2020 Summer Camp Schedule

2020 Summer Camp Schedule

We recognize that there may be a delay in responding to your call or email as we are actively in contact with all of our camp families right now. We are grateful for your patience and understanding, and will get back to you as soon as we can.


Registration – COVID-19

This is an announcement that is hard for us to make and may be hard for you to hear: We will be suspending all Cairn programs for the 2020 season.

As you may know, Premier Doug Ford announced on Tuesday May 19th that Ontario summer camps will be unable to operate this season. This announcement, while hard, was not entirely unexpected. For the past 2 months our directors and the Camp Board have been running through options and studying projections. We knew this was a possibility, but we hopefully awaited updates from the health unit, crossed our fingers until they ached, and brainstormed every possible solution we could think of. However no matter how we looked at it we came to the same conclusion the provincial government has – it is just not safe to run onsite programs this summer.

This is really hard It’s hard for our campers - those who have called Cairn home for years and those who should be experiencing the magic of camp for the first time this summer. It’s hard for our families, some of whom have been coming to camp as a family every year for more than 2 decades. It’s hard for our Leaders In Training who have spent their camp careers looking forward to their LIT experience. It’s hard for our staff, our alumni, our volunteers, and for all of those who call, or have called camp home.

We will miss meals filled with laughter, the sounds of splashing and fun echoing up from the lake, the excited shouts of campers going down the zipline, watching the stars come out each night, and singing around the campfire. We will miss gathering together as a community in the beauty of God’s creation.

You may be wondering how a season of not running camp may impact Cairn’s future. Although it is sad, this situation is one that we planned for and as we work on the next steps in that plan know that we will give you more information as we’re ready to do so. We know that we will need our community’s support, but right now, we want to hold space for what we’re all feeling right now.

This is really hard and it’s okay to be sad. We also know, because camp has taught us, that we can do hard things. We know that our camp community is overflowing with the love and support that will get us through this. We know that while this summer will look different, camp will continue to find ways to stay connected.

We’ll let you know more about what this summer will look like in the next days and weeks, but for now, we’re sending extra love out to our camp community.

 

Summer Camp 2020 Registration

*Please Note: Registration for Family Camp August Weekend opens on August 27th, 2019.

Camp Session  Ages  Date

Super Early Bird Rate
(pay by Oct 1st)

Early Bird Rate
(pay by Feb 1st)
Regular Rate
(pay after Feb 1st)
GM1: Colour Games 7-16 June 28 - July 4 $580 $605 $630
GM2: Outrageous 7-16 July 5 - 11 $580 $605 $630
GM3: Pay It Forward 13-16  July 5 - 11     $470
IONA1: Iona Trip - Spanish River 11-14 July 5 - 11 $710 $735 $760
GM4: Glen Mhor Classic 1 7-16 July 12 - 18 $580 $605 $630
GM5: Pre-Leader In Training (PreLIT) 15 July 12 - 25 $980 $1005 $1040
IONA2: Iona Trip - Petawawa River 13-16 July 12 - 18 $710 $735 $760
GM6: Tracks 7-16 July 19 - 25 $580 $605 $630
IONA3: Iona Camp Classic 1  12-15 July 19 - 25 $580 $605 $630
GM7: PeeWee 5-7 July 26 - 29 $375 $390 $420
GM8: Check It Out 7-13 July 26 - 29 $375 $390 $420
Family Camp All Ages July 31 - August 3

Adults: $160, Children 4-12: $110, Children under 4: free, Cabins $220

Bring your own tent or trailer: no additional cost
GM9: Legends of the Land 7-16 August 9 - 15 $580 $605 $630
GM10: Pay It Forward 2 13-16 August 9 - 15     $470
IONA4: Iona Trip - Temagami 11-14 August 9 - 15 $710 $735 $760
GM11: Glen Mhor Classic 2 7-16 August 16 - 22 $580 $605 $630
GM12: Teen Week 13-16 August 16 - 22 $580 $605 $630
IONA5: Iona Camp Classic 2 8-13 August 16 - 22 $580 $605 $630
GM13: Music, Art, Dance and Drama Camp 7-16 August 23 - 29 $580 $605 $630
GM14: Ultimate Survival 7-16 August 23 - 29 $580 $605 $630
LIT1: Leader In Training 1 16-17 June 28 - July 24, 2020     $1,450
LIT2: Leader In Training 2 16-17 August 2 - August 28, 2020     $1,450

