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Registration for Ways of the Woods Summer Camps will open in early March!

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Ways of the Woods is sure to be the highlight of campers’ summer vacation! Hosted by Conservation Halton, Ways of the Woods summer day camps run out of Kelso, Mountsberg, Crawford Lake, and Area 8 Conservation Areas with a wide variety of programs aimed to keep campers ages 4 to 15 active and engaged all summer long. With so much to see, do, and learn, campers will never get bored with the incredible selection of our different camp offerings including: 

  • Adventure Camp 
  • Athletic Camp
  • Counsellor in Training (CIT) Camp  
  • Climbers Camp 
  • Construction Camp 
  • Disc Golf Camp 
  • Eco-Warriors Camp 
  • Explorer Camp 
  • Farm Camp Raptor Camps 
  • Girls Camp 
  • Kinder Wow Camp 
  • Mountain Bike Camp 
  • Naturalist Camp 
  • Olympian Camps 
  • Survivalist Camp 
  • Wee Farm and Flight Camp 
  • Wee Sports Waterfront Camp 
  • Wee Wow Camp 

Ways of the Woods is a member of the Ontario Camps Association, so you can feel safe knowing you are sending your children to an accredited organization with professional counsellors and staff. 

Camp Programming

Ways of the Woods Programming

With Kinder, Primary, Junior, Senior & Leadership programs offered, campers can choose their own camp adventure! No matter what camp you choose, one thing is for sure – your kids will always be active, having fun, and learning something new! All of our camp programs run 9:00 am to 4:00 pm from Lundi to Vendredi. 

Please note that your child must be the specified age on the first day of the camp program. 
*Activities listed below are subject to change based on weather and availability. 

STREAMSKinder
(Ages 4-5)
Primary
(Ages 6-8)
Junior
(Ages 9-11)
Senior
(Ages 12-14)
Leadership
(Ages 14-15)
CoreKinder WOWWee WOWExplorer
Girls
AdventureCounsellor in Training (CIT)
ÉducationWee Farm & FlightFarm
Raptor
Naturalist
Construction
Survivalist
Eco-Warriors
RécréationWee SportsWaterfront
Climbers
Athletics
Mountain Bike (Ages 9-14)
Disc Golf (Ages 9-14)
Olympian
Trail Stewards (Ages 12-15)
Mountain Bike (Ages 9-14)
Disc Golf (Ages 9-14)
Trail Stewards (Ages 12-15)

Kinder WOW

Ages: 4–5
Weeks available: All
Activities: Archery, Swimming, Pedal Boating, Camp Games, Tie Dye, Indigenous Education, Low Ropes, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Mountsberg, Crawford Lake 

Though Kinders may be small, we all know they’re big in energy and this camp is a fantastic way for them to burn it off! Kinder WOW Camp is a week of fun and adventure in a safe and supportive environment. Campers learn that the outdoors is the perfect place to explore and experiment, and also a great place to make new friends. In small groups, led by our experienced staff, Kinders get to explore the trails and activity centers of Kelso, Mountsberg, and Crawford Lake. 

Core Primary Programs

Wee WOW 

Ages: 6-8
Weeks available: All
Activities: Archery, Swimming, Pedal Boating, Camp Games. Tie Dye, Indigenous Education, Gaga Ball, Low Ropes, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Mountsberg, Crawford Lake 

Ways of the Woods is an exciting place to grow and learn! Wee WOW campers make the most of summer by exploring our parks, visiting fields and forests, meeting our raptors, going boating, swimming, and so much more. Wee WOW will visit Kelso, Mountsberg, and Crawford Lake.


Education Primary Programs 

Wee Farm & Flight 

Ages: 6-8
Weeks available: All
Activities: Gardening, Raptor Show, Animal Feeding/Care, Pedal Boating, Swimming, Tie Dye, Camp Games, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Mountsberg 

The best of both worlds! Young campers who cannot wait for Farm or Raptor Camp will love this blend! This camp offers a sampling of Raptor and Farm Camp with activities targeted to these younger campers. Come and get hands-on with incredible birds of prey and explore the farm! Discover new interests and learn about some of the most unique facilities that Conservation Halton has to offer.


Recreation Primary Programs 

Wee Sports  

Ages: 6-8
Weeks Available: All
Activities: Swimming, Boating, Tie Dye, Archery, Camp Games, Sports, Gaga Ball, Disc Golf
Parks Visited: Kelso, Mountsberg, Area 8 

Embark on a summer of joy and discovery at our camp tailored for high energy 6 to 8-year-olds! Campers will delight in age-appropriate sports and activities, nurture budding athleticism, and revel in whimsical games designed for younger adventurers. Our caring team ensures a playful, safe, and unforgettable experience, fostering friendships and creating lifelong memories. 

Core Junior Programs

Explorer Camp 

Ages: 9-11
Weeks Available: All
Activities: Swimming, Tie Dye, Boating, Indigenous Education, Archery, Low Ropes, Gaga Ball, Camp Games, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Mountsberg, Crawford Lake 

Join us for a week of camp like none other! Campers get their hands dirty in the great outdoors, enjoy time at the beach, test their abilities at our archery range, and much more. Campers will experience all the best that Kelso and Mountsberg have to offer during their week at camp. 

