Monthly Archives: May 2012

JK Doesn’t Have to be All Day!

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Stanley Park Rosemount Pre School offers an Amazing JK Program for Children (& Moms!) Who Want an option that’s not “Big Kid School”

            

* Struggling with the thought of your sweet little 3 turning 4 year old heading off to all day, every day kindergarten this fall?

* Can’t imagine how they will make it through the 6 hour day, 31 hour week without melting down due to exhaustion?

* Worried about their individual needs getting lost in a classroom of 25+ kindergartners?

* Did you know that you are not legally required to send your child in to the public school system in JK- it’s your choice!

If you can relate to these thoughts and are feeling downright nervous and uncomfortable about this next big step in your child’s life or you think they would do just fine but you want another option, you are in the right place.

I have been in your shoes and as an Alumni & brand ambassador for Stanley Park Rosemount Preschool I’m going to tell you about an amazing option you may not be aware of – a 10 hour a week JK learning alternative program. This decision is certainly not for everyone, but I chose to skip JK at ‘Big Kid School’ and instead, sent my eldest daughter to this program with no regrets. I will always treasure this special time we got to spend together as well as the life changing impact it has had on her development. Below you will find several more quotes from parents just like you explaining why they chose this option for their children and why it might be right for you too.

****SPECIAL OFFER FOR BARGAIN HUNTING MOMMA READERS!****

Register for SPRP’s JK Program before June 29th and save $15 off your registration fee! Be sure to mention where you read about the program to get your discount.

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Why Should You Consider this Option?…

If you answer YES to any of these questions, this is an option you should look into…

Does this describe you?

Are you looking for a small, intimate learning environment for your child with close personal attention?

Would you enjoy being involved and hands on in your child’s first school exprerience? (volunteering in the classroom 2X a month & joining 1 committee)

Is your child shy or anxious or do you worry that they are not quite ready for a ‘Big Kid’ school experience?

Do you worry that they will be too tired by the end of the full day of school?

Do you think your child would benefit from small class numbers to hone their social skills?

Do you feel nervous about sending your child to school for the first time, for all kinds of reasons?

 

About SPRP’s JK Program

  • Runs 4 half days per week
  • Times:  12:45 – 3:30 pm
  • Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday afternoons
  • Total classroom hours per week: 10
  • (compared to 31 hours in school system) all day/everyday  program
  • Maximum Class size – 16 students (with 1 teacher & 2 duty parents)
  • Cost: $178 per month

The focus of the program is on social skills, building self-esteem and confidence and developing a love of life-long learning. Due to the small numbers and low student-teacher ratio, the teacher can focus on the individual and tailor learning to suit each child’s needs.  The teacher really gets to know your child. Here are what one former and one current parent have to say abou their unique experiences:

Laurie S. says “SPRP provided a safe environment for my kids to spread their wings before entering the big school system. Both of my girls were shy so it was important for them to work on ‘coming out of their shells.”

Irene P. ,says “My daughter has always been outgoing and enjoys participating. The small class size at SPRP was GREAT for her. She had a chance to take a turn talking and participate at every circle time and in every activity. The teacher is really able to focus on the needs of each child and teach them how to work together…it’s been great preparation for cooperating in a much bigger group next year in SK.

Some parents are worried that if their child is not in a regular school program that they will not learn what they need to know. Not true – parents of children at SPRP feel that their children learned all that and more. Your child will learn everything they need to know (number sense, ABC’s, Jolly Phonics, etc.) but it is accomplished through a play-based program.Susan M. says “Our two children who are now in the regular school system are both reading 1-2 grades above grade level but what’s more important than that, they truly enjoy learning and believe they can accomplish anything.”

