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  • Type:
    Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $800 to $1,800/session
  • Ages:
    8 to 29
  • Gender:
    Coed, All Girls, All Boys
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  • Summary Profile

    About Camp Awakening

    Celebrating 40 years in 2022, Camp Awakening offers overnight summer camp & leadership programs for youth with physical disabilities 8-29 years. We partner with established camps - Kilcoo Camp for boys; Camp Oconto for girls; and Cedar Ridge Camp for all gender leadership and adult programs - in 3 different regions of Ontario to deliver our accessible & adapted programs. Just one session at camp has campers building important life, social, and wilderness skills and realizing greater independence.  Most importantly, they're having a ton of fun and making great new friends! Financial Assistance and transportation between Toronto-Camp available.

    • Special needs: Yes, specialized support. Most campers have special needs.

    COVID-19 Response 

    After two summers of virtual programming, we are thrilled to share that we are planning for summer 2022 to be IN-PERSON. We can’t wait to return to the shores of Gull, Eagles and Wannamaker lakes!

    However, with the beginning of camp still several months away, not all of our plans can be 100% confirmed right now. We promise to continue to share regular updates on our website.

    As we look ahead, some expectations for next summer include: • Reduced cabin capacity – hosting just 4-5 campers per session • All of our staff will be fully vaccinated • We will likely still be required to follow strict physical distancing, cohorting, masking and sanitizing protocols as per Public Health and Ontario Camps Association guidelines.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from Camp Awakening

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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Camp Awakening currently has 6 programs available; 1 TBD.

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    Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|CIT/LIT Program|Empowerment|Leadership Training|First-aid/lifesaving |Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking
    Overnight Camp
    All Boys
    Ages: 16 - 18
    Traditional (multi activity)
    Minden, ON
    10735-10737 Hwy 35
    Jul 01-14 $1,900
    Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Ceramics |Woodworking|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Disc Golf|Hiking|Rock Climbing|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 16 - 18
    Traditional (multi activity)
    Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Ceramics |Painting|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    All Boys
    Ages: 7 - 15
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $900 to $1,800
    Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Ceramics |Woodworking|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Disc Golf|Hiking|Rock Climbing|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 7 - 15
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $900 to $1,800
    Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Ceramics |Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Disc Golf|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Ages: 19
    Traditional (multi activity)
    Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Rock Climbing|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Virtual Program
    Ages: 8 - 13
    Traditional (multi activity)
    Wilderness Skills|Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Storytelling|Arts & Crafts|Nature/Environment|Strength and Conditioning

    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Credit card payment Yes
  • Location & Site Details


    Sharbot Lake, ON
    1126 Camp Oconto Road, Tichborne, Ontario, K0H 2V0
    Minden, ON
    10735-10737 Hwy 35, Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0
    Throughout Ontario, ON
    Kilcoo Camp (boys);Camp Oconto (girls); Cedar Ridge Camp (leadership), Minden;Tichborne; McArthurs Mills, Ontario, M4P 1E8


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      Location Address Pick up Drop off


    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins


    • Electricity in Sleeping Area
    • Shower in Sleeping Area
    • Toilet in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: The Camp Awakening cabins are located in the heart of each host camp – and across from the dining halls! Each cabin has electricity; ramps; two wheelchair-accessible washrooms with showers, plus storage and a single bed for each camper. Staff sleep in the same cabin, but in a separate room.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Camp Awakening technology free? Yes The average child spends 7.5 hours a day in front of a screen! Camp is one of the last places in the world where children can experience life ‘unplugged.’ At Awakening, we want campers to enjoy nature – and new friends - without the distraction of screens and electronic devices. Camp provides an opportunity for campers to leave those items behind and focus on having fun through face-to-face connections and experiencing life in the great outdoors. One of the greatest impacts that camp can have on your camper is an increased sensation of self-confidence and independence. A large part of this comes from campers being away from home for a short period. They need to “disconnect to reconnect”.

    Property Details

    Sports facilities

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


    • Beach
    • Forested Area
    • Lake/Pond/River
    • Nature Trails
    • Open Field

    More details about property: Camp Awakening operates out of established Ontario summer camps – Kilcoo Camp for boys; Camp Oconto for girls; and Cedar Ridge Camp for leadership and adult programs.


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

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Tracy Morley, Executive Director
    Member - Ontario Camps Association Special Needs Resource Committee; Fellow - Society of Camp Directors; Member - Association of Fundraising Professionals

    Tracy is the Executive Director of Camp Awakening, a dream job which allows her to combine over 12 years of not-for-profit experience with a lifetime of summer camp knowledge.  She is passionate about outdoor recreation and firmly believes in the life-changing magic of camp.

    She strongly encourages all potential camper families to call the camp office at (416) 487-8400 to discuss the variety of integrated Camp Awakening programs for youth with physical disabilities and how best Camp Awakening can support your child.


    • Discover the wonders of nature!

      Camp Awakening took me on my first trip to Algonquin Park which nearly 20 years later is still one of the most amazing experiences in my life. Those 5 days in the backcountry of Algonquin were incredible. - Malcolm, alumni camper

      Wilderness canoe tripping is a special part of the Camp Awakening summer camp program. Every camper, age 9-18, spends between 2 to 6 days of their session on canoe trip.

      Depending on the age and experience of the cabin group, the canoe trip could be a simple overnight on Gull or Eagle Lake (home to our host camps) or an expedition to one of Ontario’s beautiful Provincial Parks (such as Algonquin or Frontenac).

      Campers learn how to paddle a canoe, pitch a tent, and cook over a campfire.

    • From a First Time Camper Parent

      Just by chance, I found Camp Awakening one night while surfing the net.  I knew this was going to "make or break her" (for lack of a better term).  Well, Camp Awakening changed her life. Sheilagh had a spark.  A confidence that I knew was in her, but never had the chance to come out.  Sheilagh was able to experience and participate in so many different things and not feel defeated. She was able to be herself and not be judged. The fact that Sheilagh was able to make new friends without them already having a preconceived idea of who or what Sheilagh is all about was the best feeling. They took her for her.

      I cannot thank you enough for opening up the world to my daughter...

    • You are totally unique!

      Camp Awakening is totally unique! I have found no other camp which caters to children who have physical disabilities, but who are not affected cognitively. Until now my daughter was a fish out of water at camps which serve the typical population and at camps for disabled kids. She has found a home at Awakening!

      This past summer was wonderful. I felt safer putting our daughter on that bus at Bloorview Kids Rehab in Toronto and going 2,000 km back to Nova Scotia than I did having her 25 minutes away from us at a Nova Scotia camp last year.

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