2023 Summer Camp

2023 Summer Camp

Registration for summer camp 2023 will be open on October 2nd, 2022 at 2:10pm. As you dream ahead to next summer, take a look through the summer camp schedule below!


An Overview of Cairn's Camp Programs

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All of Cairn's camp programs are designed for campers to experience God's love in an inclusive faith community, while creating opportunities to foster growth and create connections throughout their time at camp. Here is some more information about each of Cairn's Camp Programs:

Glen Mhor Program: A unit-based program, campers participate in camp activities with their cabin group, comprised of up to 8 campers and 2 counsellors. Campers participate in a variety of waterfront, adventure, arts, and nature activities, as well as special themed events based on the theme of the week's session.

Iona Tripping Program: A wilderness canoe tripping program for campers with all levels of experience, facilitated by a Head Tripper and Trip Counsellor. Campers learn a variety of tripping skills, including canoeing, portaging, cooking over a fire, and setting up a campsite, all while participating in creative and imaginative play, immersed in the natural surroundings of Ontario's backcountry.

Integration Program: An opportunity for campers living with disabilities to experience the joy and community of summer camp. Participants are partnered with a 1:1 support counsellor who promotes inclusion within their cabin, and provides for any additional needs the camper may have. Please note that there is a 1:1 support fee ($325/week) as well as the program fee indicated in the schedule below. For all first-time integration participants, an intake call with the Camp Director is required prior to confirming their registration.

  • Age 5-16: Kids and teens attend a Glen Mhor camp program where the integration program is offered (indicated in the schedule below). Just like all the other kids, campers will sleep in a cabin and attend activities with the rest of their cabin-mates, with support from their 1:1 counsellor.
  • Age 17+: Cairn's Adult Integration program is a program for adults to participate in outdoor recreation while gaining workplace experience by supporting a variety of elements of Cairn’s program.

Leader in Training Program: A four-week leadership program for 16-17 year olds, designed to create intentional, empathetic leaders. LITs learn how to serve those they lead, refining skills they already possess while identifying and enhancing new areas of growth. Participants come away with both knowledge and experience of how to be both an effective camp staff member and leader in their community at home. 


Summer Camp Schedule

Costs do not include HST. 

Leader in Training: July 9 - August 4

Camp Program Camp Session Age Cost
Leader in Training Leader in Training 16-17 $1,760

 

 


Week 1: July 9-15

Camp Program

Camp Session

Age

Cost

Glen Mhor & Integration

Glen Mhor Classic 1

7-13

$765

Glen Mhor

Pay it Forward

14-17

$615

Integration

Adult Integration

18+

$615

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2: July 16-22

Camp Program Camp Session Age Cost
Glen Mhor & Integration Tracks 7-16 $765
Iona Massasauga Provincial Park (Teen Canoe Trip) 14-16 $885
Integration Adult Integration 18+ $615

 

 

 

 

Week 3: July 23-29

Camp Program Camp Session Age Cost
Glen Mhor & Integration Outrageous 7-16 $765
Integration Adult Integration 18+ $615

 

 

 

 

Weeks 3&4 (2-week Teen Program): July 23 - August 4

Please note: this is a 13-day camp session, running from Sunday July 23 to Friday August 4. Pickup will be between 10am and 11am on Friday August 4.

Camp Program Camp Session Age Cost
Glen Mhor Explore - an introductory leadership program for teens  14-15 $1230

 

 


Week 4: July 30 - August 2 OR July 30 - August 4

Please note: this is a shortened week for all programs. Pickup is on Wednesday for Pee Wee Camp and Junior Adventurers, and Friday for the 2-week teen Explore, Ultimate Survival, and Adult Integration sessions.

Camp Program Dates Camp Session Age Cost
Glen Mhor July 30 - August 2 PeeWee Camp 5-6 $385
Glen Mhor & Integration July 30 - August 2 Junior Adventurers 7-9 $385
Iona July 30 - August 4 Ultimate Survival (Intro to Wilderness Camping) 10-13 $740
Integration July 30 - August 4 Adult Integration 18+ $510

 

 

 

 

 


 

Week 5: August 13-19

Camp Program Camp Session Age Cost
Glen Mhor & Integration Glen Mhor Classic 2 7-13 $765
Glen Mhor & Integration Teen Week 13-16 $765
Iona Algonquin Park (Intermediate Canoe Trip) 11-13 $885
Integration Adult Integration 18+ $615

 

 

 

 


 

