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InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake  

  • type:
    Overnight camp, Family programs
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $599 to $1,299/week
  • Ages:
    6 to 17
  • Gender:
    Coed, All Girls
  • Main language:
  • Capacity:
    50 to 100
  • Programs:
    0 available; 7 TBD
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  • Summary Profile

    About 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.

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    • Special needs: Not available
    • Religious affiliation:Christian, Faith Based

    COVID-19 Response 

    We 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, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake currently has 0 program available; 7 TBD.

    Filter activities :

    Overnight Camp
    Ages: 1 - 18+
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $75 to $250
    Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Mountain Biking|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Sports-Instructional and Training|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Ultimate Frisbee|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Ages: 14 - 17
    CIT/LIT Program
    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
    Ages: 6 - 8
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $599 to $629/week
    Ropes Course|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
    Ages: 1 - 18+
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $599 to $649
    Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Mountain Biking|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Sports-Instructional and Training|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Ultimate Frisbee|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Ages: 9 - 14
    Traditional (multi activity) , Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    $599 to $649
    Ropes Course|Survival skills|Wilderness Skills|Superhero/Marvel/DC|Acting (Film & TV)|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Pottery|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|Ceramics
    Overnight Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 13 - 16
    Adventure (multi)
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Superhero/Marvel/DC|Arts & Crafts|Painting|Pottery|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
    Ages: 13 - 15
    Ropes Course|Language Instruction|Leadership Training|Bronze Cross|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming

    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 4


    Discount for 2nd child $50
    Discount for 3rd child $100
    Discount for 4th child $100
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

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

    our take

    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. 

    User reviews of InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake

    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!

  • Location & Site Details


    Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
    Inter-Varsity Camps, 1 International Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, M9W 6H3
    Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
    1361 Price Rd, Arden, Ontario, K0H


    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins
    • Dorm or Building


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

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Outhouses
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: We have a 12 rooms in 148 bed "western town style" facility with shared washrooms as well as 6 rooms in a 48 bed lodge with shared washrooms. We have an indoor dining hall and rec room. Most activities are at various outdoor locations. Some out-tripping camps sleep in treeforts or tents.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake technology free? Yes We ask that campers unplug (no phones) for the week to fully immerse themselves into creation and the relationships around them. Parents are able to send one-way emails or snail mail and campers are welcome to write home via post, but not email.

    Property Details

    Sports facilities

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


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

    More details about property: Our property includes 350 acres of Frontenac forest along Big Clear Lake including a barn and horse paddocks and riding arenas, sports field, >7km of trails and a family campground for tents and trailers.

    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    Each season we offer a selection of educational day and overnight trip options for a range of ages. We meet OPHEA guidelines and offer enriching, unique leadership and outdoor education activities.

    Available for private rentals: Yes
    For church, business, family and more… Our well-trained staff are ready to help you with everything from event planning, facilitating and hosting to recreational activities and Bible studies. Your plans and goals for an amazing time are our priority! We are situated on over 360 acres of beautiful, lakefront countryside and offer a range of recreational, adventurous, educational and team-building activities. Depending on the season you will have opportunity for horseback riding, swimming, high ropes and more. Circle Square Ranch is reserved during July & August for our Summer Camp programming. Please contact us to inquire.


    Ontario Camps Association Associations
    Christian Camping International Associations

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Dan Wesson, Camp Director

    For Dan, his wife Stephanie and their daughter, Lily, this new chapter in their life builds on significant history at the Ranch. It started for Dan when he was just a boy and came to the Ranch as a camper. From camper, he transitioned into summer staff, which is also how Stephanie was introduced to the Ranch. Both of them began serving as summer staff when they were 16 and they’ve been involved ever since. Their leadership roles have ranged from caring for campers in cabins to designing high ropes courses to developing and leading staff in all aspects of session programs. As adults, Dan and Stephanie have invested time and resources in caring for and improving the Ranch property and facilities. They are passionate about carrying on the work of previous directors, whom they know well and love.


    • 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!!

    • 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

    • 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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