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1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer
Ontario, K0L 2H0
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Camp Kawartha
 

Camp Kawartha

1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer, Ontario, K0L 2H0
Other locations: Peterborough

Type:
Overnight Camp (Day & Overnight Camp, Day trips, Family Camp, Hot Meals, March Break, Off-Season Rentals, PA Day & Holiday, Programs for school groups, Summer Camp)
Categories:
Traditional
Cost:
Varies/session
Age
4 to 17
Gender
Coed
Capacity
150
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Camp Address
1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer, Ontario, K0L 2H0
Other locations: Peterborough
About this camp:
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Camp Kawartha has provided summer camp for kids since 1921. We are an award-winning year-round facility with a focus on leadership, outdoor & environmental stewardship. With creative, adventure-based & traditional camp activities, along with a dedication to the highest standards of programming, we inspire children to be responsible stewards of their human & natural communities.


Camp Session Calendar (2015) expand

Available sessions:
Session Name Type Specialty Gender Date Ages Cost per session Email

A one week session is a great introduction to the Camp Kawartha environment and a great way to experience a bit of everything. Campers get the opportunity to participate and learn skills in all camp activities. The days are highlighted by memorable evening programs, and a weekly theme day. The session ends with a banquet, our traditional candle lighting ceremony, and the final slide show! 

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Session A (1-week) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-06-28Jun 28-Jul 04 088 - 14 $865

A two week session offers a more intense experience. Campers and staff have a greater opportunity to nurture relationships and partake in the great lessons that camp has to offer. Campers have the opportunity to hone their skills and delve deeper into morning activities as campers select four areas of interest and spend each morning concentrating on two of their choices. Campers work to achieve Camp Kawartha levels and are given awards at the end of the session. There are a wider range of evening programs and theme days.

All campers at Camp for two weeks or more participate in an overnight trip away from the camp’s main site. These excursions offer an unforgettable wilderness experience to campers in a safe setting, support personal development and cabin cohesion, and sets campers on the path of leadership. Younger campers (usually 8-10 years) will hike to a campsite on the Range (our 180-acre property across from Camp), cook dinner and sleep in tents under the stars.

Older campers will go on a one-night or two-night canoe trip, depending on their age and cabin behaviour. After participating in meal planning, practice paddling, and portage training, campers set out to the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, the Frost Centre area, or to nearby creeks and lakes. Campers will paddle and portage by day, and upon reaching their campsites will set-up sleeping tents and eating areas, collect firewood, and assist staff in food preparation. At the end of a long day, campers will enjoy a night by the campfire. These trips are not necessarily strenuous on the campers, but they will be expected to paddle several kilometres (a few hours) each day, and assist at portages. Portages for one-night or two-night trips range from a few metres to about a kilometre.

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Session B (2-week) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-07-05Jul 05-17 088 - 14 $1575

A one week session is a great introduction to the Camp Kawartha environment and a great way to experience a bit of everything. Campers get the opportunity to participate and learn skills in all camp activities. The days are highlighted by memorable evening programs, and a weekly theme day. The session ends with a banquet, our traditional candle lighting ceremony, and the final slide show! 

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Session C (1 week) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-07-19Jul 19-25 088 - 14 $865

A two week session offers a more intense experience. Campers and staff have a greater opportunity to nurture relationships and partake in the great lessons that camp has to offer. Campers have the opportunity to hone their skills and delve deeper into morning activities as campers select four areas of interest and spend each morning concentrating on two of their choices. Campers work to achieve Camp Kawartha levels and are given awards at the end of the session. There are a wider range of evening programs and theme days.

All campers at Camp for two weeks or more participate in an overnight trip away from the camp’s main site. These excursions offer an unforgettable wilderness experience to campers in a safe setting, support personal development and cabin cohesion, and sets campers on the path of leadership. Younger campers (usually 8-10 years) will hike to a campsite on the Range (our 180-acre property across from Camp), cook dinner and sleep in tents under the stars.

Older campers will go on a one-night or two-night canoe trip, depending on their age and cabin behaviour. After participating in meal planning, practice paddling, and portage training, campers set out to the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, the Frost Centre area, or to nearby creeks and lakes. Campers will paddle and portage by day, and upon reaching their campsites will set-up sleeping tents and eating areas, collect firewood, and assist staff in food preparation. At the end of a long day, campers will enjoy a night by the campfire. These trips are not necessarily strenuous on the campers, but they will be expected to paddle several kilometres (a few hours) each day, and assist at portages. Portages for one-night or two-night trips range from a few metres to about a kilometre.

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Session D (2 weeks) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-07-26Jul 26-Aug 07 088 - 14 $1575

A one week session is a great introduction to the Camp Kawartha environment and a great way to experience a bit of everything. Campers get the opportunity to participate and learn skills in all camp activities. The days are highlighted by memorable evening programs, and a weekly theme day. The session ends with a banquet, our traditional candle lighting ceremony, and the final slide show!

