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InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario

  
942 Clearwater Lake Road, Port Sydney, Ontario, P0B 1L0

  • Type:
    Overnight camp, Family programs
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $460 to $2,200/week
  • Ages:
    5 to 17
  • Gender:
    Coed, All Girls, All Boys
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
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  • Summary Profile

    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Pioneer Camp Ontario is a Christian overnight summer camp that has offered incredible experiences for children and youth between the ages of 5-17 since 1929. Located just two hours from Toronto, Pioneer Camp has four camp sites on a 1200 acre Muskoka waterfront property. We offer many incredible program and activity options, allowing campers to grow in their skills, confidence, teamwork, faith, and leadership. With more than one staff for every three campers, Pioneer Camp provides an experience that highly personal in a strong community context. Our goal is to provide a fun, safe and valuable camp experiences for every camper.

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

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "Everything we do at Pioneer Camp is for the purpose of helping children and youth grow spiritually, mentally, socially and physically in a fun-filled and safe place of adventure and challenge. As a Christian camp, everything we do is based on our Biblical convictions about our relationship to God and with one another. This means that we respect the dignity of every person, desire their best and commit to doing our best to help them know they are loved and cared for by God. As a Canadian camp, we adhere to federal and provincial human rights codes."

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "Our staff are well trained to mentor and guide in all aspects of camp life, from developing skills to engaging in conversations about life and faith. We recognize that we live in a world where people have many different beliefs, perspectives and practices. We are committed to welcoming and treating all people with dignity and respect. Pioneer also welcomes dozens of volunteers each summer to serve as counsellors at each of our four sites. Summer volunteers are mentored and instructed in Gospel Leadership and are eager to serve your child."

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "Camper registration typically opens mid-late November through our website. Camper registration takes as little as fifteen minutes and multiple payment plans exist to fit your individual needs as a parent. Additionally, check out our discount options available for new and returning campers. Pioneer is most interested in the physical, emotional, relational and, spiritual development of young people so feel free to visit our website to explore opportunities for your child to attend camp this summer. "



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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario currently has 10 programs available.

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    Age
    Type (Gender)
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    Ages: 15 - 17
    Overnight Camp
    (Coed)
    CIT/LIT Program
    $2,450
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Videography|Nature/Environment|Bronze Cross|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Dodgeball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Cycling|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Football|Hiking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Sports-Instructional and Training|Ultimate Frisbee|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Ropes Course|Survival skills|Wilderness Skills|Baking/Decorating|Arts & Crafts|Photography|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Trampoline|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Videography|Nature/Environment|Bronze Cross|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Dodgeball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Cycling|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Football|Hiking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Sports-Instructional and Training|Ultimate Frisbee|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Videography|Nature/Environment|Bronze Cross|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Dodgeball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Cycling|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Football|Hiking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Sports-Instructional and Training|Ultimate Frisbee|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Videography|Nature/Environment|Bronze Cross|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Dodgeball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Cycling|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Football|Hiking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Sports-Instructional and Training|Ultimate Frisbee|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Videography|Nature/Environment|Bronze Cross|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Dodgeball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Cycling|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Football|Hiking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Sports-Instructional and Training|Ultimate Frisbee|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Ropes Course|Survival skills|Wilderness Skills|Baking/Decorating|Arts & Crafts|Photography|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Trampoline|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Videography|Nature/Environment|Bronze Cross|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Dodgeball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Cycling|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Football|Hiking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Sports-Instructional and Training|Ultimate Frisbee|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Ages: 14 - 17
    Overnight Camp
    (Coed)
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $840
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Videography|Nature/Environment|Bronze Cross|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Dodgeball|Gaga|Soccer|Volleyball|Cycling|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Football|Hiking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Sports-Instructional and Training|Ultimate Frisbee|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Ages: 5 - 18+
    Overnight Camp
    (Coed)
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $410
    Ropes Course|Survival skills|Wilderness Skills|Baking/Decorating|Arts & Crafts|Photography|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Disc Golf|Mountain Biking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Trampoline|Ultimate Frisbee|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 7

    Discounts

    Discount for 2nd child $50
    Discount for 3rd child $50
    Discount for 4th child $50
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario

    our take

    Ontario Pioneer Camp is one of nine InterVarsity camps located across the country. The camping program was begun 1929, an expression of InterVarsity, an association of campus ministries intended to bring Christian values and awareness to young people, and support their spiritual and social growth. The camps were part of the initial vision, designed to create a unique opportunity to bring young people together around the unique challenges that a camp setting can provide. That remains perhaps more true today than ever. At camp they unplug, and turn their attention to the community they find there. The activities facilitate a greater understanding of campers’ talents and abilities, as well as the Christian values that inform the programming. The camp has grown over the years, adding new activities, including family camp sessions, all of it furthering the initial goals.