Girls Camp 

Ages: 9-11
Weeks Available: All
Activities: Archery, Swimming, Tie Dye, Boating, Indigenous Education, Archery, Camp Games, Gaga Ball, Low Ropes, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Mountsberg, Crawford Lake 

Made for girls and led by girls, this camp is a great way to learn about the outdoors and develop new skills. Campers will experience all of the best that Kelso, Mountsberg, and Crawford Lake have to offer, and they’ll have loads of fun along the way. 


Education Junior Programs 

Farm Camp 

Ages: 9-11
Weeks Available: All
Activities: Gardening, Animal feeding, Grooming, Swimming, Boating, Tie Dye, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso & Mountsberg 

Come get your hands dirty and learn what makes a garden grow. Farm Camp will focus on growing fruits and vegetables, as well the effort it takes to care for animals. From honey bees to fruit trees, bunnies to horses, our farm campers do it all. Campers will grow a green thumb and learn what it takes to keep a farm in operation! Farm Camp operates at Mountsberg. Campers will also visit Kelso for some other fun activities. 

Raptor Camp 

Ages: 9-11
Weeks Available: All
Activities: Birds of Prey Presentation, Educational Activities, Swimming, Tie Dye, Boating, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Mountsberg 

Raptor Camp is where campers meet our native birds of prey. Campers will get a hands-on introduction to the birds and a behind the scenes look at the Mountsberg Raptor Centre. Learn about all of the feathered friends that call Mountsberg’s Raptor Centre home.

 

Naturalist Camp 

Ages: 9-11
Weeks Available: 2, 4, 6, 8, 9
Activities: Outdoor Education, Nature Hikes, Swimming, Tie Dye, Boating, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Mountsberg 

This camp is calling all budding nature enthusiasts. Campers will start to learn about the basics of outdoor education, environmentalism, and conservation. This camp will help campers develop new outdoors-related skills, try new activities, and develop a new appreciation for nature. 


Recreation Junior Programs 

Mountain Bike Camp 

Ages: 9-14
Weeks Available:  All
Activities: Mountain Biking, Swimming, Tie Dye, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso 

Our wildly popular Bike Camp is the perfect way to learn or hone campers’ mountain bike skills. Led by our certified instructors who will guide campers to improve their biking. 

 

Climbers Camp 

Ages: 9-11
Weeks Available: All
Activities: Climbing (Aerial Course/Climb Tower), Archery, Swimming, Low Ropes, Gaga Ball, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso 

Take your week of camp to all new heights! Climbers Camp is for those who love to climb and explore. A portion of each day will be spent on our high ropes course and climbing tower. Other awesome camp activities will be blended in to round out an exciting week. 

 

Waterfront Camp 

Ages: 9-11
Weeks Available: All
Activities: Boating, Swimming, Tie Dye, Camp Games, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Area 8 

Waterfront Camp is the perfect way to become familiar and safe with boating and swimming. It is also an introduction to water safety, in a fun, safe, and highly supervised environment for campers. 

 

Athletics Camp 

Ages: 9-11
Weeks Available: All
Activities: Boating, Yoga, Trail Runs, Gaga Ball, Tie Dye, Aerial Course, Spike Ball, Disc Golf, Swimming, Camp Games, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Crawford 

Is your camper a high energy, aspiring young athlete looking to stay active and meet other kids with competitive interest? Athletics camp blends traditional camp fun with daily outdoor sport and conditioning focused activities. Campers will run, swim and climb, in addition to using our outdoors conditioning equipment! 

Disc Golf Camp 

Ages: 9-14
Weeks Available:  3, 7
Activities: Disc Golf Clinic, Disc Golf Rounds, Swimming, Tie Dye, Archery, Camp Games and More
Parks Visited: Kelso 

Campers will master drives, perfect putts, and strategize on our 9-hole course. Campers will also get the opportunity to learn from a seasoned pro! Amidst Kelso’s scenic surrounding, campers will enjoy other timeless camp activities like archery, swimming, and more. 

Core Senior Programs 

Adventure Camp

Ages: 12 – 14
Weeks Available: All
Activities: Swimming, Tie Dye, Boating, Indigenous Education, Archery, Hatchet Throwing, Disc Golf, Low Ropes, Gaga Ball, Camp Games, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Mountsberg, Crawford Lake, Area 8  

Adventure Camp has everything that our parks have to offer packed into one action-packed week. Campers build leadership and teamwork skills as they explore Kelso, Mountsberg, and Crawford Lake. Climb, hike, boat, you name it, campers will do it! 


