All Summer Camp Programs Cancelled

First I’d like to thank you for the many emails and messages we’ve received over the last couple of months expressing support and hope that camp will run this summer. We appreciate the support and the message that camp is important to you and your children. 

On Tuesday we learned that overnight camps in Ontario would remain closed for the summer. Resi is a big part of what we do here at Kettleby Valley and although this announcement was extremely disappointing, it was an outcome that we had anticipated. 

At that time we also learned that day camps may be able to operate under strict guidelines. With no timeline on the release of these guidelines we feel that we can longer delay our decision about the summer.

As hard as it has been, we’ve decided that camp will not open this summer. As always, our concern is for the safety of our staff and campers. There are simply too many unknowns for us to navigate at this time. We are also aware that day camp just wouldn't be the same without lunch in the dining hall, gatherings at the notch, climbing the wall or playing games with our friends. These are the things that you signed up for when you registered and we’re not in a position to deliver them at this time.

This is a tough decision for us to make both emotionally and for the business, however our owners feel that it’s the right choice at this time. We know that there is still a real need for child care in our area and we will continue to look into these possibilities. If we are able to offer this type of service it will be with diminished numbers, limited services and restrictive programming options. It won’t be camp, but it might be helpful to our community. We will reach out to you if we are successful at developing this program.

What’s next?

We have already begun to plan for 2021. We will spend this Spring and Summer improving our facility, and developing our programs to make next summer as special as ever at Kettleby Valley.

You have two options for your payment:

  1. A Refund Of All Camp Fees Paid to Date
    As promised, we are prepared to provide a refund to all camp fees paid to date. We understand that your situation may have changed recently and that this year’s camp fees are required in other areas of the family budget. Although you may have made your payment by credit card refunds will be paid by cheque, this is being done in an effort to save on credit card processing fees. As we are complying with physical distancing practices we are currently working from home. This will result in a delay in mail out of your refund and it could take up to a month to complete, from the date your request was received. Cheques will be payable to the name on the credit card used for your initial payment and mailed to the home address in your online profile.
  2. Transferring Your Payment to 2021
    For those who are still looking forward to camp in the future, we will be opening up our registration for next summer on November 1st. If you have the intention of registering in 2021, you have the option to use your payment towards next summer’s camp fees. This will allow you to choose your 2021 sessions prior to opening registration to the general public. We will also honour this year’s camp fees for next year. What you were going to pay for camp in 2020 will not change for 2021 and should you need to your payment is fully refundable until March 1st, 2021. For your account details, please log in to your existing account.

I want to thank you again for your patience and loyalty through all of this and I hope to see everyone back at camp in 2021.

Popular Kettleby Camp Programs

Summer Day Camp 

Our Day Camp program offers home bus transportation, a hot lunch daily and an active outdoor program that includes Climbing Wall, Ropes Course, Arts and Crafts and Swimming.

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Overnight Summer Camp 

Our very popular Overnight Camp Program where kids stay at camp for one or two week sessions. Kettleby Valley has an outstanding ratio, with one staff member to every four campers to ensure that the individual needs of each camper are met.

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Outdoor Education Centre

For May & June and September & October, Kettleby Valley operates as an Outdoor Education Centre for schools and other organized groups. For groups who are looking for a full experience, we offer program, food and lodging. We also offer rental rates for groups looking to facilitate their own experience.

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Leader in Training

This program is an excellent opportunity to learn leadership strategies, build team skills, and develop a healthy work ethic. As an ‘LIT’, participants are expected to take on responsibilities associated with counselling and instructing while being supervised and guided.

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Kettleby Camp Supporting Programs

Special Needs

Kettleby Valley offers an integrated day camp program, with a One-to-One Counsellor, for children with special needs. Our program is available for children on the Autism Spectrum, with Down Syndrome, A.D.D, A.D.H.D. and other special needs.

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Canoe Tripping

Kettleby Valley’s Canoe Tripping program provides an enriched experience for our Campers who have completed grades 7 or 8. The Canoe Tripping program is a fantastic way for children who have grown up at Kettleby Valley to challenge themselves and put into practice the skills they’ve learned while canoeing at camp.

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Summer Camp Update for 2020

As difficult as it has been, we've decided that we will not open camp in 2020. We know that this is disappointing and we'll miss our campers and staff so much. But we hope to see you all back at camp in 2021!