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InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake  


  • type:
    Overnight camp, Family programs
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $660 to $1,320/session
  • Ages:
    6 to 16
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
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  • Summary Profile

    About InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake

    For over 40 years, 6-16 year olds have come to our ranch seeking adventure, friendship and faith. We invite our campers to challenge themselves by trying new things like tree climbing in our giant oaks, learning what it takes to ride a horse, trial rides deep into the heart of our 315-acres forest and a range of other exciting activities.
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    • Special needs: Not available
    • Religious affiliation:Christian, Faith Based


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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 5 programs available; 1 TBD.

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    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
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    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
    Coed
    Ages: 15 - 16
    CIT/LIT Program
    $1,320
    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
    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 Boys
    Ages: 13 - 16
    Adventure (multi)
    $660
    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
    Coed
    Ages: 14
    Horseback Riding/Equestrian, First-aid/lifesaving
    $1,320
    Ropes Course|Language Instruction|Leadership Training|Bronze Cross|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    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



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

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

    Discounts

    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. 



    Questions for the Director

    We interviewed InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake. Here are their answers to:

    • 00:30 - What makes your camp or program unique compared to others?
    • 01:31 - What type of child is successful at your organization?
    • 02:37 - How does your staff deal with behavioural issues?
    • 03:59 - What do campers or students value the most about an experience at your organization?
    • 04:41 - What message would you give to a camper who is entering your camp or program?
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    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

    Address

    Western Lanark County, ON
    1361 Price Road, Arden, Ontario, K0H 1B0
    Land O' Lakes Tourist Region, ON
    1361 Price Rd, Arden, Ontario, K0H



    Accommodations

    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)

    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

    Landscape

    • 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.


    Associations

    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.



    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!!

    • 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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