Common menu bar links

Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada

Day Camp Program

The Fort Malden day camp program is offered during the months of July and August. The program runs approximately 2 hours and has a cost of $6.15/child. We ask a minimum of 10 children. For booking your day camp or for more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 519-736-5416.

Children rotate through a variety of stations described below, each one allowing them a hands-on interactive experience.

Mini-Militia

Learn a period drill
Learn a period drill
© Parks Canada

Children will have a chance to dress up as British soldiers and participate in mini militia. They will learn a variety of military drills and execute the steps that would have taken place in a battle.


Cookhouse

Make a treat in the soldier's cookhouse
Make a treat in the soldier's cookhouse
© Parks Canada

The group enters the cookhouse, surrounded by the distinctive smell of teacakes cooking on the griddle and the sight of our staff cooking over an open fire. The children learn about the food and preparations the soldiers would undergo for their meals. They will have the unique opportunity to make a period snack. At the end of the program the children will have the chance to try the snack that they made.


Activity Room

Craft time!
Craft time!
© Parks Canada

Each group has a chance to make a Fort Malden craft, which they are able to take with them and share their experience with friends and family. This allows the children to take a piece of the Fort home with them, encouraging them to share what they learned here at the Fort with others.


Pensioner's Cottage

The Pensioner's Cottage
The Pensioner's Cottage
© Parks Canada

This little white cottage surrounded by both vegetable and herb gardens is a great place for children to learn about the families of soldiers and life after the war. They can compare and contrast how they live today with the children in the 1800's. Each child can try playing with various historical children's games such as cup and ball, graces, and stilts. This will open their minds to imagine what it would be like as a child in the past.


Musket Demonstration

Musket demonstrations
Musket demonstrations
© Parks Canada

To conclude the program, the group will come together and join one of our soldiers who will go through the steps of how a musket functions and perform a musket firing demonstration.