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.



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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 Camp must live in the Ottawa area, and must have an annual household income below the Ontario Low-Income cut-off. All campers must be between the ages of 9 and 15.


2019 Camp Session Dates:

Session 1  July 2 – July 13
Session 2  July 17 – July 28
Session 3  August 1 – August 12


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 Parent and Guardian Handbook for important information about summer camp.



Summer Camp Staff


Christie Lake Kids is accepting applications for the following Summer Camp positions:


Junior Staff (ages 15-17; no experience required) (VOLUNTEER POSITION)

Camp Counsellor (ages 17 and up; some camp or youth program experience required)

Senior Camp Counsellor (ages 18 and up; tripping and youth program experience required)

Senior Staff (ages 18 and up; camp and leadership experience required)




Senior Staff Positions - application deadline has passed

Counsellor Positions - application deadline has passed

Junior Staff Positions - applications deadline has passed



Job Application Process and Job Descriptions:


Application Process:

Applicants are required to submit a resume and cover letter, and answer a short set of intake questions. In addition, all hired staff will be required to submit a valid (2019) Police Record Check for the Vulnerable Sector upon hiring in order to be eligible to work at camp.


Senior Staff Positions (Age 18+):

All applications for Senior Staff positions have now closed. 


Camp Counsellor Positions (Age 18+ or previous experience):

All applications for Counsellor positions have now closed.


Junior Staff Positions (Age 15-17):

All applications for Junior Staff positions have now closed.



*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 Laura Stemp




400 Coventry Rd. Ottawa ON K1K 2C7
Tel: 613-742-6922 | Fax: 613-742-6944


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