Camp Chikopi

373 Chikopi Road Magnetawan, Ontario, P0A 1P0 (view map)

Ages:
7 to 16 (All Boys )
Type:
Overnight camp
Specialty:
Sport (multi)
Cost:
$815 to $1,100

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Camp Chikopi
 

99 Summers on Ahmic Lake. Ontario Camps Association member for 57 Years. Voted one of Canada’s 7 Best Summer Camps for Boys. Does your son enjoy sports and the outdoors? Chikopi is an adventure, boys learn more than how to play a sport, they develop life skills: teamwork, build friendships, character, independence and leadership skills. We are proud to be technology free.


The Our Kids review of Camp Chikopi

 

Celebrating its centenary in 2020, Camp Chikopi has a long and very unique history. It was founded as a sports camp at a time when such a thing simply didn’t exist. It was founded by a US Olympic coach, Matt Mann, and the approach that he brought, as well as the level of coaching experience, remains to this day. Bob Duenkel, the current director, is himself a past elite swim coach and director of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Directorship of the camp has remained essentially in the family, if with a few twists and turns along the way, and leadership has been strikingly consistent, particularly in upholding the founding values of challenge, community, teamwork, and adventure. Campers arrive to an environment that is dedicated to personal achievement, physical activity, and excellence. Facilities are excellent, with all the appropriate updates while being sympathetic to the traditions and the history of the site.


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Overnight Camp
Traditional (multi activity)
All Boys
Ages: 7 - 17
Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cycling|Fishing|Golf|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Volleyball|Track and Field|Lacrosse|Rugby
Overnight Camp
Traditional (multi activity)
All Boys
Ages: 7 - 16
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Archery|Badminton |Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cricket|Cycling|Fishing|Football|Golf|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Lacrosse|Mountain Biking|Paintball|Rugby|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Track and Field|Ultimate Frisbee|Volleyball|Yoga
Overnight Camp
Traditional (multi activity)
All Boys
Ages: 7 - 16
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Archery|Badminton |Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cricket|Cycling|Fishing|Football|Golf|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Lacrosse|Mountain Biking|Paintball|Rugby|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Track and Field|Ultimate Frisbee|Volleyball|Yoga
Overnight Camp
Traditional (multi activity)
All Boys
Ages: 7 - 16
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Archery|Badminton |Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cricket|Cycling|Fishing|Football|Golf|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Lacrosse|Mountain Biking|Paintball|Rugby|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Track and Field|Ultimate Frisbee|Volleyball|Yoga
Overnight Camp
Traditional (multi activity)
All Boys
Ages: 7 - 16
Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cycling|Fishing|Golf|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Volleyball|Track and Field|Lacrosse|Yoga|Rugby|Badminton |Football|Ultimate Frisbee|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Traditional (multi activity)
All Boys
Ages: 7 - 16
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Archery|Badminton |Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cricket|Cycling|Fishing|Football|Golf|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Lacrosse|Mountain Biking|Paintball|Rugby|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Track and Field|Ultimate Frisbee|Volleyball|Yoga
Overnight Camp
Traditional (multi activity)
All Boys
Ages: 7 - 16
Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Archery|Badminton |Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cricket|Cycling|Fishing|Football|Golf|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Lacrosse|Mountain Biking|Paintball|Rugby|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Track and Field|Ultimate Frisbee|Volleyball|Yoga

