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  • Type:
    Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Adventure (multi)
  • Cost:
    $1,020 to $1,145/week
  • Ages:
    7 to 16
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
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  • Summary Profile

    About The Pine Project

    Get outside and discover your full potential! At Red Wolf Overnight Camp, campers have the rare opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the wilderness. Living backcountry, campers practice survival skills, explore the forest, canoe, hike, play games, and more. They leave with a sense of confidence and resilience, life-long friendships, and a deep connection to nature.

    • Special needs: Yes, mild support. A few of our campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community


    COVID-19 Response 

    Pine programs adhere to provincial and municipal public health guidelines as they continue to evolve. Please feel free to reach out to our team at [email protected] for the most current information on measures we're taking to ensure the safety of our participants, staff and families.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from The Pine Project


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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; The Pine Project currently has 5 programs available; 1 TBD.

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    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
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    Class/league/program
    Coed
    Ages: 1 - 15
    Nature/Environment
    $495 to $2,295/program
    East York, Toronto, ON
    373 Cedarvale Avenue
    Oct 03, 2022-Jun 11, 2023$495 - $2,295/program
    Survival skills|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|Leadership Training|Nature/Environment|Zoology|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Hiking
    Class/league/program
    Coed
    Ages: 1 - 15
    Nature/Environment
    $495 to $2,295/program
    Bloor West Village, Toronto, ON
    21 Old Mill Road
    Oct 03, 2022-Jun 11, 2023$495 - $2,295/program
    Survival skills|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|Leadership Training|Nature/Environment|Zoology|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Hiking
    Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|Leadership Training|Nature/Environment|Zoology|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Hiking
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 7 - 14
    Wilderness Skills
    $1,145/week
    Survival skills|Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|Nature/Environment|Zoology|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Hiking|Canoeing|Fishing|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 15 - 16
    Adventure (multi)
    $3,435/3 weeks
    Haliburton, ON
    276 Carlaw Ave. Unit 302
    Aug 06-26 $3,435/3 weeks
    Survival skills|Travel|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|CIT/LIT Program|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Nature/Environment|Zoology|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Hiking|Canoeing|Fishing|Swimming
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 12
    Nature/Environment
    $415
    Survival skills|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|Leadership Training|Nature/Environment|Zoology|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Hiking



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes

    Scholarships & awards:

    • Bursary Fund

      Amount: 70% Deadline: Rolling
      Type: Need based
      Age: 1 to 18
      Details: Our Best Day Ever Bursary Fund helps provide people the opportunity to participate in Pine programs and connect to nature, regardless of their financial situation. The Fund is a limited fund that enables people to participate who would otherwise not be able to afford the full cost of Pine programs. The fund only provides assistance for program fees, not for travel or other costs. The majority of our bursaries are for 20-50% of a program’s tuition; however, in some cases, up to 70% is awarded. Priority is given to children and families, and to educators working with children and families.
      Application Details: The bursary application process involves a simple online form with questions regarding your family's financial need.
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of The Pine Project

    our take

    While all camps are unique, the Pine Project is something of a rarity in that it offers both day programs in the city and overnight programs at a rural property. It’s a nice plus, allowing campers to attend different programs, and grow into overnight camp while staying within the same organization, culture, and to some extent personnel. In all, the Pine Project presents a tried and true array of camp activity, from woods lore, to skill development, to wilderness tripping and adventure. All activities are a means of getting at confidence, belonging, and fun, which is after all what camp is all about. Programs are based on academic research and insight, particularly undertaken at the University of Waterloo, so is sound both in curriculum, intent, and outcomes. Though, as with any great camp, kids learn and build skills entirely unaware that all the fun their having is good for them, too. 



    Editor's Review

    Three Things: The Pine Project

    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at The Pine Project



    User reviews of The Pine Project  — Read all 6 reviews


    Your instructors are a cut above
    Parent of a Pine camper (Parent)

    We love Pine camp - in particular, your instructors are a cut above all other day camps.

