Camp Life

Summer Camp Teaches Resilience and Adaptability

Resilience and adaptability are important virtues that children learn while attending summer camp It’s tough to say what challenges our children might face when it comes to their working careers. Technological disruptions and automation are rapidly developing in the workplace, and it’s almost certain that the next generation will be subjected to a great deal…
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Our Summer Camp Philosophy

At Kettleby Valley, our summer camp philosophy focuses on developing confidence through promoting a healthy sense of independence. AN ENVIRONMENT OF GROWTH Through the use of a few core values, our summer camp staff works hard to ensure that each camper is provided with the environment necessary for individual growth. We insist that each camper…
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Ontario Summer Camp Kettleby Valley Offers New Option for Changing at Camp

Ontario Summer Camp Kettleby Valley Offers New Option for Changing at Camp Changing at camp is a fact of life. For day campers, they’re required to change for swimming. For overnight campers, they also have to change in the cabins. For some campers, it can be a bit awkward. For others, it’s downright uncomfortable and…
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COVID-19 and Summer Camp

How Covid-19 Affected Summer Camp in 2020 Coping with Covid-19 at summer camp has been a challenge. But it has highlighted how important 2021 will be. Autumn is usually the time of year when we reflect upon the past summer and remember the highlights. When children come to camp, they rely on us to help…
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Camp Staff as Teachers: What Draws Them To Be Educators?

Last week, as I wrote a reference letter for one of our Section Directors looking to get into teachers college, it dawned on me how so many of our staff members, past and present have gone on to complete their post graduate degree in education. Summer camp is a great way to learn important teaching…
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Ontario Summer Camp is the Perfect Place for Hesitant Campers

As the Director of Kettleby Valley, an Ontario Summer Camp, I have the opportunity to meet with hundreds of parents. Over the years I’ve learned that, as parents, we hate to see our children struggle. The desire to protect our children is not unique to today’s families. Rather, it’s the way we define the term ‘struggle’ that…
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Anxious Parents and Summer Camp

Like most summer camps in Ontario, we have our share of parents who are anxious about sending their children to camp. Even some of our families who choose our day camp program have hesitations. Did they arrive safely. Are they making friends? Are they being kind to others? Do they like their counsellors? These and so…
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