Optional Specialty Programs

Our optional specialty programs are all about having fun and exploring your passions!
Amazing recreational activities taught by camp instructors.

Optional Specialty Programs

Campers have the opportunity to learn and improve their skills and participate in different programs each week. Similar to Traditional Camp, campers will be placed in a cabin group and together with their counsellors, will get hands-on experience in the specialized activities. Program curriculum is age appropriate and adapted for all age groups at camp. Activities are either held on-site at Camp Riverwood or off-site at one of our partners’ facilities (transportation is included and provided by camp).

Campers participate in our optional specialty programs for half of the camp day (morning OR afternoon) and traditional camp for the other half so that they get the best of both worlds at Riverwood!

Optional Specialty Program Dates and Fees

Do you love sports and being active but can’t decide which sporty optional to pick? All-Star Sports is the optional for you! Campers will have the opportunity to play multiple sports during the program to improve their skills! As a recreational based optional, All-Star Sports focuses on having fun and learning new skills!

Want to practice your free throws this summer? Our brand new Basketball optionals program is for you! This program is designed for campers with any experience level. This is a recreational program that will focus on having fun, team building and learning new skills. Make sure to sign up for this program quickly, it’s going to be a Slam Dunk!

*Off-site activity taking place at Forest Brook Community Church

Campers become engineers, architects, construction workers, and designers in our building program! Using Lego, Maze Runners, K’nex, natural materials, and other loose parts, children will have time to explore their creativity and create fun structures. This activity requires no prior experience. Your camper will use hands-on skills and creativity in our “Build It!” program.

Ready for some fun this summer? Join Crafty Creations to release your inner artist! In this program, campers will be using their imagination to transform their crafts into personalized art creations. Bringing home new skills and wondrous art projects!

Calling all dance stars, those who love to boogie, and everyone in between! Dancers of all experience levels are encouraged to join us for this program. With workshops, freestyle, and stage presence lessons campers will be geared up to perform a group choreographed routine at our end of the week Spirit Rally!

Want to spruce up your room and give it a new life? Join Riverwood and their expert designers and become one yourself! DIY Designers will teach you exciting do it yourself crafts to make your space fun and fresh.

Riverwood’s Flag Football and Ultimate frisbee optional is a great way to foster team cooperation and learn some new skills! This optional is a learn to play program and campers of all skill levels are encouraged to join! This program is designed to be recreational as it focuses on team building, game and skill development.

Crime Scene Investigators in training unite! Campers will spend the week exploring mock crime scenes, collecting evidence, uncovering clues, and determining who is guilty. Our staff will train campers with skills to examine and interpret the clues and data found at the scene.

Swim Lesson are provided by qualified instructors in partnership with Bucklers Aquatics in a safe and fun environment. Campers improve their swimming skills, performance, stroke technique and confidence. At the end of each session campers receive a swim report to take home.

Please note that due to the length of the program, Bucklers Aquatics will not be handing out progress reports.

*Off-site activity (4 swim days Monday to Thursday and 1 onsite non-swim day Friday) taking place at Bucklers Aquatics

Campers will spend half of the day learning and working with Camp Riverwood’s resident magician! This program is designed for first time or beginner magicians! It is a fantastic introduction to magic and the art of illusion. Campers will learn tricks that will “WOW” their friends and family.

In Play With Clay campers will explore sculpting, molding, carving, and more. This hands-on program will have campers making a variety of projects to showcase the skills they have acquired.

Does your camper love to swim and be in the water? Then they will love our fun-filled recreational swim optional! Campers will spend 45 minutes daily with their cabin participating in a free swim. Campers will have lots of time to swim and splash around with their friends. All while being supervised by qualified lifeguards from Bucklers Aquatics and Riverwood staff!

*Off-site activity (4 swim days Monday to Thursday and 1 onsite non-swim day Friday) taking place at Bucklers Aquatics

Campers are encouraged to challenge themselves and reach new heights in our Rock Climbing optional! Developing coordination, confidence, and balance campers will learn how to scale rock walls like a champ. Supervised by Riverwood counsellors, and guided by Rock Oasis climbing instructors.  Campers will love this optional!

*Off-site activity

Excited to get out of the house this summer? The soccer optional is a great way to stay active in a fun, team building environment. Campers of all experience levels are welcome! This recreational soccer program focuses on developing each camper’s individual skills. From passing, shooting, free-kicks and goal keeping, all of the fundamental soccer skills will be covered. See you on the field!

Interested in exploring the cosmos? Join the Space Exploration optional where campers learn all about the solar system, as well as other stars and galaxies! Campers will blast off into the world of rocket design! Once fully constructed our Riverwood astronauts will be able to launch their rockets at the end of the week!

Enhance your campers cooking skills by joining our Tasty Treats optional! This program is recommended for campers who like trying new foods and aren’t picky eaters! Working alongside our talented staff, campers will follow recipes, learn kitchen safety and fundamental cooking skills. They will have the opportunity to become young chefs as they make delicious meals and desserts from different parts of the world!

Pickering Tennis Pros will help your camper become a well-rounded tennis player. For this recreational program all experience levels are  welcome! From forehands, backhands, serves, to volleys and overheads your camper will learn all the aspects of the game while supervised and encouraged by an all-star team of Riverwood staff and Tennis Coaches!

*Off-site activity taking place at Tam Heather Curling & Tennis Club (New Location for 2023)

Cheer Sport Sharks Toronto offers a one-of-a-kind dynamic tumbling curriculum and is designed to fit the needs and aspirations of every child. Tumbling is available for campers in grades 2 to 6  with a focus on developing a robust tumbling skill set including tumbling, jumping, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, and gain confidence.

*Off-site activity taking place at Cheer Sport Sharks Toronto

Foster innovative thinking, explore every curiosity, and become a wacky scientist with our Wacky Science optional! Campers will be challenged to think and explore the hows and whys of science. From colour changing materials, life sciences, to objects and materials your camper will spend the week experimenting and watching incredible live demonstrations.

Have a passion for video games, digital design and coding? This optional for you! Campers will learn the fundamentals of video game design. Each camper will have the opportunity to create their own video games with multiple levels! At the end of the program, campers will be given their games’ unique URL. This can be used to share their creations with friends and to play their game at home!

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Summer Address

1100 Whites Road, Pickering, ON

Off-Season Address

11123 Kennedy Road, Markham, ON, Canada





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