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Cedar Ridge Camp

RR # 1
McArthurs Mills, Ontario, KOL 2MO
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Cedar Ridge Camp  

RR # 1, McArthurs Mills, Ontario, KOL 2MO

  • Type:
    Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $900 to $1,240/week
  • Ages:
    6 to 16
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    120 to 150
  • Programs:
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Grayson Burke & Peter Ruys de Perez
  • Summary Profile

    About Cedar Ridge Camp

    At Cedar Ridge Camp, campers get outside and active through participation in canoeing, high ropes, horseback riding, rock climbing, tubing, swimming and sports. We emphasize personal development and living together comfortably in an outdoor environment. Cedar Ridge campers develop self-confidence and independence while creating relationships that last a lifetime.

    • Special needs: Yes, mild support. A few of our campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community


    COVID-19 Response 

    Cedar Ridge Camp continues to work with public health and take guidance from the OCA (Ontario camping association) to develop operating protocols that reflect the current state of the pandemic. These protocols will be developed with the health and safety of our campers, staff and local community at the forefront.

    We are very excited to be welcoming our campers back to Cedar Ridge for the summer of 2022, but understand the great importance of keeping our campers, staff and community safe. We are constantly updating our COVID-19 protocols and hope to release our summer covid response plan in early 2022.

    Below you will find some key points to our COVID Response Plan: 1. To implement testing and vaccination protocols to minimize the risk of COVID-19 entering camp. 2. To follow the latest public health standards to minimize the risk of community spread while at camp. 3. To increase our onsite medical staff, sanitation, and cleaning procedures. 4. To offer programs and activities outside, where the likelihood of community spread is minimal 5. To establish procedures for symptomatic campers and for potential onsite COVID-19 cases.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from Cedar Ridge Camp


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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Cedar Ridge Camp 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: 15 - 17
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $3,850 to $5,170
    Bancroft, ON
    RR # 1
    Jun 27-Aug 13 $5,170/month
    Bancroft, ON
    RR # 1
    Jun 27-Jul 28Cost TBD
    First-aid/lifesaving |Leadership Training|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cycling|Fishing|Hiking|Hockey|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Whitewater Rafting|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Sports-Instructional and Training|Track and Field|Yoga|Diving|Rock Climbing|Ping Pong|Gaga|Badminton |Football|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Theatre Arts|Photography|Painting|Glee|Jam Camp|Ballet|Jazz|Drawing|Guitar|Piano|Wilderness Out-tripping|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 8
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $1,240
    Bancroft, ON
    RR # 1
    Jul 02-08 Cost TBD
    Bancroft, ON
    RR # 1
    Aug 07-13 $1,240
    First-aid/lifesaving |Leadership Training|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cycling|Fishing|Hiking|Hockey|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Whitewater Rafting|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Sports-Instructional and Training|Track and Field|Yoga|Diving|Rock Climbing|Ping Pong|Gaga|Badminton |Football|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Theatre Arts|Photography|Painting|Glee|Jam Camp|Ballet|Jazz|Drawing|Guitar|Piano|Wilderness Out-tripping|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Videography
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 16
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $2,445/2 weeks
    Bancroft, ON
    RR # 1
    Jul 02-15 Cost TBD
    Bancroft, ON
    RR # 1
    Jul 31-Aug 13$2,445/2 weeks
    First-aid/lifesaving |Leadership Training|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cycling|Fishing|Hiking|Hockey|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Whitewater Rafting|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Sports-Instructional and Training|Track and Field|Yoga|Diving|Rock Climbing|Ping Pong|Gaga|Badminton |Football|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Theatre Arts|Photography|Painting|Glee|Jam Camp|Ballet|Jazz|Drawing|Guitar|Piano|Wilderness Out-tripping|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Videography
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 16
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $4,560/month
    Bancroft, ON
    RR # 1
    Date TBD Cost TBD
    First-aid/lifesaving |Leadership Training|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cycling|Fishing|Hiking|Hockey|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Whitewater Rafting|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Sports-Instructional and Training|Track and Field|Yoga|Diving|Rock Climbing|Ping Pong|Gaga|Badminton |Football|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Theatre Arts|Photography|Painting|Glee|Jam Camp|Ballet|Jazz|Drawing|Guitar|Piano|Wilderness Out-tripping|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 6

