Programs & Activities

Wenonah campers choose programs that meet their individual interests. On the first day of Camp, each camper selects three Personal Individual Choice (PIC) activities that present a challenge or provide a new experience. Campers can choose either instructional badge level programs (such as swimming, kayaking, sailing, canoeing, archery), or recreational programs (arts, crafts, digital photography, landsports, climbing & initiatives, fitness club).

Please Note: Though personal selection of activities is not available during the one week introductory experiences nor WEEnonah, campers will participate in “best of” programming as they rotate through the most popular activity areas with their cabin groups.

Water Activities

Aqua Sports
AquaThe perfect way to stay cool on hot Summer days! This recreational program is an awesome way to play in and around the water, making use of Camp’s beautiful beach and dock areas. Campers will enjoy Wenonah favourites including water polo, snorkeling, “Rivers & Dams”, synchronized swimming, and use of the diving board. When swimming is involved, the fun runs as deep as the lake!

Canoeing
Summer Camp Canoeing - Camp WenonahCanoeing is part of the rich heritage of camping in Canada. We are proud to continue this tradition at Camp by offering a comprehensive canoeing program. The canoeing PIC balances instructional activities with lots of fun activities. Campers work towards various skill levels (including those offered by the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association) while also playing games and exploring both Clear and Saw Lakes. Whether paddling for the first time, or learning how to solo paddle a canoe, the canoeing program offers challenges and rewards for every camper.

Kayaking (flatwater)
Camp Wenonah kayaking muskokaOur very popular flatwater kayaking program stresses having fun and developing kayaking skills in a safe environment. Campers receive lessons based on their skill and experience level, and also participate in activities that can include relays, games, and kayak hikes. Campers may choose to work towards one of five Wenonah certificate levels. Skills taught include basic to advanced manoeuvring, bracing, and rolls.

Kayaking (white water)
WW Kayak (3)Perfect for older campers with advanced kayaking experience! This program progresses from the flatwater kayak levels at Wenonah, and focuses on the safety and principles of moving water, as well as paddling skills and techniques. Campers that meet set safety and skill prerequisites may choose to participate in a day-long trip to the Minden White Water Preserve (site of the 2015 Pan-American Games white water kayaking competition). The thrill of paddling on moving water is an unforgettable experience!

** White water kayaking is ONLY available for one-month campers aged 13-15 years. Campers MUST have already attained Kayaking Wenonah Level 2 to participate in the white water kayak PIC.

Sailing
Camp Wenonah - summer camp sailingGliding across the blue waters of Clear Lake on a hot Summer day is a magical experience. Wenonah’s acclaimed sailing program has been developed with the levels and standards of the Ontario Sailing Association and Canadian Yachting Association in mind. Lasers and Picos comprise the Wenonah sailing fleet. Depending on their skill level, campers will learn basic to advanced skills while harnessing the power of the Muskoka winds.

Campers may choose to take either Camp Wenonah levels, or advanced Canadian Yachting Association levels (CYA levels are only available to one month campers).

Swimming
Camp Wenonah - summer camp swimmingThe comprehensive Wenonah swim program ensures that each camper receives the highest standards of instruction and programming. Campers are taught in one of two swim areas at Camp, and are supervised by qualified lifeguards and instructors.

Wenonah offers both Red Cross swim and water safety levels and advanced Lifesaving Society levels (Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross) for those older campers attending for one month.

Land Activities
Archery
Arch 2Bullseye! The Wenonah archery program has been developed with the standards and guidelines of the Ontario Archery Association in mind. The archery range is located in a safe woodland setting and provides challenges for both the novice and the advanced archer. Campers can take aim at achieving one of the Wenonah house levels, or they can try their hand at some unique games (including Archery Golf, Bowling, or Battleship).

Climbing
Camp Wenonah - summer camp climbingGet ready to get a bird’s eye view of Camp! A 30 foot high climbing wall, a vertical playground, repelling platform and a group initiatives course offer the perfect venues to enhance group cooperation, self-esteem, and confidence, and to have FUN! Specially trained program facilitators lead campers in activities that serve as stepping stones to improving communication, problem solving skills and community development.

Fitness Club
Fit ClubBe fit at Camp! The Fitness Club introduces campers to a variety of opportunities to have fun and stay healthy at Camp. This PIC encourages campers to set personal goals and develop healthy exercise habits, allowing them to have fun in a fit and active way. Campers will participate in a fun program that balances fitness testing, pilates, yoga, team sports, aerobics, and cardio training. A great way to sweat under the sun this Summer!

Landsports
Camp Wenonah - landsports - summer camp mini golfLandsports is a hugely popular recreational program. Campers participate in a variety of land-based games and activities. Landsports specializes in old favourites that are unique to the Camp setting. Campers will have lots of fun playing ultimate frisbee, camouflage, Mini-Golf, beach volleyball, and many other Camp favourites!

Outdoor Living Skills
Outdoor EdFostering a healthy respect for the wilderness and developing outdoor survival skills is the focus of this popular PIC. This unique program teaches campers outdoor living and survival skills throughout Wenonah’s wilderness areas. Campers immerse themselves in activities such as geocaching, shelter building, outdoor cooking, and firemaking, as well as personal safety and management in a wilderness setting. Living in the wild and loving it!