Senior Education Programs 

Survivalist Camp 

Ages: 12 – 14
Weeks Available: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
Activities: Swimming, Tie Dye, Boating, Indigenous Education, Archery, Disc Golf, Low Ropes, Gaga Ball, Camp Games, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Mountsberg, Crawford Lake 

Nestled in pristine wilderness, this camp stream is a haven for budding outdoors enthusiasts. With a focus on outdoor education, environmentalism, and conservation, it helps campers fosters a deep connection with nature. Through hands-on activities, campers develop essential outdoor skills, instilling a lifelong passion for environmental stewardship. 

 

Eco-Warriors Camp 

Ages: 12 – 14
Weeks Available: 2
Activities: Invasive Species Removal, Tree Planting, Species Identification, Climate Monitoring, Pedal Boating, Swimming, Tie Dye, Camp Games, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Mountsberg 

Train your mind and body to protect our planet! Eco-Warriors Camp is for the budding environmentalists and nature lovers who want to make a difference for the environment. Campers will learn about climate change and actions they can take to make their lives more eco-friendly while getting active outside! 


Senior Recreation Programs 

Olympian Camp 

Ages: 12 – 14
Weeks Available: All
Activities: Swimming, Tie Dye, Boating, Archery, Hatchet Throwing, Disc Golf, Low Ropes, Gaga Ball, Camp Games, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Mountsberg, Crawford Lake 

Olympian Camp beckons those who relish climbing, athletics, and waterfront fun. Campers will dive into a world of excitement with swimming, boating, rock climbing, and more. Kids who love climbing, athletics and water, this is their ultimate outdoor playground to enjoy a mix of all of them. 

 

Construction Camp 

Ages: 12-14
Weeks Available: All
Activities: Individual Building Projects, Group Building Projects, Tool Demonstrations, Safety Presentations, Swimming, Low Ropes, Boating, Tie Dye, Camp Games, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Mountsberg 

Plan your project, find the tools you need, and build something to take home with you – all with the guidance and instruction of our skilled staff. Campers will learn how to work smart and safely. Take home projects included tool boxes, bird houses and bee houses. 

 

Mountain Bike Camp 

Ages: 9-14
Weeks Available:  All
Activities: Mountain Biking, Swimming, Tie Dye, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso 

Our wildly popular Bike Camp is the perfect way to learn or hone campers’ mountain biking skills. This camp is led by our certified instructors who will guide campers to improve their biking. 

 

Mountain Bike Camp – Trail Stewards 

Ages: 12-15
Weeks Available:  All
Activities: Mountain Biking, Swimming, Tie Dye, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso 

This camp is perfect for any camper who has reached Level 4 in our mountain bike ability level. Campers who live for mountain biking and everything that goes with it will love this camp. Campers will have the unique experience of not only riding the Kelso trails, but also building and shaping them. Yes, campers will get to be among the first to ride through the newly built trails! 

Note: This camp involves raking, tree trimming, shoveling, clearing trails, and moving equipment – all in the name of creating a better mountain biking experience. 

 

Disc Golf Camp 

Ages: 9-14
Weeks Available:  3, 7
Activities: Disc Golf Clinic, Disc Golf Rounds, Swimming, Tie Dye, Archery, Camp Games and More
Parks Visited: Kelso 

Campers will master drives, perfect putts, and strategize on our 9-hole course. Campers will also get the opportunity to learn from a seasoned pro! Amidst Kelso’s scenic surrounding, campers will enjoy other timeless camp activities like archery, swimming, and more. 

Counsellor in Training (CIT) Camp 

Ages: 14-15
Weeks Available: 1,2,5
Activities: Counselor Shadowing, Tie Dye, Swimming, Low Ropes, Boating, Team Building Games, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso, Mountsberg, Crawford Lake 

Counsellor in Training (CIT) Camp is the first step toward becoming a Ways of the Woods Counsellor. Campers will spend a week developing their leadership skills while exploring all that camp has to offer. Campers who complete CIT Camp may be invited to then join the Ways of the Woods team as a volunteer through the summer. 

Mountain Bike Camp – Trail Stewards 

Ages: 12-15
Weeks Available:  All
Activities: Mountain Biking, Swimming, Tie Dye, and More
Parks Visited: Kelso 

This camp is perfect for any camper who has reached Level 4 in our mountain bike ability level. Campers who live for mountain biking and everything that goes with it will love this camp. Campers will have the unique experience of not only riding the Kelso trails, but also building and shaping them. Yes, campers will get to be among the first to ride through the newly built trails! 

Note: This camp involves raking, tree trimming, shoveling, clearing trails, and moving equipment – all in the name of creating a better mountain biking experience. 

