Having fun at camp is one of the most important aspects of coming. Above all Wilvaken prides itself in helping children make new friends, improve second language communication, self-esteem and to appreciate nature and simple living. This is all done by living in the community spirit provided by Wilvaken and its staff. As we all know, camp is not camp without the people in it! So no matter what activities or games are organized, Wilvaken always does it with your child in mind!
Wilvaken is divided into boys and girls sections (activities are co-ed). Each section has 6 cabins of 8 to 10 children and a counselor who sleeps and cares for your child. The cabins are simple wooden structures with bunk beds, drawers, hanging space and electricity. Toilets with running water and shower facilities are separate.
As Wilvaken enjoys a natural environment, the cabins are all situated in wooded areas. Only the most necessary areas at camp have had the trees removed so on those hot days, you can easily find shade.
Meals are eaten at the Wilvaken lodge together and the lodge is also the central meeting place where the schedual is posted. Campers meet up with the staff person who will be with them for their activity at the lodge. Each cabin has an assigned table and their counselor sits with them.
Wilvaken is known for its waterfront activities! We offer sailing, canoeing, kayaking, water-skiing, boardsailing and swimming. One of the best ways to spend time at camp is learning these activities. Wilvaken encourages the campers to work on their swimming levels till the Red Cross swim level 10. All campers are evaluated on arrival day and are organized into the swim levels accordingly. The other activities are also taught daily with lots of practice time during the day. We encourage campers to work on their various levels through out their stay. To participate in the waterfront activities except swimming, all campers must wear a proper life-vest. Activities are taught by qualified and interested counselors who have a background in that sport and love to do it!
Riding at Wilvaken is an optional activity that approximately 40 of the campers choose to do. Campers are taught according to their level of expertise and learn everything from grooming and tacking up a horse to jumping a course. Classes are small ie. 4 to 5 campers and they have the option of taking 3 or 6 lessons per week. The opportunity is there to bring your own horse and ride daily.
Riding is taught in the outdoor ring or in the indoor arena should the weather be unfavourable. At least twice during the summer, the riders have a little horse show so that parents may see the results of the lessons. As riding is may not necessarily be the main interest for the campers, they may have to decide at times if they would rather go on a hiking or canoe trip and miss a couple of scheduled lessons. Make-up lessons are organized when possible.
Our riding staff is always chosen for their knowledge and their love of working with children. They are qualified to teach all levels of our riding program and to make it fun!
HEY EVERYBODY! I had the best time at camp this year and I'm going to keep on coming back every year because I love Wilvy sooo much. Its fun being there with my best friends. When I first heard about Wilvaken from my friends, I was a little scared then I got there and it was like my second home. I can't wait till next year!
I just wanted to say a big thank you from all of us. The boys had a phenomenal time at camp. The drive from Magog to Toronto was an almost non-stop recounting of camp activities, events and people. Both boys have been camping for several years but Paul and I don't remember this level of enthusiasm before. Our congratulations to you and your staff on an excellent job. When we asked the boys what the biggest difference was between Wilvaken and previous camp experiences, they said that it was the people connection. They loved the programmes and the riding especially but it was the sense that they got to know everyone and made good friends in a very short period of time. They are both eagerly talking about next summer
I spent 11 summers on the shores of Lake Lovering. Three as a camper and eight as a counsellor. The days before the beginning of camp were always very exciting and never diminished during the many years I was at camp. Even today, 8 years, 10 months, 4 days and 13 hours after my official departure from the camp, each June I cannot stop thinking that another summer is beginning at Wilvaken. Even today 8 years later (and more), I reminisce with the same friends with whom I carried a garbage bag and a spatula for Talent Night!..(translated)
It is a wonderful feeling to know that you are all sitting around the campfire this evening, to start off another Wilvaken summer. Wilvaken is such a magical place, a place where people from all over the world come together to enjoy the summer. Wilvaken is truly a home away from home. It is a friendly, comfortable, secure place with so many friendly smiling faces.
Although I never had the opportunity to be a camper at Wilvaken, I was fortunate to be a staff member for a few summers.
I have to admit that when I first arrived, I had no intention of staying for many summers. I remember telling Dave that I liked to experience new things and that I never stayed in one place for a long time. Well, 6 summers later, I reluctantly said goodbye to summers at Wilvaken. The magical, warm feeling of Wilvaken kept me coming back year after year.