Camp Simpresca is a summer camp for boys and girls. Since opening in 1949, many young campers have come to share the joys of camping and the lasting memories it brings. This is a United Church camp, located on the shores of Georgian Bay near Midland. They have a large private sandy beach and a beautiful treed property where campers stay in rustic cabins. As an inclusive community, Camp Simpresca extends a warm welcome to all campers.
The Mission of Camp Simpresca is “to provide a safe and healthy camping experience promoting friendship, fun, camping skills and self-awareness, while all members of the Simpresca community challenge themselves physically, intellectually, spiritually and socially.”
This is a 4-day, 3-night camp designed to introduce the younger children, ages 6-10, to the joys of camping. Programming includes storytelling, singsong’s, crafts, swimming and campfires. Staff member accompany campers at all times and maintain a minimum of a 1:8 staff to camper ratio. The mini-camp keeps a small number of campers, of only 45-55 participants.
This is a 7-day, 6-night camp designed for children ages 8-16. A daily rotation of activities, evening programs, and three hearty meals a day keep campers engaged and active. On average, a week-long camp has 60-80 campers.
Camp Simpresca offers two leadership programs: Leadership in Training (LIT) and Counsellor in Training (CIT). The LIT program is a three-week-long program for those aged 15, focusing primarily on the hard-skills needed to become an effective and conscientious camper: canoeing, swimming, fire and shelter building, how to plan trips, and function as a group. Training also includes a week-long backcountry camping trip.
The CIT program is a six-week long program for those ages 16, focusing primarily on the soft-skills needed to become a quality summer camp counsellor: how to form friendships, lead a group of children, plan activities, and deal with conflict. Training also includes a week-long backcountry camping trip.
Camp Simpresca has 12 rustic camper cabins, each equipped with bunk beds and camping mattresses. All cabins have screen windows, wood shutters, and electricity. Cabin sizes range from 8 to 12 campers, while the washrooms are located in a separate building accessible to all cabins.
Cabin assignments are based on age and gender. However, throughout the day, cabins rotate through our programs with another cabin of a similar age and opposite gender so campers get to know all the other participants. During the registration process, there is an opportunity to specify if you would like your child to be housed with a friend. However, they may not be placed in the same cabin if the age difference between campers is large.
All of the counsellors and program staff sleep in the cabins with the campers. Every cabin has a minimum of two staff members, a cabin counsellor and a program staff. The program staff help with the cabin when not running their daily program and the cabin counsellor accompanies the campers to all programs.
All camp staff members are hired through an application and interview process and are required to supply a vulnerable sector check prior to their employment. In addition, the entire staff participates in a week-long training program prior to the arrival of campers, covering all aspects of camper safety and security.
The camp has a First-Aider on-site at all times and is equipped with an AED device. Camp staff have training in first aid and CPR.
When: July 10 — August 27, 2022
Where: Camp Simpresca, 51 Simpresca Road, Penetang
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