 

2024 Rates, Dates & Program Availability

Camp Name  Ages  Early Bird
(TBD – May 16) 
Pre-Season
(May 17 – June 27) 
In-Season
(June 28 onwards) 
Kinder WOW  4-5  $340  $374  $411 
Wee WOW  6-8  $340  $374  $411 
Wee Farm & Flight  6-8  $340  $374  $411 
Wee Sports *NEW*  6-8  $340  $374  $411 
Explorer Camp  9-11  $330  $363  $399 
Girls Camp  9-11  $330  $363  $399 
Farm Camp  9-11  $355  $391  $430 
Raptor Camp  9-11  $340  $374  $411 
Mountain Bike Camp  9-14  $355  $391  $430 
Climbers Camp  9-11  $355  $391  $430 
Waterfront Camp  9-11  $340  $374  $411 
Athletics Camp  9-11  $340  $374  $411 
Naturalist Camp *NEW*  9-11  $340  $374  $411 
Disc Golf Camp *NEW*  9-14  $355  $391  $430 
Adventure Camp  12-14  $319  $351  $386 
Construction Camp  12-14  $339  $373  $410 
Survivalist Camp *NEW*  12-14  $330  $363  $399 
Olympian Camp *NEW*  12-14  $340  $374  $411 
Eco-Warriors Camp *NEW*  12-14  $340  $374  $411 
Mountain Bike Camp- Trail Stewards  12-15  $355  $391  $430 
Counselor in Training (CIT) Camp 14-15 $225  $248  $272 

*Please note that your child must be the specified age on the first day of the camp program.

Kinder Camp
    Week 1  Week 2  Week 3  Week 4  Week 5  Week 6  Week 7  Week 8  Week 9 
Camp Name  Ages  July
1-5 
July
8-12 
July
15-19 
July
22-26 
July
29– August 2 
August
5-9 
August
12-16 
August
19-23 
August
26-30
 
Kinder  WOW Ages 4-5                 
Primary Camps
    Week 1  Week 2  Week 3  Week 4  Week 5  Week 6  Week 7  Week 8  Week 9 
Camp Name  Ages  July
1-5 
July
8-12 
July
15-19 
July
22-26 
July
29– August 2 
August
5-9 
August
12-16 
August
19-23 
August
26-30
 
Wee WOW  Ages 6-8                   
Wee Farm & Flight  Ages 6-8                   
Wee Sports  Ages 6-8                   
Junior Camps
    Week 1  Week 2  Week 3  Week 4  Week 5  Week 6  Week 7  Week 8  Week 9 
Camp Name  Ages  July
1-5 
July
8-12 
July
15-19 
July
22-26 
July
29– August 2 
August
5-9 
August
12-16 
August
19-23 
August
26-30
 
Explorer Camp  Ages 9-11                   
Girls Camp  Ages 9-11                   
Farm Camp  Ages 9-11                   
Raptor Camp  Ages 9-11                   
Mountain Bike Camp  Ages 9-14                   
Climbers Camp  Ages 9-11                   
Waterfront Camp  Ages 9-11                   
Naturalist Camp  Ages 9-11     

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

 

 

Athletics Camp  Ages 9-11                   
Disc Golf Camp  Ages 9-14                   
Senior Camps
    Week 1  Week 2  Week 3  Week 4  Week 5  Week 6  Week 7  Week 8  Week 9 
Camp Name  Ages  July
1-5 
July
8-12 
July
15-19 
July
22-26 
July
29– August 2 
August
5-9 
August
12-16 
August
19-23 
August
26-30
 
Adventure Camp  Ages 12-14                   
Mountain Bike Camp: Trail Stewards  Ages 12-15                    
Construction Camp Ages 12-14                    

 

 

Survivalist Camp  Ages 12-14   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

Olympian Camp   Ages 12-14   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eco-Warriors Camp  Ages 12-14    ✔   

 

           
Leadership Camp
    Week 1  Week 2  Week 3  Week 4  Week 5  Week 6  Week 7  Week 8  Week 9 
Camp Name  Ages  July
1-5 
July
8-12 
July
15-19 
July
22-26 
July
29– August 2 
August
5-9 
August
12-16 
August
19-23 
August
26-30
 
Counsellor in Training (CIT) Camp 14-15   

 

         

*Availability subject to change. Please note that your child must be the specified age on the first day of the camp program.

Transportation Options

Drop Off/Pick Up at Kelso Conservation Area  

Parents or guardians have the option to drop off campers starting at 8:50 am at Kelso, and pick up campers between 4:00 pm and 4:15 pm instead of utilizing Ways of the Woods Busing. 

If you are unable to pick up your camper by 4:30 pm, you can add Aftercare to your registration for the week, your children will be supervised at Kelso until 5:00 pm. Please see below for more details.

Ways of the Woods Busing 

Ways of the Woods is excited to offer free transportation Lundi to Vendredi for campers to get to and from camp! Stops for each route are listed below. You will be able to select which stop your camper would like to use at registration. Unfortunately for logistical and safety reason, when campers reserve a seat on a specific bus for the week, we cannot accommodate campers riding different buses on different days. 

Note: Bus pick-up and drop-off times will be posted two weeks before your week of camp starts and times could change slightly from day-to-day. Bus schedules will be emailed to parents and guardians.

