Camps at RBG

Discovery Camps are about fun, education and respect set in one of the most biologically diverse natural areas in Canada.

Summer CampsGeneral Info / FAQ

We strive to provide hands-on, environmental-based programs that suit the ages, needs and interests of our participants. These award-winning programs feature hikes, games, crafts, activities and daily explorations of ecologically significant nature sanctuaries covering over 1000 hectares of wetlands, fields and forests. Our goal is to introduce your child to a lifetime of respect and appreciation for the natural world that sustains us all.

CAMP MISSION AND VALUES: Royal Botanical Gardens’ Discovery Camps strive to promote healthy environmental attitudes and lifestyles through safe, respectful, fun and diverse outdoor learning experiences.


children running in the Arboretum in early spring

Summer Camps

Week-Long Camps July 2 to August 30

Registration starts January 30

Registration for Royal Botanical Gardens’ 2019 Summer Discovery Day Camps will be available online at rbg.ca/camps beginning Wednesday, January 30 at 12 p.m.

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Camp Registration / Cancellation

Programs are developed to meet the age and stage appropriateness of campers within the listed age range. Please register your child in the appropriate camp for their age.

Online Registration

Advanced registration is required. The best way to register is to do so online. When available, registration links will be posted here at rbg.ca/camps. You can find the links above, underneath the specific camp you are interested in (March Break, Summer, etc.)

Register In-Person:

In person registrations are accepted at the Programs Booking Office between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and may be subject to input wait times. Registration forms available by request to programs@rbg.ca. Registrations are accepted on a first-come basis, and are not accepted if they are missing any required information. You must include a working email address as you will receive a confirmation email outlining more detailed information about camp, including what to bring. Please read this confirmation email with your family so that everyone has an understanding of camp needs.

In-person registrations are accepted and will be placed in sequence for input. No guarantees can be made for availability of camp spots for walk in registrations. Once your registration has been processed you will receive a confirmation email. If a registration is unable to be processed (due to lack of information, lack of available camp spots, etc.) you will be notified by RBG Program Bookings staff.

Reminders Before Registering

  • The fastest and easiest way to register is to do so online at www.rbg.ca/camps
  • Full payment MUST accompany registration
  • Payments may be made by VISA, Mastercard, cheque, cash or debit (in person)
  • All NSF payments will be retried once by RBG and are subject to a $35 administration fee.
  • Incomplete registration forms ARE NOT PROCESSED and are returned– please ensure all fields are filled out accurately

Cancellation and Refunds

Royal Botanical Gardens reserves the right to cancel any camp program if the minimum number of participants is not reached. If RBG cancels a camp, registrants are fully refunded. Refunds are not issued for inclement weather. The Friday prior to the registered camp week is the cut-off date for camp refund requests by purchasers.

March Break camp 2019 registration change or modification requests must be submitted in writing by the purchaser via email at rbg.ca/contact-camps and will be put in sequence to be processed.

NEW FOR 2019: Summer camp 2019 registration change or modification requests must be submitted in writing via email at rbg.ca/contact-camps and will be put in sequence to be processed beginning February 7, 2019. You will receive notification from RBG upon completion of your request.

  • All changes to camp registration are subject to a non-refundable $25 administration fee.
  • More than 10 business days before the start of the registered camp week: Full refund less $25
  • Within 10 business days before the start of the registered camp week: Refund subject to a service fee (full-day camp: $100, half-day camp $25)
  • Changes to camp preference or date can be made prior to the start of the registered camp week, and are subject to availability

What To Bring to Camp

Campers need the following items to be prepared for all activities:

  • To ensure a healthier environment please pack a litterless, peanut and nut-free lunch and two snacks from home. Extra drinks or water bottles are encouraged.
  • The NIC is a peanut and nut-aware facility. Please ensure that lunches and snacks are free of peanuts, nuts, nut products and traces of nuts. Snacks that “may contain peanuts, traces of nuts or nut products” are not permitted. Food that does not comply with our policy will be replaced with a healthy alternative.
  • We are outside in all sorts of weather— please send your child with weather-appropriate clothing including hats, mitts and snow pants.
  • Please pack a pair of indoor shoes and an extra change of clothing.
  • Camp is a time to make friends, learn, and explore all of the wonders of our natural world. To facilitate this, please make sure electronic toys, music devices, video games, trading cards and toys in general stay at home.
  • Please ensure that everything brought to camp is labeled with your child’s name.

RBG is not responsible for any items your child loses at camp. Please label all of your child’s belongings with their first and last name and leave all valuables at home. Campers are asked not to bring items of any significant value. RBG does not provide refunds for damaged or lost belongings. Please do not bring electronic devices to camp.

Food at Camp

Every camper needs to bring a healthy and peanut / nutsafe lunch and snack for morning and afternoon snack breaks, as well as a refillable water bottle to nourish them throughout the day. To help us model good environmental behaviour, please pack a litterless lunch.

Nut Safe Policy

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all of our campers, please ensure that lunches and snacks are free of peanuts, nuts, nut products and traces of nuts. Food that does not comply with our policy is replaced with a healthy alternative.

