Surrounded by over 55 acres of conservation land in the heart of North York, the outdoor NAture ORiented CAmp (NAORCA) is filled with true camp spirit – a day camp that has the feel of a traditional overnight camp.
For over 60 years, Camp NAORCA has provided Torontonians with a unique camp experience and an opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime. Camp NAORCA staff allow campers to gain a greater awareness of, and appreciation for, nature and the environment through daily outdoor activities. Activities include hikes, crafts, music, archery, swimming, workshops, special events and more.
Campers must be the required age by the program start date, as age overrides aren’t provided.
Specific program plans are designed for each age group, to meet their skill set and interests.
We do not accept requests for friends and/or family to be placed in the same group.
We welcome and include children and youth with special needs or disabilities to register for camp. Due to the high demand of City support staff, a maximum of two weeks of support can be provided across all camp programs.
If you’d like to register for more than two weeks of camp or provide your own support worker, please call the Camp NAORCA office directly at 416-395-0150.
If your child requires a staff to support them, please note the following important information:
In addition to registering for the pathfinder program barcode, pathfinder campers have the option of registering for a two-night/three-day camping trip to a nearby provincial park. These camping trips are designed to help foster independence and develop camping skills. Under the supervision of Staff, campers will enjoy playing an active role in the set-up of a campsite and preparation of campfire meals. They will also help plan and participate in daily physical activities and specialized evening programming around the campfire.
Note: There is an additional fee to register for this camping trip. A separate off-location trip permission form and information package will be sent home on the first day of each session.
Camp NAORCA offers an exceptional quality leadership program for youth 15+ years. C.I.T’s attend on-site theory workshops with their peers, to learn about such topics as:
The remainder of the time, C.I.T’s are assigned a supervised job shadowing placement, within the camp. Our program provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience in assisting our counsellors with daily camp activities. Youth with special needs/disabilities are welcome to register and must be able to participate independently in the C.I.T. program.
Registered participants will be contacted prior to the commencement of this program.
Camp NAORCA operates daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (no extended hours are available).
We offer 4 sessions. Each session is 9 or 10 days.
When you register for your camp please also select a bus stop pickup location. Bus transportation is offered at no additional costs, but seats are limited. Camp NAORCA bus stops span across the North York District only.This service is provided by a professional school bus company.
If parents/guardians wish to drive campers to camp and don’t need bus service, register for the Camp NAORCA Sign In/Out barcode for your camp date:
Information packages will be e-mailed out to registered participants at the beginning of May. If you’ve registered after this time, call or email us to get your package.
Children need to be provided with lunch, drinks and snacks from home. Litter-less meals are strongly encouraged.
Camp staff will e-mail all registered participants a few days prior to the start of each session, to confirm bus stop times, what to wear, what to bring etc.
For a complete listing of program barcodes and bus stop locations/barcodes, please see the City of Toronto North York District Fun Guide and search for the Camp NAORCA page in the Summer Camp section.
Camp NAORCA is a member of, and has been accredited by, the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) since 1967.