Cooking Camp

Four female students in a kitchen cooking and wearing hats and white aprons

Cooking Camp is a fun experience with a focus on numeracy for students who have finished Grade 6, 7 or 8. During this week-long camp, students will learn the basics of cooking and baking in a safe kitchen environment while utilizing numeracy skills in fractions, measurement and conversions.

The camp is taught by certified Durham Catholic District School Board teachers. The instructors are certified by the Department of Health Safe Food Handling and hold CPR and First Aid certification.

Students will prepare two snacks and a lunch each day, as well as participate in numeracy and experiential learning activities. The focus is on a fun and safe environment filled with learning!

Experiential learning camps "enhance the already rich learning environments of our schools, providing students with alternative ways of engaging in their learning."  Through the Experiential Learning Cycle, students will actively participate, reflect and apply their learning.  "The development of a reflective mindset gives students the ability to turn every experience into a learning experience."  Community- Connected Experiential Learning, Ministry of Education, pages 8 & 9.

Due to high demand, this camp will be available for DCDSB students only.

Sample Camp Day

A typical camp day will involve: 

  • 9:00 a.m.        Arrival 
  • 9:05 a.m.        Kitchen tools activity/cutting skills
  • 9:45 a.m.        Snack, veggies and dip 
  • 10:00 a.m.      Cupcake decorating guest visits kitchen 
  • 11:30 a.m.      Lunch - homemade pizza 
  • 1:00 p.m.        Scavenger hunt/yoga
  • 2:00 p.m.        Prepare snack, protein bar
  • 2:30 p.m.        Depart for home

Dates for camp  - 

The Cooking Camp is available the following weeks: 

  • July 6 - 10, 2020
  • July 13 - 17, 2020

Please note that students can participate in more than one camp, but are asked to not register for the same camp for two weeks consecutively. 

Time

9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (4 days per week for each camp)

Location

TBD

Transportation

Parents and guardians are responsible for transportation to and from the camp. 

Questions and Answers

Why types of food do students make?
Students will prepare their food each day. The food will have a high nutrition value. The foods will follow the four components of Canada's Food Guide. 

Will allergies and food sensitivities be taken into consideration?
Yes. All parents must complete a questionnaire prior to the first day of camp. This will allow staff to plan the menu if allergies are present. 

What does my child need to bring to camp?
Students are asked to bring a hat and water bottle to camp every day. Students will receive an apron to wear in the kitchen. Safety in the kitchen is important and students must wear non-slip closed toes shoes while at camp.

Cost and Registration 

There is no cost for this program. Click here to download registration form.  Form can be faxed, emailed or returned in person to Ajax Campus.  ** Registration forms will be available March 23, 2020.

Students can participate in more than one camp, but are asked to not register for the same camp for two weeks consecutively.

Please note that camp enrollment will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis as space is limited.  Students will be put on a wait list and notified if the camp is full. Due to high demand, this camp will be available for DCDSB students only.

Go to www.con-ed.ca for information about summer programs.

 

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