Overnight Summer Camps
Benefits of Overnight Camp
- Campers learn to live, work and play cooperatively, to recognize and value each other’s strengths and learn from our differences
- Provides opportunities for individual challenge and growth while expanding camper’s interests and helping them acquire new skills
- Campers learn how to take responsibility and solve their own problems
- Increases self-esteem, confidence and resiliency
- Helps campe connect to nature
- Fosters lifelong friendships and builds memories for a lifetime
3-days / 2-nights, Ages 8-10
This program is intended to allow campers to get their “feet wet,” and not just in the water, but in activities and programs across camp.
A one week session is a great introduction to the Camp Kawartha environment and a great way to experience a bit of everything.
A two week session offers a more intense experience. Campers and staff have a greater opportunity to nurture relationships and partake in the great lessons that camp has to offer.
3-weeks, Ages 11-12
This session is for campers who, in the past, have come for more than one session and for both new and old campers looking for a longer and more intensive Camp Kawartha experience. It’s also great for building confidence, self-esteem and taking initiative.
3-weeks, Ages 13-14
This session gives veteran campers and new campers alike a more intensive program with an extra week to experience more adventure and help prepare for our tripping and leadership programs.
Children who stay at camp longer experience greater positive change in developmental outcomes.
General Information About our Overnight Camps:
Typical Day at Overnight Camp
|7:25am||Wake-up bell, Polar Bear Dip, Morning Hygiene, Table Setting|
|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|
|6:30pm||unstructured free time|
|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 (6-12) have their lights out by 9:30pm and our older campers have lights out by 10:00pm|
Activity Periods & Interest Choices
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Younger campers (8-12) have their lights out by 9:30pm and our older campers have lights out by 10:00pm