Stop  Location  Morning Arrival Time  Afternoon Arrival Time 
Bus 1 (Burlington West) 
Stop A  Assumption CHS – 3230 Woodward Ave, Burlington, ON L7N 3P1  TBD  TBD 
Stop B  MM Robinson HS – 2425 Upper Middle Rd, Burlington, ON L7P 3N9  TBD  TBD 
Bus 2 (Burlington Central) 
Stop C  Nelson HS – 4181 New St, Burlington, ON L7L 1T3  TBD  TBD 
Stop D  Haber Rec Cntr – 3040 Tim Dobbie Dr, Burlington, ON L7M 0M4  TBD  TBD 
Bus 3 (Burlington East) 
Stop E  Pineland PS – 5121 Meadowhill Rd, Burlington, ON L7L 3K7  TBD  TBD 
Stop F  Orchard Park PS – 5151 Dryden Ave, Burlington, ON L7L 7J3  TBD  TBD 
Bus 4 (Oakville West) 
Stop G  Eastview  PS – 2266 Hixon St, Oakville, ON L6L 1T4  TBD  TBD 
Stop H  Palermo PS – 2561 Valleyridge Dr, Oakville, ON L6M 5H4  TBD  TBD 
Bus 5 (Oakville Central) 
Stop I  T.A. Blakelock HS – 1160 Rebecca St, Oakville, ON L6L 1Y9  TBD  TBD 
Stop J  Abbey Park HS – 1455 Glen Abbey Gate, Oakville, ON L6M 2G5  TBD  TBD 
Bus 6 (Oakville East) 
Stop K Joshua Creek PS – 1450 Arrowhead Rd. Oakville TBD  TBD 
Stop L
Munn’s PS – 1511 Sixth Line, Oakville, ON L6H 1X8
TBD  TBD 
Bus 7 (Mississauga/Milton) 
Stop M
Cornerstone Community Church – 3020 Vanderbilt Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N 4W8
TBD  TBD 
Stop N Milton Memorial Arena – 77 Thompson Rd S, Milton  TBD  TBD 
Bus 8 (Milton) 
Stop O  Hawthorne Village PS – 850 Bennett Blvd, Milton, ON L9T 6X9  TBD  TBD 
Stop P John Tonelli Sports Arena – 217 Laurier Ave, Milton, ON L9T 3R5  TBD  TBD 

What to do if you miss the bus:  

Option 1: You may use any other stop on the same bus number Indicating which bus stop you intend to use when you register helps our staff run attendance at bus stops. 

Option 2: Drive to Kelso Conservation Area (5234 Kelso Road) to drop your camper off at the Visitor Centre. 

Drop Off/Pick Up (Regular Hours) 

Parents or guardians have the option to drop off campers starting at 8:50 am at Kelso, and pick up camper between 4:00 pm and 4:15 pm instead of utilizing Ways of the Woods Transportation. 


 Aftercare 

Aftercare is available as an add-on until 5:00 pm. Please note aftercare is only available for pick-up from Kelso. Aftercare is offered for a flat rate of $40 for the week. 

Camp Life

Learn what makes life at Ways of the Woods summer day camps awesome. All camp registrants will be notified of exactly what campers should bring to camp before their session

Below you’ll find what campers need to bring to camp:

Please pack a bathing suit/towel every day of the week, your child may participate in water games to cool down from the summer heat, even when not swimming at Kelso. 

  • Water bottle
  • Hat 
  • Lunch/snacks (there is not a guarantee that food will be for sale at Kelso each day, please pack food from home) 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Bug Spray
  • Beach gear (swimming suit and towel)
  • Any medications necessary  
  • Close toed shoes (Climbers Camp participants must be wearing closed toed shoes to climb) 

  • Mountain bike, recently tuned up 
    • Minimum a 24” wheel bike with both front and rear handlebar actuated brakes.  Coaster brakes (backpedal / skid brake) will not be sufficient for this camp.
  • Bike helmet 
  • Riding gloves 
  • Water bottle/hydration pack 
  • Any medications necessary 

Contact Ways of the Woods

Kelso Conservation Area is the hub of all Ways of the Woods operations.

5324 Kelso Road
Milton, ON
L9T 2X7

Email: vslead@hrca.on.ca
Phone: 905-878-5011 (press 3 for Ways of the Woods then press 1 to speak to a Visitor Services Representative)

Address:
2259 Milburough Line,
Campbellville, ON
L0P 1B0

Note: Mountsberg Conservation Area does not have any Ways of the Woods’ Visitor Services representatives on site. Please use the information below to contact our team at Kelso who will communicate any information to our counselors and supervisors at Mountsberg.

Email: vslead@hrca.on.ca
Phone: 905-878-5011 (press 3 for Ways of the Woods then press 1 to speak to a Visitor Services Representative)

Address:
3115 Conservation Rd,
Milton, ON
L0P 1B0

Note: Crawford Lake Conservation Area does not have any Ways of the Woods’ Visitor Services representatives on site. Please use the information below to contact our team at Kelso who will communicate any information to our counselors and supervisors at Crawford Lake.

Email: vslead@hrca.on.ca
Phone: 905-878-5011 (press 3 for Ways of the Woods then press 1 to speak to a Visitor Services Representative)

Address:
5437 Steeles Ave W,
Milton, ON
L9T 2Y1

Note: Area 8 Conservation Area does not have any Ways of the Woods’ Visitor Services representatives on site. Please use the information below to contact our team at Kelso who will communicate any information to our counselors and supervisors at Area 8.

