Retreat Guru Teachers

Ben Didomizio-Gilingwater

Ben has always had a passion for the outdoors since he was a child. In grade 11 he started at Apps Mill Nature Centre, with a focus on the youth programs. In Grade 13 he enrolled in Environmental SHSM at Pauline Johnson high school. Discovering that he wanted to continue educating others about the outdoors. Wanting to further his outdoor education even more, he joined the Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership program at Fanshawe College. Completing the program, he wanted to focus on working with kids. In 2019 he finished his last year working with the GRCA at Apps Mill Nature Centre.

Ben has always been super passionate about reptiles and amphibians. He started collecting when he was 13 with a leopard gecko. He now has 7 reptiles that he uses as a teaching tool. Other than reptiles and the outdoors he has always been interested in sports. He has played hockey since he was 4 and encourages a healthy lifestyle.

Events with Ben Didomizio-Gilingwater

GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp - Tubing the Grand Adventure
August 3, 2020

Release your wild child to explore nature with us in a fun and educational way. Come GROWE with us!! If you would like your child to have the summer camp memories that you remember as a child then GROWE Summer Camp is for your family. The GROWE KIDS will experience sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows, the laughter of playing through the woods, as well as the awe of frolicking in the creek. The highlights of this week will be tubing down the World Heritage Grand River with Grand River Rafting’s highly trained staff. NLS Lifeguards and swift water rescue…

GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp - Girl Empowerment
August 9, 2020

Release your wild child to explore nature with us in a fun and educational way. Come GROWE with us!! If you would like your child to have the summer camp memories that you remember as a child then GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp is the camp for your family. The GROWE GIRLS will experience sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows & bannock, the laughter of playing through the woods, as well as the awe of frolicking in the creek. The highlights of this week will be children’s yoga, nature crafts, sit spots, music and girl power friendship games. Cooling off with…

GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp - Survival Camp
August 16, 2020

Release your wild child to explore nature with us in a fun and educational way. Come GROWE with us!! If you would like your child to have the summer camp memories that you remember as a child then GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp is the camp for your family. The GROWE KIDS will experience sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows & bannock, the laughter of playing through the woods, as well as the awe of frolicking in the creek. The highlights of the week will be learning the many techniques to survival in the wild such as fire building, cordage, knots,…

GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp - Forest School Camp Ages 4-6
August 23, 2020

This week’s camp is specifically for campers aged 4 -6 years old. Release your wild child to explore nature with us in a fun and educational way. Come GROWE with us!! If you would like your child to have the summer camp memories that you remember as a child then GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp is the camp for your family. The young GROWE KIDS will experience sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows & bannock, the laughter of playing through the woods, as well as the awe of frolicking in the creek. The highlights of the week will be nature connection…