IAWAH is the ultimate destination for outdoor recreation and leadership development in eastern Ontario. We provide outdoor experiences for groups in the fall and spring that equip students with critical skills for everyday life and success. You can choose from a number of great packaged programs or work with our education team to customize an experience to suit your group size, age and goals. Whether it's addressing group dynamics, or building teamwork and community skills, our team can help you meet your goals.
Full programming for schools runs May 29 to June 24, 2017. Rates are based on stay length and amount of IAWAH programming. Charges are per student; there is no charge for adult supervisors.
Ontario's Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is included in all costs. Costs are subject to change without notice.
For an official quote, please review the Schools Guide below and then contact the Registrar at IAWAH with the estimated number of students, and activities of interest at email@example.com.Download School Guide 2017
If you're not booking a school event for the spring, please follow this link to find Retreat Rates.
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Recommended for grades 4 & up
Offered late spring and early fall, this program provides basic instruction in flat water canoeing skills. Participants will learn small craft safety, equipment use, and paddling techniques while exploring a portion of Wolfe Lake. Groups may be assigned either 25-foot voyageur canoes or traditional 17-foot tandem canoes. Keep your eyes open as sightings of loons, turtles and other wildlife are common.
Recommended for grades 5 & up
Students work in small groups to design their own pit and build a fire. Technique and safety precautions in choosing a campfire location are covered.
Recommended for grade 2 & up
IAWAH staff instruct students in the art of outdoor cooking and students learn the specific characteristics of a cooking fire by preparing a snack over an open flame.
Recommended for grade 2 & up
Whatever the season, whether snowy, wet or dry, participants can learn how to construct a usable shelter with minimal supplies and resources. This activity involves creative thinking and group cooperation.
Recommended for grade 6 & up
Orienteering is a recognized sport that uses a compass and map to navigate through a series of checkpoints. Participants learn the parts of a compass, how to take bearings and read a map, along with other related skills. IAWAH's orienteering courses offer a range of challenges for varying skill levels.
Recommended for grades 7 & up
Students learn about archery equipment, technique and safety guidelines prior to target shooting in the indoor or outdoor archery range. IAWAH offers the use of compound and olympic recurve bows.
Recommended for grades 2 & up
Students look at the complex relationships between animals and their environment and the diversity found in a pond ecosystem. Discover life forms of all shapes and sizes— aquatic macro-invertebrates, reptiles, birds, amphibians and mammals. This hands-on experience is sure to bring science to life.
Recommended for grades 2 & up
IAWAH staff guide participants along one of several beautiful, natural* trails, highlighting points of interest which explore the diversity of nature. Discover beaver ponds, northern mixed hardwood forest, seasonal flowers, rocks and minerals and poisonous and edible plants. Watch for animal tracks to discover the wildlife living nearby. Hikes are tailored to match your classroom curriculum on request.*All IAWAH trails are preventatively maintained. Please direct any trail maintenance or forest management questions to the office.
Recommended for grades 1 & up
Initiative games are games with a purpose. They are the beginning stage of the Team Challenge program and provide opportunities for the participants to have fun together as a group, acquaint group members with each other, introduce teamwork, encourage positive communication, and promote problem-solving principles.
Recommended for grades 5 & up
Team Challenge consists of strategically designed problems presented to a small group of people. The problems are presented in a sequence beginning with icebreakers and initiatives, then building towards trust activities and increasingly more difficult tasks. Guarding one another's safety is a key component in the process.
Team challenges include time in our low ropes courses, which are located in a beautiful forest setting, as well as a number of other team building challenges. Elements allow participants to use team skills while taking on a challenge from 1-10 feet off the ground. Facilitators design an activity sequence depending on the participants' needs, focus, and group dynamics.
Whatever the dynamics or desired focus, IAWAH's facilitators can design and lead a Team Challenge program that is right for you—rain or shine!