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    "Picked up my daughter from her first week of overnight camp (Adventure Camp) and she had a blast! What a wonderful location, perfect spot, such amazing people!"


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    Adventure at Boys Camp

    "Our son had an amazing two-week adventure at Boys Camp this year and can't wait to go back next summer! Thank you to all the leaders, counsellors and fellow campers for making this a summer he won't forget!"


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    "This a fantastic camp where the staff really know how to give your child a great, challenging and safe experience. Our four kids have gone for years."


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    It is Shaping their Character

    "Once they experienced camp their first year, they begged to go back, it has become the highlight of their summer, they talk to all their friends about it during the school year.  They come home from camp glowing, filled with stories, excitement and wonder. It is shaping their character. ... Show More


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    Tremendously Rich Experience

    "Our son has been blessed by tremendously rich experience being with friends, leaders, nature, and experiencing fun times, as well as learning life-skills and about God. We believe that this experience is helping to shape him into a person that could be used for his glory here in Canada or wherever God would have him go. ... Show More


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    "Our sons have matured in their faith as independent, compassionate young men and we are confident that Ontario Pioneer Camp has played an important role their development along the years."


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    This is the most amazing camp I've been to, the amazing food, activities (kayaking, high ropes, rec swim, canoeing, photography) and so much more! The leaders and the whole staff are so amazing and make camp even more fun! I really love this camp and my FAVOURITE part is worship and bible study! I love the games at night and the fun chalet lunches! Girls Camp is extraordinary and so is Adventure Camp! ... Show More


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  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    942 Clearwater Lake Road, Port Sydney, Ontario, P0B 1L0, Canada

    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: Our well established facility includes three distinct sites. We can accommodate overnight or day groups of up to 200 people at our Lodge site.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario technology free? Yes Days at camp are full and technology can sometimes get in the way of creating meaningful experiences and developing friendships. Campers may also lose or break their phones while they are at camp. If your child regularly uses his/her cell phone for an alarm clock or camera, we recommend bringing a cheap camera and alarm clock instead.



    Property Details

    Sports facilities

    • Archery Range
    • Baseball Diamond
    • Basketball Court
    • Climbing Wall
    • Ice Rink
    • Rope Course
    • Soccer Field

    Landscape

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

    More details about property: We are located in 1,200 acres of forest around two beautiful lakes. Our stunning forested hills foster the spirit of adventure. On two incredible Muskoka lakes, with multiple waterfronts and endless special spots, our property creates space for unforgettable experiences.



    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    We have years of experience working with teachers and schools to provide fun-filled and educational day and overnight trips for students in elementary and high school. The Outdoor Education Program at Pioneer Camp is designed to help students develop leadership and interpersonal skills while promoting a greater appreciation of the environment they live in and the benefits of being physically active. We understand that each person learns differently and use differentiated instruction to try and most effectively engage every student. We offer a variety of programs in areas including Recreation, Education, Adventure and Leadership. Our programs are based on the Ontario Curriculum. Our quality staff are trained to teach these programs and all the equipment required is provided on site. We understand that each group and experience is unique and the Pioneer Camp team will strive to help to make this experience significant and memorable. We are committed to fostering an environment that is encouraging and supportive in order to maximize each student’s and faculty’s experience.


    Available for private rentals: Yes
    For church, business, family and more… Our well-trained staff are ready to help you with everything from event planning, facilitating and hosting to recreational activities and Bible studies. Your plans and goals for an amazing time are our priority!


    Associations

    Ontario Camps Association Associations
    Christian Camping International Associations


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Neil and Sharon Steward, General Directors

    Neil and Sharon Steward joined the team after 12 years of serving and leading at InterVarsity’s Manitoba Pioneer Camp where they provided visionary, professional, and Christ-centered leadership.