Email: vslead@hrca.on.ca
Phone: 905-878-5011 (press 3 for Ways of the Woods then press 1 to speak to a Visitor Services Representative)

Questions fréquemment posées

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What is the best camp for my child?
Ways of the Woods camps are broken out into offerings that target age, and interest groups. We recommend you first consider your child’s age, and then look to see which programs may be of most interest to them. 


How old does my child need to be to attend camp?
Please note that your child must be the specified age on the first day of the camp program. Ways of the Woods offers camps for children as young as 4 and as old as 15. 


What activities will my child be participating in each day?
Each week may be slightly different based on weather, age, energy level, interest, and camp program etc. We’ve provided a list of the major activities available at each park. Some activities are age specific. We suggest that you pack your camper with what they would need so they are prepared for any of the activities listed at their camp location.

What are the Ways of the Woods camp hours?
Camp runs Lundi through Vendredi (including holiday weeks).  Programmed activities start daily at 9:00 am, and end at 4:00 pm. 

On Lundi mornings, campers will spend extra time getting to know their counselor and groups and may begin scheduled activities later than 9:00 am. 


I need to pick up my camper early, what should I do?
Please contact our WOW team by phone at 905-878-5011 (and press 3) or email vslead@hrca.on.ca so we can confirm the details with you. 


I need to pick my child up after regular camp hours, what should I do?
Aftercare is available until 5:00 pm Lundi to Vendredi at Kelso for a flat rate of $40 for the week. Please note after care only is available from Kelso and not on any of the bus routes. 


I have decided to drop my child off at camp. Where do I drop them off each day?
All camps use Kelso as the hub.  Please drop campers at Kelso between 8:50 am and 9:00 am.

I’m having issues figuring out how to register. 

Step 1: Select the week of camp and the camp program you are seeking. 

  • You will also be able to select your transportation options at this time. If you do not know which bus you may want, please refer to transportation information above.
  • Parents wishing to drive their campers or carpool with other families should select “Drop off & Pick-Up at Kelso”.

Add additional Weeks: If you wish to add additional weeks of camps for your first camper, repeat Step 1.

Step 2: Add your camper & parent/guardian information.

  • Camper name and date of birth
  • Parent & guardian contact information
  • An Emergency Contact
  • Any other adults you wish to permit to perform pick ups at the bus or Kelso
  • Swimming ability, and biking ability if you are signing up for Mountain Bike Camp (otherwise select ‘Not Applicable’)
  • Any known medical or allergy information 

Step 3: Once you have selected your camps and provided the needed details, you will proceed to check out. 

  • Please review your multiple camper registration
  • Enter payment information
  • Proceed to check out and you will receive a confirmation e-mail following your transaction 

Repeat Steps 1, 2, 3 as required. 

Please contact us at 905-878-5011 (and press 3) if further assistance is required. 

Does your camp provide busing? 

Yes, busing is included! We offer bussing to and from Mississauga, Burlington, Oakville, and Milton. 


What time do buses pick up and drop off campers?
Please view the bus schedule above for timing. We recommend that parents be at the stop 10 minutes prior to buses arriving. 


I have missed my bus, what should I do?
If you can safely arrive at another pick up location on the same route, you may do so. Otherwise, drop your child off at Kelso between 8:50 am and 9:00 am . View transportation section above for stop locations.  If you are unable to make it to Kelso on schedule, please call our WOW team at 905-878-5011 (and press 3).


Can I make changes to our bus route or stop?

Your camper is booked on their bus for the duration of the week and must ride the same bus each day. 

If you would like to pick them up or drop them off at a different stop along the same route we can easily accommodate this. Simply show up at your desired stop at the designated time. Due to bus capacity limitations, and for the safety and security of all of our campers we CANNOT accommodate changes in routes or different routes for different days. 

If you are unable to make your stop or prefer to drop off or pick up your camper on a particular day we can accommodate this at Kelso but YOU MUST contact us at 905-878-5011 (and press 3) to confirm the details. 

Prior to your camp starting (before Jeudi at noon the week prior to your camp) we may be able to accommodate changes to your route based on availability.  Please call 905-878-5011 (and press 3)


It’s more convenient for me to drop my child off at camp, is this possible?
Yes, campers can be dropped off at the Kelso Visitor Centre between 8:50 am and 9:00 am.  You will need to pick your camper up at Kelso by 4:00 pm. Aftercare is available at Kelso until 5:00 pm if needed (additional fee).


Can I provide permission for my camper to walk home from the bus unsupervised? 

If you did not already indicate this when you registered please contact us at 905-878-5011 (and press 3) so that we can update your camper profile and alert the bus monitors. 


