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Camp Arowhon
Camp Arowhon
1 Arowhon Road
Algonquin Park, Ontario,

Contact name:
Joanne Kates

Phone number:
(416) 975-9060×


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Camp Arowhon

Camp Arowhon

1 Arowhon Road, Algonquin Park, Ontario, POA 1H0

Day camp, Overnight camp
Traditional (multi activity)
Special Needs:
Yes, Specialized support (Not all campers have special needs)
$1,000 to $1,400/week
7 to 16

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Contact Name:
Joanne Kates

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About this camp


Family-run since 1934, Arowhon has been drawing out the love of learning - and resulting self-confidence – in every camper. In the Algonquin Park wilderness, Arowhon nurtures and challenges children to discover new parts of themselves. Our 2:1 camper:staff ratio allows us to give each camper individual attention and our staff are extensively trained to make learning fun and support children's well-being and growth. Campers choose their activities daily (from over 18 choices, ranging from horseback riding to hockey, there's something for everyone); the only option not available is inactivity. Campers master the art of group living and gain skills and make friends that will last a lifetime.

Camp Address
1 Arowhon Road, Algonquin Park, Ontario, P0A 1B0, Canada

Camp Session Calendar (2017/18)

Past Sessions:

Overnight Camp
Traditional (multi activity)
Ages: 7 - 15
Overnight Camp
Traditional (multi activity)
Ages: 7 - 15
Overnight Camp
Traditional (multi activity)
Ages: 7 - 8
Overnight Camp
Traditional (multi activity)
Ages: 16
Overnight Camp
Traditional (multi activity)
Ages: 7 - 15
Overnight Camp
Traditional (multi activity)
Ages: 7 - 13

Accommodation & Property Details

Property details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins


  • Electricity in Sleeping Area
  • Toilet in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Climbing Wall
  • Horseback Riding Arena (indoor/outdoor)
  • Rope Course
  • Soccer Field
  • Tennis Court(s)


  • Forested Area
  • Lake/Pond/River
  • Nature Trails

Director's Message


Joanne Kates and Leon Muszynski, Owners and Directors

Camp Arowhon has been family-run for 4 generations. Joanne Kates and Leon Muszynski (the camp mom and dad) have been directing Camp Arowhon since 1989, and their children Mara and Max have recently joined the team as Assistant Directors. Joanne grew up on Teepee Lake where her grandmother Lilian Kates started Camp Arowhon in 1934.

Our mission is to grow and nurture children to find their best selves and build strong friendships. Arowhon campers learn both social and activity skills. We believe in teaching kids how to be problem-solvers themselves, and our highly-trained staff give them the support and encouragement needed to succeed. 

Arowhon campers have a great time and make lifelong friendships, but they also come home standing a little taller, being a little more resourceful, and knowing how to contribute to their community. They learn how to sail, canoe, windsurf, ride a horse, and be a good friend while they fall under the spell of the wildnerness, to the tune of the loon's call.

Our family knows from experience the impact a summer in Algonquin can have on children, and we gain no greater pleasure than by sharing that with you.

Cost & Financial Aid


Cost: $1,000 to $1,400 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes

Stories & Testimonials


Our Staff

Arowhon staff work ten times harder at camp than they do during the school year, but then the subjects are a little more important - the growth and development of children. Everything at camp depends on the staff, which is why we hire only experienced staff who have demonstrated competence and caring with children. The majority of our staff grew up at Arowhon. For new staff, we scrutinize ten candidates for every job, looking for sensitivity, experience working with children, and the motivation to support them. A full week of Pre-Camp training equips our staff with tools like active listening, conflict mediation and the skills to nurture both individual children and groups. During the summer Director Joanne Kates works daily with staff to help them support every camper and every cabin group.