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Session D1 (1-week option) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-07-26Jul 26-Aug 01 1111 - 13 $865

A one week session is a great introduction to the Camp Kawartha environment and a great way to experience a bit of everything. Campers get the opportunity to participate and learn skills in all camp activities. The days are highlighted by memorable evening programs, and a weekly theme day. The session ends with a banquet, our traditional candle lighting ceremony, and the final slide show!

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Session D2 (1-week option) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-08-02Aug 02-07 088 - 10 $740

A two week session offers a more intense experience. Campers and staff have a greater opportunity to nurture relationships and partake in the great lessons that camp has to offer. Campers have the opportunity to hone their skills and delve deeper into morning activities as campers select four areas of interest and spend each morning concentrating on two of their choices. Campers work to achieve Camp Kawartha levels and are given awards at the end of the session. There are a wider range of evening programs and theme days.

All campers at Camp for two weeks or more participate in an overnight trip away from the camp’s main site. These excursions offer an unforgettable wilderness experience to campers in a safe setting, support personal development and cabin cohesion, and sets campers on the path of leadership. Younger campers (usually 8-10 years) will hike to a campsite on the Range (our 180-acre property across from Camp), cook dinner and sleep in tents under the stars.

Older campers will go on a one-night or two-night canoe trip, depending on their age and cabin behaviour. After participating in meal planning, practice paddling, and portage training, campers set out to the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, the Frost Centre area, or to nearby creeks and lakes. Campers will paddle and portage by day, and upon reaching their campsites will set-up sleeping tents and eating areas, collect firewood, and assist staff in food preparation. At the end of a long day, campers will enjoy a night by the campfire. These trips are not necessarily strenuous on the campers, but they will be expected to paddle several kilometres (a few hours) each day, and assist at portages. Portages for one-night or two-night trips range from a few metres to about a kilometre.

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Session E (2 weeks) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-08-09Aug 09-21 088 - 14 $1560

A one week session is a great introduction to the Camp Kawartha environment and a great way to experience a bit of everything. Campers get the opportunity to participate and learn skills in all camp activities. The days are highlighted by memorable evening programs, and a weekly theme day. The session ends with a banquet, our traditional candle lighting ceremony, and the final slide show!

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Session E1 (1 week option) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-08-09Aug 09-15 088 - 10 $865

A one week session is a great introduction to the Camp Kawartha environment and a great way to experience a bit of everything. Campers get the opportunity to participate and learn skills in all camp activities. The days are highlighted by memorable evening programs, and a weekly theme day. The session ends with a banquet, our traditional candle lighting ceremony, and the final slide show!

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Session E2 (1 week option) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-08-16Aug 16-21 1111 - 13 $740

This unique camp blends our highly regarded nature programming with recreation, adventure and games in a jam-packed 4 day/3 night session.

Our nature-based programming for this camp session is endorsed by Ontario Nature.

Sample Activities

• Our traditional camp activities such as canoeing, windsurfing, kayaking, drama, climbing wall, traditional skills and more
• Dramatized hikes depicting a year in the life of squirrels, chickadees and other animals
• A nature theme and associated activities for each day
• An eco-puppet show
• Exploring natural areas such as our fen wetland, our mature deciduous forest and meadows.
• Our famous all camp game called “Zing Tong”
• The unforgettable “Survival Game.” Campers take on the role of an animal found in this area. Hiding from danger, finding food and water, avoiding disease and natural disasters, campers must try to survive for the duration of the game.
• Nature campfire with musicians and storytellers
• A visit by the Indian Reptile Zoo showcasing snapping turtles, lizards, crocodiles, snakes and many other reptiles and amphibians.

For 10 months of the year Camp Kawartha operates as an outdoor education centre. We specialize in delivering nature-based programming. Our nature camp capitalizes on our expertise and enthusiasm for teaching children about the outdoor world.

The session will be run by our experienced counsellors, joined by several of our outdoor education staff. They are gearing up to provide a magical session full of laughter, fun and outdoor learning.

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Session N (Nature Camp) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-08-23Aug 23-26 077 - 14 $530

This dynamic program gives veteran campers and new campers alike a more intensive program with an extra week to experience more adventure and help prepare for our tripping and leadership programs.

During the first two-weeks,  PLC campers will be involved with the regular camp in morning activity periods. Afternoons will be spent on exclusive Pre-Leadership programs, team building, skills enhancement, and out trips. PLC campers will still participate in camp-wide theme days, evening programs, and special interest choice periods. In addition, PLC campers will occasionally have their own evening programs.

The third week will be dominated by a canoe trip, and conclude with activities allowing campers the opportunity to reflect and celebrate their accomplishments

This is a perfect program for campers who, in the past, have come for more than one session. Most importantly, it allows campers to be integrated within a group where campers must learn to work together. It’s also great for building confidence and self-esteem through team building.

PLC will be led by highly qualified and experienced staff. These staff will be vital in delivering a rewarding and unforgettable summer; setting the foundation towards future leadership opportunities and cultivating the positive attributes and human qualities that our society values.

