Specialty Camps (Ages 8-15)

WOW-specialty

Raptor-Camp Raptor Camp

Ages 8–13

Camp is definitely not for the birds... unless of course you are talking about Raptor Camp! Campers work alongside our Raptor Centre staff getting up close and personal with all of the amazing birds while learning how to handle, care for, and identify owls, eagles, hawks, and falcons. Raptor Camp offers an opportunity to see the inner workings of our facility, and for campers to explore and develop their inner ornithologist!

Possible activities include observing feeding, cleaning cages, observing health care, and taking part in games and activities to learn about the amazing adaptations of these top predators.

  • Campers will be based primarily at Mountsberg for their week at camp but will arrive and depart from Kelso with all of the other campers.
  • Campers will be based primarily at Mountsberg for their week at camp but will arrive and depart from Kelso with all of the other campers.

Offered: Each week

Waterfront-Camp Waterfront Camp

Ages 10–13

Become more confident around water. WOW’s Waterfront Camp focuses on water and boating safety. We teach canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding skills; as well as content covered in the Lifesaving Society’s Swim to Survive program. Excellent preparation for future Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, or NLS certification!

Campers will require a properly fitted, certified PFD for this camp. All other equipment will be supplied. Waterfront camp operates exclusively at Kelso to take best advantage of their time on and around the water.

Offered: Select weeks

Guard Icon Jr. Lifeguard Camp - 1 week

Ages 10–14

Jr. Lifeguard Camp is the first step toward joining our Waterfront Lifeguard team. Participate in a fun week of camp spent swimming, boating, and working on lifesaving skills; all while working towards your Bronze Medallion certification*. Campers must be 13 years of age, or have completed a recognized Bronze Star certification course.

* Based on successfully meeting minimum course standards.

Need your Bronze Star for camp? Look for details shortly to find course dates for Bronze Star courses offered prior to camp starting! Jr. Guard camp operates exclusively at Kelso to take best advantage of their time in and around the water.

Please note: The Bronze Medallion program requires 18 - 20 hours of specific training and testing so while these campers will experience many of the other fun camp activities (and the training itself can be fun) a large portion of the week is focused on this Life Saving Society certification and testing.

Offered: Select weeks

Guard Icon Sr. Lifeguard Camp - 2 week

Ages 12–15

Sr. Lifeguard Camp takes your swimming and camp will have campers feeling right at home in and around the water. Spend each day boating, swimming, and exploring the park at Kelso. Over the course of two weeks, campers will earn their Bronze Cross certification* from the Life Saving Society while working alongside the Kelso Lifeguard team.

* Based on successfully meeting minimum course standards.

Campers who complete the Sr. Lifeguard Camp will be eligible to apply for a position working with our Lifeguard Team. Campers will receive details at the completion of their camp. Sr. Guard camp operates exclusively at Kelso to take best advantage of their time in and around the water.

Offered: Select weeks

Bike Camps

Bike Camps offer an action packed week on the trail networks at Kelso; and visits to Hilton Falls for our more advanced groups. All riders should have bikes with minimum 24′′ wheels and two functioning brakes. Proper fitting helmets are required. We also suggest gloves and a hydration pack. Additional body armour is optional but not required. Parents may drop their child’s bike off at Kelso on the first morning of camp, or on the Friday afternoon the week prior to camp.

Bike-Camp Bike Camp Intro

Ages 8–14

This camp is designed for those campers who are just getting started in their mountain bike adventures. Intro Bike Camp is the perfect fit for riders who are comfortable on their bikes on hard surfaces, and riding on grass or gravel. Campers will learn how to navigate single and double track trails, hills, trail features, and perform some basic bike maintenance.

Parents may drop their child’s bike off at Kelso on the first morning of camp, or on Friday afternoon the week prior to camp. View more information about preparing for Bike Camp. Bike camps operate exclusively at Kelso to take best advantage of the amazing network of trails and our exciting new Skills Zone.

Offered: Each week

Bike-Camp Bike Camp Advanced

Ages 10–14

Our Advanced Bike Camp is every young Bike Camp LIT Camp rider’s dream! It is great fit for more experienced riders who have existing confidence on trails and trail features. Campers spend full days riding more than 22 km of trails at Kelso, and also exploring Hilton Falls. Counselors will help develop abilities on more challenging trails and trail features, and will introduce slightly more advanced bike maintenance skills.

Parents may drop their child’s bike off at Kelso on the first morning of camp, or on Friday afternoon the week prior to camp. View more information about preparing for Bike Camp. Bike camps operate exclusively at Kelso to take best advantage of the amazing network of trails and our exciting new Skills Zone.

Offered: Each week

Bike-Camp Bike Camp Trail Builders

Ages 10–14

An awesome camp for our most advanced and passionate bikers! Spend a week at Kelso and learn what goes into building and maintaining trail networks and features. Campers will spend time designing, laying out, and cutting new trail segments, installing new features... and of course riding them a little too! This camp will focus on trail development more than riding. For a blend of both, consider attending a week of Advanced Bike Camp prior to Trail Builders Camp!

Parents may drop their child’s bike off at Kelso on the first morning of camp, or on Friday afternoon the week prior to camp. View more information about preparing for Bike Camp. Bike camps operate exclusively at Kelso to take best advantage of the amazing network of trails and our exciting new Skills Zone.

Offered: Select weeks

Need a Bike Rental?

Ways of the Woods is proud to have Devinci Bikes as a partner, and offers a fleet of rental bikes. Bikes are available in a variety of sizes and are fitted upon arrival. Rental bikes may be added to any Bike Camp for a full week, or daily as required. 

LIT-Camp Leaders In Training Camp (L.I.T.)

Ages 13–14

Leaders In Training (L.I.T.) Camp targets our most mature campers and offers a camp experience to match their age, ability, and interests. Campers develop leadership skills, spend time with other campers their age, and take a peek at what it might look like to become a Counsellor In Training (C.I.T.). L.I.T camps will experience all of the best that Kelso, Mountsberg, Crawford Lake, and Mount Nemo have to offer throughout their week at camp.

Offered: Select weeks

CIT-Camp Counsellor In Training Camp (C.I.T.)

Ages 14–15

Welcome to the big leagues! Counsellor In Training (C.I.T.) Camp is designed to help teens who love camp to learn what it takes to lead camp! C.I.T. Camp is offered to campers who are interested in working as a C.I.T. at camp THIS summer. During the week, campers will take part in our most popular activities, and join our younger campers to see what it takes to be a leader.

Campers who have completed C.I.T. Camp with a positive review from their camp staff will be welcomed to come back for any number of complete camp weeks through the remainder of the summer. Their volunteer position within the camps will serve as a great first step towards becoming camp staff. C.I.T camps will experience all of the best that Kelso, Mountsberg, Crawford Lake, and Mount Nemo have to offer throughout their week at camp.

Offered: Select weeks

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