The school year will be over before you know it and the house will once again be flooded with the sights and sounds of your kids on summer vacation. So there’s no time better than the present to start thinking about where you’ll send your kids for overnight camp.
There’s lots to consider off the top: budget, dates that work for you and your family, transportation to and from camp, and more. But once you’ve settled on a game plan, it’s time to sit down with your children to start reviewing websites and brochures for the camps you’ve shortlisted.
In an effort to tip the scales in Muskoka Woods’ direction, here are the top five reasons why your child should spend their summer camp experience in Rosseau, Ont.
Experienced, knowledgeable staff
The Ontario Camp Association recommends that camper ratios should be no larger than one staff per six children under five years of age and one staff per 10 campers ages six and older. Muskoka Woods on-site staff-to-guest ratio is 2:4 — one of the highest supervision rates in North America. Each and every one of our 350 summer staff members receives seven days of training before camp begins, which includes certification in occupational health and safety, emergency preparedness and procedure, customer service standards, youth culture and development, insights from child protection experts and specific, hands-on training for each section at camp. The Muskoka Woods’ hiring team receives Praesidium training, the global leader in child-risk management, and the camp has partnered with Plan to Protect, the Canadian experts in child abuse prevention and child protection.
Located approximately 2.5 hours from downtown Toronto, you’ll find a mix of untouched nature, modern buildings and state-of-the-art athletic facilities, all nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Rosseau. Muskoka Woods offers the best of both worlds — serene beauty conveniently located directly off of Highway 141.
Super fun activities
Guests of Muskoka Woods have more than 60 activities to choose from! In addition to traditional summer camp activities, the camp also features a six-lane waterslide, a 1,000-ft zipline, a huge inflatable water park, a high ropes course, a media arts studio and waterski and wakeboarding pulled by brand new Nautique wake boats. New activities for Summer 2020 include Drift Trikes, Screenprinting and Ultimate Frisbee. Guests customize their schedule to fill a fun-filled six-hour day.
Beligian waffles, Philly steak sandwiches, curry chicken? If that doesn’t sound like traditional summer camp fare, it’s because it’s not! At Muskoka Woods, we put an emphasis on not only our meals being nutritious but delicious, too. Guests enjoy a wide variety of foods, including a full salad bar and vegetarian meal options, served buffet-style. At most meals, guests are seated with their cabin group. Special diets can be accomodated. Click here for a sample menu sure to whet the appetites of the future campers in your home.
Make friends that last a lifetime
The overnight summer camp experience isn’t only about arts and athletic activities. It’s also about creating unforgettable memories and making friends you’ll have for life. Cabin Chat and Conversation Cafe are a special part of each night at Muskoka Woods, and a perfect opportunity for guests to learn more about one another. During this time, guests share on topics including personal values, character building and beliefs. These sessions create a safe space for listening, laughing and learning about values and morals.
Jamie Hunter is a freelance content specialist living in Dundas, Ont. with his wife, eight-year-old daughter and four-year-old son. Over the past 15 years, he has contributed to a variety of national lifestyle and entertainment print publications and worked in corporate communications roles at Harbourfront Centre and the University of Toronto. A self-described amateur entomologist, wannabe ornithologist, and fair-weather angler, on weekends he can be found covered in dirt tending to his gardens.