Summer Adventure Camps


It's a chance to learn independence, self-sufficiency and grow their social skills," says Jack Driben, managing director of the Camp Experts, an international service that helps match kids to appropriate summer camps. "But we're not talking about a dangerous thrill." Read more

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    Brain Power Enrichment Programs   
    Brain Power (IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL) is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA.

    Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto; Hamilton; Vaughan
    Education: Instructor lead (group)
    • Ages 6 to 18 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $80
    programclasscoed 80 6-18 1Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, TorontoHamiltonVaughanOnlineOntarioNorth-York
    City Scouts: Urban Adventure Camp   
    City Scouts is a weekly urban adventure camp in the heart of Toronto. Our goal is to foster growing children's sense of independence through urban adventure

    South Annex, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 9 to 14 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $355
    daycampcoed 355 9-14 5South Annex, TorontoOntarioDowntown
    Camp Pathfinder   
    Historic boys' camp on Pathfinder Island, Algonquin Park. Est. 1914. Full in-camp program. Water, land and camping sports. Canoe trips a specialty. Spectacular setting. Exceptional staff, positive culture for boys.

    Algonquin Park
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 ( Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,200
    overnightcampallboys 1200 7-16 7Algonquin ParkOnlineOntario
    The STEAM Project   
    Camps and classes for creative girls and boys who love science, technology, robotics, and design projects. Our kids learn while they experiment, invent, digitally fabricate, and build projects with their own hands!

    Markham; Richmond Hill
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $30
    daycampcoed 30 5-15 12MarkhamRichmond HillOnlineOntario
    TAC Sports - Toronto Athletic Camps   
    TAC Sports, TAC Aquatics and Lifetime Skills Academy (LSA) specialize in sports, swim and S.T.E.M programming. Ages 4-16, Co-ed. Year round Camps, Lessons, Academy and House Leagues across the GTA! Grow, Learn, Lead!

    Christie Pits, Toronto; Don Mills, Toronto; Hogg's Hollow, Toronto; Markham; Thornhill
    Sport (multi)
    • Ages 3.5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $250
    daycampcoed 250 3.5-16 14Christie Pits, TorontoDon Mills, TorontoHogg's Hollow, TorontoMarkhamThornhillOntarioMidtown, North-York
    Camp Nominingue   
    An English boys' camp in Quebec, Nominingue offers the ultimate outdoor experience: living in a tent with the opportunity of going on wilderness canoe trips. It is the place where your summer adventure begins!

    Mont-Tremblant
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 ( Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $975
    overnightcampallboys 975 7-16 19Mont-TremblantOnlineQuebec
    Camp Ecolart   
    We are a premium summer and winter camp for kids ages 4 to 17. We offer day and overnight camps in the summer in 4 locations: Montreal, Whistler, Banff and San Diego. We also offer a ski/snowboard camp in the winter.

    Banff; Montreal; Whistler
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $350
    daycampovernightcampcoed 350 4-17 27BanffMontrealWhistlerAlberta, British Columbia, Quebec
    Northwaters & Langskib Canoe Tripping Programs   
    Backcountry canoe adventures with heart & meaning in boys, girls and all-gender programs. Trips weave together challenge, community & confidence to connect youth to the land, each other, and their own unique spirit.

    Temagami
    Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
    • Ages 10 to 17 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,300
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys 1300 10-17 28TemagamiOntario
    Outward Bound Canada   
    Outward Bound Canada provides challenging adventures in the outdoors across the country that develop self-respect, awareness of others, interpersonal skills, and a sense of accomplishment.

    Don Valley Village, Toronto; North Toronto, Toronto; Algonquin Park; Kananaskis; Vancouver Island
    Adventure (multi)
    • Ages 14 to 19 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys 1 14-19 29Don Valley Village, TorontoNorth Toronto, TorontoAlgonquin ParkKananaskisVancouver IslandAlberta, British Columbia, OntarioNorth-York, Uptown
    Branksome Hall Day Camps   
    Branksome Hall offers remarkable day camps for girls & boys in the heart of Toronto. Choose from a wide selection of Arts, Sports and Technology based camps and specialty camps like Dance, Photography and Swim.

