Ottawa Camps: Articles and News

Children Can Experience Many Sports At OAC Summer Camps

The Ottawa Athletic Club has 35 years of summer camp experience. “Our longevity gives parents peace of mind, knowing their children are under careful supervision from our well trained and experienced staff, all CPR and first aid certified,” says Monique Ouellette, marketing director of the Ottawa Athletic Club. “Our camps are designed to build self-esteem… Read more »

Curling Rink Morphs Into Home Of Summer Camp At RA Centre

At the RA Centre on Riverside Drive, there’s a huge push on as they ready themselves for summer and summer camp season. “Snow covered grounds become softball and soccer pitches, our backyard pool – quite a bit larger than your backyard pool – becomes a family fun centre and our curling rink morphs into the… Read more »

Campers, Counsellors Eager To Get Back To City Of Ottawa Camps

The first summer Gordon MacGregor came back to Ottawa from Norwich University in Vermont, he got a job with City of Ottawa camps as a sports camp counsellor. Now 12 years later, MacGregor is one of many City of Ottawa program coordinators all over the city who design, implement and supervise camp programs. Program coordinators… Read more »

Camp Friends

Hello. My name is Bella. I am in grade 6 and this coming summer will be my 13th summer going to Camp Wabikon! I have been going to camp for a LONG time, and people always ask me questions like “What’s the very best thing about camp?”. In all my camp years, the answer has… Read more »

Guitarist Dan Kanter compares life on Justin Bieber’s tour to summer camp

Ottawa native Dan Kanter is Justin Bieber’s guitarist and co-musical director. Kanter’s also a big fan of summer camp, and always compares touring with Justin Bieber to his happy camper days. “I always compare touring to summer camp,” says Kanter, who attended Camp B’nai Brith in Quyon, Quebec, near Ottawa. “There’s no privacy, just like… Read more »

Ottawa Summer Camps

One of the most traditional Ottawa summer camp experiences is simply the love of being there.  “A kids’ summer camp atmosphere creates a real sense of loyalty,” says Madeleine Halliday, a second-year staff member at Camp Can-Aqua. “You just keep going back.”

Campers Might Be Having Too Much Fun To Write Home

At one camp, a parent counted up the number of photos of her child on the website of the camp day for parents, and complained because there weren’t enough of them compared to other children. By Louise Rachlis Other parents fret about the number of letters received or demand to be able to telephone their… Read more »

Learning English on the Frontier Trails 
of Renfrew County

Children from China, South Korea and Europe have been flying to Canada to ride horses, swim and learn English at Frontier Trails Summer Camp near Eganville, Ontario By Louise Rachlis “We started the English as a Second Language portion of the camp six or seven years ago,” says Marie Tubby, camp director. A family operation,… Read more »

Plaques, Posters & Pottery

Campers treasure souvenirs, 
arts and crafts creations By Louise Rachlis Camp souvenirs have a special place in campers’ hearts. “Gymp and hemp bracelets often stay on camper’s wrists long after they leave camp,” says Mari-Beth Crysler, director of Camp Wabikon, “sometimes even until the following summer. A favourite cabin-group activity is to get matching coloured… Read more »

Reading Flashlight

Books to take to camp to stay in the adventure mood By Louise Rachlis David Rostenne, Hilary Porter and Di Bethune, staff members of Books On Beechwood independent bookstore, 35 Beechwood Ave., put together some recommendations for books to toss in the duffel bag: For older readers: Dazed but not Confused: Tales of a Wilderness… Read more »