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Camp Kodiak

200 Kodiak Road
McKellar, Ontario, P0G 1C0
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Camp Kodiak  

200 Kodiak Road, McKellar, Ontario, P0G 1C0

  • Type:
    Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $1,700 to $1,950/week
  • Ages:
    6 to 18
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    250
  • Programs:
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  • Summary Profile

    About Camp Kodiak

    Camp Kodiak is Canada's premier overnight summer camp for children and teens with and without learning disabilities, ADHD and high-functioning ASD.

    Why should your camper attend Camp Kodiak?

    • Social skills program
    • Academic program
    • 50+ activities
    • Mature, professional staff
    • 2:1 camper-to-staff ratio
    • Increased self-esteem and confidence
    • Leader in Training program for campers 16 to 18 years old
    • Comfortable log cabins with electricity and bathroom with shower
    • 425-acre site with over 3km of waterfront
    • located near Parry Sound, Ontario (2.5hrs north of Toronto)

    Your camper deserves a summer of fun, friends, and success!

    • Special needs: Yes, specialized support. Most campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community


    COVID-19 Response 

    Our primary goal is the health and safety of every camper and staff member at Camp Kodiak. To accomplish this task, we are engaging in conversations with local health agencies, the provincial government, the Ontario Camps Association, and other experts as we plan for the summer of 2023.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from Camp Kodiak


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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Camp Kodiak currently has 3 programs available; 1 TBD.

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    Name
    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
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    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 18
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $5,830 to $11,905
    Parry Sound, ON
    200 Kodiak Road
    Jul 02-29 $7,215
    Parry Sound, ON
    200 Kodiak Road
    Jul 02-Aug 20 $11,905
    Parry Sound, ON
    200 Kodiak Road
    Jul 31-Aug 20 $5,830
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Jazz|Dungeons and Dragons|Guitar|Vocal Training / Singing|Magic|Musical Theatre|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Comic Art|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Pottery|Videography|Woodworking|Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Chess|Creative writing|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|Math|Nature/Environment|Reading|STEM|Writing|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Badminton |Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Gaga|Lacrosse|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Fencing|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Martial Arts|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Yoga
    Overnight Camp
    All Boys
    Ages: 6 - 9
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $1,950
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Instructor lead (group)|Nature/Environment|STEM|Writing|Mindfulness Training|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Disc Golf|Hiking|Rock Climbing|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding
    Overnight Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 6 - 8
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $1,950
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Instructor lead (group)|STEM|Writing|Mindfulness Training|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Disc Golf|Hiking|Rock Climbing|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 1 - 18+
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $2,020 to $3,500
    Ropes Course|Arts & Crafts|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Disc Golf|Hiking|Rock Climbing|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Water Polo|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Credit card payment Yes
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Camp Kodiak

    our take

    All camps, in varying degrees, personify what camp is all about, though some do that even better than most. Kodiak is one of those camps. It began from a place of pure, unadulterated care, when Dave Stoch explored how camp, particularly, could support kids with a range of special needs. He moved with his family to the US for 7 years, living and learning at a special needs camp there. His daughter, Shari Stoch, says that “in these special needs camping environments that he’d been involved in, he saw the kids really thrive, and they were able to find their place.” And that, right there, is absolutely what camp, any camp, is about. That’s what camp can do that other environments often can’t, or can’t do as well. The family returned to Canada in 1991 and founded Camp Kodiak, building it around all the best practices that they had grown to appreciate. It’s not about separating kids with needs from others, but realizing that, well, all kids have needs, though not necessarily all the same ones. Kodiak is a place where they can be integrated, where their struggles are understood, and programming is managed to provide fun, learning, growing, and inclusion for all. Dave Stoch’s daughters Ilana, Shari and Marni now direct the camp, having started that first year as counsellors and working into the leadership roles. Their expressed interest is to maintain all the goals, dreams, and culture that their father established those years ago. It’s a great story, and a great camp. This is truly what it’s all about.



