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Day Camp with Les amis de la montagne

Summer 2021: Registration begins on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 10 a.m.
 
It is with joy that our team is getting ready to welcome children 7 to 12 years old to an unforgettable day camp in Mount Royal Park this summer! 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!
 
Campers enjoy exciting outdoor activities, games and nature discoveries as they explore Montréal’s iconic mountain under the supervision of qualified educators.
 
In compliance with public health measures related to COVID-19, we have reduced the number of groups and children per group so as to allow children to experience the mountain’s natural environment without worry. Physical distancing measures and required sanitary measures will be applied to meet health and safety guidelines.
 
Please note that the offer below is provisional and could be modified to comply with public health measures.

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In response to government announcements, our day camp offer has been reevaluated 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 two youngest age groups this summer. The three older age groups are maintained (7 to 12 year olds), as they are the ones for which we can guarantee the respect of health regulations.



 
In response to recent government announcements, our day camp offer has been reevaluated 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 two youngest age groups this summer. The three older age groups are maintained (7 to 12 year olds), as they are the ones for which we can guarantee the respect of health regulations.



 
This camp is geared for children who completed grade 2 at the end of the 2020-21 school year and who were 7 years old on September 30, 2020. No exceptions allowed, unless proof of school derogation is provided before registration.

The Dragonfly group works as a team to develop their critical thinking by taking on challenges at the height of each child! In this camp, children visit various sites on the mountain, learn to identify ecosystems, understand the characteristics of biodiversity and meet conservation challenges! Team games consolidate the information learned during exploratory hikes while allowing kids to experience active and playful moments outdoors.

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 28 to July 2 (program A)
Week 2 : July 5 to July 9 (program B)
Week 3 : July 12 to July 16 (program A)
Week 4 : July 19 to July 23 (program B)
Week 5 : July 26 to July 30 (program A)
Week 6 : August 2 to August 6 (program B)
Week 7 : August 9 to August 13 (program A)
Week 8 : August 16 to August 20 (program B)

Base camp: Beaver Lake Pavilion

Spots offered per week: 18

Go to the reservation system to create or modify your account before registration opens on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 10 a.m.


 

This camp is geared for children who have completed grade 3 at the end of the 2020-21 school year and who were 8 years old on September 30, 2020. No exceptions allowed unless proof of school derogation is provided before registration.

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 28 to July 2 (program A)
Week 2 : July 5 to July 9 (program B)
Week 3 : July 12 to July 16 (program A)
Week 4 : July 19 to July 23 (program B)
Week 5 : July 26 to July 30 (program A)
Week 6 : August 2 to August 6 (program B)
Week 7 : August 9 to August 13 (program A)
Week 8 : August 16 to August 20 (program B)

Base camp: Beaver Lake Pavilion

Spots offered per week: 20

Go to the reservation system to create or modify your account before registration opens on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 10 a.m.



 

This camp is geared for children who have completed grades 4, 5 or 6 at the end of the 2020-21 school year and who were 9, 10 or 11 years old on September 30, 2020. No exceptions allowed, unless proof of school derogation is provided before registration.

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 28 to July 2 (program A)
Week 2 : July 5 to July 9 (program B)
Week 3 : July 12 to July 16 (program A)
Week 4 : July 19 to July 23 (program B)
Week 5 : July 26 to July 30 (program A)
Week 6 : August 2 to August 6 (program B)
Week 7 : August 9 to August 13 (program A)
Week 8 : August 16 to August 20 (program B)

Base camp: Beaver Lake Pavilion

Spots offered per week: 20

Go to the reservation system to create or modify your account before registration opens on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 10 a.m.

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

Cost of day camp: $235/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. 
In order to allow all children to enjoy a camp week on Mount Royal, we are happy to offer 20 places at a reduced rate for low-income families ($50 per week). Additional places will be made available according to the number of registrations. To submit your application, you must fill out an online form for each child you wish to register for the camp. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee the reservation of a camp week. Places will be awarded starting in April. If you wish to participate in this program, you cannot register your child for the regular camp and subsequently ask for a reduced rate.

The application period for financial aid for the summer of 2021 has not yet started. Please visit this page in February.
 
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 available before the start of camp.
 
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.

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.

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

My child received a school derogation. 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 campdejour@lemontroyal.qc.ca.

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 run on 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 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.

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.

Will you inform us if it becomes necessary to adjust the programs after registration?
Yes, we will contact parents by email if any changes in programs become necessary after the registration period. To ensure you receive our messages, we suggest you add noreply@sport-plus-online.com to your contact list and check your junk mail folder periodically just in case.

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:
Day Camp Lead
campdejour@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.