Learning Opportunities

• Building confidence and self-esteem
• Developing teamwork skills
• Problem solving independently and in groups
• Taking responsibility for one’s actions
• Initiating cooperative actions and behaviours
• Developing efficient work habits
• Responding to challenges and demonstrating motivation

This program is a great building block for campers thinking about working towards the CSD and LIT leadership programs.

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Pre-Leadership Camp #1 (3-weeks) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-06-28Jun 28-Jul 17 1313 - 14 $2578

This dynamic program gives veteran campers and new campers alike a more intensive program with an extra week to experience more adventure and help prepare for our tripping and leadership programs.

During the first two-weeks,  PLC campers will be involved with the regular camp in morning activity periods. Afternoons will be spent on exclusive Pre-Leadership programs, team building, skills enhancement, and out trips. PLC campers will still participate in camp-wide theme days, evening programs, and special interest choice periods. In addition, PLC campers will occasionally have their own evening programs.

The third week will be dominated by a canoe trip, and conclude with activities allowing campers the opportunity to reflect and celebrate their accomplishments

This is a perfect program for campers who, in the past, have come for more than one session. Most importantly, it allows campers to be integrated within a group where campers must learn to work together. It’s also great for building confidence and self-esteem through team building.

PLC will be led by highly qualified and experienced staff. These staff will be vital in delivering a rewarding and unforgettable summer; setting the foundation towards future leadership opportunities and cultivating the positive attributes and human qualities that our society values.

Learning Opportunities

• Building confidence and self-esteem
• Developing teamwork skills
• Problem solving independently and in groups
• Taking responsibility for one’s actions
• Initiating cooperative actions and behaviours
• Developing efficient work habits
• Responding to challenges and demonstrating motivation

This program is a great building block for campers thinking about working towards the CSD and LIT leadership programs.

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Pre-Leadership Camp #2 (3 weeks) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-07-26Jul 26-Aug 14 1313 - 14 $2578

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Session AB (3-week option) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-06-28Jun 28-Jul 17 088 - 14 $2475

This program is a great way to introduce campers to the love of canoe tripping. Of the many experiences campers remember, among their fondest is the overnight canoe trip. Camping under a canopy of stars, paddling on the water  and cooking over an open fire are all experiences that forge life-long memories. Our Junior Tripping program gives younger campers an opportunity to learn the skills associated with canoe tripping; one of the most magical ways to access the Canadian wilderness.

In this week long experience, campers will:

• Participate in a day of planning meals, practicing canoeing skills and preparing for the 4-day canoe trip.
• Participate in a 4-day/3-night canoe trip in the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park
• Learn how to portage, campfire cookery, camp set up and take down, and wilderness survival
• Have a chance to learn about nature through games and activities while out in the beautiful scenery of the park
• Participate in the end of session Banquet and candle lighting

Among some of the wonderful learning opportunities of a canoe trip are:

• Building confidence and self-esteem
• Creating a sense of independence and self-reliance
• Developing teamwork skills
• Exposure to the beauty, solitude and grandeur of nature
• Building appreciation for wilderness by learning about the environment
• Perhaps creating a lifelong passion for camping and canoe tripping

All the tripping staff are qualified with Lifeguard and canoeing skills and  have  partaken in a 4-day Wilderness Advanced First Aid course. The trips are equipped with a cell  phone and an extensive first aid kit to ensure safety while on trip

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Junior Canoe Trip - Boys (1 week) Overnight Camp Traditional All Boys 2015-06-28Jun 28-Jul 04 1212 - 13 $912

This program is a great way to introduce campers to the love of canoe tripping. Of the many experiences campers remember, among their fondest is the overnight canoe trip. Camping under a canopy of stars, paddling on the water  and cooking over an open fire are all experiences that forge life-long memories. Our Junior Tripping program gives younger campers an opportunity to learn the skills associated with canoe tripping; one of the most magical ways to access the Canadian wilderness.

In this week long experience, campers will:

• Participate in a day of planning meals, practicing canoeing skills and preparing for the 4-day canoe trip.
• Participate in a 4-day/3-night canoe trip in the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park
• Learn how to portage, campfire cookery, camp set up and take down, and wilderness survival
• Have a chance to learn about nature through games and activities while out in the beautiful scenery of the park
• Participate in the end of session Banquet and candle lighting

Among some of the wonderful learning opportunities of a canoe trip are:

• Building confidence and self-esteem
• Creating a sense of independence and self-reliance
• Developing teamwork skills
• Exposure to the beauty, solitude and grandeur of nature
• Building appreciation for wilderness by learning about the environment
• Perhaps creating a lifelong passion for camping and canoe tripping

All the tripping staff are qualified with Lifeguard and canoeing skills and  have  partaken in a 4-day Wilderness Advanced First Aid course. The trips are equipped with a cell  phone and an extensive first aid kit to ensure safety while on trip

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Junior Canoe Trip - Girls (1 week) Overnight Camp Traditional All Girls 2015-06-28Jun 28-Jul 04 1212 - 13 $912

This program is the next step in our tripping program. It introduces our campers to the wonders of Algonquin Provincial Park and the history of canoeing in our “own backyard.”

