Learn more about what Zodiac Day Camp has to offer you and your family

If you are looking for Toronto summer camps, then look no further than Zodiac Day Camp. For years, this camp has provided quality summer camp programs for children in Toronto and the surrounding areas. Kids of all ages can take part in specialty programs as well as day camps for certain age groups or activities. From tiny tots to teens, Zodiac Day Camp offers a long list of camp options to keep your kids busy throughout the year.

Each summer, Zodiac Day Camp offers specialized summer day camp programs for kids of all ages. Children will experience a professionally-run day camp with exciting programs and activities. Only the best equipment and supplies are used within the state of the art facilities located at the Leo Baeck Day School, South Campus, adjacent Cedervale Park and nearby Forest Hill C.I. Pool.

Children will get to enjoy singing, dress-up days and additional themed programming for a ton of fun. Children can take part in indoor and outdoor activities, making new friends and learning new skills they can continue to use into adulthood.

Camp Tamarack

One exciting option offered is Camp Tamarack. This overnight camp option takes place in Muskoka on a private lake. Campers are introduced to the great facilities of Tamarack with multi-faceted programming with fun and spirited excitement that can only be experienced at summer camp. To introduce your child to the summer camp experience, Zodiac Day Camp offers the Taste of Tamarack weekends. 6 to 11-year-old campers can take part in an introductory overnight camp and then decide to come back for longer sessions.

Summer Day Camp

For day camp options, Zodiac Day Camp covers the board from offering swimming lessons to sports and the arts. Children ages 2.0 to 4 and 4 to 6.5 can take part in the Kid-Vantage program for specialized activities or children ages 2.5 to 4 can enjoy half or three-quarter day fun within the Zodiac Day Care program. Specialty camp options are also on offer so you can find something for your child to enjoy based on their age group as well as favourite activities.

The Leadership Experience and Development program is offered for teens via Zodiac Day Camp along with the Counsellor-in-Training program. Teens can learn advanced leadership skills to carry on into their high school career, even earning eventual employment at one of our camp programs.

Overall, Zodiac Day Camp offers a wealth of programming for children of all ages. Your child can easily find something to enjoy during the summer months to stay busy and active. Once enrolled, your child will be able to make new friends and learn a variety of new skills by taking part in group and individual activities. Contact our office today to find out more about what camp options are open to your child and how to enroll. You will be happy to see your child thrive and learning new things while enjoying new activities this summer.

Why campers become day camp leaders?

Summer day camps are a great way for children to stay active and have fun when school is no longer in session. Many children during the summer months look for something to keep them busy and to take part in scheduled activities like they do at school. With summer day camp programs, children have the ability to not only have fun and take part in sports, arts & crafts and more, they can also learn great skills such as independence, self-confidence, and leadership.

Summer camp programs hire individuals who enjoy working with children but also those who wish to inspire. Many children grow up to become camp counselors themselves due to the experience they had with their own counselors. Camps such as those offered at Zodiac Day Camp provide a way for children to become knowledgeable camp counselors. From a young age, children can observe their counselors and learn lifelong lessons that can be used into adulthood. They can then provide what they learn to others by becoming camp counselors themselves.

The Advantage of Leadership Camp

Leadership camp is a great example as to how children can learn from camp counselors to enhance their natural skills as well as work on areas in which they need improving such as self-esteem or independence. Counselors provide assistance during camp to encourage children to become leaders at camp as well as within their community. Peer support is also helpful to encourage children to do more while at camp.

Team activities such as sports or arts and crafts help to cultivate a number of leadership skills. Children learn by taking on problem-solving tasks and by receiving constructive feedback from their counselors. Once camp is over, you may find that your child wants to continue to attend each year and work on becoming a counselor as they get older.

L.E.A.D. & CIT

The L.E.A.D & CIT programs are an advanced leadership program provided for campers ages 12.5 to 15.5 by Zodiac Day Camp. Children who take part in this camp will be able to participate in several workshops and training sessions with a Leadership Coordinator as well as experts in particular areas such as effective discipline, quality programming, teaching techniques and more.

Children will have the ability to apprentice as well as take part in specialty areas and activities within camp groups to gain experience as a counselor before becoming a counsellor. This is a great opportunity for young people to start out and learn the ropes before taking part in employment opportunities within Zodiac Day Camp. The full seven-week program helps teens to gain the right amount of experience in order to be a quality counselor in the future.

