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  • Type:
    Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $3,450 to $5,900/session
  • Ages:
    7 to 15
  • Gender:
    All Boys
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
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David "Lub" Latimer, Owner and Director
  • Summary Profile

    About Kilcoo Camp

    The Make of Men since 1932.

    Kilcoo Camp is a traditional private summer camp for boys in Minden, Ontario. The camp provides an enriching experience for boys from around Ontario and the world. What sets Kilcoo apart from other camps is its culture of rich tradition that is fostered by the staff, the vast majority of which started at the camp as a boy.

    The values your son(s) will learn at Kilcoo include leadership, grit, independence, confidence, civility, and empathy. These values are passed onto the boys from the staff and will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

    Kilcoo has earned the reputation of the foremost summer camp for boys in Canada.

    • Special needs: Yes, specialized support. A few of our campers have special needs.


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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Kilcoo Camp currently has 2 programs available.

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    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
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    Overnight Camp
    All Boys
    Ages: 7 - 10
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $3,450
    Minden, ON
    10735 Highway 35
    Jun 30-Jul 13$3,450
    Minden, ON
    10735 Highway 35
    Jul 14-27 $3,450
    Minden, ON
    10735 Highway 35
    Jul 31-Aug 13$3,450
    Minden, ON
    10735 Highway 35
    Aug 14-27 $3,450
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Ceramics |Woodworking|Nature/Environment|First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Badminton |Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Dodgeball|Gaga|Golf|Lacrosse|Rugby|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Hockey|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Water Polo
    Overnight Camp
    All Boys
    Ages: 7 - 15
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $5,900
    Minden, ON
    10735 Highway 35
    Jun 30-Jul 27$5,900
    Minden, ON
    10735 Highway 35
    Jul 31-Aug 27$5,900
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Ceramics |Woodworking|Nature/Environment|Bronze Cross|First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Gaga|Golf|Lacrosse|Rugby|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Football|Hockey|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Water Polo



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    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Kilcoo Camp

    our take

    Kilcoo was founded in 1932, and is very much one of the great, classic Canadian camps. It reflects the Taylor Statten ideal, as did so many camps that were founded at the time. There was a nod to first nations culture, with John Lattimer, who took over the camp in 1938, know invariably as “Chief.” (The name of the camp, again like others founded at that time, was a similar nod.) The programs were traditional, based in watersports, canoeing, woods lore, and a boisterous celebration of the camp culture. Leadership has been absolutely consistent, with David Lattimer taking over the directorship from his father in 1985. Campers past and present are absolutely loyal to the camp, in large part due to the consistency of the program leadership down through the decades. They all feel that attending Kilcoo is about more than a summer, it’s a chance to participate in something larger, with a longer arc, and centered around an amiable set of priorities and values. And, indeed, it’s all of that, which is a draw for generations of campers, both locally and from around the world.



    User reviews of Kilcoo Camp  — Read all 6 reviews


    Thanks
    Anonymous (Parent)

    I wanted to write you a quick note to say thank you for yet another wonderful summer for our boys. A day hasn’t gone by without some camp story, song or game being told, sung or played in our house. Our boys had a fantastic summer. I’m not sure how you do it, but they come back closer as a band of brothers than when they leave and I love that. The boys have always been quite close, but it amplifies from their camp experience. I was concerned that our youngest wouldn’t fit into this troop, but he has come back a full member which is really wonderful for us as parents to see. It is clear that you love camp and make the experience a dream for boys – enough structure to make sure the day runs smoothly, but not the sort of structure they have at home (and I struggle to offer them as a parent who likes things to stay neat and clean). It is such a special place and your dedication to it is obvious. I love that, in an all-boys environment, the boys show so much affection for one another – they aren’t scared to hug and cry and really show each other how much they care. Pick up day was full of so much affection between the campers and staff it was truly fantastic to see. It is magical. Thank you so much. The boys will be back next summer (was there any doubt?) and I suspect the countdown has already commenced in their minds ... Read More

    Best Place on Earth
    Nic (Camper)

    Every year I come back to camp not only for the fun that I have, but for the amazing friendships that I build and the long lasting memories that I create. Camp is one of the best places on earth and I am happier because of it. ... Read More

