Overnight Camp

Overnight Camp Activities

At Kettleby Valley we offer a wide range of traditional overnight camp activities to choose from. Campers have the chance to participate in each activity at least once each week. Swim lessons are a mandatory part of our program and they take place once each day. Here are some examples with a video description.


Kettleby Valley is one of the only overnight camps near Richmond Hill that gives campers have the chance to develop their canoeing abilities and work towards their ORCKA badges. Water safety skills are an important part of being at an overnight camp. Campers are monitored by our canoeing staff and everyone must wear a personal flotation device while participating.

High Ropes Course

Many overnight camps offer a High Ropes Course – Kettleby Valley offers two courses! Our R.I.S.E. campers can sign up for our High Ropes Course throughout their camp session. Campers start by learning how to put on a harness and helmet. Then, they are treated to the thrill of working through the course either as an individual or as a team.

Low Ropes Course

Younger campers who visit our overnight camp take part in our Low Ropes program where they learn balance, coordination and the importance of spotting their fellow campers.

Archery & Cross Bow

Archery is a popular choice at our overnight camps. Anyone can get a bull’s eye, however the skill lies in being consistent. Our compound bows are easier to pull back have a steady aim. Our R.I.S.E. campers can also sign up for Crossbow throughout their overnight camp experience with us.

Climbing Wall

With two climbing walls at our overnight camps, there are plenty of routes to choose from. Campers use the techniques they’ve developed during Bouldering try and work their way to the top of the wall. Our older overnight campers also learn skills such as knot tying and belaying.


At our overnight camps, Bouldering is where our campers can develop their climbing skills. Knowing techniques such as a pinch hold and matching, or maneuvers such as mantling or a Gaston will help them have a successful experience at the climbing wall.

Fun With...

Our ‘Fun With’ involves cooperative games, problem-solving activities and initiative tasks. These activities help campers understand the importance of working together to succeed.


Performing in front of others can be intimidating for anyone. At our overnight camp’s drama program, we offer a safe and supportive environment where campers learn to cope with the nervousness of presenting while tapping into their creativity.

Arts & Crafts

Our arts and crafts program offered at our overnight camps gives children the opportunity to create unique projects while they’re at overnight camp. Campers choose the level of complexity that they want in their project and we provide the guidance necessary for them to complete it. Our R.I.S.E. campers can also sign up for pottery while at camp.


Instructional swim classes are held daily and are a mandatory part of our overnight camp experience. Waterfront safety in an important life skill and we want our campers to know and understand how to enjoy being on or in the water. Our certified Lifeguards and Swim Instructors teach the Lifesaving Society Swimmer and Canadian Swim Patrol levels. If campers have completed these levels we also offer the Lifesaving Society’s more advanced Bronze level programs.

Additional Activities

In addition to the activities listed above, we also offer Paintball, Frisbee Golf, Kayak Rolls and Pottery for our overnight camp participants.


Our campers live in cabins that house 4 or 8 children. For almost all of our overnight camp children, our Counsellors live in the same building. Like most overnight summer camps, Kettleby Valley’s campers sleep on bunks in our traditional wood cabins, with washroom facilities close by. Kettleby Valley is an overnight summer camp near Aurora, yet our natural setting feels like you’re much further away. Each morning, cabin inspection takes place. This provides staff with a fun way to motivate campers to keep their living area clean. Cabin Inspection is also a time where staff check to ensure that campers are clean, properly dressed and ready for each day.


There are few jobs that are more rewarding than connecting with campers and helping them develop their confidence and independence. That’s why many of our staff return to Kettleby Valley each year. Kettleby Valley is a place that both campers and staff feel at home.
Hiring the right counsellors is a responsibility we take very seriously. Each overnight camp staff member takes part in a personal interview with our Director. If we determine that the candidate has the potential to be successful, we follow up with three references. Finally, any successful candidate must agree to a police check.
As part of a team, everyone is supported and given the opportunity to grow. An in-depth training program takes place prior to the summer. Instructors always have current certifications appropriate to their activity.
Most importantly, we help our staff make meaningful connections with our campers to ensure that each child’s experience at Kettleby Valley is one that they will remember fondly.


At Kettleby Valley, campers wake up at 7:30 am. After they take care of their personal hygiene, campers make their way to ‘Morning Flag Break’. Breakfast is served at 8:00 am and cabin clean up follows.

During the day, our overnight camps program consists of a daily schedule filled with safe and exciting activities. Confidence is developed within each camper as they build their skills and competencies at the activities. Campers take part in our R.I.S.E. overnight camp program where they choose from activities such as Climbing Wall, Ropes Course Cross Bow, Archery and Paintball.

During our overnight camps, dinner is served at 5:30 pm and a free swim takes place immediately after. Following Free Swim, Campers take part in fun filled evening programs such as Campfire and Capture the Flag.

After Evening Program, the day finishes off with a snack, personal hygiene and some quiet cabin time with lights out between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm depending on the campers’ age.

Roasting marshmallows on an open fire is all part of the experience of an Overnight Summer Camp in Ontario

Our Residential Campers are provided with great meals served family style in our traditional camp Dining Hall. Kids love our food. We serve meals that are healthy and nutritious, but also popular with our campers. We use real cheese rather than processed, whole wheat bread rather than white and we bake food rather than deep fry.

Allergies and dietary restrictions are easily accommodated, and vegetarian/vegan options are always available at our overnight camp.

At Kettleby Valley, we see a meal as being more than just a time to eat. It is also a chance to develop togetherness and community.

Having the courage to try new things is an important lesson that children learn at summer camp and this extends to mealtime. We always encourage campers to try meals that perhaps they’ve never eaten before and the results are surprisingly positive.


Our Residential Campers take part in our R.I.S.E. program. This overnight camp program provides campers with a greater sense of RESPONSIBILITY and INDEPENDENCE.
With our R.I.S.E. program, campers have the chance to select a large portion of their daily schedule. This program gives Campers the chance to focus on SKILLS development while gaining a greater level of EXPERTISE in activities.
Each day consists of five periods. For three of the five periods, our R.I.S.E. Campers select the activity in which they will participate. Campers in the R.I.S.E. program continue to enjoy camp traditions like Highland Games and Lifesaving Society Swim Instruction. There are also activities such as Frisbee Golf, Paintball and Pottery that are exclusive to our R.I.S.E. program.
There is no need to do anything extra to register for R.I.S.E. – Campers who register for an overnight camp session will automatically be placed in the program.

Changing for Overnight Campers

Each camper is required to change their clothing at camp during our residential summer camp program. At Kettleby Valley, we our staff and campers are asked to adopt an approach to changing that involves respect and modesty.

Campers will have to change each morning and night in their cabins. Campers will also have to change for for activities like swimming. In these cases, accommodations are available for campers to change in private if they request to do so.

When changing in the cabins, campers and staff can change in their sleeping bags. Curtains can also be hung, and garments such as ‘Gofor Cover’ can be used to offer some privacy. A camper can also choose to change in the washroom stalls.

Everyone should feel at home when they’re at camp and we hope that our efforts around changing will help.

Upcoming Events
2019-09-04 00:00:00 2019-09-04 00:00:00 Sep 4th, 2019 609 Kettleby Rd

Fall Programming Begins!

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2020 Registration Opens!

Our 2020 registration will be open on Friday, November 1st 2019. Families who register early will ensure that they have a spot for next summer!...
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2020 Spring Open House

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