Discovery Camp

Mission Statement

At Discovery Camp, we strive to offer unique and challenging programs that promote independence, teamwork and creativity in our campers, while providing a safe and fun environment where skills are fostered and friendships are made.


The Discovery Camp experience is unique in that the majority of the camp programs are run by teachers certified by the Ontario College of Teachers. Most of the program staff have spent several years working in classroom and experiential education. Our staff also provides us with one of Discovery Camp’s greatest strengths: a tremendous camper to staff ratio. Additionally, all camp staff are certified in First Aid and CPR. Combine their special skills and stimulating programming with our safe and engaging environment, and the result is a small, community-oriented camp with a difference.

2020 Camp Dates

Campers are welcome to register for more than one session of Discovery Camp, though we recommend campers in Choose Your Own Adventure try new programs each week.

Session 1 Monday, June 29th to Friday, July 3rd
Programs offered: Junior Bears, Choose Your Own Adventure, Leadership
Session 2 Monday, July 6th to Friday, July 10th
Programs offered: Junior Bears, Choose Your Own Adventure, Leadership
Session 3 Monday, July 13th to Friday, July 17th
Programs offered: Junior Bears, Choose Your Own Adventure

Camp Times

With so many families dropping kids off every day, we need the help of all families to ensure a safe drop-off. Our staff will be on site starting at 8:45 a.m. and will be present to greet children at that time. Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every weekday. Much like the beginning of the day, a fluid pick-up process is imperative to ensure the safety of all campers. Pick-up is from 4:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. daily with the exceptions of those participating in the Leadership trip.

Before Care

Supervised care is available for any campers who are unable to be dropped off after 8:45 a.m. Before care is available as of 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, and is offered at a flat rate of $50/week.

Lunch option

TCS Food Services will be offering a delicious lunch, with lots of variety that campers will love, for our Choose Your Own Adventure and Leadership campers this summer. Lunch is available for $40/camper per week for Choose Your Own Adventure campers. See registration form for details. Please note that this option is not available to Junior Bears campers and that it is included in the cost of enrolment for the Leadership program.

2020 Camp Programs

Junior Bears (Ages 4-7)
June 29-July 3 (Session 1), July 6-10 (Session 2), July 13-17 (Session 3)

The Junior Bears program is an exciting week jam-packed with a variety of activities. It is designed to provide a safe, meaningful program for the youngest campers. The counselors will lead the campers through a variety of cooperative games to foster friendship, sportsmanship and teamwork skills. They will participate in many traditional sports, such as soccer and t-ball. Junior Bears will also explore artistic programs such as tie-dying, music, drama games and more! With a daily swim, dress up theme days and exciting special guests, the Junior Bears camp is bound to be a great experience for every camper!

Choose Your Own Adventure (Ages 7-13)
June 29-July 3 (Session 1 ), July 6-10 (Session 2 ), July 13-17 (Session 3 )

Each camper can select a morning program and an afternoon program that they will participate in during their week at camp. Options for campers vary by week; morning and afternoon offerings (details below) include a variety of fun and unique activities. (Spaces in programs are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Although we strive to do so, we are unable to guarantee that campers will be placed in their first choice of program but are certain that each camper will have a meaningful experience in whichever program they are placed.)

Leadership (Ages 12-14)
June 29-July 10 (July 4 & 5 excluded)

The Leadership program continues to offer a unique experience for our oldest campers as they are pushed to think and work outside of the box in a variety of unique environments. This two-week program is filled with activities for all campers, including paddling, caving, hiking and rock climbing. Don’t worry – it’s not all hardcore! The group will do some cool activities, with the main focus on teamwork and personal growth. In the second week, the group will head to Silent Lake for a 3-day camping trip that will no doubt be a memorable experience! All excursions, tripping expenses and meals while at camp are included in the cost.

*Note: does not reflect extra cost of lunch option.

Program Age Restrictions

Occasionally, families request an exception to the age restrictions for each program. While we understand that all campers are unique, and we are keen to be accommodating, we are also very intentional in our programming from an “age and stage” perspective. To ensure an equal opportunity for all campers, we will be strictly following the guidelines below for summer 2020 and onwards.

Junior Bears: Campers must be four years old by their first day of camp.
Choose Your Own Adventure: Campers who will be seven years old before August 31, 2020 may request an exception to participate in this program.
Leadership: Campers who will be 12 years old before August 31, 2020 may request an exception to participate in this program.

Please direct requests to Acting Director of Summer Programs, David Brown (

Choose Your Own Adventure Program Offerings

Session 1: June 29-July 3 Session 2: July 6-10 Session 3: July 13-17
Morning Morning Morning
Aspiring Artists
Film Making
Fun with Experiments
Olympic Games
Aspiring Artists
Olympic Games
Rockets: Build & Launch
Racquet Sports
Aspiring Artists
Olympic Games
Survival Skills
Racquet Sports
Afternoon Afternoon Afternoon
Dance Troupe
Fun in the Field
Magic Makers
Racquet Sports
Dance Troupe
Music Mania
Fun in the Field
Improv & Theatre Games
Dance Troupe
Music Mania
Fun in the Field
Improv & Theatre Games

Aspiring Artists - Unleash your creativity with fellow artists and campers at Discovery Camp this summer! Using a wide variety of materials – including everything from the finest fabrics to things found in your backyard – artists will have fun with daily projects with a focus on imagination. Campers will experience a comfortable environment in which to develop new skills and techniques. Whether you’re into finger painting or Picasso, we look forward to putting your artistry to the test!

