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Come summertime, Les amis de la montagne invites 5 to 12 year olds to an unforgettable day camp in Montréal’s magnificent Mount Royal Park. Kids enjoy exciting outdoor activities as they explore the mountain’s natural habitat and unique sites under the supervision of qualified educators.
Spending a week or two on Mount Royal is the perfect way for kids to unplug and reconnect with nature in one of the city’s great urban parks!
Summer 2020: Registrations begin on Thursday, March 12 at 10 a.m.
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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
Registrations begin on Thursday, March 12 at 10 a.m. Click here to create or update your account information in our online reservation system.
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.
My child turned 5 years old after September 30 this year. Can I still register for the camp? My child is very active and wouldn’t have any trouble following the group.
No. All children attending the camp must have turned 5 years or older by September 30 of the school year. Any falsification on the registration forms could lead to the cancellation of a reservation, without possibility of refund.
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.
My child received a derogation enabling early admission to kindergarten. Can he or she join the same age group as their classmates attending the camp?
Children participating in the day camp must be 5 years old or older as of September 30. A child who meets this condition and who has obtained a derogation can be registered with his or her classmates. To do so, you must send proof of your child’s education before registration to email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.