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Camp Ouareau

2464 Route 125
Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci, Quebec, J0T 2A0
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Camp Ouareau  

2464 Route 125, Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci, Quebec, J0T 2A0

  • Type:
    Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $3,035/2 weeks
  • Ages:
    6 to 16
  • Gender:
    All Girls
  • Main language:
    English, French
  • Capacity:
    146
  • Programs:
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  • Summary

    Camp Ouareau answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Ouareau focuses on creating a positive community in an environment where mistakes & efforts are celebrated. Campers build self-confidence, self-reliance, communication & problem-solving skills. Our linguistic program with its cultural exchange aspect gives French & English campers opportunities to improve their second language. All activities are selected individually.

    • Special needs: Not available
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "Camp Ouareau is proud to offer a program that focuses on building independence and second language skills. The language program is uniquely suited to our powerful community, encouraging campers to build their language skills as part of their everyday life. Celebrating mistakes, encouraging friendships and helping others are just a few ways campers are motivated to simply try. By giving campers opportunities to choose their own activities, live independently and navigate different social situations at meals, activities and cabin groups, they learn to make decisions and advocate for themselves, try new things, and take responsibilities."

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    This information is not available.

    What do families need to know about registration?

    This information is not available.

  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

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

    Filter activities available:


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    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
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    Overnight Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 8 - 16
    Traditional (multi activity) , Language Instruction
    $5,750
    Saint-Donat, QC
    2464 Route 125
    Jun 23-Jul 19$5,750
    Saint-Donat, QC
    2464 Route 125
    Jul 22-Aug 17$5,750
    Survival skills|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Ballet|Hip Hop|Jazz|Musical Theatre|Set and Costume Design|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Pottery|Leadership Training|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Hiking|Rock Climbing|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Diving|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Yoga
    Overnight Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 8 - 16
    Traditional (multi activity) , Language Instruction
    $3,035
    Saint-Donat, QC
    2464 Route 125
    Jul 07-19 $3,035
    Saint-Donat, QC
    2464 Route 125
    Jul 22-Aug 03$3,035
    Saint-Donat, QC
    2464 Route 125
    Aug 04-17 $3,035
    Survival skills|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Ballet|Hip Hop|Jazz|Musical Theatre|Set and Costume Design|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Pottery|Leadership Training|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Hiking|Rock Climbing|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Diving|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Yoga
    Overnight Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 8
    Traditional (multi activity) , Language Instruction
    $1,517
    Saint-Donat, QC
    2464 Route 125
    Jul 13-19 $1,517
    Saint-Donat, QC
    2464 Route 125
    Jul 28-Aug 03$1,517
    Saint-Donat, QC
    2464 Route 125
    Aug 11-17 $1,517
    Survival skills|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Ballet|Hip Hop|Jazz|Musical Theatre|Set and Costume Design|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Pottery|Leadership Training|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Hiking|Rock Climbing|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Diving|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Yoga



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 12

    Discounts

    Discount for 2nd child 10%
    Discount for 3rd child 10%
    Discount for 4th child 10%
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Camp Ouareau

    our take

    Jaqui Raill, director of Camp Ouareau, says that at camp girls “can talk about pressures, body image, appropriate role models, and nutrition with healthy young women [camp staff] who are active, eat well and not obsessed with their bodies.” While the offering are varied and broad, for many girls, if not most, that’s the benefit of camp: living, growing with others into a set of shared values around who they are and what they want to be. “It’s such a pressured life girls lead— university, school—[here] they can let themselves go because there isn’t that extra pressure of the opposite gender.” All decisions at Camp Ouareau are made with the girls in mind, including the all-female staff trained to help girls explore sensitive issues in healthy, beneficial ways. Camp Ouareau’s staff and alumni are inspirations to young campers who can look up to friends that become environmentalists, doctors, teachers, and spend their time volunteering and giving back to the world. As a staff member since 1975, Raill says that “the reason I’m still here and have the same passion I had when I arrived, is that so many of these girls leave camp with so much more knowing of themselves, so much more confidence, even if it’s just for one session.” If girls need a reason to go, that’s it.

  • Location & Gallery

    Camp Ouareau - profile photo

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    Address

    2464 Route 125, Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci, Quebec, J0T 2C0, Canada



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    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins
    • Platform Tent

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Camp Ouareau technology free? Yes We ask campers to leave all electronics at home. Without their headphones, cell phones, and the Internet, campers develop a true sense of independence and form strong connections with other campers and staff which contributes to a positive and powerful community. Our staff are also technology-free while they are on duty!



    Property Details

    Sports facilities

    • Archery Range
    • Basketball Court
    • Climbing Wall
    • Tennis Court(s)

    Landscape

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

    More details about property: Camp Ouareau is situated on a beautiful 9 acre, waterfront property on Lac Ouareau in the Lanaudière region of Québec, about 1.5 hours north of Montréal. We have historic buildings since 1922, including some cabins (which have been updated) as well as our lodge. Since 2018 we have been using our newest building, affectionately called the Chalet, for many camp activites and programs. It also holds our teaching kitchen for newest camp activity, culinary arts! Our health centre was also renovated in 2016 to include a full bathroom and kitchenette as well as a treatment room and 2 bedrooms. Our beautiful dining room fits all of our campers and staff at family-style tables.