In this week long experience, campers will:

• Participate in a day of planning meals, practicing canoeing skills and preparing for the 4-day canoe trip.
• Experience travelling in a 26ft Voyageur canoe on Clear Lake (our lake)
• Share the culture and history of the canoe by visiting the Canadian Canoe Museum
• Participate in a 4-day/3-night canoe trip in Algonquin Provincial Park
• Learn how to portage, campfire cookery, camp set up and take down, and wilderness survival
• Have a chance to learn about nature through games and activities while out in the beautiful scenery of the park
• Participate in the end of session Banquet and candle lighting

Among some of the wonderful learning opportunities of a canoe trip are:

• Building confidence and self-esteem
• Creating a sense of independence and self-reliance
• Developing teamwork skills
• Exposure to the beauty, solitude and grandeur of nature
• Building appreciation for wilderness by learning about the environment
• Perhaps creating a lifelong passion for camping and canoe tripping

All the tripping staff are qualified with Lifeguard and canoeing skills and  have  partaken in a 4-day Wilderness Advanced First Aid course. The trips are equipped with a cell phone and an extensive first aid kit to ensure safety while on trip

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Algonquin Canoe Adventure (1 week) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-07-19Jul 19-25 1212 - 13 $912

Traveling by canoe in the wilderness is possibly the quintessential Canadian experience. For those who seek an exclusive tripping experience in one of the most pristine wilderness setting in Canada, look no further than this program!   Young people who enjoy the natural world are sure to enjoy this program.

During this two-week session, participants prepare for the trip by planning their meals, learning safety procedures, practicing paddling skills and learning how to use a map and compass. They are taken to Killarney Provincial Park or Algonquin Provincial Park, where they will be canoe tripping for the next 9 days. Each trip provides at least one rest day to enjoy the natural beauty of the park, and its rich natural history.

All tripping staff have been qualified with both Lifeguarding and Canoe skills, and have partaken in a 4-day Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course. The trips are equipped with a Satellite phone and an extensive first aid kit to ensure safety while on trip. Once the campers have finished their journey in the wild, they return to camp for a day to unpack and unwind before saying goodbyes and heading home.

This program is a challenging trip due to the wilderness area of Killarney or Algonquin Park, and it is recommended that campers are in good shape, have been on at least one canoe tripping experience in the past, and are mentally and physically prepared to challenge themselves.

Our Canoe tripping program is intended to be a time for youth to develop their independence and confidence, while becoming a leader within their group. Learning to depend on each other, trippers come to recognize the importance and value of every team member.

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Wilderness Canoe Trip - Boys (2 weeks) Overnight Camp Traditional All Boys 2015-07-05Jul 05-17 1414 - 16 $1737

Traveling by canoe in the wilderness is possibly the quintessential Canadian experience. For those who seek an exclusive tripping experience in one of the most pristine wilderness setting in Canada, look no further than this program!   Young people who enjoy the natural world are sure to enjoy this program.

During this two-week session, participants prepare for the trip by planning their meals, learning safety procedures, practicing paddling skills and learning how to use a map and compass. They are taken to Killarney Provincial Park or Algonquin Provincial Park, where they will be canoe tripping for the next 9 days. Each trip provides at least one rest day to enjoy the natural beauty of the park, and its rich natural history.

All tripping staff have been qualified with both Lifeguarding and Canoe skills, and have partaken in a 4-day Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course. The trips are equipped with a Satellite phone and an extensive first aid kit to ensure safety while on trip. Once the campers have finished their journey in the wild, they return to camp for a day to unpack and unwind before saying goodbyes and heading home.

This program is a challenging trip due to the wilderness area of Killarney or Algonquin Park, and it is recommended that campers are in good shape, have been on at least one canoe tripping experience in the past, and are mentally and physically prepared to challenge themselves.

Our Canoe tripping program is intended to be a time for youth to develop their independence and confidence, while becoming a leader within their group. Learning to depend on each other, trippers come to recognize the importance and value of every team member.

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Wilderness Canoe Trip - Girls (2 weeks) Overnight Camp Traditional All Girls 2015-07-26Jul 26-Aug 07 1414 - 16 $1737

This action packed camp session involves a series of adventure-based activities led by our most experienced staff. Challenge and Adventure campers will be working together to develop a positive and confident attitude toward themselves and others in a non-competitive, supportive environment.

Examples of Previous Year’s Activities

• Team Building & Initiative Games
• Belaying and Climbing Wall
• Low ropes
• High ropes
• Overnight trip to Haliburton Forest – mountain biking, camping and visit to the Wolfe Centre
• White Water Kayaking at Palmer Rapids for 2 days (overnight)
• 2 night hiking trip on the backpacking trails of Algonquin Park
• Rock Climbing in Bancroft (day trip)
• Caving at Warsaw caves (day trip)
• Canoeing to sister islands (day trip)
• Canoeing in one of our Voyageur Canoes to Peterborough, and traveling through the Peterborough Lift Locks (day trip)
• Swimming at Burleigh Falls (day trip)
• Day trip to the Petroglyphs
• Traditional camp activities with other campers
• Evening Campfires

Note: The type of adventure experiences may vary from year to year. Good health and strong swimming skills required due to nature of activities.

