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Hilltop Summer Discovery Program outdoor education

Campus Day Camps & Programs

Campers looking for a fun way to spend their summer days will love our camp with its combination of traditional camp activities, fun projects and outdoor education. Pickering College has a long history of offering exceptional experiential education to students, and we are proud to incorporate these principles which build resilience and leadership in our camp program. 

Our camp is located on our main campus, a beautiful 42-acre space with ample outdoor recreation space including several wooded areas, four large fields, a baseball diamond, a rubberized surface track and several outdoor classrooms. 

Each week campers will visit our nearby Blue & Silver Farm for a full-day camp activity and cookout day. Come join us for fresh air, healthy activity and to meet new friends. 

A fresh and nutritious lunch is provided daily for campers. 

We feel we must take every step possible to protect the wellbeing of our campers and staff.  Getting vaccinated is one of the most important means to combat the severity and impact of COVID-19 in our community.   At Pickering College, 100% of our staff are fully vaccinated. All volunteers, visitors and contractors must show proof of being fully vaccinated to be on campus. We require all eligible campers to be fully vaccinated 14 days before their camp session begins.

Safety is our highest priority and we will follow all Ministry of Health recommendations with regards to COVID-19. Should the site be closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, families will be given full refunds.   

For more information please email auxiliaryprograms@pickeringcollege.on.ca

Sample Schedule

8:15 a.m. - Staggered arrival at Front Circle

8:45 a.m. - Inquiry Activities connected to weekly theme

10:00 a.m. - Break (snack, water, washroom, sunscreen, mask replacement, etc.,)

10:15 a.m. – Rotation 1 (crafts, active games or experiments connected to the weekly theme)

11:00 a.m. – Rotation 2 (crafts, active games or experiments connected to the weekly theme)

11:45 a.m. – Lunch and recess

12:45 p.m. – Rotation 3 (crafts, active games or experiments connected to the weekly theme)

1:45 p.m. – Break (snack, water, washroom, sunscreen, mask replacement, etc.,)

2:00 p.m. – Group Activity Time (water play, co-operative games, etc.,)

3:00 p.m. – Staggered Pick-Up

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 – Aftercare Program

Summer Day Camps (Kindergarten to Grade 5)


$370 Early Registration 

Outdoor education at summer camp


Week 1: June 20-24, 2022

Interacting with our Ecosystem

Campers will participate in daily full campus active games, crafts and experiments to experience the roles of different plants and animals in the ecosystem and to gain understanding about how different species rely on each other for survival. 


young boy holding out his hand with worm


Week 2: June 27-June 30, 2022

Earth, Wind, Fire, Water

This week of camp focuses on exploring the elements of earth, fire, wind and water. Campers can look forward to a creative week of learning what makes each element special through active games, crafts and experiments, and how the four elements can work together.

*This camp is a Four-day camp.  July 1 is Canada Day.  Prices are adjusted accordingly. 


young girl enjoying water play with cups of water and sponges


Week 3: July 4-8, 2022

Survival Challenge! 

Campers in Week 3 will explore how people can use found materials to survive the elements. They will play interactive, full campus games to learn signaling and basic wilderness first aid, make crafts to aid their survival, and experiment with different survival foods and supplies. 


young girl wearing mask with multiple non perishable food items in front of her


Week 4: July 11-15, 2022

Treasure Hunting, Archeology and Orienteering

Week 4 campers are in for an exciting week of map reading, campus quests and buried treasure. Active games will take campers all over campus to practice their skills, crafts will allow them to create beautiful personal artifacts, and experiments will teach them the science behind archeology and valuable natural materials.


two young girls wearing masks looking over a field of hay


Week 5: July 18-22, 2022

Traditions and our land 

All around the world First Peoples have used the land around them for sustenance, but also for arts, games and cultural traditions. This week will allow campers to experiment with the materials found on the land and explore some of the fascinating traditional games and arts from around the world. 



young boy painting a rock


Week 6: July 25-29, 2022

Leadership and the Great Outdoors

Campers in Week 6 will focus developing their skills as a leader, designing activities for other campers and leading a small survival activity on campus. This is a great way to end the summer and return to school feeling confident. 



Week 7: August 2-5, 2022

Creator Mode

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to roleplay your favourite online games - outside? In this dynamic camp week, campers will participate in a series of quests, creating their own environment to earn experience points and level up their outdoor game

*This camp is a Four-day camp.  August 1 is a Civic Holiday.  Prices are adjusted accordingly. 

young girl presenting her machine she created


Week 8: August 8-12, 2022

Life in the Clouds

What exactly is happening up above us, and how can we get a peek? Campers will explore different types of aviation, from birds and planes to rockets and drones for different views of the world around them. They will enjoy making movies from a birds' eye view and considering what exactly clouds are made of anyways!



Mathtasia (Math program for Grades 6-8)

Pickering College is once again offering its intermediate math program for students in Grades 6-8, Mathtasia. Pickering College teachers and counsellors will support students in building their mathematical skills to meaningfully experience the subject and prepare them for their next grade.
Students will work together through hands-on, fun-filled leadership activities, to promote community and collaboration among peers of all levels of math such that students leave with new friends, new ideas, and a new perspective on mathematics. To further develop their leadership skills, they will create and lead an activity for younger campers.


Week 8: August 8-12, 2022


Space is limited. Minimum numbers must be reached to run programs.

Middle school math campers