Wouldn’t you love to offer your child an intriguing learning opportunity that excites and entertains? Just because school is out doesn’t mean the learning needs to stop, especially when it is this much fun!
Elephant Thoughts runs the coolest science camps in the universe. Children participate in one full week of hands-on science activities designed on the principal of FUN, FUN, FUN! Elephant Thoughts is an environmental organization that encourages kids to understand, conserve and protect their local environment. Many of our activities are eco and nature based to incorporate this important initiative in to the camp experience. Our aim is to excite kids about pursuing science, ignite their imaginations, encourage environmental stewardship and expose them to exciting aspects of science and nature in a camp type setting.
This full week of camp is jam packed with some of the coolest activities imaginable. Every year new and exciting topics are added so your campers will never need to worry about repeating activities. We offer the most state of the art equipment of any program in Canada, guaranteeing fun!
2013 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
It’s scales and tails and all things science! Join us for an amazing whiz-bam-boom week of hands on science and nature based activities. As always, camp will be filled with outdoor games and activities, nature based crafts and explosive experiments.
Camp is for children age 6-11 years old. To register, please complete the Camp Registration Form 2013 and submit to Elephant Thoughts in one of the following ways:
- Drop off at the Explore Store, Collingwood
- Email to camps [Email address: camps #AT# elephantthoughts.com - replace #AT# with @ ]
- Submit info by phone 705-444-2012
- Fax to 705-444-2214
- Mail to Elephant Thoughts, 10138 Highway 26 E, Collingwood, ON L9Y 3Z1
We offer discounts for siblings and members! Register one child at the regular price and recieve 20% off for each additional sibling (siblings must be from the same household and be registered by the same parent/guardian). Elephant Thoughts members receive 10% off camp registrations (sibling and member registrations can not be combined, sorry). For more information on our membership program and all it’s benefits, please click here. Please note that registration forms can not be processed unles signed and accompanied by payment in full. Prior to camp you will receive an email confirming registration and details of the camp.
SUMMER CAMP 2013 – Dates and Locations
Elephant Thoughts is coming to a town near you! Our awesome summer camps travel around the Georgian Triangle. Our camps fill every year, so register early to avoid disappointment.
July 8 -12th: Collingwood, Trinity United Church
July 15 – 19th: Dundalk, McIntyre Building
July 22 – 26th: Collingwood, Trinity United Church
July 29 – Aug 2nd: Wasaga Beach, Wasaga United Church
August 6 – 9th: (4 days!): Thornbury, St.Paul’s Presbyterian
August 12 – 16th: Thornbury, St.Paul’s Presbyterian
August 19 – 23rd: Stayner, Centennial United Church
August 26 – 30th: Collingwood, Trinity United Church
Each camp runs from Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm. Campers are welcome to arrive any time after 8:45am. Parents are required to sign their child in and out each day. If someone other than the usual parent/guardian will be picking up your child at the end of the day please be sure to communicate this with the camp counselors. Children will only be released to the designated parent/ guardian at the end of the day unless otherwise notified. No children will be allowed to leave the camp unsupervised. Campers should be picked up at 4pm. After 4:15 a fee of $1.00 per minute will be charged.
Payment and Cancellation Policy
Registration forms cannot be processed unless signed and accompanied by payment in full. This means that if a spot is being held for a child and payment has not been made we cannot guarantee the spot for that camper. Elephant Thoughts is able to process the following payment types: cash, cheque, visa, mastercard, American Express or debit.
Cancellation policy: full refunds, less a $25 administration fee, are available until 14 days prior to the start of the camp. Registration fees are non-refundable after that date. There are no refunds for missed days. Elephant Thoughts reserves the right to terminate the registration of participant(s) if, in the opinion of the Camp Manager, it is in the best interest of the participant(s) of the camp. In such an event, verbal and written notice will be given.
Every camp has a minimum of 2 staff. Our staff are trained and have experience teaching and leading groups of children. All staff hired undergo a stringent hiring process and are required to undergo a police record check prior to employment. Often our camps have volunteers to help out staff and gain valuable work experience. Our volunteers undergo all the same screening as paid staff.
What to Bring
Campers are asked to bring the following each day:
- A healthy lunch with snacks (no nuts please!)
- A water bottle
- Sunscreen (please apply before coming to camp each day)
- A sunhat
- Shoes suitable for physical activity
- An inquisitive mind!
Lunch and snacks
Campers are to bring their own lunch and snacks each day. We ask that you avoid any nut/ peanut products to ensure the safety of children with allergies. Elephant Thoughts is an environmental organization and we encourage litterless lunches! Since campers are more active than usual it is recommended that an extra snack or more substantial snacks are packed. A couple of camp activities involve making food. If your child has any allergies or dietary restrictions please advise camp staff prior to the camp start date.
Injury and illness
The health and safety of campers is a priority for Elephant Thoughts. Safety considerations are incorporated in every one of our activities. If a camper is injured or becomes ill at camp they are monitored closely by ET staff and an incident report is completed. If it is a minor injury or illness you will be notified at the end of the day. If a camper is injured or ill and they can no longer participate in camp activities you will be called to pick your child up immediately.
If your child is ill, or has a fever, or has pink eye please do not send them to camp. If a child requires medication please advise the camp counselor and provide written instructions for administration.
Did you know that Elephant Thoughts sponsors at least 2 kids per week to attend camp who otherwise might not have the opportunity?! Our mandate is to ensure kids have access to an education despite the economic barriers they face – and that includes an education through summer camp! This initiative is made possible through the generosity of local businesses and community members. If you would like more information or if you would like to help send a kid to camp please contact Lisa at 705-444-2012 x103 or lisa [Email address: lisa #AT# elephantthoughts.com - replace #AT# with @ ]. Thank you to the following sponsors for 2011: