Camp Life

Camp Life

Learn what makes life at Ways of the Woods Summer Day Camp awesome! Below you’ll find what your campers need to bring to camp, and about the aftercamp program and the lunch program. 

What to Bring to Camp
WOW Extended Care & After Camp at Kelso
Lunch Program

What to Bring to Camp

A prepared camper will be a happy camper. Our camp staff ask that you use the following list to help pack your camper up each day. Please click to find out if your camper needs to bring additional equipment for their program.

Primary Camps
Junior Camps
Senior Camps
Bike Camps

All Camps Require:

  • Reusable water bottle - this is critical for allowing your camper to stay hydrated
  • A litterless lunch (WOW only provides lunch on Friday for our overnight campers)
  • Hat
  • Close-toed shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Bathing suit/towel – swimming is offered to campers when they visit our Kelso location

Suggested:

Please leave at Home:

  • Electronics
  • Valuables
  • Clothing or belongings that you do not wish to get dirty 

 

  • Pack a back pack that is a size your child can carry easily several days beforehand to ensure you have everything you need.
  • Talk with your camper to help them get excited for the camp experience! Visit our open house to get a glimpse into a day at camp.
  • Please label all belongings to ensure a smooth return of all lost and found items

  • Pack a back pack that is a size your child can carry easily several days beforehand to ensure you have everything you need.
  • Talk with your camper to help them get excited for the camp experience! Visit our open house to get a glimpse into a day at camp.
  • Please label all belongings to ensure a smooth return of all lost and found items  
Explorer Camp

Tuesday: Bike Helmet, and a Headlamp

Wednesday: Bike Helmet, and a Headlamp

Farm Camp

Farm WOW campers may wish to wear rubber boots. Must wear closed toe shoes.

Construction Camp

Please be assured all safety equipment will be provided. Closed toed shoes are mandatory.

Girls Camp

Tuesday: Bike Helmet, and a Headlamp

Wednesday: Bike Helmet, and a Headlamp

Raptor Camp

Tuesday: Bike Helmet, and a Headlamp

Wednesday: Bike Helmet, and a Headlamp

Waterfront Camp
  • Properly fitted lifejacket is required

  • Pack a back pack several days beforehand to ensure you have everything you need.
  • Check out our open house to get a glimpse into a day at camp.
  • Please label all belongings to ensure a smooth return of all lost and found items
Adventure Camp

Tuesday: Bike Helmet, and a Headlamp

Wednesday: Bike Helmet, and a Headlamp

Farm Camp

Farm WOW campers may wish to wear rubber boots. Must wear closed toe shoes.

Construction Camp

Please be assured all safety equipment will be provided. Closed toed shoes are mandatory.

C.I.T

Tuesday: Bike Helmet, and a Headlamp

Wednesday: Bike Helmet, and a Headlamp

Raptor Camp

Tuesday: Bike Helmet, and a Headlamp

Wednesday: Bike Helmet, and a Headlamp

Waterfront Camp

A properly fitted lifejacket is required.

Bike Camps 

Bike Camp Ability 

We recommend that bikers attending camp be confident riding on rough surfaces including grass, gravel, dirt, and bike trails. Campers must not be using training wheels. Though extensive mountain bike experience is not required, this camp is intended for new bikers. Campers should be excited to learn how to become better riders, challenge hills, learn how to better use their gears and brakes, and explore the single and double track that Kelso has to offer. Trail features such as rocks, roots, bridges, skinnies, and other similar, will be introduced and used as a part of their riding experience. 

Bike Camp Equipment 

Minimum Bike Specifications:
  • 24” tire with front and rear handle bar actuated brakes
  • Coaster brakes are not sufficient

Bike campers that have bikes below minimum bike specifications will be required to rent a bike for the remainder of camp. 

Required safety equipment:
  • Properly fitted bike-specific helmet
  • Riding glove (or similar rugged athletic glove) to prevent scraped knuckles and palms 
Suggested additional gear:
  • Hydration Pack
  • Shin/knee guards
  • Spare tubes to fit tire size 

Pre-Camp Preparation

We recommend that campers have their bikes serviced prior to their week at camp by a proper bike mechanic at a recognized shop. We have several partner shops that we would be happy to recommend.

