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Algonquin Canoe Trip, July 13-21

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019


NEW!! Algonquin 6 Night Canoe Trip: *Saturday July 13th at 2pm to Sunday July 21 at 2pm.   Ages 13-16.  After a day of preparation, campers leave for 6 nights out in beautiful Algonquin Park, putting in at Canoe Lake.  After 6 nights out under the stars, seeing wildlife and soaking in creation, the final day is spent at camp debriefing the trip, reflecting on the week and providing feedback about skill development, teamwork and initiative developed over the trip.  This trip is perfect for forging new friendships and gaining practical outdoor skills.

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Retreat Centre Starting to Take Shape!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

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Why Choose Silver Lake?

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

While we do like to be modest, we are confident when we say Silver Lake is one of the best camps in Ontario.

Best Staff: All of our staff have graduated from our two year leadership program, CILTs. In addition, many of them grew up attending camp at Silver Lake and know first-hand the positive impact they can have on the lives of campers. We have expensive professional development experiences and training for all year-round and summer staff. Our on-site, camper to staff ratio is 2:1, all staff have Standard First Aid with CPR and nearly half are lifeguards (all swimming and waterfront activities are supervised by lifeguards). Bottom line: our staff are here because they love kids!

Best Food: Quality, homemade food is culturally significant to Mennonites, and campers will experience that first hand while at camp! Freshly baked bread, homemade mac and cheese, soups and sauces from scratch and the list goes on. Most of our food, including meats and produce, is sourced from local farmers or from one of our two gardens.  Yum Yum!

Best Facilities: Over the past 5 years, we have invested over one million dollars in our facilities and property including a new dining hall, renovated commercial kitchen, five new camper cabins (soon to be seven), new washrooms and plenty of program equipment from a new archery range and an expanded low ropes course to a water trampoline and sailboats.


Best Program: We’re constantly visiting other camps, outdoor education centers, and taking in conferences all in an effort to provide exceptional programming. At Silver Lake we dedicate each week at camp to a different age range to ensure your camper is there with others of similar age (6-10 yrs, 7-12 yrs, 9-14 yrs, 13-16 yrs) . That also allows us to tailor the programming to their specific age range.

Ready for the best? Registration for Summer 2016 begins  February 1, 2016 12:01 am.  Write it on your calendar, create a reminder on your computer, post sticky notes throughout the house, do whatever it takes, just be sure you register early!  Please see the summer schedule below. If you have any questions, please contact the office – 519-422-1401 or  or

Fall Work Weekend, October 26-28, 2018

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Our annual Fall Work Weekend is set for Friday October 26 – Sunday October 28, 2018. Plan to arrive anytime on Friday (just let us know if you’ll be around for meals on Friday) and enjoy a great weekend of outside work, great food and great fellowship!

Please RSVP to (more information will be sent to you once you RSVP)

NOTE: We have arranged the retreat and rental schedule to allow for some consistency in the dates for Spring and Fall Work Weekends. Spring Work Weekend will be the first weekend in May while Fall Work Weekend will be the last weekend of October.



Paddle the Grand – A Grand Success!

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Thanks to the hard-work (it’s hard and awkward to ask people for money!) of 75 paddlers, lots donors and our super hosts Brad Carr and Susan Wagler, Paddle the Grand was a Grand success! Collectively we raised $30,000! That total marks one of our most successful events to date!  Not only did we exceed our goal of $25,000, we had a lot of fun along the way! Check out the pictures below.  Our CanadaHelps site for Paddle the Grand will remain active for donations until May 21 -  Make a Donation to Paddle the Grand


Fathers & Kids Retreat – January 18-20, 2019

Monday, May 7th, 2018

The Barn Project, More Info & Donate!

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

We’re building a Barn and need your help! A FAMILY HAS GENEROUSLY OFFERED TO MATCH DONATIONS FOR THIS The_Barn_Permit_Plans-7PROJECT! The total project will cost $60,000 to construct which means if we collectively raise $30,000 it will be matched!

THE STRATEGY: We had 739 campers attend SLMC in 2017, so if we divide that into $30,000 (the amount we need to raise) it works out to $40.60 PER CAMPER!  So…if you had 1 camper the amount would be $40.60 (matched for a total contribution of $81.20), if you had 2 campers the amount would be $81.20 (matched for a total contribution of $162.40) and 3 campers the amount would be $121.80 (matched for a total contribution of $243.60). Of course not every family will be able to make a donation (we completely understand), so if you have capacity to donate more please do so – the full amount will be matched! Just click the CanadaHelps link below to make a donation! Additional information about the project is below.

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THE PROJECT:  The Barn will be a multi-purpose building near the low-ropes elements and climbing wall. It will anchor those program areas and serve as much needed rainy day and/or gathering space in the summer and shoulder seasons. The second level, or loft, will provide a cool place for campers to trek to for sleep-outs with their cabins. It will be a bright, airy and fun place for campers and staff!

We welcome financial donations via one of the following methods:

#1. Cheque: Please send a cheque clearly marked for “The Barn” to Silver Lake Mennonite Camp 209-50 Kent Street Kitchener ON N2G 3R2. We will issue a tax receipt for the full amount of the donation.

#2. On-Line:  If you are looking for a quick option, please click the link below to donate through CanadaHelps. Please note CanadaHelps will issue the tax receipt directly and instantly (not SLMC).




Donate now via CanadaHelps!











2018 Men’s Meat Retreat Photos

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Men’s Meat Retreat, Sept 21-23, 2018

Friday, September 1st, 2017

One of our most popular retreats, participants will enjoy a carnivorously-rich menu that will leaving you begging for vegetables by the end of it. Meals are prepared by Foodie and Wine Master Dave Lobe while Chip Bender gives us something to chew on theologically.  This retreat has been full the past 4 years so be sure to register early.  More information can be found by clicking here.

Retreat Dates: September 21-23, 2018

Retreat Cost: $225

To Register: Retreat Registration Form

2018 Summer Schedule and Registration Information

Sunday, March 5th, 2017