For over 100 years, campers have come to Onondaga Camp each summer to discover the challenges and rewards of outdoor adventure. A true Canadian summer tradition, Onondaga Camp provides an inclusive environment where young people can play, explore, achieve and grow. Offering over 30 different activities, campers have the opportunity to experience the best in outdoor adventure.
The safety and well-being of our camp community remains our number one priority.
While things are changing every day, Onondaga Camp continues to plan for a safe and fun-filled summer for both campers and staff. We understand that certain protocols and policies may be in place for next summer and will look to our local health unit, health professionals, the government and the Ontario Camps Association for guidance to ensure a safe program for all.
Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to work towards an incredible summer at camp – something all of our campers truly deserve. We do, however, want to reassure our families that, just as we did last summer, in the unlikely event that Onondaga Camp does not operate for the 2021 summer season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a full refund, including the deposit and administration fee, will be returned to registered families.
We welcome you to contact us with any questions you may have. It is important that all of our families feel safe and confident in their decision to send their children to camp for Summer 2021.
Onondaga is one of the oldest camps in the country. It was established by Keith Crowther, a staff member of Upper Canada College, and was moved to its current site in 1931, and it’s been co-ed since 1975. There’s a lot of history, and the current owners, all past campers, bought the camp in 1992 and have since developed the property, including a new dining hall completed in 2004. While the site may not show its age in the way that other camps might, the program continues to reflect the ideals that were established with the founding of the camp all those years ago. Traditional activities have been augmented over the years, including high ropes, wakeboarding, and a driving range for golf instruction. The breadth of programming is a draw, both for campers looking to further develop their skills, as well as those interested in trying new things. The board of directors includes three past directors, which, in addition to Duncan Robertson’s 25 years at Onondaga, offers a nice continuity to the maintenance and development of the camp experience.
More details about accommodations: We are a traditional camp with modern amenities.
Are meals provided? Yes
Is Onondaga Camp technology free? Yes
Horseback Riding Arena (indoor/outdoor)
More details about property: Sleeping quarters at Onondaga Camp are comfortable and rustic in a peaceful woodland or lakeside setting. Our younger campers stay in large wooden cabins that sleep eight or ten with two staff members in an adjoining separate room. All cabins are fully modernized with sink and flush toilet facilities.
Campers13 years and older, stay in one of the many tents along our signature tent line that runs around the mouth of the bay. They sleep on bunk beds in large canvas tents, supported by wooden platforms and frames. The tents are weatherproof and sleep six campers. There are centralized washroom facilities nearby, complete with individual shower stalls.
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Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
Onondaga Camp is pleased to operate as a spring and fall outdoor education centre with school, college and university groups who come to camp looking for customized programs to help bring out the best in their students. Whether it is a team building or leadership program you are looking for, or just a fun camp getaway for your students, we are able to work with you to design an experiential education program that best suits your needs and the needs of your participants.
Onondaga Camp has hosted many independent and public schools as well as University student groups, community groups, adult leaders and families. All programming is provided by fully trained Onondaga Camp staff on site. Student accommodations are comfortable in our wooden camper cabins, many of which have washrooms. All meals are served in our beautiful dining hall.
Onondaga Camp is able to accommodate student groups of up to 300 participants, depending on availability. All groups can expect high quality individually tailored programs. Please contact Gavin Hull at [email protected]
Leading our entire program is Camp Director and part owner, Duncan Robertson, who can call upon over 30 years worth of experience as a camper, staff member and director. Duncan has been actively involved with the Ontario Camps Association, serving as a board member for five years. He is also a board member of the Society of Camp Directors, and has given presentations on many topics over the years at provincial, national and international camping conferences. He is supported by an active Board of Directors: David Hadden, David Lever and Michael Moore, each of whom has been a director of the camp in the past.
Onondaga Camp has three huge water trampolines, each with many accessories including "The Blob." This activity is always popular during activity periods and is a great place to spend free time as well.
Onondaga Camp has three waterski and wakeboard sites. At this activity, beginners at the sport can learn basic waterskiing and wakeboarding skills, while those who are experienced can practice and improve known skills. Onondaga also offers a specialty waterski/wakeboard camp during our one week session at the end of August.
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