At Zodiac Day Camp, children often decide to move on to the leadership programs to become camp counselors.  They have had such an enjoyable time as a camper they want to assist others. It is interesting to watch as children evolve into their teenage years and decide to use their own experience to help others. If you have children in the right age range for camp counseling leadership camp programs offered by Zodiac Day Camp, contact our office today to learn more about the programs as well as how to enroll.

What Makes a Good Summer Camp Leader?

Toronto summer camps offer children an exciting option for fun and activities during the summer months. When children take part in summer camp, be it overnight or day camp, they are introduced to camp counselors. These counselors will be responsible for the safety of your child during camp hours as well as creating relationships and memories that can last a lifetime. Summer camps look for particular individuals with characteristics that help to shape the young minds into the adults of tomorrow. Below are a few factors that are considered to be qualities that make a good leader.

Friendliness

First of all, a good summer camp leader needs to be friendly and mild-mannered. Working with kids can be difficult so the leader needs to be able to handle difficult situations in a calm manner. Camp counselors that are friendly are more likely to handle difficult situations with ease and are well liked by the children at camp.

Leadership Skills

A good leader at summer camp will also possess quality leadership skills. Leaders will have the ability to talk to others and see campers following through with instructions and activities. Leadership skills such as building self-confidence and encouraging others are key factors to being a good summer camp counselor. Kids need to feel empowered and encouraged to take part in activities offered at camp. Individuals with good leadership skills will be able to provide such encouragement and ensure the kids try new activities and have fun.

Works Well with Other Camp Counselors

A camp leader has to be able to work well with others, even difficult people. A good summer camp leader will be ready to communicate with others.. Communication is key to solving issues at camp between campers as well as other counselors. A good leader needs to be able to help others make decisions and work out issues without causing more controversy. Counselors need to feel confident in their peers and know that the right decisions are being made.

Fairness

Another quality feature of a good leader is fairness. One should always work to be fair when taking on a leadership role. As the leader, an individual will be responsible for making major decisions. Camp counselors as well as campers need to know that the leader will be fair in their decision making and that no one will be treated better than anyone else. Fairness is important because if one is considered a fair leader, then others will show respect in the decision making process.

Overall, these are a few qualities a summer camp leader should possess. With these qualities, the leader will help drive the summer camp to success.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we make sure our camp counselors have quality leadership skills and know how to handle any situation. We want our campers to be protected by counselors who have the skills to promote self-confidence and self-esteem. Contact our office today to learn more about the camp options we offer.

Summer Day Camp Programs that are perfect for your creative child

When it comes to summer camp in Toronto, parents will find there are many options for kids to enjoy. But how do you choose the right summer camp for your child? It is important to take note of what activities your child enjoys. Are they creative? If so, your child will have plenty of options for summer camp. You can choose a specialized program that features a particular activity such as music or theater or go for a program that is well-rounded, exposing your child to a variety of activities. Read on to find the right programs for your creative child.

Creative Expression

When you find that your child loves to draw and paint, then they are expressing their creative side. A camp that specializes in creativity will be the perfect choice for your child to enjoy activities after school is over. With camp counselors on hand, your child will be exposed to activities to help them explore their creativity through a variety of mediums including paint, sculpting, drawing, etc.

Kids love to be creative and get their hands dirty, but in many cases, parents worry about the mess or question what type of activities to provide. At camps that offer creative programs, such as Creative Kidz via Zodiac Day Camp, children have access to several art variations including printmaking, mixed media, decoupage, sand art and more.

Additional Programming Types

When parents think of a creative camp, they often think art is the only subject considered. However, it is not the only option when it comes to being creative. Kids can be creative in the kitchen and taking part in a culinary program is a perfect solution. Children can learn more about nutrition as well as food prep, kitchen safety and how to prepare a meal, not to forget, table manners!

Another area of creativity lies in dance. With dance classes at camp, children can learn how to develop their own creativity as well as self-expression. Children gain more self-confidence and simply have fun.

Fashion and design are additional aspects involved in camp programming. Campers can learn how to make clothes and jewelry, showing their creativity in the process. Children can learn how to sew, sketch and design, exploring art in this manner.

Exploration

Many times, creativity can also be found with exploration. Other camp programs can include such subjects as magic or nature. With magic, children learn how to take everyday items and use them to create illusions. Exposing kids to science and the outdoors can also open the creative floodgates and have children thinking like they never have before.

Overall, summer camp can be a quality creative outlet. At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer several programming options to give your child activities to enjoy. Our Creative Kidz program is perfect for finding the right activity for your child with specialized programs based on creative subjects. Contact our office today to find out more about our programs offered and learn how to enroll your child in an upcoming session.

