Beat boredom at the O.F.A.H. heritage centre day camp

New summer camp gets kids outdoors.

This summer, Peterborough and area families have a new day camp option that is packed with more than enough activities and outdoor adventures to keep even the busiest kids happy.

Three sessions of day camps are being offered by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters as part of their award-winning Get Outdoors youth education and outreach program. The new O.F.A.H. | Mario Cortellucci Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre, which just opened in April, will serve as the base camp. Children ages 6 and 7 will attend the August 9-11 session, 8 to 10 year olds are set for August 16-18 and youth from 11 to 13 years will have the last session, August 23-25. Trained O.F.A.H. staff and volunteers will supervise all activities.

“Get Outdoors summer day camps take full advantage of the terrific indoor and outdoor facilities available here at the heritage centre,” says Meribeth Stott, Conservation Education Liaison. “Campers will fish at the Shimano Pond right onsite, receive archery instruction, and the older campers will even canoe a section of the Otonabee River. In the process, we’re hoping to instill in them an interest and appreciation for fish and wildlife that lasts well beyond the summer.”

Day campers will take part in scavenger hunts, create themed crafts, and learn to recognize wildlife and their calls. Scheduled special guests include the K9 unit (conservation officers and their dogs), and for the younger campers, the Paddling Puppeteers. A BBQ and awards presentation will wrap up every session. The day camps are modeled after the O.F.A.H.’s highly successful overnight Get Outdoors summer leadership camps that take place in July near Huntsville. Registration for those camps filled in a matter of hours, despite the addition of a third session this year to try to meet the demand.

The cost is $75 per camper and a limited number of spots are available for each camp that will run 8:45 am – 4:00 pm daily. Each camper must be an active O.F.A.H. member, with memberships available for purchase at the time of registration. For more information or to register, call 705-748-6324 ext. 100, email [email protected] or visit www.hfhc.ca and click the Get Outdoors Day Camp link. Numbers are limited.

The O.F.A.H. Conservation Centre is situated just south of Highway 7/115, at 4601 Guthrie Drive off Bensfort Road, with the heritage centre driveway off McNamara Road. To learn more, visit www.hfhc.ca and click on the Get Outdoors Day Camp button.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the O.F.A.H. is the largest nongovernment, nonprofit, conservation-based organization in Ontario. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.