City Scouts Summer 2020

June 16th -

 

It is with heavy hearts we have decided that City Scouts will be canceled this summer.

 

Sam and I worked hard over the last month and successfully created a comprehensive plan that met the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario protocols for physical distancing and sanitation. However, we came to the conclusion the constraints the plan imposed wouldn't allow us to meet our primary obligation - to have loads of fun! Activities like Food Day, Island Day, Urbania, TTC use and the PATH would have to be taken out creating an entirely different camp experience.

 

We'll be back in 2021 with the program we planned for 2020 and more - but without the onerous restrictions. For those who choose to maintain their registration for next year, we are sending out a City Scouts T-shirt to thank you! Simply respond to this email indicating you would like to defer to next year. Otherwise, our regular refund policy remains in effect. Please allow 2 weeks for refunds to be processed.

If you have any questions or want to speak further please reply to this email or call me at (647) 938-2515.

We wish everyone a happy and safe summer - see you next year!

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What is City Scouts?

City Scouts is an urban adventure camp for boys and girls 10-13-years-old. Our mission is to foster independence and to teach campers how to navigate and appreciate everything their city has to offer. Kids explore, learn, taste, play, compete, and build wherever they go. By the end of each week, City Scouts have developed the confidence and knowledge to explore many areas of Toronto, while at the same time, embrace the wonders of the outdoors within an urban environment.

 

The campers are split into small groups, this summer into groups of five. We welcome all kids 10-13-years-old and weekly rates range from $320 to $395.

City Scout headquarters is located at the Church of the Holy Trinity, near Bay and Queen Street and new protocols are in place for morning drop off. Please see the COVID-19 page for further details.

"We often think of camp as synonymous with the presence of a lake, some forest, canoes and campfires. Of course, camp isn’t that. You could even have all those things and still not have camp. A better definition would be this: counsellors who work to bring kids together to have fun, to grow, to experience new things, and to build friendships, skills and resilience. And, while City Scouts may not look like the camp stereotype, it nevertheless provides all of those things in abundance.

 

Riley Millican founded City Scouts in a belief in the power of counsellors’ ability to build great relationships, and in the understanding that the urban jungle, in and of itself, is a fantastic place to explore. This isn’t about going to attractions—the ROM one day, the AGO the next, and Wonderland at the end of the week—but really digging in and experiencing the city in and of itself. Which, frankly, kids love, as well they should.

 

The city is a vibrant place that they often only see while on their way somewhere; they lack authentic opportunities to interact with the spaces and the people they find there. City Camp is, for many kids, a unique opportunity to slow down, even within the urban rush, and to explore their world in a new way with a bunch of other kids just like them, and all wearing the same t-shirts. For parents, it’s a great, eminently cost-effective option, right there on your doorstep."

Our Kids, Summer 2019

Testimonials

"Our 12-year-old daughter had a fantastic time with City Scouts! She learned so many things about the city we live in that she doesn’t normally have a chance to do, like visiting a trial in progress, a TV show being filmed, looking up our street at the Toronto Archives... and best of all she learned how to navigate the city. Thank you for an awesome experience!"

                                                                                                                  Belinda Chang​

"Alessandro loved City Scouts! He had so much fun running around the downtown with you guys and visiting all the neat locations, especially the old Don Jail! He also really enjoyed learning about the Toronto Archives and keeps asking for us to go there and look up our house. This past weekend we were downtown and Alessandro was so comfortable walking around (including in the underground PATH) and kept pointing out interesting buildings and sites. Alessandro said City Scouts was the best day camp he’s ever been to (and he has been to a lot!). You’ll definitely see us next year! Thanks for the great experience."

Theresa Grosso

"Boaz had an amazing experience at camp with you. He was exhausted at the end of every day, and at the same time could not wait to wake up to go back. In his one week with you, he grew in confidence, level of independence, street smarts, and navigation skills. I have been telling everyone about your camp!"

Sidura Ludwig

"As a parent in Toronto, there is so much to be worried about and there is a tendency to protect kids from any risk to the point that they are never given freedom to explore. Riley Millican has created an amazingly special camp that gave my son the opportunity to learn more about our city and the tools to navigate it! We will definitely be signing up again for this summer."

Tiffany Knight

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