Summer Camps & Retreats


Radiant Girls offers summer camps designed to inspire a love of health & wellbeing for a girls mind, body, & soul. We lead activities like pilates, yoga, and nature hikes. We teach healthy eating through hands on cooking. We inspire self expression through our art programs. And our Life Coach leads girl talk on handling anxiety, self esteem, friendships & leadership.

Our camps empower girls with the tools to grow into a self-assured, healthy young ladies. Healthy lunches, snacks, spa products, and professional art supplies are included in this camp.

We offer both day and overnight programs throughout Southern Ontario.
Our Girls Wellness Day Camps are best for girls aged 8-12.
Our Tween & Teen Overnight Retreats are for Girls age 10-12 & 12-14.

Camps run from 9:15 am to 3:45 pm.
Before and after care is available one hour before and after camp hours.

Although each week is different, we will be following a theme for each of the days in our summer camps. This will form the foundation for the activities and lessons we will be teaching each day. The themes include:
kids yoga
Inner Beauty Spa Day
Strong, Brave & Proud Party
One with Nature Goddess Adventure
Culinary Queens Master Chef Day
Creative Genius Self-Expressionist Event



A Day at Camp:

A day in the life of a Radiant Girl's camper looks like this... Activities include at least 2 hours of movement exposing girls to a variety of fitness activities, like pilates, yoga, zumba and nature hikes. We'll play with Bosu's, balls, and all kinds of fun fitness tools.

dance partyGirls will learn about nutrition through hands on, interactive cooking classes, making healthy food fun. We'll make smoothies in the morning, a fabulous lunch, and an afternoon dessert each day. Our cooking incorporates teamwork, creativity, and nutrition. We will make everything from scratch, using local organic ingredients when possible. All of our meals are kid friendly, and we can accommodate food allergies and preferences.

The art projects always involve meaningful and thought provoking self reflection activities like dream boards, painting, journals and meaningful jewelry. These art projects are designed to solidify new concepts, and changes in perspective from the day's lessons/learning.

Our activities range from a professional ropes course, to board breaking, scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, leadership games and team building events. Each one of these activities is built on teaching choice, communication, resourcefulness, confidence, and life lessons. board break

Our week will be based on the following themes: strength, courage, leadership, independence, kindness, gratitude, inspiration, positive thinking, self care, and all the things that make a girl radiant.

Our program is designed to facilitate transformations in thinking, understanding, and unconscious behaviour. Each activity has a purpose that leads to the next. Some with more instruction for a specific outcome, others with less direction to support creative, independent thinking. These experiences involve movement, games, group chats, guest visits, team building, and leadership activities. Each one of these helps us to evoke an environment for rapport, trust, observation, questioning, creative thinking, discussion, and self refection.


Some of the Activities that girls may experience during a camp…
Each week our offerings change based on the needs of the group, guest speakers, and creative ideas from our students and staff. Here is just a list of some of the amazing things we’ve incorporated at previous camps:
Splatter paint party
Partner yoga
Manicures and pedicures
Learning how to meditate
Orienteering
Hiking and nature exploration
Making smoothies, lunches, tea parties, and desserts
Journal creation, and writing
Pilates, yoga, zumba classes for girls
Board breaking
Releasing Chinese lanterns
Team obstacle courses
Making a movie
Chocolate facials & Sugar Scrubs
Dream boards
Bracelet making
Photo shoot
Special guests - like celebrities from YTV, Canadian Juno artists,
Olympic athletes and Motivational Speakers with special needs.
Skin care rituals with an aesthetician
Wildlife demonstrations


dream boardsWith all of this packed into a week, you can be confident that our camp will change the way she sees the world, and delivers many of the tools and skills required to grow into a self-assured, healthy and loving young lady.

Day Camp includes fresh organic smoothies, lunch and snacks, all art supplies, an apron, and everything required for the fitness & yoga components, and spa day. Food allergies can be accommodated during registration.


2017 Camp Dates

Leadership for Private Schools at Sidrabene
Jun 26-30

Overnight Leadership Retreats at Crieff Hills
July 4-7
Aug. 8-11
(more info below)

Burlington Day Camps at Sidrabene
July 10-14
July 17-21 - SOLD OUT
July 24-28
Aug 21-25

Equestrian Wellness Camps - Coming Soon
Jul 31-Aug 4 & Aug 14-18


To Register for Camp:

To reserve a space in one of our camps please complete a Registration Form here.. You can also email us for more information at gina@radiantgirls.ca . Once we receive it, we will confirm if space is availabe, process payment, and then confirm your registration.

This year enroll your radiant girl into a camp that willtween retreat leave her with lessons and memories to last a lifetime! Camp sizes are limited to ensure one-on-one support. Our summer camps sell out every year Book early to avoid disappointment.