Recommendation: To help gain valuable team-building skills and tripping experience prior to taking the leadership courses, we suggest that campers consider completing either this ‘Challenge and Adventure’ program or the ‘Wilderness Canoe Trip’ (for ages 14-16) before applying for the ‘Counsellor Skills Development’ and ‘Leader-In-Training’ courses.

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Challenge and Adventure (2 weeks) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-08-09Aug 09-21 1414 - 16 $2435

This program is designed to build confidence and motivate the participants in gaining the hard skills and discipline needed to become effective camp counsellors. This is accomplished by offering Bronze Medallion or Bronze Cross certification, Standard First Aid certification, ORCA Canoeing levels, and training in our skill building activities including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, eco-skills, archery, initiatives, ropes and more. Participants will also experience the group dynamics needed for achieving common goals and model staff roles within a camp environment. Time will also be made for recreational and coordinated programming with other leadership programs. In addition, the group will enhance their tripping skills and participate in an extended canoe trip.

The CSD program is an important first step towards future leadership and application toward the LIT program.

 

The CSD group will plan, pack and prepare for its own five-day canoe trip. Canoe tripping is an important part of Camp Kawartha and is intended to bring the participants a closer appreciation of the natural world. In addition, the trip provides an excellent opportunity for group development.

The following activities occur during the trip section:

• Map and Compass skills
• Planning the menu
• Canoe over canoe rescue
• Paddling techniques
• Packing food and gear
• Cooking stove use and safety
• 5 days of paddling and portaging
• Unpacking and Cleaning
• Debrief

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Counsellor Skills Development #1 (4 weeks) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-06-26Jun 26-Jul 22 1515 - 16 $3142

This program is designed to build confidence and motivate the participants in gaining the hard skills and discipline needed to become effective camp counsellors. This is accomplished by offering Bronze Medallion or Bronze Cross certification, Standard First Aid certification, ORCA Canoeing levels, and training in our skill building activities including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, eco-skills, archery, initiatives, ropes and more. Participants will also experience the group dynamics needed for achieving common goals and model staff roles within a camp environment. Time will also be made for recreational and coordinated programming with other leadership programs. In addition, the group will enhance their tripping skills and participate in an extended canoe trip.

The CSD program is an important first step towards future leadership and application toward the LIT program.

 

The CSD group will plan, pack and prepare for its own five-day canoe trip. Canoe tripping is an important part of Camp Kawartha and is intended to bring the participants a closer appreciation of the natural world. In addition, the trip provides an excellent opportunity for group development.

The following activities occur during the trip section:

• Map and Compass skills
• Planning the menu
• Canoe over canoe rescue
• Paddling techniques
• Packing food and gear
• Cooking stove use and safety
• 5 days of paddling and portaging
• Unpacking and Cleaning
• Debrief

 

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Counsellor Skills Development #2 (4 weeks) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-07-26Jul 26-Aug 21 1515 - 16 $3142

The W-CSD program is a separate, alternative program that will run concurrently with our regular Counsellor Skills Development program in August. The W-CSD program will focus more intensively on skills in an out-trip context. Participants who successfully complete the program will have an equal opportunity to apply for LIT or W-LIT the following summer.

This program is open to all candidates, but is recommended for those who have achieved their Bronze Cross and offers a more intense wilderness experience. The program includes ORCA Tripping Level 1 certification within the framework of a 3-day trip as well as a 7-day canoe trip to hone and apply these skills. In addition, candidates are offered certification in Standard First Aid. The program is designed to build confidence and motivate the participants in gaining the hard skills and discipline needed to become effective leaders and future staff members. Participants will also experience the group dynamics needed for achieving common goals and model staff roles within a camp environment. Time will also be made for recreational and coordinated programming with other leadership programs.

The program will run for one 4-week session in August. Those interested must go through the leadership application process, which includes filling out the application, answering specific questions, and returning the application by the deadline. A special packing list will be sent to accepted applicants before they come to camp with a number of required items that may need to be purchased before coming to camp.

The W-CSD program is an important first step towards future leadership and application towards the LIT programs.

 

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Wilderness Counsellor Skills Development (4 weeks) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-07-26Jul 26-Aug 21 1515 - 16 $3142

Working at a summer camp is a demanding job and it requires one to know their physical, mental and emotional needs. LITs will be subjected to a challenging environment that will accelerate these important personal learnings. They will become better leaders and work better with their peers. They will learn how to set and achieve personal and group goals. This four-week leadership program is supervised by the LIT Director and the Summer Camp Director. Participants enhance their knowledge of group dynamics, safety management, communication, decision-making, camper and self-evaluation, counseling and instructing. Three weeks are spent at Camp Kawartha and one week in a wilderness canoeing experience (for example, Algonquin Park).

