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Camper Accomodations and Facilities

Get an idea of where you camper will be sleeping, eating, and playing!

Most meals are eaten in the Dining Hall. The Dining Hall is in main camp, and can seat up to 250 people. The campers sit at picnic tables of 8-10 people with their group and are served their meal family style (given bowls or platters of the meal items for the table to serve themselves). The Kitchen Staff cook in an industrial sized kitchen just off the dining hall, and serve all the meals to the campers.

During the meals, the campers will get the chance to participate in some of the meal games we do!

When the campers go on their out-trips, the counsellors and/or the campers will be cooking their meals on camp stoves or over open fires.

For more information on what your camper will be eating at camp, or Dietary Needs info, visit the Meals and Dietary Needs Page.

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Health/Medication:

Each week of Summer Camp, a professional Paramedic volunteers a week of their time to be the Health Professional for us. He or She works out of our Medical Center to administer all of the Campers’ medications during allotted times in the day. He or She is also there in case of any major medical emergency, as well as making sure everyone is staying healthy and happy.

To send your camper up with meds, all medications must be sealed in a ziploc bag with name, program, and full instructions for each medication.  All medications must be in their original containers and clearly marked with campers name. Hand it to the Senior Staff member when you check in, and the meds will make it to the Paramedic.

The Waterfront:

Camp Opemikon is located in McManus Bay on Christie Lake. This results in nice calm waters and a sandy beach.

Campers have at least 2 chances to swim every day; at Polar Bear swim at 7:30 am, and Free swim in the afternoons. Aquatic sessions are held throughout the week as well. The swimming area is clearly divided into a shallow end and a deep end. The shallow end has a large orange slide, and goes to about 4 feet deep. The deep end has a large black raft at either corner and goes to about 8 feet deep.

Opemikon has a fleet of Grumman Canoes, Kayaks, Rowboats, and Paddleboats for the campers' boating pleasure. All the campers get a chance to use these boats during scheduled program times to paddle around McManus Bay, and some of the programs use the boats as part of their program.

Rocks & Ropes:

Camp Opemikon has a High Ropes Course that offers several individual or duo challenges 60 feet up in the air. Our Low Ropes Course is ideal for fun team building exercises in large groups. We also have a large Natural Rock face with 3 Top-Roping routes for the kids to try. All of these courses are run by our certified specialized Rocks & Ropes Staff.

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The Cubfield: Archery, Low Rock Wall, and Crafts

The Cubfield is a large field where the Cubfield campers sleep, but it is also where the whole camp meets for Evening Electives.

The field is full of fun things to do; the Archery pit has 4 stations for campers to get some target practice in; the brand new 5 foot Bouldering Wall lets them have some supervised practice at climbing; the Craft Hut is the camp's central area for Gimp Bracelets, crazy art, and crative paintings! There is also a Tire Swing for the campers to play on.

Evening Electives gives all the campers a chance to experience any of these activities.

 
Ecology Centre & Nature Activities: 
 
New to Opemikon is the Ecology Centre and Nature Activities where campers will have an opportunity to learn more about nature around the camp, tree treks, nature bingo, scavenger hunts, Leave No Trace, Pond Exploration, Water Cycle, Predator-Prey games
 

Sleeping and Program Activities:

Each program sleeps on their own site. See the program descriptions below for more information. In all cases:

  • Boys and Girls will always sleep separately.
  • Counsellors sleep near-by in separate rooms from the campers. The campers are always instructed on the first day’s orientation where the counsellors will be in case of a night-time emergency.
  • There are no assigned sleeping arrangements within a program; the campers choose which cabin/tabin/tent/room they will sleep in upon arrival. As long as they are in the same program, the campers can choose to bunk with a friend.
  • If there are any issues amongst the campers in a cabin/tabin/tent/room (i.e. bullying), the counsellors might decide to do a “cabin shuffle” mid-week, to help diffuse the situation.
 
White Tail & Beaver Programs
 
Sleeping:
 
The White Tail and Beaver campers will sleep in Clements Lodge.  Clements Lodge sleeps 24 in bunk beds with vinyl mattresses.  There are 5 rooms (2 of which sleep 6 each and 3 rooms which sleep 4 each).  Each room has a set of cubbies for their stuff.  The Lodge has a large common area where campers will be able to work during inclement weather.  The Counsellors will occupy at least one of the rooms.
 
Daily Activities:
 
Clements has a large field where a lot of activities will take place.  These campers will have an opportunity to use the low Rock Climbing Wall in the Cubfield and will take part in boating, aquatics, nature activities and learn some outdoor skills.
 
For a more detailed schedule of your campers' Day-to-Day activities, visit the "Typical Day at Camp" page.
 