I am unavailable to pick up my child and need to send someone else, what do I do?
Please list ALL contacts with first/last names and contact information in the area provided on our registration site. If your camper needs to picked up by someone other than the listed primary or secondary contacts approved for pick up on their file please contact us at 905-878-5011 (and press 3) or email vslead@hrca.on.ca. 

What sort of supervision will be provided while my child is at camp?
Ways of the Woods has an outstanding team of camp staff.  Our counsellors work in teams, of two.  This ensures that every group has a great camper to staff ratio, and that our staff are always in a setting where they can continue to learn to be the best they can be! 


What is the supervision ratio at camp?
Ways of the Woods strives to maintain camper ratios for our staff that allow our counsellors to work as closely as possible with your camper.  Our Primary programs are offered at an 8:1 ratio for ages 6-8 and 6:1 ratio for ages 4-5. Our Junior programs are offered at a 10:1 ratio.  Our Senior programs are offered at varying ratios, but are typically a 10:1. 


How can I become staff with Ways of the Woods?
Ways of the Woods hires exceptional young people who are passionate about providing a truly awesome summer camp experience to our campers.  Staff must be at least 16-years-old. We offer a variety of positions based on experience and certifications. 


I would like to Volunteer at Camp, is this possible?
Ways of the Woods offers a great transitional approach from being a camper, to eventually working at Camp. Our  CIT Camp is offered twice per summer and is a required step for anyone wishing to volunteer at camp. Once you have attended a CIT Camp, you may return as a CIT for any portion of the remainder of the summer in a volunteer capacity.

My Child has allergies; can you accommodate them at camp?

Ways of the Woods is an active, outdoor camp.  We will unavoidably come in contact with a variety of animals, grasses, and plants.  Providing your child’s allergy does not limit them from coming into contact with these outdoor settings, we will be happy to work with them this summer.


Is Ways of the Woods a Peanut Free camp?

Though Ways of the Woods is happy to try and accommodate any camper with allergies, we are not able to list ourselves as a peanut free camp.  Our outdoor settings are enjoyed by thousands of other individuals through the year, and our other campers do bring bag lunches, trace amounts of allergens may be present at a variety of locations.


My camper is taking medication while at camp, what information does the camp staff require?

When registering, we ask that you describe any specific medical concerns you or your camper may have. This would include information pertaining to medication routines, current injuries, allergies, etc.


I forgot to give you some details or the medical information has changed since we registered, what do I do?

Contact us at 905-878-5011 (and press 1) so that we can update your camp reservation.

My Camper is not a swimmer. Can they avoid Swimming as an activity?
Swimming is one of our camp’s most popular activities.  Our waterfront at Kelso is fully lifeguarded, and is located at a sand beach with graduated depth markers.  Non-swimmers are required to wear a PFD at all times.  Our staff will work with non swimmers to introduce them to the water and ensure they are closely supervised while at the beach. In addition to the camp staff, the Kelso Beach is overseen by lifeguards that are specifically assigned to camps. If you are certain that you do not wish your camper to swim, you may indicate that in the additional notes section during registration, however they will be required to visit the beach with their group while the other campers swim.


What do each of the swim levels mean in registration?
Our camp staff will have access to notes from your registration including a camper’s swim level so they know what level of PFD and support is required at the beach. The ability levels should be interpreted as below:

  • Non-swimmer – my camper does not know how to swim and should have a PFD at all times on the beach.
  • PFD Required – my camper has some experience swimming, but they should always have a PFD on in the water.
  • PFD Not Required – my camper is a comfortable swimmer and does NOT require a PFD while at the beach and in the water. I acknowledge that my camper will still have to wear a PFD while using any of the boats.

Is your Boating activity supervised?
Boating is done at Kelso where we have our Lifeguard staff on duty, as well as first aiders and rescue boats at our Boat Rental beach. All participants wear proper PDFs while on the water, and our camp staff join them on the water to supervise more closely.  Campers boat in groups and carry all the require small pleasure craft emergency supplies they may need.  The Kelso reservoir is limited in size and has no water way exits, so campers cannot leave the supervised area.

How strong a biker does my child need to be for bike camp?
The Ways of the Woods Mountain Bike Camp is intended for campers with some existing off pavement bike experience. We strongly recommend that campers be comfortable riding their bike on grass, gravel, and on bike trails.  Campers will build skills pertaining to riding up and downhill, as well as navigating trail features like rock, roots, bridges, etc.  This is NOT a camp for new riders, but being an expert is most definitely not a requirement.


What do each of the bike levels mean in registration?
If registering for Mountain Bike Camp, we also collect your campers bike level so that they can be matched with other campers of similar ability and comfort levels. The ability levels should be interpreted as below:

  • Beginner – My camper can ride a bike comfortably on pavement, grass and gravel roads. They have limited experience with biking on a dedicated trail.
  • Intermediate – My camper has some experience biking on mountain bike trail networks. They are able to ride with some speed comfortably.
  • Advanced – My camper is an experienced mountain biker. They are able to ride all the trails at Kelso with speed and comfortability.