    Associations

    Ontario Camps Association Associations
    The Association des camps du Québec Associations


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Jacqui & Gabrielle Raill, Executive Director & Director
    Jacqui: ACQ's Honour Award; Past board member of the ACQ, CAA & ICF / Gabrielle: Ron & Mickey Johnstone Youth Leadership Award; Canadian Ambassador to the ICF

    • Jacqui began working at Ouareau in 1975, and has been the director of Camp Ouareau since 1994. In 2009, the Quebec Camping Association awarded Jacqui the Honour Award, which recognizes her exceptional contribution to the camping community and her commitment to Camp Ouareau. Jacqui’s lifelong camping experience has enabled her to contribute to the international camping world; she has been on the boards of the Quebec Camping Association (ACQ), the Canadian Camping Association (CAA), and the International Camping Fellowship (ICF). Part of Jacqui’s camp philosophy is building a partnership between parents and camp so that every camper’s experience is positive and unique.

    • Gabz’ energetic personality keeps camp exciting, from creating new games to teaching a camper how to roll a kayak. In 2007, the Ontario Camping Association (OCA) honoured Gabz with the Ron & Mickey Johnstone Youth Leadership Award. Gabrielle has volunteered her time to work with the Quebec Camping Association (ACQ) and the International Camping Fellowship (ICF), and for World Camps’ Camp Sizanani in South Africa. She collaborated with Dr. Raye Kass of Concordia University on a team-building program for NASA astronauts. Gabrielle holds a B.A. in Human Relations from Concordia University, and a certificate in Recreation from Humber College.



    Stories

    • Testimonials- Camper
      I started to go to Camp Ouareau because I had heard so many good things about it from my 2 older sisters. I keep going back because I love the people who go there. You don't have to make yourself pretty, and it's OK to dress all weird. No one insults you. My favourite activities are Archery, Drama and Pottery. I like the fact that in your cabin or tent at night you can hear the sounds of nature all around you. It's cool too that we get to decorate our tent or cabin to personalize it. The staff at camp are amazing. Each counselor is unique. I like that we get to practice a second language without it being a chore like it sometimes can be in school. The food is great. There's vegetarian food for vegetarians, and there's always fruit out for snacking. I'd recommend Ouareau to anyone.
    • Testimonials - Parent
      We found Camp Ouareau in an internet search for a camp for girls when my daughter Molly was 13. It sounded great and looked great and even though we had never heard of it, knew no one who had gone there and had never visited, she decided to go. What a great decision! And what a perfect camp choice for Molly. She loves the setting, the activities, the fabulous food (homemade bread!) and most of all, the people; both the other campers and the staff! The way the camp is set up with equal numbers of girls speaking French and English (and as it turns out, many other languages) and the rotating days of official English/French language really makes the Ouareau experience unique. Even without that it would be a great camp experience but the language component makes it really special. It has been a wonderful opportunity for Molly to improve the French she has taken in school. And meeting so many girls from other countries has increased her interest in learning other languages. From a parent's perspective I find the camp very organized, the staff enthusiastic and helpful and the owners terrific to deal with. When Molly talks about the staff it is very clear that they are happy working there - that makes all the difference in a camp experience for the child and it tells me that the camp is well run. It is reassuring to send my daughter away to a place where I feel she is safe and happy and where I know she feels the same. Camp Ouareau has been a great experience for Molly. Wish I were younger and could go too!
    • Testimonials - Alumnae
      As I sit to write this I am getting teary eyed... I am waiting at the pool for my daughter Ainsley to finish one of her mandatory bronze med courses so she can return to camp as a CIT. They are celebration of life tears. Camp Ouareau has been a huge part of my life since I was eleven years old and thanks to Ainsley's love of Ouareau I am able to still spend part of my summer at camp with friends that I had at camp, and watch our daughters grow ... She is the third generation of Doig girls to enjoy camp. My Mum attended and my sister Lyndsay and I spent many happy summers there. The smell of the lodge stirs a flood of warm memories - opening ceremonies, closing ceremonies, Sunday evening program, those silent hills, Bymph stories and skit night. I love the traditions but I appreciate how camp has kept up with the times. I find myself often telling someone that most of my dearest friends I met at Camp Ouareau. We live all over the world but are still close. The friendships you make at camp are true. There is no returning to mum and dad at days end. You must learn to solve problems and care for one another. I learned archery at camp and still love it. I learned to do a Bymph dive, I spent many happy hours in the craft shop, I slept at the Glen, I acted in plays, I wore a pringle, I ate Sunday buns - lots of them! - I loved Camp Ouareau, and I still do. I love, too, that our dear friends now own the camp. I love that friends that I had at camp now have daughters at camp and that our daughters are friends and love it as much as we did. I am so glad that I had a girl!


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