InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario

942 Clearwater Lake Road Port Sydney, Ontario, P0B 1L0 (view map)

Ages:
5 to 17 (Coed, All Girls, All Boys )
Type:
Overnight camp, Family programs
Programs:
Specialty:
Traditional (multi activity)
Cost:
$450 to $795
Special Needs:
Yes, Specialized support (Not all campers have special needs)

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InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario
 

We have offered enriching, adventurous experiences for campers in beautiful Muskoka for over 90 years. With more than one staff for every three campers, we provide a highly personal, safe and relational camp experience. Along with exciting themes and special events, campers choose skill development options such as swimming lessons, high ropes, biking, sailing, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain boarding, arts & media and much more. Relevant, age-appropriate Bible discussions give campers the opportunity to explore their faith and grow in their relationship with God alongside caring staff. We love seeing campers grow in confidence, friendship, leadership and character while outdoors with friends at camp.


The Our Kids review of InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario

 

Ontario Pioneer Camp is one of nine InterVarsity camps located across the country. The camping program was begun 1929, an expression of InterVarsity, an association of campus ministries intended to bring Christian values and awareness to young people, and support their spiritual and social growth. The camps were part of the initial vision, designed to create a unique opportunity to bring young people together around the unique challenges that a camp setting can provide. That remains perhaps more true today than ever. At camp they 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 camp has grown over the years, adding new activities, including family camp sessions, all of it furthering the initial goals.


The 2021 Experience at InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario

It will be pure joy to welcome campers back in 2021!

If 2020 has taught us one thing, it's that we need to stay flexible. As a result, we've:

-planned with flexibility in mind -updated health and safety protocols -explored reduction in camper capacity -modified activities

Safety and training have always been a priority for us, but in 2021, they take on a new dimension. Here is what we are doing to ensure camper safety: -public health guidelines will be met or exceeded -staff training will include enhanced health and safety training -COVID-19 and symptom management and care measures will be established.

We are looking forward to creatively welcoming campers back on 2021. We will keep camper families and registrants updated as plans progress.

View recent COVID-19 updates from InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario

Programs and Sessions Calendar

Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; currently 9 programs available; 3 TBD.

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Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Vocal training / singing|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Nature/Environment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|BMX / Motocross|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Cheer|Cycling|Diving|Fishing|Football|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Skateboarding|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Volleyball
Rope courses|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Vocal training / singing|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Nature/Environment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|BMX / Motocross|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Cheer|Cycling|Diving|Fishing|Football|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Skateboarding|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Volleyball
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Vocal training / singing|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Nature/Environment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|BMX / Motocross|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Cheer|Cycling|Diving|Fishing|Football|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Skateboarding|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Volleyball
Rope courses|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Vocal training / singing|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Nature/Environment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|BMX / Motocross|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Cheer|Cycling|Diving|Fishing|Football|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Skateboarding|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Volleyball
Rope courses|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Vocal training / singing|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Nature/Environment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|BMX / Motocross|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Cheer|Cycling|Diving|Fishing|Football|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Skateboarding|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 16 - 17
CIT/LIT Program $1,895
Rope courses|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Vocal training / singing|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Nature/Environment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|BMX / Motocross|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Cheer|Cycling|Diving|Fishing|Football|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Skateboarding|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Volleyball
Rope courses|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Vocal training / singing|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Nature/Environment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|BMX / Motocross|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Cheer|Cycling|Diving|Fishing|Football|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Skateboarding|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 14 - 17
Traditional (multi activity) $695
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Vocal training / singing|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Nature/Environment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|BMX / Motocross|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Cheer|Cycling|Diving|Fishing|Football|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Skateboarding|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 5 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $450
Rope courses|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Vocal training / singing|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Nature/Environment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|BMX / Motocross|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Cheer|Cycling|Diving|Fishing|Football|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Skateboarding|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 15 - 17
Leadership
Rope courses|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Vocal training / singing|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Nature/Environment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|BMX / Motocross|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Cheer|Cycling|Diving|Fishing|Football|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Skateboarding|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 14 - 17
Wilderness Out-tripping
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Vocal training / singing|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photo/Video|Nature/Environment|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|BMX / Motocross|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Cheer|Cycling|Diving|Fishing|Football|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Rock Climbing|Skateboarding|Soccer|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming|Volleyball
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942 Clearwater Lake Road, Port Sydney, Ontario, P0B 1L0

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Reviews & Testimonials


Independent & Compassionate Young Men
Camper Parent — Parent

"Our sons have matured in their faith as independent, compassionate young men and we are confident that Ontario Pioneer Camp has played an important role their development along the years."


Tremendously Rich Experience
Camper Parent — Parent

"Our son has been blessed by tremendously rich experience being with friends, leaders, nature, and experiencing fun times, as well as learning life-skills and about God. We believe that this experience is helping to shape him into a person that could be used for his glory here in Canada or wherever God would have him go."


