Grade 7 Pinecrest Camp Trip

Dear Parents/Guardians of Grade 7 students at Fern,

Welcome to the Senior Division at Fern!

An overnight trip at the beginning of the year has been part of our Grade 7 tradition for many years. This September we are going back to Pinecrest Camp from September 18th to September 20th. It is a great opportunity for Fern students from the English, Extended and Immersion programs to get to know each other outside their regular classrooms.

Fern staff has found that outdoor education is instrumental in establishing and reinforcing positive relationships throughout the school. Your child will be involved in cooperative games and physical activities at the camp. The program is specifically tailored to focus on developing leadership and teamwork skills. This trip is an early proactive approach towards the students’ well-being and lays the foundation for a strong inclusive Fern Gr 7/8 community.

Camp Pinecrest is a YMCA camp that has hosted numerous TDSB schools on overnight trips. Some of the outdoor activities offered and lead by experienced staff include Canoeing, Archery, High and Low Ropes, and Nature Walks. The site has heated cabins where our students will sleep in groups of 10. All of the meals at YMCA Camp Pine Crest are pre-approved by a nutritionist and accommodate all dietary concerns. The estimated cost of the trip including transportation is around 225 dollars. The final cost of the trip will be indicated in the forms.

For further information about the camp or our trip please look at the YMCA web-site:

Permission forms with detailed information will be handed out on Monday the second week of school. There is a short time to get this trip organized as we were waiting to get approved for this trip. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  

We would like all Grade 7 students to join us on this trip; financial help may be available if needed. For additional inquires about the trip or if you have any financial concerns please e-mail me at or you can reach me by phone at the school (416-393-9130).

Bogdan Nikolajevic
Fern Ave. P.S.

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