Kilcoo Camp

10735-10737 Hwy #35 Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0 Locations: Moore Park (view map)

Ages:
8 to 15 (All Boys )
Type:
Overnight camp
Specialty:
Traditional (multi activity)
Cost:
$1,700 to $1,825

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Kilcoo Camp
 

Since 1932, when Kilcoo was founded by Charles F. Plewman, thousands of boys and young men from Canada and around the world have shared a certain magic on the shores of Gull Lake in the Highlands of Haliburton.

Kilcoo helps to build self confidence, social responsibility, and appreciation of others, but the magic really takes place when the sum of all the experiences and friendships come together to create a most special time and feeling in our campers’ lives.

The majority of staff Kilcoo have been campers who have felt the same joy, happiness and security from their summer experiences. Kilcoo enjoys its reputation as one of the foremost camps for boys in Canada, it is truly a “Maker of Men”.


The Our Kids review of Kilcoo Camp

 

Kilcoo was founded in 1932, and is very much one of the great, classic Canadian camps. It reflects the Taylor Statten ideal, as did so many camps that were founded at the time. There was a nod to first nations culture, with John Lattimer, who took over the camp in 1938, know invariably as “Chief.” (The name of the camp, again like others founded at that time, was a similar nod.) The programs were traditional, based in watersports, canoeing, woods lore, and a boisterous celebration of the camp culture. Leadership has been absolutely consistent, with David Lattimer taking over the directorship from his father in 1985. Campers past and present are absolutely loyal to the camp, in large part due to the consistency of the program leadership down through the decades. They all feel that attending Kilcoo is about more than a summer, it’s a chance to participate in something larger, with a longer arc, and centered around an amiable set of priorities and values. And, indeed, it’s all of that, which is a draw for generations of campers, both locally and from around the world.


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Overnight Camp
All Boys
Ages: 8 - 16
Traditional (multi activity) $5,100 to $5,100
Minden,ON
10735-10737 Hwy #35
Jun 28-Jul 25 $5,100
Minden,ON
10735-10737 Hwy #35
Jul 29-Aug 25 $5,100
Rope courses|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Pottery/ceramics |Woodworking|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Fishing|Football|Gaga|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Ultimate Frisbee|Volleyball|Whitewater Rafting
Overnight Camp
All Boys
Ages: 8 - 12
Traditional (multi activity) $2,950 to $2,950
Minden,ON
10735-10737 Hwy #35
Jul 12-25 $2,950
Minden,ON
10735-10737 Hwy #35
Jul 29-Aug 11 $2,950
Minden,ON
10735-10737 Hwy #35
Aug 12-25 $2,950
Rope courses|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Pottery/ceramics |Woodworking|First-aid/lifesaving |Strength and Conditioning|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Fishing|Football|Gaga|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Ultimate Frisbee|Volleyball|Whitewater Rafting

Camp Address
10735-10737 Hwy #35, Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0
Other locations: Moore Park

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Reviews & Testimonials

  • Thanks
    Anonymous — Parent

    I wanted to write you a quick note to say thank you for yet another wonderful summer for our boys. A day hasn’t gone by without some camp story, song or game being told, sung or played in our house. Our boys had a fantastic summer. I’m not sure how you do it, but they come back closer as a band of brothers than when they leave and I love that. The boys have always been quite close, but it amplifies from their camp experience. I was concerned that our youngest wouldn’t fit into this troop, but he has come back a full member which is really wonderful for us as parents to see. It is clear that you love camp and make the experience a dream for boys – enough structure to make sure the day runs smoothly, but not the sort of structure they have at home (and I struggle to offer them as a parent who likes things to stay neat and clean). It is such a special place and your dedication to it is obvious. I love that, in an all-boys environment, the boys show so much affection for one another – they aren’t scared to hug and cry and really show each other how much they care. Pick up day was full of so much affection between the campers and staff it was truly fantastic to see. It is magical. Thank you so much. The boys will be back next summer (was there any doubt?) and I suspect the countdown has already commenced in their minds.

  • The Gift of Camp
    Theo — Camper

    I think camp is one of the greatest experiences of my life. Having my father go to Kilcoo in the 80's, I know all the graces and camp songs by heart. Now, when my little brother Charlie and I go to camp, my Dad peppers us with questions about Kilcoo and if things are the same as when he was there. I always tell him it is the great guys and girls on staff and the campers at Kilcoo that make it the same great place its always been. My first time at camp for a month flew by! When my parents picked me up the first thing I told them after a hug was, "I'm coming back next year." I think camp is not just an experience, it is an amazing gift that every Kilcoo camper treasures.

