Y Forest School - YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region

Y Forest School

Y Forest School

Are your kids ready to get hands-on with the natural environment? Welcome to the Y Forest School at YMCA Camp KiWaY, located in St. Clements, just a ten minute drive from Waterloo! 


Ages: 4 - 10Register Now

Times: 9:00am-3:00pm, Mon-Thu

Sessions: Program is available from Sept - Dec 2020, Registration is on a month by month basis.

Cost: $187.50/week ($750/month)

Subsidies will ensure families in need of financial support to participate have equitable access (feeAssist.ca)

All campers will be expected to be prepared for a full day of activities, for all weather, and with their own snacks and lunches packed.


Public Health and Ministry of Health Covid-19 Day Camp Guidance with maximum groups of 15 (including staff). The YMCA was one of a few organizations to deliver summer day camp in Waterloo Region. Our day camp delivery model successfully implemented Public health and Government guidelines in a way that enabled children to have fun, be active, and connect with their peers, while instilling confidence for health and safety in parents. This tested model of program delivery; will be used, in the delivery of YMCA Forest School.


Outdoor exploration, nature hikes, fire-building, pond studies, and readings specific to the natural world. Ontario Certified Teachers on site managing curriculum and guiding outcomes.

With over 77 acres of treed forest, open fields, and access to Paradise Lake, Camp KiWaY is the ideal location for our students to connect with nature, develop new skills, and engage in environmental learning, in a safe and supportive environment.  Y Forest School incorporates outdoor, nature-based learning that focuses on the organic development of each child. Our goal is to provide life lessons and new experiences through play and organized classes in the outdoors, as often as possible. At the Y Forest School, the classroom changes often, and can be anywhere - giving students spectacular learning opportunities!


  • Families have access to an alternative education opportunity for children ages 4-10
  • Learning outcomes based on real-time explorations and experiences
    • Increased risk taking
    • Increased confidence
    • Increased imaginative play
    • Increased confidence
    • Increased appreciation for the natural world, and environmental awareness
    • Improved resiliency

The structure of each day will vary, but you can expect some of the following activities and lessons: Arts focused activities based on outdoor inspiration, outdoor exploration, nature hikes, fire building, pond studies, and readings specific to the natural world.


We will also take part in traditional camp activities like high/low ropes, archery, rock wall, and campfires with s'mores & songs.


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