A Typical Day in the Kindergarten Program

  • Free play
  • Circle time (hello circle—more of a sharing/interacting time—each child has a chance to talk if they wish)
  • Free play
  • Circle time (learning circle—Jolly Phonics letters, science, math, theme, inquiry)
  • Art Room where half eat snack while other half use the Help Yourself shelf, paint, playdough, water or sand tables
  • Storytime
  • Outdoor play or time in the gym

The Philosophy:

-Provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning

-Emphasis is placed on caring & sharing while learning about themselves & their community

-School readiness taught in a relaxed setting

-JK program for 4 year olds incorporates the Jolly Phonics techniques

-Relaxed & natural learning through Circle Time discussion, songs & turn-taking

-Monthly themes explore concepts such as colours, shapes, seasons, special events

-Community Field Trips, Parent Education Nights & much more

 

Program & Facility Details

-Unique family oriented learning environment
-Maximum 16 children per class with teacher and 2 duty parents at all times
-Funding targeted directly towards enriching your child’s classroom
-Licensed by the Ministry of Education
-Experienced E.C.E teacher
-Safe secure location & beautiful facilities:

  • Supervised snack and washroom routine
  • Allergy Aware
  • Large fenced outdoor play area
  • Large bright Playroom
  • Art Room
  • Gymnasium

– Exterior doors locked
-Willingness to accommodate your family’s needs

What Parents are Saying About SPRP…

Here are some powerful endorsements from actual parents like you who were asked to share their experiences….

“The past six years have been some of the best years for our family.  SPRP has been the perfect start for our three children.  Each of our children attended both the preschool program and the JK program—2 years each. For our daughter, our eldest child, SPRP was the place where she really blossomed.  When she began preschool she was very shy and cautious.  After 2 years at the preschool she found her confidence and there really was no stopping her!  She made a really smooth transition into SK in the regular school system and now in grade 3 is a really strong student who often takes on leadership roles.

For our middle son, the play-based program was perfect for his learning style.  We felt that being at SPRP for his JK year gave him the opportunity to just be a kid!  He learned everything he needed to know for “big school” but in a way that kept him interested in school.

For our youngest, who is currently in the Kindergarten program at SPRP, it has been the perfect place for him to find his voice.  As a toddler he was slow to talk so when he began at the preschool he barely said a word.  Now when we pick him up from school it is a joy to listen to him interacting with his friends!”

Susan M.
Mom to three children all attended SPRP from 2006-2012
Active volunteer & member of Parent Board of Directors

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“My first child is graduating from JK at SPRP this month . These last 2 years at SPRP have been fantastic both for my daughter and me!

My daughter is outgoing and a true ‘student’ by nature – listens to instructions, waits in line and is generally eager to learn. Many people looked at me a little sideways when I told them she wasn’t going to public school for JK. Besides being really tired, she would have done fine at the ‘big school’ but THIS experience was so much more! I got to witness her develop social skills, make wonderful little friends, solve problems, “sign in” by printing her name at the attendance sheet, beam as she had her turn as the ‘weather girl’ on the days I was on duty, take part in a number of field trips, sound out words in learning circle, have lots of individual attention and get to participate in everything. In the end, she got to a really, really fun first year at school and still spend lots of time at home with her little sister and me. She has developed a love for school and learning that is just wonderful to see – we know that SPRP was the best choice for her!

The extra bonus is the fun I’VE had and the friendships I’ve made! I don’t think I really appreciated how isolated I was feeling as a stay-at-home mom with many of my regular adult social contacts at work during the day. Through SPRP, I have met many wonderful like-minded parents. As a small group, we see each other often and at school. We have play dates outside of school and we’ve signed them up for dance, music, gymnastics classes together in the mornings before school. We share driving to school, we share stories, we vent and laugh a lot! I don’t know if the friendships will continue as we all move off to different schools for SK but I’m grateful for how they have enriched the last 2 years of my life.

Irene P.
Mother to 2 children  2010-present
1st child preschool & JK program, 2nd child coming to SPRP 2012-13.
Active Volunteer & Member of Parent Board of Directors

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“SPRP gave my girls a solid base in preparation for their school years. We chose to send them there both for their 3 year old year and for the JK program when they were 4. We knew they would have many, many years in the big school, but that they could never have another year with Mrs. Tidd at SPRP whose passion for children in the years before 5 was brilliant. I am thrilled to have been involved with the hire of Connie Kschesinksi (Miss K) as she has the same passion for children and will carry on the SPRP tradition of providing a solid foundation for lifelong learning.”

