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Overnight Camps

Creating caring and motivated youth

Overnight Camps – Ages 8-15

For more than a century, our overnight summer camps have provided campers with a timeless camp experience, emphasizing stewardship and a strong connection to the Earth. Nestled on the shores of beautiful Clear Lake, Camp Kawartha spans 10 acres and boasts sustainable facilities, including a strawbale dining hall and a cardbon-neutral health centre. Surrounded by 180 acres of natural beauty and featuring 6.3 kilometers of hiking trails, our camp offers a wealth of experiences for overnight campers.

In small cabin groups, campers have the opportunity to forge lifelong friendships and become part of a loving and nurturing community that extends to the natural world. Our counseling staff, full of creativity and enthusiasm, work tirelessly to create memories that last a lifetime.

At Camp Kawartha, overnight campers get to enjoy a diverse range of activities, including swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, arts and crafts, drama dance, land sports, archery, and immersive encounters with the natural world. Each evening, our creative and exciting programs transport campers to new realms of fun, whether it’s a pirate-themed game of capture the flag or a Halloween-themed dance.

While providing a fun-filled summer experience is our priority, we aim to exceed expectations in all that we do. Our focus on leadership and fostering a deep connection to the natural world allows campers to learn about stewardship and caring for the Earth. Camp staff guide campers in developing essential life skills like teamwork, communication, collaboration, initiative, leadership, and self-confidence. Thanks to our low staff-to-camper ratio (2 campers to 1 staff), each camper receives individual attention and is known by our entire team on a personal level. Many. ofour campers, return year after year to the Camp Kawartha community, which has become their home away from home.

We offer a variety of session lengths, ranging from 3 nights to 3 weeks. New campers can start with shorter sessions to ease into the camp experience, while long-time campers can opt for a 2-week session or explore our PLC and Canoe tripping programs, taking their first steps towards leadership development.

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 campers connect to nature

Fosters lifelong friendships and builds memories for a lifetime

Builds a culture of caring and stewardship.

Three girls hugging in the forest at sunset

Overnight Summer Camps

at our Clear Lake Location (ages 8-14)

1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer, ON 

Introductory Overnight Camps

Camp Session Ages 2024 Dates Fees
Session N 7-14 Sun, Aug 25 – Wed, Aug 28 $800

1-Week Overnight Camps

Camp Session Ages 2024 Dates Fees
Session A 8-14 Sat, June 30 – Sat, July 6 $1,400
Session C 8-14 Sun, July 21 – Fri, July 26 $1,200
Session E 8-14 Sun, Aug 11 – Sat, Aug 17 $1,400
Session F 8-14 Sun, Aug 18 – Fri, Aug 23 $1,200
Junior Canoe Trip 11-13 Sun, July 21 – Fri, July 26 $1,200

2-Week Overnight Camps

Camp Session Ages 2024 Dates Fees
Session B – (13 Days) 8-14 Sun, Jul 07- Fri, Jul 19 $2,600
Session D – (13 Days) 8-14 Sun, Jul 28 – Fri, Aug 9 $2,600
Wilderness Canoe Trip – (Senior Canoe Trip) 14-16 Sun, Jul 28 – Fri, Aug 9 $2,730
Wildnerness and Leadership 14-16 Sun, July 7 – Fri, July 19 $2,730

 

3-Week Overnight Camps

Camp Session Ages 2024 Dates Fees
PLC 1 – (20 Days) 13-14 Sun, June 30 – Fri, July 19 $4,000
PLC 2 – (21 Days) 13-14 Sun, Jul 28 – Fri, Aug 16 $3,990

General Information About our Overnight Camps:

Typical Day at Overnight 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 (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.

Special Events

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

What parents are saying about Overnight Camps…

“This camp was recommended by friends of ours who had sent their children last summer. We did not hesitate to sign up our kids and they loved it! In fact, they are considering returning for Leadership training next summer (and beyond!). Great place and highly recommended for your kid’s first sleep away camp!”

What parents are saying about Overnight Camps…

“My son had the best experience this summer at Camp Kawartha! At first he was hesitant because he has never be on his own, but when he came back home said he wished he could go all summer. He loved all of the water activities, and especially his camp counselors. He cannot wait to come back next summer and bring a friend.”

What parents are saying about Overnight Camps…

“Our daughter had an amazing time at camp kawartha! From the warm greeting on the first day, to the morning swim, to clearing dishes, to new friends and new activities, she had many positive experiences. She braved home sickness, gained independence, grew as a person, and connected with people and nature in a way that just isn’t possible at home.”

What parents are saying about Overnight Camps…

“Anyone looking to offer their children an outstanding nature experience would benefit from sending their kids to Camp Kawartha. After sending our daughter to a 3 night camp last year, we chose a full week this year and we’re delighted to hear how much she enjoyed the adventure upon her arrival home!”

What parents are saying about Overnight Camps…

“We were very pleased with Camp Kawartha! They both attended the two week overnight camp! They are aged 8 and 10. We saw a new sparkle in each of our daughters eyes! They were energized and came home with brand new skills and knowledge! We are so happy we sent them and plan to do so again next summer!”