    First Time
    Diego (Camper)

    I arrived at camp tired and uncomfortable, away from my home, in a different country. It was hot and the sun beat down on my exhausted body. Although that wasn't the best first impression, during my time at Kilcoo I have come to appreciate these little things. I went to my cabin and began to unpack my belongings. As I did this, I pondered my firsts on this trip; first time in Canada, first time flying alone, first time without my parents, first time at Kilcoo. At that moment, I knew very little of what to expect. I knew not of the friendships I would make or of the inspiring leaders and role models I would meet. From archery to windsurfing, there were so many activities to take part in. Kilcoo has inspired me in so may ways. One of my favourite things about camp is chapel. Listening to staff members share stories about overcoming obstacles and appreciating things that life experience has given them. I appreciate my summer at Kilcoo and the opportunities it has given me., I am grateful to my parents for sending me to this incredible place. I am grateful for Lub, the staff and all of the LITs for helping make this experience possible. My stay was filled with firsts, gritty and fun, and that is what I am most grateful for. ... Read More

    The Kilcoo Olympics
    Ethan (Camper)

    The Olympics is about growing as a person with the Kilcoo community. Being forced to compete against your friends, turning them into opponents for the event or even the day. This may seem like a strange approach but when everyone shows Kilcoo values of integrity and sportsmanship and all is said and done, you come out with stronger bonds than ever. The Olympics gives you motivation to push your limits physically and teaches you that half the battle is mental. Your teammates cheering you on helps you fight that mental battle and push harder. With this encouragement in this environment, you become stronger learning what you are truly capable of. The Olympics would just not be the same if they weren't at Kilcoo. ... Read More

    Lub
    John and Scott (Camper)

    One of our favourite things about camp is our amazing director Lub. It's great seeing him always around all day with the campers, giving them greetings, playing baseball and football, and saying goodnight before bed. We also learn many lessons from him such as the value of a firm handshake to greet a visitor. We like how Lub tells amazing campfire stories, and we think it makes the campfire so much better. While he makes the campers happy he still runs the camp smoothly. Lub makes Kilcoo so much better! ... Read More

    The Gift of Camp
    Theo (Camper)

    I think camp is one of the greatest experiences of my life. Having my father go to Kilcoo in the 80's, I know all the graces and camp songs by heart. Now, when my little brother Charlie and I go to camp, my Dad peppers us with questions about Kilcoo and if things are the same as when he was there. I always tell him it is the great guys and girls on staff and the campers at Kilcoo that make it the same great place its always been. My first time at camp for a month flew by! When my parents picked me up the first thing I told them after a hug was, "I'm coming back next year." I think camp is not just an experience, it is an amazing gift that every Kilcoo camper treasures ... Read More

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    Minden, ON
    10735 Highway 35, Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0
    Moore Park, Toronto
    403 - 150 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1E8



    Busing

    • Arrival Day (Bus fee: 100.00)
      Location Address Pick up Drop off
      Sterling Hall School 99 Cartwright Avenue, North York, ON, Canada 12:00 pm Not provided
      Kilcoo Camp 10735 Highway 35, Minden Hills, ON, Canada Not provided 2:15 pm
    • Departure Day (Bus fee: 100.00)
      Location Address Pick up Drop off
      Kilcoo Camp 10735 Highway 35, Minden Hills, ON, Canada 10:00 am Not provided
      Sterling Hall School 99 Cartwright Avenue, North York, ON, Canada Not provided 12:30 pm


    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins

    Amenities

    • Electricity in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Outhouses
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: Campers live in cabins with 8 - 10 others plus their Counsellor and LIT in an adjoining staff quarters. Each camper will have his own bunk, a cubby for his clothes, and personal shelving around his bunk area.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Kilcoo Camp technology free? Yes Kilcoo Camp is a place for campers to unplug from technology and plug into nature. The boys are not allowed to have or use any technology of any kind.