Laurie S., 2003-2007
Daughter’s Chloe and Meg attended preschool & JK program
Active volunteer & former President on the Parent Board of Directors

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“I chose to send my eldest daughter to SPRP for the JK program when she was 4 simply because quite frankly, I wasn’t ready for her to head off to the big school. I liked the program because it offered a nice amount of structured time in the classroom leaving more time for us to do the other daytime activities we enjoyed together. I chose SPRP since I had heard such amazing things about the school and it’s reputation is exceptional. When I started asking around, I was amazed at how many relatives and friends I already knew had sent their children there for the same reasons.”

Jenn B.,
Daughter Charlotte attended JK Alternative program 2004
Parent member Board of Directors

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 About Stanley Park Rosemount Cooperative Pre School

Since 1974, Stanley Park Rosemount Preschool is a parent cooperative preschool and has been providing a unique opportunity for children and families to learn and grow together. SPRP takes great pride in meeting its mandate of building a solid foundation for lifelong learning while nurturing self-esteem and relationships in their students.

A co-operative preschool is a non-profit organization of parents who have banded together for the purpose of maintaining a preschool for their children. By doing this on a co-operative basis, costs can be lowered the costs while providing an excellent program for our children where parents and children learn, share and care together. Parent participation means being in class on a monthly basis, and assisting on one committee with specific preschool duties. Limited number of non-participating positions are also available.

The school attracts families who are highly committed to their child’s education making the entire experience for parents and children unique and special.

Location

Located in the Stanley Park area of Kitchener, the school is conveniently located near the Ottawa exit of the Highway 8 Expressway for easy access. I know from having attended that people drive from all over the city to take advantage of the amazing programs offered at SPRP.

For more information about SPRP, visit their website, email them or call the number below to make an appointment to meet the teacher or view the school at a convenient time. 

Contact:

Stanley Park Rosemount Preschool

171 Sherwood Avenue

Kitchener, Ont. N2B 1K2

(lower level of St. James-Rosemount United Church)

519-742-1801

kids@sprp.ca

http://www.sprp.ca/

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Celebrating Queen Victoria’s Birthday!

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Princess Victoria

Happy Victoria Day Everyone!

 I can still recite a strange little rhyme I learned as a child, do you remember it?

 “It’s the 24th of May, 

It’s the Queen’s birthday, 

If we don’t get a holiday, 

We’ll all run away”

While you are out enjoying the lovely weather and extra day off this weekend (check out my Family Fun Listing for a full listing in KW area), I thought I’d have a little fun by giving you a little history lesson about this well loved Canadian holiday Monday which is named in honour of Queen Victoria,  whose birthday was on May 24th, 1819. She was a mom just like you and I and had nine children.

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About Queen Victoria

* Her full name was Alexandrina Victoria

*Her childhood nickname was Drina and she spoke German only until the age of 3

*Queen Victoria was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for 63 years until her death.

*Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III and her mother was the German-born Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.

*Victoria inherited the throne at the age of 18, after her father’s three elder brothers had all died.

* Our current Queen Elizabeth II is Queen Victoria’s great-great-grandmother

*She married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840

*She had 9 children – Victoria, Bertie, Alice, Alfred, Helena, Louise, Arthur, Leopold, and Beatrice.

*She had 34 grandchildren, 26 of who lived past childhood and married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the nickname “the grandmother of Europe”.

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* After her husband Albert’s death in 1861, Victoria plunged into deep mourning and avoided public appearances. She was devastated and wore black for the rest of her life (40 years!) and made servants take hot water for shaving to his dressing room each morning even after he had died.

* In the latter half of her reign, her popularity recovered and her Golden and Diamond Jubilees were timesof public celebration.

*She died on January 22nd, 1901 at the age of 83. Her own sons lifted her into the coffin. She wore a white dress and her wedding veil and because Victoria had disliked black funerals, London was decorated in purple and white. She was buried beside her husband at Windsor Castle.

* Her reign of 63 years and 7 months is known as the Victorian Era and was longer than that of any other British monarch and the longest of any female monarch in history.