 

Session Descriptions

Week 1: June 28 - July 4, 2020

GM1: Colour Games (7-16)

Come one, come all, to the 2020 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 the new reigning champions will be. Colour Games campers will get to experience all of the traditional Glen Mhor activities along with 2 full-to-the-max-fun days of Colour Games! At some 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. Campers will participate in events like Cairn gladiator, Iron Chef, dance, canoe relays, and so much more. Colour Games campers will come together within their colour teams, all the while learning the value of friendly competition, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Campers, bring your blue and red clothing, and get ready to show your Colour Games spirit! The Blue Knights claimed the title to rule the kingdom last year – who will it be this year?

*Be sure to register early, as this camp is extremely popular and spots will fill quickly.

Week 2: July 5-11, 2020

GM2: Outrageous (7-15)

How do you describe a camp that is truly indescribable? Well, the best that we can do is tell you that it’s a week unlike any other! In previous years, Outrageous camp has seen themed meals, like a pajama meal, supersize meal, and a wacky hair meal; a camp-wide backwards day; and a truly outrageous messy afternoon that featured paint, whipped cream, and slime. Campers also have the chance to put their outrageous ideas forward and have them drawn randomly over the week. One thing is for sure, that along with some of the traditional activities that you know and love about camp, things are sure to get OUTRAGEOUS.

GM3: PIF (13-16)

Ready to change the world by Paying It Forward? Well we have the perfect place to start. Spend a week not only learning about servanthood, but practicing it. As a Pay it Forward camper you will start changing the world, little by little, from the second you arrive. Whether it’s a work project around camp, volunteering at local spots around Muskoka, learning about various charities, or singing at a retirement home, 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 an amazing opportunity to experience camp in a whole different way. PIF is about giving back and making an impact with that familiar camp spirit. We can’t wait to see you there!

IONA1: Iona Trip - Spanish River (11-14)

Ready for a rockin’ river trip? Our whitewater canoe trips take campers on a 5-day backcountry trip through class 1 and 2 rapids. Campers will be refreshed on basic canoe techniques and rescues and learn about trip packing, site setup and new white water canoeing skills. Our tripping staff will teach campers not only the skills that they need to know for trips at camp, but will be able to give them information about how far the world of tripping can go! See you on the water!

**This trip can qualify for can qualify for the Bronze (age 14+)or Silver (age 15+) Award through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program. For more information please visit http://www.dukeofed.org/ for more information


Week 3: July 12-18, 2020

GM4: Glen Mhor Camp Classic (7-16)

Come spend a week in the beauty of God’s creation having fun, learning new skills, and making lifelong friends! 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. A week at Glen Mhor Classic is waiting for you!

IONA2: Iona Trip - Petawawa River (13-16)

Ready for a rockin’ river trip? Our whitewater canoe trips take campers on a 5-day backcountry trip through class 1 and 2 rapids. Campers will be refreshed on basic canoe techniques and rescues and learn about trip packing, site setup and new white water canoeing skills. Our tripping staff will teach campers not only the skills that they need to know for trips at camp, but will be able to give them information about how far the world of tripping can go! See you on the water!

**This trip can qualify for can qualify for the Bronze (age 14+)or Silver (age 15+) Award through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program. For more information please visit http://www.dukeofed.org/ for more information

GM5: Pre-LIT (age 15) - two-week program July 12-25

Looking to hone your leadership skills? Want to get a taste for camp leadership and the variety of skills that it involves? This two week session is made especially for those campers who hope to one day continue in our Leaders in Training (LIT) program at Cairn, or for those who are interested in growing as leaders in today’s world. Pre-LIT will give our campers the opportunity to take risks and test new boundaries by learning hands-on about leadership skills and teamwork through initiatives, activities and workshops. For any budding leader interested in taking responsibility at school, at work, at church, at camp or in the community, this is a perfect opportunity to bring together leadership, confidence and fun. Register for this leadership experience today.

