High up in the mountains of Sutton there is great hiking summer nature camp that has been running since 2012!
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At a glance:
- Training program for aspiring camp monitors (13 to 15 years old)
- 6 weeks of day camp
- Different theme each week (from 6 to 12 years old)
- 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
- Thursday - Festive evening at Huttopia - ends at 7 p.m.
- Groups of a minimum of 10 young people and a maximum of 21 young people per week (first come, first served)
- Children will be grouped according to their ability, energy and motivation. It is possible that brothers and sisters end up in different groups.
- Registration form is available HERE. Places are limited, so you can only register your child for a maximum of 3 weeks.You must complete ONE FORM PER KID, and the process is completed only after verification of disponibility by PENS staff.
PLEASE NOTE: 4 Summits Day Camp is above all a HIKING and trail discovery camp. Hikes of different lengths and intensities will be proposed each week. Please ensure your child(ren) is well informed and enthusiastic to come hike with us ?
WEEK BY WEEK:
The counselor in training (CIT) program will be enhanced compared to previous years to include more training and support throughout the summer. This program will support teen CITs in the development of their animation competencies and leadership skills! The program is free and the deadline to sign up is April 30th.
Click here to sign up: https://form.jotform.com/210564891997270
Week 0 - Training week: June 26-30, 2023
Integration of the team and training of apprentices (13-15 years old)
The apprentice facilitator program will be enhanced, with more training and support during the summer, to further develop the facilitation and leadership skills of your teens! The deadline to register is May 1st, and it's free!!!
To register: https://form.jotform.com/210564891997270
Week 1 - Life in the Woods: July 3-7, 2023
Construction of huts and tools, introduction to herbalism and wild cooking, orientation in the forest, introduction to the "Leave no trace" principle, and possibility of participating in an expedition with sleep IN the forest (for older children. e.s only, and on condition of being ready to live the adventure)
Week 2 - Land art and more: July 10 to 14, 2023
Week focusing on the sensitivity, imagination and creativity of children to build ephemeral works - individual and collective - along the paths, from materials and inspiration collected along the paths. Hiking included, of course.
Week 3 - Soft week: July 17 to 21, 2023
Week of initiation to the mountains, the forest and hiking for the youngest and for those with a little less need to move, with easier hikes, more games and less cardio. We are still going to walk every day, but in a more relaxed mode.
NO CAMP the week of July 24-28
Week 4 - 4 Summits Week: July 31 to August 4, 2023
The most active week, for those who can't get enough! Longer hikes, trail running, orientation, introduction to the ''Leave no trace'' principle.
Week 5 - Life in the woods: August 7 to 11, 2023
Construction of huts and tools, introduction to herbalism and wild cooking, orientation, introduction to the ''Leave no trace'' principle, and possibility of participating in an expedition with sleep IN the forest (for older children only, and provided you are ready to live the adventure)
Week 6 - Nature Arts: August 15 to 19, 2022
Living arts week in the forest - to be specified later, depending on collaborations
A program adapted and intended for young people between 13 and 15 years old who aspire to become guides animators in the forest! The program is free, and one week of training including first aid training contains. During the summer, a pair of apprentice guides accompany each group on hikes and expeditions. They will learn more about the role of the guide in the forest, animation, creativity, safety and the care of children. A great opportunity to develop leadership and sense of responsibility, all in a fun setting!
The young person who successfully completes the program will receive a certificate from the PENS aspirant-monitor program. Young graduates of our program will then have priority over the positions of assistant-monitors for subsequent summers, or animator guides, from the age of 16.
To register: https://form.jotform.com/210564891997270
February 13, 2023 - Call for applications for counselors
March 13, 2023 - Registration opens for children attending school in Sutton, Abercorn, Dunham, Frelighsburg, Brome Lake and Cowansville (including homeschoolers).
March 20, 2023 - Registration opens for other children who have previously participated in the camp.
March 27, 2023 - Registration opens for all other children.
March 31, 2023 - Deadline to apply as a counselor.
April 30, 2023 - Deadline to apply as a counselor in training (CIT).
All campers must have with them on site:
- 2 water bottles
- Hand sanitizer
- Insect repellent
- Backpack appropriate to the size of the child
- 1 rain coat
- 1 rain pants
- Running shoes or hiking boots
- A bathing suit
- A hat
- A full change of clothes
- A warm jacket (sometimes a tuque and mittens are also needed)
Please note that we hike and play outside even in the rain.
It is essential to dress accordingly.
In addition, children must carry all of their equipment themselves. Please include only what is necessary.
Rates for one week (taxes included)
- $185 for children attending schools in Sutton, Abercorn, Cowansville, Dunham, Freligshburg and Brome Lake (including Thursday night dinner).
- $235 for children living in other regions (including Thursday night dinner).
- Additional fees for the initiation to mountain biking activity and for the forest sleepover expedition (in accordance with partner rates).
- 10% discount for sibling registrations.
- Financial assistance program upon request. If the price is an obstacle to your child's attendance, do not hesitate to ask!
Registration opens on March 13th for children who attend school in Sutton and the immediate area, on March 20th for other children who have previously attended camp, and on March 27st for all other children.
Registration form is available HERE. Places are limited, so you can only register your child for a maximum of 3 weeks.You must complete ONE FORM PER KID, and the process is completed only after verification of disponibility by PENS staff. You shoud receive the PENS confirmation within 3 days after Payment. If not, please send us a mail.
Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to meeting you on our trails!
An RL-24 slip must now be produced for all participants. It requires the social insurance number of the parent concerned, which can be transmitted on paper, the first day of camp, for more security.
“For the second year in a row, my two children have absolutely adored the PENS camp. They enjoy the days spent walking, hiking and discovering the woods of the Mont Sutton and the camp councillors have always been dynamic, well rounded and fun. The sleepover in the refuge is another hit. It’s the only camp they have ever wanted to return too.”
Dana C. Sutton resident
“My daughter really loved the camp, especially the instructors who made this camp very special for her.”
Slavka L. Résidante de Sutton
“I really enjoyed the camps, especially when we slept over.”
Jai, 11 years old
“I enjoyed playing capture the flag when we stayed overnight.”
Maya, 8 years old
Donations to the reserve are accepted year round for our Youth-Nature program. Charity receipts for income tax purposes are provided for donations $20 or more. We also accept donations of field guides, binoculars, butterfly nets and arts and craft materials.
COUNSELLOR IN TRAINING PROGRAM
This program allows youth between the ages of 13-15 years to integrate into our camp animation team and gain experience helping and working with children. This enriching opportunity provides a chance to learn from our dynamic staff and gain life experience.
Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton, 900 chemin Réal, Sutton, Québec J0E 2K0