Summer Camps

Summer Camps

Where children are learning on the land, from the land.

Summer Camps

Outdoors, Small Groups & Hands-On

Where children are learning on the land, from the land. We offer both day camps and overnight camps for various age groups. Rain or shine we are out in it; playing, learning and making friends with ourselves, each other and the amazing living world all around us!

what to expect

Nature Immersion
Bushcraft
Plant Magic
Arts
Fire-building
Woodcarving
Games and Teambuilding Experiences!
Unique Experiences

Day CaMPS

The KAN Centre offers a variety of day camps for children of all ages. We aim to create a memorable experience that engages children with nature, play and crafts. Each camp has their own unique theme and activities that nurtures the child’s curiosity, creativity, and enthusiasm.

Wild Child Summer Program

The children have the opportunity to engage positively with their natural environments; discovering all the wonders the outdoors has to offer. Through various fun activities, games, art, and discussions, children will learn about our native plants, animals, trees, and basic ecological concepts. They will connect using their body, heart and mind and be given the freedom to use their imagination, play and just enjoy being kids in the summertime!

Yoga, Art, Plant Magic & Theatre

This unique camp brings the ancient gifts of yoga, plant medicine, and artistic expression all into one amazing week. Stretch into tree pose and flow into down dog, play balance games, and feel your inner peace. Make poultices, teas, and salves with the helpful plants who live all around us. Bring your sketchbook to the woods and enjoy the rich textures and colours of the Acadian forest. Nourish your body, mind, and soul!

Folk Music & Nature Camp

This specialty camp has been co-created with a local expert to bring the children with a love of music and nature together. Throughout the week, they will be immersed in song and dance of the folk genre, while having time to explore and play outdoors as well. Beginner’s who are new to string and voice will have the opportunity to learn, and those who are amateur/experienced will enjoy collaborating together to create a musical piece that will be presented at the end of the week to the parents. When registering for the camp, please let us know your child’s experience with strings and voice so we can prepare the group accordingly.

Unique Experiences

overnight CaMPS

The KAN Centre has been expanding our selection of overnight camps to give children of all ages the opportunity to camp under the stairs and on the forest floor! Whether it’s rekindling or creating a relationship with nature, campers will be outside, rain or shine, learning new skills, crafting, playing games, and singing songs.

Wilderness Immersion

Come together with a community of friends and build your very own base camp at the edge of the woods. During the day we will play active woods games, and learn basic wilderness skills like how to whittle, cook over the campfire and furnish your base camp with basic supplies for staying our final night together in the woods! Watch the moon rise over the open meadow and sleep under the whispering spruce & fir, in self-made shelters you will be proud of!

Teen Overnight

Our teens will take off on a grand adventure through the backwoods, trekking across wooded ravines and ridges with minimal gear. Teens will learn to pack lightly and navigate using maps, sun and stars! They will hone fire and bush craft skills building confidence in their ability to survive and thrive in the wilderness. All experience levels are welcome; campers should be ready for physical adventure and sleeping outdoors far from any amenities.

Youth Leadership

Hands on leadership and eco-stewardship training that is at the heart of our summer program offerings. Build experience in land skills, handcrafts and working as a team including building trails, gardens & outdoor infrastructure. If interested in a leadership position for the KAN Centre Summer Programs, an opportunity will be provided at the end of this camp to apply.

KAN Centre 2024 Summer Camps

Find 2024 KAN Centre Summer camp selections below!

2024 Registration NoW OPEN. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT EXTENDED TO MAY 15TH!

Youth Leadership Training

Ages: 13-17

Date: June 27 – 28 overnight
Drop-off: 9:00 am Thursday
Pick-up: 4:00 pm Friday

Cost: $60
Early Bird: $54
(register by May 15th)

Hands on leadership and eco-stewardship training that is at the heart of our summer program offerings. Build experience in land skills, handcrafts and working as a team including building trails, gardens & outdoor infrastructure. If interested in a leadership position for the KAN Centre Summer Programs, an opportunity will be provided at the end of this camp to apply.

Wild Child Summer Program

Ages: 3-12

Dates: July 2nd – August 14th

Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $360 (all 7 weeks) or $70 a week
Early Bird: $324 or $63/week (register by May 15th)

The children have the opportunity to engage positively with their natural environments; discovering all the wonders the outdoors has to offer. Through various fun activities, games, art, and discussions, children will learn about our native plants, animals, trees, and basic ecological concepts. They will connect using their body, heart and mind and be given the freedom to use their imagination, play and just enjoy being kids in the summertime!

Teen Wilderness Survival

Ages: 13-17

Date: July 18-20
Drop-off: 9:00 am Thursday
Pick-up: 3:00 pm Saturday

Cost: $200
Early Bird: $180 (register by May 15th)

Our teens will take off on a grand adventure through the backwoods, trekking across wooded ravines and ridges with minimal gear. Teens will learn to pack lightly and navigate using maps, sun and stars! They will hone fire and bush craft skills building confidence in their ability to survive and thrive in the wilderness. All experience levels are welcome; campers should be ready for physical adventure and sleeping outdoors far from any amenities.

Wilderness Immersion Camp

Ages: 9 – 12

Date: July 22nd – 25th
Monday & Tuesday:
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday Overnight:
Drop-off: 9:00 am Wednesday
Pick-up: 4:00 pm Thursday

Cost: $200
Early Bird: $180 (register by May 15th)

Come together with a community of friends and build your very own base camp at the edge of the woods. During the day we will play active woods games, and learn basic wilderness skills like how to whittle, cook over the campfire and furnish your base camp with basic supplies for staying our final night together in the woods! Watch the moon rise over the open meadow and sleep under the whispering spruce & fir, in self-made shelters you will be proud of!

