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Summer Camp on Mount Royal

New day camp offer for summer 2020! It is with joy that our team is getting ready to welcome children from 8 to 12 years old to Mount Royal Park this summer! After weeks of confinement, spending a week or two on Mount Royal is the perfect way for kids to reconnect with nature and enjoy the outdoors in one of the city’s great urban parks. 

In compliance with public health measures related to COVID-19, we have reduced the size of our camp to allow children to experience the mountain’s natural environment without worry. Physical distancing measures and required sanitary measures will be applied.

In order to ensure the health and safety of all our campers and employees, we have unfortunately decided to cancel the three youngest age groups this summer. The two older age groups are maintained (Faucons and Hérons, 8 to 12 year olds), as they are the ones for which we can guarantee the respect of health regulations.

There are still a few spots available for both age groups! Registration reopens on Thursday, June 18, at 10 a.m.

 

This camp is geared for children will have completed grade 3 the end of the 2019-20 school year and who were 8 years old on September 30, 2019. No exceptions allowed.

Youngsters discover Mount Royal’s many ecosystems as they explore the mountain. They deepen their knowledge of the park's biodiversity, of the mountain’s built and historical heritage, of the importance of parks in urban settings and of the evolution of Montréal's landscape over the years. Campers work as a team to complete missions in the forest. Games lead them to help each other and allow them to test their physical limits. Group decisions influence the course of the day.

The camp includes two weeks of programming (A and B) that alternate throughout the summer. Children can be registered for one or two weeks, but can only participate once in each program. We make sure to offer a variety of activities in programs A and B so that children can experience two very different weeks. The weekly schedule of activities appears in the Parent Handbook sent to parents in early June.

Week 1: June 29 to July 3 (Program A)
Week 2: July 6 to 10 (Program B)
Week 3: July 13 to 17 (Program A)
Week 4: July 20 to 24 (Program B)
Week 5: July 27 to 31 (Program A)
Week 6: August 3 to 7 (Program B)
Week 7: August 10 to 14 (Program A)
Week 8: August 17 to 21 (Program B)

Base camp: Beaver Lake Pavilion

Available spaces: 20 per week

Register

This camp is geared for children will have completed grades 4, 5 or 6 at the end of the 2019-20 school year and who were 9, 10 or 11 years old on September 30, 2019. No exceptions allowed.

Day campers head out on day-long expeditions, which sometimes take them outside the boundaries of Mount Royal Park. In this camp, children learn about Mount Royal conservation issues and contribute to its protection by taking part in hands-on activities that help the mountain’s environment. Competitive games are valued and strategy is needed to win, but the importance of team spirit and inclusion is also valued.

The camp includes two weeks of programming (A and B) that alternate throughout the summer. Children can be registered for one or two weeks, but can only participate once in each program. We make sure to offer a variety of activities in programs A and B so that children can experience two very different weeks. The weekly schedule of activities appears in the Parent Handbook sent to parents in early June.

Week 1: June 29 to July 3 (Program A)
Week 2: July 6 to 10 (Program B)
Week 3: July 13 to 17 (Program A)
Week 4: July 20 to 24 (Program B)
Week 5: July 27 to 31 (Program A)
Week 6: August 3 to 7 (Program B)
Week 7: August 10 to 14 (Program A)
Week 8: August 17 to 21 (Program B)

Base camp: Beaver Lake Pavilion

Available spaces: 20 per week

Register
Our summer camp takes place Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Mount Royal Park. 

Cost of day camp: $230/week

A daycare service is available at 8 a.m. and until 6 p.m. at an additional cost.

Cost of daycare: $47/week

Registration is done online on a first come, first served basis as places are limited. Accepted modes of payment are VISA and MasterCard. Please note that payment is necessary to reserve your child’s spot in the summer camp.

Cancellation Policy

A $50 non-refundable administration fee is included in the total cost of the activity. Registration cancellations must be received in writing at reservations@lemontroyal.qc.ca and include the child's name and the camp week concerned. Requests will be processed within 10 working days after receipt and the refund will be issued on the applicant's credit card.
The Parent Handbook includes a wealth of information on our summer camp such as the daily schedule, rules and tips on what to pack in your child’s bag. It is usually sent to parents in June.

The 2020 edition of the Parent Handbook details all of the changes to day camp in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rest assured that all the measures requested by the Public Health Department will be respected.
 
Every summer since 2009, Les amis de la montagne day camp takes place in the heart of Montréal’s beautiful Mount Royal Park. Children spend the week outdoors, exploring, playing and discovering the mountain’s natural environment and historic heritage. Our day camp is certified by the Association des camps du Québec.