Camp Address
373 Chikopi Road, Magnetawan, Ontario, P0A 1P0

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Reviews & Testimonials

  • 2018 Testimonials
    2018 Parents — Parent

    Thu, Sep 27, 2018 3:34 pm Thanks Colette. He had a great summer at your Camp, he had so many good experiences. Hope to see you next year. Best Regards Ana Orea Sun, Sep 16, 2018 5:06 pm Thank you once again for another incredible time for Michael. Camp is his first love! He is thinking about coming next summer for 3 weeks. During this time, he is hoping to swim to Magnetawan. As you may have noticed, he is loving the open water L-O-N-G distance. You may not have known that Michael placed 3rd in open water provincials in July as a 12 yr old. This swim season, Michael is in the running to qualify for the Windsor Essex International Children's Games 2019 Team. In July 2019, the games are in Ufa, Russia. We are keeping our fingers crossed!!! Especially hoping all the timing will work out. We will be signing up for next summer as soon as it is available. Once again, thank you! Stacey and Shawn ps.... Michael will be in Largo Florida for winter break training camp over the new year. Thu, Sep 13, 2018 6:48 pm Hi!!!! Thank you for everything!!! Manuel came home really happy .... he wants to go back next summer Please give my best to Bob!!! Thanks again Warm wishes!!!! laura fda rincon p Wed, Sep 12, 2018 12:48 pm Thanks for this Colette. The boys had a great time at camp! Thank you for everything. Carolyn Tue, Sep 11, 2018 12:36 pm Hi Colette, thanks for another great summer! I was especially pleased to see how comfortable Andrew has become with lake swimming after being at Chikopi. Both really enjoyed their time and were talking about next year the moment we got in the car. And it has been fun for them to see other boys at the Orillia and Lakeside Triathlons. Please let us know once you have the schedule for next year! Jonathan Tue, Sep 11, 2018 11:12 pm Thank you to you Collete. Gabriel was very happy the 3 weeks he spent in Chikopi. It’s a great camp. Best regards Maribel Tue, Sep 11, 2018 7:10 pm Thank you! Michael really enjoys his Chikopi time and has expressed interest in a longer stay next year. Tue, Sep 11, 2018 6:19 pm Thank you Collette and Bob, Nico had an amazing time once again! He loves Chikopi, and will be keen to return next summer. Cheers, Alex Tue, Sep 11, 2018 6:19 pm Collete thank you for having our kid at Chikopi. He really enjoyed it. We keep in contact for next year. Javier Tue, Sep 11, 2018 8:07 am Good morning dear Colette and Bob, Thank you very much for the wonderful time Cedric had at the camp. Have a blessed end of the year!!! Edith Tue, Sep 11, 2018 12:25 am Hello Colette. Thank you and your husband for making this summer, the best experience that Mikel has had. He arrived happy, excited, motivated, grateful, sure of himself and delighted to have known both staff and campers. But above all, we were relieved to know that everything that Mikel did and learned was in a healthy, respectful and safe environment. We are looking forward to send him next year as a cit. Thanks again for everything you did for our son. Mary Carmen and Gonzalo Pérez Mon, Sep 10, 2018 8:51 pm Thanks Colette for everything Emilio came back Home all grown up and very gentle. This time I really believe he mature much. I wish you find strength and wisdom to keep your wonderful camp going for many years to come. I hope Teagan has a wonderful school year. Regards, Lourdes Mon, Sep 10, 2018 7:46 pm Thank you Colette! Andrew had a wonderful time and there is even talk of going for longer. I think he's caught the Chikopi bug. Sarah Mon, Sep 10, 2018 4:43 pm Dear Colette & Bob, Emilio had a great summer. For me was very special getting to know you in person. I cannot thank you enough for receiving Emilio at camp. He returned asking how many months had to pass for him to go back. I know Emilio loves you very much and he loves being to camp. I really hope to send Emilio next year up there as this experiences is very valuable for me as part of his personal growth. Thanks for the warm reception last summer. We are really looking forward to have Emilio attend next year. Kind Regards, Matela Thu, Sep 6, 2018 9:07 am Just a quick note to thank you for having Indiana. He had the best camp experience this year and he really took a lot of positive things from it. He has learned a lot, matured a lot and has had experiences that have allowed him to grow