Early Bird Registration for Day Camp is $425. Take $25 off when registering for multiple weeks or with a friend or sibling. Before and after care is available.



Overnight Leadership Camps


2017 Leadership Camps at Crieff Hills

camp firesOur overnight retreats include all of the amazing experiences we offer in our day program, plus a chance to create an even deeper experience for our attendees. Once the evening unfolds, relationships are created, discussions deepen, and group coaching or as we call it "girl talk" unfolds naturally. These fireside discussions are some of the most powerful lessons we teach.

Overnight Camps allow girls to be fully emerced in the experience of being on there own, trying new things, discovering their strengths, and overcoming there fears.

Each day we'll have breakfast and a smoothie demonstration, a lunch that we make together, an afternoon snack, and an elaborate buffet dinner& dessert in the school house. Our chef is known for soul sistersour kid friendly meals, and we can accomidate your daughters food prefrences and allergies while still providing healthy options.

In addition to our activites, cooking and wellness program, we also include a half day professional ropes course event. She'll learn teamwork, courage, and focus, and build self esteem through out this process.


Overnight Camp Location

Crieff Hills Community, a Retreat and Conference Centre, is located on 250 acres of land west of Crieff, Ontario, a small village about 30-40 minutes north west of Burlington.

This property was once owned by John Bayne Maclean.  He founded "Maclean's magazine", "The Financial Post" and Maclean-Hunter publishers. hiking trailsIn the beginning it was his country home, but he gradually expanded as he bought adjacent land and created a working farm with a dairy herd, pigs, grain fields, orchards and about 100 acres of reforested land.  His estate - Crieff Hills Farm - became known far and wide for its beautiful landscape and gardens. When he died he left the farm to the Presbyterian Church in Canada. At first it was rented out for farming and private residences, but in 1975 the property began to be developed into a retreat and conference centre. The property now boasts 6 Retreat homes, 4 lodges, and several small cottages. The quaint school house has been converted into the main dinning hall. The property also includes a professional ropes course, hiking trails, a labyrinth, an outdoor amphitheatre, fire pit area, fields and sports courts. 


Accommodations
Retreat house
We will be staying in one of the retreat houses surrounded by forests and meadows. This is a magnificent two storey stone farmhouses ideal for our group. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a large dinning room where we will have breakfast and preparing our lunches. This retreat house has 7 bedrooms, comprised of simple but comfortable bunk beds and 3 bright and clean bathrooms. There are several lounge areas inside and out, and a wood burning fireplace.

dinning hallOur activities will take place either outdoors or in one of the lodge's meeting rooms. Our dinners (and lunch on the last day) will take place in the main dinning hall. Their chef is known for her ability to prepare healthy and delicious meals for any palate.

The overnight camp includes accommodations, hot breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, a ropes course event, all fitness classes, and art supplies, and spa activities.


Dates & Location for Overnight Retreats in 2017
crieff hills map
Tuesday July 4th at 9:00 am to Friday July 7 at 3:00 pm
Tuesday August 8th at 9:00 am to Friday August 11th at 3:00 pm
(4 days, 3 nights)

Overnight Retreats in will be held at Crieff Hills Retreat Centre.

Crieff Hills Retreat Centre
RR#2, 7098 Concession 1
Puslinch, ON NOB 2J0

Ideal age for retreats is girls age 10-14

Spaces fill up fast! We recommend you reserve your space before March 15th. Our camps size is very small. Our groups are just 12-18 girls each week.

Early Bird: $799 before March 1st. $879 after March 1st. $949 after May 1st. $25 off each registration when registering for multiple weeks or with a sibling or friend


To Register

sugar scrubFor more information or to reserve a space in one of our Radiant Girls Wellness Camps please download our registration package, or contact us to send you a package. We can be reached at gina@radiantgirls.ca or 905 335-9591. Please indicate the week you'd like to book, along with your daughters name and age. *Registration is complete when your registration package and payment has been received.


Download Registration Package


Who Attends Radiant Girls Programs?

These programs where designed because we meet far too many girls who seemed to be happy go lucky girls on the surface but once we got to know them, we discovered there was something more impacting there ability to thrive. exploring the forestSome of the girls who attend our programs suffer from anxiety, depression, or poor self confidence. Some really struggle with making friends, trusting others or communicating easily. Others have anger or resentment bottled up. The transition from child to young adult is a tough one. Girls are stumbling through this stage learning how to relate to themselves and the world around them with little skills and often times no self awareness. All of these hot topics are incorporated into our teachings, providing strategies and awareness to overcome their limiting thoughts.

