New for Summer 2021!
The City Scouts'
Urban Adventure Experience
Teams of City Scouts venture to an outpost of their choice to discover, taste, and learn about Toronto,
one neighborhood at a time
This summer, City Scouts is taking our mission of urban adventure to the next level. All campers will experience Toronto in a new way - through an exciting interactive game!
How it works
Campers are split into teams of five players and provided all the materials they need to get around the city. Each team decides which 'outpost' they will explore, which route to take to get there and choose from a variety of activities once they get there to maximize the number of points they can collect in a day.
The City Scout map has divided up the city into 1 km squares or outposts and each square has a diverse range of activities specific to that area. Outposts range from High Park to the Beaches, from the lake to The Junction, and the further out a team is willing to travel the more points they earn.
At the end of the day, campers return, tally up their points and share their adventures, the foods they sampled, the games they played, and what they learned about their outposts. At the end of the week, campers take a ferry to Toronto Island to explore the parks and beaches and go for a dip in refreshing Lake Ontario.
Activities for each outpost are broken down into four categories - adventure, coaching, tasting, and bounty
Adventures or games are the back bone of the City Scouts experience. We've hosted many fun games such as the Kensington High-Low Game where campers explore the market to find the most expensive and least expensive item. This year we are adding more complexity to the games by encouraging campers to take a closer look at the spaces they are exploring.
City Scouts creates a balance between education and fun by teaching campers little-known historical facts about the city, important landmarks, ethnic foods, and a TTC safety session. Each day campers will learn fascinating details about their outpost, hear short stories about the neighbourhood, its historical significance, the people who live and work there. At the end of the day, campers are tested on their new knowledge and gain points for correct answers.
There are over 250 ethnicities in the Toronto region, with 180 different dialects spoken. As a result the amazing food options now available across the city play a key role in the City Scouts experience. This summer each team will taste something unique and different every day, from canelé and kangaroo to crickets and callaloo!
The bounty represents the points earned by each team throughout the week. Perhaps they need to take a picture of a street sign, pick some wildflowers, create a piece of art from random objects or ask a police officer for directions. Campers can search for bounty anytime during the week while traveling between neighbourhoods or during downtime at the end of the day.
What will this all look like?
Here are some examples of a few of the activities we'll be running this summer!