know what the Covid-19 numbers are.

Camp weeks

Week 1 = July 5-9 

Week 2 = July 12-16 

Week 3 = July 19-23 

Week 4 = July 26-30 

Week 5 = August 9-13 

Week 6 = August 16-20 

Week 7 = August 23-27 

Week 8 = August 30- September 3 

Frequently Asked Questions


How old should be children be when they attend Camp Tiffin?

We do accept children who are turning 5 during this calendar year. 

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​

9:00-9:45 - morning circle (songs and morning messages) and Counsellor lead activities 
9:45-11:15 - Tiffin Program
11:15-11:55-Lunch and Free time (balanced day nutrition breaks to replicate what children are now used to in school) 
11:55-1:10 – 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) roasting marshmallows, Camper’s Choice, Water games (with kiddie pools, cups, sponges, etc. and no guns.) All of these activities happen once a week. Some favourite activities will replicate within CLA time if the group requests it.

Free-Time
Typically campers will spend time in the ‘Free-Play Forest’ and this year each group will have their own area within. Immersed in the forest, but safe and contained with the help of cedar rail fencing.  
All campers have the option to go canoeing, we supply the life jackets, and we bring in a lifeguard on canoeing day. Usually a Wednesday.  

We hire College and University students to be camp counsellors and we will hire high school students who have volunteered with us, and we know and trust them. 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?

Location: We are 8 km West of Barrie...so 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 instance, 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 is usually on Tuesdays, canoeing Wednesdays and Friday is wilderness adventure with a campfire. Every week we play the predator/prey game, go canoeing, dip-net at the pond looking for water bugs (we do not swim), Camper’s Choice, Paint Day.

Oftentimes for older campers we also add geocaching or orienteering and disc golf. 

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