We are half way through summer break! It doesn’t seem possible, but it’s true! Both our girls have been in camps quite a bit this summer and have been experiencing all sorts of new and exciting things. It is so important for me to have the kids in camps that they love as both their mommy and daddy need to work during the days. The Mt Seymour Eco-Adventure summer camps are a perfect example of a GREAT summer camp option for kids!
While there are still 4 weeks of break left to go, I thought I would tell you about the Mt Seymour camp in case you are on the North Shore and you’re looking for some outdoor adventure for your kids!
At Mt Seymour, we believe that nature is an essential ingredient in the healthy development of all children; fresh air is good for everyone! We re-introduce kids to a simpler, more connected way of life where they are encouraged to engage their senses to the fullest and learn by participation. Your kids will come home tired, muddy, and brimming with exciting stories from the day!
Portia, who is almost 6 years old, attended the Trailblazers camp (which is unfortunately now completely full this summer) and adored it. I wasn’t at the camp myself, so I’m using the pictures Portia took and her stories to help me to best explain what they did.
Portia’s photo journal of Mt Seymour Eco-Adventure camp
The kids did some animal tracking, seeing deer and Seymorphoskunk tracks.
Portia has always been fascinated with rocks for as long as I can remember, so her camera roll was full of the rocks they encountered on all their hiking they did. I love seeing what she takes photos of because it shows me what truly catches her eye.
Funny enough, one of the highlights for Portia was the shuttle bus that takes the kids up the mountain in the mornings and brings them back down at the end of the day. We weren’t using the shuttle service for the first couple of days and soon realised it was so much more convenient! I highly recommend signing up for the shuttle!! It saved hours of driving and the kids love it!
When I was a young camp-goer, my favourite part was always the camp leaders and it looks like Portia is following in her mama’s footsteps. The two photos above are her leaders and I think it’s the cutest thing ever that she asked to take their pictures.
At the end of the week, an email gets sent out to parents with a recap of the week and some photos of some of the highlights for the kids! I thought that was such a nice added touch!
These next pictures are from the email:
- Climbing to Dinkey Peak and getting a bird’s eye view of the mountain
- Playing stalk the deer, bang, ninja and camouflage
- Finding salamander eggs, amongst lots of insects, during pondology
- Building debris and tarp shelters, ask your camper to demonstrate the next time you’re in the great outdoors!
- Hunting for forgotten cabins in the forest
- Working as a team to walk on “land skis” during Ole’s Quest
How much fun is that to be outside playing all day every day for a full week all while learning skills for outdoor adventuring?!! Such an AWESOME camp!
As I mentioned, the Trailblazers groups are full for this summer, but there are still spots open throughout August for Forest Guardians (8-9 year olds), Mountain Rangers (10-12 year olds) and Youth Leadership (12-14 year olds).
Learn more about the Mt Seymour Eco-Adventure camps