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.
2017 Camp Session Dates:
Session 1 July 4 – July 15
Session 2 July 19 – July 30
Session 3 August 3 – August 14
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)
2017 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 13th 2017
Home Visit Evaluator - January 13th 2017
Senior Staff Positions - January 27th 2017
Counsellor Positions - February 10th 2017
Kitchen Staff Positions - March 24th 2017
Junior Staff Positions - March 24th 2017
Job Application Form and Job Descriptions:
To apply for a summer camp position, please fill out the online application form in the link below. You will need to create a login in order to access the application form: Please note: The application process through Better Impact is for volunteer and staff positions.
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.
Christie Lake Kids Camp's 88 acres of wooded parkland and over one kilometre of shore offer the perfect setting for groups and organizations seeking a comfortable and rustic atmosphere. The camp is located close to Perth, Ontario, just over an hour's drive south-west of Ottawa.
We are delighted to share our beautiful facility with your group. Our camp is available for rent from late August to early June at competitive rates. The camp has recreational and sleeping facilities for year-round use, including sleeping quarters for up to 225 people. The camp is also winterized for 100 beds.
The camp offers a large well-fitted dining hall, multiple break-out spaces, sports fields and a large waterfront complete with docks and canoes. Our campsite provides the perfect fit for any private group, including weddings, corporate retreats and weekend reunions. Our staff are also trained to lead facilitated camp activities, including low-ropes courses, rock-climbing and canoeing excursions on Christie Lake.
To see faciitly information and rates, please download our Rental Package, available below:
Please click here for a map of the campsite.
For rental inquiries please contact Facilities Manager Matt Breen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bringing your Work Group to Camp
Christie Lake Kids Camp operates throughout the year with over 55 out-buildings spread out over 88 acres of land. Each year, a number of Ottawa-based companies send work parties of 25 to 75 employees up to camp to help with maintenance projects. These work parties assist with a number of tasks that keep our site running, including wood working, gardening, painting, and cleaning.
These work days are not only a great way to give back to the community, but provide a great day of community service and team building at a picturesque lakefront site in Lanark County.
If you are interested in bringing a work party up to camp, please contact our Facilties Manager Matt Breen for more information.
For more information please contact: