Your child can begin a journey of fun, friendship, growth and learning in an overnight, week-long session. They will explore a life knowing God through music, nature, small group devotions and engaging speakers at PrimeTime. IAWAH offers a variety of activities on both land and water in the unrivalled natural beauty of Wolfe Lake. Campers can jump right into their weeklong adventure with the support of fun, caring and experienced staff.
There’s nothing more adventurous than starting your day on an open lake or whitewater river. It’s all available to explore on an IAWAH adventure trip. A typical canoe trip starts each day with breakfast, packing up tents and gear, then paddling, portaging with a swim or two and you're on your way to the next campsite.
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'Our daughter came home super happy about experiencing many new activities... She learns great values at IAWAH. She wants to go back every summer.' ParentREGISTER NOW
Jump Start | Children aged 7-9 | co-ed
Jump Start is a half week introduction to IAWAH. The small group setting and attentive staff provide a supportive atmosphere for a quality camp experience. Crazy events, exploring the lake, climbing, swimming, crafts and campfires pack three days with fun and adventure. Activities are designed to allow campers to try new activities in a fun, small group environment under careful supervision. Wacky games, cabin time and the IAWAH beach are daily highlights. The abbreviated length of Jump Start is perfect for campers who are not sure if they are ready to be away from home for a whole week. NEW this year: Jump Start campers will stay in the comfortable Derbyshire Lodge and each room will have 3-5 campers and one IAWAH staff member.
Junior Camps | Children aged 8-11 | co-ed and single gender options
Junior Camps (formerly Squeeze camp) are now running every week of the summer as a smaller camp set apart from the senior campers. With a maximum staff to camper ratio of 1:4, Junior campers experience IAWAH as a small group, designed to foster better relationships and more staff attention. Junior campers will also take over IAWAH lodge, where the rooms are comfortable and washrooms are on the same floor. Climb to the top of the wall or ride over the wake with a friend; kayak to the bay to see turtles; aim for the bull’s eye at archery—a new adventure every day with your new group of friends. Lots of activities specifically designed for Junior campers await you, as well as super exciting all camp games in the evenings.
Senior Camps | Youth aged 11-14 | co-ed and single gender options
All Senior Camps include full days of activities with plenty of time to bond as a cabin group, play camp-wide games, and also enjoy free time with friends. Each of these camps come packed with energy and focus on building memories by playing awesome games, trying new activities, and hanging out with your cabin group. The small cabin community is designed to help campers build and renew friendships, but there are also lots of opportunities to get to know people outside of your cabin group. Each morning campers participate in their pre-registered instructional activities (Classic or Focus activities). In the afternoon there are close to twenty activities to choose from including archery, swimming, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and much more. Each week also includes an outdoor supper within each grouping of cabins and a hilarious campfire with the whole camp. Each evening finishes off with outrageous large group events, a swim and snack.
Bridge Stay-over | Various weeksEach age group can take advantage of bridge camps. Bridge camps combine fun programming with laid-back activities to allow kids to recharge before their second week of camp. Bridge campers also have the option of signing up to receive a laundry service ($5 per load, washed and dried).
'IAWAH is a wonderful place for children to learn about and experience God’s love.' ParentREGISTER NOW
Evenings around the campfire allow for a relaxed supper and time to reflect on the events of the day. Experienced, certified guides lead up to eight campers on each trip. No previous experience is required for participants. The level of challenge is adapted to match skill level; appropriate skills are taught during the trip. Trips begin and end at IAWAH; equipment and transportation is provided. Guides (plus a possible assistant guide) are experienced wilderness travellers and certified in canoeing, tripping, first aid, lifeguarding and have river rescue training.
Encounter | lakes | ages 11-14 | co-ed and girls' only options
Week 3 July 23-29, 2017 Senior Girls Week 4 July 30 - August 5, 2017 Senior Boys
The perfect introductory trip for senior campers. The adventure begins on-site at IAWAH where campers stay in a cabin. Monday through Tuesday the Encounter campers develop the skills necessary to have a fun and successful canoe trip during the morning instructional activity periods. After an invigorating morning of learning new skills, Encounter campers sign up for afternoon recreational activity periods, just as the rest of the campers do. On Wednesday morning, after Primetime, campers head out with trained staff on a two-night canoe trip on nearby lakes. They return Friday morning in time for lunch and join the afternoon recreational activities. NOTE: to choose Encounter as a trip option please select the senior camp week of your choosing and then select Encounter from the list of Focus Activities.
Father and Son(s) Canoe Trip | river | ages 8 and up | fathers & sons
during Week 5 August 9-13, 2017
Strengthen your relationship by sharing this special outdoor adventure. A four-day (three-night) canoe trip designed for father and son led by Jeff Friesen (IAWAH's Executive Director) and facilitated by IAWAH's tripping guides. Take in the quiet waters and spectacular scenery of one of Eastern Ontario’s beautiful rivers — excellent for canoeing, swimming, fishing, hiking and camping. Explore the region's natural beauty and history, set-up camp each night and enjoy great meals and laughs and share stories by the campfire! All gear provided (including canoes, paddles, life-jackets, food, permits, tents, camping and cooking gear). Participants provide their own personal clothing, sleeping pads and bags.
Trips and Locations
Explorer river | ages 11 – 14 | boys
location: Madawaska Week 7 - August 20-26, 2017
Fathers & Sons river | ages 8 and up | fathers & sons
location: Algonquin Park - Barron River/Canyon during Week 5 August 9-13, 2017
Venture river | ages 14-17 | co-ed
location: Petawawa Week 6 August 13-19, 2017
Learn more about a week of canoe tripping — by checking out the "Exclusively for Out There" section
Online summer camp registration is open and we can’t wait to see you.Register Online
Before June 15, a deposit of $100.00 is required for each camp session with the balance due by June 15. A monthly payment plan will be available during the online registration process that starts at the next 15th day of the month. If you are interested in an alternate payment plan, connect with us.
Payment can be made online by VISA or MasterCard. If you wish to pay by cheque or money order, please submit registration by postal mail. After June 15, payment in full is required to process registration.
Financial assistance is available by application to the CampKIDS Bursary Fund. Please apply prior to submitting your camper's summer camp registration.
IAWAH maintains wait lists for all full summer sessions. Find out more by contacting the Registrar.
What is the value of a week at camp camp? A week in nature, away from city life and screens is a real positive. The mentorship and positive role-modeling of cabin leaders is valuable, especially for 14 year old boys. Spiritual teaching and encouragement in the camp setting is a positive.
One thing I learned this summer is that when you face your fears you are able to do things you never thought you could do.
She was loved, nutured and challenged to stretch her faith at camp and her faith has grown for the experience.
What I learned was the true power of God and his acceptance of people – whether they are perfect or not. I learned to always trust in the Lord and always have faith in his plans. This week changed my commitment and helped me to know that when no one is there for you – God is!
IAWAH is a wonderful place for children to learn about and experience God’s love.