• Sapling Forrest School Day Camp - Ages 1-2 (July 16-19)
  • Sapling Forrest School Day Camp - Ages 1-2 (July 16-19)
  • Sapling Forrest School Day Camp - Ages 1-2 (July 16-19)

Sapling Forrest School Day Camp - Ages 1-2 (July 16-19)



This summer camp runs Monday - Thursday 9:30am-12:00pm

This is a Parent + Child Day Camp.

A parent/guardian accompanies child to camp and required to stay with their child at all times. 

What is a Forest School?

Sapling is a Forest School that provides a learning environment that facilitates outdoor play in such a way that builds independence, self-regulation, empathy, social and communication skills. Sapling provides a variety of group and individual outdoor experiences that are based upon the interests of the children. Sapling supports a child’s curiosity and nurtures each play adventure as a learning experience.

Children will explore the trees, the plants, the animals, the mud and much more in such a way that promotes their self-esteem and builds their confidence. Those who attend will build a relationship with the natural world that will serve them throughout their lives.

Daily experiences include, but are not limited to:

- Nature walks
- Art with natural materials
- Collecting and creating with natural materials
- Group problem-solving experiences
- Group collaborative games
- Tree Climbing
- Structure building
- Weaving
- Songs
- Fire building
- Connecting with the forest
- Connecting with Aboriginal Teachings
- And much more!

Program Philosophy

We will commit to providing an atmosphere that promotes a sense of community and belonging with the inclusion of children of various ages, backgrounds, and levels of development. We will nurture physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cognitive needs of the children within our care. We will strive to provide enriching opportunities for all children which encourage freedom of self-expression through the use of open ended, developmentally appropriate experiences. All experiences will take place outdoors, in the woods, where children will learn the importance of protecting and appreciating the outdoor world. All children will be given equal opportunity to participate in experiences regardless of individual needs; the environment provided will be universally available to all children.

While playing in the outdoor environment, children are presented with the opportunity to explore and engage in risky play while being supported by their educator to make rational, safe decisions. As they take chances and are successful in their attempts, the children begin to develop a strong self-esteem which is a part of the development of healthy emotional intelligence. We will also encourage and provide the opportunity for the children to explore and develop healthy emotional regulation techniques.

One of the most important jobs that caretakers have is to promote and protect the imagination and curiosity in a child’s mind. It is our responsibility to support children in a way that they may grow to become intelligent, creative and diplomatic.

As facilitators, we will model behaviors that are kind, empathetic and caring towards all people, living things and natural materials so that children learn compassion and empathy and use these skills throughout their lives.  We will also promote resilience and personal wellness by encouraging positive problem-solving techniques paired with a fulfilled, healthy life-style. 

We value the expertise of fellow educators and will strive to implement appropriate suggestions to improve to our practice. We value the opinions and contributions that parents make to the program. As your child’s facilitator, it is of the utmost importance for optimal development and growth, that caregivers actively participate in the learning process both in the classroom and at home. Necessary support will be provided to those families who require it.

We enforce firm health and safety practices that are tailored to suit the needs of all children indoors and out. A child’s safety and wellbeing are our number one concern. When necessary, children’s behavior must be guided or redirected in such a way that adheres to positive methods. Providing children with the freedom of choice within limits sets the foundation for responsible decision making based on self-discipline and leads to respect of one’s self as well as others.

Our philosophy is contingent with others that focus on the importance of social learning through a play-based curriculum. A child’s creativity will allow him or her to explore and understand concepts in such a way that suits them. A child’s cooperative play is what allows the child to extend their understanding of a concept much further than what they would have alone. When humanity is empathetic and cooperative, we learn from one another in ways that were not possible independently. This is very valuable, therefore, independent as well as interdependent play will be fostered in children of all ages and backgrounds simultaneously.

The experiences offered at Sapling are valuable to every child’s personal development. Through the use of the outdoor environment, we hope to nurture skills and abilities that children can use throughout their lives.Daily Readiness and Weather Preparedness

Sapling will open in all safe summer weather conditions, rain or shine. The following is outlines the proper safety precautions taken to ensure that all children are kept safe while playing outdoors. All children must be prepared to spend an extended amount of time outside so as the weather conditions permit. It is the responsibility of the caregivers, parents or guardians to provide all necessary and appropriate outdoor apparel and protective gear as listed in the subsections below.

Daily Participation Requirements

Parents or Guardians should send their children equipped with the following for each day they attend Sapling.

