Bear Creek Outdoor Centre

RR#3 Campbell's Bay, Quebec, J0X 1K0 Locations: Ottawa (view map)

Ages:
6 to 17 (Coed )
Type:
Overnight camp
Programs:
Specialty:
Traditional (multi activity)
Cost:
$675

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  Director: Jill Baxter
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About this Camp

Bear Creek Outdoor Centre
 

Bear Creek Outdoor Centre is a small, family-run, overnight camp near Ottawa Ontario. Our joy is creating programs and opportunities that challenge, stretch and grow children and youth. Fresh air, friends and adventure are the only three ingredients required for an outstanding summer experience for your child.


The Our Kids review of Bear Creek Outdoor Centre

 

Jill Baxter founded Bear Creek Outdoor Centre in 1999 as a means of providing meaningful outdoor experiences, something that the Centre has continued to do ever since. Baxter brought a rich CV to her role, including studies in therapeutic recreation at Trent University, and graduate studies in environmental education at Utah State University. In addition to her work at the Center, she is an instructor with the Algonquin College Outdoor Adventure Leadership program. Baxter remains as director of Bear Creek, bringing a nice continuity to the development of the programs offered here and extending the initial goals. Active Challenge is one of the means of doing that. The sessions were created to offer meaningful, mindful experiences to young women in a single-gender setting. As the name suggests, these sessions are about challenge by choice, promoting physical activity and active lifestyles in the purpose of developing confidence and positive self-concept. There’s informed attention given to all aspects of life in camp, including diet. Pascale Messier, a registered dietician councils campers about eating well—she is a public health Dietitian with the City of Ottawa, co-author of the Fuel-to-Xcell healthy school foods project—and her expertise informs the menu as well. In all, from diet to activities to lifestyle, the Active Challenge camps provide a unique opportunity for young women to engage substantially with like-minded peers. The support that the group offers to all participants can, alone, be a transformative experience.
 


The 2021 Experience at Bear Creek Outdoor Centre

We at camp are hopeful that summer 2021 will allow us to run safe and memorable camp programs.

Our programs are small and all measures will be taken to ensure that our camp operates safely.

At this time there is no deposit required for camp registration. Camp fees will only be collected when the program is confirmed to run.

View recent COVID-19 updates from Bear Creek Outdoor Centre

Programs and Sessions Calendar

Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; currently 3 programs available.

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Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 16
Traditional (multi activity) $650 to $6,750
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Jul 04-10 $650 - $675
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Jul 04-17 $1,150 - $1,175
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Jul 11-17 $650 - $675
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Jul 18-21 $650 - $675
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Aug 01-07 $650 - $6,750
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Aug 01-14 $1,150 - $1,175
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Aug 08-14 $650 - $675
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Aug 15-28 $1,150 - $1,175
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Aug 15-21 $650 - $675
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Aug 22-28 $650 - $675
Rope courses|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Fantasy/superhero|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership training|Nature/Environment|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Badminton |Baseball/Softball|Canoeing|Cricket|Cycling|Fishing|Gaga|Gymnastics|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Track and Field|Volleyball|Whitewater Rafting
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 12 - 15
Wilderness Out-tripping $695 to $1,450
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Jul 04-11 $695 - $725
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Jul 18-31 $1,295 - $1,450
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Jul 25-31 $695 - $725
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Aug 01-07 $695 - $725
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Canoeing
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 15 - 17
Leadership training $1,850 to $1,950
Renfrew,ON
RR#3
Jul 12-25 $1,850 - $1,950
Rope courses|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Fantasy/superhero|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership training|Nature/Environment|First-aid/lifesaving |Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Badminton |Baseball/Softball|Canoeing|Cricket|Cycling|Fishing|Gaga|Gymnastics|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Track and Field|Volleyball|Whitewater Rafting
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Camp Address
RR#3, Campbell's Bay, Quebec
Other locations: Ottawa

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Reviews & Testimonials


Best Place Ever!
Sandy D. — Parent

best place ever!. my son Gage had the time of his life. he's excited about next summer and all the adventures it will bring. Thank you Jill, Don and counselors. sincerely, sandy and Gage.


