What does a typical day at summer camp on the mountain look like?
Once all the children have arrived, the day begins with a group assembly followed by snacks and sunscreen application. We then head off for the morning activity, which might be bird watching, a treasure hunt in the forest or another fun outdoor game. 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 in teams. At the end of the day, we return to Smith House for a last snack and transition towards pick-up time or daycare service. Our daycare provides a calmer and less structured time for kids to draw or play with educators.
Do kids spend a lot of time outdoors?
Yes! Children spend most of the day outside, even during lunchtime, rain or shine.
What do you do when it’s very hot?
During a heat wave, we make sure to slow the pace a little. Children play in the shade, for shorter periods of time, and take more breaks to drink water. We also have a steady supply of sponges that make for wet and refreshing games!
What if it rains?
On a rainy day, we put on boots and jackets and we go outside. We might eat indoors and do some arts and crafts to let our socks dry out but then it’s back outdoors… maybe for a snail race!
Do you do a lot of walking? I’m worried that my child gets too tired.
There is a lot of walking in our day camps; however, it’s often disguised as exploration or expedition. Since children are divided into age groups, we adapt activities to suit the general pace of each group. Our day camps are not sports camps, and our goal is for kids to have fun, learn about the mountain’s natural environment and enjoy their summer. If we think a rest period is necessary at midday, we never hesitate!
Who are our camp counsellors?
As CEGEP and university students in biology, environment, teaching or related fields, our camp counsellors are passionate about the mountain and have a solid background working with children. They receive thorough training covering childhood needs, security, first aid, as well as the natural and historical heritage of Mount Royal.
The day camp organized by Les amis de la montagne is certified by the Association des camps du Québec