Summer Camps: How Did it All Begin?

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

Kids summer camp is an option that parents have to provide entertainment as well as activities for their children to enjoy once school is over. We have all heard of summer camp, but where did it all start? Learning more about the history of summer camp and where it all began can be fun as well as interesting, especially if you are considering placing your child in a program this summer. Read on to see just how summer camp started and where it is today.

The Beginning

Camp programs for kids began as a boys-only option in the 1870s and 1880s. Boys were able to ‘rough it’ which was considered a way to build character. In the beginning, there were less than 100 camps but over time, the popularity of summer camp began to grow. By the early 1900s, the camps were considered a way for children to develop in a quality manner.

  1. Stanley Hall is a psychologist who wrote a book in 1904 titled Adolescence. In this book, Hall describes how being in nature can help with child development. Because of this book, camps would boom, going from 100 across the United States in 1900 to over 1,000 by 1918. Camps did turn away a bit from the ‘rough it’ aspect and began to offer movies, radio shows and sports lessons such as tennis.

Canadian Summer Camps

Once summer camps grew in popularity in the United States, Canada began to take notice. By the 1930s, only a few summer camps existed in Canada due to the smaller population. By 1932, the Ontario Camping Association was created to provide a quality summer camp program model for kids in Canada. Officials wanted to focus on balanced programming, a quality diet, facilities and teaching kids how to respect and have an appreciation for the environment.

World War II Affects

By the time World War II began, the summer camps in North America were hard to maintain in regards to being a standard camp and isolating kids from the world. Many camps began offering combat training as a result of the war as part of the recreational aspect of camp. By the time the war ended, the idea of summer camp began to change. Summer camp became a need for children and in Canada, thousands of camps began to be created and the OCA grew in size. Camps began to become specialized, offering focused activities such as music or sports.

Today, summer camps are quite diversified. Parents will find camps that are in nature and camps offered in busy downtown areas. Specialized camps exist still today, with popular themes such as sports, theater and music along with options for co-ed or gender specific.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer a number of summer camp programs, both day camps and overnight options. Our Kid-Vantage Adult & Tot program is open to 2 to 4 year old campers and our drop-off program to 4 to 6.5 year olds, featuring unique activities filled with fun. Zodiac Day Care provides an opportunity for a half and three-quarter day drop-off programs for 2.5 to 4 year olds who receive a fun-filled variety program. Our Specialty programs are a mix of half day variety and half day specialty and are for children ages 6.5 to 12.5 and include a nice variety of activities including music and sports. Contact us to learn more about what program would suit your child the best!

A Snapshot of a Typical Day at Summer Day Camp

Summer camp programs are an excellent way to keep your kids busy once school comes to an end. During the school year, your child becomes accustomed to daily activities and scheduling. Once school is over, they soon look for something to do. With summer day camp, you can send your child to a facility for a few hours each day where they can take part in fun activities and make new friends.

If you are unfamiliar with summer day camp, it is basically a program where your child can attend camp for a half or full day. Camp counselors and specialist lead fun activities and mealtimes are enjoyed with new friends. Overall, your child can participate in a number of activities while at camp, from sports to swimming and arts & crafts. Learn more about a typical day at summer day camp below.

A full day camp program will begin usually around 8:45 am and continue till around 4:00pm. Children arrive at camp and are taken to their appropriate class where they will enjoy activities with kids their own age.

Depending on the type of camp your child is enrolled in, they will take part in various activities. This can include cooking, dance, fashion design, music, computers, magic, nature, sports, outdoor recreation and more. The day will be scheduled and consist of quality activities at certain time frames. Children will be excited each day to attend summer day camp as there will always be something new to enjoy.

During full day camp, children will take part in AM snack time as well as a hot/cold lunch and PM snacks. Kids love snack time and enjoy lunch time with their new friends.

Also included in summer camp are special programs including themed days. Children are able to dress up or take part in special activities based on the theme presented by the camp.

A typical day at Day Camp may look like this::

8:45 a.m – arrival

9:00 a.m. – planned activity such as arts & crafts

10:00 a.m. – swimming classes based on age group and level

11:00 a.m. – planned activity such as science and robotics

12:00 p.m. – lunch time

1:00 p.m. – organized sports

2:00 p.m. – planned activity such as music and drums
3:00 p.m. – planned activity such as outdoor adventure
4:00 p.m. – Dismissal

The daily schedule will of course vary based on the type of program that your child is enrolled in. When registering your child, take a tour of the facilities so you can see firsthand the camp and the activities on schedule. By learning the schedule, you can choose a summer day camp that will provide activities that your child will be interested in.