Week 6: August 20-26

Camp Program Camp Session Age Cost
Glen Mhor Colour Games 7-16 $765
Integration Adult Integration 18+ $615

 

 


 


Camp Session Descriptions

Week 1: July 9-15

Glen Mhor Classic 1 (age 7-13)
Campers will spend the week having a classic Glen Mhor experience – participating in camp activities with their cabin-mates like archery, high ropes, swimming, canoeing, music & drama, arts & crafts, kayaking, and more! They also come together with the whole camp at Mhorning Has Broken to start the day together, swim in the lake every day at Free Swim, play a daily camp-wide game, and close the night together at campfire. Come spend a week immersed in the beauty of creation, having fun, learning new skills, and making lifelong friends. A week at Glen Mhor Classic is waiting for you!

Pay it Forward (age 14-17)
Ready to change the world by Paying It Forward? Spend a week not only learning about servanthood, but practicing it. Whether it’s kindness shown through helping an individual, or taking on a work project for the benefit of all of camp, PIFs have the chance to practice true servant leadership in so many ways. Throughout the week, PIFs earn between 25 and 30 community service hours that can be put towards their high school diploma requirements. Pay it Forward is about giving back and making an impact with that familiar camp spirit. We can’t wait to see you there! 

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Week 2: July 16-22

Tracks (age 7-16)
This week follows a camper-choice model of camp programming, where campers have the opportunity to choose two "tracks", or activities that they get to choose themselves. Campers' Tracks give them the chance to delve deeper into their favourite parts of camp, which means they get to their favourite camp activities every day! Different Tracks activities will be designed for junior, intermediate, and teen campers, so everything is tailored to an age-appropriate level - for example arts and crafts for Juniors, bushcraft for Intermediates, and fine art for Teens. Campers will also participate in classic Glen Mhor activities in their cabin groups and enjoy all that camp has to offer! 

Massasauga Provincial Park - Teen Canoe Trip (age 14-16)
Get ready to navigate the waters of Georgian Bay in this Massasauga canoe trip for teens! Designed for novice and experienced trippers alike, campers will be refreshed on basic canoe techniques prior to their departure from camp, then will head out for a five-day canoe trip, ending at the beautiful Moon Falls. Canoe tripping provides the opportunity for campers to build strong connections and relationships with their fellow campers through learning new skills, overcoming physical challenges, being immersed in the natural beauty of Ontario's rivers and lakes, and experiencing the epitome of small-group unit-based camping -all while being guided by the two Cairn trippers. Can't wait to see you on the water!

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Week 3: July 23-29

Outrageous (age 7-13)
Welcome to a week unlike any other! Unexpected twists and silly fun are what define this camp program. Campers have the chance to influence the outrageous activities, putting their wacky ideas forward and have them drawn randomly throughout the week. In previous years, Outrageous camp has seen themed meals, like a pajama meal or a wacky hair meal; a camp-wide backwards day; and a truly outrageous messy afternoon that featured paint, whipped cream, and slime. One thing is for sure: camp is about to get OUTRAGEOUS.

Week 3&4 (2-week Teen Program): July 23 - August 4

Explore - Teen Introductory Leadership Program (age 14-15)
A program for aspiring leaders, Explore is a two-week session for high-school-age teen campers who are curious to learn more about themselves and how to lead with empathy and purpose. Through team-building initiatives and skills-based programming, Explore will create opportunities for personal- and team-based exploration and discovery. Whether campers are hoping to continue into the Leader in Training (LIT) program, or for those who want to better understand their role as a leader within their community, this program will provide a foundation for how to be a thoughtful, servant leader. Explore invites teens to contribute to a positive teen community at camp this summer!
** Please note that is a two-week session, and pick-up is on Friday August 4th

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Week 4: July 30 - August 2 OR July 30 - August 4

PeeWee Camp (age 5-6)
Got some young ones itching to come to camp for the first time? There is no better place to be a kid than at camp! PeeWee Camp will welcome our youngest campers for a four-day, three-night overnight camp experience, designed to introduce them to Cairn's summer camp program!
Campers will swim, dance, play, sing, run, create, and even canoe to a nearby island for a special out-lunch. Everything is specifically designed to ensure that our youngest and newest campers have an outstanding experience, from kid-friendly meals, to an increased staff-to-camper ratio. We can’t wait to be a part of your child’s first camp experience!
** Please note that pick-up for this session is on Wednesday August 2nd.

