InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake

Inter-Varsity Camps, 1 International Blvd. Toronto, Ontario, M9W 6H3 Locations: Hamilton, Huntsville (view map)

Ages:
6 to 17 (Coed, All Girls, All Boys )
Type:
Overnight camp, Family programs
Programs:
Specialty:
Traditional (multi activity)
Cost:
$499 to $699
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)

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About this Camp

InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake
 

For over 40 years, 6-17 year olds have come to our 350-acre lakeside horseback riding ranch to try new things, make friends and grow in their relationship with God. Campers choose from a range of activities from riding lessons to climbing to kayaking. With added safety measures, we are excited to welcome campers once again to go deep with God, grow as leaders and have epic fun.


The Our Kids review of InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake

 

Begun 1929, the InterVarsity camps contribute to the goal of creating unique opportunities to bring young people together around the personal challenges that a camp setting can provide. At camp kids unplug and turn their attention to the community they find there. The activities facilitate a greater understanding of campers’ talents and abilities, as well as the Christian values that inform the programming. 


The 2021 Experience at InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake

We are moving forward with hope that we will be able offer summer camp in 2021 and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure camp is a safe, fun-filled and wonderful place for them to return to this year. Be assured that safety is our top priority, as it always is when it comes to caring for campers. We will be following all precautions and guidelines that government and health authorities set for us. Over the past year, we have reviewed our site and programs and implemented appropriate protocols that meet or exceed public health requirements. We have paid particular attention to dining areas, bathrooms and sleeping quarters. We are setting up spaces and planning programs in a way that still allows campers to experience the community, activities and joy of camp. We have also readjusted our programming to provide us adequate time between camps to clean and disinfect all areas. We anticipate we will have to reduce our camper capacity in order to meet social distancing guidelines so we encourage you to register for camp as soon as possible. We are excited as we plan and prepare for another safe and fun-filled camp season. We cannot wait to be #backonthehorse. Thank you so much for standing with us in this past year.

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Programs and Sessions Calendar

Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; currently 10 programs available; 4 TBD.

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Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 14 - 17
CIT/LIT Program $1,199
Survival skills|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership training|Nature/Environment|First-aid/lifesaving |Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Archery|Basketball|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Ultimate Frisbee|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
All Boys
Ages: 12 - 14
Wilderness Out-tripping $629
Rope courses|Survival skills|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Basketball|Gaga|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 9
Traditional (multi activity) $449 to $599
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Baking/Decorating|Percussion|Arts & Crafts|Canoeing|Fishing|Swimming|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Ultimate Frisbee|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 14
Traditional (multi activity) $449 to $599
Rope courses|Survival skills|Wilderness Skills|Fantasy/superhero|Acting (Film & TV)|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Pottery/ceramics |Leadership training|First-aid/lifesaving |Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Archery|Basketball|Dodgeball|Flag football|Gaga|Hiking|Hockey|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Skateboarding|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Volleyball|Yoga
Overnight Camp
All Boys
Ages: 13 - 16
Swimming $699
Rope courses|Survival skills|Wilderness Skills|Pottery/ceramics |Strength and Conditioning|Canoeing|Diving|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Flag football|Gaga|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 13 - 15
First-aid/lifesaving $1,199
Rope courses|Language Instruction|Leadership training|Bronze Cross|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 13 - 15
Wilderness Out-tripping $1,199
Rope courses|Survival skills|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Leadership training|First-aid/lifesaving |Nutrition|Strength and Conditioning|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Soccer
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 13 - 15
Horseback Riding/Equestrian $1,199
Leadership training|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Swimming|Horseback Riding/Equestrian
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 13 - 16
Swimming $699
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Fantasy/superhero|Arts & Crafts|Painting|Pottery/ceramics |First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Archery|Badminton |Flag football|Gaga|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Mountain Biking|Sports-Instructional and Training|Ultimate Frisbee|Volleyball|Water polo|Yoga
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 13 - 16
Education (multi) $1,199
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Math|Skilled Trades Activities|Writing / journalism|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Archery|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity)
Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Mountain Biking|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Sports-Instructional and Training|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Ultimate Frisbee|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 14
Horseback Riding/Equestrian
Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Ultimate Frisbee
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity)
Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Mountain Biking|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Sports-Instructional and Training|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Ultimate Frisbee|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity)
Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Mountain Biking|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Sports-Instructional and Training|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Ultimate Frisbee|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills
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Camp Address
Inter-Varsity Camps, 1 International Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, M9W 6H3
Other locations: Hamilton, Huntsville

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Reviews & Testimonials


Camp is so fun!
Discovery Girl — Camper

My camp experience was good. I made lots of new friends. I did lots of swimming. I learned about the Bible. My counsellors were super nice. I loved the camp and hope to come back soon!



