Kettleby Valley Camp

Our Traditional Ontario Summer Camp

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Information About Our Ontario Summer Camp

Kettleby Valley Camp is an Ontario summer camp that’s filled with fun and adventure for children ages 5 through 14. As an accredited member of the Ontario Camps Association, we have been the summer camp Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Aurora, and Toronto families have chosen for years. Conveniently located just a short drive from the GTA, Kettleby Valley provides a northern camp setting without the three hour drive. Kettleby Valley has over 60 acres with forests, fields, rolling hills and a modest waterfront highlighting the beautiful setting. These features give the summer camp a remote feeling. The site has been home to a summer camp since 1957 and has always been known for its northern Ontario camp feeling.

Our summer camp program provides a fantastic experience for children to develop their confidence through a healthy sense of independence. Our day camps cater to kids as young as 4 1/2 and as old as 14. Our overnight camps are offered in one week and two week sessions. We also offer a one night overnight camp experience for campers who want a gradual transition from our day camp to our residential summer camp program.

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Kettleby Valley – An Excellent Summer Camp Choice for Families in Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Aurora, and Toronto

Many of our campers come from nearby Newmarket. However, we are more than just a Newmarket Summer Camp. We have formed many long-lasting relationships with families in Aurora, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, Maple and Toronto as well. Each year we see familiar faces returning to our overnight summer camp from as close as Kettleby and as far away as China.

Adventure camps are often the summer highlight for kids across Ontario. It’s important to choose the right kids’ camp for your children. Their time at camp can be one of the most formative experiences in their life, as they learn to become independ and build their confidence with new friends and old. Your kids may remember the adventures they have at summer camp and the friends they make for many years to come. This is one reason why we’re the summer camp Toronto kids love!

One of best things about our kids’ camp is that our location is perfect for an overnight camp in Ontario – just 15 minutes west of Newmarket, 30 minutes north of Richmond Hill, 10 minutes west of Aurora, and less than 60 kilometres from downtown Toronto. You couldn’t ask for a more convenient location for a kids’ camp.

We know that you want your kids to have the best experience possible at camp, whether it’s a day camp or an overnight summer camp adventure. Kettleby Valley Camp has everything your kids need to have an amazing summer.

There are many options for overnight camps in Ontario, so why choose Kettleby Valley as the camp for your kids? Our kids camp stands out from other summer camps because of our focus on fun, personal development, and community. And with the beautiful natural location, you’d never know we were a summer camp near Toronto.

“My two daughters went to overnight camp for the first time last summer and had the time of their lives at Kettleby! We were all thrilled with this camp. The location, the price, the quality of lodging, food, staff and FUN was excellent! It was a life changing experience for them, literally.”

Chad – Parent

Our programs at Kettleby Valley represent great value. Day camp programs include a hot lunch, daily Red Cross swim lessons, and transportation to and from the camp for $470 a week. Overnight campers can stay for a week of summer camp for only $740!

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Traditional Summer Camp Activities for your Kids to Enjoy!

We make sure that each camper has a schedule filled with a variety of activities that are both safe and exciting. Our outdoor activities include Canoeing, Climbing Wall, Ropes Course, Archery, Swimming, Arts and Crafts, Drama and more. In addition to these activities, our Overnight Summer Camp Program also offers Kayak Rolls, Paintball, Pottery, Frisbee Golf, and more.

“Kettleby Valley has given her so many great memories and she’s developed strong friendships with both campers and counselors alike. As a parent I can’t imagine any place where I’d feel more comfortable sending my child.”

Alan – Parent

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Summer Camp Food

Our kitchen offers a variety of delicious menu items for everyone at our kids camp. Our goal is to provide meals that are both popular and nutritious. Great food is an important part of a residential camp experience, particularly for a campers who has never been away from home before.

We accommodate for any and all dietary restrictions and allergies with care and consideration. This includes gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free. We do not serve or prepare food that may contain nuts.

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Our Staff

Our staff are committed to promoting a safe and personally challenging environment at our summer camp. We offer a staff to camper ratio that’s better than 1 staff to 4 campers, ensuring that each child is provided with the proper care and attention. We choose each of our camp staff very carefully to ensure that they are up to the task. There are few jobs that ask more of you and provide more rewards than that of a summer camp counsellor and our staff and understand and embrace this.

We teach our staff to understand the balance between providing campers with guidance while leaving room for them to develop a healthy sense of independence. Counsellors build personal connections with campers so that they are successful in achieving this balance.

Our staff appreciate the responsibility they have in ensuring that each child’s summer camp experience is positive. Each staff member takes part in a personal interview with our Director. Prior to offering employment, the personal references of any new applicant are contacted. We then extend an offer employment once we are satisfied that the candidate is worthy of the responsibility. Criminal checks are mandatory to everyone who is hired. Before the summer begins our staff take part in an in-house training program. In addition to this, many of our summer camp staff take part in off-site training and workshops to enhance their competencies, qualifications and certifications. Along the way, our senior staff provide the necessary guidance and resources for our staff to succeed. This formula adds to a high performing team of young, energetic role models unique to our summer camp.

Overnight Camp Promotes Confidence and Independence

Our overnight summer camp is a safe and supportive environment where children can become confident through developing independence. Being away from home offers summer campers the chance to see themselves from an entirely new perspective. Working with their cabin mates, making great friends, choosing their daily activities and experiencing natural consequences to the decisions they make leads to a higher level of self-esteem. The result is a summer camp experience that is safe, fun and exciting.

We know that some children find being away from home more challenging than others. It is these campers who benefit most from the camp experience. When necessary, we provide support by offering strategies to help alleviate their anxiety of being away from home. We provide updates to the parents of campers who are finding the experience challenging. By the end of the week, these campers feel an overwhelming sense of achievement and gain a healthy perspective of the challenges ahead in life.

Sleeping in cabins at summer camp is an important part of the experience. These buildings provide more that the just basic amenities of a bunk and shelter from the elements. The cabins represent common ground where friendships can grow. When everyone lives in the same types of cabins and shares their meals in the same building, they experience a sense of unity and togetherness. Some of our older campers are housed in smaller cabins with four beds and their counsellors in the adjacent cabin. Most campers sleep in our larger cabins with eight beds. Counsellors stay in the same building in a separate room to balance independence with the necessary supervision.

We offer our R.I.S.E. program for campers who have completed grade 4 or higher. These campers are able to choose part of their daily schedule from activities such as Canoeing, Kayak Rolls, Bouldering, Archery, Crossbow, Paintball, Frisbee golf, Arts and Crafts, Pottery, Climbing Wall, High Ropes and more. By giving campers a choice, we believe that campers will develop a greater sense of responsibility and independence. This program also provides campers with the chance to develop advanced skills and expertise that leads to a greater level of confidence. We like to think that our R.I.S.E. program puts us among the best summer camps in Ontario.

One of the biggest advantages we have at Kettleby Valley is that we can offer our traditional summer camp program to campers within minutes of Toronto. We are an overnight camp in Ontario that’s nestled in the heart of York Region. Campers love what our program has to offer and parents have the peace of mind that their children are never far from home.