    Discounts

    Discount for 2nd child 10%
    Discount for 3rd child 15%
    Discount for 4th child 20%
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Cedar Ridge Camp

    our take

    Cedar Ridge is unique in that it’s a relatively young camp—its inagural summer was in 2007—yet designed to offer a wholly traditional, time-worn camp experience. The founders gained a love for what camp can do, as well as the traditions, while campers and staff at Camp Mazinaw and Kilcoo Camp. The creation of Cedar Ridge was, in truth, a labour of love, and that labour has been rewarded. The days are active, covering all of the basics from canoeing and swimming, to horseback riding. If it’s a bit of a time capsule, it’s nevertheless one in all the right ways—in emulating the traditional camp experience, founders Peter Ruys de Perez and Grayson Burke wanted to create a space where young people can work together in order to stretch themselves, discover their talents, and build resiliency. Rightly, it's about environment and culture as much as it is activities and learning, and that’s why families turn to Cedar Ridge. It's also why the camp has gained an impressive reputation in a relatively short space of time.



    Editor's Review

    Three Things: Cedar Ridge Camp

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



    Insider's Perspective: Parent

    • 00:41 - What's unique about the program at Cedar Ridge Camp that made you want to enroll your child there?
    • 01:27 - What would you highlight about the Cedar Ridge Camp?
    • 02:18 - How and when did you know that Cedar Ridge Camp was the right fit for your child?
    • 03:09 - Can you describe any change or noticeable growth you saw in your child after the camp?
    • 04:01 - How can parents overcome hesitancy to send their children away for a week or longer?
    • 05:00 - What would you tell other parents about the overall value of sending kids to Cedar Ridge Camp?
    • 05:51 - Final thoughts?
    • show more


    User reviews of Cedar Ridge Camp


    Happy Kids!
    Cedar Ridge Parent (Parent)

    I received two letters from the kids today talking all about all the fun they were having at camp. The letters were full of joy, pride and happiness. I could hear the joy in their words, so much so that I needed to write you. We understand the value of the gift you have given our children. Thank you. Thank you for an amazing camp that is teaching our children, confidence, skills, friendship, leadership and fun! Thank you for supporting their physical and emotional growth. They are good kids, who work very hard during the year with family responsibilities, competitive sports, academics and leadership in their schools. But they live to go to camp, it is for them the best time of the year. I am over come with gratitude for the gift you have given our family this year, our children are so blessed to be at Cedar Ridge ... Read More

    International Parent
    Marcos (Parent)

    Hi Cedar Ridge, Thank you for your notes. Now looks better 😉 I would like to also thank you to you and to all your staff for the incredible experience you have provided to Alex. He came back home telling us that by large, it has been his best experience ever! He want to come again next year and this is the best think we can hear from him. The experience, good environment, great networking and relationships he has made and also the chance to meet with a lot of people from different countries, it has been amazing. And of course, all the ideas, respect and education the camp provide to the campers. Alex also enjoyed the time he was as a LIT. Let will see if next year he can come back again as a LIT or Staff (I am sure he will wish). Play hard, work hard and respect (Alex told me)! Thank you so much for all and hope to see you next year! Marcos ... Read More

    Parents Review
    Heather (Parent)

