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Camp Samac 2022 Summer Programs

Camp Samac’s co-ed summer programs are operated by Scouts Canada, and are open for children in the communities we serve! Come join us for a wilderness experience in the heart of Durham Region! Fun, adventure, learning new skills and creating memories -- this is what Camp Samac promises to deliver to each camper. Whether it is your first time attending an outdoor camp program or you are a seasoned camper looking for a challenge, Camp Samac offers something for all ages & abilities!

Please note: Camp Samac will NOT be offering traditional overnight youth camping or weekend family camping options for the summer of 2022. 

For all other summer camp registration inquiries, please email campsamac@scouts.ca.

General Information

This year, families can choose from various programs at Camp Samac. The Day Camp is for youth aged 7-13+. Our daily activities include swimming, arts & crafts, canoeing, outdoor skills (i.e., fire building, shelter building, hiking, knot-tying, orienteering) and outdoor adventure activities. Our two Senior Programs - Leadership Training (LT) and Counsellor-in-Training (CIT) - are designed to support the development of personal and professional skills in adolescents 12-16+ years. We are so excited to reopen our gates and kick-off an unforgettable summer together! 

Campers are to be dropped off between 8:30-9:00AM Monday to Friday. Please use 275 Conlin Road East, Oshawa, ON entrance to the Camp Samac and park in the parking lot. Families must sign their child(ren) in and out each day. Regular pick-up is between 4:00-4:30PM 

Optional Services 

  1. Extended Care ($25.00/week) 

Families can sign-up for Early Drop-off (as early as 8:00 AM) and/or Late Pick-up (as late as 5:00 PM) for a minimal weekly fee. 

 

       2. Canteen Shop 

Each day, campers will have a scheduled visit with their group to our camp canteen (on-site tuck shop). If campers wish to make a small purchase, a variety of sweet treats (e.g., freezies, ice cream sandwiches) and cool refreshments (e.g., pop) are available. Cash only.

Camp Samac-Location

Location:275 Conlin Road E, Oshawa, ON 

Dates & Weekly Themes 

At Camp Samac, each week we have a unique theme to keep the program fresh and exciting for our campers and staff! Camp Counsellors and Site Coordinators (Arts & Crafts Centre, Nature Centre, & Waterfront Centre) use the respective weekly theme to develop age-appropriate outdoor skills/activities, sports, and crafts for all abilities.

Weekly Themes

 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 132 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.

 

 Notes:

  • Week 1 (July 5-8*) is now open to campers aged 5 years & up!

  • All weeks are sold out except for Week 5 (August 2-5)

Day Camp Program Guide

Register Here

 

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.

Leadership Training (LT) Dates:
Week 1 - July 5* (SOLD OUT!)
Week 3 – July 18 (SOLD OUT!)
Week 5 – August 2* (SOLD OUT!)
Week 7 – August 15 (SOLD OUT!)
Week 9 – August 29 (SOLD OUT!)

Counsellor-in-Training (CIT) Dates:
Week 2 – July 11 (SOLD OUT!)
Week 4 – July 25 (SOLD OUT!)
Week 6 – August 8 (SOLD OUT!)
Week 8 – August 22 (SOLD OUT!)

 

Senior Programs (CIT/LT) Program Guide

 

Program Cost & Refund Policy

 

 Early Bird Special Rate

Available until May 1, 2022 

Regular Rate
After May 1, 2022
Scouts Canada Member Rate $260.00/full week
($208.00/short week)
 $285.00/full week
($228.00/short week)
Non-member Rate (Public) $285.00/full week
($228.00/short week)
 $310.00/full week
($248.00/short week)

Pricing does not include 13% HST. Day Camp is HST exempt. Prices are subject to change without notice.

 

 What is the refund policy for Summer Camp?
All Registrations Policy for “all registrations” is now 100% deposit will be required to secure your booking.
Registrations cancelled with more than 4 weeks’ notice If a payment has been made in full, 80% of the deposit will be refunded.
Registrations transferred with more than 4 weeks’ notice 100% deposit can be transferred to another registration this summer.
Registrations cancelled with less than 4 weeks’ notice, but more than 2 weeks’ notice 50% of total payment is refundable.
Registrations cancelled with less than 2 weeks’ notice No refunds*
Scouts Canada cancels registration due to extenuating circumstances Transfer 100% of payment to another registration this summer or receive a 92% refund.
If you are unable to provide proof of full vaccination or a religious/medical exemption approved by Scouts Canada (for youth 12+) No refunds. Families should not register for camp before an exemption from Scouts Canada has been granted (for youth 12+).

*If cancellation is related to COVID-19, families may be required to attest to facts and/or provide supporting documentation of extenuating circumstances to be eligible for a 90% refund.