  • Close-toed shoes. (lace or Velcro) High ankle support is recommended.
  • Rubber boots
  • An extra pair of socks
  • A water bottle - labeled with the child’s name
  • Sun Lotion with high SPF – labeled with child’s name
  • A sun hat – labelled with child’s name

Sun and Heat Safety

Sapling will operate so long as the temperature does not exceed 35 degrees Celsius.

Rain Preparedness 

Sapling will operate in rainy weather. Parents are expected to provide the following, if the day forecasts rain.

  • Rubber boots
  • A waterproof rain jacket with a hood
  • Water resistant or splash pants

Wind Safety

If the wind were to pick up unexpectedly and begins to cause debris to move within the boundaries, the Sapling Employer will assess the situation. The centre may close if conditions become unsafe.  In the event that Sapling Forest School closes parents/guardians will be notified for pick up.

Enrollment Policy and Fees

Children of all backgrounds are invited to attend Sapling. Enrollment is taken on a first come, first serve basis. All parents are required to have fees paid, and paperwork (Sapling Enrollment Package) completed prior to the first day of the child attending Sapling. Any questions or concerns regarding enrollment will be addressed in accordance with Sapling’s open-door policy.

All enrollment fees are non-refundable and subject to change. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis in the event that the child is no longer able to fully participate due to unforeseen long-term health conditions. Appropriate documentation will be required to apply for this reimbursement. In the unlikely event that Sapling unexpectedly closes due to dangerous weather, a 50% reimbursement will be given for the hours missed.

Dates, Hours, Pricing



Drop -Off/Pick-up



Group One   

(Parent Must Stay)


9:30am – 12:00pm

$75 +HST/wk

July 9 – 12

July 16 – 19

Group Two

3-5 (not yet in Kindergarten)

1:00pm – 4:00pm

$85 +HST/wk

July 9 – 12

July 16 – 19

Group Three

5-9 (Kindergarten to Grade 3)

8:30 am – 4:00pm

$175 +HST/wk

July 23 – July 27

July 30 – Aug 3


Early Drop-Off and Late Pick-Up

Early Drop-Off and Late Pick-Up is available for all children upon request. There will be an additional charge added to the enrollment costs based on the extended hours required. 

Participant to Staff Ratios



Total Enrollment 2018

Group One

Ages 1-2

(under parental supervision)


One staff member per twenty participant pairs of one parent and one child

20 participants per week

Group Two

Age 3-5

(not yet in kindergarten)


One staff member per 6 children

12 participants per week

Group Three

Age 5-8

(Kindergarten to Grade Three)


One staff member per 8 children

16 participants per week


A Day at Sapling Forest School 


Group One Daily Guide

9:30 - 9:40

  • Group arrives and is welcomed

9:40 – 10:00

  • Children and parents are encouraged to explore
  • Experience centres will be set up to explore

10:00 – 10:15

  • Snack Break – Parent Provided Snack Break
  • Group discussion on how to further engage children

10:15 – 11:00

  • Yoga with Namaste and Play

11:00 – 12:00

  • Children and parents are encouraged to explore and play together in the forest
  • Experience Centres will be set up to explore
  • Songs and language promoted within adult group


  • Group departs.



Group Two Daily Guide

1:00 – 1:15

  • Children arrive, settle into space

1:15 – 2:00

  • Yoga with Namaste and Play


  • Group song to spark interest
  • Child initiated learning experiences
  • Supervised free exploration – educators support exploratory play
  • Exploration Centres will be set up to spark interests 

2:30 – 2:45

  • Snack Break – Parent Provided, Nutritious Snack

2:45 – 3:15

  • Group activity led by educators
  • Story sharing time
  • Time to listen and connect with forest

3:15 – 4:00

  • Child initiated learning experiences
  • Supervised free exploration – educators support exploratory play
  • Exploration Centres will be set up to spark interests 


  • Pick up




Group Three Daily Guideline

8:30 – 8:45

  • Children arrive, settle into space

8:45 – 9:00

  • Group welcome, introductions of the day, reminders of safety precautions
  • Song to spark interest in potential play topics

9:00 – 10:15

  • Child initiated learning experiences
  • Supervised free exploration – educators support exploratory play
  • Exploration Centres will be set up to spark interests 

10:15 – 10:45

  • Snack Break – Parent Provided, Nutritious snack


  • Group/Team Activity lead by educators

11:45 – 12:00

  • Group Story Sharing   


  • Lunch – Parent Provided, Nutritious snack

1:00 – 2:00

  • Child Initiated Learning/Play Experiences
  • Supervised Free Exploration - Educators support exploratory play
  • Exploration centres will be set up to spark interests

2:00 –


  • ‘Sit-Spots’ (quiet, meditative, alone time to connect with forest)
  • Educator lead listening activities
  • Silent Group Nature Walk to observe forest

2:45 – 3:15

  • Snack Break - Parent Provided, Nutritious Snack

3:15 – 4:00

  • Child Initiated Learning/Play Experiences
  • Supervised Free Exploration - Educators support exploratory play
  • Exploration centres will be set up to spark interests


  • Child Pick-up


PLEASE NOTE: The times listed on these schedules are flexible based upon the needs of the group. This schedule is subject to change without notice. Meal times and quiet time will remain constant.