Our Campers

Is it magic that helps kids get along and thrive in a group? If magic were real, then kids wouldn't need the Camp Arowhon Social Safety Tool Kit. The Kit is packed with tools that all our staff are trained to use, every day: Active listening, talking circles, conflict mediation, and bully interventions are some of the simple tools we use to support children to treat each other with respect. We grow emotional intelligence at camp. Kids learn to be accountable for how their choices affect others, with attentive staff support. The result is a summer camp where kids treat each other fairly and kindly, where every child feels cared for and noticed, and everyone is included in the fun. Arowhon campers know that if they do struggle in any way, there is always a counselor there to help. Walk down any Arowhon path and you get a high five, a hug, a hello or a smile. It's a small enough camp that everyone knows you. At meals in the Main Lodge all together, when the whole camp meets at the campfire circle every Friday night, when we cheer each other on for awards won, we are a community. Our camp community has clear values that we all strive to live up to: Caring, Respect and Learning. Everything we do at Arowhon guides and leads our campers and staff towards that commitment to themselves and to others.

Our Activities

Why do Arowhon campers come home from camp walking taller? It's the love of learning that puts a spring in their step for life. Arowhon is a skill-based learning environment. We teach skills because of the fun and self esteem that result when you windsurf across the lake and back! Or star in a play, or perfect a kayak roll, or learn to control a sailboat, or a horse, or make it to the top of the climbing wall. Also because when children discover the joy of learning a camp skill, that experience goes home with them as lifelong love of learning and ability to accept challenges. Teaching skills so intensely requires two things: Plenty of facility and expert teaching staff - we have enough canoes, sailboats, horses, kayaks, windsurfers, tennis courts etc. that campers can do all their favorite activities every day. And a 2:1 ratio of campers to staff, so instructors can teach small groups at their own level.

Algonquin Park Tradition

How do 3000 square miles of lakes, rivers and forest give a child the peace and stillness they need to find their best selves? It all starts with Algonquin Park, where for three generations Arowhon campers have been gathering at the same campfire site. When children live on a lake where loons pierce the silence with their song, a part of their character un-nourished by city life flourishes: That safe place is their Algonquin home away from home. Since 1934 Arowhon has been drawing out the love of learning - and resulting self-confidence - in every camper in a wilderness setting on our own lake. We cherish every child in order to build success for them. Arowhon first pioneered the intense teaching of activities to children because their successes are the royal road to self esteem. More recently Arowhon created the Camp Arowhon Social Safety Tool Kit - a set of tools that camp staff use in order to keep children safe on the inside as well as the outside. From conflict mediation to anti-bully interventions, Director Joanne Kates trains and manages every staff member to keep every single child safe and secure at camp.

A Safe Place to Grow Up

"There are so many things I have to say to you and to thank you for. I think one of the most important things that you have done is make this a bully free zone. I know that may sound dumb, but until I came to this camp 5 years ago I was constantly made fun of. You have helped me to become a stronger and more confident person. I cannot thank you enough. I just hope that one day I will come back and be able to help people as much as you have helped me."

What Parents Have to Say

"My son developed self-confidence at Arowhon. He felt genuinely accepted. Thank you for providing David with the environment in which to grow, learn and like himself." "Hartlee is your best advertising!! She loves camp, the staff, the atmosphere - everything!! We love the skills she is learning and knowing she is having a terrific summer!!" "Staff seems wonderful - loved the personal letters from counselors - facilities seem excellent." "Our daughter had a lot of positive reinforcement at camp. She came home feeling very confident and independent. She expressed feelings of inclusion." "Please do not change anything. Your camp is what a camp should be."

What Really Matters

"Everyone here is accepted for what they can do and who they are and you learn so many things skill-wise. You learn so much more here about yourself and what you can be and what you can do and canoe trips are cool. At other camps it's like social and at our camp it's about skills and you make so many friends and you have so many experiences you never knew you'd ever have in your entire life. Camp Arowhon is the best. Everyone makes friends and no one judges you here. This isn't one of those little camps where you have to look good and stuff this is a camp where you can get dirty."

A Letter From a Camper

Dear Camp Arowhon, Today I was looking through my camp address book and I thought I would write letters to my counsellors and then I thought I should write one to you. I am really excited about camp and so I used my new camp stationary. I am so sooo eager to be at camp again. My sister Jo and I talk about camp every day. Our day's not complete unless we talk about camp. I hope to be sitting in a canoe once more soon. Love Molly


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