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Explore Nature & Animals | Summer Camps

AGE: 8* – 12 Years Old *Campers MUST be 8 by Sept 1 in the year of camp.
TIME: 9am – 3pm (Mon-Fri) *Before & After Care Available (8am-5:30pm)
PREREQUISITES: Kids Camp 1
REQUIRED: Any camera with manual mode (*rentals available)
LOCATION: 25 Toronto St. (Yonge & Adelaide)
PRICE: $549

Overview

Explore The Outdoors And Make Furry Friends!

Calling all nature and animal lovers! This camp will explore landscape, macro and pet photography while visiting some of Toronto’s most beautiful green spaces, including High Park and the High Park Zoo! Campers will also head to Ripley’s Aquarium to creatively capture a broad range of colourful fish and unexpected sea creatures!

“The camp was really fun and the instructors were really good at explaining the topics and made them really clear. It’s also really cool that we get to go out on field trips to practice with the new skills we learn each day.”
– GTA Photography Camper 2017

Best Summer Experience

Summer is a great time to explore, have fun and make new friends! We work hard to make each week not just about photography, but a real experience that the campers will never forget.

5-Star Reviews & Quality Instructors

Our instructors are excellent teachers, award winning photographers and have their work published! We consistently get 5 star reviews and listed as one of Toronto’s Top 10 Photography Schools by BlogTO.

We Were On TV & Radio!

You may of seen us on TV or heard us on air! Our director and instructors were invited to be photography mentors, and judges on CBC Kids’ reality TV Show, “Snapshots”. Most recently, we were on “Ontario Today” chatting about photography to CBC Radio 1 listeners.

Experiential Learning

We know learning doesn’t only apply in the classroom! To really make it ‘click’, we focus on experiential learning by getting campers to shoot outdoors and put the principles they learned into practice.

Camp Outline

Camp Summary
  • Techniques for macro photography
  • Controlling exposure for different scenes and subject matter
  • Key settings to get sharper images with moving subjects
  • Introduction to landscape photography and exciting field trips!
Types of Photography and Styles

From amazing landscapes to getting up close and personal with animals, learn to capture the perfect shot. Discover techniques and styles such as macro photography, rules of exposure, capturing high-speed motion and more!

Interacting With Nature and Animals

How you interact with your surroundings is very important to capturing the perfect photo! Get a chance to work with a variety of animals and we’ll show you how to capture the right moment.

How to Create Sharp Images

Getting a sharp image can be difficult when capturing a beautiful landscape or an active puppy! Learn key settings and techniques that will help avoid blurry images.

Sample Day Agenda

9:00 am Drop-Off
Before care starts at 8:00am
9:00 am Warm up game
9:15 am Photography Lesson
Learn & Practice
10:30 am Demos & Hands on Practice
Apply what you’ve learned
12:00 pm Lunch Break
Bring your own or buy lunch at a local spot
1:00 pm Field Trip
Visit exciting local spots and take incredible photos and videos
2:45 pm Arrive back at camp
2:45 pm Cool Down Game
3:00 pm Student Pick-up
After care until 5:30pm*
Savings & Add-Ons

Save Up To $300.00

Receive $100.00 off each additional week of camp in a singular booking. *Camps must be booked in the same year to qualify for discount.

Before & After Care

We offer before & after care for $65 per week. Before & after care starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 5:30 PM

Loaner Cameras

Don’t have a professional DSLR? No worries! We offer loaner cameras at the price of $55 +HST for the full week at camp. SD Card included so you can take your photos home with you!

Financial Aid Available | Apply By March 20, 2019

We believe all kids and teens deserve the opportunity to attend our camps and should not be limited by financial needs. Click Icon For Application.

FAQ's
How many campers are in your sessions?

We limit all kids programs to 12 campers and teen programs from 10 to 20 campers (depending on the program). Based on our experience, we have found that campers are able to grasp the concepts better in small class sizes. This allows them to ask questions as we go and get personal attention.

How do you address safety at your camp?

We take safety very seriously at GTA Photography. You can be sure that your child is in good hands. Here are just some of the measures we have taken to ensure the safety of your child:

  • Staff Qualified in First Aid / CPR: All of our instructors and counsellors are trained in First Aid and CPR and are able to treat minor injuries on site. Parents will be immediately notified in case of injury or illness.
  • High Instructor to Camper Ratio: Our Kids Camp has a ratio of 2 staff to 12 campers. Our Teen Camps have a ratio of 2 staff to 15 campers.
  • Strict Pick up / Drop Off Policy: We have a strict pick up / drop off policy; whereby, you provide us with the proper information on who is allowed to pick up your child and we ensure that they are released only to that individual.
  • Background Checks: It is our policy that we conduct background and criminal checks on all staff members.
  • Risk Management Training: All of our instructors and counsellors undergo thorough training in risk management and emergency procedures. All of our instructors and counsellors have cell phones and can be reached at any time.
How old does my child have to be to attend?