A Typical LIT Schedule

The session is divided into three sections: leadership, cabin shadowing and the canoe trip.

Leadership Section

This section lasts one week. The LIT Director and guest leaders will guide the participants through seminars and activities designed to promote teamwork, group bonding and leadership abilities.

The following is a sample list of seminars:

• Camp Policies
• Risk Management
• Low-Ropes
• Initiatives
• High-Ropes
• Games leadership
• Nature activities• Lesson Planning and Teaching
• Child care expectations
• Goal setting
• Event planning
• Problem Solving
• Communication
• Night Hike

Cabin Shadowing Section

This section lasts two weeks. Each participant is assigned to a cabin and shadows that cabin’s counsellor from greeting the campers on arrival day to saying good-bye on departure day. This is the heart of the LIT program as the participants have the chance to use their new leadership skills. Throughout the shadowing section the participants will be given increased responsibilities in the cabin, but always supervised by the staff counsellor.

During these two weeks, the LITs also shadow and lead classes. They choose three activities they are comfortable teaching and first watch staff deliver the program, and eventually lead a class in each of their chosen activity.

In the evenings the LIT group gathers to discuss problems, success and review their goals. During this section the LIT group will be responsible for planning, preparing and executing their own theme-day afternoon and an evening program.

Trip Section

The LIT group will plan, pack and prepare for its own five-day canoe trip. During the trip the participants take turns leading the group. Canoe tripping is an important part of Camp Kawartha and is intended to bring the participants a closer appreciation of the natural world. In addition, the trip provides an excellent opportunity for group development.

The following activities occur during the trip section:

• Map and Compass skills
• Planning the menu
• Canoe over canoe rescue
• Paddling techniques
• Packing food and gear• Cooking stove use and safety
• 5 days of paddling and portaging
• Unpacking and Cleaning
• Debrief

Recreation

Throughout the four weeks a variety of recreation activities are organized. In addition to these activities involving the group, they may also integrate other leadership groups or involve the whole camp. These activities are meant to maintain balance within the program and the spirit of the group.

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Leader in Training #1 (4 weeks) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-06-26Jun 26-Jul 22 1616 - 17 $3142

Working at a summer camp is a demanding job and it requires one to know their physical, mental and emotional needs. LITs will be subjected to a challenging environment that will accelerate these important personal learnings. They will become better leaders and work better with their peers. They will learn how to set and achieve personal and group goals. This four-week leadership program is supervised by the LIT Director and the Summer Camp Director. Participants enhance their knowledge of group dynamics, safety management, communication, decision-making, camper and self-evaluation, counseling and instructing. Three weeks are spent at Camp Kawartha and one week in a wilderness canoeing experience (for example, Algonquin Park).

A Typical LIT Schedule

The session is divided into three sections: leadership, cabin shadowing and the canoe trip.

Leadership Section

This section lasts one week. The LIT Director and guest leaders will guide the participants through seminars and activities designed to promote teamwork, group bonding and leadership abilities.

The following is a sample list of seminars:

• Camp Policies
• Risk Management
• Low-Ropes
• Initiatives
• High-Ropes
• Games leadership
• Nature activities• Lesson Planning and Teaching
• Child care expectations
• Goal setting
• Event planning
• Problem Solving
• Communication
• Night Hike

Cabin Shadowing Section

This section lasts two weeks. Each participant is assigned to a cabin and shadows that cabin’s counsellor from greeting the campers on arrival day to saying good-bye on departure day. This is the heart of the LIT program as the participants have the chance to use their new leadership skills. Throughout the shadowing section the participants will be given increased responsibilities in the cabin, but always supervised by the staff counsellor.

During these two weeks, the LITs also shadow and lead classes. They choose three activities they are comfortable teaching and first watch staff deliver the program, and eventually lead a class in each of their chosen activity.

In the evenings the LIT group gathers to discuss problems, success and review their goals. During this section the LIT group will be responsible for planning, preparing and executing their own theme-day afternoon and an evening program.

Trip Section

The LIT group will plan, pack and prepare for its own five-day canoe trip. During the trip the participants take turns leading the group. Canoe tripping is an important part of Camp Kawartha and is intended to bring the participants a closer appreciation of the natural world. In addition, the trip provides an excellent opportunity for group development.

The following activities occur during the trip section:

• Map and Compass skills
• Planning the menu
• Canoe over canoe rescue
• Paddling techniques
• Packing food and gear• Cooking stove use and safety
• 5 days of paddling and portaging
• Unpacking and Cleaning
• Debrief

Recreation

Throughout the four weeks a variety of recreation activities are organized. In addition to these activities involving the group, they may also integrate other leadership groups or involve the whole camp. These activities are meant to maintain balance within the program and the spirit of the group.

