Click here to register.
Campers
Introduction

The campers at Ekon range in age from 8 to 14 and have the opportunity to participate in the LIT1 and LIT2 Leaders in Training programs beginning at 14 or 15 years of age. Being a camper at Ekon means being a part of a community, learning shared and individual skills in instructions, chillin' out, playing games in programs, making new friends from all over the place, and most importantly campers are here to have FUN.

Camp Grounds

Ekon sits on a 10 acre peninsula jutting into the northern end of Lake Joseph. In many ways it has the feel of an island. The 600 metre (2000 ft) of waterfront gives the impression of a much larger property. Indeed, it is the extensive waterfront that gives Ekon the ability to offer such a wide variety of water oriented programs without campers falling over each other. Starting with the beach area near the entrance driveway, programs wend their way around the peninsula:

  • swimming and life-saving activities at the beach;
  • sailing at the sailing dock;
  • canoeing at the canoe dock;
  • special activities at the ski dock;
  • windsurfing and kayaking at its dock; and finally
  • the Out Post beach.

The area between the ski dock and the Kayak dock is a high rocky face overlooking the lake (off limits to campers). At the top of this face is the main building "Stanley House," the converted old resort hotel that houses the dining hall, camper showers, kitchen and staff quarters. The view from the north-west corner of the main building is quite impressive, especially the beautiful Muskoka sunsets. The climbing wall is attached to this same corner of the main building.

The interior of the property is divided into five areas:

  1. the lower field, just above the beach area, which offers archery, ultimate Frisbee and Final Gathering;
  2. the flagpole area, a gathering place for campers enclosed by the Cord Hut, the Deer Hut, the office, the Br. Dan Brady, S.J. Arts Studio, Stanley House and the Maintenance/Tripping shed;
  3. the enclosed multi-purpose court, at the highest point in the centre of the property, used for basketball and programming;
  4. the Challenge Course area, consisting of high and low ropes elements designed to develop leadership and teamwork skills;
  5. the Out Post, a wooded area consisting of five simple, no electricity, cabins known as the Bear Hut.

The most beautiful building on site is the Br. Dan Brady, S.J. Art Studio. Br. Brady, who died in 2003, spent many years at Ekon and he built the original studio building. In 1993 a generous benefactor provided the funding for a total refurbishment of the building. The studio now houses both the art and drama programs. Situated directly on the lake, next to the Kayak dock, the Art Studio is a classic Muskoka design offering large windows and a beautiful deck opening onto the expanse of the lake.

To see pictures of the camp grounds, visit our photo gallery or click here.

Programs

Camp Ekon offers opportunities to suit boys and girls from ages 8-16. We offer a variety of camps that range in length from one week to four weeks. We offer co-ed as well as single gender camps. In addition to our traditional camp programs we also offer three and four week Leadership Development Camps for 15 and 16 year olds and one week Wilderness Canoe Trips for both boys and girls ages 11-16.

At Camp Ekon we believe that every camper is unique, and we strive to create a positive experience for all our campers. Please see below for more details on the programs offered at Camp Ekon.

Junior Girls/Boys One Week Camp (Ages 8-11)

Our Junior camps focus on having fun, and discovering all the great things to do at Camp Ekon. Camp counselors promote inclusiveness and encourage participation. Campers learn the value of making new friends and trying new activities. Program staff will take campers through an exciting week of adventures, sports activities, arts and imagination. Register now!

Senior Boys / Girls One Week Camp (Ages 12-15)

Senior campers are given more freedom in their programming. Programs will be developed on the interests of campers. Senior campers develop strong bonds with their fellow hut mates, and engage in art and sport based programming. Senior campers are encouraged to act as leaders to younger campers, and given chances for more responsibility. Senior campers in One Week Camps will go on an exciting paddle, cookout, campfire and sleepover at Ekon's "Little Chief" island, weather permitting. Register now!

