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2024 Camp dates at the Edge of Walton!

2024 SUMMER CAMPS at the Edge of Walton

Here we go – year TWELVE! We are thrilled to open registration for our 12th summer at Edge of Walton Challenge Course.

NEWS:

  1. Registration will open at 7:00 am on Wednesday, January 10th. Sports Camp and Little Bugs will sell out – please be ready to register. A minimum non-refundable 50% deposit is required to register; the remainder is due on May 1, 2024.
  2. A warm Edge of Walton welcome to Griffin St. Onge! Griffin will be managing the facility this spring and summer, after starting as a junior counsellor probably close to 10 years ago. We love Griffin at the Edge of Walton and we’re so excited to have him leading the way through a busy 2024 season.
  3. Grand Sparks will move to a one-day camp, but it’s a full day at that! Canoeing/kayaking, yoga, climbing, lunch made as a group plus more! Everyone will need a nap on the way home after this day – our staff included.
  4. Last year we offered a five-day motocross camp which we have condensed to a three-day camp for 2024. 110 KLX bikes and gear are included – space is very limited.
  5. There are THREE Little Bugs camps this year; Wednesday, July 17th will be a day of rest between sessions two and three.

Outdoor Sports Camp
July 8th – July 12th (5 days)
9am – 4pm
Ages 7-13
Cost: $500
Campers can expect a week of exciting sporting activities, canoeing/kayaking, BMX, motocross, swimming, and climbing our 50ft high ropes course!

We help our campers explore the limits of their comfort zones through challenging and exciting new movement opportunities. Campers will soak in the benefits of outdoor exploration, all while developing meaningful friendships along the way. Walton’s Outdoor Sports Camp is sure to be the best week of summer.

Little Bugs Camp
Week 1: July 2nd – 4th (3 days) $300
Week 2: July 15-16 (2 days) $200
Week 3: July 18-19 (2 days) $200
Ages 4-7
9am – 4pm

Our Little Bugs Camp features a full line-up of exciting activities, including high ropes climbing, nature exploration, bike riding, and outdoor fun! Campers will make new friends, learn exciting skills, and spend plenty of time exploring the great outdoors.

Aside from a bicycle and helmet, we will provide all the necessary equipment to participate in the camp. All bicycles are welcome, including balance bikes. Healthy snacks & refillable water stations will be provided.

Beginner Dirt Bike Camp
July 23-25
Ages 9-13
9am – 4pm
Cost: $600

Let’s ride our dirt bikes! The camp will be open to campers aged 9-13. Campers can expect a week of on-bike training on various terrain, direct bike maintenance, swimming, mountain biking, BMX, and climbing on our 50-foot high ropes challenge course! This is for the kids who dream of riding direct bikes. Identical prepped 2023 Kawasaki 110 four-stroke trail bikes – will lead campers through a heavy week of all things dirt bikes. Space is limited and will include 2-3 hours of bike riding per day. Bikes and gear provided.

Grand Sparks
July 31st
9:00am – 4:00pm
Ages: 5+
Cost: $100 per camper

Grand Sparks is a one-week activity day camp that will challenge grandparents to interactive outdoor play and recreation with their grandchildren (ages five and up). The ultimate goal of Grand Sparks is two-fold: 1) motivate older adults to become more active and find a recreational activity that becomes a shared, routine, interactive pastime with youth, and 2) educate and encourage children to make healthy nutritional choices by getting them involved in meal preparation.

PA Day Camps
June 7 and June 28
9am – 4pm
Ages 4-13
Cost: $100
Come hang in Walton for the day! We’ll climb, ride our bicycles, and explore the trails and ponds.

2023 Fall Promotion

Start Your Year on a High Note!

As Fall is right around the corner that means back to the classroom and back to extra circulars. We had a very successful Spring and Summer, and we are looking forward to ending our year with a BANG at the Edge of Walton. What better way to end our year and start yours then with a PROMO! For the rest of our season, we will be offering a special fall promotion for $30 per person (minimum charge of $400)
Expect experiential education at its best! Under the guise of playing, students will learn to develop self-confidence, become effective listeners and leaders, and trust and bond with their peers all while enjoying the beautiful fall colors.
An educational session includes setting goals, pushing personal boundaries, and learning respect for themselves and others and is followed up with a comprehensive debriefing. EOW is a classroom without walls.
Learn personal strengths and weaknesses; Develop trust, control, and empowerment, all while being effective listeners and team leaders; Learn to value personal differences; Develop personal work ethics and responsibility; Understand the importance of having distinct personalities, attitudes and moods; Become an effective listener; Manage feelings and emotions; Develop the ability to be a smart risk-taker; Actively learn to use appropriate methods for reaching group agreement and goals; Courses teach problem-solving skills, investigation skills, and critical and creative thinking skills, all while having fun and promoting physical activity and team bonding; Celebrate success