Growth
Ainslie T. — Parent

THE BEST!!!! Our son has had 7 amazing years at BCOC and it's the highlight of every summer. They've helped us raise a more confident, caring, adventurist young teen.


2018
2018 parent — Parent

Hi Jill, My daughter has returned from camp happy, excited, motivated, inspired, and full of stories from camp. Most importantly, she is happy in her skin and in her body, and aware of her strength and how to take care of herself, and others. I can’t thank you & the counsellors enough—it was such a great experience for her and everything I’d hoped for! —Kristin


2018
2018 parent — Parent

Thank you Jill for a great July! Maddi has tried to re-create the recipes from camp and made some pretty tasty dishes! The hard work of your staff and your dedication to helping these young ladies to thrive is very much appreciated! Hope you enjoy the remainder of the summer! Tammy


Thank you
Heather P. — Parent

Pick-up day at Bear Creek Outdoor Centre! Thank you Jill for giving my two a fantastic week of adventuring! The special effort to manage J’s allergies was very appreciated and the experience was such a confidence builder for him! They’ll be back next year!!


Fun
Holly F. — Parent

My ten year old experienced a wonderful week at Bear Creek. He came home smelly and tired with a huge smile on his face. Exactly how it should be! He would like to live at camp but is settling for a return trip next year. Thank you Jill and all of the camp staff for providing such a fun and safe adventure!



Accommodation & Property Details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins

Washrooms Facilities

  • Outhouses
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Climbing Wall

Landscape

  • Beach
  • Forested Area
  • Lake/Pond/River
  • Nature Trails
  • Open Field


Director's Message

Jill Baxter, Director Bear Creek Outdoor Centre

It is hard to believe that we are making plans for our 20th summer at Bear Creek. We are very excited to open up new programming for summer 2021 with 4 more weeks of adventure camp and canoe tripping in July.
Over the years I have had the great privilege to become very close to all of our camp families and to share in the growth of these amazing young people. I am exceedingly grateful for each precious moment. For each burst of sunshine, each proud achievement and each new friendship formed at camp. 
What an amazing community we have all built together.

I can't wait to see you at camp.

Jill


Cost & Financial Aid

Cost: $675 /week

Payment Options:

Credit card payment Yes
Maximum installments available 3

Stories


Residential summer camp for your child, only $25/week!

That’s right folks you heard it here! Your child can experience all of the fun, all of the growth, the confidence, the resiliency, the skills, and the friendships that only a residential camp experience can offer for the low price of just $25/week.

I know that you are a believer in the value of residential summer camp. You know the stories, you understand the “why” but you hold back because the sticker price is scary.

I am here to help you get camp off of your “nice to have” list and put it on the “must have” list for your children.

The new school year is a time to start things fresh for your family. You equip yourself with all of the right tools, new pencils, new running shoes and a shiny new family budget. This is the time of year where we, as families, set our priorities and make decisions about how we will design this coming year. 

Include camp in your investments for your children, and then automate it. Just as with other investments when you automate the process you can sit back and think about other things and rest assured that you are on track to realizing your intentions.

Most banks offer online savings accounts with no fees. I have an online savings account that I have nicknamed “camp”. Every two weeks a small amount of money goes into that account automatically. It’s just gone out of my checking account and I hardly noticed (the amount has been budgeted for!). 

I can then safely register my child for camp next summer right away and take advantage of the early registration discounts that most camps offer in early fall. Then, in the spring, when time comes to pay the camp tuition balance the money is there…Ta Da!

Now all you have to do is get out there and find the perfect camp. 

Check out http://www.ourkids.net to find out what camps are out there. Talk to the camp director to see if this camp is right for your child.

And when camp is all over make sure to save your tuition receipt and talk to your tax specialist about allowable child care expenses for residential programs.

Yeah camp! 

 

 

Posted on September 25, 2018

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Traditional Canadian Camp

Bear Creek Camp is a traditional Canadian camp located on an incredible 500-acre private wilderness retreat near Ottawa Ontario. Our property has 2 private lakes and miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking. All of our campers will go on overnight hiking trips and canoe trips off camp property. Campers enjoy all of the games, crafts, special events and activities of a traditional summer camp.

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