Two Week Boys/Girls Camp (Ages 8-15)

These sessions are gender specific and offer a wonderful opportunity to develop friendship, try new activities and enjoy an extended stay in Muskoka. Included in all two week sessions is an exciting overnight canoe and camping trip to our very own island, Little Chief, weather permitting. As well, campers will indulge in ‘Resort Day’, where they can try out any instruction they would like, and go to an ice cream bar! Two week sessions are fast-paced, energy filled, dynamic and exciting. Campers will have more all-camp programming, and spend more time with other huts in larger programs. Campers learn more independence and expand their comfort and knowledge with the outdoors during their camp session. Once you come, you’ll never want to leave! Register now!

Two Weeks Girls Camp offers exciting programs such as:

  • Big Sister/Little Sister
  • The Amazing Race
  • Miss Ekon
  • Sports Day
  • Resort Day
  • And the incomparable Ekon Fashion Show

Two Weeks Boys Camp offers exciting programs such as:

  • Rage in the Cage
  • Hockey Night in Canada
  • Wrestling All-Camp
  • Ekon Olympics
  • Resort Day

Tripping Program (Ages 11-16)

The Wildreness Canoe Trip will involve a 5-day, 4-night adventure in Algonquin Park, Ontario. Trippers should prepare themselves for a challenging and rewarding experience in the Canadian outdoors. Campers spend the first days on site at Camp Ekon preparing for the Canoe Trip. Preparation for trip includes safety and skill instruction prior to departure. Trippers learn how to paddle, stern and portage a canoe. Trippers share every aspect of the trip: packing (When packing, remember that less is best!), paddling, portaging, cooking and setting/striking camp. Trip is unforgettable, and develops independence, confidence and gives a sense of accomplishment to those who do it. Two qualified trip leaders, with first aid qualifications, accompany every wilderness trip. Non-swimmers and anaphylactic campers need to contact the director at meg@ekon.ca before registering for the program. Register now!

Dates and Prices

Summer 2018

Registration Now Open!

PLEASE NOTE: Full payment of all outstanding camp fees must be made by May 1st. If this is not possible, please contact the office to make late payment arrangements.

Campers receive a free Ekon T-shirt.

Sessions in red and struck through are full.

Junior Boys Camps

Session Dates Cost per Child 13% HST Total Fee
JB 1 July 1 to July 7 $580 $75.40 $655.40
JB 2 July 8 to July 14 $580 $75.40 $655.40
JB 5/6 July 29 to Aug 11 $1,100 $143.00 $1,243.00
JB 7 Aug 12 to Aug 18 $580 $75.40 $655.40
JB 8 Aug 19 to Aug 26 $580 $75.40 $655.40

Senior Boys Camps

SB 5/6 July 30 to Aug 12 $1,100 $143.00 $1,243.00
SB 7 Aug 12 to Aug 18 $580 $75.40 $655.40
SB 8 Aug 19 to Aug 25 $580 $75.40 $655.40

Junior Girls Camps

Session Dates Cost per Child 13% HST Total Fee
JG 1 July 1 to July 7 $580 $75.40 $655.40
JG 2 July 8 to July 14 $580 $75.40 $655.40
JG 3/4 July 15 to July 28 $1,100 $143.00 $1,243.00
JG 7 Aug 12 to Aug 18 $580 $75.40 $655.40
JG 8 Aug 19 to Aug 25 $580 $75.40 $655.40

Senior Girls Camps

SG 1 July 1 to July 7 $580 $75.40 $655.40
SG 2 July 8 to July 14 $580 $75.40 $655.40
SG 3/4 July 15 to July 28 $1,100 $143.00 $1,243.00

Wilderness Canoe Tripping Camps

Boys Tripping - Ages 11 to 15

Session Dates Cost per Child 13% HST Total Fee
BT 1 July 1 to July 7 $620 $80.60 $700.60
BT 3 July 15 to July 21 $620 $80.60 $700.60
BT 4 July 22 to July 28 $620 $80.60 $700.60

Girls Tripping - Ages 11 to 15

Session Dates Cost per Child 13% HST Total Fee
GT 5 July 29 to Aug 4 $620 $80.60 $700.60
GT 6 Aug 5 to Aug 11 $620 $80.60 $700.60
GT 8 Aug 19 to Aug 25 $620 $80.60 $700.60
Refund Policy

Camp Cancellation

The $250 deposit is non-refundable.