Please note that camp programs are offered in French and do not include swimming or access to pool facilities.

The complete summer offer is normally available in late January and registrations begin in mid-March.
Why does your camp only cater to children over 8 this summer?

In response to recent government announcements, we evaluated our day camp offer in order to meet public health requirements. Although camp activities generally take place outdoors, groups must have access to buildings in case of inclement weather, as well as for sanitary logistics and storage purposes. Unfortunately, the park infrastructure we use does not allow us to accommodate our usual number of groups while respecting health regulations.
 
In order to ensure the health and safety of all our campers and employees, we unfortunately decided to cancel the three youngest age groups this summer. The two older age groups are maintained (8 to 12 year olds), as they are the ones for which we can guarantee the respect of health regulations.
 

What does a typical day at summer camp on the mountain look like?

The day begins with a group assembly followed by snacks and sunscreen application. We then head off for the morning activity such as bird watching in the forest. Lunchtime is a picnic and a rest period allowing children to play quiet games or nap depending on their level of energy. In the afternoon, we reapply sunscreen before starting a group game to get kids moving and playing. At the end of the day, each group returns to its base camp for a last snack and transition towards pick-up time or daycare service. Our daycare provides calm and less structured time for kids to draw or play.

Can my child and his or her friend be in the same group?

All will depend on their respective age. If your children are registered in the same age group, they will be together during the week. If your children are not in the same age group, they will not be in the same camp group.

Do you do a lot of walking? I’m worried that my child will get tired.

Our day camp does include a lot of walking in the form of exploration or expeditions. As children are separated by age group, activities are adapted to suit the general pace of each group. Our goal is for kids to have fun, learn about nature and enjoy their summer. If we think a rest period is necessary at any point, we never hesitate!

Does your day camp include holidays?

Yes, the camp takes place from Monday to Friday, even on holidays such as Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day and Canada Day.

My child doesn’t understand much French. Can I register anyway?

Our day camp is in French. Children must have basic knowledge of French (comprehension and oral communication) in order to participate. Our team must be able to communicate easily with the children to explain games and safety rules. We do not offer an immersion program nor do we have the resources to provide translation services.

Is your camp suitable for children with special needs?

No, but we suggest you contact the camp coordinator at 514 843-8240, ext. 221 or at campdejour@lemontroyal.qc.ca to see if we can accommodate your child.

My child does not have a health insurance card (RAMQ), but we have a private insurer. Can we still register for the day camp?

Your child can participate in the day camp, but you will have to provide us with the details of your private insurer. Please send information to campdejour@lemontroyal.qc.ca after registering online.

Who are your camp counsellors?

Our educators are often students in biology, environment, education or other related fields at CEGEP or university. Our camp counsellors are passionate about nature and have a solid background working with children. Our team receives a full 70 hours of training to better meet the needs of children, ensure their safety and provide first aid when needed. They are also well versed in the natural and historical heritage of Mount Royal.

Is there a preregistration period for former camp participants?

Yes, we grant a preregistration period beginning 48 hours before the official start of registration to participants registered in the camp the previous year. To always be informed of the start of the registration period, subscribe to our newsletter and check “Activities for kids.” See our useful tips on preregistration.

I have registered my child for camp but would like to change the dates. Can I change my reservation?

It is possible to change your registration in our online reservation system but to do so, you will first have to cancel your reservation ($50 non-refundable fee) and then re-enroll your child in another week at full price. Cancellation requests must be sent in writing to reservations@lemontroyal.qc.ca and include the name of the child and the camp week in question.

I have a question about my child’s registration. Can you help me?

For more information on registration, please see our FAQ on registration which explains the steps to register your child for camp, daycare service or on the waiting list.

Can I register a child who is not mine using my account?

We strongly discourage this practice for several reasons. If you pay for the registration of a child who is not yours, neither you nor his parent will be able to benefit from the tax credit (RL-24 slip) for this program. Moreover, you will be the contact person for all children registered with your account; you will be the person called in case of an emergency and the child's parent will not have permission to change the child’s medical record or other important information. Please note that registering two children from one account does not guarantee that they are in the same group at the day camp.
 

For general questions about our day camp:

Camp Coordinator
514 843-8240, ext. 221
campdejour@lemontroyal.qc.ca.

For questions about registration or cancellations:
reservations@lemontroyal.qc.ca.

Are you looking for a summer job or internship? Visit Careers & Internships to find out about our job offers. Summer camp positions are usually posted in January and interviews are held in February and March. Please note that Les amis de la montagne does not offer internships or counsellor-in-training programs for our day camp.