ABOUT THE CAMP
Christie Lake Camp has been in operation since 1922, making it one of the oldest summer camps in Ontario.
Every summer, over 360 children and youth from low-income communities in Ottawa participate in skill-building programs that lead to long-term resilience.
On the surface, our program resembles that of many other camps. Children learn swimming, canoeing, camp craft, ecology (“nature lore”), and art. They play sports and games, go hiking, and set out on overnight and extended canoe trips. The difference is that the Christie Lake program is specifically designed to meet the needs of children living in poverty.
All the campers come from families living in poverty. The experience of growing up without much money can mean many different things. However, research and experience have consistently proven that poverty puts Canadian kids at risk in dozens of ways. For instance, our kids are more likely have experienced abuse, more likely to have learning difficulties, more likely to have behavioural and/or emotional disorders, more likely to live in an unsafe neighbourhood, and more likely to get involved in criminal activity.
Many kids arrive at camp afraid to fail. Many arrive with poor social skills. Some have few clothes to bring. Some are loaded down with worries about problems at home.
Christie Lake’s program emphasizes the development of physical and social skills. During their time at camp, children learn core skills in the areas of swimming, canoeing, camping, ecology, art and drama, rock-climbing and leadership. Each summer campers earn a new, higher level of badge in each of these skill areas. Our TRANSFORMATIVE RECREATIONTM approach to delivering programs also builds crucial protective factors for children such as self-regulation, self-efficacy, positive relationships, adult monitoring and social skills.
In working through the program, children find they have accomplished things they never thought were possible, and are more resilient to face challenges in life. They have learned they can succeed, and they take this improved self-image back to their activities in the city.
Information for Parents and Guardians
Wonder how you can get in on this wonderful opportunity?
All families who wish to register their children for Christie Lake Kids Summer Camp must live in the Ottawa area, and must have an annual household income below the Ontario Low-Income cut-off. All camper must be between the ages of 9 and 15.
2018 Camp Session Dates:
Session 1 July 3 – July 14
Session 2 July 18 – July 29
Session 3 August 2 – August 13
To apply for summer camp, please contact our office at 613-742-6922 ext. 0 for an application form. Children can be referred by teachers, doctors, family—anyone who cares. Please contact our office with any further questions, we'd love to chat with you!
Please download our 2017 Parent and Guardian Handbook for important information about summer camp.
Summer Camp Staff
Each year Christie Lake Kids accepts applications for employment for the following positions:
Junior Staff (ages 15 and up; no experience required) (VOLUNTEER POSITION)
Camp Counsellor (ages 17 and up; some camp or youth program experience required)
Out Tripping Counsellor (ages 18 and up; tripping experience required)
Leaders in Training Staff (ages 18 and up; tripping and leadership program experience required)
Kitchen Staff (ages 19 and up; culinary experience required)
2018 job descriptions for all positions are now available. Please ensure you submit both an application form and resume to CLK by the following dates:
Assistant Camp Director - January 12th 2018
Home Visit Manager - January 12th 2018
Senior Staff Positions - January 26th 2018
Counsellor Positions - February 9th 2018
Kitchen Staff Positions - March 23rd 2018
Junior Staff Positions - March 23rd 2018
Job Application Process and Job Descriptions:
To apply for a summer camp position, please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by the application deadline. You many also submit your application by mail to:
Christie Lake Kids
400 Coventry Road
Once your application has been received, you will receive an email with further instructions for completing your application through our online application system.
Senior Camp Staff Positions (ages 18 and up):
Counsellor Positions (Age 17 and up):
Junior Staff Positions (Age 15-17):
Kitchen Staff Positions (Age 19 and up):
*All staff positions are considered 650 hour volunteer positions and receive a stipend at the end of summer. Staff may be eligible for scholarships and bursaries in addition to their stipend if they are pursuing post-secondary education in the fall.
Often potential staff and their families will have questions about working at Christie Lake Kids Camp. Please see our Staff Handbook which answers many of these questions. If you have any remaining questions please feel free to contact our Camp Director Liam McGuire.