Examples of some team challenges at IAWAH:
CROSSING THE MULE
As a single team, all members begin the challenge standing on a thick log suspended 90 cm above the ground between two trees. With the help of their team mates, each participant has to cross the log or “The Mule” by passing under a suspended horizontal rope about 20 cm above the log. The object is to complete the task without anyone touching the ground. This group dynamic encourages communication and teamwork. Two members will act as spotters and crash mats are placed below the log for safety.
The object of this activity is to move a 4x4 post from the outside of the spiral to the centre without the post touching the ground or going out of the boundaries set by the rope on the ground. To accomplish this, the post will have 12 (or more) lengths of rope attached where each team member holds. Communication is key in order to manoeuvre the post to the centre.
Recommended for JK to Grade 12
IAWAH's 121 m (1300 ft) square-foot indoor wall has eight faces with climbs and bouldering routes ranging from beginner to advanced. Rock holds of varying sizes and textures allow participants to use different climbing and bouldering techniques. Overhangs, inclines, and micro holds make the climbing wall an excellent choice for participants of all ages and abilities.
Recommended for grade 5 & up
Guided along one of IAWAH's many trails, students hear fun facts and play trail games that teach more about the world of nature after dark!
Swimming and Games
Recommended for grades 4 & up
As part of our spring and fall program, one hour of supervised swimming is provided upon request each day. Enjoy a dip in refreshing Wolfe Lake after an action-packed day!
Recommended for all ages
IAWAH provides icebreakers to all groups at no extra cost. Start your camp experience with crazy get-to-know-you games, designed to introduce the staff and let off some steam after a long trip.
Recommended for grades 3 & up
Get a taste of classic summer camp large group games like Capture the Flag, Monkey Heads, or Brog.
Recommended for grades 4 & up
In this engaging outdoor predator-prey game, students role-play as herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. The game is played over a large area and participants learn what it takes to survive as an animal in the wild. Students leave with an improved understanding of the diverse interactions within ecosystems including the impact of natural forces and human activity on animal populations.
IAWAH takes the safety and well-being of our guests, seriously. An Important note for Participants.
SUMMER CAMP ACTIVITIES
Junior Camp Activities
Junior Camps | Ages 7-11
Junior Camp and Jump Start rotate through activities in groups; each cabin has the chance to try out each activity area at least once. Junior Campers and Jump Starters also enjoy a daily time at the beach. Campers will enjoy visiting the following areas, as well as some specialized games, water gun times, treasure hunts and more: Archery, Beach, Canoeing, Trampoline, Crafts, Nature Hike, Kneeboarding, Kayaking, Paddle-boarding (SUP), Sports, Outdoor Cooking, Climbing, Turf
Senior Camp Activities
Senior Camps | Ages 11-14
Senior campers pre-register for their morning instructional activities and sign-up daily for their afternoon recreational activities. Senior campers get to sharpen their skills in either “Classic” or “Focus” activities during the morning. Campers choose these activities during the registration process and are placed into that activity for the entire week. Senior Campers get to explore the rest of the activities in three afternoon fun periods (daily sign-up).
Senior Camp Option 1: Choose a Focus Activity
Focus instructional activities take up both morning activity periods and provide more time for skill development. Additional fees apply for Focus activities.
Science Quest Focus
Offered in Partnership with Queens University Science Quest Program*
Each day campers will get to immerse themselves in the world of science and engineering. The first half of the session explores a variety of scientific fields that will have the campers learning about everything from robotics, ecology, physics to cool chemistry experiments. The second half of the session will focus a special project: The Amazing Boat Race! All campers will become expert civil engineers as they create a vessel that can carry them across water. This program will allow campers to make connections around them and apply complex ideas to the real world. Get ready to be knee deep in hands on science! (Offered Weeks 3&4)
*We’re excited to partner with Science Quest, a not for profit science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program that was founded in 1988 and is based out of Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario.
