Thursday, May 2, 2019

Learning to Camp graduate program at Sibbald Point

learn to camp program sibbald point provincial park
Camping is a lot of fun because it breaks our everyday routine. However, if you haven't gone camping before it can be intimidating! We became comfortable with car camping and investing in camping gear only after our session with Ontario Parks Learn to Camp few years ago. Since then we have gone on numerous camping trips at different Ontario Parks to enjoy the beauty of nature and to connect with each other.

learn to camp program sibbald point provincial park
Last summer, we had the opportunity to participate in the Learn to Camp graduate program at Sibbald Point provincial park. The graduate program is designed for those who have completed the Learn to Camp overnight program and want to get additional training and experience
learn to camp program sibbald point provincial park
We built on knowledge we acquired from the first Learn to Camp session on campfire cooking, camping kitchen tricks, safety, tarping skills, few tricks on how to put up and remove the tent, and more. We loved learning how to make different knots that will be useful when putting up a temporary tarp or a clothesline. We recently got a camping hammock that we are looking forward to use. 
learn to camp program sibbald point provincial park
Children and adults will enjoy the family-friendly activities the program staff plan. It is a lovely gesture when the staff welcome the children with a stuffed toy. The learning sessions are scheduled in a way that makes it possible for families to have enough time to spend with their loved ones and check out everything the park has to offer.
learn to camp program sibbald point provincial park
We can choose to do the overnight experience for two or three nights. The campsites are for up to six participants including children and parking is for one vehicle. The campsites they choose are close to flush toilets, showers, and drinking water. They also give a coupon to get one bag of ice and firewood. We love that all the equipment except for sleeping bags are provided, all we have to take is our personal belongings and food. 
learn to camp program sibbald point provincial park
We like that Sibbald Point Provincial Park has enough space to play games, a volleyball court, and picnic areas. Since it was raining during our stay, we didn't get to enjoy the beach. 
learn to camp program sibbald point provincial park
We joined the free Learn to Fish program that is offered at this park. It was a fun experience for everyone in our family. The session introduces the participants about fishing laws, types of fish, answers our questions before we get a chance to use the fishing lines and try to fish. We also learned about invasive species in Ontario waters such as the gobi and we actually caught one.  
learn to camp program sibbald point provincial park
They provided everyone with lifejackets, sunglasses, and fishing rods. We liked how the program staff was encouraging and helpful to ensure everyone was having a good time.  
learn to camp program sibbald point provincial park
Learn to Camp also reminds participants about campsite etiquette such as keeping the environment clean and keeping the noise level down considering others. We found the weekend we stayed at Sibbald Point Provincial Park to be quite noisy at night. It would have been awesome if everyone is considerate when using public spaces, so we can all have a good time.  
learn to camp program sibbald point provincial park
When you do visit Sibbald Point Provincial Park, do check out the Park Museum and and get the free heritage walking tour. We learned a lot of history especially about Mrs. Susan Mein Sibbald, the founder of Sibbald Point who was born into the British aristocracy in 1783 as the daughter of Dr. Thomas Mein, a Royal Navy surgeon and distinguished patron of the arts. 

Susan Mein attended the elite Belvedere House and graduated as a debutante accomplished in art, music, and literature. She married Colonel William Sibbald at Eildon Hall in Scotland and resided in Scotland until his death in 1835. She acquired the 500 acres of land with 110 acres cleared for farming from Major William Kingdom Rains, who sold the property for $1000 and left to Sault Ste. Marie.
learn to camp program sibbald point provincial park
Mrs. Sibbald named the home Eildon Hall. This colonial home was with the Sibbald family for six generations and was unchanged since 1836. It was renovated and opened in 1959 as a Sibbald Memorial Museum now called Eildon Hall Museum, which is a property of the Province of Ontario. Mrs. Sibbald became instrumental in establishing the first schoolhouse and in 1839 the first St. George’s Church.
learn to camp program sibbald point provincial park
If you do choose Sibbald Point Provincial Park as your Learn to Camp site, take the time to check out the museum, Learn to Fish program, and the other facilities at the park. 
learn to camp program sibbald point provincial park
The Learn to Camp programs are held between June to August at 6 locations: Bronte Creek, Darlington, Earl Rowe, Emily, Grundy Lake, Sibbald Point, and Six Mile Lake provincial parks. Registration for the program will open on May 6th, and fill fast so plan now and register to either the Learning to Camp program or the graduate program, and make memories this summer. 