    Rosedale, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 10 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $392
    daycampcoed 392 4-10 31Rosedale, TorontoOnlineOntarioMidtown
    YMCA Wanakita   
    A co-ed camp offering Overnight Kids Camp, Day Camp and year-round Family Camps. We offer leadership development, a wide range of activities, tripping, a sense of belonging and fun. Come have the time of your life!

    Haliburton Highlands
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $940
    daycampovernightcampcoed 940 7-16 34Haliburton HighlandsOntario
    Glen Bernard Camp   
    A traditional overnight summer camp for girls offering wilderness adventure, sailing, swimming and lifesaving, arts and many other activities!

    Huntsville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16 ( Girls)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $350
    overnightcampallgirls 350 4-16 35HuntsvilleOntario
    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake   
    Circle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for youth ages 6-17. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding, water sports and climbing. Your summer adventure with friends starts here!

    Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed, Girls)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $599
    overnightcampcoedallgirls 599 6-17 38HamiltonHuntsvilleLand O' Lakes Tourist RegionOnlineOntario
    Kandalore   
    Kandalore is one of the finest overnight camps in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. For over 75 years, Kandalore has given campers the chance to get to know and be themselves.

    Minden
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $3,290
    overnightcampcoed 3290 6-16 42MindenOnlineOntario
    Educo Adventure School   
    Operating from our home base just outside 100 Mile House, JUMP! programs at the Educo Adventure School specialize in building leadership and other important life attitudes and skills through adventure programming.

    100 Mile House
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 9 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $900
    overnightcampcoed 900 9-18 44100 Mile HouseBritish Columbia
    Vancouver Outdoor Society   
    Our mission is to join with youth and families on a journey to discover and develop their character identity to achieve their best potential.

    Squamish; Vancouver
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 20 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $149
    daycampovernightcampcoed 149 7-20 45SquamishVancouverBritish Columbia
    Camp IAWAH   
    Eastern Ontario Summer Camp, nestled on the shores of Wolfe Lake 15 minutes from Westport. Activities at IAWAH include leadership building, archery tag, canoeing, cake decorating, programming and turf sports.

    Westport
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 18 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $345
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys 345 7-18 46WestportOntario
    Code Ninjas Mississauga West   
    World class coding and robotics curriculum for kids. After-school programs, Camps, Birthday Parties and much more. Virtual Classes also available.

    Mississauga
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $129
    daycampcoed 129 5-18 48MississaugaOnlineOntario
    Kidz Kare Inc.   
    Exciting weekly themed camps offered throughout the year at our downtown Toronto facility which include engaging programs and delicious home cooked meals and snacks!

    Harbourfront, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $200
    daycampcoed 200 4-12 50Harbourfront, TorontoOnlineOntarioDowntown
    Toronto Kidz   
    Our weeks focus on themes such as Dinosaurs, Animals, etc. for our younger campers 5-8 years old and Science, Outdoors, Arts, etc. for our older campers 9-12 year old. Weekly field trips to Toronto's attractions included

    Baby Point, Toronto; Roncesvalles Village, Toronto; Wallace Emerson, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $220
    daycampcoed 220 5-12 51Baby Point, TorontoRoncesvalles Village, TorontoWallace Emerson, TorontoOntarioWest-End, York-Crosstown
    Camp Wanapitei   
    Wilderness canoe-tripping camp based in Northern Ontario, paddling Ontario, Quebec, and the Territories. A strong tripping program is complemented by caring staff, community focus and a diverse in-camp program.

