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If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a community to maintain the excellence of the Christie Lake programs. Such a community, vibrant and committed, has existed in the past and continues to flourish today.
~ Dr. Dan Offord

Covid 19 has been tough on our organization but we are immensely proud of our response. We have been able to deliver a full slate of virtual programs where we have sourced, packaged and delivered materials and supplies so our kids could actively participate in virtual programs. When it has been deemed possible by Public Health guidelines, we have gone back to our safe, high quality, in-person programs in small groups while wearing masks and social distancing. We have maintained a hybrid of virtual programs so that we can provide as many program opportunities as possible. Our families gave us a program satisfaction rating of 96%!


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In the summer of 2020 it was deemed unsafe to deliver a traditional overnight camp experience. Instead, Christie Lake Kids delivered our Camp in a Box program and we are very proud of our outcomes. Last summer, more than 300 kids joined us for a week of virtual summer camp. While no substitute for an in-person, overnight experience, we were able to source, package and deliver materials so kids could join us in six daily sessions with programs like: games, camp cooking, nature lore, arts and crafts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and a virtual campfire & sing song. We still do not know what the summer of 2021 will look like but we are preparing for a number of different scenarios including (if allowed), some small cohorts of overnight programming; some small cohorts of day programs; and a virtual program experience similar to 2020.

About Christie Lake Camp (when we can get back to post-Covid times):

All children should have the chance to experience the beauty of the natural world – to swim in a lake, paddle a canoe, and sit by a campfire. Every year, almost 400 children and youth aged 9 - 15 attend two weeks of summer camp at the picturesque 88-acre camp near Perth.

On the surface, our summer program resembles that of many other camps. The difference is that our programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of children living in poverty. Exceptional staff ratios allow for hours of dedicated behaviour management, all activities are geared towards the development of physical and socio-emotional skills, and our programs are fully subsidized for families living in low-income.

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. 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.

Our camp programs do more than just provide children and youth with life-long memories. Our programs help develop resiliency, allowing these children to lead happy and successful lives.

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Parent FAQ

How much does camp cost?
Our camp is free, and only available to kids whose families are living below the Low Income Cut-off.

What ages of children can attend camp?
Children from 9 to 15 years of age can attend camp.

When does camp run?
we are currently waiting on Public Health guidelines in an effort to determine the current dates and camp scenarios in which we will deliver programming.  Please stay tuned.

How do I apply for camp?
For first-time campers, call the office to request an application. Fill out the application completely and mail in to our office a.s.a.p. Keep in mind, our camp sessions fill up quickly! Camp staff will contact you to arrange a home visit.

For returning campers, you will receive a registration form in early December. If your contact information has changed, call our office to ensure you receive the application.
400 Coventry Road, Ottawa ON K1K 2C7

I've registered my child for camp - what's next?
We will contact you to arrange a home visit, where we can learn more about your child and his/her needs. You will also get a Parent Handbook with information about what to pack, drop-off arrangements, etc.

My child loved camp! Do you have other programs?
We offer after-school and weekend STAR Programs for kids 6-16 at three local community centres. Click here for more information.

What about referrals?
Occasionally, an agency or school will refer children to us. Please contact us for more information.

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Camp Staff Info

Summer Staff positions for Summer 2022 will be posted here between December 2021 and February 2022. Please stay tuned for more information!

  • Junior Staff applicants must be 16+ by July 1st 2022.
  • Counsellor applicants must be 18+ by July 1st 2022, OR be 16+ with experience working in an overnight camp setting.
  • Senior Staff applicants must be 18+ by July 1st 2022, and have multiple summers of experience working in an overnight camp setting, and/or hold credentials and experience specific to the positions they are applying to. 

If you have any further questions, please email our Camp Director (Laura Stemp) at lstemp@christielakekids.com. Thank you! 



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Alumni Re-connect

Are you a former camp staff or camper? We love hearing stories about how Christie Lake Kids changes lives! We can help connect you with other Alumni or get involved in upcoming programs and events! Click here for more information.

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Children connected with nature are healthier; their heart health is better because they move more, sit less and play longer.

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The sights, smells and sounds of nature are restorative for human nervous systems and result in better focus, concentration and creativity.

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Children who spend time outdoors feel more connected to nature, the planet and others.

CLK STAR City Programs

About STAR

Skills Through Arts and Recreation (STAR) programs engage children and youth aged 6-17 in activities that include opportunities to participate in a variety of experiences. We offer after-school and weekend programs like art, soccer, cooking and music at three local community centres.