Communication/Open-Door Policy

Communication between caregivers and the staff at Sapling is a vital part of the growth and healthy development of all attendees.

Sapling Forest School will first attempt to communicate via phone, then text, then email. Sapling Forest School accepts communication via phone, text and email.

Call or Text: (709)660-2605


Sapling Forest School maintains an open-door policy that ensure the free-flow of communication regarding questions, concerns, support or advice. Emailed communications will be responded to by the end of the following business day. 

Confidentiality/Record Keeping

We respect the privacy of all families. All family enquires, conversations, and children’s records will be kept confidential unless a parent gives explicit written permission to share information or such sharing is required by law or by court order.

All records of enrollment and other personal documents will be kept in a secure location and only be released by the Sapling Forest School Employer to authorized people upon request.

Support Policy

The health and well-being of children is our primary concern. If a family is in crisis, our centre is fully dedicated to provide as much support as possible. Our centre will provide necessary resources for your family and children to assist in positive coping methods during the time of distress.

You are not required to disclose any personal details or circumstances if they require support. Our centre’s open-door policy is to provide support and resources to those who request it, regardless of the circumstance.

Your family’s circumstances will be kept confidential and only those who are involved in supporting you and your child, will be notified with your consent.

As required by the Child and Youth Care and Protection Act (2015), we have a duty to report any suspected abuse that a child may be experiencing. This includes, suspected involvement or witness to family violence, sexual abuse, and neglect.

Parent Participant/Accompanying Adult/Volunteer Responsibilities

Parent Participant enrolled with 1-2-year-old responsibilities

We believe that one on one care is the best way to bond with a growing infant. Each parent may enroll with one child. Parents are required to stay with their child at all times. Supervision of the child and all other care items are the sole responsibility of the parent while at Sapling Forest School.  Sapling Forest School does not accept responsibility for any injury, allergic reaction and other circumstance that may occur to you or your child while attending Sapling Forest School. Please see attached Assumption of Risk, Waiver and Release of Claims, and Indemnity Form for further information. 

Accompanying Adult/Volunteer Responsibilities

If a child requires an assistant, for whatever reason, that accompanying adult/volunteer is responsible for the following:

  • Adhering to the methods practices, procedures and policies set forth by Sapling Forest School
  • Supporting said child in play in whatever way necessary. The adults at Sapling Forest School are facilitators of play, rather than educators of concepts. The child always leads the play.
  • Ensuring that the said child is able to participate, understand and experience the full benefit of forest school
  • Meet the needs of said child
  • Promote a positive, problem-solving attitude toward all situations that the adult or child may face
  • Support the child to make reasonable, safe and justified choices when taking risks and engaging in risky-play
  • Seek the Sapling Employer if they require support to be able to support the child

Health Policy

Overall Wellbeing

While in our care, your child will be encouraged to partake in a healthy lifestyle. We also encourage children to maintain good hygiene practices including proper handwashing, and self care. Healthy nutritional habits and active living will always be encouraged as well as appropriate emotional regulation techniques. Sapling values and promotes the health and happiness each individual child in every aspect of development. 

Lunches and Snacks

Lunches and snack are to be provided by parents. Sapling will have a morning snack break, a lunch break and an afternoon snack break. Parents are expected to provide nutritious food that adheres to the Canadian Food Guide. The food must be prepared in such a way that is appropriate for the child to eat independently.


Under no circumstances are children allowed to ingest anything found in the forest without approval of the Sapling Employer. All edibles found, cleaned and eaten with approval will be documented. 

Known Allergies:

All allergies must be clearly stated on the medical information form upon enrollment. Items that may trigger an allergic reaction will be prohibited from the site.