    Editor's Review

    Three Things: Camp Kodiak

    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at Camp Kodiak



    User reviews of Camp Kodiak  — Read all 6 reviews


    Incredible Place!
    A Happy Mom (Parent)

    This camp is an incredible place! The quality of the administrators, counselors and medical staff is unsurpassed. Our daughter had an amazing experience. She loved the activities and felt accepted and secure. Best of all, she bonded with other campers and made some friends ... Read More

    It was amazing!
    Alex' Mom (Parent)

    Thank you all for the hard work you put in to making camp an outstanding experience. Alex had a wonderful time there and has grown so much as a result of having attended this summer. Kodiak’s outstanding activities, excellent staff and wonderful campers surpassed all of our expectations. The kindness, support and fun that the staff and kids shared with my son has forever changed both of our lives. In his words, “It was amazing!” ... Read More

    Tim's Growth
    Tim's Mom (Parent)

    I wholeheartedly believe Kodiak has been one of the greatest learning experiences for our son. From his first summer, to his last he always gained new skills, new friends and memories to last a lifetime. When I was Tim's age, I too attended a summer camp. My husband and I wanted to give Tim a similar opportunity. We are so thankful for all the staff at Kodiak that helped Tim address his fears and shine bright. We are confident the skills he learned and practiced at Kodiak will help in his goal to live an independent life. ... Read More

    5 Years of Fantastic Summers!
    Happy Mom for 5 Summers (Parent)

    Camp Kodiak is a very special place! Our daughter has gone to Kodiak for 5 summers, and this summer went for the full seven weeks. She had an incredible experience and made great friends! The camp is beautiful and the facilities are excellent. But it is the kind and caring staff that really is important and kudos to the camp directors for such a wonderful organization. I would unhesitatingly recommend Kodiak to any family looking for a kind, inclusive camp for their child ... Read More

    Happy Camper!
    Kodiak Parent (Parent)

    This was a transformative experience for my son. He was terrified of overnight camp and worried about it for years. In three weeks, he built so much confidence and had even more fun. I could not be happier about his experience and am very grateful to the staff at Camp Kodiak for all they did to make this such a positive experience. ... Read More

    Best Place on Earth
    Jack (Camper)

    I like it there, it’s a home away from home, like the song says. I like it because it gives kids the chance be part of a community and find great friends. Kodiak is the best place on earth!

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    200 Kodiak Road, McKellar, Ontario, P0G 1C0, Canada



    Busing

    • Toronto Bus
      Location Address Pick up Drop off
      Toronto Bus Toronto 1:00 pm 12:00 pm


    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins

    Amenities

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

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: Comfortable cabins with full washroom facilities (including shower) located in the cabin. Each building has a deck that provides a beautiful view of the lake.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Camp Kodiak technology free? Campers are allowed to bring small hand-held gaming devices or music players, but no electronics with a SIM card or texting capabilities. All cell phones brought to camp will be kept in the locked safe in the main office.



    Property Details

    Sports facilities

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

    Landscape

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

    More details about property: Mini-golf course



    Associations

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


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Ilana, Shari and Marni Stoch, Directors
    B.Ed., OCT

    Our father, David Stoch, was a special education teacher who recognized the merits of outdoor education and camping experiences as tools for developing confidence and skills in students, especially those who struggled with the mainstream school environment. His dream of creating an overnight summer camp for kids and youth with and without learning disabilities became a reality, and Camp Kodiak was born. Since our father's passing, we have undertaken the responsibility of ensuring that his legacy continues. It is our honour to ensure that the spirit and direction of camp remain focused on providing campers a summer full of opportunities for success.

    We take great pride in the inclusive, nurturing environment that we have created, and the incredible progress we see in our campers. Our staff is dedicated, creative and talented in a variety of ways - from the program areas they run to the relationships they develop with the campers and parents. We are also proud of our campers for demonstrating courage, resiliency, and support for each other.

    Most of our campers come to us with very little confidence, very few friends their age and often with a defeatist attitude. Everything that is important to kids is hard for them: school is hard, maintaining friendships is hard, and team sports are hard. They often consider themselves failures. We work very hard to change that negative self-concept. We structure the camp environment to ensure that every camper experiences many successes. They leave camp with their heads held higher, with many new friends and with countless successful experiences and achievements under their belt. They almost always leave feeling empowered by their newly acquired confidence, improved social skills and a greatly enhanced self-concept.

