Activity Periods

Before Camp each camper gets to sign up for two skilled-based activities that they will participate in every day. Each period is 1 hour long and are taught by Camp Mini-Yo-We Instructors. Instructors are trained during our skills week at the beginning of the summer and strive to help campers experience new activities, stretch their abilities, and bring them to the next level.

Find out a summary of instruction availability and pricing in our 2018 Activities Sheet PDF.


Archery

Learn how to hit a bull’s eye with a bow and arrow! Instructors will teach you proper stance, technique, and how to aim. Safety is a priority at our archery range and all children are taught Camp’s safety protocols before they start shooting.

Instructors have received Camp Mini-Yo-We training and make activities fun by incorporating different games and activities into the period.

Canoeing

Spend your afternoon on beautiful Mary Lake learning how to canoe! Instructors teach the parts of the canoe, how to paddle, sterning techniques, and how to perform a canoe rescue in open water. You may even take a trip to the island!

Instructors have taken Camp Mini-Yo-We training, often have participated in canoe trips themselves, and have at minimum their Canadian Life Saving Society Bronze Cross certification.

Kayaking

Campers learn how to master a kayak during their week at Camp! Instructors teach how to enter a kayak, proper paddling technique, and ways to navigate. Advanced campers may even try wet exits and and performing a roll in open water. Classes take trips around the lake and sometimes even visit the island.

We’ve got all the equipment needed including kayaks, paddles, and life jackets – and they’re all your size! Instructors have Camp Mini-Yo-We training and at minimum their Canadian Life Saving Society Bronze Cross certification.

Mountain Biking

Sign up for mountain biking and campers will spend activity period in Camp’s beautiful forests riding on over 9 kilometers of biking trails. Campers learn proper riding technique, parts of the bike, safe-riding practices, and how to set up and clean a bike. Whether you’re riding Thrafty’s Secret, Tree House Trail, or Wavy Gravy, we’re confident you’ll have a blast. More advanced activities include mastering the jump trail and traversing stair systems around the property.

What to Bring: We supply the bike and helmets, just don’t forget closed toe shoes and a water bottle! Campers are welcome to bring to bring their own bike and helmet. Please note that all personal equipment will be stored in the bike shed and used only during supervised activity periods.

Swimming Lessons

Swimmers spend the week in Mary Lake working towards their next Life Saving Society swimming level. Instructors are certified by the Canadian Life Saving Society and work with your children regardless of their swimming ability. Waterfronts have both shallow and deep sections accommodating a wide-range of swimming levels.

Wilderness Adventure

Campers spend instruction period in Camp’s forests hiking, building a campfire, making a shelter, and identifying different plants and wildlife. Campers will likely have the opportunity to see a deer and perhaps even a wild turkey! The wilderness adventure cabin is home base and the out-tripping shed is stocked with all the supplies you’ll need for your adventure.

What to Bring: hiking boots or shoes, bug spray.

Rock Climbing

Age Restriction: 12 years old by Dec. 31st

Campers spend the afternoon on our natural and indoor rock walls learning how to climb! Instructors teach different types of knots, proper safety protocols, how to belay, and how to climb. With 9 natural rock climbing routes we’re sure you’ll continue to be challenged throughout the week.

What to Bring: Closed toe shoes! Campers will not be allowed to climb without proper footwear.

High Ropes

Age Restriction: 12 years old by Dec. 31st

In high ropes campers learn what it means to push themselves on Camp’s various high-rope elements ! Climbing the vertical playground, taking a “leap of faith” 40 feet off the ground, or testing your stomach on the giant swing are all included. We also have a number of low-rope elements that are designed to develop team work amongst campers. All ropes elements are “challenge by choice” meaning campers are encouraged but never forced to step out of their comfort zone.

What to Bring: Closed toe shoes! Campers will not be allowed to try various elements without proper footwear.

Sailing

Age Restriction: 11 years old by Dec. 31st

Double Period: This is a double period activity filling two activity slots.

Set sail on Mary Lake! Campers will learn how to rig and steer a sailboat with their friends. Over the week they’ll learn everything they need to know to sail a small, three-person Pico sailboat. We also teach how to tie nautical knots and proper boating safety. Staff have taking Mini-Yo-We training, have their Ontario Boating License and at minimum their Life Saving Society Bronze Cross certification.

Windsurfing

Age Restriction: 12 years old by Dec. 31st

Get ready to ride the waves of Mary Lake while learning how to windsurf! Campers are taught how to rig a board, balance themselves, and sail standing up. Our lakefront has the perfect combination of shallow water for learning and the open lake for perfecting one’s skill.

Staff have taking Mini-Yo-We training and at minimum their Life Saving Society Bronze Cross certification.

Skatepark

The skatepark is the perfect place to practice your skill on a skateboard, scooter, or inline skates. Whether it’s their first time or they’re an experience skater, the skatepark is always a blast! Campers learn proper safety equipment, how to skate, and basic tricks. Camp’s skatepark has various obstacles including an enclosed half-pipe, as well as various ramps, rails, and fun boxes.

What to Bring: Campers are required to bring their own skateboards, scooters, and inline skates. Due to limited protective gear we encourage campers to also bring their own safety equipment to ensure it all properly fits. This includes pads and helmets.

Martial Arts

Campers will learn a variety of skills from various martial arts traditions. Safety is our number on priority and we enforce this by teaching respect, confidence, self discipline, and self defense through this fun and energetic program. Advanced Martial Arts is lead by qualified Mini-Yo-We staff.

Guitar Lessons

Campers will spend the afternoon jamming on the guitar with our staff! Whether they are learning their first chord or want to jam all afternoon, guitar activity is the place to be. What better place to be inspired to play then in God’s beautiful creation.

What to Bring: A guitar! Camp does not provide guitars for campers.

Voyageur Canoe Trip

Cost: $75.00

2018 Weeks Available: Week 2 (July 15-21, 2018), Week 4 (July 20 – August 4, 2018), Week 7 (August 19-25, 2018)

Information Package: Voyageur Information Package
Packing List: Voyageur Packing List

Voyageur is an amazing opportunity for children ages 12-15 to first experience what canoe tripping is all about. Trips are separated by sex and operate as an extension of our Boys Camp and Girls Camp summer programs. The Voyageur program aligns with our other programs starting on Sunday afternoon and ending Saturday morning.

Each trip includes up to 12 boys or girls and is led by 2 or more qualified trip leaders. Tripping provides a unique opportunity for leaders to know each camper individually and to help them grow physically, mentally and spiritually. We recognize that many campers have little experience in tripping and so we spend up to three days providing all the basic skills necessary to make their first trip a success.

Our hope is that over the course of the programs campers will grow in their outdoor skills, have fun and learn more about God.

Leather Working

Cost: $30.00

Weeks Available: All Weeks!

Campers can now spend the week learning how to work with leather! Each individual will have the opportunity to make a walking stick with a custom leather hand grip. Belts, wallets, and other projects may be incorporated as well. All supplies are included in the price.

Wakeboarding

Cost: $225.00

Age Restriction: 12 years old by Dec. 31st

Weeks Available: Every week except Week 7 (August 19-25, 2018)

Spend your week on Mary lake enjoying the thrill of high-speed action on a wakeboard. Our qualified instructors cater the program to all skill sets and abilities, so whether you’re just starting out, or working on inverts and spins, this may be the option for you!

All equipment is included in the price.

Note: The wakeboarding specialty activity at Boys Camp is a very different program from our co-ed Wake/Sail Camp. This is a youth camp dedicated to water instructions including both wakeboarding and sailing.