Prior to May 1st forfeit the $250 deposit only. Cancellations after May 1st receive no refund. Campers withdrawn in the course of a session are not entitled to a refund.

Bus and Airport Shuttle Cancellation

There is no charge for cancelling bus and airport shuttle transportation before May 1st. Bus and airport shuttle transportation cancellations after May 1st receive no refund.

Daily Schedule
Time Activity
8:00 am Wake-up
8:30 am Breakfast
9:30 am 1st Instruction (What are instructions?)
10:30 am 2nd Instruction
11:30 am 3rd Instruction
12:30 pm Instructions end, 15 mins free time
12:45 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Afternoon program (What happens during afternoon program?)
4:00 pm Snack
4:15 pm General Swim (What is general swim?)
5:00 pm Free time or Optional Mass (What happens during free time?)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Evening program (What happens during evening program?)
09:30 pm End evening program, evening snack
10:00 pm Lights out (bedtimes adapted for younger huts, depending on ages)

What are instructions?

Each morning campers participate in three instructions. The camp offers a variety of skill building instructions, where campers are taught the skills of swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, ropes, climbing wall, arts and crafts, drama, or basketball. Each camper selects four instruction choices, three of which they are registered in. Campers attend the same three instructions for the entire duration of the session. For many returning campers, choosing instructions is one of the most challenging decisions in preparing for camp each summer!

Click here to see a complete list of instructions.

Back to schedule

What happens during afternoon program?

Each afternoon the campers participate in a group activity with the members of their hut. Each of the four huts: Deer, Cord, Rock, and Bear, participate in different activities. Head Counsellors spend agonizing amounts of time in preparation to ensure that each afternoon activity is unique, challenging, and of course fun!

Back to schedule

What is general swim?

Every day the campers have general swim. Campers are asked to find a "buddy" to join them at the waterfront. This is a great opportunity for friends and relatives who don't end up in the same cabin to spend some quality time together. For safety and supervision purposes general swim is mandatory. Campers who do not want to swim must also spend this hour at the waterfront and usually find other ways to pass the time (such reading as a book, building a sand castle, or playing a game of cards).

Back to schedule

Back to schedule

What happens during free time?

Mass is offered on site before dinner each day. For many campers who choose to take this time to pray together it is often a highlight of their experience at Ekon. The daily mass is celebrated in a non traditional fashion, in that it takes place in the newly built Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Chapel overlooking beautiful Lake Joseph and campers are encouraged to participate, often through being given the opportunity to dialogue about the gospel during the homily. All campers are welcome at mass regardless of their religious affiliation. Other campers may choose to use this time as free time before dinner.

Free time after meals can be spent in the flag pole area or at the Multi-Purpose Court.

Back to schedule

What happens during evening program?

Each evening the campers participate in a group activity with the members of their hut. Each of the four huts: Deer, Cord, Rock, and Bear, participate in different activities. Head Counsellors spend agonizing amounts of time in preparation to ensure that each evening activity is unique, challenging, and of course fun!

Back to schedule

What to Pack

The following are lists of what to pack for on-site sessions, tripping, as well as what to leave at home.

Suggestions:

  • Old clothes that are not your favourites are always best.
  • Clearly mark your child's name on all belongings.
  • Expect some items to succumb to the rigours of camp life.
  • Odds of clothing returning home are increased if a list of items is put in a pocket of your child's suitcase or knapsack.
  • Further suggestions, alternatives and recommendations can be found throughout...