 
Cub Field: Gold, Red, Black Packs

Sleeping:

The cubs sleep in Cub Cabins in the Cub Field. Each Pack has their own set of 5 cabins. Each cabin sleeps 6 on 3 bunk beds with vinyl mattresses, and each cub has a cubby for their stuff. The cabins have no electricity, but they have a battery powered motion sensor light that they can use if they wish. There is a water trough on their site that is safe to drink from and brush teeth. The Counsellors sleep in near-by cabins or tents.

Daily Activities:

The Cub Field is a large field where most of their activities take place. There is an Archery Pit, a Nature Hut, a low Rock Climbing Wall, and much more for their Program Activities. The cubs also spend a lot of time in and on the water. They will be at the Waterfront for Morning Polar Bear Swim, Aquatics Lessons, and Free Swim, and at the Boat docks for their Boating Sessions.

For a more detailed schedule of your camper's Day-to-Day activities, visit the "Typical Day at Camp" page.

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Scout Field: Brownsea

Sleeping:

The Brownsea campers sleep in Tabins in the Brownsea Field. Tabins are Tent Platforms that have been converted into Cabins. They have solid walls and a door and screened windows. Each Tabin sleeps 5 campers on vinyl mattresses on wooden cots off the ground. There is space under the cots to store their stuff. There is no electricity, and a water trough on their site that is safe to drink from and brush teeth at. Their Counsellors sleep in near-by Tabins or tents.

Daily Activities:

Most of the Brownsea Activities occur in the Brownsea field and Teepee. The Teepee is a large Teepee shaped structure in the Brownsea field made of wood and cement. The Brownsea campers also spend time on the waterfront, at the High Ropes Course, on the Rock Face, and at the Low Ropes Course.  Brownsea campers go on an overnight trip on Christie or Farrens Lake.

For a more detailed schedule of your camper's Day-to-Day activities, visit the "Typical Day at Camp" page.

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Scout Field & Extreme Adventures: Campcraft, Paddling 1/ Kayaking, Paddling 2, OSL

Sleeping:

The Scoutfield campers sleep on Tent Platforms in various sites. A Tent Platform is a wooden structure that holds a canvas tent. It has a wood floor off the ground, and the campers sleep on vinyl mattresses on the floor. There is a water trough at each site that is safe to drink from. The counsellors sleep in tent platforms nearby.

Note that the site may change for your specific week:

  • Campcraft – The Attic
  • Water Programs –Paddling Site
  • OSL – The Orchard

Daily Activities:

Most of the daily activities for this program will take place at their site or throughout camp. The campers will also spend time on the waterfront, at the High Ropes Course, on the Rock Face, and at the Low Ropes Course.  All programs are out of camp on multi-day trips hiking or paddling on nearby waterways and trails.

For a more detailed schedule of your camper's Day-to-Day activities, visit the "Typical Day at Camp" page.

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Scout Field: Survival

Sleeping:

The Survival campers stay at Farren’s Lake for their week. They will be sleeping in pitched tents the entire week. Farren’s Lake is a site about a 45 minute walk away from main camp.

Daily Activities:

Most of the daily activities for this program will take place at their site. They may go venturing in their canoes to do survival challenges.

For a more detailed schedule of your camper's Day-to-Day activities, visit the "Typical Day at Camp" page.

Extreme Adventures: Rocks Camp

Sleeping:

The Rocks Camp campers could stay at a variety of sites. Sites they have used in the past:

Daily Activities:

Most of the daily activities for this program will take place at the High Ropes course, Low Ropes course, or the Natural Rock Face. They will also visit the waterfront and main camp. This program goes on a multi-day trip to Kingston Mills to further their climbing adventures.

For a more detailed schedule of your camper's Day-to-Day activities, visit the "Typical Day at Camp" page.

CITs

Sleeping:

The CITs sleep in CIT Village. The Village consists of 4 tent platforms which is a wooden structure that holds a tent.  It has a wood floor off the ground and the campers sleep on vinyl mattresses on the floor.  The counsellors sleep in tent platforms nearby. During their placement week (2nd week), they will be sleeping on site with their placement group, not in CIT Village. This may mean they will sleep in whatever accommodations the other campers sleep in, or it may mean they sleep in a provided tent on that site, as space is sometimes limited.

Daily Activities:

Most of the daily activities are done in CIT Village, or in the dining hall (inclement weather) or in the field just outside the dining hall. They will also get the chance to use the waterfront, the High Ropes Course, on the Rock Face, and the Low Ropes Course.

For a more detailed schedule of your camper's Day-to-Day activities, visit the "Typical Day at Camp" page.

 

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