2019 Summer Program

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Overnight Camps

Family Camp, May 17-19: A great opportunity to get acquainted with Silver Lake! We provide the programming, staff, food and accommodation so you can enjoy camp together as a family.  When registering you opt for a private cabin, a shared cabin (invite another family – fun times!) or bring a tent/trailer – it’s up to you.  All ages.   Registration opens January 1.

Mini Camp As an introduction to Silver Lake this is the perfect camp! Mini Camp is 3 days and 2 nights  Counsellor to camper ratios are increased to ensure your child receives the attention needed to make the first camp experience amazing! We make the effort to accommodate bunk-mate requests so bring a friend!  Tip: For first time campers Mini-Camp is recommended.  New this year Mini Camp is available twice- June 30- July 2 and July 14-16 Ages 6-10

Camp 1:  Looking for a stay shorter than a full camp?  Camp 1 is 5 days and 4 nights. It’s a great opportunity to experience a taste of camp life   Go swimming at the pond, play games in the field, experience nature, make crafts and enjoy all camp has to offer. July 2-6. Ages 6-10

Mini Camp & Camp 1 Combined:  Stay the week for a full camp experience to start your summer off right. Special to this week: Bryan Moyer Suderman will be leading campers in Quest, the faith formation program at camp, and sharing some great music! June 30- July 6.  Ages 6-10

 Young X Hike: Looking for adventure this summer?  Combine time on-site at camp and time in God’s beautiful creation.  Hike the Bruce Trail, Canada’s longest continuous footpath, in Bruce Peninsula National Park. Campers spend the first few days onsite doing team-building, enjoying traditional camp activities and preparing for the trip. They start their off-site adventure mid-week and return to camp in time for showers and banquet on Friday. Led by qualified staff on carefully selected routes, this hike is perfect for forging new friendships and gaining practical outdoor skills. SLMC provides necessary equipment.  Silver Lake is proud to teach “no-trace” camping principles. June 30- July 6.  Ages 9-14

Young X Canoe:  Looking for adventure this summer?  Combine time on-site at camp and time in God’s beautiful creation.   Canoe down the Saugeen River. Spend the first few days onsite doing team-building, enjoying traditional camp activities and preparing for the trip. Start the off-site adventure mid-week and return to camp in time for showers and banquet on Friday. Led by qualified staff on carefully selected routes, this trip is perfect for forging new friendships and gaining practical outdoor skills. Participants must be confident in the water and pass a swim test.  SLMC provides necessary equipment.  Silver Lake is proud to teach “no-trace” camping principles. June 30- July 6  Ages 9-14

Camp 2: A great overnight camp with a taste of everything.  Campers participate in all camp has to offer including canoeing, crafts, kayaking, low ropes course, nature, archery, Quest, field games and worship/campfire. As a cabin, campers pick their activity schedule.  Tip to Camp 2 Parents: You can register a camper for 1 or 2 weeks. For 2 weeks, register for Camp 2 as well as Young Explorers Hike or Young Explorers Canoe.  July 7-13  Ages 9-14

NEW!! Algonquin 6 Night Canoe Trip *Saturday 2pm to Sunday 2pm.   After a day of preparation, campers leave for 6 nights out in beautiful Algonquin Park.  Campers learn boat safety, paddling fundamentals and skills.  Participants must be confident in the water and pass a swim test.  A PFD must be worn at all times when near, on or in the water. The final day is spent debriefing the trip, reflecting on the week and providing feedback about skill development, teamwork and initiative developed over the trip. With seasoned staff to guide the great outdoors awaits! This trip is perfect for forging new friendships and gaining practical outdoor skills. Must have previous experience on a minimum 2 night canoe trip.  SLMC provides necessary equipment.  Silver Lake is proud to teach “no-trace” camping principles. July 13- July 21.  Ages 14-16

Adventure Hike- Looking for adventure this summer?  Combine time on-site at camp and time in God’s beautiful creation.  Hike the Bruce Trail, Canada’s longest continuous footpath, near Cape Croker. Campers spend the first few days onsite doing team-building, enjoying traditional camp activities and preparing for the trip. They start their off-site adventure mid-week and return to camp in time for showers and banquet on Friday. Led by qualified staff on carefully selected routes, this hike is perfect for forging new friendships and gaining practical outdoor skills. SLMC provides necessary equipment.  Silver Lake is proud to teach “no-trace” camping principles. July 14-20.  Ages 9-14

NEW!! Rhythm and Song Camp- July 14-20  Ages 7-16 this camp is for anyone who loves to create with music!  Come to  drum, sing in groups, write your own song, or be part of a washtub band.  When not making music, campers explore a broad range of other camp activities.

NEW!! Newcomer Holiday:  It can be challenging when starting out on a new path in Canada to get a break.  Come to Silver Lake to take a deep breath and rejuvenate!   Silver Lake staff and Mennonite Central Committee Ontario staff  are ready to share a memory-making weekend with newcomer families. This weekend is for any family new to Canada.  July 19-21.  All ages.

NEW!! Women’s Bruce Trail Hike July 20-21.  For anyone who identifies as female, is at least 18, wants to hike about 20 kms a day two days in a row, enjoys a great dinner and is looking for a stay at an terrific retreat spot, this hike is for you! Must be able to walk at least 10 kms with relative ease prior to the hike.

