Appleby’s March Break Camps run each March and are designed for campers ages 4-14. We are committed to offering a quality March Break program that will follow all Public Health and Government Covid-19 guidelines and safety protocols. Join us for a week of fun-filled programming including Early Discovery, Arts & Media, Sports & Adventure, and Science & Success!
Our quality facilities, expert instruction and small group sizes ensure a dynamic and fun experience for every camper. Register early to ensure your spot!
Appleby's March Break Camps are organized into four major programs, offering something for everyone ages 4-14. We have Early Discovery Camp designed for younger campers ages 4-7, while older campers will enjoy Sports & Adventure, Arts & Media, or our Science & Success camp program. Appleby’s outstanding indoor facilities include state-of-the-art athletic facilities, numerous arts studios, a dance studio, indoor pool, Willis Hall (performance theatre), multi-media labs and high-tech classrooms. These features, combined with expert instruction and small group sizes, ensure a dynamic and fun experience for every camper!
Appleby March Break Camps feature highly qualified instructors, low camper to instructor ratios, nutritious lunches, and swim times. Our standard hours are from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day with drop-off and pick-up between 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. All camps run on our beautiful 60-acre lakeside campus in southwest Oakville.
Appleby Camps is a fully accredited member of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA). The OCA has and continues to be recognized as a worldwide leader in organized camping for children and youth. Member camps must adhere to the highest standards of safety, supervision and quality programming.
Instructors are recently certified in First Aid and CPR-C, have passed a police check and participate in Appleby’s pre-camp safety and skills training course. Camper to instructor ratios are low with a target of 5:1 in Early Discovery programs and 8:1 in all other programs. All instructors deliver engaging activities and programs and have experience caring for children in their specific camp program. Many are qualified teachers, coaches, recreational specialists or early childcare educators.
We are partnering again this year with Loveable Labels and Mabel's Labels to try and make sure every camper's clothing follows them home after a great week at camp. Please visit their site to place your order before the summer begins.
Director of Camp Programs, Appleby College
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EXPLORE MARCH BREAK CAMPS
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ARTS & MEDIA CAMP (7-14 YRS.)
Appleby’s March Break Arts & Media Camp offers an opportunity for campers to explore and develop their artistic talents in painting, theatre, music & movement and digital photography. Taught by experienced artist-instructors, this dynamic camp is designed to provide a variety of Arts & Media programming and is designed as a sampler for participants to enjoy a little bit of all the arts!
Each day campers will be involved in fun activities such as experimental painting, improvisation games, music, sculpting, movement & dance, skits, pastels, photography, scavenger hunts and more! Campers create their own amazing art projects with a wide variety of media and techniques, build confidence and are encouraged to express their creative imaginations! Hosted in Appleby’s music, dance, drama and art studios provide a stimulating environment for campers in small group environments.
All programs include a daily hot lunch and recreational pool time as well!
Laugh, play and discover with Appleby's March Break Early Discovery Camp, specifically designed to engage active and creative kids ages 4-7 and with all Covid-19 safety precautions in place. Whether it’s working on arts & crafts projects, practicing fun sports or laughing while playing traditional camp games, there is plenty of fun to be had! Led by experienced teachers and qualified instructors, the Early Discovery Camp operates in small groups ensuring close monitoring, encouragement and attention. All campers are provided with a nutritious hot lunch in our dining hall. Join us for a fun week of age-appropriate activities including:
The “fun”damentals of a variety of sports skills while maintaining physical distance (soccer, basketball, balloon volleyball, swimming, T-ball & bowling)
Arts & Crafts specifically designed for children ages 4-7 promotes creativity and self-confidence while exploring several exciting challenges (creating artwork, dancing, stories, skits, and movement
Co-operative games and a multitude of fun challenges like freeze tag, parachute ball, circle games and races will help youngsters increase hand-eye coordination, control of actions and gain confidence
Special Note to Parents of Campers Born in 2019: Please be aware that in order to comply with provincial childcare legislation, any child enrolled in Appleby Camps must be at least 4 years of age at the time of their attendance at camp.
Appleby’s March Break Science & Success Camp is experiment- based camp, igniting camper’s interest in science and is designed as a sampler camp of all our science camps! This camp promotes the love of science, engineering and technology to campers! Daily programming involves designing, building and experimenting with innovative projects in a fun atmosphere. In this highly interactive camp, budding scientists are taught to develop their intuitive nature, collect data, study nature, and will learn just how fun engineering & science can be. From robotics, to volcanoes, to discovering slime, to an intro to game design, to exploring nature, campers will use Appleby’s extensive science facilities and computers daily. Groups will be created to match level of computer ability and scientific knowledge.
Our aim is to create interest through participation and every day campers will enjoy science experiments, and tackle creative challenges and projects. All programs include a hot lunch and recreational pool time! Join us for Science Camp this March as it’s wacky and fun and encourages campers’ curiosity!
Appleby’s popular Sports & Adventure Camp gives campers an opportunity to try their hand at a wide variety of sports, games, and team challenges and is designed as a "sampler" camp for our summer programs. Blending instruction, competition and fun challenges creates a great experience for all participants. Our staff is an exceptional collection of certified teachers, instructors, assistants and volunteers who entertain/educate daily. Work on a variety of athletic skills and drills as we navigate through different sports each day at camp.
Co-operative tasks while physically distant and challenges help these developing athletes to gain an appreciation of teamwork, adaptability, and respect for instruction and rules of play. Our aim for this camp is to nurture an appreciation of sport and provide an environment where all campers achieve success regardless of their athletic ability.
All programs include a hot lunch and recreational swim time. Appleby campers get a chance to enjoy the use of amazing facilities including our many gymnasiums, squash courts, indoor pool and our new A.W.B. Alumni Centre for Athletics and Student Life! Grouped by age and ability, campers will realize measureable gains in coordination, confidence and appreciation for various sports and games!
Appleby Camps prides itself on low camper to staff ratios, and we continue to stay up to date on all Covid-19 related protocols to keep our camp families safe and healthy.
To help place as many campers into programs (and off of waitlists) as possible, we are introducing changes to the waitlist policy for both March Break and Summer Camp programming. When families are contacted by the Camp Office with news of an available spot in one of their waitlisted camps, they will have the choice to either accept or decline the offer, at which time all other spaces their camper is waitlisted for in that week will be released. Families will not have the option to decline one waitlisted spot, in the hope of getting into another camp. So please select your camps (and waitlists) carefully! Thank you for your cooperation in helping us get as many campers in their top choice of programs.
CAMPS CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY
Full refunds will be issued for cancellations of 2024 Summer Camp programs received up to and including May 1, 2024. Please note that this applies to all summer camp weeks, and is a change from our previous policy of refunding up to 30 days prior to any given week of camp. Cancellations received after May 1, 2024 will not receive a refund. Exceptions to this policy are only given in the event of a medical emergency supported by certification from a legally qualified medical practitioner not related to the camper. Refunds will not be provided for inclement weather or for days of camp not attended. Changes to camp programs and/or camp weeks must be requested a minimum of 30 days prior to the first day of camp and are accommodated pending availability.
Appleby College Camps will do everything possible to avoid program cancellations, however we reserve the right to cancel a session of camp due to unforeseen circumstances or if the minimum enrollment is not met. In either of these instances, we will accommodate campers in an alternate program or alternate week or provide families with a full refund. If payment was originally made via credit card, refunds will be processed back to the card on file, less the 2.4% processing fee.
Please note: Full refunds for all March Break Camp Programs will be issued for any cancellations received up to and including February 1, 2024.