About Christie Lake Camp
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.↑ Back to top
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?
Boys and girls from 9 to 15 years of age can attend camp.
When does camp run?
In 2019, camp sessions are
July 2 - July 13
July 17 - July 28
August 1 - August 12
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.
Camp Staff Info
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 applications are now open for Summer 2019. Please check back in January/February 2019 for all other applications.
Senior Staff Positions - application deadline has passed
Counsellor Positions - application deadline has passed
Junior Staff Positions - applications due March 1st 2019
Job Application Process and Job Descriptions:
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. To submit your application, please follow this link: 2019 Summer Camp Application. In the top right corner, select "Fill in an application" to apply.
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 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.
Prospective staff and their families often have questions about working at camp. Please contact our Camp Director Laura Stemp for more information.↑ Back to top
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.
Children connected with nature are healthier; their heart health is better because they move more, sit less and play longer.
The sights, smells and sounds of nature are restorative for human nervous systems and result in better focus, concentration and creativity.
Children who spend time outdoors feel more connected to nature, the planet and others.
CLK STAR Inner City Programs
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.
Programs & Locations
Winter Session (January to March)
|West end Programs|
|Click here for more information|
|East end Programs|
|Click here for more information|
|Girls Program||Ages 6-12|
|Click here for more information|
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR STAR PROGRAMS, PLEASE CONTACT JOANNE MACGREGOR, DIRECTOR OF INNER CITY PROGRAMS
613-742-6922 ext. 237
CLK Leaders In Training (LIT)
Our Leaders in Training (LIT) program offers opportunities for youth aged 13-18 to meet in a safe space that promotes positive social learning with trained mentors, and encourages meaningful goal setting to help each participant realize personal success.
Activities focus on building skills that motivate and inspire. With a strong emphasis on 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 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.
Where and when is the LIT Program held?
The program is held at the Rosemount Branch of the Somerset West Community Health Centre; we can help with bus tickets or transportation.
During the school year, LITs meet once a week for three hours. Each LIT connects 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
LIT1 (Grade 9)
LIT2 (Grade 10)
LIT3 (Grade 11)
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!
When young people develop strong leadership skills, they learn behaviours that promote teamwork, negotiation, problem-solving and healthy coping mechanisms.
Sports programs provide opportunities to develop leadership, teamwork and self-discipline.
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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