  • Lub
    John and Scott — Camper

    One of our favourite things about camp is our amazing director Lub. It's great seeing him always around all day with the campers, giving them greetings, playing baseball and football, and saying goodnight before bed. We also learn many lessons from him such as the value of a firm handshake to greet a visitor. We like how Lub tells amazing campfire stories, and we think it makes the campfire so much better. While he makes the campers happy he still runs the camp smoothly. Lub makes Kilcoo so much better!

  • The Kilcoo Olympics
    Ethan — Camper

    The Olympics is about growing as a person with the Kilcoo community. Being forced to compete against your friends, turning them into opponents for the event or even the day. This may seem like a strange approach but when everyone shows Kilcoo values of integrity and sportsmanship and all is said and done, you come out with stronger bonds than ever. The Olympics gives you motivation to push your limits physically and teaches you that half the battle is mental. Your teammates cheering you on helps you fight that mental battle and push harder. With this encouragement in this environment, you become stronger learning what you are truly capable of. The Olympics would just not be the same if they weren't at Kilcoo.

  • First Time
    Diego — Camper

    I arrived at camp tired and uncomfortable, away from my home, in a different country. It was hot and the sun beat down on my exhausted body. Although that wasn't the best first impression, during my time at Kilcoo I have come to appreciate these little things. I went to my cabin and began to unpack my belongings. As I did this, I pondered my firsts on this trip; first time in Canada, first time flying alone, first time without my parents, first time at Kilcoo. At that moment, I knew very little of what to expect. I knew not of the friendships I would make or of the inspiring leaders and role models I would meet. From archery to windsurfing, there were so many activities to take part in. Kilcoo has inspired me in so may ways. One of my favourite things about camp is chapel. Listening to staff members share stories about overcoming obstacles and appreciating things that life experience has given them. I appreciate my summer at Kilcoo and the opportunities it has given me., I am grateful to my parents for sending me to this incredible place. I am grateful for Lub, the staff and all of the LITs for helping make this experience possible. My stay was filled with firsts, gritty and fun, and that is what I am most grateful for.

  • Best Place on Earth
    Nic — Camper

    Every year I come back to camp not only for the fun that I have, but for the amazing friendships that I build and the long lasting memories that I create. Camp is one of the best places on earth and I am happier because of it.


Accommodation & Property Details

Property details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins

Amenities

  • Electricity in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Outhouses
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Climbing Wall
  • Rope Course
  • Running Track
  • Soccer Field
  • Tennis Court(s)

Landscape

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


Director's Message

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David Latimer, Camp Director

David “Lub” Latimer has been the Director of Kilcoo Camp since 1985. With his extensive experience at Kilcoo, as well as other Ontario camps as a camper and staff member, David is uniquely qualified to lead Kilcoo. He brings to this role an exceptional skill in working with campers and staff alike and is receptive and responsive to the needs, wishes and feelings of everyone at the Kilcoo campground.

In his ‘free time’ David is an active volunteer in several youth organizations including The Regent Park Duke of York Children’s Foundation. David also sits on the Board of Camp Awakening. He is a member of the Society of Camp Directors and in 1993 was awarded the prestigious Canada’s Birthday Achievement Award presented by the City of Toronto for excellence in volunteering. Also, in January 2000 he was awarded Toronto’s “Volunteer of the Year Award.” In the fall of 2001, David, along with his father John Latimer, and Richard Wernham and his wife Julia West, began the huge task of founding a new private school in Toronto. The result was Greenwood College School, opening their doors in September 2002 to grade 7 and 9 classes. The school is now grade 7 through 12 and it continues to grow.

David’s wife Beth, an art teacher for young children, echoes his enthusiasm and commitment to Kilcoo. She provides understanding and encouragement, as the two work together for the well being of the camp. They are also the proud parents of identical twin boys TJ and Charlie (both Kilcoo staff), born May 2001, and daughter Brooke, born June 2003.


Cost & Financial Aid

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Cost: $1,700 to $1,825 /2 weeks

Payment Options:

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Associations

  • Canadian Camping Association/ Association des camps du Canada Associations
  • The Ontario Camps Association Associations


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