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Camp Kennebec

1422 Cox Road Arden, Ontario, K0H 1B0 (view map)

Ages:
6 to 25 (Coed )
Type:
Overnight camp
Programs:
0 available; 1 temporarily closed
Specialty:
Traditional (multi activity)
Cost:
$1,500 to $2,500
Special Needs:
Yes, Specialized support (All campers have special needs)

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About this Camp

Camp Kennebec
 

At Camp Kennebec, campers aged 6+ with Autism, ADHD, learning & social difficulties & other special needs have a great time, accomplish more than they ever expected, make new friends & create fabulous summer memories they deserve. Every day is a perfect blend of individual choice & 50+ waterfront, land, creative and artistic activities including horseback riding & water-skiing.


The Our Kids review of Camp Kennebec

 

There are lots of camps that are inspiring, and Kennebec is at the top of that list. It is designed to support a range of special needs, though to do it in a way that doesn’t foreground them. Kids need support, yes, but the point here is to provide the support and then get on with all the things that camp can be. Says Donna Segal, “We just work so hard to give them a typical summer that every kid deserves at summer camp.” Love that. The staff is exceptional, too, in that it’s composed of post-secondary students and professional teachers who are attracted precisely by all the positive impacts that an environment like this can have in the life of a child. Per the hiring guidelines, staff must demonstrate empathy, a sense of humor, patience, and a strong desire to give the campers the summer of their lives. Love that, too. The campers have exceptionalities, but at camp, they aren’t exceptional, at least not in the way they can be in other environments. Here they are understand, and their talents are seen ahead their exceptionalities; their personalities ahead of their challenges. Kennebec is the very definition of what camp can do in the life of a child.  


The 2020 Experience at Camp Kennebec

These past several weeks have been filled with emotions, fight, and passion in our efforts to continue the hope of summer 2020 at Camp Kennebec. By now you have heard from the Ontario Government that overnight summer camps will not be opening this year. It is with many tears and much sadness that we are writing to let you know that like all other overnight summer camps across Ontario, Camp Kennebec is not exempt from the decision -- we cannot open camp this summer. We could never imagine that we would ever skip a summer at Camp Kennebec. This will be the first time in our 53 years of continuous operation that we will not open our camp gate to welcome all of our campers, staff, and families back to Camp. And, to be honest, we’re still processing the announcement. We love and care for your Kennebecers each summer and are so passionate about what we do. Seeing their smiling faces each summer is what we look forward to each year, and what we are going to miss the most. Kennebec is so much more than ‘just summer camp’. Kennebec is a home away from home -- filled with love, laughter, silliness, supportiveness and fun. There is a special kind of magic under the Kennebec Sun. Please know that from the bottom of our hearts, if there was any way that we could change this outcome for you, we would in a heartbeat. But we promise we will be back, better than ever for the summer of 2021! We’re channeling all our 2020 summer energy to focus on making Camp Kennebec 2021 the best ever

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Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) Cost TBD
Mindfulness Training|Writing / journalism|Nature/Environment|Instructor lead (one on one)|Instructor lead (group)|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cycling|Fishing|Hiking|Hockey|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Martial Arts|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Trampoline|Volleyball|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Sports-Instructional and Training|Yoga|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Photo/Video|Painting|Cooking|Woodworking|Glee|Vocal training / singing|Drawing|Guitar|Piano|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|CIT/LIT Program
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1422 Cox Road, Arden, Ontario, K0H 1B0

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Accommodation & Property Details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins

Amenities

  • Electricity in Sleeping Area
  • Toilet in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Climbing Wall
  • Horseback Riding Arena (indoor/outdoor)
  • Rope Course
  • Soccer Field
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Weight Room

Landscape

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


Director's Message

Donna, Rob & Elyse, Directors

We cannot wait to welcome your daughter or son to Camp Kennebec!  Camp is meant to be fun- and we work very hard with our trained, professional staff to ensure that your child has the summer of their life!  We accept a wide range of campers with exceptionalities and work with you to ensure we have an individual program that we can suit to your child's needs.  Contact us today so we can start the conversation about your child and planning for their summer adventure at Kennebec! 


Cost & Financial Aid

Cost: $1,500 to $2,500 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes

Discounts

Discount for 2nd child $250

Stories


Esther and Sheldon S.

Dear Kennebec We realize the enormity of knowing all the various problems and personalities of all the campers in order to make the summer successful for everyone. Not only do we commend you all on doing this but what we really feel good about is that you all seem to appreciate Joey for his sweet demeanour. He is a great kid who really tries his hardest to please. It is lovely that you all see that! ...



Janice G.

Dear Kennebec Only a few days and David will be arriving at camp. He is really excited and looking forward to a great month. Thank you all so much for all that you do. We really appreciate your caring and patience with our son. Have a great summer. ...



Lynn O.

Dear Kennebec Thank you all so much for your caring and support. We really do feel that Emma was very successful in her time there and has certainly brought home memories that she will cherish for some time to come. Eric and I are so impressed and touched by the haven that you've created for special kids like Emma and for your personal dedication in helping each to be successful in their own way. Please convey our thanks and appreciation to Steve and everyone who was involved in Emma's stay with you this summer. Thank you. ...



Susan K.

I felt driven to send a little note thanking you for the extremely enjoyable experience I had at Kennebec last week. I was completely bowled over by what I saw as a passionate, fun, life-affirming, positive environment that you have provided for kids who ordinarily would not get to experience that in one place. I had no idea what to expect - myself with little camping experience and of course I only hoped Ellen would show you her high potential as she had shown us at school this year. I think it is incredible that this place exists solely on the dedication and support of a loyal and talented staff. I don't mean to romanticize it - it's true. Some things you can't fake. Staff sweating their buns off to provide such amazing opportunities for these special children are to be commended. Thank you and my hopes and wishes extend for a continued safe and happy summer. ...



Associations

  • Canadian Camping Association/ Association des camps du Canada Associations
  • Ontario Camps Association Associations
  • Ontario Equestrian Associations


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