    Sharon holds a Chef’s Red Seal and has been instrumental in developing a culinary training program for InterVarsity cooks and kitchen staff. Before joining InterVarsity, she worked as both front and back of house staff in high-end restaurants in Calgary. Neil holds a degree in Hotel and Resort Management and has worked in country clubs, restaurants, and five-star hotels. He has served on the board of the Manitoba Camping Association.

     

    Sharon and Neil embody gifts of hospitality, leadership, possess extensive experience, and are passionate about the opportunities that camping programs provide to share the gospel. They have three sons – Nikolai, Zachary, and Samuel.



    Stories

    • Family Camp Memories
      As a family, we love the spiritual aspect of this camp and how well it is incorporated into the camp lifestyle. It is a very positive environment for the children, and the leaders are wonderful role models for the children as they are positive, cheerful and in touch with God and their spiritual side. "It's cool to love God" seems to be the message that the kids come home with. They have a wonderful time at camp and the predominant reason is the leaders, the children really bond with them. Pioneer was well spoken of by other families we knew who had attended in previous years, in many cases for 10+yrs. Pioneer Camp won our respect and high regard through the attention to camper/staff ratio and attention to small details that make each year's camp experience fun and safe for the kids.
    • Outripping Adventures
      On the Dumoine River, soloing a boat in some rapid, a girl was displaying all the skills she had learned while being at Woodland Challenge. Some civilians passed down the portage trail, stopped to marvel at the mastery of this 15 year old girl taking on water they wouldn't think to enter. In recognition, they applaud her from the shoreline and across her face crept an ear toear grin of pride along with a little embarrassment.
    • Beat the Summer Heat
      After a week of swimming lessons, a camper who was initially afraid to swim in the lake (she didn't like that she couldn't see the bottom), woke up early one morning mid-session and with some encouragement from her camp director, some lifeguards, her chalet leader and ALL her chalet-mates, she 'uped' her red lanyard to a green one. She now can't wait for Free Swim/Boats Out and is constantly jumping off the towers, jumping on the trampoline and splashing in the shallow end
    • Friendships
      "My daughter says that her best memory is the first time she went to Pioneer Camp and how welcome everyone made her feel. She wants to be a leader one day so she can make kids feel that comfortable too."
    • The Diving Tower
      Keith had come to camp from a foster care situation, and at the start of camp, he wanted to be anywhere but Pioneer. Everything was stupid, and boring, and regardless of what we were doing, he was unwilling to participate. But his leader, a long-time Pioneer guy named Neil, patiently listened to him, spent time with him, and invited him to participate. It was amazing to see what a little love can do in the life of a camper. Keith gradually warmed up to Pioneer and to people and began participating in activities, and by the end of the week, he could hardly contain his enthusiasm. While I was life guarding on the dock on the last afternoon of camp, I heard a familiar voice say, "I gotta go talk to my buddy Mike." It was Keith, and he wanted me to watch him jump off the high diving tower. It's amazing what a difference caring and listening can make.
    • Teamwork
      Pioneer has been just the most wonderful experience for our son. Each year he has grown as a person from the camp experience. He particularly likes the quality of the camp staff and the Christian foundation on which the camp exists. He has learned a greater sense of community, tolerance for others, confidence in himself, greater appreciation for his own family and life situation, understanding of his place in the world and his personal commitment to life as a Christian
    • Mountain Biking
      The activities were amazing. My son loved all the games as well as sailing and mountain biking. The organization of the camp such as registration and first day are reassuring. Being a Christian camp is also a must. But you can get this in lots of places. The reason we come back, the reason I save for 10 months is the relationship between the staff and my son. Everyone, his chalet leader, his activity leader and the leaders all around set a tone of love, acceptance and positive discipline. These positive male role models are something that will have a lasting impact.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario have good reviews?
    We've collected reviews from past attendees. Read 7 reviews of InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario here.

    What types of programs does InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario offer?
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario runs: overnight camps. Programming specializes in: CIT/LIT Program, Traditional (multi activity) , Leadership Training. Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario start?
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario has programs for children aged 5 to 17.

    How much does is cost to attend InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario?
    Fees to attend InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario range from $460 to $2,200/week.

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

    Does InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario offer busing?
    Yes, InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario offers transportation. Find busing info and fees here.



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