What to pack for on-site camp sessions:

  • All medications (please label and pack separately or in the top of suitcase)
  • Sleeping bag or blanket and pillow (a fitted bed sheet is recommended)
  • Shoes: be sure to have a pair of running shoes (a second pair of shoes or sandals is recommended)
  • T-Shirts (3 per week)
  • Shorts (2 per week)
  • Pants (2 per week)
  • Pyjamas, underwear, socks
  • Toiletries (biodegradable soaps preferred)
  • Sweatshirt or Fleece
  • Bathing Suits (2)
  • reusable water bottle
  • hat/bandanna
  • raincoat/windbreaker
  • Towels (2 per week e.g. 1 for showers, 1 for the beach)
  • Bug Spray, Sun Screen (Please be sure to label these)
  • Flashlight (and an extra set of batteries)
  • Suggested: Books or magazines to read, a deck of cards, pre-addressed and stamped envelopes, pen and paper to write home, plain white shirt for arts and crafts, laundry bag (extra pillowcase)

Please leave at home:

  • Bottled water
  • Nut products
  • Electronics (iPods, MP3 players, video cameras, Game Boys, radios, etc.)
  • Cell phones
  • Hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons
  • Any valuables that may be lost or damaged

What to pack for trip:

  • All medications (please label and pack separately or in the top of suitcase)
  • Day clothes: lightweight T-shirt, shorts and a bathing suit
  • Pyjamas, underwear, and socks
  • Waterproof stuff sack/dry sack (20 L is the appropriate size, and for durability at camp try to avoid thin nylon versions)
  • Raingear
  • Site clothes: long-sleeved shirt or sweatshirt/fleece and long pants
  • Small sleeping bag (needs to fit in the 20 L dry sack)
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • 1 pair running shoes or hiking boots
  • Site shoes (these should be sturdy footwear that let the air in, like sandals or Crocs)
  • A waterproof whistle on a string (like a Fox 40)
  • Flashlight
  • Toiletries
  • Hat/bandanna
  • Waterproof sunscreen and non-aerosol bug spray
  • Complete change of clothes and a towel to be left at camp in a small backpack

Optional for trip:

  • Deck of cards
  • Small 'pack' towel
  • Book or magazines (please send in a ziplock)
  • Journal, supplies to write letters, etc. (please send in a ziplock)
  • Camera (disposable is recommended)
  • Toque and warm socks for cold nights (especially good for trips later in the summer)

What if my child returns without a piece of clothing?
  • Please check your child's clothing as soon as s/he returns from camp. Any clothing that is not claimed after each session will be donated to a charity. We are not able to store unclaimed items

Please email info@ekon.ca with any questions

Meal Plan

At the request of many parents over the years, the camp continues to try to increase the fruit, vegetable, and real milk content of its meal plan. Its aim is to decrease the amount of prepared and packaged foods served to the kids and instead have more nutritious meals made from scratch.

Here is an example of what a day's meals may look like:

Breakfast

Served at 8:30 am

  • French toast
  • Fresh cut melon and pineapple
  • Optional bananas and apples
  • Juice

Lunch

Served at 12:45 pm

  • Chicken fajitas
  • Sliced cucumber, carrots, and dip
  • Homemade vegetable soup
  • Small desert offered after lunch, usually fruit

Dinner

Served at 6:30 pm

  • Spaghetti in homemade bolognaise sauce
  • Caesar salad
  • Bruschetta garlic bread
  • Desert offered after dinner

Snacks and Drinks

Snacks, including fruit, are provided between meals.

Campers also have access to clean, purified, provincially regulated water. They are encouraged to carry water bottles and to consume water many times throughout the day.

Do you have a favourite meal?

Let us know what you like to eat. If it's healthy, tasty, and we have the ingredients and time, we will do our best to accommodate you.

Name:

Email address:

Favourite meal:

Instructions

Each morning campers (including LIT 1s) participate in three instructions. The camp offers a variety of skill building instructions, where campers are taught the skills of swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, ropes, climbing wall, arts and crafts, drama, or basketball. Each camper selects four instruction choices, three of which they are registered in. Campers attend the same three instructions for the entire duration of the session. For many returning campers, choosing instructions is one of the most challenging decisions in preparing for camp each summer!

Campers indicate their preferences in the instruction form provided on the registration page. We will make every effort to accommodate your choices. However, please be aware that instructions have limited spaces available. All first time campers take canoeing.

Here is the list of instructions:

Swimming

Qualified instructors follow the Canadian Red Cross Aqua Quest Program and Canadian Lifesaving Society Program.