Dance Troupe - Ever thought of auditioning for So You Think You Can Dance? Well this is the next best thing! Learn how to pop, lock and drop it! Learn skills in hip-hop, tap, jazz and musical theatre! Get excited and get your dancing shoes on!

Film Making - Campers will be introduced to the basics of shooting and editing a video. The group will work to produce their own short film for all of their adoring fans. Action!

Fun in the Field - This program will explore a wide variety of active and cooperative games, with a focus on developing teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills. With a fresh roster of games and activities each day, this will be an outdoor experience that goes unmatched! Fun in the Field is sure to be exciting and challenging for every camper!

Fun with Experiments - Let your inner mad scientist shine! Campers will conduct a wide variety of experiments including building their own volcano, creating colourful eruptions from lemon juice and making rainbows appear on paper. Through these hands-on experiments, campers will learn about reactions, light waves and much more. Put on a lab coat and goggles and get ready to join your fellow campers for some fun!

Improv & Theatre Games - If you’re interested in acting, mimicry or physical comedy, this session is for you! Through a series of group and individual exercises, campers will learn how to adapt to situations and develop spontaneity on stage. Campers will put their creativity to the test while developing teamwork skills as they work and learn alongside their fellow actors and friends!

Magic Makers - Campers will explore techniques for slight-of-hand, illusions and misdirection, with a focus on showmanship and fun! Using cards, coins, and every day camp materials, campers will learn the tricks of the trade!

Music Mania - Campers will have an opportunity to explore a variety of music mediums through a range of creative activities. Whether you’re discovering a new instrument, naming that tune, collaborating in a rhythm circle, or writing your own song, Music Mania is sure to be a week of fun for every camper. No prior music experience is necessary!

Olympic Games - If you’re an avid sports fan, Olympic Games is for you! Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or new to the field, this program will give you the opportunity to let loose in a variety of cool sports that will encourage teamwork, skill development and fun. The sports we do aren’t set in stone. If there’s something you want to play, we’ll play it!

Racquet Sports - Whether you are a beginner or headed to Wimbledon, check out Discovery Camp’s racquets program. Sports include, but are not limited to, tennis, squash, badminton and table tennis. Camp will provide all necessary equipment but campers are asked to bring non-marking shoes.

Rockets: Build & Launch - Find your inner astronaut and join in on this new Discovery Camp program where campers will have the opportunity to design, assemble, enhance and launch their own rocket over the course of the week. Campers will be challenged in exciting new ways, and safety will remain our top priority. 3...2...1...Blast off!

Survival Skills - When the unexpected happens be prepared to “PLAN”. Whether it’s a natural disaster or a camping trip, campers will learn to Protect themselves, Locate their position based on their surroundings, Acquire food and water, and navigate themselves to safety using a variety of games and scenarios.

Location & Facilities

Discovery Camp is operated on the Trinity College School campus at 55 Deblaquire Street North in Port Hope, Ontario. Campers have access to all facilities at Trinity College School including the gym, pool, field space, classrooms and assembly rooms.


Bussing is available to and from camp for any campers ages 7 and up. Bussing is a flat rate of $80/week and is not available on a day-by-day basis. Bus stops will include: Peterborough, Bailieboro, Ajax, Whitby, Courtice and Bowmanville. Exact locations for drop-off and pick-up will be confirmed at a later date.


Just west of Cobourg and east of Courtice, Discovery Camp is located minutes off of Hwy 401 at Exit 464 (Port Hope/Hwy 28). If coming from Hwy 401 westbound, turn left onto Ontario Street and then left onto Rose Glen Road. If coming from Hwy 401 eastbound, turn left on Rose Glen Road. Follow Rose Glen Road as it bends south until you see the school entrance on your right (just past Beatrice Strong Public School and just before the Ward Street intersection). The school entrance will lead directly to LeVan Hall, which is the camp drop-off and pick-up area. Parking is available just inside the Rose Glen Road entrance, on the left.

Registration - 2020 Camp

Registration will be available beginning on March 2, 2020. We are unable to process registrations over the phone. All registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of payment. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Refunds & Payment

Space is limited. Enrolment is complete upon completion of online registration, including payment.

At the end of June, all camper families can expect an email communication including program details, such as what to bring to camp. Full refunds will be approved if a medical certificate is provided. Partial refunds (minus 10%) will be approved up to two weeks prior to the start of camp if the camper withdraws from the program. If, for any behavioural reason, the camper is asked to leave Discovery Camp, no refunds will be made.

Contact Us

All camp programs are open to the public. Please feel free to contact our Acting Director of Summer Programs David Brown at or 905-885-3217 ext. 1607.