Camp Awakening

For kids & teens 8-16 years

Our traditional, overnight summer camp programs provide youth with physical disabilities the opportunity to make genuine face-to-face connections; learn to lead healthy, active lives; discover the wonders of nature; and challenge their perceived limitations.

Just one session at camp has campers building important life, social, and wilderness skills and realizing greater independence.  Most importantly, they're having a ton of fun and making great new friends!

NEW CAMPER FAMILIES: Before applying, please contact the camp office to discuss eligibility criteria and suitable session options.

Session dates

July 15-august 21, 2023

Session Fees

$950-$1,850

Questions?

Speak with our director

Frequently asked Questions

We are thrilled to return to the shores of Gull and Eagles lakes for the summer of 2023!

With the beginning of camp still several months away, not all of our plans can be 100% confirmed right now. As with last summer, we will be working with our host camps, medical advisors, and the Ontario Camps Association, as well as following mandates and guidelines provided to us by The Ministry of Health and regional Public Health units.

While we are still working to finalize COVID policies we expect some of our plans may include, but are not limited to, vaccination mandates as well as masking and testing as necessary. We will update this page to keep you informed of the health regulations we are putting in place.

Applications for returning campers will open November 1, 2022. New campers may begin applying on November 15, 2022.

Please be advised that applying for camp does not guarantee acceptance or registration in any Camp Awakening program. If your camper is new to Camp Awakening the first step of the application process is to contact the camp office to set up an intake interview.

The dates for SUMMER 2023 are:

Session 1                       Saturday, July 1 – Friday, July 14                                16-18 MILES       Boys & Girls

Session 2                       Saturday, July 15 – Thursday, July 27                        14-16                     Boys

                                            Saturday, July 15 – Friday, July 28                              14-16                     Girls

Session 3                       Tuesday, August 1 – Monday, August 14                13-15                     Boys & Girls

Session 4                       Tuesday, August 15 – Monday, August 21              8-12                       Boys & Girls

*The age ranges listed for each session are strictly to be used as guidelines.

Camp Awakening’s traditional camp programs are partnered with established Ontario summer camps – Kilcoo Camp for boys in Minden (Haliburton Highlands) & Camp Oconto for girls in Tichborne (north of Kingston) – offering an accessible cabin, a wide range of adapted outdoor activities, and a safe & inclusive environment.

Our host camps – Kilcoo Camp for boys and Camp Oconto for girls – have incredible facilities.  Access to a wide range of activities both on land and on water allow campers to try something new and challenge their perceived limitations at their own pace and at their own level of ability. 

Every day is different and we do our best to ensure every camper has the opportunity to try all the available activities, regardless of experience. The camp staff will teach and guide campers step-by-step.  

Activities include:

Archery
Arts & Crafts
Campfires
Canoeing
Ceramics/Pottery
Challenge Courses
Chapel (non-denominational Sunday morning gathering)
Cook-outs
Climbing Tower
“Crash-surfing” (Windsurfing Awakening-style!)
Dance
Diving Tower
Drama
Field Trips
Frisbee Golf
Horseback Riding (girls only)
Kayaking
Land Sports & Activities
Nature
Paddle Boarding
Parasports
Sailing
Special All-Camp Games
Swimming
Tennis
Woodwork
Yoga

During their session at camp, each camper will also have the opportunity to take part in a canoe trip where they will learn to paddle a canoe, pitch a tent, and cook over a campfire.

Activities of Daily Living:

Campers are reasonably independent with their activities of daily living (eating, dressing, and toileting) and must be able to direct their own care.

Camp Awakening does not provide direct 1:1 support, however our camper to staff ratio is typically 2:1.

Camp staff are trained to offer support with personal care routines as caregivers.  Staff do not have a PSW designation or provide full attendant care services, but definitely provide help & support with meal times, dressing, bathroom routines and adapting camp activities for meaningful participation.

Assistive Devices:

Approximately 75% of campers use an assistive device and they bring their equipment to camp from home.

However, Camp Awakening provides an all-terrain wheelchair for each summer camp program. It is used by multiple campers in a single day to travel between activity areas, as needed.

Cabins:

The Camp Awakening cabins are located in the heart of each host camp – and across from the dining halls!

Each cabin has electricity; ramps; two wheelchair-accessible washrooms with showers, plus storage and a single bed for each camper.  Staff sleep in the same cabin, but in a separate room.

Host Camps:

Camp Awakening summer camp programs operate out of established Ontario summer camps – Kilcoo Camp for boys & Camp Oconto for girls.

While Camp Awakening staff are great role models and mentors skilled at adapting activities to meet each campers’ desire for adventure, the camp properties are rustic.  There are gravel and dirt pathways and several small hills. For these reasons, power wheelchairs can be difficult to accommodate at camp.

Financial Assistance

Camp Awakening has information on a wide variety of financial assistance options and will support your family in your efforts to secure appropriate funding or create a payment plan.

The Director will speak with you privately and confidentially about fees & financial assistance.