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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


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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 our 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.

Join us this year as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of making a difference through Christie Lake Camp!

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Parent FAQ

How much does camp cost?
Our camp is completely 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.

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 their needs. You will be contacted by staff to complete a camper intake form to learn a bit more about how we can make the session as comfortable as possible for your child. You will also get a Parent Handbook with information about what to pack, drop-off arrangements, etc.


Christie Lake Kids’ Camp
Visitors Policy – Effective June 2022

The safety of our campers and camp staff is our top priority. Limiting visitors when camp is in session is a required precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic and at all times to protect the vulnerable children in our care. For these reasons, unannounced visitors are not permitted onsite.  Our visitor policy follows standards set by the Ontario Camp Association as well as child-care and school settings.

Only paid staff in the direct circle of care for our campers are required and permitted onsite at the campground. With three category exceptions for visitors:

  1. The visitor is essential to provide care directly to a camper, e.g, health, safety or wellness reasons.
  2. The visitor is providing education and/or training applicable to all campers and/or camp staff.
  3. The visitor has received prior written permission from the Camp Director, Executive Director, Property Manager or Director, Fundraising for a business reason not captured in category 1 or 2.  For example, vendors, volunteers, alumni, etc.

Visitors as part of the three category exceptions listed above must follow the below procedures:

  1. Individuals must contact the Camp Director or an Assistant Camp Director(s) at least 48 hours’ prior to their planned visit. The visitor must be given verbal or written consent to visit camp by the Director or their designate. (a) Individuals cannot arrive at camp unannounced. They will be turned away by a member of the Camp leadership team (Camp Director or Assistant Camp Director) or Property Manager. (b) Situations deemed urgent do not require 48 hours’ notice, e.g. 911 attention for urgent health care needs and/or property repairs
  2. Visitors arriving at camp must immediately check in at the Camp Office, located in the Lower Dining Hall. Visitors will be expected to arrive at a designated time at the Camp Director’s discretion.
  3. Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and must present their driver’s license or other photo ID to camp staff present in the Camp Office and sign in the visitor log book. The camp staff will confirm the visitors’ information including name and reason for visiting with the Camp Director and/or Assistant Camp Director(s) who granted permission for the visit.
  4. The visitor will then be given a name tag that must be worn and visible at all times. All visitors must be escorted by a camp staff at all times.
  5. Upon departure, the visitor will return their name tag to the Camp Office and sign out of the visitor log book.

The following restrictions apply to visitors:

  1. A visitor who meets the category exception criteria must give 48 hours’ notice in order to be allowed to visit camp.
  2. Parents of campers are discouraged from visiting camp unless it is absolutely necessary. Parent or guardian visits can trigger feelings of homesickness for campers and require staff resources to supervise their visit.
  3. The Camp Director or Assistant Camp Director(s) may choose to ask any visitor to leave at any time for any reason, especially if they are acting in a disruptive manner.
  4. Visitors must be escorted by a camp staff at all times, and should not interact with campers unless for educational or health care reasons.
  5. No one is permitted to visit who doesn’t pass a COVID-19 screening test as published on the Ottawa Public Health website.
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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 10 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 recreational activities and are supported and mentored by staff and volunteers who are sensitive to their needs and circumstances.

We take pride in creating safe and inclusive spaces in our programs - encouraging participants with positive reinforcement, care, and continuity. Children and youth come to our STAR programs multiple times a week where they engage in constructive, positive, esteem-building learning experiences.

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Programs & Locations

Winter Session (January to March) ** Please check back for Fall programs

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 18 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?
The program is currently held at the Rosemount Branch of the Somerset West Community Health Centre and the Van Lang Field House three nights per week. 

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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