While at Camp

RBG Camp Leaders

Camps are led by mature, experienced and passionate leaders who have a personal interest in ensuring that your child’s experience is one that will be cherished and remembered for many years. Our leaders are enthusiastic, carefully screened high school, college and university students or graduates. Many leaders and support staff have been with us for several years. These individuals provide a safe and enjoyable environment in which your child can learn, play and have fun. Camp leaders are assisted by supervisors, support staff, and junior staff, resulting in an average leader to camper ratio of 1:8. All of our staff members undergo intensive training that focuses on safety, healthy child development, environmental appreciation/education and program management. All leaders are certified in First Aid and canoeing. All staff members over the age of 18 are screened using local police criminal record checks.

Do you know someone who would be interested in becoming a camp leader? Current opportunities are posted at rbg.ca/careers

Times

All full-day camp programs run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop off begins at 8:30 a.m., pick up ends at 4:30 p.m.

Half-day programs for 3- and 4-year-olds run Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Drop off begins at 9 a.m, pick up ends at 12:30 p.m.

Extended Care

Extended care is available from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for full-day camps at a cost of $10 per day per child. Extended care takes place at your camp location. Please register in advance for extended care. Extended care is included in the Leader in Training and Cliffs to Cootes programs. Extended care is not available for half-day camps nor for the AGB/RBG Combo Camp in the morning.

Camp Locations

Camp programs are based at one of two locations:

  • Nature Interpretive Centre in the Arboretum, 20A Old Guelph Road, Dundas
    • Discovery Camps for 4- to 15-year-olds
    • Leadership Development Programs
  • RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington
    • Half-day programs for 3- and 4-year-olds
    • 4- and 5-year-old camps: Up in the Air Forest of Imagination Hands-on Nature
    • 6- and 7-year-old camps: Animal Wonders, Valley Adventures, Roots and Shoots

Safety and Wellness

Signing Campers In and Out

In order for anyone other than the person who dropped off and signed the camper into the program, to sign out and pick up a camper they must show photo identification and must be listed on the child’s registration as either: a) a primary caregiver; b) an individual authorized for pick up; c) an individual listed as an emergency contact. The individual must be over the age of 18 years. Any changes to these names on your initial registration must be noted in writing by letter addressed to the Camp Director and be accompanied by a listed caregiver’s signature.

Health and Safety Protocols

We are vigilant in our concern for the health and safety of all participants. Children are required to wash their hands several times a day, especially before they eat. We do not allow children to share food, drink or utensils. If your child is not feeling well please keep them home. If a child arrives at camp with an obvious illness, their caregivers are immediately contacted and asked to take the child home.

Weather Policy

RBG is committed to the safety of all program participants while taking part in outdoor activities and understands the need to balance the importance of outdoor exploration and outdoor play with the practical limitations that occur during extremely cold, and cool and wet weather. Although we will spend time outdoors in all sorts of weather conditions, programs will be modified to ensure the mitigation of risk to program participants. Please speak with your camp leaders about daily program plans.

Behaviour Management Procedures

Royal Botanical Gardens’ Discovery Day Camps strive to create a positive and safe community through safe, respectful, fun and diverse learning experiences. Communication and coaching are used to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable experience. Behaviour that is seen to go against a positive atmosphere and is seen as unacceptable behaviour is dealt with swiftly and according to RBG’s behaviour management procedures. Campers who, given guidance and opportunities to correct their behaviour, fail to comply with these guidelines, are subject to progressive discipline up to and including having their privilege to participate in camp revoked. Refunds are not given for any camper who is sent home or removed from program for disciplinary reasons.

Rights and Responsibilities...

of Parents

  • to be observant of signs of distress or suspected negative incidents at camp
  • to report any suspected incidences of physical or emotional violence

of Campers

    to enjoy the benefits of a safe and inclusive environment
  • to be observant of signs of distress or suspected negative incidents at camp
  • to respect camp expectations as well as the physical and emotional safety of others
  • to report any acts of physical or emotional behaviour against themselves or another camper

of Leaders and Volunteers

  • to be role models in words and actions
  • to be observant of signs of distress or suspected negative incidents at camp
  • to report and record all incidences of physical or emotional violence
  • to handle all situations with compassion and objectivity

Welcome to Camp!

Click the links below to access the "Welcome to Camp!" letters that outline everything you need to know before sending your child on his/her first day of camp at RBG.

Junior Camp Staff

Have the fun of summer camp but reap the benefits of being a leader! Work with an enthusiastic staff team who share a common interest and learn more about the environment, camping and working with children. Junior staff learn to care for children in an educational setting through training, job shadowingand supported leadership activities. Junior staff have the opportunity to lead games, crafts, create and brainstorm activities and facilitate camp programs. Learn More >>

Help Send a Child to Camp

Please consider increasing your camp registration fee with a charitable gift to Green Angels. Your generous donation provides children and families in financial need the opportunity to explore, learn and let their imagination grow in a safe environment – the natural world of Royal Botanical Gardens. Following your online registration you are prompted to top-up your fee with a charitable gift. Please give generously and be a Green Angel to a child in need today.

Contact the Education Team

Have a specific question not answered here? Send us a message using the button below! If you have a child in camp and are looking to contact the team at the Nature Interpretive Centre, give us a call at 905-527-1158 ext. 340. For questions about the camp registration process, call 905-527-1158 ext. 270.

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