as a person. Thank you to you, your very hard working staff, both senior and junior. I know you are still wrapping up camp, however take a moment to know that you all did a great job and made an impact on at least one boy's life in a positive way. FYI, Robbie and Indian have spent sometime together since camp. That kind of summer friend bond is wonderful. Jennifer and Patrick Wed, Sep 5, 2018 10:52 am Hi Colette, Bob and Teagan, Thomas arrived home to Scotland. As you said he had an absolute ball, and was sorry to be home, I think, though he does like having his phone back. Thank you for having him, he is already talking about is his plans for next year. Take care say Hi to Bob and Teagan from us all. Sharon Fri, Aug 31, 2018 9:42 am Hi Collet Hope you are doing well I want to thanks to you and your team to make this tremendous experience to Pablo He came back very happy , I will love to have him back next year Thanks Maria Fri, Aug 17, 2018 11:05 pm Colette, Just a few word to say thank you for the experience the camp gave to our sons. Have a beautiful automn. Luc and Caroline Thu, Aug 16, 2018 8:38 am Dear Bob and Colette, Alex is safely home and we would like to express huge gratitude to You and all the staff for taking such a good care of him! Alex is very happy and enjoyed his 6 weeks at Chikopi. Very proud to achieve Chikopi Man! You give the boys a wonderful opportunity to learn, play and be themselves in fabulous environment. They take away the experience which will help them through life. Thank you! Enjoy the rest of the summer. Warmest wishes Mark and Anastasia Wed, Aug 15, 2018 8:08 am Dear Colette and Bob, Thank you for having Cedric for the past two weeks. I am sure he had a great time. Thank you Sat, Aug 11, 2018 11:37 pm Hi Bob & Collete It’s been a few years since I worked at Chikopi and even more since I was a camper. All the memories and experiences I have from Chikopi have really had an impact on me and have shaped who I am today. I spent the last few summers working at a camp near Toronto teaching canoeing and expanding the skills I learned many years ago at chikopi. All the best, Steven Sat, Aug 11, 2018 7:48 pm Hello Colette, First, I wanted to thank you for taking on Ben as a CIT this season. I think it gave him a different perspective on camp resulting in some growth/maturity......and he enjoyed it in the process. I hope the rest of your summer at camp goes well as well as a smooth family transition to life back down south. Kind regards, Noel Harrington Thu, Aug 9, 2018 1:04 pm Dear Colette, Hugo arrived home safely in Hong Kong with a happy face this evening. Thank you so much for take care of him, he spent a wonderful summer holiday in the camp! Have a lovely day and Hugo will see you all next year. Cheers, Joey Ng Wed, Aug 8, 2018 3:24 pm Hello Colette, Thanks the great opportunity for Christopher exploring all types of sports! He is so excited. Very appreciated! Michelle Fri, Aug 3, 2018 10:55 am Thanks Colette! It was great to hear his voice but the first thing he said was ‘can I go for 3 weeks next year?’!!!! Francesca Thu, Aug 2, 2018 8:49 am Dear Colette We are happy to have Julian back in our arms. So tanned as I have never seen him! He did not tell his face (We love your expression!) how happy he was at Chikopi. It is hard to get any information out of him but He asked to go back next year and for the full 7 weeks! If that is ever a compliment! Sat, Jul 7, 2018 10:13 pm Dear Colette and Bob, Is glad to see Hugo has a wonderful time in your camp, thank you for taking care of him. Have a lovely holiday all ! Best regard, Joey Ng Wed, Jul 4, 2018 6:23 pm Hi Colette, Thanks so much for taking great care of our little boy to and from camp. It was his first experience away from home, which was tough on our part to gently let him go for that long and far out. Victor is continuing to tell us stories about his time at Chikopi. So many new things that he's learned, especially how to RIDE A BIKE, try tabasco sauce, and so many new skills! He would love to return next year and extend his stay, which we are still negotiating because he wants to stay all summer long. :) Thanks for making his stay a safe and unforgettable experience! Cindy Wed, Jul 4, 2018 6:14 am Bob and Colette, Thank you for making Victor ‘s first camping experience away from home a safe and unforgettable one! We are positive he will have many stories to tell about his trip. Enjoy the rest of the summer! Sincerely, Cindy