*Spaces are limited, so please register early to reserve your spot


Week 4: July 19-25, 2020

GM6: Tracks (7-16)

What are your favourite things to do at camp? Swimming? Slingshots? Rock climbing? At Tracks, you'll have the opportunity to do your favourite camp activities every day! Campers will choose two special activity options throughout their week at camp, with a focus on building and refining skills, ranging from guitar to drama to outdoor living skills and more. Campers will also participate in classic Glen Mhor activities in their cabin groups and enjoy all that camp has to offer. Camp is waiting for you to pick your Tracks this summer!

IONA3: Iona Camp Classic (12-15)

Come and enjoy all that Iona has to offer! With a tight-knit community and a program focused on choice, autonomy and freedom, Iona offers the opportunity for campers to learn and develop skills while immersed in nature. Iona campers will play a role in designing their day-to-day activities and bringing out-of-the-box ideas into fruition under the guidance of creative and joy-loving staff. Campers will also have the opportunity to participate in activities such as canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, and lashing, and will go on a 24-hour overnight canoe trip down the Muskoka River. It's a chance to develop wilderness skills, cultivate connections, and adventure in the great outdoors!


Week 5: July 26-29, 2020

GM7: Pee Wee (5-7)

Got some young ones itching to come to camp for the first time? There is no better place to be a kid than at Pee Wee Camp! Everything is specifically designed to ensure that our smallest and newest campers have an outstanding experience. They will swim, dance, play, sing, run, create, and even canoe to a nearby island for a special out-lunch. Everything is tailored to suit their age and size, from ultra kid-friendly meals, to an extremely high staff-to-camper ratio. Our staff are specially trained to work with this younger age group and can’t wait to make your Pee Wee’s experience one they will never forget. We can’t wait to be a part of your child’s first camp experience!

GM8: Check It Out (7-13)

In this 4-day, 3-night session campers will get to ‘check out’ what camp is all about. Designed specifically to give campers a taste of all that camp has to offer this shortened session is a perfect introduction to camp for kids of all ages. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in all of the classic Glen Mhor activities like canoeing, kayaking, camp-wide games, climbing wall, campfire, high ropes, arts & crafts, archery, music & drama, swimming, and more! Give your camper a bite-sized version of camp that introduces them to the joys of community living and experiencing the wonders of God’s creation.

*Please note that pick-up is on Wednesday


Civic Holiday Long Weekend: July 31 - August 3, 2020

Family Camp

Come on out to Family Camp, a great way for everyone in the family to try camp together! Our Family Camp weekend is for any age (we’ve had infants up to octogenarians!) and includes all your meals and full days of great camp activities. Families have the option to rent a cabin at an additional cost, or bring a tent or trailer of your own. You can travel to activities as a family, or individually. We’ll have a theme that spans the weekend that will involve staff members dressed as silly characters and theme-related activities. Plus, we’ll have special kids-only (and grown-ups-only) activities throughout the weekend. Finally, family camp is the opportunity to share in faith and fellowship with other families who love camp, community and spending time in the beautiful Muskokas for the long-weekend! Join us for this unique family getaway!

 

Week 6: August 9-15, 2020

GM9: Legends of the Land (7-16)

Have you heard the legend? Join us at Legends of the Land this summer and be a part of the tale! Campers will get to experience all of the traditional Glen Mhor activities and also participate in a multi-day camp wide competition! Campers will be divided into teams and compete in a variety of individual and team events, all with the goal of leading their team to victory. Campers will experience bonding within their team all while learning the value of friendly competition, sportsmanship, and teamwork. From archery to Giant Jenga and everything in between campers will use skills, talents, and luck to rule the land. Bring your team spirit to the first ever Legends of the Land!