A pre-camp service will help ensure that your camper’s bike is functioning to its full capability and that it is safe for use. Visiting a reputable shop will also ensure that you are informed of any parts that may need replacement. These shops are a great place to pick up some of the required and recommended gear listed above.

WOW Extended Care & After Camp at Kelso

The fun doesn’t have to end when camp does! Join us for an extended camp day with more of your favourite activities. What a fantastic way for your camper to stay active, engaged, and well supervised during your busy week. After Camp will have your campers ready for pick-up at 6:30pm at Kelso: ready to dinner and home after a long day of fun. 

Extended Care

Extended Care is available for parents and guardians who need a little more time to make it to the bus stop. Extended care is an extra twenty minutes of additional supervision that occurs at the LAST bus stop on each route. Extended Care is $30 for the week.

After Camp

After Camp will kick off at 4:30pm with a quick break after camp & a snack at Kelso.

Campers will then head off with a counselor for a different activity each day.

Activities will include:

  • Archery
  • Boating
  • High Ropes
  • Climbing Tower
  • Biking

Campers will be ready to be picked up at Kelso at 6:30 pm!

Available from 4:30pm-6:30pm each day

$25 /Day

$85 /Week

*WOW After Camp is open to campers who are 8 years-old and above. 

Lunch Program

What is the lunch program:

The WOW team will prepare a simple lunch and snack for your camper each day of the week. Meals will be kid friendly, and healthy!

What is included:

  • A morning snack
  • A full lunch that includes a sandwich, fruit, and a snack
  • Juice
  • An afternoon snack

Lunches will be available for campers to pick up as they arrive by bus or are dropped-off at Kelso each morning. A Ways of the Woods insulated lunch bag will be provided. Parents are asked to send it, or other options back to camp each day to keep lunches cool as campers explore the parks. Campers using the Lunch Program will pack their own lunch each day at camp. WOW staff will assist campers with this task. All items will be available to them in the am; they will pack their lunch bag and carry that with them for the day. Lunch Program items have been selected in order to be as non-perishable as possible.  Lunch bags will have insulated qualities.

Unfortunately modifications to the menu are not possible because this is a camp-wide program. Parents are encouraged to send additional snacks if campers need more than what is provided.

All campers will receive a simple reusable lunch bag when they arrive to camp on Day 1.  Parents and Guardians are asked to please empty this bag daily and return it to camp for use for the remainder of the week. Parents may pack ice packs or other additional snacks if desired.

Weekly Menu
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning Snack Granola Bar Yoghurt Tube Apple Sauce Granola Bar Yoghurt Tube
Lunch Sandwhich Turkey Wrap Ham Sandwhich Bagel with Cheese Turkey Sandwhich Ham Wrap
Drink (Juice Box) Fruit Juice Berry Apple Juice Orange Juice Fruit Juice
Fruit Orange   Apple Banana Apple Orange
Side Cheese Stick Pudding Cup Lays Baked Chips Baby Carrots Pudding Cup
Afternoon Snack Apple Sauce Cheese or Cracker Package Cookies Cheese or Cracker Package Cookies
Additional Information 
  • Lunch Program items may need to be swapped or exchanged between days out due to availability
  • Modifications are only possible at the discretion of WOW Staff. Please contact us to discuss.
  • Lunch Program items have been selected with common allergy & dietary restrictions in mind. As this program has been designed to cater to the majority, it may not be possible to accommodate all dietary requirements. Families wishing to use the Lunch Plan should ensure that their camper is aware of their requirements. Those families are welcomed to send supplementary items for their campers.  WOW staff will assist campers in avoiding items that do not align with their diet.
  • Food quantities have been based on average camper consumption.  Campers with larger appetites may wish to bring additional snacks
More Questions?

You can find further details about the Lunch Program on our FAQ page.