Summer 2020 Update – COVID-19

Dear Camp Riverwood Community,

We would like to start off by thanking you for your continued patience and support during this difficult and unprecedented time. We know that many children look forward to camp all year long and are asking daily when and if they will be going to Riverwood this summer. Based on the nature of our camp program and the capabilities of our onsite and offsite facilities, it is with a heavy heart that we reach out to you today to let you know that Camp Riverwood at Petticoat Creek will not be running this summer. It would just not be possible to operate in person due to the health risks associated with the spread of COVID-19. What seemed unimaginable only a few weeks ago, is sadly now a reality.

As industry leaders, educators and parents, we are simply unable to confidently ensure that we will be able to safely and responsibly deliver the high quality program we have committed ourselves to and have promised to your children. We are devastated to deliver this news knowing how important camp is to so many children and families, particularly this summer.

For 13 consecutive seasons, Riverwood has been a magical summer place for thousands of campers and staff. We cannot imagine a summer without camp. Riverwood is not only a place of fun and friendship, but an opportunity to grow and achieve on so many levels. This experience that we love to provide will be deeply missed by all our campers, staff, parents, and the Director Team.

Even though we will not be physically together at camp in 2020, we will be providing virtual and offsite experiences that will ensure your children remain connected to Riverwood throughout the summer. We will be sending out more information about these programs shortly. We know that nothing can replace the energy of a Riverwood morning assembly, the overwhelming excitement as our campers experience new activities during Optional Specialty Programs or creating a forever memory with our camp friends, but we will endeavour to recreate the spirit of camp. Please stay tuned for details.

We would like to thank everyone that has reached out to provide such wonderful words of encouragement. We greatly appreciate you choosing Camp Riverwood for your child’s summer 2020 experience and we can’t wait to see everyone at camp in 2021!

We hope your family is well and managing as best as they can. Better times are ahead.

Stay safe and healthy!

Lori, Phil & Eddy
Directors

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Field Trip!

Today Camp Riverwood took a field trip to Camp Green Acres! Our campers spent the day enjoying the scenery on tractor rides and taking part in some of the excellent optionals that Green Acres has on site. Including High Ropes, Archery, Mountain Biking, Kangoo Jumps and Basketball. We had an amazing day full of fun!

 

 

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Skatepark Adventures

Todays optional of the day was Skatepark Adventures! Our campers had a blast riding around the Audley Recreation Centre skatepark. Some kids landed first time tricks and impressed everyone!

Some future pro’s in the making.

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Rainy Day

Due to the weather Camp Riverwood transported the fun indoors! 

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Off to a Good Start

Monday has kicked itself into gear with a bunch of fun optionals for week 8! Today’s optional of the day was Horseback Riding!

Campers had an amazing time meeting, grooming, feeding and riding their favorite horses at the Stonewood stables.

 

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B Smart Kids Foundation

Today, with the support of our friends from B Smart, our campers had the privilege of choosing one or two books to take home for free! What an amazing way to encourage the importance of literacy and remind everyone that reading is fun!

  

For more information on this wonderful foundation, visit www.bsmartkidz.org.

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Toronto Spirit

It has been another great week here at Camp Riverwood. It is the end of the week and that means it was time for another Friday Theme Day! This Friday was Toronto Spirit Day! All of our campers and staff were decked out in their best attire to show the support of their favorite Toronto sports teams. Support was shown to big teams such as Toronto Blue Jays, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC. What an amazing way to cap off week 5!

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Don’t ask, just bounce!

Yesterday ended off with a BOUNCE thanks to our friends Tiffany and Daniel from Bounce Entertainment! They had everyone up on their feet, dancing and having a great time. We can’t wait until we get to party with them again!

Check out Camp Riverwood in Pickering (@campriverwood) on Facebook for a video of Bounce Entertainment in action.

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Tennis

Our campers had a wonderful time playing tennis at the Dunnmore Tennis Court today. They practiced their front hand swings, back hand swings and their footwork.  They started the day with a good warm up followed by a stretch ensuring no one got an injury.

After a couple of practice rallies they were all playing like professionals.  By the end of the week we will have a bunch of Serenas at the camp.

 

 

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Tee Time

The campers who attended the golf optional this morning had an amazing time at Carruthers Creek Golf & Country Club.  They were able to drive their golf balls as far as they could at the beautiful driving range.  Our golf campers also got to work on reducing their number of strokes using Carruthers state of the art golf simulator.  The simulator was able to calculate the distance, speed, and height of each golf ball hit.  Our golfers were certainly gearing up to have a fun week at their golf optional.

 

 

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