Accommodation & Property Details

Property details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Golf Course
  • Soccer Field
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Weight Room

Landscape

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


Director's Message

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Bob Duenkel, Director

Dear Families,

Thank you for your interest in Camp Chikopi, let us tell you a little more about Chikopi and after you have finished reading if you would like further information please check out our web site or request our ebrochure, we will be very happy to answer your questions or put you in contact with some of our alumni.

Chikopi began in 1920, we are a small traditional sports camp, with the honour of being the World’s first “All Sports Summer Camp”. We offer boys a variety of traditional sports with a wilderness camp experience. Our 400 acres sit on a beautiful waterfront location in the heart of the Almaguin Highlands, Ontraio, Canada.  Making Chikopi ideal for both land and water sports, in addition to the large variety of traditional sports we also specialize in soccer, swimming and canoe tripping.

At Chikopi, we live in, age assigned, rustic wood cabins creating a close community of friendship and adventure. Our campers discover the rewards of being in a spectacular natural setting without technology’s distractions. They thrive on the Chikopi traditions of teamwork and leadership.

Our highly trained staff of counselors and instructors provide the crucial 3:1 ratio that ensures individual attention for every boy. Many of our Staff have developed through our camper ranks to counselor and staff, they were chosen for their skills and personality, to guide and encourage the next generation.

Chikopi can accommodate 70 campers, aged 7-17. In 2014, we represented over 15 nations including USA and Canada.

Sessions are 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 weeks long. Transport is available from Toronto on scheduled session dates. We take canoe trips, in our trademark green and white cedar strip canoes, on a cruise through the 3,000 square miles of Algonquin Provincial Park and other lakes and rivers in the region.

Some of our camp activities include, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Softball, Basketball, Cricket, Golf, Archery, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Mountain Biking, Swimming, Kayaking, and Sailing. We have weekly get togethers with our sister camp. Combined, Colette and I have 49 years as Directors of Chikopi.

Chikopi is Accredited by the Ontario Camping Association.

For more information or our ebrouchure, visit us on the web at: www.campchikopi.com

Best Regards,

Bob and Colette Duenkel


Cost & Financial Aid

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Cost: $815 to $1,100 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes
Maximum installments available 6

Discounts

Discount if paid early 15%
Discount for 2nd child 5%
Discount for 3rd child 5%
Discount for 4th child 5%

Stories

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Great Experienceexpand

I talked with Javier yesterday and he is having a wonderful time as every other year. I want to tell you we love Javier to go to Chikopi every summer, because it's been a great experience for him in all aspects. Thank your for being part of that. We really appreciate everything you do for the kids to have a good time and learn a lot of each other at the camp. Best wishes, Teresa ...



Chikopi Familyexpand

Colette and Bob, Just wanted to say thank you for another great year at Chikopi. Alex came home with lots of stories of his experiences and, as usual, he has grown while away. When we send Alex to Chikopi, I feel like he is going to see family. It has been the greatest experience for him. Thank you for another year of memories. Connie and Cheryl ...



Great Summerexpand

Hi, Deb here, Zach's Mom. Just wanted to THANK YOU for another great summer. We have heard so many funny stories about Zach's summer. We were thankful as well that he was NOT hanging out here in Fairfield, Connecticut with the rest of his friends who were very bored and seemed to get in a bit of trouble. Zach has made the CREW team at his new Prep school and is really loving it. He really is turning into a fine young man. ...



Wonderful camp ...expand

Dear Bob and Colette, We want to thank you for all your attentions to our son, he has told all the things hid did in his term and we know how important are this experiences for his education. He’s motivated to join Chikopi next year and it tell’s everything, you have a wonderfull camp that we enjoyed too. Thank you again and hope to see you next year. Our best regards. Tatiana and Victor ...



Thank Youexpand

Thank you very much for such a great camp organization. Our son really enjoined being in the camp and got a wonderful camp experience. Jaroslav ...



Returningexpand

BOB AND COLETTE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO FOR JOSE RAMÓN, HE IS REALLY HAPPY. HE WANTS TO RETURN NEXT YEAR, HE SPENT A GREAT TIME AND AS YOU DID WITH ME, YOU TAKE CARE OF THE BOYS AND MAKE THEM BETTER PERSONS. TAKE CARE AND WE WILL BE SEEING NEXT YEAR. YOURS FAITHFULLY RAMÓN ...



Funexpand

Thank you for providing our son with such a wonderful experience. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Denise ...



Big Brotherexpand

Chikopi is truly a wonderful place. Bob and Colette become parents for all boys for the summer. ... Colette inspects their cabins every morning to make sure that the beds are made and clutters are removed from the floor (too bad this is only for the summer!). All counselors are hand-picked by Bob and Colette. They are caring, responsible big brothers, and make sure that the campers are safe and having fun at all times. Campers come from many different countries: Canada, U.S., Mexico, France, Venezuela, England, Germany, etc. On the day they arrive, they immediately become Chikopi brothers and start caring for each other. All campers look up to Bob and the counselors as role models -- it is so cute to see young campers flocking around big guys.... Mio ...



In the News

News

October 26, 2018 - 2019

Chikopi's 99th Summer will begin on Wednesday, 26th June 2019. ...


Associations

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  • Ontario Camps Association Associations


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