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Leader in Training #2 (4 weeks) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-07-26Jul 26-Aug 21 1616 - 17 $3142

W-LIT is an alternative to the regular LIT program for those who are interested in eventually becoming trip leaders. There will be more opportunities for developing wilderness skills. W-LITs participate in the longest canoe trip of the summer (8-10 days). The trip (including formal activities/lessons) will be tailored to suit the needs and interests of the group. There will also be programming opportunities and a week of shadowing classes and cabins in order for participants to develop as counselors.

Working at a summer camp is a demanding job and it requires one to know their physical, mental and emotional needs. W-LITs will be subjected to a challenging environment that will accelerate these important personal learnings. They will become better leaders and work better with their peers. They will learn how to set and achieve personal and group goals. They will become more aware of their environment and their impact on it, not only on trip but in their everyday lives as well. W-LITs will also develop hard skills required for leading successful trips such as: navigation, packing, menu planning, canoeing, campsite organization, fire making, low-impact camping and more.

Those who complete the program successfully will be offered an opportunity to volunteer during session N which will further their skills as a cabin counselor.

This is a perfect program for “LITs-to-be,” who are looking for a greater focus on tripping skills and are considering being future trippers. The program will run for one 4-week session in July. Those interested must go through the leadership application process, which includes filling out the application, answering specific questions, and returning the application by the deadline. A special packing list will be sent to accepted applicants before they come to camp with a number of required items that may need to be purchased before coming to camp.

Participants who successfully complete the program will have an equal opportunity to apply for staff the following summer.

Prerequisite

Candidates are carefully selected for this program. Applicants must have successfully completed our CSD/W-CSD, Wilderness Canoe Trip or Challenge and Adventure program or demonstrate equivalent experience/qualifications in their application. Our W-LITs are selected based upon their past camp experience, leadership potential, and present involvement with children.

All rates are in Canadian dollars, and are subject to 13% HST

Wilderness Leader in Training (4 weeks) Overnight Camp Traditional Coed 2015-06-26Jun 26-Jul 22 1616 - 17 $3142

Upcoming Events expand

upcoming events
  • June 07, 2015Summer Camp Open House
    Camp Kawartha, 1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer, Ontario
    Join us Sunday, June 07 from 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Tour the camp, see our facility upgrades, meet some of our summer camp staff, and get your questions answered. This is a free event.

    Visit our website for more details:
    http://www.campkawartha.ca/event/summer-camp-open-house/


  • June 20, 2015Surf 'n turf Dinner & Auction Fundraiser
    Camp Kawartha, 1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, June 20 from 04:30 pm - 09:00 pm

    Plan to attend Camp Kawartha's most anticipated annual event! You'll be treated to fresh lobster, steak, salads, and decadent desserts. Plus, bid on fantastic items in both our live and silent auctions. Tickets: $175 each.

    All proceeds from this event will help Camp Kawartha continue to deliver top quality programs for children of all ages.

    For more information and how to order tickets, please visit our website: 
    http://www.campkawartha.ca/event/surf-n-turf-dinner-auction/

     


  • June 27, 2015Mini Kawartha Day for Campers & Parents
    Camp Kawartha, 1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, June 27 from 09:00 am - 07:00 pm

    Here’s a chance to take a “quick dip,” in the Camp Kawartha waters with a day long program that both campers and parents can enjoy!

    For more information and to register, please visit our website:
    http://www.campkawartha.ca/event/camper-and-parent-day/

     



Director's Message expand

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Adam Strasberg, Summer Camp Director

Is it time for 2015 already? Where has the time gone?? (A sentiment more for us parents than the campers). My sons will be 6 and 2 years old in 2015 and as the years pass, the more I realize they will pass too quickly.

So I’ve come to another realization, that it’s not about how fast or slow time passes, but how you make the MOST of that time. I know that spending those summers at Camp Kawartha among staff, campers and families is time well spent and if time is a finite resource, I’m fulfilled to have invested it here. I hope you feel the same as you have been (or thinking of) investing many of your own family’s resources to send your children to Camp Kawartha. Whether it’s a child for a week-long session,  multiple children, cousins for 2 and 3-week sessions, or the multitude of recommendations you have shared with other families, we are grateful for your partnership in shaping Camp Kawartha and making it worthy of time well invested for today and the future.

I am looking forward to the summer of 2015 and my second decade as Summer Camp Director. There has been great growth in terms of infrastructure, programming, menus, and scaffolding to ensure camper well-being over those years and we continue to strive to build upon our previous successes through a strong staff, leadership programs, camper and parent feedback, and partnerships within our community and beyond.

For 2015, we have added an extension to the PLC program in August for 13-14 year old campers seeking a longer camp experience enhanced by adventure-based activities including outdoor rock climbing, mountain biking and white water kayaking. In addition, we have also altered our Voyageur canoe program, run during Session C, and re-named the program Algonquin Canoe Adventure.  It still retains the experience of travelling in a 26ft Voyageur canoe on Clear Lake (our lake) as well as sharing the culture and history of the canoe by visiting the Canadian Canoe Museum, but then changes the focus with a trip to Algonquin Provincial Park in our typical expedition canoes. We hope these 2 new sessions will further enrich the programming we offer to our families as campers move up the chain.

