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Swallowdale Camp

Swallowdale Camp

1967 Bright Street
Rosseau, Ontario,
P0C 1J0

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Swallowdale Camp
 

Swallowdale Camp  

1967 Bright Street, Rosseau, Ontario, P0C 1J0

Type:
Overnight camp
Categories:
Traditional (multi activity)
Cost:
$1,200 to $1,900/week
Age:
7 to 16
Gender:
Coed
Capacity:
130
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About this camp

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WHERE FRIENDSHIPS & ADVENTURES BEGIN! Operating on the beautiful grounds of Rosseau Lake College in Ontario’s world-famous Muskoka region, Swallowdale Camp is the perfect choice for a traditional summer camp adventure. Canadian and international campers join together to develop skills in sports, arts, outdoor activities and leadership. Camping traditions run deep in the Canadian spirit and are embodied in this programme, which has been in continuous operation since 1943. At Swallowdale Camp, students come to appreciate the stunning beauty of the nature that surrounds them, and the cultural distinctions that make up our global community.


The Our Kids review of Swallowdale Camp

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Swallowdale began its life in 1943, and moved to its current location, in the heart of Muskoka, in 2017. The leadership has remained in the Walbank family, though since 1996 operations have been overseen by Canadian International Student Services (CISS), something that makes the program essentially one of a kind. Campers arrive each summer from around the world, providing all of them—including those who arrive domestically—an international experience. The programming is traditional, as is the setting, though includes supports, such as ESL instruction, for those arriving from overseas. The international feel, and exposure to peers from around the world, is one of the strengths of the Swallowdale environment, and for many families is a principal draw. The focus of the programming is on providing fun while building leadership, interpersonal skills, and self awareness.

Camp Address
1967 Bright Street, Rosseau, Ontario, P1H 0A5, Canada

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Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 7 - 15
Traditional (multi activity) $3,800
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jun 30-Jul 27 $3,800
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jun 30-Jul 20 $3,025
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jun 30-Jul 13 $2,125
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jun 30-Jul 07 $1,150
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 07-Aug 03 $3,800
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 07-27 $3,025
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 07-20 $2,125
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 14-27 $2,125
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 14-Aug 03 $3,025
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 14-Aug 10 $3,800
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 21-Aug 10 $3,025
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 21-Aug 03 $2,125
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 28-Aug 10 $2,125
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Aug 03-10 $1,150
First-aid/lifesaving |Leadership training|ESL|Language Studies|CIT/LIT Program|Social Justice/Empowerment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cycling|Fishing|Gymnastics|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Sports-Instructional and Training|Yoga|Rugby|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Ultimate Frisbee|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Painting|Woodworking|Drawing|Guitar|Baking/Decorating|Hip hop|Musical Theatre|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 7 - 15
Traditional (multi activity) $6,300
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jun 30-Jul 27$6,300
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jun 30-Jul 20$5,075
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jun 30-Jul 13$3,625
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 07-Aug 03$6,300
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 07-27 $5,075
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 07-20 $3,625
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 14-Aug 27$3,625
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 14-Aug 03$5,075
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 14-Aug 10$6,300
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 21-Aug 10$5,075
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 21-Aug 03$3,625
Rosseau,ON
1967 Bright Street
Jul 28-Aug 10$3,625
First-aid/lifesaving |Leadership training|ESL|Language Studies|CIT/LIT Program|Social Justice/Empowerment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cycling|Fishing|Gymnastics|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Sports-Instructional and Training|Yoga|Rugby|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Ultimate Frisbee|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Painting|Woodworking|Drawing|Guitar|Baking/Decorating|Hip hop|Musical Theatre|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills
First-aid/lifesaving |Leadership training|ESL|Language Studies|CIT/LIT Program|Social Justice/Empowerment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cycling|Fishing|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Sports-Instructional and Training|Yoga|Rugby|Gaga|Ultimate Frisbee|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Painting|Woodworking|Drawing|Guitar|Hip hop|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills
First-aid/lifesaving |Leadership training|ESL|Language Studies|CIT/LIT Program|Social Justice/Empowerment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cycling|Fishing|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Sports-Instructional and Training|Yoga|Rugby|Gaga|Ultimate Frisbee|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Painting|Woodworking|Drawing|Guitar|Hip hop|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills

Director's Message

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Vishnu Thillainathan, Director

My journey at Swallowdale Camp began 3 years ago, as a Program Director. In this role, I had the privilege of witnessing children undergo the unique experiences of being away from home and in a foreign country for the first time. This included watching them experience the beauty of Niagara Falls, discover the joys of canoeing or develop stronger English skills after a summer of practicing. From these moments, I gained a great deal of appreciation for the camp that would become my second home during the summer.  I feel so privileged to return as Director this year for the second year in a row and help facilitate these experiences for a new generation of campers.