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74 comments:

  1. Cynthia Lee MoreauMay 3, 2019 at 7:48 AM

    Would love to win Hasbro games! My grandkids would love it! :)

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  2. Flush toilets are a must for me when camping/

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  3. 🌲🦌I’m blessed to be living in central Arkansas where we have endless camping spots to enjoy. My family and I love the time we share with nature. It’s our sanctuary.🌰🐿

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  4. This was interesting to read!

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  5. Sounds like a great place to spend the summer! Love fishing!

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  6. We love camping, its such a fun experience

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  7. This sounds great, perfect for people from the city or for anyone that would love to go camping and don't have a clue, love this!!

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  8. wow that sounds like a great program, there are so many that have never camped out and this would be very helpful to them

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  9. Sound like a great place to camp and all the learning activities.

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  10. Camping is great for teaching kids new survival skills.

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  11. Sounds like a great program. I had so much fun as a child camping with family. That was how we spent our summer vacation.
    Florence Cochrane

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  12. When I was younger I'd camp all the time but no anymore. But my niece goes with her kids and I am going to pass this along to her.

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  13. Good overview of camping experience. It will soon be that time of year again.

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  14. What an amazing opportunity to participate in a learning camp like this

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  15. wow this is great I had no idea anything like this was offered

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  16. Great opportunity to learn about camping.

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  17. I think everyone should camp at least once in their life and these Learn to Camp Programs are fantastic.

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  18. Reminded me alot of going camping with the Girl Guides.

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  19. This looks like an awesome place to camp lots of activities

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  20. these are great skills to learn

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  21. I would love to make different knots !

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  22. My grandson would love this !

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  23. I love nature but have to admit I'm more of a cottage person. I love this post though-enticing!

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  24. What a wonderful experience this would be !

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  25. I like Sibbald Point Provincial Park, it is great that they offer these programs!

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  26. this learning camp would be great for the kids

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  27. Would love a Camp overnight program.

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  28. we love camping with our granddaughter!

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  29. The Provincial Park camps offer terrific camp programs for kids of all ages. My grandson has been enjoying them for several years now.

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  30. My hubby has been camping since he was little whereas I am a camping novice. I would love to take a course like this.

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  31. I would love to learn some of the camping kitchen tricks

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  32. Cool! I'd love to do a Learn to Camp session.

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  33. What a sun way to learn some great life skills

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  34. Great program for families!

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  35. I went camping once and it rained the whole weekend.

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  36. I didn't go camping very much (maybe at all) as a child. I think I missed out on a lot of great experiences.

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  37. Certainly a great way to get training and experience!

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  38. Camping is a big part of our summer plans. We have so many great territorial parks here and the best part is a camping permit is only $50 a year! We love going camping! :)

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  39. I love to camp with my three girls and this is a beautiful park we will need to get to soon!

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  40. It's a great way to see the beauty of nature !

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  41. Great opportunity to learn new things!

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  42. This sounds like such a great program - I do love to camp but rely on someone else to help with the basics like setting up the tent! I would love to know how to fend for myself

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  43. It would be nice to get out and enjoy what nature has to offer,it's been far too long since I have camped!

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  44. This sounds like a great program lots of things to do and learn

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  45. This would be perfect for my daughter.

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  46. This certainly is a great program!

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  47. I like Sibbald Point Provincial Park beaches!

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  48. These programs are great. Education, fresh air and no electronics. It's perfect.

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  49. It's a great way to get additional training and experience.

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  50. I could learn some tarping skills!

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  51. That looks both fun and educational! Love it.

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  52. I have never really like camping in a tent. In a cottage yes.

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  53. always great to learn new things about cmaping

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  54. Camping and Fishing is always fun!

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  55. I love camping has a child !

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  56. Looks like fun place to visit and camp like a pro!

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  57. Such good skills to lean. I would enjoy learning to fish :-)

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  58. I attended summer camp as a child and I have fond memories of learning new things and making friends.

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  59. these are great skills to teach kids and they enjoy it so mch

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  60. Many family-friendly activities in those programs!

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  61. Loved going camping with the girl guides.

    Florence Cochrane

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  62. This program is a wonderful way to promote nature and resourcefulness.

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  63. the kids loved to camp and fish

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  64. Certainly a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature

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  65. This looks like a great learning experience

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  66. Great learning experience for kids.

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  67. Very valuable skills for any camper to have!

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  68. This is great experience. I went on summer camps in northern Manitoba and I learned alot about camping and foraging for food.

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  69. The Learn to Camp overnight program sounds like fun !

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