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It’s Back……….Family Camp – May 2018!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

You asked and we listen…………Family Camp is coming back! Join us at Silver Lake on the May long weekend (May 18-20) for a great weekend of adventure and family fun. The tentative schedule is available by clicking here -  2018 Family Camp Schedule

The weekend is perfect for children experiencing Silver Lake for the first time or for those who just can’t get enough of Silver Lake!  Play games in the field, sing songs around the campfire, eat in the dining hall, hang-out in the treehouse, try the climbing wall,  catch frogs in the pond, canoe on the lake, enjoy the sauna (maybe at night when the kids are asleep) or just hang-out.

Registration will open February 1, 2018 and will be available online. Please note the weekend runs Friday-Sunday (does not include holiday Monday).






The Barn, Fund-raising/Barn-raising Project

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

The Barn 2

We’re building and need your help! This fall we plan to begin construction on a new building we’re calling “The Barn” near the initiatives area.  The Barn will replace the existing picnic shelter (no longer usable) and will provide much needed program space for rainy and really hot days in the summer and cool days in shoulder seasons. It will be a fun place with a second floor loft that will provide space for campers to have sleep-outs (picture shown is not actual plan – plans will be posted when finalized)! Our goal is to raise $60,000 this fall! Please help us!

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 72 Pine Forest Drive Sauble Beach ON N0H 2G0. 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 (not SLMC).

Donate now via CanadaHelps!

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Outdoor Education for Schools

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Here’s an impressive statistic that speaks for itself. Since launching our Outdoor Education Program in 2014, every single group that has participated in the program has re-booked for multiple years!

With 150 acres of mixed forests and fields, 2 large spring fed lakes, over $1 million of new facilities and equipment including new cabins, dining hall, kitchen, climbing wall and low ropes elements, we’re more then just a summer camp! Since 2014, Silver Lake has provided powerful and meaningful learning experiences through our outdoor education program.  Our full-time Outdoor Education Director, Rebekah Caldwell, works directly with each group to custom design schedules, programs and menus based on the needs and desired learning outcomes for each group.

Please visit or call Rebekah direct at 519-422-3200. 



Fall Work Weekend, October 27-29, 2017

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Our annual Fall Work Weekend is set for Friday October 27 – Sunday October 29, 2017. 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.



Why Choose Silver Lake?

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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

New Juniper Cabin is Ready!

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

We’re happy to report the construction on the new Juniper cabin is now complete just in time for summer camp. Juniper is a hybrid of our two new cabin designs, with the brightness and airy feel of the treehouse cabins, coupled with the practicality of being low to the ground. Best of all……………..this cabin is wheelchair accessible! This new design allows for 16 beds and lots of common space in the centre. This brings our total heated, winterized sleeping capacity to 164!

A very special thank you to Silver Lake alumni Rachel Harder and Matt Snider for generously supporting the construction of this cabin!

Annual General Meeting: IMPORTANT UPDATE

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The rain that we endured in Southwestern Ontario has raised water levels to an unsafe level. In consultation with Grand River Conservation Authority and others, we have opted to change the plan for Saturday. Rather then paddling down the Grand River, we’ll walk/hike along the Millrace in St. Jacobs which is part of the Trans Canada Trail and runs beside the Conestogo River. The walk itself is 2 kms, ranges in duration from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours and is an “out and back” hike. The trail is very well maintained.  

Following the hike, we’ll meet at the Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs which the Shantz family has made available to us for dinner and a quick annual meeting. We hope to eat and meet at 5:30 pm.


The Formal Announcement: Notice is hereby given that the 2016 Annual General Meeting of Silver Lake Mennonite Camp Inc., will be held at Letson Park, West Montrose on Saturday May 13, 2017 at 5:30 pm.

The Not So Formal Announcement: We would like to invite you to a Pizza Dinner  (aka our Annual General Meeting)! The gathering will be held in Letson Park, adjacent to the Covered Bridge in West Montrose on Saturday May 13, 2017 at 6 pm. Dinner and Meeting begins at 5:30 pm.

Agenda & Reports: 2016 AGM Agenda and Reports

2016 Financial Statements will be distributed at the meeting.


Men’s Meat Retreat, Sept 22-24, 2017

Wednesday, March 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. Sponsored by our friends at Vincenzo’s in Waterloo.

Retreat Dates: September 22-24, 2017

Retreat Cost: $195

To Register: Retreat Registration Form

Spring Work Weekend – Thank you & Pictures

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Thank you to the 45 volunteers who braved very wet weather in an effort to get camp ready for summer campers. Despite the weather we accomplished an incredible amount of work: trenching new hydro lines, painting cabin floors, cutting danger trees, deep cleaning, getting out sailboats and canoes, splitting and distributing firewood, adding gravel and woodchips to walking paths and rebuilding the sauna! A special thank you to Elizabeth Klassen who quaterbacked efforts in the kitchen and ensured we had plenty of tasty food all weekend!

Fathers & Kids Retreat – January 13-15, 2017

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016