All campers are swim tested on arrival day and those who have chosen this instruction will be placed in their appropriate class level. Parents are asked to provide a photocopy of their child's most recent level attained. Please note that swimming in a lake is quite different from swimming in a pool, which might have an impact on the swim level chosen. Your child will be put in the most appropriate level, at the discretion of the examiner.

Certain levels may not be offered if there is insufficient enrolment. Bronze Medallion (min. 13 years old) and Bronze Cross (min. 14 years old and completion of Bronze Medallion) are only offered during the two-week sessions. These levels will take 2 morning instructions.

FOR ALL WATER SPORTS, AT LEAST AQUA QUEST LEVEL 4 AND COMFORT IN WATER ARE RECOMMENDED.

Canoeing

All first time campers take canoeing. Ekon is a member of the Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association (ORCA). Campers are progressively led through the parts of the paddle and canoe as well as the basic strokes necessary to safely control the canoe. Emphasis is placed on developing the skills to enjoy a safe canoeing experience.

Kayaking

Kayaking helps to develop self-confidence and a sense of independence. The instruction teaches proper entry, exciting manoeuvres, and the different paddling strokes necessary for the safe and efficient use of the kayak.

Windsurfing

This instruction begins with an introduction to the parts of the windsurfer and the proper positioning of the body of the board. While on the water campers are further instructed on the skills of windsurfing by staff in a motorboat.

Sailing

This instruction begins with an introduction to the parts of the sailboat and proper use of the sail. Sailing helps to develop self-confidence and teaches teamwork. While on the water campers are further instructed on the skills of sailing by staff in a motorboat.

Archery

Campers are taught the components of the bow and arrow and the proper stance. With an emphasis on safety and respect for the bow and arrow's power, Archery helps the campers develop skills of concentration and focus.

Basketball

Campers in this instruction are encouraged to develop their basketball skills and knowledge. Campers are taught the basic elements of footwork, dribbling, passing and catching, shooting and defensive techniques. Teamwork and sportsmanship are emphasized.

Ropes Course

The ropes course instruction gives campers the opportunity to develop trust and confidence through a series of group building and personal challenge activities. Low ropes elements develop teamwork and problem solving skills. Challenge by choice and setting personal goals are promoted. We make use of both the high and low ropes elements during this instruction.

Climbing Wall

The climbing wall instruction gives campers the opportunity to develop trust and confidence through a series of group building and personal challenge activities. The initial trust games develop teamwork and problem solving skills. Challenge by choice and setting personal goals are emphasized as campers experience various routes on Ekon's three-story climbing wall.

Drama

Using our own mini-theatre with stage, campers are led through a series of activities to develop communication skills, self-confidence, and creativity. The instruction usually culminates in an original presentation performed by the drama students for the camp.

Arts and Crafts

This instruction offers a wide exposure to a variety of art activities including bead work, crafts, painting, candle making, puppetry, modeling clay, etc. Campers are introduced to the elements of design in a fun and creative atmosphere.

Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding (often referred to as SUP) at it's most basic is standing on a giant surfboard and moving yourself in the water with a long, single ended paddle.

Pottery

Offered only in 2 week sessions. This instruction is an introduction to pottery methods including slab, coil, glazing, and firing. Other 3D sculpture techniques such as wire sculpture and plaster of paris are explored. Campers are encouraged to develop their artistic talents as they enjoy creating their own work at one of our pottery wheels in the studio.

Jewellery Making

When there is sufficient demand, we offer jewellery making. Here we use embroidery thread, bead looms and much more to make anything from hairclips and key chains to bracelets, earrings and our own beads.

Ultimate Frisbee

This instruction is perfect if you already know the game, or are curious to try it. We offer it when there is sufficient demand.

Sports

Anything from soccer and ultimate, to basketball and dodge ball. This instruction is offered with sufficient demand and will involve a variety of sports throughout the session.

Special Needs

Camp Ekon is welcoming to special needs campers and runs integrated programming. We provide a supportive environment for kids within a group and for individual needs. All staff are trained according to the specific special needs campers coming up each summer.