 

Packing List (same for both Day Camp + Senior Programs)

  • Lunch + two snacks (peanut-free)
  • Sunscreen
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Hat
  • Running shoes
  • Extra clothes & socks in case
  • Swimsuit & towel
  • Canteen money (optional)
  • Lifejacket (optional)
  • Rainy day gear (if applicable)
  • Bug spray
  • Extra face masks
  • Hand sanitizer

 

 

Meet the Camp Samac Team

Twiggy, Summer Program Director

I’ve been with the Camp Samac program since Summer 2008 in various Senior Staff roles before beginning as the Summer Program Director in Summer 2014. I oversee all aspects of summer staff hiring & training, program preparation & delivery, and customer support & retention. Year-round, I have the true pleasure of teaching Grade 6 in the Durham District, but Camp Samac & its community continue to hold a very special place in my heart!

Minnie, Administrative Coordinator

I am very excited to be returning for my 11th summer at Camp Samac as your Administrative Coordinator! My main responsibility is assisting parent(s)/guardian(s) with the registration process and answer any questions you might have about our programs and/or services leading up to camp. I take care of all camper files and communication with families. I can be reached for support via email campsamac@scouts.ca throughout the spring. Outside of camp, I am a Grade 6 teacher. I spend my weekends camping and canoeing. I look forward to seeing both new and familiar faces this summer!

Sparrow, Day Camp Coordinator

I’m thrilled to be returning to Camp Samac this summer as the Day Camp Coordinator! Over the past 5 years, I have come to know our programs & property very well in my roles as a Day Camp Counsellor and then Program Coordinator. I look forward to continuing to help & inspire youth when it comes to outdoor pursuits & educational opportunities offered at Samac! I am in my final year of the Bachelor of Education program at Brock University, finishing this April, before pursuing a job in the education sector. Upon graduation, I will be qualified to teach Health & Physical Education as well as Geography at the Intermediate/Senior level where I hope to pass on my love of the outdoors, sport, and healthy living.

Ice, Inclusion Coordinator

I will be spending my 12th summer working at Samac in the role of Inclusion Coordinator! I have fulfilled a variety of positions on our team over the years, and I can’t wait to get back outdoors. When I’m not at camp, I work as a teacher & guidance counsellor for teenaged youth in the Durham Region area. My main goal this summer will be helping make camp safe, memorable, and enjoyable for all participants joining us at Camp Samac! 

Our Staff team appreciates your feedback, suggestions, and ideas. Parents/Guardians contribute to the quality of our program. We encourage you to speak with our Camp Coordinators regarding special instructions and considerations that will contribute to a positive experience for your camper(s). If you have questions, wish to express concerns, and/or highlight the extra efforts of our dedicated staff, please speak with our Senior Staff team (campsamac@scouts.ca) directly.

During the camp season (July 4-September 2), families can also connect with our team directly via phone (905-259-8865).

 

Camp Samac Map

Camp Map

 

Camp Rules, Guidelines and COVID-19 Safety

The rules and regulations of the camp will be discussed with each camper on the first day of camp. Campers are not permitted to wander off unsupervised or leave camper groups without permission. We reserve the right to dismiss/suspend any camper who continually displays disruptive or unsafe behaviour. This is to ensure the utmost safety of all participants.

If medication is required, please ensure that this information is on your child’s registration form. It must be in a secure package (e.g., Ziploc bag) and delivered to the staff at camp. The medication is to be labelled as follows: Camper’s name, program/dates, type of medication and dosage, treatment, and reason for medication. Medication will be stored with our Senior Staff and will be given as you have directed. Please advise us if there are any changes to medication during your child’s stay.

All Lost & Found articles will be stored in Cabin 1 until the end of each week. Please check the Lost & Found on Friday afternoons. After the camp season, lost & found will be sorted and only those deemed valuable will be kept at the Summer Office until the end of summer, at which time any unclaimed articles will be donated to a charitable organization.

Our summer programs will be planned in alignment with the Ministry of Health Day Camp guidelines and Durham Regional Public Health guidelines. Any changes to this guidance may result in changes to camp offerings, protocols, services, and/or cancellations of programs/services with little notice. Measures that will be in place to ensure a safe and healthy camping experience include but aren’t limited to:

  • Scouts Canada mandatory vaccine policy for all staff & youth 12+
  • Staff roles dedicated to routine cleaning and equipment disinfection
  • Sign-up systems and limited capacity in group settings for programming & activities
  • Outdoor programming as much as possible; designated indoor locations for each cohort in inclement weather
  • No food services
  • Masking indoors & distancing requirements (as determined by Public Health)
  • Daily screening tool for staff & campers

 

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