* She was succeeded by her son Edward VII.

Happy Victoria Day everyone!

Spoil your Mom on Mother’s Day! Here are some great ideas…

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I know that it’s mostly us Moms who are reading  this post so leave it discretely on your computer screen for the family to see if they are looking for ideas…
There are so many ways you can treat your Mom on her special day without spending any money. What matter’s most is that she gets to spend some time with her kids and she really doesn’t care about anything else!  Here’s a list of things of some simple suggestions that I know she’ll love, and they don’t cost a cent! And if you’ve lost your Mom,I know this can be a hard day for you but take comfort in the fact that the memories of your Mom live on forever in your memories and in your heart so share some stories about her today with your kids and spread her loving memory around.
I’ve also included a list of KW happenings — some free — that might catch your fancy! Have a great day!

HELP HER!
Offer to become Mom’s “slave for the day”, offer to cook, clean and run errands for her!

PAMPER HER!
Give Mom a manicure, pedicure, or both!
Surprise her by running her a bubble bath, and placing a favorite book or magazine
Get her a nice glass of wine or cup of coffee.

COOK FOR HER!
Wake her up to breakfast – cook her dinner or make her lunch! Anything not cooked by her is a treat!

SURPRISE HER! 
Visit her — drop in unexpectedly or surprise her with a friend or family member that she hasn’t seen in a long time. How about taking her out to someone’s house person’s house as your gift to her!

GARDEN FOR HER!
Till her garden, pull her weeds from her flower beds, or plant flowers and veggies for her.

FIX SOMETHING FOR HER!
Fix something around the house.

Offer to paint, shampoo the carpets, or clean her windows.

BABYSIT FOR HER!
Take the kids for the afternoon.

Mothers Day Community Brunch at the Mill-Courtland Community Centre

Lamplight Church is offering a free, fantastic home-cooked brunch at the Mill-Courtland Community Centre. Fresh coffee, home-baked and home-made goodies.Your Mom will be blessed with a great meal, and the bonus is – there’s no washing up for you to do afterwards! Vegetarian and Kid friendly food available.

Mill-Courtland Community Centre, 216 Mill Street Kitchener
10:00-11:45am

For more information please visit website

African Lion Safari Mother’s Day Coupon

Discount admission to African Lion Safari w/couponhttp://www.lionsafari.com/promotions/p69

The Waterloo Concert Band presents A Mother’s Day Concert

2 pm
Knox Presbyterian Church 50 Erb St West

Admission is by voluntary donation to the band. Tax receipts available for donations over $25 There will be door prize draws for the mothers in attendance http://www.waterlooband.com/

Mother’s Day at THEMUSEUM
Come Celebrate Mother’s Day at THEMUSEUM
The first 50 mothers to view My Mommy is Beautiful, an installation in ADD COLOUR – A Yoko Ono Exhibition, will receive a flower courtesy of Flourish!

at THE MUSEUM – downtown Kitchener on King Street
Noon- 5:00pm

Mother’s Day Walk
It’s the 10th Annual Mother’s Day Walk. Sunrise Shopping Centre. Proceeds to The Breast Cancer Society of Canada

Where: Cleo – Sunrise Shopping Centre, 1400 Ottawa St. S. Kitchener
Time: 9:30- 1:00

Mother’s Day Brunches!

BINGEMANS
Treat mom to a sumptuous brunch at Bingemans! Enjoy Breakfast, Pasta, Entree and Dessert Stations. Includes admission to FunworX Playstructure. Reservation required. Book online today!

Adults $21.95, Children $14.95 (plus tax).

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Walper Hotel

Brunch with Mom at the Mother’s Day Brunch at the Walper Hotel!

Walper Hotel
10:00am-2:00pm
$20.95  Kids 5 and under FREE

Mothers Day Brunch at the Holiday Inn Kitchener
The Holiday Inn in Kitchener has a fabulous Mothers day brunch on Sunday May 13,

Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo, 30 Fairway Road South

11:30, 12:00, and 12:30

Help Needed to Build a Medical Clinic in Haiti Donate – Share & Win Contest = iPad Prize Pack & More!

