Since 1946, Camp Davern has been turning summer experiences into lifelong memories . Hidden inside over 150 acres of rolling hills and mature forest & 1 hour from both Kingston & Ottawa, Davern is an unforgettable experience that's close to home. At Camp Davern we lead by example, teach what counts & ensure that all campers are inspired & challenged to achieve great things.
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Activities available at this camp: (Currently showing 4 of 4 sessions)
Ages: 6 - 16
Traditional (multi activity)
Davern is a gorgeous place which will take kids away from the city and technology into a place where people get to know their best friends and their best selves. So thrilled to see Davern continuing to make magic and to see a camp that is more accessible financially than so many other places.
I wasn't sure about Davern initially, maybe it was just the thought of being away from my parents for the first time in my life. After my first night there my mind was changed. Amazing people, beautiful site, tasty food. Overall just a great experience.
Andrew Martin, Executive Director
Andrew is a leading professional in Summer Camping and Outdoor Education with over 15 years of management and development experience. A life long supporter of the camping movement, he believes strongly in the experiences and outcomes offered through summer camping and outdoor education across Canada. Eager to preserve the history and continue the legacy of Camp Davern’s over 70 years of camping excellence, Andrew is excited to contribute his creative skills and passion into the camp, as it looks to the future.
In addition to his guidance on the board of Camp Davern, Andrew has extensive experience with board governance, community engagement and social enterprise. With over 10 years of management experience in the charitable and non-profit sectors, he is a community builder committed to the development of diverse and inclusive spaces. An innovator of partnerships and collaboration, Andrew believes in the value of cooperation and collaboration. In the summer months, he can be found on site at Camp Can-Aqua, where he has been the Camp Director since 2012.
The organization announced in February [of 2017] that Andrew Martin, had purchased the property and would reopen the camp in the summer. Martin has made a career out of the camp industry for more than 15 years, and said he believes in the value of camping, “especially going into a future that is overwhelmed with technology and a lack of social integration for young people.”
He said he was attracted to the “remarkable property” and “amazing facility” because it holds a lot of history as one of Ontario’s older camps. He’s looking to find out the “silly things” that made the camp unique such as “the name of that hill or the secret path that takes you to Finnigan’s house where kids go and write letters if they’re homesick.”
It was on a warm July day in 1948 that nine-year-old Judy Coleman became a Davern girl.
Boarding a train at Union Station, she and some of her cousins and friends travelled to Maberly, near Perth. There, they put their bags on a horse-drawn hay wagon and, after being greeted by Camp Davern’s director and staff, began to walk to the all-girls YWCA camp on Davern Lake, a 7-km journey that would have taken at least an hour and a half to complete.
As one of the younger campers at Davern that year, Judy slept in one of two cabins on the site, while others slept in tents pitched on wooden platforms. It was the first of six summers she spent at Davern.
“There was something very magical, special and bonding about a summer at camp,” says Coleman (now Laughton), “and the friendships made … have continued to this day, almost 67 years later.”
We are really looking forward to our Kingston information night that will be taking place in the New Year. Stay tuned to our Facebook Page! ...
Let the 2019 camp adventure begin! ...