Ontario Pioneer Camp is the Place to send your kids this Summer

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For 85 years, Ontario Pioneer Camp has provided over 250,000 campers an experience to help them grow spiritually, mentally, socially and physically in a fun-filled and safe place of adventure and challenge.

Located on 1200 acres of pristine Muskoka waterfront, at Pioneer your child can expect adventures and opportunities to be challenged all under the watchful eyes of caring staff that are carefully chosen, trained and supervised. Pioneer Camp also provides high scale activities including kayaking, windsurfing, mountain biking, high ropes, horseback riding and many more!

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Whether you’re splashing through the water’s edge on a sandy shore, conquering a high ropes course, paddling in a grand war canoe, or sitting with friends by a campfire at night, Ontario Pioneer Camp will deliver incredible summer camp memories!

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Why send your child to camp?

Kids have a fantastic time at camp and that’s why they want to go back year after year.  It’s a place to grow and develop in healthy ways.  Research* proves that children who attend summer camp:

Mature emotionally
Develop Self Confidence
Make life-long friends
Increase in levels of physical activity

Nervous about sending your child to camp?  Read about the our son’s first experience at Pioneer camp

Let us tell you why our family and kids LOVE Ontario Pioneer Camp

Summer Programs Offered at OPC include:

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Adventure Camp (Coed Ages 5-10)

There is no better place to be a kid this summer! Adventure Camp is designed to give your young camper a safe and adventure-filled summer camp experience with age-specific ‘villages’, a high staff-to-camper ratio of 1:3, and engaging weekly themes.

Whether swimming or boating for your next level, making something special in crafts or pottery, climbing the low ropes course, riding the mountain bike trails or exploring creation, every activity at Adventure Camp is designed to challenge you and to help you grow.

Adventure Camp creates space for every camper to build authentic relationships—with friends, well trained leaders who are there to support and mentor them, and most importantly with God who loves them and wants each of them to discover the potential of who they were created to be.

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Girls’ Camp (Ages 11-16)

Girls’ Camp is a place bursting with excitement as girls jump into amazing experiences like camp wide games, action-packed program and theme events, activities like swimming, kayaking, rowing, horseback riding, high ropes, sports, crafts, and the opportunity to build great friendships.

At the heart of Girls’ Camp is the opportunity to grow through learning new skills, experiencing creation, and enjoying laughter, friendship and the joys of living in community. At Girls’ Camp we also seek to create a fun and exciting place for every young woman to build authentic and lasting relationships with God who loves them and wants them to discover the potential of who they were created to be.

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Boys’ Camp (Ages 11-16)

Boys’ Camp is the ultimate action-packed overnight summer camp adventure. During each session at Boys’ Camp you can see boys sailing, kayaking, riding the dirt jump bike park, flying down the zip line, being launched off the BLOB, playing frisbee golf or sports, woodworking in crafts, or sneaking through the Muskoka forest while playing an epic wide game!

Boys’ Camp is also a place where young men learn about God’s love for them and discuss what a relationship with him could look like through small group discussion and mentoring relationships with staff. Boys’ Camp is full of crazy summer camp experiences, great friends, and awesome overnight camp adventures.

Check out information on Ontario Pioneer Camp for Teens & Leadership camp here

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Ontario Pioneer Camp

942 Clearwater Lake Road RR#2
Port Sydney, Ontario
P0B 1L0

Email: info@pioneercamp.com

Phone: 1.800.361.CAMP (2267) or 705.385.2370
Fax: 705.385.3649

Follow OPC on Facebook & Twitter

 

* The Canadian Summer Camp Research Project, University of Waterloo (2011)

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For 85 years, Ontario Pioneer Camp has provided over 250,000 campers an experience to help them grow spiritually, mentally, socially and physically in a fun-filled and safe place of adventure and challenge.

Located on 1200 acres of pristine Muskoka waterfront, at Pioneer your child can expect adventures and opportunities to be challenged all under the watchful eyes of caring staff that are carefully chosen, trained and supervised. Pioneer Camp also provides high scale activities including kayaking, windsurfing, mountain biking, high ropes, horseback riding and many more!