    Hi Grayson, It is with a heavy heart that I’m writing this email, the news that camps were closed, although expected took our breath away. I wanted to write you to thank you. Every night at the supper table Emily and Ben share stories of camp. The kids tell us all about cedar ridge, staff, campers, songs and games. They are so lively and loving in their reminiscing that it fills our dining room with joy and hope. Which is so needed at this time. Thank you. Emily and Ben argue often during the day as expected for siblings of their age, but dinner time comes and the reminiscing starts and they are the best of friends. The three younger kids are engaged in their stories, and love to learn the camp songs and games. Pam who just turned 6 is being prepped by Emily and Ben to be camp ready for 2021! They often give her a briefing on all camp activities and routines and why she will love Cedar Ridge as much as they do. Grayson, it’s amazing how every night Over dinner these two kids come together to bring us tales of Cedar Ridge. Thank you for providing a camp life so strong that the memories are carrying the kids through this difficult time. The kids and I were talking and while camp is closed, if at some point we we’re allowed the kids would love to come and help with repairs, cleaning, whatever needs doing. While this is probably improbable the kids wanted me to let you know we are willing to lend a hand in anyway we could. Lots of love to Cedar Ridge, Heathe ... Read More

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    RR # 1, McArthurs Mills, Ontario, K0L 2M0, Canada



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    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins
    • Dorm or Building

    Amenities

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

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Outhouses
    • Showers (indoor)
    • Showers (outdoor)

    More details about accommodations: Cedar Ridge Camps facilities are widely spaced across our expansive waterfront location. They include our main dining hall and activity centre (seats up to 200), winterized lodge (sleeps 80), separate dining area and great room with fireplace, bathrooms and showers as well as 25 lakefront cabins (sleeps 8 - 14 each) which are serviced by modern shower houses and bathrooms.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Cedar Ridge Camp technology free? Yes We strongly believe that camp is a great place for a digital detox.



    Rentals & Services

    Offers children's birthday party packages: Yes
    Cedar Ridge is open for small family rentals and parties. Please contact [email protected] for more information.


    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    Cedar Ridge Camp’s outdoor education centre runs year round from mid-August to late June. At Cedar Ridge, groups choose from our wide range of program options and activities, or rent the facilities to run their own programs. We host groups from schools, universities, religious, commercial, and community organizations, amongst others. Cedar Ridge Camp prides itself on customizing programs that meet the individual needs and goals of each group. Our staff is highly committed to outdoor education and brings years of experience. Cedar Ridge helps design the following programs: Leadership and Team Building Earth Education and Environmental Awareness Adventure Recreation High School Graduation and student council retreats Certification programs: First Aid, ORCKA canoeing To set up an information meeting or arrange for an in-school slideshow, please contact us at [email protected]


    Available for private rentals: Yes
    Looking for a great place to host your wedding, cooperate retreat, family reunion or private event? Cedar Ridge provides years round getaway opportunities. For more information please contact [email protected] or 613-332-6675.


    Associations

    Ontario Camps Association Associations


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Grayson Burke, Camp Director
    BRLS

    Hello Campers and Parents, My name is Grayson Burke and I am proud to be the Director of Cedar Ridge Camp. In 2005, Cedar Ridge was founded by Peter Ruys de Perez, who wanted to create a camp where children could develop both life and outdoor skills, while making new friendships and memories. Having grown up as a camper at Camp Mazinaw in Bon Echo Park, Peter understands the value and impact that camp can have on a child’s life and is committed to making this this experience possible for others. Cedar Ridge truly has a family feel, as almost all of our staff has grown up here as campers and Leaders in Training. I have always felt that camp is a great place to get away from the city and connect with the natural environment, all while learning a variety of new outdoor skills. At Cedar Ridge we focus on skill development in areas such as canoeing, swimming, horseback riding and climbing. Since 2005, it’s been a pleasure to watch the Cedar Ridge community grow and I look forward to another amazing summer in 2022. If you have any questions about the camp, please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.

