Junior Camp - 7 to 10 years old

Junior Camp is a fantastic English immersion experience! It is an excellent opportunity for children who have never attended English language camps before and for those who are looking to build on past camp experiences.

The Junior Camp is also a great introduction to those interested in the residential camp experience. Our family atmosphere and attentive and caring staff help make the “away from home” time most positive.

The programme is exciting and stimulating and challenges the campers to learn through doing – classes, activities and excursions are fun, interactive and educational.

Most days are divided into 3 periods. These include:

  • English classes
  • Excursions
  • Camp activities

Every Wednesday and Sunday, campers enjoy full day excursions.

Residential Camps

The residential programmes at the MWS Toronto English Camps operate 7 days/week with a full schedule of classes, excursions and activities. Students are supervised on a 24-hour basis by the MWS camps staffs.

Students enrolled in the residential programmes live in the residences of Victoria University, at the University of Toronto. The residential programmes are all-inclusive. Accommodation, meals, excursions, classes, activities, transportation, laundry service, medical insurance and full supervision are all included.

Residential students enjoy the full “overnight camp” experience. They “live, breath, eat and sleep” camp throughout their stay. Some of the most memorable camp experiences are those involving time spent together with friends and counsellors at the end of a busy day.

Residential students are encouraged and expected to follow a level of responsibility in their daily actions.

MWS Campers

Day Camps

The Day Camp programmes at the MWS Toronto English Camps are designed for students visiting family or friends in Toronto who are interested in learning and improving their English in a fun and exciting atmosphere.

The Day Camp programmes are also ideal for those coming to learn English together as a family.  MWS cooperates with a number of high-quality adult language schools in Toronto to offer a joint family option. Parents attend classes at the adult schools and the children attend the Day Camp programmes at MWS.

Day Camp programmes operate 6 days/week, from Monday to Saturday. There are 2 options to choose from:

  • Programme A – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Programme B – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

All activities, classes and meals are held together with students in the residential programmes.

Group of MWS campers

Classes

Our English classes are taught by fully qualified, professional teachers who have training and experience in working with language learning students.

Lessons are designed specifically for the Junior Camp age students and focus on communication and participation. Our classes are based on student-centered learning and integration.

Junior Camp students have 3 hours of classes, 5 days per week. The classes alternate weekly between the mornings, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the afternoons, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In-class learning is enriched with audio-visual material, computer laboratories (internet learning), and visits to the University and children’s libraries.

Classes are divided according to the level of English knowledge and age of the students in the Junior Camp. On average, there are 12 students per class (with a maximum of 16).

Our teaching programme also offers:

  • First day evaluation and interview to determine level of English
  • Air-conditioned classrooms
  • Weekly report cards on student progress and MWS certificate upon completion

MWS Camper and teacher

Juniors - Class Schedule:

Monday

  • Core English
  • Project Introduction

Tuesday

  • Core English
  • Project Work

Wednesday

  • no class

Thursday

  • Core English
  • Project Work

Friday

  • Core English
  • Project Work

Saturday

  • Core English
  • Project Presentation

Sunday

  • no class

Core English – includes speaking, listening, writing and reading (new vocabulary, pronunciation and conversation skills)

Project Work – weekly projects relating to the vocabulary and grammar study. Examples include storybook creations, oral presentations, “Vocab Olympics”, game inventions, etc.

Activities

Junior campers enjoy a variety of camp activities (on-site) to complement the English classes and excursions.

Camp activities are scheduled daily. The Junior Camp staff organizes, prepares, operates and supervises all camp activities.

The activities include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Sports
  • Swimming
  • Cooking
  • Theme Nights (Pajama parties)
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Movie nights

Weekly, all three camps participate in Integration Events. These events are specially selected and planned to include campers in all three camps (and age groups). Integration Events help create a “family” atmosphere at the camps and provide an opportunity for all ages to interact with each other.

Integration Events include:

  • Carnivals
  • Talent Nights
  • MWS Olympics (full day event with opening & closing ceremonies)
  • Closing Ceremonies

Our staff ensures that campers are occupied, having fun and learning all the time. Carefully timed play and rest periods provide for a great balance in the Junior Camp.

Camper in costume

Excursions

Junior campers attend a great variety of excursions to complement the English classes and camp activities. Some excursions are half day and others are full day events.

Excursions are scheduled daily. The Junior Camp staff organizes, prepares for and supervises all camp excursions. They ensure the excursions are age specific, exciting and educational for the junior campers.

One of the highlights for the Junior Camp is the “Zoo Safari”. The campers and counsellors spend a night sleeping in tents at the Toronto Zoo “on safari” with zoo guides and scientists. They have the opportunity to experience and learn about the zoo in a unique and exciting way!

Other excursions include:

  • Interactive walking tours of Toronto
  • CN Tower visit
  • Blue Jays baseball game
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Picnic at Toronto Islands
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • Medieval Times Dinner & Show
  • Bowling
  • Shopping (including a Toy Store visit)
  • Toronto Street Festivals
  • Canada Day Celebrations
  • Fort York visit and workshop

Full day excursions include:

  • Niagara Falls – “Maid of the Mist” boat ride
  • Paramount Canada’s Wonderland
  • Toronto Zoo
  • Toronto Beaches

The Zoo Safari is an optional activity for Day Camp students.
Some excursions only occur during certain times. For more information and a complete listing of excursions included in different sessions and day or residential camps, please contact us for a brochure.

Staff

In the Junior Camp, there is 1 staff member for every 5 campers. The campers are supervised at all times by the camp counsellors and directors.

Junior Camp counsellors are university students (minimum 18 years old). They have been carefully selected for their character, sense of responsibility and especially caring attitude. Extensive training further helps our counsellors to meet the needs of junior campers.

Campers are assigned to counsellor groups according to age and session dates. All day long, counsellors talk and play with the campers; in the evening, the residential campers and counsellors share juice and cookies to relax before bed. Falling asleep is never a problem after exciting and busy days!

Our residential campers and counsellors live in the same residences, in rooms located next to each other.

Basic medical services are handled by the camp infirmary or the medical clinic located just a short walk from the camps. The world famous, Toronto’s Sick Children’s Hospital (5 minute drive from the camps), handles all other medical services for our campers.

MWS Camper and staff

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