Grandparent GROWE Camp
July 19 - 24, 2020
Come to camp with your grandchildren this summer! Live in community with other grandfamilies in one of our comfortable retreat houses. This is a partnered project with the Grand River Outdoor Wilderness Education (GROWE) daycamp program here at Five Oaks.
What is Grandparent GROWE Camp?
Grandparent GROWE camp runs from Sunday afternoon, July 19 through Friday supper time. Children (age 5-11) will attend GROWE day camp onsite at Five Oaks during the day (M-F, 9 am- 4 pm). During the late afternoon and evening, grandfamilies make meals, have campfire, enjoy outdoor activity, play board games or do puzzles, share story times, participate in inter-generational spiritual formation – all rooted in the experience of being outdoors at camp and in community together.
During the day while children are at camp, grandparents have the option of enjoying the natural setting and time with other grandparents, volunteering to support a camp activity, go out for coffee or visit the market in Paris, attend short workshops on different topics offered a couple of times during the week – or simply put your feet up and enjoy a book under a shady tree. Adults decide what their daytime activities might look like on the Sunday evening. Do what you like, or share time with others – it’s up to you.
Grandparent GROWE (July 19-24) for all genders of grandparents will be rooted in community-based practices and progressive Christian spirituality.
(Grandmother GROWE (July 26-31) will be for adult women and their children/grandchildren and will welcome both Muslim and Christian families, and families with no particular faith affiliation. Programming will focus on spiritual well-being, diversity, interfaith understanding and community. Register separately for Grandmother GROWE camp – opening soon)
Registration is a two-step process:
1. Register yourself and your grandchildren for Grandparent camp using the link on this page (the box that says “Register Now” above).
2. Use the GROWE link (below) to register children for GROWE day camp. The GROWE daycamp program is separately organized and funded, so you need to do this second step to ensure your grandchildren have a space in that camp. (max 24 campers per week). Registering for Grandparent GROWE does NOT automatically guarantee you a space in the children’s day camp, so make sure you complete both registrations. Please call our office (519-442-3212) if you need any help or have questions.
click here for GROWE CHILREN’S DAYCAMP REGISTRATION
Each grandfamily will have a room in one of our three retreat houses. (when you register, please specify how many bed spaces you need so we can allocate rooms accordingly). Families sharing a house will prepare meals together, and a fully stocked kitchen with staples provided will be available in each house. Each house will have a volunteer house leader who will coordinate these plans.
Five Oaks is an LGBTQ+ affirming space.
Grandparent GROWE Camp is generously supported by the Watkins Fund for Innovative Ministries with Senior Adults (United Church of Canada Foundation).