For Immediate Release

March 1, 2018
 

 

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“A call to the urban adventurer”

Summer camp brings 10-13-year-olds on a wild ride through the city

City Scouts is a weekly summer camp for 10-13-year-olds with a mission to teach kids how to navigate Toronto and appreciate everything their city has to offer. Kids explore, learn, taste, play, compete, and build wherever they go. By the end of each week, scouts develop the confidence and knowledge to explore many areas of Toronto, while at the same time, embrace the wonders of the outdoors in an urban environment.

 

Here are just a few things City Scouts did last summer:

 
  • St. Lawrence Market scavenger hunt – on your mark, get set, GO! Teams of scouts search all four corners of the market to find obscure treats before enjoying a taste of that all-Canadian classic: back bacon on a bun.
  • City of Toronto Archives – the friendly historians welcome the scouts and share fascinating stories and images from the past. Heroes, villains, wacky characters – they have all walked the streets of this city. The scouts enjoy the tales from Toronto’s past and learn to look up their own neighbourhood homes in the photo archives.
  • Toronto Island underground beach fort – Who doesn’t love to build a fort? What if that fort is a cool, underground hangout? Sure, it’s a lot of hard work to build, but at the end of the afternoon, this is one cool crib!
  • Superior Court of Justice – Here, the scouts get a front row seat in a real court of law. Our City Scout counselor selects an appropriate case and the scouts file into the court to observe all the action. The kids are fascinated by the process …especially when the ‘bad guy’ gets locked up.
  • Chinatown food challenge – We dare you! We double dare you! Scouts pick out something slimy, stinky, furry or just plain weird and challenge another team to a taste challenge. Who knew watching a kid eating a bit of bean curd could be so funny? This also provides some outstanding ‘best face photo’ opportunities.

Every day brings another spontaneous, new adventure!

 

About City Scouts

Riley Millican, a 20-year-old university business student who grew up in Toronto, started City Scouts in 2017. As a boy, Riley and his friends seldom ventured out of their Riverdale neighbourhood. They longed to explore different parks and pools but needed someone to show them how to get around. “As a result, we wasted a lot of time in the  summer playing video games,” says Riley. “We would have preferred to ride the subway or ride our bikes to Kensington Market or Toronto Island or High Park. That’s when I dreamed up this urban adventure camp called City Scouts.”

 

Riley launched with a test program in 2017 to fine tune all the activities he had in mind. The camp was an overwhelming success. Parents enjoy their kids returning home at the end of each day happy, completely exhausted, and by the end of the week, their kids are comfortable using transit to get where they need to go. The campers like the spontaneous, fast-paced activities, claiming “this camp went way beyond my expectations!”

 

City Scouts Base Camp is located in Grange Park at the St. George the Martyr rectory, conveniently located between St. Patrick and Osgood TTC Stations. As part of the camp experience, scouts are encouraged to commute to and from camp on the TTC. All the scouts are divided into small groups with a 6:1 camper to counselor ratio.

 

Registration is now open. The early bird discount of 10% expires Sunday, March 11. Fees range from $315 to $392 per week. After March 11, regular rates apply and range from $350 to $435 per week and adjustments are made for long weekends.

 

To view the City Scouts video, images of last summer’s City Scouts adventures, to register, or for more information, please visit www.cityscouts.ca.

 

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Media: For additional images, logo, or to arrange an interview with Riley Millican, please contact Laurie Hall: laurie@flexpr.com / 416-696-5554 or visit the City Scouts Media Room.

 


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