Overall, it is a welcome break to send your child to summer camp. They have fun and you relax knowing they are busy and entertained. Contact Zodiac Day Camp to learn more about summer camp options and how you can keep your child busy this summer. There are many options to choose from based on age group as well as activity type.

Overnight Summer Camp in the heart of Muskoka

During the summer months, summer camp programs allow children to stay busy, have fun and make new friends. Many parents want their children to experience summer camp the ‘old fashioned way’ and have their children go on overnight adventures. Campers at Zodiac Day Camp between the ages of 6-12 can experience a Taste of Tamarack, an overnight experience at Zodiac’s sister camp, Camp Tamarack located in Bracebridge, Ontario. Our Camp Tamarack option is a summer camp in Ontario where your child can enjoy an overnight camping experience. The camp is located along a private lake in Muskoka and is an established and respected summer camp option.

Impressive Facilities

The 2016 summer camp season was such a success and Camp Tamarack is now looking forward to hosting more Zodiac campers for the 2017 season. Camp Tamarack looks forward to hosting new campers, helping children to enjoy a multi-faceted program and get into the camp spirit. Your child can attend this summer camp and have the opportunity to build new friendships that will last a lifetime, as well as, make memories they will cherish forever.

The summer camp is open to 7 year olds or older campers with 1 week, 3 week, 4 week and 7 week programs. Children who are 6 to 12 years of age can have access to additional options, including Mini Acorn Weekend, an experience for kids who have yet to go on an overnight adventure away from home.

Acorn Program

This program was created for children ages 7 to 12 who are new to the camp or might prefer a shorter stay. Campers will be introduced to Tamarack and if they enjoy it, their session can be extended. This helps to introduce your child to camp and then allow them to continue their stay if they are having a good time, which of course, they will be!

Mini Acorn Program

Campers who will be 6 to 11 years old this year can take part in this program which is an introductory weekend getaway. This three day, two night program helps children to see what the camp experience at Tamarack is all about. Children have full access to camp activities and programs, being fully immersed in the camp life. Accommodations, food and programs are all included so your child can see just what camp can offer.

Overall, Camp Tamarack offers children a wonderful way to spend their summer months. From camp programs to watersports, quality accommodations and tasty camp foods, your child is certain to have a good time. Children from ages 7 to 12 often need to stay active once school is out for the summer and camp life is a great way in which they can continue to exercise and stay fit, as well as have fun making new friends and taking part in exciting activities.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer a multitude of summer camp activities and programs. Learn more about our unique summer day camp and overnight options by contacting our camp directors. We look forward to helping you find a summer camp option for your child.

Looking to enhance leadership skills in your child?

Leadership qualities are something that you want your child to have. It is always better to be a leader than a follower and by learning leadership skills early on in life, your child will be able to succeed in high school, college and into their career. But how do you learn leadership skills? What can you do to ensure your child knows how to be a leader in the community?

Programs for Leadership

At Zodiac Day Camp, programs are offered to teach your child leadership skills, and so much more. With L.E.A.D. & C.I.T, children ages 12.5 to 15.5 have the opportunity to work with individuals who hold leadership roles in order to learn via workshops and training sessions.

Experts in areas of effective discipline, teaching techniques, child development and more will be on hand to help your child learn how to be a leader. From these classes and workshops, your child will be able to apprentice or participate in specialty areas or camper groups at Zodiac. This opportunity is a great way for kids to learn how to be leaders, and get their foot in the door for future employment opportunities at Zodiac and beyond.

L.E.A.D. Program

With this program, children have the ability to participate in a half day which includes taking part in age appropriate camp activities that include group building skills. Seminars and group activities take place during camp with peers of L.E.A.D. as each child learns how to work together with others. A half-day placement is included within this program for the older child to be partnered with a younger group of campers. This opportunity allows them to learn the process of camp counsellor from a seasoned veteran and sets the child up for the C.I.T. program.

The C.I.T. Program

This program is for children ages 13.5 to 15.5 who have finished Grade 8 or 9, or if they have completed the L.E.A.D. program. This program places the teens in a cabin or specialty area in which they can put their leadership knowledge to work. Seminars, training in specific areas and group activities take place with peers of C.I.T. in order to prepare the teens to become staff members during the next summer season.

