Children who have completed Junior Kindergarten will fit right in to our Day Camp. Our site is challenging for anyone younger than this to get around. Our overnight is for children who have completed grade 3 and up.
We primarily divide the Campers based upon the grade that they have completed in school. We rarely ever mix day Campers more than one grade apart. Other factors include gender and the duration of their sessions at Kettleby Valley.
All buses arrive around 9:00 am. Following announcements, Campers head off to their first scheduled activity. Everyone is treated to a swim lesson followed by a free swim each day. Groups take part in other exciting activities such as Canoeing, Climbing Wall, Ropes Course, Drama, Nature, Arts and Crafts and Archery throughout the week. Groups are scheduled for lunch between 11:30 am. and 1:30 pm. At 3:30 pm, we have final announcements and by 4:00 pm the buses are back on the road and heading for home. For a look at a sample schedule click here.
For our residential program, wake up is at 7:30 am. After morning circle, Campers file into the lodge for breakfast. From 8:30 to 9:00 am, campers get ready for their day by packing their day bags and tidying their cabins. Following morning announcements, Campers head off to their first activity. Campers are scheduled for lunch between 12:30 and 1:30 pm. As well as their day time, Resi Campers choose to take part in additional exciting activities before dinner such as Canoeing, Climbing Wall, Ropes Course, Drama, Nature, Arts and Crafts and Archery. These additional activities wrap up at about 5:00 pm and dinner is held at 5:15 pm. After dinner, ‘Resi Campers’ are back in the pool for their second swim of the day and then it’s EVENING PROGRAM. Whether it’s a Camp classic Campfire or Capture the Flag or a Kettleby Valley Original, the Campers finish the day with a bang. Lights out is between 8:30 and 9:30 pm.
We provide a daily family style hot lunch for all campers. Lunch consists of a main course, side dishes (potato product, veggies & dip, salad) and a vegetarian alternative for those who have requested one. Pasta and sauce is always available as an alternative. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding our food.
Our Staff to Camper Ratio never exceeds 1 to 4. In many cases it is lower.
Our Cabins can hold as many as 8 campers. For our younger campers, our counsellors reside in the same cabin as the children to ensure a higher level of supervision.
We hold our Open House in June. Prior to June, arrangements can be made for a tour by contacting our office.
Cell phones can get lost or damaged during our active days and nights. They can also be a disruption to our program. We have also had situations where Campers misuse their cell phone at Camp. For this reason, we ask that no cell phones be brought to Camp.
We cannot accommodate each Camper phoning home at night. However we can have them email a letter home and we encourage you to send emails and letters. You can also leave letters to be given to them throughout the week with the Residential Director.
Although it varies in severity, homesickness is perfectly normal and should be expected to a certain degree. We know that talking about homesickness helps and that’s where we begin if a Camper is experiencing any rough patches at Camp. Our conversations are kept short and focus on the positives. Keeping them busy is important. We also encourage Campers who are homesick to write a letter home. The vast majority of Campers respond to these and other strategies that we use. Being away from home is necessary for the natural development of a Campers confidence and independence.
If you live in Maple, Woodbridge, Kleinburg, Richmond Hill, Oak Ridges, Newmarket, or Aurora we will pick up and drop off at your home. If you live in Markham, or Toronto, we have centrally located pick up spots. Our morning pick up time ranges from 8:00 to 8:50 am and our afternoon drop off times are from 4:15 to 5:15 pm.
We offer a limited number of spaces for campers with special needs such as Down Syndrome, Asperger’s, and Autism. We offer a one to one staff to camper ratio to ensure that the children get the level of care and supervision that they require.
First, your child is encouraged to inquire in person. If interested in looking after children, looking after personal needs is an asset. Please have them go to our Employment page on our website. Interviews begin in January and although we benefit from a high return rate, there are usually positions available.
Each staff member takes part in a personal interview with the Director. We also require 3 references for any new candidate. Finally, we require a police check be submitted by each staff member.
Many of our staff have grown up at Kettleby Valley as Campers. Others have heard of us through friends, family and neighbours.