Sample Day (Schools)
9:30am Arrival
9:45am Staff Introduction – Break into groups (three groups of XX)
10:00am Team Building Games, Low Ropes Obstacles and Nature learning at ponds.
12:00pm Lunch
12:45pm Climbing High Tower (Rock Wall, Cargo Net, Crows Nest, Jungle Gym)
2:00pm Free time play and day debrief
2:30pm Departures

All the Edge of Walton Staff are trained and have St, John Level First Aid & CPR as well as Adventure Part Staff training. Our course is inspected and certified yearly by Challenges Unlimited.Contact Jamie at info@edgeofwalton.ca to get a quote today!

The Edge of Walton Community Project Receives Vital Grant from the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Edge of Walton Community Project Receives Vital Grant from the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for COVID-19 Recovery

Walton, ON August 10, 2022 — The Edge of Walton Community Project is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $124,600.00 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation as a part of its Resilient Communities grant. This significant grant has enabled the non-profit organization to undertake essential safety upgrades to its 50-foot challenge course, procure new safety equipment, provide staff training, and hire a full-time Director of Programs & Funding.

The grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation comes as part of the foundation’s commitment to supporting non-profits in their efforts to recover from financial setbacks incurred during the challenging COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will play a crucial role in helping the Edge of Walton Community Project enhance its facilities, ensure the safety of its participants, and strengthen its capacity to deliver impactful programs to the community.

“We are immensely grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their generous support. This grant will be instrumental in helping us not only recover from the financial losses experienced during the pandemic but also enhance our offerings for the benefit of the community,” said Jamie Mitchell, Director of Programming and Funding of the Edge of Walton Community Project.

Key initiatives supported by the grant include:

  • Safety Upgrades to Challenge Course: The grant will facilitate comprehensive safety upgrades to the 50-foot challenge course, ensuring that it adheres to the highest safety standards and provides a secure environment for participants.
  • Procurement of New Safety Equipment: The Edge of Walton Community Project will invest in state-of-the-art safety equipment to further safeguard participants engaging in the challenge course activities.
  • Staff Training: The grant will enable the organization to provide specialized training for staff, ensuring they are well-equipped to manage and oversee activities on the challenge course safely.
  • Appointment of Director of Programs & Funding: A new full-time position, the Director of Programs & Funding, will be established to oversee the development and implementation of impactful community programs and seek additional funding opportunities to sustain the organization’s mission.

The Edge of Walton Community Project is committed to providing a safe and enriching environment for individuals of all ages, promoting personal development, teamwork, and community engagement. The support from the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Resilient Communities Fund aligns with this mission. It will undoubtedly have a lasting positive impact on the community.

For more information about the Edge of Walton Community Project and its programs, please visit www.edgeofwalton.ca 

About the Ontario Trillium Foundation:

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $115 million to some 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Jamie Mitchell

Director of Programming and Funding

jamie@edgeofwalton.ca
519-870-7223

High Praise from Ontario’s rural discovery magazine

Team building getaways in rural Ontario

Want to foster more interpersonal growth among your professional team members? Need a chance for your employees or co-workers to get to know each other in a more relaxed setting than the office? Team building retreats are a great way to help your staff establish stronger relationships and work together on something challenging and fun that won’t be reflected on their performance assessment.

We know how valuable those opportunities to bond with co-workers outside of the office are, so we’ve gathered some team-building activities from around Ontario that we think you should try with your staff. There’s something for everyone, from cooking to painting, from horseback riding to kayaking, from spa retreats to unplugged lodges.

1. EDGE OF WALTON CHALLENGE COURSE, Walton (formerly Above the Falls Challenge Course)

Climb and balance your way to the top of a forty-foot tower, strengthen the trust levels of your team with low course activities, or take up the challenge of a mountain biking course. EWCC is no ordinary corporate retreat – it is outdoors in a natural environment, physically, emotionally and mentally challenging. Your success is based on personal growth. Improve group decision-making, develop confidence and connect with fellow workers — all without the usual distractions. Rob and the EWCC team will work with you to develop a program that really focuses on the areas your team needs to grow in.

http://www.ruralist.ca/try-team-building-getaways-in-rural-ontario/

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