Camp Kawartha

Typical Day at Summer Camp

Time Activity
7:25am Wake-up bell, Polar Bear Dip, Morning Hygiene, Table Setting
7:50am Breakfast
9:00am Health Hustle – Each morning after breakfast the campers participate in light exercise and fun games to start off the day. Led by our Leaders-in-Training and select staff, Health Hustle prepares us for the morning by raising the level of excitement and getting the energy flowing
9:35am Activity Period #1
11:05am Activity Period #2
12:30pm Wash up; Table Setting
12:45pm Lunch; Sign up for afternoon interest choice activities
1:30pm Rest Period, Tuck, Cabin Cleanup
2:25pm Interest Choice #1
3:25pm Interest Choice #2
4:30pm General Boating and Swimming (GBS)
5:30pm Wash up, Table Setting
5:40pm Dinner
6:30pm unstructured free time
7:30pm Evening Program
8:45pm Snack
Nighttime Routine Each day ends in the cabin with a “check-in” – a chance for campers to reflect on the day. Our traditional “rose and thorn” check-in provides campers with an opportunity to share with their cabin-mates the highlights of their day and re-live the excitement of camp. As the session progresses, creative check-ins allow campers to learn from their experiences, both individually and as a group.
Lights Out Younger campers (8-12) have their lights out by 9:30pm and our older campers have lights out by 10:00pm

Morning Activity Periods

Activities include: archery, arts and crafts, drama, land sports, nature skills, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming and windsurfing.

Afternoon Interest Choices

Activities consist of special events planned by counsellors. Capitalizing on our staff’s unique talents, a variety of different activities from Harlem Globetrotters basketball and Seaweed Monster swimming, to Dance Pack, Robin Hood archery and the relaxing and low-key Hunting for Four-Leaved Clovers.

Longer “Double Interest Choices,” offered usually once per session, focus on inclusion and group activities that might require a longer period of time including day hikes to our wetlands, trips to Sisters Island on our lake, and dance clubs

Adventure Program At Regular Camp

Activities include the climbing wall, high ropes, and initiative tasks. The oldest cabin groups (typically ages 13-14) will be scheduled in for an opportunity to experience our Adventure Program. Younger campers may also be given an opportunity to sign up for and participate in adventure activities during afternoon interest choice periods.

Additional Programming

Each day is a special day at Camp Kawartha, and our staff are always working hard to provide the fun and excitement that they remember as campers. With that in mind, special events such as night hikes and high ropes are integrated into the cabin schedule to build on the excitement of the day and on one’s camp experience.

Theme Days

Each week, we break from the usual routine and do something completely different. It can be a backwards day, a camp-wide relay, or a carnival. Favourites include Campstock, where we invite our talented staff to perform on a main stage as campers travel to rotations from face-painting to mini-competitions, and EcoChallange, where campers must compete in an environmentally themed relay race across our 180-acre range. There’s always a great spirit and energy to these events.

Evening Program

The creative energy of our staff is channeled every evening into our awesome camp-wide programs. It all starts with a campfire the first evening and builds each night to include new innovate programs and old traditional favourites such as the talent show and Zing Tong! From dressing up as zany characters with phobias to collecting clues against the clock, staff and campers join together for some of the most memorable moments of the session.

Nighttime Routine

Each day ends in the cabin with a “check-in” – a chance for campers to reflect on the day. Our traditional “rose and thorn” check-in provides campers with an opportunity to share with their cabin-mates the highlights of their day and re-live the excitement of camp. As the session progresses, creative check-ins allow campers to learn from their experiences, both individually and as a group.

Lights Out

Younger campers (8-12) have their lights out by 9:30pm and our older campers have lights out by 10:00pm