It is Shaping their Character
Camper Parent — Parent

"Once they experienced camp their first year, they begged to go back, it has become the highlight of their summer, they talk to all their friends about it during the school year.  They come home from camp glowing, filled with stories, excitement and wonder. It is shaping their character."


Great, Challenging and Safe Experience
Camper Parent — Parent

"This a fantastic camp where the staff really know how to give your child a great, challenging and safe experience. Our four kids have gone for years."


Adventure at Boys Camp
Camper Parent — Parent

"Our son had an amazing two-week adventure at Boys Camp this year and can't wait to go back next summer! Thank you to all the leaders, counsellors and fellow campers for making this a summer he won't forget!"


Wonderful Location, Perfect Spot, Amazing People
Camper Parent — Parent

"Picked up my daughter from her first week of overnight camp (Adventure Camp) and she had a blast! What a wonderful location, perfect spot, such amazing people!"


The Most Amazing Camp
Camper — Camper

This is the most amazing camp I've been to, the amazing food, activities (kayaking, high ropes, rec swim, canoeing, photography) and so much more! The leaders and the whole staff are so amazing and make camp even more fun! I really love this camp and my FAVOURITE part is worship and bible study! I love the games at night and the fun chalet lunches! Girls Camp is extraordinary and so is Adventure Camp!



Accommodation & Property Details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Climbing Wall
  • Ice Rink
  • Rope Course
  • Soccer Field

Landscape

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


Director's Message

Dan Martin, Executive Director

Dan and his wife Kara have been involved in summer camping for over 20 years. They have directed camps in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. Dan has been the Executive Director at InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario for over 10 years. He and his wife have four children.


Stories


Family Camp Memories

As a family, we love the spiritual aspect of this camp and how well it is incorporated into the camp lifestyle. It is a very positive environment for the children, and the leaders are wonderful role models for the children as they are positive, cheerful and in touch with God and their spiritual side. "It's cool to love God" seems to be the message that the kids come home with. They have a wonderful time at camp and the predominant reason is the leaders, the children really bond with them. Pioneer was well spoken of by other families we knew who had attended in previous years, in many cases for 10+yrs. Pioneer Camp won our respect and high regard through the attention to camper/staff ratio and attention to small details that make each year's camp experience fun and safe for the kids. ...



Outripping Adventures

On the Dumoine River, soloing a boat in some rapid, a girl was displaying all the skills she had learned while being at Woodland Challenge. Some civilians passed down the portage trail, stopped to marvel at the mastery of this 15 year old girl taking on water they wouldn't think to enter. In recognition, they applaud her from the shoreline and across her face crept an ear toear grin of pride along with a little embarrassment. ...



Beat the Summer Heat

After a week of swimming lessons, a camper who was initially afraid to swim in the lake (she didn't like that she couldn't see the bottom), woke up early one morning mid-session and with some encouragement from her camp director, some lifeguards, her chalet leader and ALL her chalet-mates, she 'uped' her red lanyard to a green one. She now can't wait for Free Swim/Boats Out and is constantly jumping off the towers, jumping on the trampoline and splashing in the shallow end ...



Friendships

"My daughter says that her best memory is the first time she went to Pioneer Camp and how welcome everyone made her feel. She wants to be a leader one day so she can make kids feel that comfortable too." ...



The Diving Tower

Keith had come to camp from a foster care situation, and at the start of camp, he wanted to be anywhere but Pioneer. Everything was stupid, and boring, and regardless of what we were doing, he was unwilling to participate. But his leader, a long-time Pioneer guy named Neil, patiently listened to him, spent time with him, and invited him to participate. It was amazing to see what a little love can do in the life of a camper. Keith gradually warmed up to Pioneer and to people and began participating in activities, and by the end of the week, he could hardly contain his enthusiasm. While I was life guarding on the dock on the last afternoon of camp, I heard a familiar voice say, "I gotta go talk to my buddy Mike." It was Keith, and he wanted me to watch him jump off the high diving tower. It's amazing what a difference caring and listening can make. ...



Teamwork

Pioneer has been just the most wonderful experience for our son. Each year he has grown as a person from the camp experience. He particularly likes the quality of the camp staff and the Christian foundation on which the camp exists. He has learned a greater sense of community, tolerance for others, confidence in himself, greater appreciation for his own family and life situation, understanding of his place in the world and his personal commitment to life as a Christian ...



Mountain Biking

The activities were amazing. My son loved all the games as well as sailing and mountain biking. The organization of the camp such as registration and first day are reassuring. Being a Christian camp is also a must. But you can get this in lots of places. The reason we come back, the reason I save for 10 months is the relationship between the staff and my son. Everyone, his chalet leader, his activity leader and the leaders all around set a tone of love, acceptance and positive discipline. These positive male role models are something that will have a lasting impact. ...



Associations

  • Christian Camping International Associations
  • Ontario Camps Association Associations


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