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Read on to find out how you can win an iPad 3 (16GB), $500 WaySpa Package for 2, 4-Cineplex Night Out Gift Packs & 2 Big Kaboodle Combo Gift Certificates from Mabel’s Labels…

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WHO IS SPEROWAY? 

Formerly Feed the Children, Speroway is an international non-profit relief organization and a Canadian registered charity. Their mission is as follows “In partnership with caring Canadians, to respond to the needs of children and their families, in Canada and around the world, by providing food, medicine, education and other essentials with Christian love, compassion and integrity.”

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Speroway is currently doing good work in Haiti and has been for the past several years. Last fall, a team was sent to evaluate new projects and an upgrade an existing dental clinic previously installed, and to run both dental and medical clinics.

They have recently teamed up with another organization that is responsible for feeding approximately 1400 children living in 30 orphanages. A plan is underway to build a permanent medical clinic to serve these children at a piece of property that has been selected. Building plans are taking shape for the medical clinic and now they need our help.

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Proposed clinic site in Haiti.

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Pictured is Dr. Tony Brown at the Speroway mobile clinic in Port au Prince November, 2011.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
As a paid Speroway Ambassador, I am pleased to spread the word about an important campaign that is running and tell you about a great contest and tell you how you can make a difference by supporting their efforts to build a medical clinic in Haiti to help serve the needs of more than 1400 orphaned children. As a thank you for your support, you will be entered to win some fabulous prizes.

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Share, Donate & Win!

Click here to enter the contest!

PRIZES TO BE WON!

iPad 3 (16 GB)
$500 WaySpa  Package for Two
4 Cineplex Night Out Gift Packs
2 Big Kaboodle Combo Gift Certificates from Mabel’s Labels

RULES AND REGULATIONS:

This contest is open to CANADA, excluding Quebec. CLICK HERE for a full list of rules and regulations. Contest Period: April 26, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time and ends on June 22, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

WANT TO LEARN MORE & FOLLOW THE PROGRESS? 

Visit Speroway’s new Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Speroway/181340085244720

Summer Camp Time! Check out these fabulous Options & Enter to WIN a Trip for 2 to Punta Cana and FREE SUMMER CAMP!!

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Win a Trip to Punta Cana & FREE

Camp for your Kids!

 #pioneercamp   #circlesquareranch

As a Pioneer & Circle Square Camp Ambassador, I would like to remind everyone about TWO fantastic contests! As a paid Inter-Varsity Camp Ambassador, I am excited to be able to offer you TWO chances to win one of TWO $4700 prize packs featuring amazing camp experiences from both Circle Square Ranch and Pioneer Camp. These Christian, non-denominational life changing camps bring together kids and teens to share in experiences and make memories to last a lifetime.
REMEMBER — You can enter BOTH contests below and give yourself 2 chance to win!
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Contest #1  – Circle Square Camp  CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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THE PRIZES
TWO Trips for two to Punta Cana for Mom & Dad, a FREE camp session for your child & a fabulous Mabel’s Label’s Big Caboodle Combo Package prize pack! This grand prize packages is valued at $4700+! In addition, there will be spot prizes of free camp sessions (valued at $685), Mabel’s Label GCs & Crossroads E-Store $50 coupons.
This is a Share and Win contest so be sure to enter often and share with your friends to increase your own chances of winning.
SAVE 20% OFF CAMP REGISTRATION JUST FOR ENTERING!
Just for entering the contest, you also qualify for other great discounts — including a 20% discount off your camp registration and $5 off any purchase over $50 from those great folks at Mabel’s Labels over $50.
Contest #2 Pioneer Camp Contest  CLICK HERE TO ENTER
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RULES AND REGULATIONS: These contests are open to CANADA, excluding Quebec. A full list of rules and regulations can be found: http://www.pioneercampcontest.com/Rules-and-Regulations
Summertime is fast approaching and if you’re like me, you have probably been losing sleep as summer fast approaches and think about what summer camps I will be signing my kids up for this year. As a mom of three, I know from experience that summer camps offer amazing opportunities for children to try new and exciting things. I love the opportunities for personal growth, independence, confidence and the new friends and great memories they will keep forever.
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ABOUT THE CAMPS
Circle Square Ranch & Pioneer Camps are proud members of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada which offers fabulous locations across Canada.  Circle Square Ranch provides an environment in which young people are able to grow spiritually, mentally, socially and physically during their summer day camp experiences.
BRANTFORD’s CIRCLE SQUARE RANCH
The camp closest to folk in southern Ontario is located in Brantford, Ontario Just minutes from the city, the Brantford camp offers a suprising country oasis, located on a beautiful, rolling countryside. It offers great activities like horseback riding, wall climbing, zip line and archery.
Ranchers are encouraged to try new and exciting activities that are a great challenge and tons of extraordinary fun! New experiences are what camp is all about! Exploring the beautiful outdoors, lots of physical activity (sorry no video games or TV allowed), meeting new friends or connecting with old ones are a part of each fun-filled day at camp.
We have a wide variety of camp sessions throughout the summer for children 6 – 16 years old. Our vast range of sessions makes Circle Square appealing to kids of all ages and interests. Ranchers participate in a variety of instructional and recreational activities based on their preferences. The overall Rancher to staff ratio for the camp is one staff member to four Ranchers.