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Whether you’re splashing through the water’s edge on a sandy shore, conquering a high ropes course, paddling in a grand war canoe, or sitting with friends by a campfire at night, Ontario Pioneer Camp will deliver incredible summer camp memories!

 Why send your teen to camp?

Enhance their relationship with God
To equip them to be Leaders
Take them out of your comfort zone
Challenge them
Focus on teamwork and community
To have FUN
To make life long friendships

Check out all the great camps offered for younger children at Ontario Pioneer Camp  here

 Camps for Teens offered at Ontario Pioneer Camp

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Genesis (Ages 14-17)

A weeklong co-ed program designed to take you out of your comfort zone and into the wilderness as God created it.  The small group setting of Genesis creates a more intense program that puts a focus on community and teamwork.  Campers will have the opportunity to go mountain biking, white water rafting, rock climbing, rappelling, and horseback riding throughout the week.

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Crew 252 (Ages 14-17)

This unique week-long or two week-long co-ed program that combines working at camp ( prepare food, clean, and maintain the grounds) with lots of opportunity to get out and play (rock climbing, high ropes swimming, and biking).   Campers get the opportunity to grow in leadership from an experiential standpoint and while doing so, collecting credits that count towards the OSSD’s required 40 hours of mandatory community service.

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Woodlands Challenge (Ages 15-17)

Woodlands is not your average camp experience!!  These four weeks will challenge you physically, build lasting friendships and learn more about God amidst his creations.  This camp includes our longest canoe trips, so get ready to be immersed in the wilderness sleeping under the stars and cooking over a fire!  Experienced tripping leaders will teach you the skills and techniques necessary for safe travel through the rugged wilderness as well as good stewardship of creation. Woodland Challenge also includes small 3 day trips, adventure activities, and of course the famous Eco-Challenge where small teams compete in a full day Adventure Race!

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LIT (Ages 16-17)

The Leaders in Training (LIT) is a 4-week program that offers one of the most unique youth and transformational leadership development programs in Ontario.   LIT campers will grow in their skills as a leader through mentoring, small group learning and a canoe trip where campers practice leadership skills with their peers.  It’s dual focus on instructional and participation based leadership activities have helped developed passionate and competent young Christian leaders for almost 60 years

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Fuel (Ages 14-17)

Fuel up for the high school year ahead with this camp that takes place the last week of summer!  We have a jam packed program, an incredible band, and a guest speaker. Each day the FUEL program team will make this experience one to truly remember with bigger surprises, tons of activities, amazing food, and of course a legendary FUEL theme.  FUEL continues to be one of our favourite weeks of the summer as it is geared towards high school students and provides an unique opportunity for them to ask relevant questions about themselves and God’s love for them.

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Let us tell you why our family and kids LOVE Ontario Pioneer Camp

Ontario Pioneer Camp

942 Clearwater Lake Road RR#2
Port Sydney, Ontario
P0B 1L0

Email: info@pioneercamp.com

Phone: 1.800.361.CAMP (2267) or 705.385.2370
Fax: 705.385.3649

Follow OPC on Facebook & Twitter

Why my Kids Love Ontario Pioneer Camp

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It’s always fun to get a kid’s perspective on things, so I thought it would be fun to get my 5 year old daughter and 7 year old son‘s feedback on what they liked about Ontario Pioneer Camp (OPC) in Haliburton.  Also be sure to read our full retell of our awesome weekend at OPC as a family here!

Check out all the great camps offered for younger children at Ontario Pioneer Camp  here

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Why were you excited to go to OPC?

I was excited because I really wanted to meet new friends

I really wanted to go so I could try archery

What did you think when you first arrived at OPC?

I was really happy we were there even though I was tired from the long car ride.  The show at the Crow‘s Nest was cool and so was the campfire with s’mores

I thought that it was going to be fun! I saw that there were cabins and it was really big.

What was your room like?