    The feedback we receive from parents, schools and the kids themselves encourages us to keep doing what we're doing.  Many of our parents have told us that their children get more out of a few weeks of camp than they do from an entire year at school. Before long campers are more engaged with their friends, they start getting invited to social events and their increased confidence results in improved academic achievement.

    As parents, we know that choosing the right camp for your child is not an easy decision. The idea of letting go and sending your child away to camp is even more difficult if you are the parent of a child with special needs. Please be assured that every child who comes to our camp becomes part of the Kodiak family and is treated as family.



    Stories

    • Thank you from Chicago
      Hello from Chicago. There have been so many times that I have wanted to write and tell you what an amazing experience Camp Kodiak was for Mack. I don't have a good excuse, except that life keeps marching on at a very intense pace. But tonight when he was digging into a SALAD like it was ice cream, I just knew I couldn't let any more time go by. This from the boy who subsisted on only Life Cereal before becoming a camper. The salad is only a metaphor for the many new (and healthy) experiences Mack had with you all. Before camp he had had such a tough year, having to switch schools half way through, that he was feeling really down and negative and unsuccessful. Of course, on Mack, that just looks combative, aggressive and loud, but we knew he was hurting. Going to Camp was the most positive thing that had happened to him in years. He still talks about something wonderful at camp every day. A counselor he connected to, a funny joke, a serious hurdle he overcame, and of course the production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We get to re-live that a lot. The patience and friendship you and your staff showed to Mack will never be forgotten by him or us. I know now that he has an example of times where he was able to fit in and feel happy. He is so excited to come back and we are happy that he has you all to return to. What you are doing matters so much to so many kids. A few nights ago, Mack came downstairs worried about something he had "lied about at Camp Kodiak." He said he had told the other kids in his cabin he was 12 when he was only 10 and he just couldn't fall asleep that night, fearing what would happen when he met up with everyone again this summer. We assured him that everyone wants to feel a little closer to people in their group and we knew that when he saw his friends again, it would feel great, no matter how old he really was. We moved on by talking about some of the great things he was able to do with you and his fear and anxiety went away. Thank you for all you are doing by offering such an experience to kids like Mack. I hope you are enjoying the off season with a sense of pride and accomplishment. You deserve it. Looking forward to planning another summer as the temperatures start to fall here. all the best, Ellen
    • Libby's story
      Dave, WOW! I can't believe the summer that Libby had. She has not stopped talking about camp, her friends and all the things they did and talked about. To top it off - our phone has been ringing daily with another call from another camp friend. She is conversant on the telephone, which was impossible before she came to camp. I am not sure what you do or how you do it...but you've done it with Libby. All I had hoped for! Her goal for the summer was that she have one friend at the end of the summer to ride the bus to Toronto with. What I got instead is a 12 year old talking on the phone, recounting stories about more friends than I can count and talking of her new boyfriend!!! I would have never imagined it was something we would ever see from Libby 6 months ago. When we were shopping in Parry Sound, she asked if she could have a plaque - it read -"Sometimes to see a rainbow you have to go through the rain". I couldn't believe that she connected with that - it embodies what we have known she needed to understand for the past year. I think that Kodiak and your conversation with her really helped her to see that sometimes you have to participate in things you may not love to get to the best part of an experience. Thanks to you and your staff for making Libby's summer all that it could be and recognizing the terrific person that is inside of her. It is sad how many people miss that when people do not conform to their definition of "normal". I knew if we just found the right environment, she would love the camp experience. Thanks for making her summer so great, and helping us to help her as she grows and begins to encounter more and more of the social situations that have been such a challenge for her. We all look forward to her spending another great summer with you. Libby's mom
    • Kevin's story

