Senior Camp - 14 to 17 years old

The focus of the Senior Camp is discovering Toronto and Canada and using the opportunity our English-immersion programme provides. The campers learn and practice their English language skills and feel what it is like to live in an English-speaking city.

It is also an opportunity for campers to sense the atmosphere of a University campus and for those in residence to experience living at school.

Campers are expected to take responsibility, and can expect in turn to enjoy and profit from their experience.

The programme is varied and includes excursions and activities tailored for young adults. Toronto is a fantastic city to visit with so many different things to do in the summertime. We try and take advantage of everything the city has to offer!

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.

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.

Campers at the ball game

Classes

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

Senior Camp students have 3 hours of classes, 5 days per week. The classes alternate weekly between the mornings, 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and the afternoons, 2:00 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 reference libraries.

Classes are divided according to the level of English knowledge and age of the students in the Senior 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

Teacher leading a class

Seniors: Class Schedule

Monday

  • Core English
  • Project Introduction

Tuesday

  • Core English
  • Project Work

Wednesday

  • No Classes

Thursday

  • Core English
  • Project Work

Friday

  • Core English
  • Project Work

Saturday

  • Core English
  • Project Presentation

Sunday

  • No Classes

Core English – includes speaking, listening, writing and reading (new vocabulary, pronunciation and conversation skills depending on level of study). Idioms are also introduced at the high-intermediate and advanced class levels.

 

Project Work/Presentation – weekly projects relating to the vocabulary and grammar study. Examples include debates, camp newspaper, oral presentations, movie reviews, “Vocab Olympics, etc.

Activities

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

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

The activities include:

  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Sports
  • Murder Mysteries
  • Dating Game
  • Movie nights
  • Dances

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:

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

The Integration Events provide a great opportunity for senior campers to display their leadership skills and interest in applying for the Counsellor-In-Training Programme for the following year.

campers playing guitars

Excursions

Senior 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 Senior Camp staff organizes, prepares for and supervises all camp excursions. They ensure the excursions are age specific, exciting and interesting for the senior campers.

Unique to the Senior Camp is the weekly Options excursion/activity in which the seniors choose from a number of different attractions. Various possibilities are nearby and accessible by subway or a short walk: the theatre, professional sports (tennis, football), music concerts, shopping, museums, galleries and more!

Other excursions include:

  • Interactive walking tours of Toronto
  • CN Tower visit
  • Blue Jays baseball game
  • Medieval Times Dinner & Show
  • Picnic at Toronto Islands
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • Bowling
  • University of Toronto tour
  • Shopping (Eaton Centre/Queen Street)
  • Toronto Street Festivals
  • St. Lawrence market
  • China Town visit
  • Hard Rock Café dinner
  • Canada Day Celebrations
  • MuchMusic tour

Full day excursions include:

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

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 Senior Camp, there is 1 staff member for every 10 campers. The campers are supervised at all times by the camp counsellors and directors. Campers have freedom within the organized activities and they separate into smaller camper groups during scheduled excursions. Senior Camp counsellors are always available for assistance.

Senior Camp counsellors are university students (minimum 19 years old). They have been carefully selected for their character, sense of responsibility, organization and maturity. They have experience working with young adults and are trained to provide positive guidance and assistance to the senior campers. Most importantly, they relate well to high school students and genuinely enjoy spending time with the seniors, so it’s normal for campers and counsellors to keep in touch long after camp has ended.

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 Staff

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