Pawsitively Pets encourages all children to explore their love of pets and animals. Working with animals is not only a great learning experience for children, it allows them to build confidence, self-esteem and a sense of compassion and enhances their imagination and interest in learning about science and nature. Our wonderful team of rescue animals will take your child on an educational learning adventure, bring camp fun, and learning to life!
Pawsitively Pets offers Winter Break camp programs for campers 4-11 years old. Under the Ministry of Education guidelines, all campers MUST be 4 years old as of the first day of camp to attend our programs.
2021 Winter Break Programs – Program available for in-person camp for TORONTO & OTTAWA locations ONLY
This year we will have our regular in-person hands-on animal camp as well as our Outdoor Forest & Nature School (indoor space is available for this program in extreme weather and warming breaks.) Toronto Winter Break Camp Extended Care available from 8am – 8:30am & 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Outdoor Forest & Nature Camp:
This camp is open to children 4 to 11 years old. This program allows our nature lovers to experience the outdoors and nature, by joining us for camp that is fully immersed in the outdoors and nature. All of our programs are created with the concept of experiential learning, exploring our curiosity for nature and the natural world. Working with our experienced team of outdoor educators children will connect with nature and living things, spending their entire day outside exploring the world around them. This is a unique experience that is difficult to achieve in conventional learning environments. This camp program takes place outside – rain, snow or shine. Indoor space is available in the event of extreme weather and for warming breaks.
“Children and youth should have the opportunity to play and learn in forests, parks, meadows, and mud puddles” (Outdoor Play Canada, 2018).
Outdoor learning at Pawsitively Pets embraces pawsitivity and connection. Our outdoor exploration will strengthen and build upon our understanding of these values.
Pawsitivity and connection with ourselves – Campers will be encouraged and reminded to check in with themselves, asking questions like, how am I feeling? If I’m thirsty, should I be getting out my water bottle and having a drink of water? If I’m too warm, should I take off my jacket and keep it safely in my backpack until I need it again? Is what I am doing making me feel happy and secure? Should I tell my teacher that I need a washroom break?
Pawsitivity and connection with others – Relationship building is invaluable for every child and everyone. A connectedness to others and contributing as a group and a community enhances children and families’ sense of belonging (Ministry of Education, 2014). Inclusivity is paramount. Every child will be welcomed, included, listened to, and appreciated for their viewpoint and individuality. We will be exploring and learning together.
Pawsitivity and connection with nature – As we respect ourselves and others, so too we respect nature. Kindness and gratitude to nature is an essential element of outdoor learning. Each day we meet, we will strive to become responsible and exceptional stewards of our environment; learning about and taking good care of the plants, trees and animals around us.
Hands-on Animal Camp:
Little Lambs: Campers 4-5 years old – Program available for TORONTO/GTA locations ONLY. Pawsitively Pets allows children to explore their love of animals through a hands-on program that incorporates animals, creativity, games and arts in a fun, engaging age-appropriate programs. The Little Lambs camp program focuses on allowing children to explore a variety of animals through hands-on interaction and learning. The Little Lambs Program is designed for children 4 to 5 years old to attend independently for a full-day or half-day. Children should be comfortable attending a program without their parent or caregiver to register for this program and fully toilet trained. The program focuses on sensory awareness, tactile stimulation, refining motor skills and enhancing each child’s imagination. During our Winter Break Programs we have the opportunity to come for part-weeks or full weeks. Staff/Leader to camper ratio for Little Lambs is 1 staff to 6 campers. Please see the link below for locations, dates and pricing, and discount opportunities.
Big Bunnies: Campers 6-8 years old. The Christmas Break is an exciting time for children, spending time exploring the love of pets and animals is a great learning experience for children to spend some structured fun learning time after all the excitement of the holiday season. The program will provide children 6 to 8 years old with a hands-on interactive animal experience.
The Big Bunnies Program provides age appropriate daily activities interacting with a wide variety of animals, working with them hands-on and understanding more about them, their care and how to safely interact with them. Staff/Leader to camper ratio for Big Bunnies is 1 staff to 8 campers. Please see the link below for locations, dates and pricing, and discount opportunities.
Animal Friends: Campers 9-11 years old. This program will allow our older campers to become young animal ambassadors for our rescue team of animals. They will learn all about our animal’s needs, rescue and shelters and basic care needs, including feeding the animals, enrichment activities and the key elements that make them good pets for some families and others. The key focus of this program is to develop responsible animal advocates that understand pets are a life-long commitment and learn the key aspects, life expectancy and care requirements of all types of different pets. Staff/Leader to camper ratio for Animal Friends is 1 staff to 9 campers.
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