At the same time, we continue to strive to instill the values of respect, honesty and an appreciation for nature that we feel trains us all to be active and responsible citizens.

I look forward to the Summer of 2015. I also look forward to answering questions and receiving feedback along the way and I’m always available for both at adam@campkawartha.ca  I wish everyone a wonderful year as the countdown begins towards another incredible summer!


Cost & Financial Aidexpand

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Cost: Varies /session

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes

Discounts

Discount if paid early 5%

Stories & Testimonials expand

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Testimonialexpand

I was a Camp Kawartha camper for seven years as a child and now over 20 years later my own children are having the same experiences that I had at camp. My heart swells every time we drive into camp and I am so proud that my children get to have Camp Kawartha as part of their childhood. Camp is such a special place that it cannot be explained in words, but is a feeling of happiness and belonging that resides in your heart and soul year round and stays with you even into adulthood.

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We the Bluestein family, have been sending our 3 boys to camp Kawartha since they were day campers (10 years). Their camp experiences have broadened their life experiences by learning to share, be independent, learn new skills, to appreciate the environment by going on canoe trips and living of the land, and learning respect for others.

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Testimonial (2014)expand

Camp Kawartha has been a big part of my boys` summers for seven years. We return each year due to the exceptional staff and programming. My boys are turning into wonderful young men, in part because of the mentoring they have received at Camp Kawartha, and the new experiences they have each year. My eldest was on staff this year, and I like to think he is providing the same mentorship to new campers that he was so lucky to receive. I would recommend Camp Kawartha without hesitation.

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Day Camp Testimonial (2014)expand

My boys had a great time at the daycamp. I thought it would be a great way to introduce the camp before they did a sleep over camp. At the end of the first day, they asked to go to sleepover camp!! The staff were energetic, organized and fun! My kids had lots of new experiences and came home everyday, tired, dirty and happy!! A perfect way for young kids to spend a few weeks. We will be back next summer, for sure.

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My daughter went to Camp Kawartha not knowing anyone there. This was a huge step for her as she really enjoys just being at home. She was a very shy girl with low self-esteem and very little confidence in herself. What two weeks did for us!! She has so much self-confidence and her self-esteem is incredible. She learned a new sport (Archery) that she continues to do! She tried new foods, which she continues to eat! She met new friends which she continues to talk to! She has changed so much! And for the better! What an amazing kid! What an amazing camp! Thank-You Camp Kawartha!

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Testimonial (2014)expand

This was our first experience in sending our daughter to an overnight camp. We were very nervous about doing this, but knew that it was time for our daughter to start spreading her wings. We are originally from the Peterborough area, so I had always heard about Camp Kawartha. So when it came to booking a camp for her to go to, this was a fairly easy decision. The price was within our budget amount and the activities appeared to be really awesome. So we booked our daughter with her friend (the camp was very accommodating in keeping the girls in the same cabin) We picked our daughter up on Saturday and have not stopped hearing about how awesome of an experience she had! As parents, this is what you hope for!! She definitely wants to go back next year…so what more can we say? This truly was an amazing experience for our daughter and our family! We have all spread our wings! Thanks Camp Kawartha!! See you in 2015!…oh and we will be sending our younger son next year too!

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My son and daughter have both attended Camp Kawartha over the past 7 years. They have always had a wonderful experience, the staff is the biggest reason for this. My kids also attend the camp during the winter with their school, they really feel comfortable at the camp and my daughter would like to become a councilor in the future.

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Testimonial - "Family Tradition"expand

Our 10 year old daughter had a fantastic time at Camp Kawartha again this year - following in a fine family tradition. It is wonderful to see how she grows and develops as a person at camp. I'm envious of her canoeing, archery and sailing skills - as well as the daily swims! Thank you to all the great staff at CK - we couldn't be happier with our choice of camp. ...



In the News expand

News

July 14, 2014 - Fun in the Sun at Camp Kawartha

Check out this great article with photos on the Peterborough Examiner website: ...



Activities & Programs expand

Curriculum & Programs

    Program Types & Services

  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Day trips
  • Family Camp
  • Hot Meals
  • March Break
  • Off-Season Rentals
  • PA Day & Holiday
  • Programs for school groups
  • Summer Camp

    Education

  • CIT/LIT Program
  • Environment
  • Leadership
  • Super Camp
  • Team Building

    Sports & Activities

  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking/Sea Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing/Marine Skills
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

    Arts/Dance/Music

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Dance Class
  • Performing/Theatre Arts

    Adventure

  • Outdoor Living/Survival
  • Rockwall/Rock Climbing
  • Rope courses
  • Wilderness Out Tripping

    Facilities

  • Lake
  • Nature Trails

    Additional Services

  • Financial Aid Available
  • Siblings Discounts

Associations expand

  • The Ontario Camps Association Associations
  • Canadian Camping Association/ Association des camps du Canada Associations


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