Junior Adventurers (age 7-9)
Looking for an adventure this summer? Junior Adventurers provides the opportunity for campers to romp-stomp around in the woods, run until we are tired, explore Echo Lake, and learn to find adventure around every corner. This 4-day program is a great introduction to camp for a first-time camper, or for a returning Cairn camper to introduce a friend to camp. It's also just a great chance for our young junior campers to get outside, seek adventure, and discover something new! Get ready for a great outdoor adventure!
** Please note that pick-up for this session is on Wednesday August 2nd.

Ultimate Survival - Intro to Wilderness Camping (age 10-13)
Interested in getting a taste of wilderness camping? Ultimate Survival is all about learning and practicing outdoor skills, from making shelters to fire building to canoeing to map orientation. During daily Survival Skills time, campers will be able to practice the skills they've learned so far, and, if they are able to demonstrate independent proficiency in a skill, they will receive recognition at the Ultimate Survival award ceremony at the end of the week. Campers will also be able to put their new skills into practice during a two-night overnight camping trip in the second half of the week. It’ll be a week of adventurous exploration, conquered challenges, and wilderness fun. 
** Please note that pick-up for this session is on Friday August 4th.

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Week 5: August 14-20

Glen Mhor Classic 2 (age 7-13)
Campers will spend the week having a classic Glen Mhor experience – participating in camp activities with their cabin-mates like archery, high ropes, swimming, canoeing, music & drama, arts & crafts, kayaking, and more! They also come together with the whole camp at Mhorning Has Broken to start the day together, swim in the lake every day at Free Swim, play a daily camp-wide game, and close the night together at campfire. Come spend a week immersed in the beauty of creation, having fun, learning new skills, and making lifelong friends. A week at Glen Mhor Classic is waiting for you!

Teen Week (age 13-17)
Teen week is designed especially for our oldest campers, featuring exhilarating evening camp-wide games, daily social hour, late night bedtimes, and a more relaxed schedule. Along with all of the typical Glen Mhor activities, campers will also experience some Teen Week exclusive traditions like the week-long Cat Cup spirit competition, Coffee House, our giant Burn-BIG-Burn bonfire, and so much more. Come experience a week full of ridiculous cabin competitions, amazing activities, incredible moments and fantastic friendships. 

Algonquin Park Intermediate Canoe Trip (age 11-13)
Canada's famous Algonquin Park will become home to our Intermediate Canoe Trippers this summer! Designed for novice and experienced trippers alike, campers will be refreshed on basic canoe techniques prior to their departure from camp, then will head out for a five-day canoe trip, paddling a lake-loop, while taking some time on their rest day to explore an old abandoned logging camp! Canoe tripping provides the opportunity for campers to build strong connections and relationships with their fellow campers through learning new skills, overcoming physical challenges, being immersed in the natural beauty of Ontario's rivers and lakes, and experiencing the epitome of small-group unit-based camping -all while being guided by the two Cairn trippers. Can't wait to see you on the water!

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Week 6: August 21-27

Colour Games (age 7-16)
Come one, come all, to the 2023 Colour Games! Once again, the Red Dragons and the Blue Knights will compete in games of sport, logic, art, and nature to find out who will be the new reigning champions. Colour Games campers will get to experience all of the typical Glen Mhor activities along with 2 full-to-the-max-fun days of Colour Games! At some unknown point during the week, Colour Games will break, at which point each camper will be appointed either a Blue Knight or a Red Dragon, and represent their team in a variety of competitions both individually and as groups within their team. Colour Games campers will come together within their colour teams, all the while learning the value of friendly competition, sportsmanship, and teamwork. The Blue Knights claimed the title to rule the kingdom in 2022 – who will it be this year? 

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Leader in Training: July 9 - August 4

Cairn’s Leader in Training program develops extraordinary leaders in today’s world. LITs will spend a month together learning the ins and outs of both how to be an effective camp staff member, and what it takes to be a leader and make positive changes to the world beyond camp. These young leaders will build community on a five day canoe trip, develop swimming skills to attain Bronze Medallion or Bronze Cross qualifications, and choose in-depth skills workshops to develop their practical leadership skills. LITs have the opportunity to shadow a variety of camp staff positions to learn about site & facilities, kitchen, and counselling roles at camp. Throughout the four-week program, the LITs will participate in sessions that their LIT Program Coordinators design for their unique group to help them become effective leaders individually and as a collective. LITs look back at this experience as an amazing month full of fun, faith, and friendship.

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2023 Summer Camp