We consistently get calls and emails before camp with concerns about their child being shy, anxious, withdrawn, or picky about eating. We have develops great strategies over the past 8 years to address these concerns on day 1, so that everyone is comfortable and happy right from the start!

 

Our Team


yoga teacherOur team of leaders consists of a professional coach, child therapist, and a mindfulness expert. We also bring in leaders who have been trained to support our group with special training in wellness, leadership, or camp skills. We are all trained in first aid, Gina Faubertand have police checks and professional insurance.

We have a minimum ratio of 1:6 in our programs at low times, however during activities our average the ratio is 1:4. In addition, we provide each girl with one on one coaching during the week.


More About our Camps


What to Expect from our Awesome Camps...

She'll become soul sisters with a small group of incredible girls. She will explore, laugh, contemplate and bend. She'll spend time in nature, and find her inner strength. She will taste new things, try new ways of moving, and express herself in ways she never imagined.

Most days begin with a yummy smoothie and a discussion on our daily positive focus. Next we’ll head out for our morning adventure to enjoy the beauty of the escarpment or take part in a yoga or pilates class. After a delicious lunch that we create, we’ll have a fun discussion about food, relationships, or emotions. In the afternoon we’ll come together for project time, usually an art project that prompts her to reflect and discover more about herself through her creative expression. We’ll finish the day with another experiential activity to further solidify our daily theme. The day concludes with a handmade healthy treat. But most importantly, throughout the day, we’ll revel in just being girls.

Our overnight camps have special visits from trained massage therapists, local artists, professional chefs, dance instructors and musicians. Our campfire programs allow the girls to bond, learn meditation techniques, and personal growth through story telling.


Additional Support Before & After Camp


For most girls attending our camp, this will be the first time staying overnight with a group of people they don't know. Often times the hardest part of this kind of camp is overcoming the fear of the first day. For this reason we will be providing a tour of the facility in June, and a live group call "meet & greet" to go over the essentials to pack, and prepare for a fabulous week. The tour and call will take place in early June.

river walk

It's been our experience, that encouraging healthy eating, and positive lifestyle choices is better received when it comes from an outside source. Once a safe, comfortable environment has been established, young girls tend to open up and be more responsive to us. During camp we encourage self awareness and examining new perspectives. Sometimes changing thinking and behaviours takes time, and support is needed to fully integrate new learnings. If you feel your girl would benefit from private coaching, these can be arranged following our camp experience. These sessions can be done in person, or over live camera calls.


Radiant Girls Philosophy & Teachings


Self Image
Even though young girls today seem to have more opportunities, many girls are less confident, happy and satisfied with their lives. And it's no wonder – girls are girls spaconstantly given the message by media that they don't measure up. The resulting pressure and negative reinforcement they face during this critical period in their lives can derail their self-esteem and judgment and shake the foundation of their future. During our movement component we spend a great deal of time discussing self talk, loving what you've got, and achieving personal bests.


Empowerment
In our empowermentweekly camps, we work to uncover each girl's true passions, discover the values they have created, and the beliefs that are currently limiting them. Through group coaching, journaling, and self reflection exercises, girls develop a better understanding of who they really are and how to stay true to themselves. These strategies are based on Coach U's (the top coaching school) philosophy's on developing confidence, empowering beliefs, and smart goal setting. The intent is to help each Radiant Girl transition into their teen years with strong communication and leadership skills.


Healthy Relationships
Through a variety of activities designed to help the girls learn more about themselves making friendsand their emotions, the girls will also learn to build healthy relationships. We'll discuss the importance and value of creating healthy relationships, and we'll experiment with skills and actions that teach young minds how to nurture relationships so they can grow and flourish. We will weave these discussions in our activities, and provide a forum to discuss issues (one-on-one or in a group) that are important to the girls.


Self Discovery
As we board breakintegrate the message of a healthy mind, body and soul through the week, we'll have the girls explore their thoughts and feelings through scrapbooking, journal writing, creative art activities, photography, and crafts. This creative expression component allows them to reflect, and listen to their inner voice. Coaching tools and techniques will be used to open them up to new ideas and discoveries that are unfolding daily.


Nutrition
Through research based education, we will explore growing food, preparing nutritiouscooking meals, and trying new foods. Each day will consist of a visit to the garden to pick foods that we will include in our lunch. Girls will help to prepare the meal, while the nutritionist leads them through cooking tips and techniques. The group will sit down and enjoys their meal together, and discusses the nutritional value and importance of eating well. Juicing, sprouting, smoothies, and healthy snacks are often part of this program. Our goal with nutrition is to expose girls to new and healthy options, and have them discover a love for nutritious foods. Our lunches resemble a buffet style approach so they can pick and choose from a variety of options. We take great pride at the end of the week to winning over even the pickiest of eaters. Based on the requests of previous camp attendees, we now send our recipes home with each girl.


