Camp Kawartha

While at Summer Camp

The First Day for Overnight Campers

Arrival day is designed to ease the transition from home to summer camp. As soon as the camper is checked-in and the luggage is stored with his or her Counsellor, we encourage parents to leave promptly, as this makes the transition easier for campers.

campers at evening program

As soon as all the children of the same cabin group have arrived, the Counsellor will take them to their cabin and help them settle in. Then, the camp will meet as a whole and an official welcoming will begin.

For the rest of the afternoon, the campers rotate to various information sessions. These include:

  • A tour of the main camp area including safety and emergency procedures;
  • An introduction to the various activity areas;
  • Discussion of the camp’s environmental policies;
  • A head-to-toe health check including a head lice check;
  • Screening of swimming abilities and an outline of waterfront policies;
  • Flag raising ceremony and an all-camp introduction.

The Counsellors keep the campers up a little later than usual on the first night, in order to help those with homesickness fall asleep.

Camper Behaviour

It is our commitment to provide a rich and wonderful camping experience for all campers.


Nutritious Meals

We pride ourselves in the provision of nutritious and local food. Children with special dietary needs are given individual attention and alternative meals. Read more about our food philosophy.

We prohibit any food or snacks that contain nuts or traces of nuts. Please do not send food, snacks or candy of any kind with your camper or to your camper.

smiling campers

Health and Safety

Every spring we carefully examine all aspects of our Programs to ensure they provide the highest standards of safety and care. All of our Counsellors have CPR and first aid certification. All are required to wear first aid packs while working at camp and are responsible for providing first aid. There is also an AED (automated external defibrillator) unit onsite in the dining hall.

Medical staff is contractually available. A Registered Nurse lives on site 24 hours a day. The RN is responsible for all medication administration and the assessment and care of all the campers and staff. We are 15 minutes from the Lakefield ambulance station and 30 minutes from the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

In the case of medical need, we will contact you and attend to the need. You will be billed for medical costs incurred or prescriptions recommended or prescribed by the attending physician.

Your cooperation is needed in checking your child frequently for head lice before arriving at camp, so as not to disrupt your child or other children’s experience at camp.


Some children, particularly those who are away from home for the first time, may experience a period of homesickness. This is a very real condition that, when properly managed, can play a part in the development of independence, self-confidence and self-reliance. Our Counsellors are trained to detect symptoms of homesickness. We will contact you if homesickness becomes a real concern, and we will work with you and the camper to determine what is best for your child. If a decision is made to shorten the camp experience, we cannot provide any refund or credit on camp fees.

Please refer to the article Preventing Homesickness written by our Executive Director and published in the Peterborough Kids Magazine.