GM10: PIF (13-16)

Ready to change the world by Paying It Forward? Well we have the perfect place to start. Spend a week not only learning about servanthood, but practicing it. As a Pay it Forward camper you will start changing the world, little by little, from the second you arrive. Whether it’s a work project around camp, volunteering at local spots around Muskoka, learning about various charities, or singing at a retirement home, 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 an amazing opportunity to experience camp in a whole different way. PIF is about giving back and making an impact with that familiar camp spirit. We can’t wait to see you there!

IONA4: Iona Trip - Temagami

Ready for a rockin’ river trip? Our whitewater canoe trips take campers on a 5-day backcountry trip through class 1 and 2 rapids. Campers will be refreshed on basic canoe techniques and rescues and learn about trip packing, site setup and new white water canoeing skills. Our tripping staff will teach campers not only the skills that they need to know for trips at camp, but will be able to give them information about how far the world of tripping can go! See you on the water!

**This trip can qualify for can qualify for the Bronze (age 14+)or Silver (age 15+) Award through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program. For more information please visit http://www.dukeofed.org/ for more information

 

Week 7: August 16-22, 2020

GM11: Glen Mhor Camp Classic 2 (7-16)

Come spend a week in the beauty of God’s creation having fun, learning new skills, and making lifelong friends! 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. A week at Glen Mhor Classic is waiting for you!

GM12: Teen Week (13-16)

A week of “no-holds-barred” teen sized awesomeness. Teen week is designed especially for our oldest campers and features a pushed back schedule, exhilarating evening camp-wide games, daily social hour, and late night bedtimes. 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.

IONA5: Iona Camp Classic 2 (8-13)

Come and enjoy all that Iona has to offer! With a tight-knit community and a program focused on choice, autonomy and freedom, Iona offers the opportunity for campers to learn and develop skills while immersed in nature. Iona campers will play a role in designing their day-to-day activities and bringing out-of-the-box ideas into fruition under the guidance of creative and joy-loving staff. Campers will also have the opportunity to participate in activities such as canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, and lashing, and will go on a 24-hour overnight canoe trip down the Muskoka River. It's a chance to develop wilderness skills, cultivate connections, and adventure in the great outdoors!

Week 8: August 23-29, 2020

GM13: Music, Arts, Dance, & Drama Camp (7-16)

Ready to be the next Picasso? Star on Broadway? Or maybe even write a top 40 hit? Unleash your inner artist this summer at MAD² Camp, a full week camp that is devoted to Music, Art, Dance and Drama. MAD² campers will get to experience the traditional Glen Mhor activities along with specialty arts-based programming. Campers can choose between a variety of disciplines like dance, singing, set design, prop-making, acting, guitar, stomp, fine arts, and so much more. Throughout the week MAD² campers will not just improve their own skill but will work to put on a culminating performance that will be presented to friends and family on closing day. Be prepared to be wowed because the final production is sure to be a masterpiece! Sign up for MAD² camp and let your inner artist out!

GM 14: Ultimate Survival (7-16)

Spend a week at Glen Mhor exploring the forest, and practicing survival skills! Campers will explore a variety of survival activities, which could include anything from exploration, navigation and orienteering, bush crafting, fort building, fire building, cooking over a fire, or whittling. As well as survival skills time, survival tasks will be issued to the cabin groups periodically throughout the week, creating a mix of team-based and individual challenges. Finally, each camper will be able to share their newly developed skills with their cabin group when they come together for an on-site overnight camp-out. It’ll be a week of adventurous exploration, conquered challenges, and wilderness fun.

Leader in Training Program

July LIT: June 28 - July 24, 2020
August LIT: August 2 - August 28, 2020

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 counsellor, 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, or alternatively develop canoeing skills, work in a cabin with children, and participate in sessions designed for their unique group to help them become effective leaders. LITs look back at this experience as an amazing month full of fun, faith and friendship.

2020 Summer Camp Schedule