Registration opens March 2023 and will be handled through the Municipality of West Grey Website

A fabulous, Fun & Fresh-air filled week

Participants will enjoy days packed with engaging activities like:

  • Meet and interact with live animals, like snakes, lizards, turtles
  • Hands on animal anatomy and behaviour activities like, dissecting owl pellets
  • Climb inside giant inflatable endangered animals and assemble their guts! (Elephant Thoughts’ own, Zoo Guts program 
  • Explore the great outdoors and take part in stream studies
  • Get active with activities like zorb soccer, giant bubble making, tonnes of exploring, and plenty of outdoor games! 

Before and after care is available starting at 7:30 am and ending at 6 pm. The cost is $5 per morning or evening session, per day or $10 per day for both morning and evening care.


This program is designed for children aged 10-13. Participants will be divided in two groups based on age.


Summer camps will be hosted at our Riverstone campus in Durham, ON : a 136 acre plot with forests, farmland, beautiful and diverse facilities, rivers, streams and plenty to explore!


Dates will be released in March 2023


Thanks to generous sponsorships we are able to deliver this program at a rate of $10 per day. Request a space below, space limited. Children may attend one week of camp to make sure as many children can take advantage of this offer as possible.

Request Your Spot

This program is meant to support the community and individuals during this unprecedented time of vulnerability and uncertainty. You may register more than one child from your household, but each child may only attend one week long session. Spaces are limited but we are aiming to accommodate as many people as we can. Please request the week that works for you, but know that we may not be able to offer the specific week if it is already full at the time of your request. Requests will be processed and responded to by employees of the Municipality of West Grey. If you have any questions, please contact Kodey Hewlett, Recreation Supervisor at 519-369-2200 ext. 240 or khewlett@westgrey.com.

A Caring Community Partnership

This program is created and supervised by the multi-award winning educational Charity Elephant Thoughts and the Municipality of West Grey.

Fresh air keeps the doctors bored. 

– Danish Proverb

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The Riverstone Eco Retreat grounds are located just outside the Town of Durham, Ontario. This beautiful site spans 136 acres of historic farmstead and beautiful forest. The Saugeen River runs through the property along with a network of beautiful hiking trails and special spaces for learning and exploration. 

We are taking extra care

Group Size & Class Ratio

With a maximum group size of 6, your child will have an attentive guide accessible to them through out the day with a child to teacher ratio of 1 to 6, maximum. There will always be a second teacher on-site among other staff and adults.


Each group of six will have access to their own washroom and separate indoor space. Spaces and facilities will be disinfected throughout the day after use. Hand cleansers and sanitizers as well as other PPE's will be made available and used in cases where social distancing is not possible indoors.

Facilities and Materials

The space is essentially the great outdoors! Limiting indoor time to washroom breaks. We have outdoor covered pavilions and various outdoor facilities. Indoor time will take place in the case of severe weather only. All indoor spaces will be regularly disinfected and social distancing while indoors will be encouraged. Materials will not be shared unless necessary and in the case sharing is required the materials will be disinfected and set aside for 24 hours prior to use.

Risk & Illness

We are going to do our part to reduce risk and create healthy environments for your child to grow, learn, have fun and BE A KID in! We do not want to create an overtly sterile environment that is stress inducing or foreign to your child. We will aim to keep these precautions subtle and behind the scenes but we are diligent and aware of risk. In the case of illness - of any form - we ask that parents do not send their child to school for the health and safety of the other students and our staff who we value and respect. We are all in this together!

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