These are just a few ways your older child can be introduced to leadership skills and learn how to operate in a camp environment as a leader and counselor. Such classes help the teen to build self-confidence and feel qualified to work as a counselor and help the younger campers in a positive manner. Teens can use the skills they learned and apply them in everyday life including school and at college, well into their adulthood.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we want to help train the next leaders of the world. Contact our office today to find out more about our leadership programs and find out how to enroll your child. You will be surprised at the many options available for your teen and how leadership programs can change them.

How do Summer Camps Help Your Child Stay Active?

Childhood obesity is a major problem in our current society. With snacks and treats so easily accessible and schedules so busy, children are not often given the best foods to eat or get a great deal of exercise. It is important as parents to help our children stay healthy and active. With summer day camp, you provide an outlet for your child to exercise while still having fun. Summer camp activities will keep your child moving, which helps them stay in shape and live long and healthy lifestyles.

Staying Active

Summer day camp is all about staying active. Your child needs to move in order to burn calories and stay fit. With a full schedule of activities, your child will be able to keep their body moving, working their muscles, all the while having fun. To your child, they will be enjoying themselves and not focusing on the actual exercise part of the activity. This is a great way to keep your child active. At camp, a number of activities are offered, such as sports and swimming. By taking part in these activities, your child may find a new hobby which will keep them busy throughout the year. With regular exercise, your child will live a healthier lifestyle, feeling better physically as well as gaining self-confidence.

Pack Healthy Meals

During day camp, lunch time will take place and if the camp provides the food, then a nutritious meal will be offered. However, if you are packing your child’s lunch, be sure to offer healthy options. Fruit, veggies and lean meats are good choices. Since your child will be exercising and burning calories, you want to feed them items that will continue on the health trend. Putting sugary treats in their lunch will only slow them down. Fresh fruits and veggies gives them the energy they need to keep playing sports and having fun.

Encourage Your Child to Try New Things

When going to camp, your child may encounter a new sport that seems too hard or too exhausting to play. Encourage your child to try the sport anyway. Explain that while it may seem hard at first, they should keep trying. They might end up having a great time and find a new sport to enjoy at home and throughout the year. Always encourage your child to try new things. Explain that without trying, they will miss out on a great number of things throughout their lifetime. It is better to try and find out that you don’t like something, than to never have tried at all.

Overall, you will find that summer camp helps your child stay active in a fun way. At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer a number of programs to keep your child on the move and having fun. Contact our office today to find out what options are offered for your child based on age group, as well as activity or program type. We guarantee you will find something for your child to enjoy!

5 Fun Reasons why Sports Summer Camp is the best for your child

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

Summer day camp is an excellent way for kids to have fun during the summer months. Once the excitement of being out of school for the summer wears off, kids quickly look for something to occupy their time. With summer camp in Toronto, your kids can stay busy and have fun, especially when sports are involved. Sports are a great way for kids to stay active, make friends and just have a good time. Read on to see why sports summer camp is so much fun!

Competition

Nothing gets the blood pumping more than a little friendly competition. With sports camp, kids are able to compete while playing a variety of sports including basketball and baseball. It can be quite thrilling to take on the best players at camp and win the game! Kids learn how to build self-confidence during competition as well as how to be a good sport, both of which are beneficial going into adulthood.

Making Friends

Sports camp puts kids in groups with other children who have similar interests. If a camp focuses on basketball, then your child can meet other kids who like to play the game as well. Fast friendships can form and your child may bond with some lifelong friends due to their common love of sports.

Exercise

For most kids, they feel better moving and running around. With sports camp, kids are constantly on the go, moving from one sport to the next. With this exercise option, your kids will stay fit while still having fun.

Tournaments

Many camps will offer tournaments for each sport which makes the day at camp even more fun. Once the sports have been mastered, teams can compete in games, with kids cheering on their friends as they try to make it to the final round of the competition.

Simple Fun

Kids love sports. There is no doubt about that. Children who love to take part in activities are guaranteed to have fun at sports camp. Day camp will offer a variety of sports including swimming, basketball, baseball, etc. Kids can spend their day playing and learning new skills. They can then come home and share with you what they have learned. You may be surprised to find that your child excels in a particular sport and goes on to play in high school and even college!

When your child enjoys playing sports, consider enrolling them in a sports day camp. They will have fun, make friends and be able to exercise away from school.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer a wide range of summer programs including sports camp. Your child can enroll in our sports camp and enjoy learning skills in a variety of sports. Learn more about our camp options by contacting our office. Enroll your child and provide them with an outlet for entertainment during the summer months that they are sure to enjoy. We look forward to assisting you and your child with summer camp opportunities.