The first part of the week covers basic climbing skills on the indoor wall. Mid-week, climbers head out to IAWAH’s outdoor rock face for more experience. On the final day, climbers travel to a nearby adventure site for an all-day field trip for some great climbing and rappelling, further increasing their skills.(Offered Weeks 1,2,5,6,7)
Encounter Canoe Trip Focus
Sunday to Tuesday campers are on site participating in regular camp, while learning canoe skills and preparing for their trip. On Wednesday morning, campers head out with trained staff for a two-night introductory canoe trip They will return Friday morning in time to eat lunch and re-join regular camp programing. (Offered Weeks 3&4)
Mountain Biking Focus
At the beginning of the week campers develop skills and techniques in cross-country trail biking, bike maintenance and taking on the challenge course (boardwalks, ramps, and jumps). On the final day bikers travel to a nearby trail network to have fun exploring and applying their new skills. (Offered Weeks 1,2,5,6,7)
Ski & Board Focus
Campers that are new to watersports will learn new skills, with plenty of time to practice. Those have been skiing and boarding for years will have the chance to try something new--like wakesurfing! Ski & Board campers have the option of going for a 7:00 AM ski, riding on the calmest water of the day. (Offered Weeks 1-7)
Try something new each day and explore the wilds of IAWAH’s great property. The week includes fire-building skills, nature hikes, outdoor cooking, survival skills (such as edible plants), shelter building and navigation. Campers spend one night sleeping in the shelters they build. (Offered Weeks 1,2,5,6,7)
Hone your shooting skills and hit the bulls-eye. Campers learn about archery equipment, techniques and safety guidelines using compound, re-curve and cross-bows at IAWAH’s outdoor archery range. (Offered Week 1-7)
Explore the basics of canoeing, small craft safety, paddling strokes and canoe-over-canoe rescues while playing canoeing games and paddling around the lake exploring the wildlife. (Offered Week 1-7)
IAWAH's large indoor wall has eight faces with climbs and bouldering routes ranging from beginner to advanced. For additional challenge campers also have the option of participating in climbing races, timed or blindfolded climbs, and other games. There will also be opportunity for outdoor rock climbing and rappelling. (Offered Week 3 & 4)
Staff provide engaging yet do-able crafts that spark creativity and introduce campers to different DIY projects. (Offered Week 1-7)
Develop your photography skills. Learn about camera settings, composing your images and capturing the perfect shot. Move around IAWAH to collect some great action and/or nature photos. Cameras can be provided or campers can bring their own. (Offered Week 1-7)
Improvisational activities and drama games prepare campers for a creative end-of-week presentation that is typically performed at the final evening campfire. (Offered Week 3, during Girls Camp)
Wolfe Lake is home to many sunfish, perch, pickerel and bass. Certified staff members take campers out on the fishing barge where they can bait their hook and wait for a bite. (Offered Week 1-7)
Kayaking and Paddle-boarding (SUP)
This laid back class is perfect for campers who love being out on the water.
Paddle boarding can be a fun way to chill in the lake with friends, but it can also be a great physical challenge. Ride-on style kayaks provide lots of stability for kayak trips and games. (Offered Week 1-7)
Bring your own bike or use one of IAWAH's top-end bikes as you learn to navigate cross-country trails increasing your riding abilities or improve your technical riding skills on our challenge course. Campers will also learn about preventative bike maintenance and troubleshooting. (Offered Week 3 & 4)
While the morning activities are pre-registered, the afternoon activities are considered recreational and each day campers have the opportunity to sign-up for different afternoon activities. These activities include favourites like archery, climbing, kayaking, watersports and turf lawn games and a host of new activities each week run by our talented (and sometimes crazy) staff. Of course, the beach will also be open in the afternoon for campers to sign-up and swim, hang out or play on one of our water toys.
Senior Camp Option 2: Choose Two Classic Activities
Classic Instructional Activities are one activity period in length; campers choose two activities from the list below. No additional fees apply.
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The natural setting is spectacular; staff are warm, welcoming and accommodating. The food is exceptional. Is it always like this?
You achieve a high standard of efficiency and friendliness...People at IAWAH make you feel at home – and like honored guests at the same time
From the moment of arrival we were made to feel most welcome.
The meals were out of this world, so nice to be catered to – and the service was wonderful. Thank you for such a peaceful, calm and rejuvenating experience.
Guest group coordinator
Your kind and respectful approach with students ensured that they had an experience which they will always treasure.