    An experience that should not be missed
    Parent of a Pine camper (Parent)

    “Pine is an experience that should not be missed for all Toronto youth. The kindness of counselors along with their attention to getting to know each child individually is only equalled by the outdoor experience delivered. ... Read More

    The best education beyond the classroom
    Parent of a Pine participant (Parent)

    “This is the BEST education beyond the standard classroom. It offers children hands on learning by instructors who care about each child as an individual, providing them with a wealth of knowledge of the natural world in a classroom that is ever changing.” ... Read More

    A must have for kids who love nature
    Parent of two Pine campers (Parent)

    “Pine is by far the best city based day camp we have gone to. A must for kids who love nature, for parents who want to see their kids grow and gain confidence and independence. Pine counselors are a cut above all other camps. ... Read More

    A transformative experience
    Parent of a Pine participant (Parent)

    “I can’t overstate the impact that the program has had on my kids. In these formative years, the Pine Project has cultivated their curiosity and creativity, and established a solid foundation for a life-long connection with nature. It is a transformative experience.” ... Read More

    My favourite camp ever
    Pine camper (Camper)

    "My favourite camp ever is Pine camp."

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    Haliburton, ON
    276 Carlaw Ave. Unit 302, Toronto, Ontario, M4M 3L1
    East York, Toronto
    373 Cedarvale Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4C 2W3
    Bloor West Village, Toronto
    21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, Ontario, M8X 1G5

    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Tents

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Outhouses

    More details about accommodations: Our programs take place entirely outside - rain or shine - in all seasons. Nature is our "facility"! Programs that operate out of city parks make use of private portable toilets. At overnight camp, campers have the opportunity to camp and live backcountry. In the true spirit of nature connection and resilience building, we have no electricity, running water or buildings (other than tents and handmade shelters). Campers have access to a wilderness latrine, similar to what you might find backcountry in Algonquin.

    Is The Pine Project technology free? Yes Our camps are a chance for participants to unplug from daily distractions, expand their awareness, use their hands to create, and connect with their peers face-to-face. We do not permit the use of any electronics, including cell phones and cameras.



    Property Details

    Landscape

    • Forested Area
    • Lake/Pond/River
    • Nature Trails

    More details about property: Our urban programs take place at two main locations within Toronto - King's Mill Park in the West End and Stan Wadlow Park in the East End - giving kids have the chance to explore Toronto's wilder side. Red Wolf Overnight Camp takes place in the forest on the Bark Lake property, nestled between 2 small lakes, where we swim, canoe, catch frogs and watch the sun set.



    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    The Pine Project partners with local schools to deliver weekly outdoor education programming for students ages 4-16 at our two Toronto locations: Stan Wadlow Park (East End) and King's Mill Park (West End). Please email [email protected] for more information! Please note: We do not offer single field trip-style programs.


    Associations

    Ontario Camps Association Associations


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Andrew McMartin, Executive Director

    Many adults have a special place in nature that they can draw up in their memory. A place where they caught frogs, got stung by bees, climbed trees, or built forts. They may even be able to remember what it smelled like, what birds lived there, where the fox made its den, or a number of different bumps and bruises they got along the way - evidence of great adventures! These are the kinds of experiences we hope to impart on today's children.

    The Pine Project provides a space where kids can explore, ask questions, take risks and get very dirty!

    At the end of their time with us, children may have burs in their hair, clay on their face, and dirt under their nails. Each of these is a thread, a connection to the natural world that, in addition to clogging up the laundry machine, brings them one step further on their path to connecting with nature, and ultimately themselves.

    For us it doesn’t matter if the child’s path is heading towards a life as a naturalist, a biologist, an artist, or mechanic. We see again and again that spending time in nature with great mentors can help a person uncover their unique gifts, and add strength in curiosity, adaptability, creativity and resilience. All are tools that we believe set up kids well for a successful future.

    Thank you for considering the Pine Project. We hope to have the opportunity to help fill your child's life with fun, laughs, dirt, and adventure.



    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does The Pine Project have good reviews?
    We've collected reviews from past attendees. Read 6 reviews of The Pine Project here.

    What types of programs does The Pine Project offer?
    The Pine Project runs: year-round programs, day camps, overnight camps. Programming specializes in: Nature/Environment, Wilderness Skills, Adventure (multi). Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does The Pine Project start?
    The Pine Project has programs for children aged 7 to 16.

    How much does is cost to attend The Pine Project?
    Fees to attend The Pine Project range from $1,020 to $1,145/week.

    Does The Pine Project offer support for children with special needs?
    The Pine Project offers some mild support for children with special needs. Please contact the director to discuss your needs.

    Does The Pine Project offer busing?
    No, The Pine Project does not offer transportation.



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