STAR programs bring opportunities to learn, grow, and build skills to children living in poverty right where they live. Children and youth enjoy barrier-free access to activities they want to engage in, and are supported and mentored by staff and volunteers who are sensitive to their needs and circumstances.

In the impoverished and sometimes dangerous communities where these children live, the STAR program creates an oasis of safety, positive reinforcement, care, and continuity. Children often engage in programs two or three nights a week and weekends. This early intervention, providing healthy modeling and experiences of positive communication, learning skills, group dynamics, and respect has a significant impact on how these children will navigate their life path. Studies show that they will do better in school, will stay more engaged, and will make better choices because they had constructive, positive, esteem-building learning experiences.

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Programs & Locations

Winter Session (January to March)

West end Programs
Program Ages
Junior Art 6-10
Senior Art 11-14
Discovery Club 6-10
Junior Rockers 6-8
Senior Rockers 9-12
Hockey 12-17
Click here for more information

East end Programs
Program Ages
Soccer 8-12
Junior Art 6-12
Junior Cooking 6-10
Senior Cooking 11-15
Aikido 8-12
Rock Climbing 10-14
Junior Rockers 6-7
Hip Hop 11-15
Junior Basketball 8-11
Senior Basketball 12-17
Hockey 12-17
Click here for more information

Girls Program Ages 6-12
Click here for more information


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Parent FAQ

How much do programs cost?
STAR programs are free, and only available to kids whose families are living below the Low Income Cut-off.

What ages of children can attend STAR programs?
Depending on the program, children and youth from age 6 to 17 can participate. See our list of programs for details.

When do programs run?
We offer 3 sessions -
Fall Session - September to November
Winter Session - January to March
Spring Session - April to May

How many programs can my child register for?
We welcome young people on a first come, first served basis. If space allows, children may join more than one program.

613-742-6922 ext. 234

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CLK Leaders In Training (LIT)

About LIT

Like our current STAR program, we are delivering the program virtually.  The program offers quality experiences for youth ages 13-18 to work together with trained mentors to support them and encourage meaningful goal setting to help each participant realize personal success.

Activities focus on building skills that motivate and inspire. With a strong emphasis on wellness, volunteerism and community building, LITs become engaged in community projects and other CLK programs that provide valuable volunteer experience for further employment and school success.

Participants must be enrolled and regularly attending high school and must commit to weekly virtual attendance in the L.I.T. program. In addition to practical commitments, L.I.T.’s must adhere to a code of conduct focused on respect and kindness.

Parent FAQ

Where and when is the LIT Program held?
Before Covid 19, the program was held at the Rosemount Branch of the Somerset West Community Health Centre.  At current, the programs are virtual with activities over Zoom. 

At current, we have a schedule for LITs in a variety of program areas. Each LIT is paired with an adult mentor weekly, promoting positive communication and relationship building.

How much does it cost?
LIT programs are free, and only available to kids whose families are living below the Low Income Cut-off.

How do I register?
To apply for Leaders In Training, contact us

Program Information

LIT1 (Grade 9)

  • personal goal setting
  • problem solving
  • self-awareness and reflection

LIT2 (Grade 10)

  • teamwork
  • communication
  • listening skills
  • conflict resolution

LIT3 (Grade 11)

  • volunteerism
  • career planning
  • presentation skills
  • public speaking
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Physically active children are more attentive and show more interest in class. Afterschool play allows children to take a break from conventional educational learning; to ask, explore, and create!

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When young people develop strong leadership skills, they learn behaviours that promote teamwork, negotiation, problem-solving and healthy coping mechanisms.

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Sports programs provide opportunities to develop leadership, teamwork and self-discipline.

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I began my journey at Christie Lake Kids in 2009 through my participation in the STAR Program, when I was 10 years old. Before this time, I had never had the opportunity to participate in after-school programs and my sister and I were both grateful to join. I enjoyed every moment of Dodgeball, Swimming, and of course Christie Lake Camp. As a member of the Leaders in Training Program, I learned many great leadership skills and was pleased to be a volunteer to support younger kids within STAR programs.

Being a part of Christie Lake Kids and the LIT program was such a positive experience for me and it has played an integral role in my development. Thank you Christie Lake Kids, with your help, I have had the chance to grow, meet new people, and experience new opportunities.




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