Fitness
There is a strong physical component to our camps. Each day the group will be Zumbainvolved in at least 2 hours of structured activity. We'll try to spend as much of it outdoors as possible. Hiking the bruce trail, a visit to a local organic farm, spending some time in our vegetable garden, or participating in an outdoor fitness class are just some of the activities we have planned! Indoors girls will get a chance to try pilates, use bosu's, bands, balls, and rollers and learn about their core, posture and balance. We'll have a yoga class component to improve flexibility, improve mental focus, and relieve stress. We'll shatter some preconceived ideas about what they like, how it feels to be a leader and what they really feel about their amazing bodies. Our activities are always centred around feeling safe, comfortable with the exercises, and testing the boundaries to discover new personal bests. This component is guaranteed to inspire girls to get involved in a regular exercise program following the camp.


Stress Management
In a world full of multi media, technology, working parents, school pressures, social pressures, and busy schedules, it's no wonder our young girls are in need of tools meditationand techniques to unplug from the world. These camps will help to teach them about relaxation, breathing, meditation, self care, and relationship strategies to better deal with the difficulties that come with being a girl. These skills will be extremely valuable for the years ahead. We will introduce them to being mindful of their thought patterns, how to quiet the mind, and introduce them to the many forms of meditation. Our favourite is the gratitude meditation, that teaches them to contemplate all that they have to be thankful for.


Creative Arts
Each day the girls will have some time to play with a project that allows them to inspirational artexpress themselves. The activity will be guided with questions to encourage self refection, expression, and focus. Each day will be filled with a new art project. Here are just some of the activities they will be involved in: create dream boards, make meaningful jewelry, design a personal journal, create treasure boxes, design a family gratitude game, personalize an apron and so much more.


Food Philosophy
Our nutrition philosophy is grounded in the latest health research. Our food program will revolve around whole foods with a focus on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and meat.eating healthy We will limit our intake of dairy, grains and sugars and encourage minimal use of processed and refined foods. We are mindful that young palates need familiar foods. And we are aware that food likes and dislikes are sometimes stressful situations. We accommodate picky eaters with lots of choices at each meal, and have great strategies and games for trying new foods. We are proud to say that we have never had someone go hungry because they did not find something yummy to fill their belly. In fact, the recipes we use at camp are requested by just about every child at the end of the week. We love great food and we want girls to love it too!




Leadership Academy


Coming soon!




Camp Location


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Our Day camps are held at Sidrabene Retreat Centre in Burlington Ontario. Sidrabene is located at 5100 Appleby Line in North Burlington, Ontario. Sidrabene Retreat Centre is conveniently located on the west side of Appleby Line just 5 minute (6km) drive north of Hwy 5 (Dundas St.), and a mere 4km from the 407 highway.

Sidrabene is a 80 acre campground in the Niagara Escarpment. The grounds have been used for summer camp for decades. This unique property includes trails, woods and a river. Plus a salt water swimming pool, splash pad, volleyball courts, basketball courts. The facilities include a main lodge, a large cafe building, an outdoor stage and dance floor, and many acres to run, play and lounge. It’s a summer camp oasis! Spaces fill up fast! We recommend you reserve your space before Mar 15th. We are usually full by May 1st. Our camps size is very small so space is limited. Our groups range from 12-18 with 3-4 staff for each week.




Register for Camp


camp fun

For more information or to reserve a space in one of our Radiant Girls Wellness Camps complete a Registration Form here. We can also be reached at gina@radiantgirls.ca or 905 335-9591. Please indicate the week you'd like to book, along with your daughters name and age. *Registration is complete when your registration package and payment has been received.




Campership Fund & Sponsors


Every year we offer campers a credit of $375 towards a day camp program, and an overnight retreat. Campers requesting this scholarship must send in a request and include an recent experience where they have given back to someone in need in their community. Photos, short video or supporting documents explaining the event and the impact it has had will contribute to who receives this scholarship. The camper and/or a family member should also include some information about why this program is of interest to them.

healthy habits

We regularly have people in our community who want to support us in creating these amazing experiences for girls. These people believe in what we do, and want to be a part of uplifting our girls with us. These special people sponsor a few girls each summer to attend one of our events. If you know a girl who would greatly benefit from our program, but may not have the financial means to attend, please reach out to us. We may be able to send her to camp!

We also contribute a few camp spaces to local school fundraisers each year. If your school has an event in which we can contribute, please send information to gina@radiantgirls.ca

We run programs during Halton & Hamilton PA days, Christmas Break, March Break, and retreats throughout the year. Please check our Upcoming programs page for details…