Tennis
Tennis (5)Two tennis courts were recently built at Camp. This PIC introduces this popular sport to campers, and allows them to learn and develop basic tennis skills. The recreational focus means that campers play in round robins, ladders, and an end-of-session tournament. If you have a tennis racquet at home, bring it with you to Camp! Both beginning and veteran players are welcome.

Creative Activities

Acoustic Guitar
GuitarThe opportunity for creativity, working together, and creating great music are the focus of Camp’s acoustic guitar program. Beginner guitarists will learn basic chords and popular songs while advanced players can develop their knowledge of theory and learn skills to play more challenging pieces. Campers often share their talents during Camp Wenonah Little Theatre Nights and at campfires. Campers may wish to bring their own guitar or, use one of the Camp guitars.

Arts
Camp Wenonah - summer camp artsFor the budding Picasso, Monet, or Pollock! The emphasis is on encouraging individual expression using a variety of visual media such as paper, wood, natural objects and wax. Our kiln also allows provides great opportunities for campers to use clay to make pottery pieces. This PIC is sure to challenge both beginner and advanced artists!

Crafts
CraftsCrafts allows campers to foster creative energies. This program features classic camp crafts that are sure to be fun for everyone! Campers will work with tie-dye, papier mache, leather, and jewelry. Crafts draws inspiration from nature and tradition, allowing campers to be truly inspiried!

Digital Photography
digital photography at summer campsHave fun while learning techniques to improve your photography skills! Campers learn how to take better pictures, and also focus on photo editing as part of this PIC. The highlight of this PIC is the option to participate in a challenge through the Roberta Bondar Foundation, where they will be encouraged to use their cameras “as a gateway to learning about our environment.” A Wenonah camper was the first ever Grand Prize winner in the Bondar Summer Camp Challenge!

Paddle Making
Paddlemaking (3)This hands-on program is a big favourite at Wenonah! With the support of Oconto Paddles, Wenonah campers have the opportunity to create their own canoe paddles from paddle blanks available at Camp and return home with their finished product. Making one’s own paddle is a rewarding activity. Campers are encouraged to take ownership over their project, while we provide them with the tools to make their dream paddle a reality.

Theatre
CWLT 3The opportunity for self expression, creativity, improvisation, and fun is emphasized in the theatre program. Campers will explore their imagination and creativity while building voice projection and movement skills. Activities include theatre games, improvisation, skits, movement and the opportunity to perform before an audience. This PIC offers campers the opportunity to participate in a wide range of dramatic and musical games and activities. Experienced staff work with campers as they choreograph and rehearse a show to be performed by the campers for the full Camp.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program
Camp Wenonah offers opportunities for youth taking part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program to achieve components of their Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels while at Camp. These components include both the Adventurous Journey and Residential Project.

Please contact us if you’d like more information.

Canoe Trips

Tripping 4Wenonah offers overnight canoe trip camping experiences for campers of all ages and abilities. Wenonah is fortunate to sit on a lake that serves as a prime destination for outstanding canoe trip experiences. Any camper attending for at least two weeks will participate in a cabin-based canoe trip through Saw Lake to maintained camp sites on the Canadian Shield, where they cook meals on an open fire, and sleep in tents.

Campers staying for one month or longer can choose to participate in an extended trip. These trips take place on some of Ontario’s most renowned trip routes, including in Algonquin Park and the Frost Centre (Haliburton Highlands).

Participants in the POLARIS leadership development program will participate in a week-long canoe trip in Algonquin Park.

Other Activities
Other great Wenonah program activities include:
    • Mini Golf
    • Gaga Ball
    • Camp Clubs
    • Beach Volleyball
    • Photography
    • Frisbee Golf
    • Ping Pong
    • Tetherball
    • Girls Camp and Boys Camp Section Programs
    • Morning Dip
    • Daily General Swim
    • Wenonah Games (four day Olympics at the end of each month)
    • Campfires
    • Reflections Program
    • Fishing
    • Theme Programs
    • Theme Meals
    • Daily Options
    • Wide Games (Capture the Flag etc…)
    • Cook-outs
    • Evening Programs
    • Cabin Challenge (cabin-based challenges held mid-month)
    • Co-operative Games
    • Environmental Activity
    • Orienteering
    • Astronomy
    • Sunday Mega Options
    • Storytelling
    • Sunrise/Sunset Canoe Paddles
    • Camp Wenonah Little Theatre Night
    • Candlelight program and slide show to end each Period

A Typical Day at Camp Wenonah:

7:30 amWake Up & Morning Dip

8:15 amBreakfast

9:00 amMorning Watch

9:30 amPIC #1

11:00 amPIC #2

12:30 pmLunch

1:15 pmRest Hour

2:30 pmPIC #3

4:00 pmCabin Choice / Section Programs

5:30 pmDinner

6:45 pmOptions & General Swim

8:00 pmEvening Watch

8:30 pmIn Cabins (Junior campers / Evening Program (Senior campers)

9:30 pmIn Cabin (Senior campers)

** Introductory Period schedules vary from the above schedule.

Schedules

You can find our sample Summer Camp schedules here.