The room was big and had bunk beds.  I slept on the bottom so I wouldn’t fall out. The bathroom had a shower

Our room was cozy.  It had bunk beds and a desk. Oh and we all got camp shirts!

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What your favourite part of the shows?

The Crow’s Nest is a cool building for shows.  I like the 3 Little Pigs and all the camp councillors being funny. 

The camp councillors acting silly…throwing balls in each others faces and dumping water on each other.  The songs they taught us were fun.  

What was your favourite thing you ate?

Ice cream sundaes

Pancakes

Note from Mom…The food was awesome and healthy despite their faves! 😉

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What did you think of the following activities?

Archery

It was good.  I think I was really good at it

It was awesome because you get to use a bow and arrow and i’ve always wanted to do that.

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Crafts

I was really excited to do the crafts because I am really really good at crafts

They were cool

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Low Ropes  Course

It was hard but fun

Epic obstacle course

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Rock Climbing Wall

It was really easy because they put gear on you and they helped pull me up

I thought it was really high but really cool.

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Canoeing in the war canoes across Clearwater Lake

It was really peaceful and quiet

Pretty long and there were a LOT of people in one canoe. 

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Fire Blazers game

That was my favourite part because they had water balloons

It was really fun.  Even the parents had fun

Going down the big water slide at the Girl’s camp

It was really fast and I had no goggles on so I got water in my eyes.  It was fun but cold

The water looked too cold for me so I just watched

What was your favourite activity?

I really liked doing the rock climbing and crafts

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Were the campfires fun?

Thumbs up!  Good for roasting marshmallows and I loved the campfire stories

S’mores were yummy.  I thought it was cool that they lit the big fire on the beach by using a flaming arrow

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What did you like about the Beach area?

We could swim and build sand castles.  There were canoes and they set fire works off from a canoe at night time. 

There was beach volleyball, canoes you could ride in and they had tons of life jackets.

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Can you tell me about the Camp Staff…

They were all lots of fun.  Stitch did Gangnum style on stage cause he loved camp so much.  They did a funny show the first night.  They were so nice

They are all funny.  They were kind because you could tell they liked kids a lot.

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Did camp make you sleepy?

YEP…a little bit

No not that much

Note from Mom…Both were asleep the minute their heads hit the pillow!

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What do you love about OPC?

I had a fun time and made new friends

There was so much to do and lots of outside time.  I also liked trying new things

What would you do to show how much you love camp?

I would eat a hot pepper

I would let people throw water balloons at me

What would you like to say to the staff at OPC?

Thank you for making my first camp experience so much fun!

Thank you all for being so much fun.  I LOVE camp!

What would you like other kids to know about OPC?

You should go there because it is a lovely place. When they ring the big bell you have to come running because it means it’s time to eat or change activities.

OPC is a wonderful place because it has nice staff, you can make new friends and it’s a lot of fun

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Would you like to go to OPC as a camper?  Why?

Yes because it is really fun and I really liked the beach.  I liked everything

Yes…yes I would!  I really think it would be fun to be with kids my age.

Ontario Pioneer Camp

942 Clearwater Lake Road RR#2
Port Sydney, Ontario
P0B 1L0

Email: info@pioneercamp.com

Phone: 1.800.361.CAMP (2267) or 705.385.2370
Fax: 705.385.3649

Follow OPC on Facebook & Twitter

Ontario Pioneer Camp is #1 in our Hearts!

How often do you get to step back into your childhood and play like a kid?  This past weekend I was given the chance to do just that as my family was invited to be guests at Ontario Pioneer Camp (OPC) in Haliburton!

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To be honest at first I was mostly excited for my kids as they have never been to camp (yet) and I thought they would have a blast.  Well I was right that they had a ton of fun but my husband and I had just as much fun …maybe more!  Sit back and enjoy as I retell our amazing time at OPC and also be sure to read about our kid’s thoughts on why they LOVED OPC!

