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.
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:
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:
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.
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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:
Two Weeks Boys Camp offers exciting programs such as:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before registering for the program. Register now!
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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
Senior Boys Camps
Junior Girls Camps
Senior Girls Camps
Wilderness Canoe Tripping Camps
Boys Tripping - Ages 11 to 15
Girls Tripping - Ages 11 to 15
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.
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!
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!
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).
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.
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!
The following are lists of what to pack for on-site sessions, tripping, as well as what to leave at home.
What to pack for on-site camp sessions:
Please leave at home:
What to pack for trip:
Optional for trip:
What if my child returns without a piece of clothing?
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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:
Served at 8:30 am
Served at 12:45 pm
Served at 6:30 pm
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This instruction is perfect if you already know the game, or are curious to try it. We offer it when there is sufficient demand.
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.
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 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
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Directions to Camp Ekon
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.
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