Accommodation & Property Details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins
  • Dorm or Building

Amenities

  • Electricity in Sleeping Area
  • Shower in Sleeping Area
  • Toilet in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Outhouses
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Basketball Court
  • Horseback Riding Arena (indoor/outdoor)
  • Rope Course
  • Soccer Field

Landscape

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


Upcoming Events

  • April 17, 2021Mother Daughter Weekend
    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake, 1361 Price Rd, Arden, ON
    Join us Saturday, April 17 from 07:00 pm - 01:00 pm

    Come and join us for lots of quality mother-daughter time at our weekend retreat intended for just that purpose! 


  • May 08, 2021Quilting and Crafting Retreat
    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake, 1361 Price Rd , Arden, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, May 08 from 08:00 am - 05:00 pm

    • Bring your own project and work alongside fellow crafters (at a safe distance) in beautiful Frontenac. Enjoy tasty meals and a cozy fireplace. Share ideas and enjoy company.
    • Capacity: 16 households (private room, shared bathroom)
    • Cost: $149/person

  • June 05, 2021Girls Horse Weekend
    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake, 1361 Price Road, Arden, ON
    Join us Saturday, June 05 from 06:30 pm

    This is a horse-lovers dream! Spend your weekend riding, grooming, and caring for horses! An intimate weekend where each campers gets specialized attention from leaders and get to have fun meeting new friends :)


  • June 19, 2021Family Camp Weekend
    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake, 1361 Price Road, Arden, ON
    Join us Saturday, June 19 from 06:30 pm

    This is great getaway weekend to kick off summer! There is lots of programming for families and times where kids can adventure while parents relax. Opportunities to horse back ride, go tree climbing, slip and slide, canoeing and just walking around the beautiful property! 



Director's Message

Anne and Andrew Douglas, Co-Executive Directors

Andrew and Anne Douglas stepped into leadership at the ranch on February 1, 2014. Both Andrew and Anne have strong summer camp roots. Andrew was both a camper and camp staff at Ontario Pioneer Camp, serving on the program team and as a Bible study leader. Anne became a follower of Jesus during a Leader-in-Training program at Gracefield Presbyterian Centre in Quebec. She has worked at several summer camps, teaching horsemanship, providing staff care and coordinating prayer.


Cost & Financial Aid

Cost: $499 to $699 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes
Maximum installments available 8

Discounts

Discount if paid early $50
Discount for 2nd child $50
Discount for 3rd child $100
Discount for 4th child $100

Stories


Boy Camper Comment

I stumbled upon some YouTube videos of life at CSR (https://www.youtube.com/circlesquarekids). As I viewed the videos, a flood of memories came back to me from when I was a camper. I would have to say the most enjoyable memories I have of the ranch would be the evening campfires in the teepee and the hall ... I can truely say that it was those evenings at the campfires with all the joyful singing and prayer that I came to know the good Lord and that is where I excepted Him into my heart. It was those evenings that I had such a life changing experience that helped me start on my journey with the Lord and Saviour. I would recommend CSR to any parent looking for a place to send their child for a week during the summer. It's one of the best camps that a child could attend. The campers are amazing and so are the staff!!! It's an amazing experience that any child like I myself, will remember forever!!

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Girl Camper

At first, I knew very little about God and when I came to CSR I was exited about the horseback riding because I'm crazy about horses. I also did other awesome things like rock climbing and BMX biking. When it was time for horseback riding, I was exited and got assigned a horse named Socks. She was wonderful. PS: I am going to the Horse week and I am excited to learn more about the Lord our God and Horses :D

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Boy Camper comment

Circle Square for me was a life saver for the 2 weeks that I was a camper. As a child I was abused as home. Being at CSR helped me find God. There are still times in my life when I can remember the good time I had there and the lasting memories!

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Associations

  • Christian Camping International Associations
  • Ontario Camps Association Associations


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