  • If the child requires an Epi-pen, documentation on the allergy must be filed and all staff will be required to sign off upon reviewing the circumstances of the allergy. The epi-pen must be provided by the parents. Depending on the sensitivity of the allergy, the Epi-pen may kept on the child’s person (in a fanny pack) at all times. Staff will be properly trained on how to administer the Epi-pen. In the event of anaphylaxis:
    • Emergency Services will be called
    • Epi-pen will be administered if required
    • Staff will support the child in remaining calm and lying on their back
    • The child’s feet will be raised 12 inches off the floor and the child will be covered in a blanket. They may be turned on their side if vomiting and tight clothing will be loosened
    • The incident will be documented and filed by the staff involved
  • Children requiring mild allergy medication will be the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian. The child will be responsible for administering cream or lotion in the event of skin irritation. Sapling does not accept any responsibility for administering medication of any kind, other than an Epi-pen.

Unknown Allergies:

In the case of a mild unexpected environmental allergic reaction, symptoms will be monitored and staff will help the child to feel as comfortable as possible (i.e. A cold wet cloth on irritated skin etc.). The parents will be notified about the reaction and pick-up may be necessary. The incident will be documented and filed by the staff involved.

Inclusion of Children Who Are ill

Please keep us informed of your child’s health status.

Children who are mildly ill can sometimes attend the program, under certain conditions. Most importantly, the child must be well enough to cope with a moderate activity level and be able to fully participate in the program.

The child who is mildly sick may attend the program so long as,

  • The illness is mild enough to allow the child to participate in activities
  • The illness does not require a level of care that would compromise the care of other children
  • The illness is not infectious or contagious

In the best interest of your child’s health and the health of other’s in the program, please keep your child home if they have,

  • A temperature of 1010 F or higher
  • Diarrhea (within the past 24 hours)
  • Vomiting (until the child has eaten at least two solid meals without vomiting)
  • Severe cold or flu symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, fever etc.)
  • A contagious Illness (chicken pox, mumps, measles, pink eye etc.)
  • Rashes that are unidentified or diagnosed as contagious
  • An ear, nose, eye, or throat infection including Bronchitis or Strep Throat.
  • If your child is ill, with out any obvious symptoms (pale, irritable, extremely tired, listless or may be looking and acting different)

In the event that your child becomes ill at the centre, the parent will be notified and the child will need to be picked up immediately. The child must remain home for a minimum of 24 hours after the symptoms subside or 24 hours after the start of antibiotics to ensure that your child is no longer contagious.

Contagious diseases such as measles, chicken pox and mumps must be reported to Public Health. All parents will be notified that the children in our care have come in contact with a contagious disease, while respecting confidentiality.  The child may return to the program when advised by a doctor’s note stating that they are no longer contagious.

Children Who Have Exceptional Needs

Sapling accepts and will include children at developmental levels.

If the child has a higher than average need for one-on-one care, or cannot comply with instruction, or requires assistance to use the bathroom, the additional support required must be provided by the parent, caregiver or respite worker. Parents and caregivers are invited to stay in the program to support their child in the program if the child requires.


Medications are the sole responsibility of the primary caregiver of the child. Sapling does not accept responsibility for administering medication of any sort to any child under any circumstances. This includes all prescription and non-prescription medication. Puffers or inhalers will be the responsibility of the child or parent. Pills, liquid, cream, ointment and all other types of medication are the sole responsibility of the care giver.

The only exception to this policy is in the case of an emergency and an allergic reaction has occurred. Epi-pens provided by the parents will be administered if necessary. See policy under Allergic Reactions for full details.

Medical Records 

A basic health history form must be completed upon enrollment and updated as needed.

All records are kept secure and confidential.

Toileting and Handwashing Procedures

Toileting: All children who attend Sapling must be able to use the toilet, clean themselves and wash their hands independently, unless supervised by a parent. Under no circumstance is a staff member allowed to be alone in a bathroom with a child with the door closed. Sapling respects every child privacy, therefore, each child will toilet themselves behind a closed, unlocked door. Staff may enter the bathroom if the child’s safety has been compromised.

Handwashing: Children will be required to wash their hands before eating, after using the toilet, and after touching their mouth or nose (blowing/picking their nose). Parents may send hand sanitizer to be used as a substitute for cleaning hands with no visible dirt on them. Handwashing will always take place when there is visible dirt on the child’s hands.

Staff will be required to wash their hands before eating, after using the toilet, and after touching their mouth or nose or helping to clean the face of a child. Again, hand sanitizer may be used if no visible dirt is on them.

Hands will always be dried with one clean paper towel and thrown away immediately after.

A Smoke-Free Space

To ensure a heathy environment for all, there will be NO SMOKING in or around the Sapling site.


I understand there is another, most extensive document (Sapling Forest School Policy Manual) that includes other protocols of operations, emergency procedure, etc. I understand that I have a right to request said document at any time.

I have read and understand this policy manual. I understand that any questions I may have about this document have been answered.