Right from the moment we were invited I knew this was going to be a special place and a wonderful getaway for our family.  A week or so before we went we received a package in the mail.  Not expecting anything, I was totally excited because really who doesn’t love getting mail, let alone a package!  OPC sent us a camp care package filled with thoughtfulness!

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On the day we were leaving, the kids were up at the crack of dawn asking if it was time to leave yet and I only heard that asked about 40 more times that day.  😉 Finally we were overpacked and ready to go! With a little pit stop at Webers for dinner along the way (thanks to the certificates OPC gave us in our care package) we rolled into OPC after dinner.

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We were welcomed with big smiles from the OPC staff and let me tell you, those smiles and their enthusiasm never wavered through our entire weekend!  I truly think OPC hit the jackpot when they secured their staff.  Every single one of them were fabulous and helped to make our weekend a great time.

Day #1 – Getting to know OPC and their staff

Once were all checked in and settled in our room we went to meet up with the other blogger families in the dining hall.  The kids would have been happy to spend all of their time here on the ping pong table, Ed’s alley and playing the games but OPC had a night of fun planned for us.

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We went to a show at the Crow’s Nest that night that was full of humour, goofiness and even required a lot of audience participation much to my chagrin. I am not one to jump up and volunteer but I wanted to make the most of this opportunity so I agreed to participate in an eating competition.  It was absolutely hilarious to try and move an Oreo that was stuck to my forehead into my mouth using only my facial muscles to get it there!  I could hear my children laughing and cheering me on from their seats and I knew I was making the cool Mom category today.

Next stop….bonfire with s’mores!  The kids were in their glory stuffing their faces with marshmallows and s’mores and the camp staff was right there getting sticks, cooking marshmallows and telling stories to the kids. The kids could have stayed here all night but there were games and nachos waiting for us in the dining hall.

Day #2 – Rise and Shine Campers…it’s going to be a fun and busy day!

Saturday was jam packed full of activities!  Once they filled our bellies with a yummy breakfast we got to try our hand at archery, climb the awesome indoor rock wall, make some crafts and try out their low-ropes course.  Now let me tell you, the kids were excited about all the activities but I think the kid in every single adult came out as we tried to master all of the activities as well.  What a fun time to put the worries of your everyday life aside and have some good true fun!  I loved how the kids cheered on their parents as they tried out the activities and you could see pride in both the parents and kids eyes as they watched each other complete the activity.  We saw fear turn to courage, uncertainty turn to pride and most importantly we saw families having FUN!

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In the afternoon we got to spend some time on their beach where you could play beach volleyball, go for a swim, take a family canoe ride or just relax and take in the beauty of where we were!  Once again the staff was there checking us in to the beach area so that everyone was accounted for, getting us out on canoes, teaching the older kids to kayak and even showing off their volleyball skills.

At one point in the afternoon they loaded family by family into their huge war canoes and we paddled across the lake to see all the different areas of OPC.  It was amazing to see all the camps, cabins, dining halls and certainly one of the coolest things was their worship area, Chapel Point, which is a point where all the camps come to meet on a Sunday morning to worship the Creator of their beautiful surroundings.  We made our way to the Girl’s Camp where we were given a tour and the kids got to go down this awesomely fast water slide into the lake.  Now some watched (yes I watched) but others braved the speed and cold waters below and said it was a great thrill!!

After dinner we were split into two tribes based on our bandana colours, put on war paint and were challenged to defend our camp’s fire.  What a blast this was!!!  Kids and adults were to sneak up on the other camp’s fire and throw water balloons on it to try and extinguish it.  I think at one point this game was all about the adults as our competitive sides came out and felt the need to win.  In the end I don’t even know who won but there was a lot of laughs, some really soaked people from an impromptu water balloon fight (which I may or may not have started) and a great bonding experience.