What type of bike do I need for bike camp?
We ask that campers be riding at minimum a 24” wheel bike with both front and rear handlebar actuated brakes.  Coaster brakes (backpedal / skid brake) will not be sufficient for this camp.


What other equipment will I require for Bike Camp?
A proper bike helmet, riding gloves and some way to carry water on the trail (water bottle, hydration back) are the only required equipment. Your camper will have an area to leave their lunch and belongings while on trail, so we also recommend parents set up campers to be able to take only what they need on the trail separate from the rest of their belongings. Other equipment you may appreciate would be shin / knee guards, and spare tube to fit your wheel size.


Can I leave my bike at Camp for the week?
Yes, campers in Mountain Bike Camp can leave their bike at camp during their week of camp.  It will be locked up overnight, so there will be no access to the bikes once camp hours are over. All bikes MUST be picked up on Vendredi afternoon by 5:30 pm.


How should I get my child’s bike to camp?
We recommend that campers in Mountain Bike Camp get a ride to camp on Lundi morning with their parent or guardian. They may ride the bus home that day, as their bike can stay on site.  Similarly, parents will want to pick their child up on the final day of camp in order to transport their bike home.

How is behaviour dealt with at camp?
Ways of the Woods Camp Staff recognize that kids will be kids. This is to imply that Summer Camp is a place to play, explore, and learn. Our staff work hard each week to ensure campers understand what behavior is acceptable at camp and what is not. These expectations are introduced to campers at the start of camp, and the culture of respect for everyone and everything at camp is fostered from that point forward. Our behavioral policy is not intended to be restrictive or prescriptive in how each camper is dealt with at camp. Staff will always use their best judgement and always work with their supervisors to ensure that everyone is able to have fun at camp. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


How is bullying dealt with at Camp?
Bullying is not tolerated within any Ways of the Woods Camp. Behaviour that is deemed to be bullying will result in immediate contact being made with the campers guardians.  Campers who bully may need to leave camp for the day or week.


If my camper is asked to leave camp, do I receive refund or credit?
No. Campers who lose their privilege to be at camp due to behaviour are not entitled to refund. Their spot in camp was held at registration and we are unable to fill space in camp mid week.

What is your refund policy?

  • All refund requests and changes to registration must be received fourteen days prior to the start of the registered camp. A $25 administrative fee applies.
  • We do not offer refunds less than two weeks before the first day of camp.
  • We do not offer refunds for days missed.
  • Camps are not transferrable.
  • Refunds must go back to the card used for the original transaction.

I have had a change in schedule and need to change my camper’s registration. What can I do?
As per our refund policy, exchanges are only possible with more than fourteen days notice from the start of their scheduled camp. Providing you have realized the need to change camps before that time, you may transfer your registration to another week and only pay an administrative fee of $25.

 

Camp Policies

  • Conservation Halton reserves the right to remove a camper from the program if warranted for behavior or camp safety concerns. Refunds in this situation will be issued at the camps’ discretion and are not guaranteed.
  • Conservation Halton reserves the right to cancel camp streams if registration does not meet our minimum registration numbers.
  • Each campers’ personal belongings are their responsibility. Camp staff will assist campers in remembering to pack up their belongings, but cannot be held responsible for lost items. A lost and found pick-up area is available at the end of the day and each week at camp.
  • The birthdate of the camper must match the camp birthdate requirement on the first day of camp.
  • Camp fees are HST exempt (excluding CIT Camp) and your receipt can be used towards childcare expenses or the children’s fitness tax credit. Transportation and extended care services are subject to HST.

  • All refund requests and changes to registration must be received fourteen days prior to the start of the registered camp. A $25 administration fee applies.
  • No refunds less than two weeks before the first day of camp.
  • No refunds for days missed.
  • Refunds must go back to the card used for the original transaction.

Ways of the Woods puts great pride in offering a positive and memorable experience for all of its campers.  In situations where campers are having difficulty contributing to this positive experience, our staff follow a well-planned behavioural policy.  The policy focuses on helping our campers learn from mistakes and discover how to best contribute with their group.  Behaviour that risks safety or injury of any camper is taken quite seriously. Campers who are having a difficult time with behaviour may find themselves removed from their group, dealing with their guardians and camp staff, or in some situations may find themselves being asked to leave camp.  In any case, guardians will always be consulted and kept aware of how their children are doing at camp.


Bullying
Bullying is not tolerated within any Ways of the Woods Camp. Behaviour that is deemed to be bullying will result in immediate contact being made with the campers guardians.  Campers who bully may need to leave camp for the day or week.


Dealing with Behaviour
Ways of the Woods Camp Staff recognize that kids will be kids. This is to imply that Summer Camp is a place to play, explore, and learn. Our staff work hard each week to ensure campers understand what behavior is acceptable at camp and what is not. These expectations are introduced to campers at the start of camp, and the culture of respect for everyone and everything at camp is fostered from that point forward. Our behavioral policy is not intended to be restrictive or prescriptive in how each camper is dealt with at camp. Staff will always use their best judgement and always work with their supervisors to ensure that everyone is able to have fun at camp. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.