      Dear David: Kevin attended your camp for three weeks last year. It was an experience he will never forget and talks about it often. True to your word, he never realized that the true purpose of attending your camp was to help him with his social difficulties, but help him you did. For the first time in his life, he has maintained friendships for the entire school year. His friends (two in particular) call him frequently, (in fact,, almost too much!!) and invite him over and come over here pretty much every weekend. He has made new friends throughout the last few months, and all of the friends are nice, clean-cut, polite kids with a great sense of humor like Kevin's. Kevin's self-esteem has improved incredibly and his dad and I feel very confident that he will do well next year in high school. So, THANK YOU. The results were astounding and almost immediate. Your camp gave Kevin the gift of a lifetime. That and a love of sailing and water-skiing! You have a truly unique and special camp and we wish you every success in the future. Kevin's mom, Thousand Oaks, California

    • Krista's story

      Dear Dave: I can honestly and sincerely say that my experiences at Camp Kodiak helped me to become the person I am today. Before camp I was shy, nervous, quiet and had low self-esteem. I didn't want to go to camp since the idea of all of those new people, in a new setting that I knew little about, scared me. I went anyway and I'm glad I did. For the first time ever I felt adequate; I was an equal. Everyone was so friendly, open and welcoming from the moment I stepped off the bus. I was not afraid anyone was laughing at me, just with me. I have made hundreds of friends of all ages at camp, many are friendships I know will last a lifetime. Camp was the place for many firsts that gave me confidence. It was the first time I went horseback riding, canoeing and water-skiing. I had tons of support from the counselors as well as the other campers. For someone who felt she could achieve so little, it was a great rush to have so many people believe in me, and show it. The entire experience has raised my self-esteem. I finally felt I can do anything I put my mind to. When people ask me about camp, I have only positive things to say. When talking about camp I am likely beaming, smiling from ear to ear. I have been going to camp for years and have no plans to stop any time soon. Camp has made a difference in my life and has been a very important part of it. Krista

      (Krista is a former camper, LIT and staff member. She is now an elementary school teacher who lives in London with her husband and children.)

    • Jonathon's story

      Dear Dave: Thank you once again for a wonderful camp experience. As you know, Jonathon's troubles started very early. In kindergarten he was diagnosed with learning disabilities and became very despondent. As a result of a very uncaring psychologist, Jonathon's self-esteem plummeted and he began to feel that he was stupid and worthless. At the age of 7 he was depressed and so unhappy that he cried every day. School was a nightmare, and we had to physically put him on the bus many times. When Jonathon decided he would like to go to camp, you met with us and answered all of our questions, showed us photos and a video of the camp. It was very difficult, I will admit, to send Jonathon to camp that first year. He had never been away from us for so long and I was concerned. After all, he was only 8 years old. I got a really good feeling at the bus pick-up point. Many of the counselors were there, and we could see that a lot of the kids were anxious to get to camp again. You all made Jonathon very comfortable, and a counselor from his cabin sat with him. The first few days of camp were difficult for me. I think I called every day, but no one gave me the feeling that I was a bother. I now know, of course, that my concerns about Jonathon feeling lonely or scared were quite unfounded. Jonathon's letters were very hard to read due to the nature of his disability, but we could tell he was happy at camp. My favorite letter was the one with the rock in it from an overnight camping trip. When we picked Jonathon up at the end of the three weeks, I was floored by the changes in him. He literally bounced off the bus! He was happy! After two years of long faces and tears, he was happy! He oozed confidence and he seemed so sure of himself. It was almost too good to be true. When we got home he showed us his academic workbook. Wow! A lot of time and effort went into his work. I really like the fact that you check with parents and teachers to determine what work needs to be done. It's hard to describe the difference in Jon. He was proud of himself and the things he had done. We were amazed at the list. Archery, canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, go-carts, photography, arts



    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does Camp Kodiak have good reviews?
    We've collected reviews from past attendees. Read 6 reviews of Camp Kodiak here.

    What types of programs does Camp Kodiak offer?
    Camp Kodiak runs: Traditional (multi activity) overnight camps. Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does Camp Kodiak start?
    Camp Kodiak has programs for children aged 6 to 18.

    How much does is cost to attend Camp Kodiak?
    Fees to attend Camp Kodiak range from $1,700 to $1,950/week.

    Does Camp Kodiak offer support for children with special needs?
    Camp Kodiak has trained staff and programming designed to support children with special needs.

    Does Camp Kodiak offer busing?
    Yes, Camp Kodiak offers transportation. Find busing info and fees here.



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