Day Camp Program Details
Camp Samac is the place to be this summer! Our Day Camp is an outdoor focused program, which emphasizes the development of outdoor skills, environmental awareness, and wilderness exploration on the camp’s 166 scenic acres. The Senior Staff operate out of Cabin 1, the closest cabin to the Council Hall parking lot at Camp Samac in Oshawa. The Day Camp is for youth ages 7 to 13+ and has space for a maximum of 168 campers per week. Youth are placed according to age into a camper group supervised by trained counsellors. Our daily program is very well balanced. The activities are selected to build outdoor skills, self-confidence, respect for others and the environment, teamwork, and of course because they are fun! Each activity is age-appropriate and takes into consideration skill levels of the youth participating.
Each camper will enjoy activities within their group as well as visiting our many sites on the property, including: our Waterfront Centre where campers participate in canoeing; the Arts & Crafts Centre where they create, build, sculpt, and paint; and our Nature Centre where youth will learn about the many species of plants and animals at Camp Samac and participate in fun projects involving nature and the environment. Our campers also have daily access to our outdoor pool where our campers hone their swimming skills or enjoy playing in the water with friends. We pride our program on the emphasis of outdoor skill development, including but not limited to fire and shelter building, knot tying, hiking, orienteering, archery, creek studies, and more! Activities may vary based on weather conditions.
NOTE: We are currently sold out for the 2023 season! You may add your camper(s) to the waitlist through the online registration platform.
Day Camp Program Guide
Senior Programs (CIT/LT) Details
Our Leadership Training (LT) program works to develop campers' personal skills through a variety of workshops and activities. Topics include: Team Building, Effective Communication, & Conflict Resolution. Focuses of this program includes outdoor skills, trust, and team building through activities such as hiking, canoeing, swimming, shelter building and survival challenges. We endeavour to challenge our campers with adventure while placing an emphasis on personal and group safety.
Our Counsellor-in-Training (CIT) aims to build on participants' skill sets and prepare them for professional opportunities in the future. This program provides adolescents with an opportunity to work on resume development, interview preparation and experience, as well as an exploration into varying leadership styles. The participants will receive outdoor skill training with and shadow our Summer Staff. At the end of the week, all participants will have an opportunity to develop and lead their own activity for a group of campers and receive constructive feedback from our team.
Counsellor-in-Training (CIT) Dates:
Week 1 - July 4 - 7*
Week 3 – July 17 - 21 SOLD OUT!
Week 5 – July 31 - August 4
Week 7 – August 14 - 18
Week 9 – August 28 - September 1
Leadership Training (LT) Dates:
Week 2 – July 10 - 14 SOLD OUT!
Week 4 – July 24 - 28 SOLD OUT!
Week 6 – August 8 - 11* SOLD OUT!
Week 8 – August 21 - 25 SOLD OUT!
(*) indicates a short week for a reduced rate.
Senior Programs (CIT/LT) Program Guide
Junior Ranger Program Details (NEW!)
Offered for adolescents aged 13-16+, the new Junior Ranger (JR) program at Camp Samac is a place for adolescents to develop their personal, professional, and environmental skills. In this inaugural program, our Junior Ranger leads will strive to cultivate knowledge and abilities in ecological sustainability and integrated natural resources management through educational, practical, and meaningful experiences for participants. Focuses of this program includes various forms of ecosystem rehabilitation with an emphasis on forest and water conservations, invasive species management and wildlife care. The program participants will shadow our experienced Lead Rangers and work in groups throughout the week to complete projects which can be physically demanding, though incredibly rewarding. Canoeing, archery, swimming, and fire building are some of the many other traditional camp activities that will take place during the program. Participants can expect to leave with an advanced knowledge of environmental sustainability practices, transferable professional skills, and newly created friendships.
Our Junior Ranger program is SOLD OUT!
Junior Programs Survival Guide