  • Skate Park
  • Archery
  • Recreational Horseback Riding
  • Instructional Horseback Riding
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Climbing Tower
  • High Ropes Course
  • Low Ropes Course
  • 30 ft High Zipline
  • Mountain Boards
  • Swimming Pool
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PIONEER CAMPS
* Overnight camps
* Prepare youth to become influential members of their communities & make a difference to last a lifetime.
* Developing youth mentally, physically, socially and spiritually.
*Recognized for their very strong swimming programs – included in all camps at no additional cost!
* Extraordinary choices of activities & experiences including:
  • swimming, pottery, kayaking, canoeing, biking, archery, sports!
  •  pottery, crafts, nature adventure ,video production, wilderness training,
  • sailing,  mountain biking, dance, skateboarding, wind surfing
  • dance, drama, music, theatre, painting, photography, sketching
Each camp offers something a little different at the various camps across Ontario and Canada. There is truly a little something for everyone to make their summer camp experience fantastic and memorable. Check out what’s available.. you might find one just right for you!
ONTARIO PIONEER CAMPS
LOCATION – In the heart of the picturesque Muskoka area just north of Toronto,Ontario
FEATURES – 3 main camper experiences for children aged 5 to 16.   Kids learn this amazing life skills, including fabulous swimming programs, during their stays and these camps are one of the leading organizations for producing qualified swimmers.
ADVENTURE CAMP
Suited for ages 5-10
Excellent  2-1 camper to staff ratio, sometimes even 1 on 1.
Activities include: archery, mountain biking, swimming, creation station (arts & crafts), etc.
GIRL’S CAMP
Suited for ages 7-16 – girls only!
Activities include:   -tripping/wilderness, canoeing & kayaking. -1-5 day wilderness trip Program themes change weekly and the themes are fully incorporated in a fun way in to campers meals and activities by leaders and staff.
BOY’S CAMP
Suited for ages 7-16 – boys only!
Activities include:   -tripping/wilderness, canoeing & kayaking. -1-5 day wilderness trip Program themes change weekly and the themes are fully incorporated in a fun way in to campers meals and activities by leaders and staff.
ONTARIO SPECIALTY CAMPS… In addition to the three core camping experiences, Ontario Pioneers Camps also offer some specialized camping experiences for high schoolers…
FUEL
All-out, action packed, fun filled, and spiritually challenging.
Last week of the summer.
Campers can enjoy exciting activities including high ropes, rock climbing, rock walls, photography, video production, archery and more.
252 Crew Camp
Suited for 14 to 17 year olds
One step before the LIT program and is a service-based experience where campers are working at camp while experiencing camp life and activities. Campers earn OSSD credits for volunteering — service includes: dish pit, operations, etc.)
Genesis: “Extreme Camping” 
Co-ed campers and 20 of their high school peers
Experience an exciting and different activity every day. It could be whitewater rafting down the Ottawa River and rock face repelling the next day.
Woodland Challenge
Co-ed camp experience sees high school campers totally unplugged from technology and literally ‘out in the woods;/.
Emphasis is on hiking, making their own fire,etc.
Family Camp
Bring the entire family for a great experience!
There is no age restriction and children 4 and under are free.
Campers will participate in all camp activities including daily bible study, arts and crafts, mountain biking, high and low ropes courses, archery, nature hikes, sports fields and a playground. Water activities include swimming, canoeing, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, water slides and trampolines.
Special Needs Inclusion Program