NEW!! Climbing CampJuly 21- 27Ages 10-14. Grow climbing skills with great staff as guides.  Climbing camp provides a space for kids to explore climbing in a safe and welcoming environment.  Each day campers will learn and practice new climbing skills such as knot tying, belaying, and different climbing techniques. There will also be time at initiatives and at team building games.  When not climbing, campers explore a broad range of other camp activities.

Fishing Camp: July 21-27. Ages 10-14.  Grab your fishing rod and come to camp to reel in the fish at Silver Lake, Chesley Lake and  in the deep waters of Lake Huron!  When not fishing, campers explore a broad range of  camp activities.

NEW!! Drama Camp:  July 21-27.  Ages 10-14. Unleash your creativity through movement, improvisation,  drama games, scripting and acting.  Broaden your drama interests and be part of a drama presentation at camp.  When not doing drama, campers will explore a broad range of other camp activities.

NEW!! Boating Camp:  July 21-27. Ages 10-14. Canoe, kayak and sail at Silver Lake.  Learn safety habits and boating skills.  Participants must be confident in the water and pass a swim test.  When not boating, campers will explore a broad range of other camp activities.

NEW!! Food and Garden Camp:  July 21-27. Ages 10-14.    Connect with the food you eat!  Plant seeds, care for the garden,  build a bean trellis, harvest from the garden, identify and eat edible plants, preserve and dry food, make (and eat!) ice cream, cook pizza in the outdoor oven, create amazing campfire treats, compost and prepare soil for the next planting.  This camp takes you full circle with food!  Food never tasted so good.  When not gardening or making food, campers will explore a broad range of other camp activities.

Teen X Hike: July 28- August 3Ages 13-16. Enjoy time at camp and 3 nights on the Bruce Trail in the Bruce Peninsula.  Led by qualified staff on carefully selected routes, this hike is perfect for forging new friendships and gaining practical outdoor skills.  Silver Lake is proud to teach “no-trace” camping principles.  SLMC provides necessary equipment. Often Teen X campers stay for Teen Camp for a two week camp experience.

Teen X Canoe.  July 28- August 3.  Ages 13-16. Time onside and 4 days, 3 nights off-site in Massasauga Provincial Park.  Led by qualified staff on carefully selected routes, this canoe trip is perfect for forging new friendships and gaining practical outdoor skills.  Participants must be confident in the water and pass a swim test.  SLMC provides necessary equipment.  Silver Lake is proud to teach “no-trace” camping principles.  Often Teen X campers stay for Teen Camp for a two week camp experience.

Swimming Certification (Bronze Cross & Medallion), July 28- August 2 Ages 15-17. teaches lifesaving principles. Rescuers learn self-rescue techniques, defence and release methods, and tows and carries. Lifesavers develop strokes and endurance in a timed swim. Swimmers spend 6-7 hours a day focused on the course.  Evening programming is low-key due to the physical demands of the course and the need to review course materials.  At the end of the week and exam is conducted to assess skill level.

Teen Camp:   This camp is a must for any Teen! Onsite with lots of friends and time to enjoy camp to the fullest. The programming is tailored to teens with creative activities and plenty of time for traditional camp activities as well! Tip to Parents: You can register your camper for more than one week . Combine Teen Camp with a Teen X Hike or Teen X Canoe and /or the Canoe Adventure Trip.  August 4-10.  Ages 13-16.

Camp 5:  August 11-17Ages 7-12. A great overnight camp with a taste of everything.  Campers participate in all camp has to offer including canoeing, crafts, kayaking, low ropes course, nature, archery, Quest, field games and worship/campfire. As a cabin, campers pick their activity schedule.

Canoe Adventure Trip: August 11-17Ages 12-15. This trip, through the pristine waters of Massasauga Provincial Park, is 5 days and 4 nights in the wilderness with a night at camp at the beginning and the end of the trip.  Led by qualified staff on carefully selected routes, this canoe trip is perfect for forging new friendships and gaining practical outdoor skills.  Participants must be confident in the water and pass a swim test.  SLMC provides necessary equipment.  Silver Lake is proud to teach “no-trace” camping principles.

Skillz Camp:  August 18-24.  Ages 10-15  Looking to improve your skill?  Come to camp to get a badge when successfully completing skills in one of the following: swimming, archery, climbing, boating, basket-making, wood carving, wilderness survival or ukelele playing.  Have a ton of fun doing lots of other camp activities too!

Campers in Leadership Training

CAMPERS IN LEADERSHIP TRAINING (CILTs) is a 2 year program for ages 15-17 that equips campers to be effective leaders at camp and beyond.

CILT 1 is for 15 year olds (as of January 1, 2018) who want to learn leadership skills that can be used in all aspects of life. Participants are encouraged to develop a sense of self as they grow in understanding of leadership styles, group dynamics and communication skills. Open-ended spiritual discussions provide opportunities for spiritual growth. Participants build hard skills as they lead their 3 day backpacking trip on the Bruce Trail. July 14-27 or August 11-24.  Ages 15 and up 

CILT 2 is a program for teens who completed CILT 1 with a focus on counselling/staffing skills for use in the context of Christian Camping.  Space is limited!  Follows CILT 1  July 14-27 or July 28- August 10.

Day Camps

Ages 5-14 with Adventure activities (Climbing Tower, Archery) available for ages 11 and up.  Please note, new this year, lunch will only be provided on Fridays.

Discovery Day Camp 1 July 8-12
Discovery Day Camp 2 July 15-19
Discovery Day Camp 3 July 22-26
Discovery Day Camp 4 July 29-Aug 2
Discovery Day Camp 5 Aug 12-16