Everything possible is done to ensure the safety of all campers. Counselors are able to adapt activities to support the abilities of all campers. There are special needs coordinators on Senior Staff and there are counseling staff liaisons to ensure a network of communication between the camper, the camper's parents and staff.

In order to provide the best support we can to special needs campers, we do limit enrolment according to available staffing for the given session.

Transportation

Transportation from Toronto to Ekon

Transportation to Ekon is available at a cost of $50.85 and departs from St. Agnes Catholic Elementary School Sundays at 2:00 pm. Families driving their child to camp should arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. DO NOT ARRIVE before 2:00 pm. We will not register campers and are not responsible for supervision of campers prior to 2:00 pm.

Directions to St. Agnes School (Bus Pick Up)

From the intersection of Yonge & Steeles

  1. Go east on Steeles Avenue (towards Bayview Avenue)
  2. Turn right on to Maxome Avenue... if you reach Bayview Avenue you have gone too far
  3. Turn left on Otonabee Avenue (the third street on the left)
  4. Otonabee Avenue dead ends in a turn around circle
  5. The school is on the left and the van or bus will be waiting in the circle for pick-up and drop-off

Do you need a map to St. Agnes School?

If you do, enter your street number, street name, city, and province in the field below. (For example: 1325 Bay Street Toronto Ontario). A map with directions will appear in a new window.



Directions to Camp Ekon

  1. Take Hwy 400 north past Barrie
  2. When the Hwy splits, take Hwy 69 towards Parry Sound, NOT Hwy 11
  3. Go north on Hwy 69 until EXIT #189 (the old Hwy 69 just south of Mactier)
  4. Turn right onto Hwy 169 (at Foot's Bay) towards Gravenhurst
  5. Turn left onto Hwy 118 towards Port Carling/Bracebridge
  6. Turn left on to Muskoka Road #7 (also called Peninsula Rd to Rosseau)... if you reach Port Carling you have gone too far
  7. Go through the towns of Port Sandfield and Minett
  8. Make a left on to Stanley House Rd (about 10 minutes after Minett - Peacock Rd is just before Stanley House Rd)
  9. Go right at the first fork in the road
  10. Go left at the second fork in the road, our driveway is 1.5 km on the right

Transportation from Ekon to Toronto

Transportation from Ekon is available at a cost of $50.85 and arrives at St. Agnes Catholic Elementary School Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Families picking their child up at camp are asked to arrive on Saturday between 9:30 am and 11:30 am.

Parents who wish to have their camper picked up from camp or from the bus by some one other than a legal guardian must supply written authorization to the camp director in advance.

PLEASE NOTE: There are no refunds for bus cancellations after May 1st.

Airport Shuttle Bus:

An airport shuttle bus is available for campers arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport on the first day of a camp session. Arrival times should ideally be between 10:00am and 12:00 noon. We will do our best to pick up your camper as close to their arrival time as possible. We cannot guarantee that we will be there as they land due to the distance between Camp Ekon and Toronto and the uncertainty of arrival times.
At the end of camp the shuttle is available on Saturday morning for planes departing from Toronto Pearson International Airport from 12 noon to 4pm. Our staff will assist your camper with check-in and will escort them to the security gate. The cost of the shuttle each way is $60.
The camp office must be notified of your camper’s flight arrangements by June 1st.
There are no refunds for airport or bus transportation after May 1st.

Contact

We are standing by,
so get in touch with us!

Winter Office

Jesuit Offices, 3rd Floor
43 Queen's Park Cres. East
Toronto, ON
M5S 2C3
E-mail: registration@ekon.ca
Phone: (416) 778-1505
Fax: (416) 962-4501

Summer Office

Summer Office
Camp Ekon, RR #1
324 B/C Stanley House Road
Rosseau, ON
P0C 1J0
Phone: (705) 732-2222

Ontario Camping Association logo
Ekon is run by the English Speaking Jesuits of Upper Canada. Created and Maintained by: Dc Design House Inc.

Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.