Back to the dining hall where we all indulged in a late night snack of make your own ice cream sundaes and then off to bed.  I think the kids lasted all of 15 seconds once their heads hit the pillow this night.  Fun times = exhausted children :-)

Day #3 – Our time at OPC comes to an end and nobody wants to leave

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When we woke up on the last day I felt a bit of sadness knowing we had to leave this wonderful camp, the great staff and blogger families we had met.  We all met for a another yummy breakfast, got in a few last chats, pictures and a couple last games of ping pong and Ed’s Alley.  As we packed up our room, I listened to my kids talking about all the fun things they did, all the friends they made and how they can’t wait to come back.  Their conversation ended with a pinky swear to each other that they would come back together without Mommy and Daddy and have a great adventure!  My heart melted at that moment as I knew they had seen, as I had, what a super special place Ontario Pioneer Camp is.

Summary of my Rambling Thoughts…

  • Ontario Pioneer Camp was amazing
  • Their staff and recreational facilities are top notch
  • Food was delish
  • My kids (and their parents) can’t stop talking about it to everyone
  • Nobody wanted to leave
  • We can’t wait to go back!
  • Your kids will LOVE this camp!  Register them now
  • Ontario Pioneer Camp was named as one of the Best Camps in North America  and we can see why

Would I send my kids to Camp?

Before this weekend I would have said nope they’re not ready.  As it turns out it was probably Mommy that was not ready.  After this experience I would send them to OPC in a heartbeat.  I think it gives children maturity, courage and a great sense of camaraderie.  You could tell the staff loved what they did and had a true passion for working with kids.  OPC you will see my kids in the near future!

From one parent to another trust me when I say that your kids will have the time of their life at OPC, will be well taken care of and NO they will not want to come home when their time at camp is over!  Check out what Ontario Pioneer Camp has to offer for your child (Ages 5-17) and you will keep sending them back year after year!

Things I learned at camp…

I know that we never stop learning but there were things I learned about myself this weekend that surprised me so I can only imagine what a child can learn and walk away with after a week at camp!

Trying Something new

I am not one to normally step out of my comfort zone so when they asked for volunteers at the camp show the first night I was NOT the first person to raise my hand.  After some encouragement (ahem finger pointing) from my kids I did get up there.  Little did I know I would be sticking an Oreo cookie to my forehead and trying to move it into the mouth by only using my facial muscles.  It was a hoot and I am so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone!

I AM Courageous

So I strapped on some climbing gear and decided to climb the rock wall.  The kids are doing it and i’m not afraid of heights so it should be pretty easy.  Boy was I wrong!  As I neared the top something came over me and I started to shake pretty bad and the first thought that came into my head was “I’m out!”.  How easy would it have been for me to come back to the stability of the ground and say I tried it.  From the ground I could hear my kids cheering me on as well as my new camp friends telling me “You can do it”.   In my heart of hearts I knew I could do it and persevered until I hit that bell at the top.  Although still shaking when I made my way back down, I was proud of the courage I found deep within with the help from my supporters on the ground.

You CAN make camp friends as an adult 

Going into this weekend I knew only one other family that was going.  From the moment we got there we were meeting and talking to all these new “blogger” families and instantly knew these were good people.  I enjoyed meeting all the parents and their fantastic children and by the end of the weekend we were all hugging each other goodbye.  The staff was the same way, we felt like we knew them when we left and we were very sad to say goodbye!

Coffee can NOT combat the tiredness of going to camp as an adult

I am not a child and do not pretend to be able to fully keep up with the energy that one has. I did think that the copious amounts of caffeine I consumed would keep me awake and raring to go all weekend.  I now know that there is nothing that can keep you awake after a fun-filled day at camp.

Mosquito repellant works

In our camp care package from OPC we received bug repellant.  Thankfully we brought it along as with spring time comes mosquitos.  Although the mosquitos were a swarming, we each only came home with a couple of bites.  So thank you OPC for thinking ahead for us and sending us bug spray!

Memories last a lifetime

We are so grateful that we were given this opportunity to visit OPC.  We took a ton of pictures and met great people but in the end each and every one of us left with great memories that we will always remember!

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Goodbye OPC!  

Thank you for welcoming us with open arms and sharing your wonderful camp with our family. See you soon!