    Property Details

    Sports facilities

    • Archery Range
    • Baseball Diamond
    • Basketball Court
    • Climbing Wall
    • Rope Course
    • Running Track
    • Soccer Field
    • Tennis Court(s)
    • Weight Room

    Landscape

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

    More details about property: Kilcoo is easily accessible by car, bus, and float plane. The camp is around a two hour drive from Toronto. Kilcoo's 165 acres are protected in a bay on Gull Lake in Minden Hills near Haliburton. The buildings include the main lodge, which has a dining area and a lower level ping-pong room, the Rec-Hut for indoor recreational activities and is the perfect setting for our Sunday skit night, "Kilabaloo". Other main buildings include an arts & crafts building, a ceramics building, an infirmary, an indoor climbing wall, and more.



    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    Kilcoo Camp is a traditional summer camp in the Highlands of Haliburton, just south of Minden, ON. Founded in 1932, Kilcoo has earned a reputation as one of North America's foremost private camps and Outdoor Ed. centres. For over thirty years, students from school groups across the GTA have participated in our overnight O.E. programs that focus on the development of interpersonal skills, self-confidence, and personal growth through the instruction of wilderness based activities. Kilcoo’s Outdoor education program stresses the importance of experiential learning outside of the classroom and we firmly believe that student education cannot be limited to a classroom setting. At Kilcoo, students will participate in a wide range of physical activities that helps to support the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle during school years and beyond. We stress the importance of finding a balance between work and leisure. Students are most often taught through experiential learning at camp. Lessons begin with an overview of the activity philosophy and skill basics, and are followed with a challenge to the students using their newly learned skills. For example, we teach the students the scientific, practical, and natural fundamentals of fire building, then they compete to boil a small amount of water over an open flame. The activity will culminate in the students enjoying a cup of tea steeped in the hot water they boiled over an open fire. Such a progression pays huge dividends to the confidence and sense of accomplishment that student participants get from Kilcoo. Through debriefing of activities and engaged instruction from opur staff, each activity will present each student with an individual set of challenges to over come. They will be required to think critically, problem solve, understand their own individual/group goals, and learn to work and live with others. Popular activities include: high ropes, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and campcraft. Additional facilities include tennis courts, ball hockey and basketball courts, soccer fields, a large main lodge, and a self contained shower building.


    Available for private rentals: Yes
    For Kilcoo Old Boys (Alumnus) as well as people connected to the Kilcoo community, we offer our site to be rented. This could be for a corporate retreat, family reunion, or just a fun time with your closest friends.


    Associations

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


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    David "Lub" Latimer, Owner and Director
    Director of Kilcoo; Founder of Greenwood College School; Founder of Regent Park Children's Foundation

    David “Lub” Latimer has been the Director of Kilcoo Camp since 1985. With his extensive experience at Kilcoo, as well as other Ontario camps as a camper and staff member, David is uniquely qualified to lead Kilcoo. He brings to this role an exceptional skill in working with campers and staff alike and is receptive and responsive to the needs, wishes and feelings of everyone at the Kilcoo campground.

    In his ‘free time’ David is an active volunteer in several youth organizations including The Regent Park Duke of York Children’s Foundation. David also sits on the Board of Camp Awakening. He is a member of the Society of Camp Directors and in 1993 was awarded the prestigious Canada’s Birthday Achievement Award presented by the City of Toronto for excellence in volunteering. Also, in January 2000 he was awarded Toronto’s “Volunteer of the Year Award.” In the fall of 2001, David, along with his father John Latimer, and Richard Wernham and his wife Julia West, began the huge task of founding a new private school in Toronto. The result was Greenwood College School, opening their doors in September 2002 to grade 7 and 9 classes. The school is now grade 7 through 12 and it continues to grow.

    David’s wife Beth, an art teacher for young children, echoes his enthusiasm and commitment to Kilcoo. She provides understanding and encouragement, as the two work together for the well being of the camp. They are also the proud parents of identical twin boys TJ and Charlie (both Kilcoo staff), born May 2001, and daughter Brooke, born June 2003.



    Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

    What age does Kilcoo Camp start?
    Kilcoo Camp has programs for children aged 7 to 15.

    How much does is cost to attend Kilcoo Camp?
    Fees to attend Kilcoo Camp range from $3,450 to $5,900/session.

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

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



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