I’m currently a student who is working towards completing his Bachelors of Health Sciences at Western University. I was born and raised in Toronto Ontario to parents who immigrated from Sri Lanka. I attended Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School, in Markham, Ontario, where thanks to the support of inspiring teachers and supportive peers, I was President and Valedictorian of my graduating class. My experiences there taught me the value of developing leadership skills in children and inspiring them to develop their passions, so I worked for organizations Big Brothers Big Sisters of London & Area and Western University while studying.

I’m incredibly passionate about using these experiences to facilitate an unforgettable summer for our campers. I hope that they will embody the Swallowdale Spirit and take the memories they develop here with them wherever they go!


Accommodation & Property Details

Property details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Dorm or Building

Amenities

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

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Climbing Wall
  • Gymnasium
  • Running Track
  • Soccer Field
  • Weight Room

Landscape

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


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Cost & Financial Aid

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Cost: $1,200 to $1,900 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes

Discounts

Discount if paid early 5%
Discount for 2nd child $50
Discount for 3rd child $50
Discount for 4th child $50

Busing

  •   Private Camp Transportation$175.00 (+ Tax)
    Location Address Pick up Drop off
    Toronto Pearson Int. Airport 6301 Silver Dart Dr, Mississauga, ON L5P 1B2 Not provided Not provided
    Toronto Union Station 65 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E6 Not provided Not provided

Stories & Testimonials

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Evening programme

The evening programme is an opportunity for students and staff to have fun together. The programme is a combination of cabin-based activities and leisure options. Swallowdae Camp-wide activities include: Campfires, Camp Games, Cookouts, Overnight camping, Sports tournaments, Skit nights, Talent shows, Theme days and meals


Residence Life (Cabin-style)

Campers are divided by age and gender, and take pride in being part of their residence room as a family in friendly competitions and games. Our residence have rooms that accommodate 4 - 8 campers. Each residence building has a toilet, sink, showers and electricity. Additional washrooms are located separately in a central facility. Common room and student lounges are always a part of the residence experience. 


Daily Activities

Each week, campers select their activities from the following: Water sports: Canoeing, Stand up Paddle Board (SUP) Kayaking, Fishing, Sailing and Swimming. Field and Court Sports: Archery, Ball Hockey, Basketball, Frisbee Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, and Volleyball. Specialty Programmes: Arts and crafts, Dance, Threatre and Woodworking. ESL - English as a Second Language course (optional, 2 periods daily for International and Quebec students)


A typical day...

Traditionally, Swallowdale Campers start their day off with a Polar Bear Swim (optional). After flag raising and breakfast our activity periods begin. Swallowdale Camp is structured around five 1-hour activity periods daily (3 in the morning, break for lunch and 2 in the afternoon). At the beginning of each week, campers select their activities from a wide variety of water and land sports, as well as specialty programming. Campers attend their chosen activities for one-week blocks, ensuring that they develop solid skills in those particular areas. We have a general swim in the evening before dinner and then our evening programme begins.


Unforgettable Experience

A few days ago, my son Jorge came back from Swallowdale after spending 3 weeks at the camp. For him, this was the first time to travel by himself. As it was normal, some fears where obvious just a few days before he had to leave Mexico. Today, after going through this experience, those fears have changed to happiness, laughs, sense of humor, and unforgettable moments with all his friends and counselors. Now Jorge is a teenager who has lived one of the happiest experiences in his life which will be remembered and shared for the rest of his life. These are just few words to demonstrate my deepest gratitude with you for helping my son to have this great experience that will help him to be a better human being. Thank you very much!


Language Learning

1) My first time in Swallowdale was in 2006 because my parents wanted me to learn English and to meet friends. This is my second time at this camp and I am going to come back next year! 2) I love Swallowdale! I can't speak English well, but everyone is very patient to listen when I talk. It's very nice. Everything at Swallowdale is very nice!


Activities

I like Swallowdale because it is unique. I love the camp songs. The counselors are so fun and helpful. I learned a lot of things here like windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking¦they are fun and exciting. Also I have met people from around the world who speak different languages. The food is delicious and everything in this camp is excellent.


Friendships

I love Swallowdale Camp because I meet good friends here, because it is in the nature, because we can do water activities and land activities, because I learn English, because I see my friends from last year, and because the counsellors are so nice.


Associations

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

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