Yoga, Plant Magic, Art & Theatre Camp

Ages: 6-12

Date: July 29 – Aug 1
Monday to Thursday
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $150
Early Bird: $135 (register by May 15th)

This unique camp brings the ancient gifts of yoga, plant medicine, and artistic expression all into one amazing week. Stretch into tree pose and flow into down dog, play balance games, and feel your inner peace. Make poultices, teas, and salves with the helpful plants who live all around us. Bring your sketchbook to the woods and enjoy the rich textures and colours of the Acadian forest. Nourish your body, mind, and soul!

Folk Music & Nature Camp – Strings, Voice & Dance

Ages: 6-16

Date: August 12-15
Monday to Thursday
9:00 am – 4:00 pm with final concert from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Thursday

Cost: $340
Early Bird: $306 (register by May 15th)


“The Hills are alive with the sound of music….” You are invited to the Knowlesville Art and Nature Centre’s inaugural music camp.   This specialty camp has been designed around the vibrant culture of song and dance prevalent in the day-to-day KAN School culture.  With the addition of a strings offering by the incredible local strings music teacher Ypie Shaver.  The three mediums: strings; voice and dance are harmonized throughout the week around the theme of folk music.  Each day music camp participants will spend time in the music workshops appropriate to their ability and interest.   Additionally all campers will spend time in nature, playing games, exploring and making bushcraft.  The camp has been designed to be inclusive for both amateur and experienced musicians. The registration forms for this camp request detailed  information regarding your campers musical experience and interest – to guide our musical selections and planning. We can hardly wait to sing, play and dance together in the foothills of the Appalachians. 

Adult Re-wilding

Ages: 18+

Date: August 17-18 Overnight
Start Time/Drop-off: 9:00 am Saturday
End Time/Pick-Up: 4:00 pm Sunday

Sliding-Scale Cost: $80 – $100

It’s time to get back to basics! Join Tegan Wong-Daugherty and bushcraft expert Shannon Herbert as we walk off the path and delve into the backwoods to unplug from it all. We will graze on wild edibles, cook by the fire, and make a simple tarp shelter or sleep out in the open under the stars. It is time to feel your feet on the earth, the cool water of the creek on your skin, the sun on your face. Connect to nature and yourself through ancient skills. Kick off your shoes and reawaken your wild self!

pROGRAMMING INFORMATION

the need to knows!

Are you wondering what to bring to camp? How to register?
We’re here to help you! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us.

Phone: (506) 375-6400

Email: camps@knowlesvillenature.ca

Registration and Pre-Payment

Please note that registration and FULL payment is required to secure your spot for all camps!

Please send your Summer Camp Registration Form for each child to camps@knowlesvillenature.ca (note that only one summer camp registration is required for each child even if they are attending multiple camps)

Full payment is due upon registration for all camps. Please send camp payments to admin@knowlesvillenature.ca. If you register by May 1st you are eligible the Early Bird Discount (see camp selections or registration for discounted prices).

A sibling discount of 10% is automatically applied to multiple children in the same family attending camp during the same week. If cost is a barrier, partial bursaries may be available through our local fundraising efforts applications for bursaries need to be received by June 1st to be considered. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations for any of our camps must be made by telephone or email request. For a full refund, cancellations must be made at least 2 weeks before the camp starts, a check will be issued for the full refund of camp fees, minus an administrative fee of $25.

Cancellations made with less than 2 weeks notice prior to camp start date are entitled to a 50% refund.

We cannot provide refunds via e-transfers.

NOTE: If a summer camp is unable to run you will be issued a full refund for that camp.

What To Bring

Below you will find a general list of things to expect to pack for camp. As all of our camps are unique, once the date nears, we will send you a list specific to that camp.

Clothing:
Please send your child to camp in clothes that can stand up to adventures, mud, and water, and still be comfortable to wear. Natural, earthy colors are a bonus! Campers should wear shoes that are comfortable to walk and run in (not flip-flops). A long sleeve for warmth or bug protection is helpful. Please send rain-gear if the forecast calls for rain! We will be outside in all weather.

Day Camp:
√ Water bottle
√ Long-Sleeve shirt & Hat for Sunny Days
√ Good Shoes or sandals for hiking
√ Change of clothes & Outer Rain Gear
√ Healthy Snack
√ Healthy Lunch
√ Backpack your child can carry

What NOT to bring:
X Electronics
XA watch
X Cell phone (we have a phone for emergencies don’t worry)
X Toys from Home

Note on Technology at Camp: Summer at Knowlesville is time to unplug! Please leave all electronics at home so they stay safe and your camper can fully engage with our wonderful programming in nature. A camera is acceptable if the device has no other capabilities (no games or internet).

Overnight Camps:
√ Flashlight
√ Good outer gear for any time of weather (rain jacket, sweater, light layers, hat, boots, crocs or comfortable sandals)
√ Largewater bottle (or two smaller ones)
√ Camp dishes (a non breakable bowl , spoon and fork)
√ Fixed blade for carving
√ Backpack
√ Toothbrush/toothpaste
√ Book to read/journal
√ Sleeping bag and pillow
√ Sleeping pad/mat/wool blanket
√ Small/medium size tarp, if you have one
√ Tent (the smaller/lighter the better- this will be carried along with gear. If children are part of the same family/friend bubble tents can be shared)
√ Changes of clothes
√ Light Colored Shirt or Coat for Night Hike
√ Warmer layers for the evening (including a hat)
√ Medication (if any) in original packaging with directions to be given to camp counselors upon arrival

Directions

Drop off for the Knowlesville Art & Nature Centre is at our main KAN centre parking lot:
111 Simms Road, Knowlesville

DO NOT use Howard Brook Road – it is not passable!

Do not miss this experience!

Ask us any questions