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Overnight Summer Camps

Ages 7-14

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

Overnight Summer Camps on Clear Lake

1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer,ON

Intro to Overnight Camp (Session CK101)

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.

Nature Camp (Session N)

4-days / 3 nights, Ages 7-14

This unique camp blends our highly regarded nature programming with recreation, adventure and games in a jam-packed session.

1-week Overnight Camps (Sessions A, C, E1, E2)

Ages 8-14

A one week session is a great introduction to the Camp Kawartha environment and a great way to experience a bit of everything. 

2-week Overnight Camps (Sessions B, D, E)

Ages 8-14

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.

Intermediates Camp

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.

Pre-Leadership Camp (PLC)

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.

Canadian Summer Camp Research Project

General Information About our Overnight Camps:

Typical Day at Overnight Camp
TIMEACTIVITY
7:25amWake-up bell, Polar Bear Dip, Morning Hygiene, Table Setting
7:50amBreakfast
9:00amHealth 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
9:35amActivity Period #1.
11:05amActivity Period #2.
12:30pmWash up; Table Setting
12:45pmLunch; Sign up for afternoon interest choice activities
1:30pmRest Period, Tuck, Cabin Cleanup
2:25pmInterest Choice #1
3:25pmInterest Choice #2
4:30pmGeneral Boating and Swimming (GBS)
5:30pmWash up, Table Setting
5:40pmDinner
6:30pmunstructured free time
7:30pmEvening Program
8:45pmSnack
Nighttime RoutineEach 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 OutYounger 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 our 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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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!”