Kids in the Marsh

In partnership with the City of Oshawa, and Darlington Provincial Park.  Friends offers a day camp program in July and August for children ages 6 – 10.
Children enjoy a week of outdoor nature exploration through environmental activities, crafts and games that are linked to a theme.
Register online at
Click here for the Kids in the Marsh Parent Letter (pdf file)
Click here for the Participant Information Sheet (pdf file)
Click here for the Parent Survey Form (pdf file)
Click here for Camp Registration Form (pdf file) Only for parents who have made arrangements to sign up through the camp directly

Themes for the summer of 2020 are:

Snakes, Frogs and Friends (July 13-17)
This week kids will be learning about reptiles and amphibians.  They will learn the stages of an amphibians life and play games and do crafts related to reptiles and amphibians.
Insect Investigators (July 20-24, Aug. 24-28)
If your kids are interested in insects and butterflies, then this is the week for them. We will be exploring meadows, forests and pond habitats at Darlington Provincial Park and learn interesting facts about these creatures.
Nature Olympics (July 27-31)
Some animals are great athletes so this week is all about them!  Learn about the athlete animals of the world and try some athletic feats as well this week at camp.
Ecosystem Escape (August 4-7)
Have you ever wondered where that racoon lives or where deer hang out?  Kids will learn what habitats are and what they need to have for animals to survive.
Animal Artifacts (August 10-14)
Are your kids excited about animals?  Then this week should prove to be very fun indeed!  Learn about all types of animals this week of camp.
Lost in the Woods (August 17-21)
This week of camp is focused on teaching the campers important outdoor skills to help them survive in the wild. These skills will include learning how to build a shelter, how to build a fire, edible wilds, survival kits and other know-how.
Program Hours
*Please Note: The camp is peanut/nut free. Please make sure there are no peanuts or nuts in kids lunches or snacks. Thank you!*
Full day program – 9 am to 4 pm, with supervised lunch from 12 noon to 1 pm
Early supervision hours are half an hour prior to program start (from 8:30 to 9 am) and late supervision hours are half an hour after program end (from 4 to 4:30 pm). The extended care is only an extra $10.00 per week per child, paid directly to the camp when you drop off your child(ren). We’d like to ask that you be prompt in dropping off and picking up your children as staff have other comitments after work.
Location and Directions to Day Camp
The program is situated at Darlington Provincial Park in Courtice. Please take the Courtice Road exit from Highway 401 and follow the signs to the park. The Park is located south of Highway 401. If you require specific directions, please call the park at (905) 436-2036.
To Register for Day Camp
To register your child or children for the camp please visit the any of the City of Oshawa’s recreation centers. (The Legends Center, the Civic Center, Donevan Recreation Complex, Northview Community Center, Arts Resource Center, South Oshawa Recreation Center) Please note: Registrations are not done over the phone. Please visit one of the centers, or register online at .
In partnership with the City of Oshawa, and Darlington Provincial Park.
Education Program Sponsor