Junior Camp

Junior Camp

Junior campers are seven to eight years of age. Each week the children will be busy discovering themes with teachers who will offer their skills to the children.  One week will feature creating toys from  objects found in nature; another will involve cooking outdoors and yet another will be a fun-filled week of activities all in French!  Watch for new postings over the next few weeks to see what else we will have to offer.

We will work with healthy daily rhythms, similar to those used in Waldorf schools, that help create an ideal environment for learning. There will be time for focused activity, imaginative play, games, songs and stories in each day.  We will spend lots of time outside in nature, on walks, or in the forest.

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Junior Camp Weekly Themes Ages 7 and 8

Week 1    (June 18 to 22)

Young Athlete’s Camp

Lead Teacher:  Carolina Madeira

Exercising in nature, with minimum equipment and maximum social interaction.  The Young Athletes will run courses, climb, crawl, work on our stamina, strength and flexibility, all while enjoying the great outdoors. In the morning, Campers go outside and get very physical.  In the afternoon there will be treasure hunts, playing ball, tag and many other movement games.  They will also make healthy delicious snacks, such as granola bars and smoothies from scratch.

Week 2    (June 25 to 29)

Far Far Away

Lead Teacher:  Cameron Dickey

Enjoy a week of forest play and fun with folk stories and fairytales of the woods. Campers will be involved in making puppets and masks that will be used in a performance at the end of the week.  Other activities include a variety of forest games, an interactive story scavenger hunt, as well as artistic reflection on the stories and surroundings. With an emphasis on dramatic play and exploration,  participants will finish the week with a deeper understanding of the local trees and plants, and an enriching artistic experience. So come along, as we find ourselves deep within stories, in enchanted lands of imagination.

Week 3   (July 3 to 6)   4 day week *Only 4 Spots Left

Young Explorers

Lead Teacher:  Cameron Dickey

Campers will develop physical and social skills as they become Young Explorers in the forest.  Physical challenges, obstacle courses and games where the emphasis is based on  group success.  Constructing a lean-to shelter, and a Treasure hunt to foster cooperation and team-building skills.  Each Camper will also maintain a Journal to either write or draw their reflections of the day.  We will be outside rain or shine!

Week 4   (July 9 to 13)

Mythological Creatures

Lead Teacher:  Ariel Massett

Mythological beasts influenced by Greek imagery and mythology.  Based in the art studio, Campers will explore this topic through a series of sketching leading to a final printing project.   Then we go to the outdoors for games, water and forest play, nature walks and plenty of sunshine!

Week 5     (July 16 to 20)

Power Balance Camp

Lead Teacher  Julia Postigo-Rombola

Campers will develop and build upon different team sport activities. We will be exploring highly physical sports that focus on individual strength, balance and stamina as well as fostering meaningful friendships. Campers will be running, exploring, building flexibility, strength, and stamina while simultaneously connecting with the outdoors. In the mornings campers participate in team ball sports centered around stamina coordination and strength. In the afternoons  we ground and refresh our bodies with forest exploration, yoga, water play, and many other trust and group games. Every day the Power Balance campers will be practicing good body health by creating a unique nutritious snack from locally sourced ingredients (when possible). By the end of the week campers will come away with bonds of friendship, and a balanced connection with themselves and the outdoors. We will be outdoors rain or shine.  All of the above activities will be taught at a level appropriate for  7-8  year-old campers.

Week 6     (July 23 to 27) *Full*

Bike Camp

Lead Teacher: Cameron Dickey

Bring your bicycle and helmet.  Learn to ride without training wheels.  If you already know how, enjoy riding through the forest and around the field.  Practice bike hand signals and responsible cycling.  Hike in the ravine.  Tag and ball games.  Jump rope and obstacle courses. Treasure hunt. Folk tales from around the world. Knit a vest for your doll/teddy bear, crochet or sew a pencil case, or draw with pencils, crayons and pastels.

Week 7     (July 30 to August 3)   

Far Far Away

Lead Teacher:  Cameron Dickey

Enjoy a week of forest play and fun with folk stories and fairy tales of the woods. Campers will be involved in making puppets and masks that will be used in a performance at the end of the week.  Other activities include a variety of forest games, an interactive story scavenger hunt, as well as artistic reflection on the stories and surroundings. With an emphasis on dramatic play and exploration,  participants will finish the week with a deeper understanding of the local trees and plants, and an enriching artistic experience. So come along, as we find ourselves deep within stories, in enchanted lands of imagination.

Week 8    (August 7 to 10)  4 day week

Fire and Bread

Lead Teacher: Warren Lee Cohen

We will learn many ways to start a hearth fire so that we can bake our own bread in the Toronto Waldorf School’s new outdoor bread oven.  Every day will be a fun mixture of baking, learning outdoor skills and enjoying the fruits (loaves) of our efforts.  An active and delicious week!

Week 9     (August 13 to 17)

French Camp

Lead Teacher:  Agathe Polach

We will be busy practicing and immersing ourselves in the French language. There will be a lot of time outdoors playing games, singing and learning some dances in French.  The week will be filled with activities such as cooking a French dish and making crafts related to the culture.  All this will be done en français in a relaxed and fun-filled atmosphere!