Camp Riverwood operates at Petticoat Creek Conservation Area in Pickering (PCCA). PCCA is located approximately two kilometres south of Highway 401 on Whites Road. Click here for map to camp.
Each camp session is one week in duration. Campers can register anywhere from 1-8 weeks. Traditional Camp and the many Optional Specialty Programs are offered from July 8 to August 30, 2019. Our Leadership and Training Program for students completed Grade 8 & 9 will take place for 2 consecutive weeks and is offered from July 29 to August 9 (Weeks 5 & 6). The first day of camp is on Monday, July 8, 2019. Please note there will be no camp on Monday, August 5, 2019 (Civic Holiday). Full day sessions run from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We do offer before and after camp care for an additional cost.
Camps are offered for children completing nursery through grade 9.
We do offer an optional hot lunch catering program (Kid’s Kitchen), which can be ordered daily or weekly for an additional fee. Parents must send morning and afternoon snacks even if their child is on the lunch program. Parents may also opt to send lunch to camp and extra snacks as desired. Campers’ lunches are not refrigerated. As a result, lunch boxes or thermal lunch bags must include an ice pack to keep the lunch fresh. Please note that younger campers have a snack time during the mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Older campers will be given snacking opportunities throughout the camp day. Note: For safety reasons, food cannot be eaten on the camp bus. However, water may be consumed when the bus is at a complete stop (i.e. when bus is stopped at a red light).
The cabin group ratio for staff to campers for our younger campers (completing nursery, JK and SK) is 1:6. For our older campers (completing grade 1 through grade 8 ) the ratio is 1:8. Additional staff support each group at individual specialty programs!
There is no special camp clothing required. Every camper should wear/pack the following items on a daily basis:
- Sun hat and sunscreen! This is a big one!
- Shorts, slacks, T-shirts, long sleeve shirts and sneakers are most practical. We suggest inexpensive clothing be sent to camp. Sandals should not be worn to camp
- A bathing suit and towel (campers receive a recreational swim each day) Parents of younger campers are encouraged to send their children wearing their bathing suit each morning and pack an extra set up clothes in their backpack.
- A separate water resistant bag should be packed to place wet towel and bathing suit in.
- Campers should bring a small lightweight backpack to carry their belongings each day.
Our first commitment is to the well being of each camper. Please be aware that all our senior staff are trained in CPR, first aid and emergency procedures. There is a nursing student on-site daily at Camp Riverwood.
Our general policy in the Traditional Camp is to group campers in cabins according to the grade in which they have completed (Co-ed groups for Nursery, JK and SK. Single gender groups Grade 1 and older). Our general policy in the Optional Specialty Programs (Co-ed) is to group campers according to their age and ability. If it is your child’s first camp experience and they are a bit nervous, please be assured that our day camp provides an excellent opportunity to meet and make new friends. If your child wishes to be in the same group as a friend, please indicate such a request on the registration form. We will always do our best to accommodate such requests, but cannot guarantee placements.
Yes, recreational swimming is offered each day in the aquatic facility located onsite! At swim time, the children are well supervised both by Camp Riverwood staff as well as certified Petticoat Creek pool lifeguards. Children that are not strong swimmers are restricted to and are supervised in the shallow end. Riverwood does have an optional instructional swim program, click here for more details!
Safe, supervised school bus transportation is offered to and from camp at no additional cost. Camp Riverwood provides point-to-point bus service to The Beaches, West Hill, Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Brooklin and Oshawa. Your child will get on and off the bus at the stop you designate on your application form. No child will be let off the bus unless a parent or legal guardian is at the stop or unless the camp has received written authorization indicating alternate arrangements.