Waterfront Activities


Our summer camp’s ever-popular water sports program takes place on beautiful Lake Simcoe. All water sports activities are supervised by qualified water ski and wake board instructors. Our campers progress from dry land instruction through the beginning, intermediate, and advanced instruction of skiing and/or wake boarding. Knee boarding is also offered, and a thrilling ride on the tube is a great way for kids to cap off the afternoon.


 Swimming is an essential skill for life, ensuring safety whenever on or near water, but also to fully experience the enjoyment of gliding through fresh, clean water. All campers are given an initial swim test to determine each camper’s skill and comfort in the water. From there our swim instructors provide a program tailored to each group and its individual campers so that they may improve in all areas of swimming. Our instructors are properly trained and certified and provide lessons in Canadian Red Cross and Lifesaving Society programs.  This is done in an encouraging environment that teaches your children valuable open water lifesaving skills.


 Our friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic sail staff are eager to teach your children how to rig the boats and how to let the wind take them soaring across the lake. You children will learn how to dry tip, turtle a boat and how to name the various parts of the boat.  Your child can choose to sit back and enjoy the ride in our Falcon CL or take control and navigate a Laser on their own.


 One of the best ways to experience nature, especially nature in Canada, is in a canoe.  With this in mind, canoeing becomes a central program activity for campers at Katonim, so that they feel confident and comfortable out on the water. Beginning with safety procedures including getting in and out of canoes and proper use of life jackets and paddles, campers are given lessons and play games on the lake that will prepare them for canoeing on other lakes of Canada.  Not only do we focus on strokes, proper seating and skills, but children learn how to conduct a t-rescue.


 Like both canoeing and swimming, kayaking begins with safety protocol. As well, all campers must successfully complete a “swim test” prior to taking the boats out into the water on their own. From first glance, the kayak is an individual activity, allowing campers to grow in skill and confidence at their own pace, but what they come to learn about is the effectiveness these boats have when working together. Quicker and more manoeuvrable than a canoe, campers are able to explore more of the lake while developing a sense of personal accomplishment that can only be gained through working as a group.


Land Activities


Campers can’t wait for Wednesday evenings when they return to camp at 7 for a fun filled hour of extra special activities.  You can try your hand at cooking, spa.  various sports, skiing, fishing, archery and so much more   .  Following Hobby hubs, parents are invited to join the campers for a campfire and marshmallow roast.  The campfire has been a favourite time for all of the Camp Katonim family. Hanging out and roasting marshmallows at the end of a fun-filled evening.


Every month we are devoted to bringing the entire Camp family together for fun team games and special events. This special summer camp competitions have become a huge success. Each session the camp family is divided into four teams which compete in several fun and crazy competitions. Each team is assigned a color and together come up with their own team name and team cheers before each event they gather and chants can be heard echoing through the land, war paint is dawned shirts are often decorated and the mayhem is on.   These exciting events truly seal the bond among campers and staff as everyone becomes equally involved, whether cheering on their teammates or helping someone make it past the finish line- everyone participates and has fun no matter what their age.


Campers participate in drama activities and perform a play complete with an array of costumes as well as set and backdrops they can build. Our stage is also used for special event nights like our talent show and banquet.


 From a game of volleyball on the beach to archery, ga-ga to ball hockey, our Land sports program is designed for high energy activities that focus on teamwork, skill development, goal setting, and fun! Got a game you want to play? Let’s do it!


 Whether on the camp property (for the younger kids), off site (for the older kids) overnights are an opportunity for campers to bond as a group while enjoying the experience of the Canadian wilderness.  Campers will take part in learning equipment safety to campsite set-up. The real fun begins however, once arriving at the campsite – meals cooked over an open fire, marshmallows roasted, and stories told. The overnight, time and again, is the highlight of the session for many of our campers.

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The ever popular and traditional Crafts program allows campers to dive into their creativity. Creativity can be both a messy process and one that requires great attention to detail. Arts and crafts is always a popular place for kids to make the traditional Camp projects such as friendship bracelets or tie dye shirts. We take great pride in offering a wide variety of art and craft projects for the kids.

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