Kids Camp (8 – 12) and Teen Camp (13 – 17).  If you have any questions regarding the age group, please feel free to contact us.

How does pick up / drop off work?

We know that pick up and drop off times are busy for families.  We do everything we can to make it as smooth as possible for you.

At each location, we have designated pick up / drop off areas to allow for quick transitions.  Please consult your Parent Handbook for details.

All of our camps begin at 9:00 AM. Students should be dropped off 10 minutes prior to their start time. All of our camps end at 3:00 PM. Students should be picked up by 3:10pm. We provide Before / After care for our Kids & Teen Camps (8:00am to 5:30pm). 

Is there Before & After Care Provided?

Before and after care for kids and teen camps is available from 8:00am – 5:30pm  for an additional fee of $65 +HST. *

Please note that camp programming ends at 3:00pm. Simple activities and entertainment are provided during after care.

Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?

Yes!  We believe that every child should have access to camp and financial limitations should not be a factor when making the decision to go to camp. Every summer, we have a select number of spots that are open to students in need.

Deadline to apply for financial aid is March 20, 2019. Campers will be notified if they were granted a spot by end of April. Please fill out the application below and email it back to us (info@gtaphotographyclasses.com) by the deadline.

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION

How early should we register?

Registration is open until the Friday before the session begins. Please note that in prior years most of our camps have sold out months in advance. In order to guarantee enrolment, we recommend registering as soon as you know your schedule and at least a month in advance. Avoid the rush – register early and secure a spot!

What are your registration policies?

Policies:

  • Prepayment is required to confirm your registration and spot in the class / camp / workshop.
  • All sessions begin promptly at the stated time. Any missed material is forgone by the student.

Cancellation by Campers:

  • Cancellations are non-refundable whether the camper cancels or fails to show up for camp; however, if cancellation is received within 14 days prior to the scheduled session, we will reschedule you to another session but a $100 administration fee will apply.

Cancellation by GTAPC:

  • GTA Photography Classes reserves the right to cancel or postpone any camp if there is inadequate enrolment. In the event that a camp must be cancelled, you will be notified by email with adequate notice (please be sure to register using the email address where you can best be reached). You may then either reschedule for another session or receive reimbursement of camp fees.
What is the format of the day?

Weekly Camps (Summer, March Break, Winter)

Monday to Friday from 9 am – 3 pm.

Before & After Care is available for an extra $65 + HST / week.  Hours are 8:00am – 5:30 pm.

Typical Day at Summer Camp

9 – 9:30 am : Ice breakers / team building exercises
9:30 – 12 pm : Lessons / Workshops / Assignment
12 – 1 pm : Lunch
1 – 3 pm : Outdoor field trip and shooting assignments

Fall & Winter Programs

We cover the same material as our summer camp program.  We alternate one week is indoor lecture / assignments and the following week is outdoor shooting field trip. 10-week and 12-week programs are available and will contain 1.5 – 2.5 hours of instructions depending on the program

Field Trips

Field Trips are a huge part of our program! We visit various sites around our facilities. All sites are within walking distance.

Toronto Location: Sites may include; ROM, Casa Loma, Queen St. W, Galleries, Kensington Market, Yorkville, Nathan Phillips Square, etc.
Chicago Location: Oak Street Beach, Michigan Ave, Museum of Contemporary Art, Navy Pier, etc.
Ottawa Location: University of Ottawa, National Arts Centre, City Hall, Parliament Hill, Rideau river, etc.

How does lunch work?

Lunch at camp is similar to lunch at school! Campers can either bring their lunch or money to buy a lunch at one of the nearby vendors. All of our locations have food options within a 2 minute walking distance. Whether they are bringing or buying, we always eat together as a group!

Do you accept international students?

Yes!  A tourist visa is all that is required to attend our camp.  Student visas are not required for summer camps.

Our programs are taught in English and do require a good understanding of the language in order to participate and follow the program.  Students should be able to converse at an Intermediate to Advanced level in order to participate in our summer camp programs. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact us for more information.

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*Limited Spots Remain | Register Now To Reserve Your Spot*

*There will be no camp sessions running on Statutory Holidays (Canada Day: Monday, July 1, 2019 – Civic Holiday: Monday, August 5, 2019)

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