    Happy Camping,  

    Grayson Burke 

     



    In the News

    November 23, 2017
    International Campers – You’re Always Welcome in Canada

    As some countries are closer their boarders Canadian camps benefit from international campers.... Read More



    Stories

    • International Campers – You’re Always Welcome in Canada

       

      International Campers – You’re Always Welcome in Canada

      Imagine you’re 12-years-old, you just finished school for the summer, and you’re about to go on an adventure: you’re headed to summer camp. Now imagine you live outside of Canada. So, you pack your bags, say “au revoir,” “adios,” or “Zài jiàn” to your parents, and you hop on a flight. Waiting at the arrivals gate, an enthusiastic – sometimes too enthusiastic – counsellor holds up a sign with your name on it and you embark on a summer full of fun, friendship, and lifelong memories.

      For a growing number of international campers, this is a familiar story – a routine they excitedly anticipate every year. Thousands travel here from all over the world, speaking an array of languages, practicing a range of religions, and coming from a variety of cultures. And regardless of these differences, whether they’re from Lebanon, China, or just down the road, summer camp unites them all.

      While certain countries talk about closing borders, Canadian summer camps await international campers with open arms. As they settle into their cabins, find their bunks, and meet friends old and new, they all find a shared home right here. These are places where kids are free to be kids, whatever their backgrounds.

      International parents see how valuable this experience can be for their children, giving them a way to connect with the incredible Canadian wilderness, a chance to forge different relationships, and an opportunity to develop their English. In fact, some kids that arrive not knowing a word of English end the summer carrying out all manner of conversations. Similarly, local parents often request that their child bunk with international kids to expose them to new cultures and foster learning opportunities.

      Of course, in canoes, on swim docks, atop rock walls, and across soccer fields, everyone speaks the same language: camp. They communicate through laughter, smiles, and in-jokes. They’re all in it together.

      So, why does this work at camp? Camp is – and always has been – a safe-haven for children. It’s a place designed to bring people together and bring out the best in all of them. Here, they can learn and grow, free from judgement in an environment where diversity is celebrated and individuality is encouraged.

      A camp’s culture may start with its staff and its traditions, but every year it is bolstered, enhanced, and redefined by the people that call it “home” – even if only for a couple of weeks. No matter where children come from, the languages they speak, or the customs they keep, they’re all in this together – they’re all summer campers.

    • Camp Activities
      Cedar Ridge campers participate in a full range of activities including canoeing, rock climbing, horseback riding, kayaking, archery, sailing, arts and crafts, woodcraft, swimming, and a wide variety of sports. Campers are encouraged to try every activity on a rotational basis, and lessons are catered to interest and skill level. Our location also offers excellent opportunities for more adventurous forms of recreation such as mountain biking, white water canoeing, and climbing/hiking expeditions. Each camper gets to experience an overnight camping trip guided by experienced and qualified staff members. Trips range from 1 to 6 nights depending on age. In addition, there are many special events such as camp games, regattas, and talent nights.
    • Camp Location and Philosophy
      Cedar Ridge Camp is located 28 km east of Bancroft, Ontario, close to the Little Mississippi, York and Madawaska rivers, while only 30 minutes from Algonquin Park. The site is a secluded bay with 3400 feet of beautiful beach shoreline on 150 acres of private terrain bordered by a 900-acre parcel of crown land. The private setting is an ideal environment for Canadian camp living and activities. Our site's diverse landscape offers opportunities for canoeing, climbing,swimming, biking and hiking. Cedar Ridge opened in 2007 as a traditional summer camp for boys and girls ages 6 -16 emphasizing personal development and team building skills. Our professional staff communicate these values through active participation in various outdoor activities.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does Cedar Ridge Camp have good reviews?
    We interviewed families about their experience with Cedar Ridge Camp. Watch the video here. You can also read 3 reviews of Cedar Ridge Camp from past attendees.

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

    What age does Cedar Ridge Camp start?
    Cedar Ridge Camp has programs for children aged 6 to 16.

    How much does is cost to attend Cedar Ridge Camp?
    Fees to attend Cedar Ridge Camp range from $900 to $1,240/week.

    Does Cedar Ridge Camp offer support for children with special needs?
    Cedar Ridge Camp offers some mild support for children with special needs. Please contact the director to discuss your needs.

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



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