Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
Kilcoo Camp is a traditional summer camp in the Highlands of Haliburton, just south of Minden, ON. Founded in 1932, Kilcoo has earned a reputation as one of North America's foremost private camps and Outdoor Ed. centres. For over thirty years, students from school groups across the GTA have participated in our overnight O.E. programs that focus on the development of interpersonal skills, self-confidence, and personal growth through the instruction of wilderness based activities.
Kilcoo’s Outdoor education program stresses the importance of experiential learning outside of the classroom and we firmly believe that student education cannot be limited to a classroom setting. At Kilcoo, students will participate in a wide range of physical activities that helps to support the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle during school years and beyond. We stress the importance of finding a balance between work and leisure. Students are most often taught through experiential learning at camp. Lessons begin with an overview of the activity philosophy and skill basics, and are followed with a challenge to the students using their newly learned skills.
For example, we teach the students the scientific, practical, and natural fundamentals of fire building, then they compete to boil a small amount of water over an open flame. The activity will culminate in the students enjoying a cup of tea steeped in the hot water they boiled over an open fire. Such a progression pays huge dividends to the confidence and sense of accomplishment that student participants get from Kilcoo.
Through debriefing of activities and engaged instruction from opur staff, each activity will present each student with an individual set of challenges to over come. They will be required to think critically, problem solve, understand their own individual/group goals, and learn to work and live with others.
Popular activities include: high ropes, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and campcraft. Additional facilities include tennis courts, ball hockey and basketball courts, soccer fields, a large main lodge, and a self contained shower building.
Available for private rentals: Yes
For Kilcoo Old Boys (Alumnus) as well as people connected to the Kilcoo community, we offer our site to be rented. This could be for a corporate retreat, family reunion, or just a fun time with your closest friends.