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.
'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
Completed Gr. 1-3
Jump Start | 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. Jump Start campers stay in the comfort of Derbyshire Lodge and each room has 3-5 campers and one IAWAH staff member.
Completed Gr. 2-4
Junior Camps | co-ed and single gender options
Junior Camps run 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 also enjoy newly renovated cabins and washhouse. 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.
Completed Gr. 4-8
Senior Camps | 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.
Completed Gr. 8
Young Leaders | co-ed and single gender | one or two week sessions
Whether you’ve been coming to camp for a while, or this is your first IAWAH summer, we have a leadership program designed especially for campers aged 13-14. The Young Leaders Program is an introduction to YDLP (Youth Leadership Development Program), where campers can participate in all the fun stuff camp has to offer, but also be involved in a supervised leadership role. Grow in self-confidence and independence as you work in a team to help create and run some awesome camp programs, or work alongside some of our experienced cabin leaders as you help lead our Junior and/or Jumpstart campers in daily activities and program. The Junior Leaders Program offers valuable experience in the area of leadership, personal growth and independence within a strong community of friendship and support.
Prerequisites for Young Leaders Program Must have completed grade 8. For ages 13-14. Check out Dates & Rates
During week one, Young Leaders will be a part of regular camp with some added sessions and programs in the evenings, unique to the program. On Saturday, the group will head to nearby Frontenac Provincial Park, where a short hike will bring them to a beautiful campsite providing more time to bond together as a team and receive training for the week to come. Campers return to IAWAH Sunday morning, ready to continue with their preparation.
Week two, sees these young leaders experiencing what it’s like to lead some of our Junior and Jump Start campers, as well as help our program team develop and execute some awesome all-camp games and activities. Campers will be housed in the tabin village and/or one of the cabin villages.
Campers immediately work together as a team as they prepare for their week of helping in program development and execution as well as shadowing our Junior and/or Jump Start cabin leaders, developing their camp leadership skills. Campers will still have the mornings to participate in the activities of their choice, as well as have their own specially designed program and teaching sessions. The week ends with a special Friday night meal and activity for this group only.
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 | completed gr. 4-8 | co-ed and boys or girls' only options
Week 3 July 22-30, 2018 Senior Girls
Week 4 July 29 - August 4, 2018 Senior Boys
Week 6 August 12 - 18, 2018 Senior Co-ed
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 | completed gr. 4 & up | fathers & sons
during Week 5 August 8-12, 2018
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, PFDs, food, permits, tents, camping and cooking gear). Participants provide their own personal clothing, sleeping pads and bags.
Trips and Locations
Explorer river | completed gr. 4-8 | boys
location: Madawaska Week 7 - August 19-25, 2018
Father & Son(s) river | completed gr. 4 & up | fathers & sons
location: Algonquin Park - Barron River/Canyon during Week 5 August 8-12, 2018
Learn more about a week of canoe tripping — by checking out the "Exclusively for Out There" section
Registration is OPEN for 2018.Register Online 2018
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.
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, Gaga Ball, Outdoor Cooking, Climbing, Turf
Senior Camp Activities
Senior Camps | Ages 11-14
Senior campers pre-register for their morning instructional activities if selecting a Focus activity, otherwise, all morning (instructional) and afternoon (recreational) activities are selected through on-site daily sign-up. Senior campers get to sharpen their skills in either “Classic” or “Focus” activities during the morning. Sign up with a new camp friend and try a different activity each day--or sign up for the same thing each day.
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.
Rockets and Projectiles
The return of Rockets and Projectiles! In this activity, campers will learn about propulsion by making water bottle rockets, water balloon launchers, a potato gun and a host of other great projects involving science and fun. (Offered Weeks 3&4)
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 1,2,3,5,6,7)
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 3,4,6)
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 1,2,3,5,6,7)
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 1,2,5,7)
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 more instructional in nature, 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 Classic Activity Options: Choose at camp each day
Classic Instructional Activities are one activity period in length. No additional fees apply.
IAWAH is a wonderful place for children to learn about and experience God’s love.
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!
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.
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.