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Camp Kitchikewana’s Overnight Camp

Summer 2023

JOIN US THIS SUMMER! Registration will be opening on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 at 9:00am.

A perfect introduction to camp life for first time campers! The Waterbug Club program places special emphasis on creativity, developing friendships and having fun. During the week-long program, staff introduce campers to traditional programs, land and water activities, games and sing-songs. Waterbug Club campers participate in a different skill area each day – preparing them for choosing skill area specialties when they return to Kitchikewana for the Traditional two-week camp experience. The Waterbug Club is an exciting way to start your child’s summer camp experience.

Our Traditional two-week campers are divided according to age and gender identity. Each section offers a blend of skill instruction, section activities, cabin choice, evening programs, all-camp activities. Campers have the opportunity to select two skill areas they would like to focus on (sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, arts and crafts, drama, island explorers, mountain biking, or guitar). Depending on age, campers will either participate in a one-night overnight hike or canoe trip or a two-night overnight canoe trip within the National Park or local lakes and rivers. All trips depart from and return to camp. Special programs such as the Lumberman and Voyageur Games, all camp competitions, our 4th session Annual Musical and Sailing Regattas assist in creating a well-rounded camp experience.

Participants will take part in extensive sailing lessons receiving 3 hours of sailing instruction each day. Campers will focus on achieving CANSail levels and will have exposure to different types of sailboats and teaching practices. Campers will participate in most aspects of traditional camp programming. Campers finish the session with a sailing out trip. They sail to a campsite on the island for the day and engage in typical out-trip activities such as hiking and making pita pizzas.

Leadership One is the first stage in our two year leadership program. This program provides opportunities for participants to build self-esteem and experience personal growth. This four-week experience focuses on skill development, personal leadership and communication. Participants will learn the fundamentals of trip leadership planning through participation in a five-day canoe trip. Program participants will also focus on advanced skill development in one of Sailing (CANSail 3 or 4), Canoeing (ORCKA Lakewater 1), or Lifesaving (LSS Bronze Medallion or Bronze Cross). Leadership One participants will also have the opportunity to obtain a secondary school credit from certified teachers onsite (Outdoor Education, PAD30) in partnership with the Simcoe/ Muskoka Catholic District School Board.

Leadership Two program has an overall focus on positive community involvement. Some of the topics covered in the program include group dynamics, instructional techniques, counseling skills, camper characteristics and local heritage. A series of placements will allow participants to practice their skills and leadership styles under the supervision of experienced camp staff. Participants will participate in a four-day canoe trip, obtaining their ORCKA Tripping Level 1. Leadership Two participants will also have the opportunity to obtain a secondary school credit from certified teachers onsite (Leadership and Peer Support, GPP30) in partnership with the Simcoe/Muskoka Catholic District School Board.

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