Special needs children are included with the rest of the camp.Campers receive 1 on 1 care and learn about “experiencing life together” with their peers.
Special Needs Work Program
For young people with special needs aged 18 and into their late 20’s.
Special needs individuals will be given a job at the camp for the purpose of receiving job experience to help them seek jobs elsewhere and have successful, fulfilling positions at other companies as a result of this experience.
Click for more information on Ontario Pioneer Camps
WEST COAST CAMPS
Alberta Pioneer Camp
Two  locations, Alberta Pioneer Camp is offered at either Pioneer Lodge, 16km SW of Sundre, overlooking the Red Deer River valley with a fantastic view of the Rockies.
Guests stay in dorm or twin rooms in the main Lodge, or in heated cabins. The other location, Pioneer Ranch, is located on Crimson Lake, 16 km NW of Rocky Mountain House. Guests stay in cozy cabins along the shores of the lake. This camp offers a strong horsemanship program for horse lovers and offers a beautiful lake and pool for swimming activities.
PRAIRIES PIONEER CAMP  
Manitoba Pioneer Camp
The smallest of the 4 Pioneer camps, this camp is located in the beautiful wilderness of Lake of Woods 1 ½ hours east of Regina, Saskatchewan. This camp offers a more intimate experience and for those daring, adventurous types. Horseback riding, swimming, archery, canoeing, BMX biking, vaulting, arts and crafts, air rifles and rock climbing to name a few. It also the most extensive wilderness/tripping activities of all the camps. How does  5, 10 or 20 days out in the wilderness with other campers sound to you? We are located approximately 1 1/2 hours east of Regina, just 20 km from Wolseley, Saskatchewan, campers get a warm, ranch atmosphere in a place to get away from it all. It’s not just a place to “get away from it all”…it is a place that can be used to enrich your life and create many great memories. Some of the activities offered are: horseback riding, swimming, archery, canoeing, BMX biking, vaulting, arts and crafts, air rifles and rock climbing. For more information on Manitoba Pioneer Camp, click on link: http://www.manitobapioneercamp.ca/index.cfm?PageId=10 VIDEO – http://www.manitobapioneercamp.ca/index.cfm?PageId=69
Leader In Training
For those looking to expand their leadership skills, this camp also offers one of the top LIT (Leadership in Training) programs in the country.  This co-ed program is designed to challenge and facilitate the personal development of young people aged 16 or 17 who want to learn about Christian leadership. The program, the smallest of the Pioneer camps, takes only 120 students per summer and trains young people to serve as leaders at camp, in their home, schools and church communities. These programs are so popular that they are currently increasing their facilities to house more students due to high demand.
VANCOUVER ISLAND PACIFIC CAMP
Pioneer Pacific Camp is located on the north of Vancouver Island on Thetis Island.  Thetis Island is a small community of about 350 full-time residents, which expands to between 1000 and 2000 during the fine weather seasons. Visitors to the island will discover delightful rural scenes, beautiful shoreline, crystal clear waters, and wonderful views. It is especially popular in the summer, where visitors enjoy diverse recreational opportunities, including scuba diving, fishing, swimming, sailing, cruising and kayaking, bird watching, and hiking. If you are looking for an amazing, adventurous experience, this camps offers a unique ocean-driven experience on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Activities include whale-watching, water sports, along with everything else that comes with this one-of-a-kind camp experience. Can’t you just picture yourself here?
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