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Virtual Summer Camp

Accessible Event Online

Date & Time:

Weekdays, July 14 to September 4

Location:

At Home

Types:

Family-Friendly, Online

Length:

1 to 2 Hours

Admission:

Pre-Registration Required, Ticketed Event

Event Description

Join us online from July 13 to September 4, as RBG offers live virtual camp experiences for a variety of age groups! Programming is packed with interactive, hands-on activities led by a team of experienced camp leaders who provide a safe and enjoyable environment in which kids can learn, play and have fun.

With up to 2 hours of onscreen time, campers will have fun with different activities that extend their experience beyond the screen, with post-session opportunities to build, explore, and learn at their own pace, and the opportunity to share the results with their fellow campers throughout the camp week.

What is Virtual Summer Camp?

RBG’s Summer Discovery Camps are going digital for 2020, but what does that look like? Check out the video for a peek into the fun from our first few weeks online.

Registration

Click the link below to register on Eventbrite. All age groups and weeks are listed in one event; if you don’t see the week or group you’re looking for, scroll down to see more groups! Please note the “Additional Child” rate applies to additional children registering from the same household in the same week, no matter the age group.

Virtual Camp Program Age Groups and Times

  • 5-7 years old begin at 9 a.m.
  • 8-9 years old begin at 11:15 a.m.
  • 10-12 years old begin at 2 p.m.

July Program (Repeated Weekly)

Age 5 to 7: Seeking Sprouts. Our camp leaders take advantage of one of the most ecologically diverse areas in Ontario in this nature-based experience. Learn what makes an insect an insect, then go on a bug hunt.  Join our camp staff as they teach us the basics of canoeing, then meet our resident turtles. Come with our staff as they take you on an exploration looking for animal habitats, then create one of your own.

Age 8 to 9: Nature Travelers. Connect to nature with this environment-based program. Learn the basics of shelter building, then try a campout at home! Create art from nature, build an animal feeder for your backyard (or favourite pet!), and join our staff as they take you live through one of the most ecologically diverse areas in Ontario.

Age 10 to 12: Roaming Voyagers. Build a mini raft, create natural shelters, and learn how animals keep cool in the heat of summer. Learn what’s important to take with you canoeing and learn the basics of animal tracking in this skills-based, activity-filled program.

August Program (Repeated Weekly)

Age 5 to 7: Avid Adventurers.Connect to the natural world around you with this hands-on program. Start a mini garden and watch it grow.  Learn the basics of canoeing with our staff and search for wildlife through live exploration of nature. Learn to talk to the birds, then try out your birdcalls in your neighbourhood in this nature based experience.

Age 8 to 9: Wild Wanderers.Learn about the wacky ways animals (and plants!) get their food. Experiment with keeping cool, even on the hottest summer days. Explore RBG through live nature experiences, and ask staff your questions in real time, and even pick directions for them to travel.

Age 10 to 12: Natural Explorers.Learn survival skills and more with this skills-based camp! Create natural dyes from plants and learn how to build a shelter with any available materials. Create a mini-terrarium and watch your plants grow. Explore RBG’s natural lands as our experienced staff provide a live nature experience from the comfort of your home.

  • two kids watching a video on a laptop
  • hands with nature materials
  • Child filling out worksheet in backyard
  • looking down trail in arboretum

Program Fees

  • 5-Day Camp: $100 (+$50 for each additional child)
  • 4-Day Camp (August 4-7): $80 (+$40 for each additional child)

Prices subject to Eventbrite service fees. The “Additional Child” rate applies to registering additional children from the same household in the same week, no matter the age group.

Camp Weeks

  • July 13-17;
  • July 20-24;
  • July 27-31;
  • August 4-7 (four-day week);
  • August 10-14;
  • August 17-21;
  • August 24-28;
  • August 31-September 4

Virtual Camps FAQ

What platform are you using for camps?

RBG is using the Zoom platform for virtual camps. Each camp group will have their own unique “camp room” link and will have its own unique password. This information will be emailed to families the week prior to camps start.

How is RBG keeping the camp sessions secure?

In addition to a unique password and camp room link for each camp group, we will have a moderator overseeing our virtual camps sessions. This RBG staff will create a “waiting room” that only the moderator can see to determine if the individual in the waiting room is a camper registered for the program.

What do I need to be ready for camps?

  • Locate a spot in your space that allows the camper to have a hard surface to color/draw/create and has enough space to stand up and move around.
  • Snacks should be things that are easily managed without the supervision of a grown up.
  • A computer, laptop, tablet, iPad or even a phone if that is what is available to you. A device with a camera so we can see and interact with your camper is necessary. For the best experience (minimal audio lag and good video), you should be hardwired, but that isn’t always possible. If you are using WiFi, it sometimes helps to have other household devices offline/ in airplane mode.

Can my campers use the same screen?

If you have two campers in the same group—yes, please do!

Why are camp sessions recorded?

Camp sessions are recorded for program quality purposes. We review videos of camp sessions to determine camper engagement in activities, and adjust programming accordingly, to offer the most engaging camp session we can.

How will campers be able to share what they’ve done off-screen?

Campers have the option of sharing photos and videos of offscreen camp activities they have done the day before during camper sharing time. We might ask campers to build a pillow fort and send us a picture, or take us on a video tour of a hiking course they created for an ant.

Photos and videos of this nature may be emailed to camps@rbg.ca and will be shared via Zoom’s screen sharing function during a camp session, so that campers have the opportunity to show and talk about activities they have done.

What does a virtual camp session look like?

First: Introductions, expectations, and icebreakers. Campers will get a chance to know each other and their counsellors!

Second: Camper sharing time. Campers will get the chance to share activities they completed the day before with their group, as well as talk about how their day is going.

Third: Interactive camp activity. Campers will be able to engage in a challenge with their counsellor, ask questions, and have fun doing it!

Fourth: Snack time/movement break. Our virtual camps build a short snack time into each session to allow campers time to make connections with each other and have some “down time” for their brains. We scatter brief movement breaks throughout our session to get our bodies moving and transition between activities.

Fourth: Outside adventure and/or special guest. Campers will get an opportunity to meet with a special guest and/or explore different parts of RBG live with their counsellor and other RBG staff.

Fifth: Goodbye and challenges. The group will wrap up their day with their counsellor and be encouraged to try some off-screen challenges; details of which will be sent to families prior to camp start.