    Temagami
    Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
    • Ages 7 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp, Virtual Program
    • from $1,090
    overnightcampvirtualprogramcoed 1090 7-18 52TemagamiOntario
    Niagara Adventure Camp   
    Our summer program offers children the chance to simply get back to basics and enjoy the fun associated with being outside. Our sports and activities are designed to promote team spirit and encourage personal growth.

    Fenwick
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 10 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $75
    daycampovernightcampcoed 75 10-18 53FenwickOnlineOntario
    Camps offering adventure as an activity
    WillowWood School Camp and Summer School   
    WillowWood offers 3 different summer programs: camps for Grades 1-6, skills programs for Gr. 7-9 and high school credits for students in Grades 9-12.

    Don Mills, Toronto
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $300
    daycampcoed3006-172Don Mills, TorontoOntarioNorth-York
    Stanstead College Summer Camps   
    Unique summer camps for boys and girls, including the Language Adventure and the Hockey Development program. We strive to offer high quality and supervised camps on our beautiful campus located in the Eastern Townships.

    Stanstead
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 11 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $300
    overnightcampcoed30011-173StansteadOnlineQuebec
    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Grand River   
    A traditional camp offering overnight and day camp programs. Activities include horsemanship, swimming, high ropes, climbing wall, archery, campfires, and much more. Leadership and horse specialty camps also offered.

    Brant
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $280
    daycampovernightcampcoedallgirlsallboys2805-164BrantOntario
    Camp Bil-O-Wood   
    A traditional, outdoor, athletic, & life skills camp for kids 7 - 17. Exceptional camping & canoeing. Over 30 sports & activities for kids from Canada, US, & Europe; family operated for 74 yrs. An awesome experience!

    Blind River
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $900
    overnightcampcoed9007-176Blind RiverOnlineOntario
    Onondaga Camp   
    For more than 100 years Onondaga Camp has provided an inclusive environment where young people can play, explore, achieve and grow. Offering over 30 different activities, there is something for everyone!

    Minden
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,900
    overnightcampcoed19006-168MindenOntario
    Crescent Camps   
    Our Camps and Programs reflect Crescent School's excellence in academics, robotics, athletics, business, the arts and leadership, with highly qualified, enthusiastic instructors and staff.

    North Toronto, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 13 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $525
    daycampcoed5254-139North Toronto, TorontoOnlineOntarioUptown
    Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport   
    Pedalheads offers bike, swim, and trail programs to families across Canada. Pedalheads helps kids develop life skills, confidence, and independence through fun, safe, and engaging instruction.

    Throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec (140)
    Sport: Cycling
    • Ages 2 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $199
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    Canadian Adventure Camp   
    A true adventure camp with the very best staff. Choose from a Traditional General Camp Program or specialize in Trampoline, Gymnastics, Aerials (circus) or Wakeboarding & Water Skiing.

    Temagami
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,430
    overnightcampcoed14305-1711TemagamiOnlineOntario
    Ontario Educational Leadership Centre   
    Leadership training for students in Grades 6-12 in the arts, athletics, French language sports, SHSM, school leadership and more. Leadership courses are facilitated by qualified Ontario Teachers. #WeLead

    Washago
    Education: Leadership (multi)
    • Ages 10 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $240
    overnightcampcoed24010-1813WashagoOnlineOntario
    Camp Muskoka   
    Boost your camper's self-confidence in a fun, safe & supportive community. Great staff, delicious food, comfy modern lodging and a choose your own adventure programming style offering with over 50 activities every day!

    Bracebridge
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,495
    overnightcampcoed14956-1615BracebridgeOntario
    Discovery Day Camp   
    Our qualified, experienced and highly trained staff is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to guide our campers' adventures. The camp everyone can DISCOVER AND GO BEYOND. www.discoveryday.ca

    Richmond Hill
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $1,350
    daycampcoed13504-1516Richmond HillOnlineOntario
    Muskoka Woods   
    Muskoka Woods is a Christian youth development organization that offers a fun, safe and welcoming environment for all youth. Our staff share a common desire to help young people realize their full potential.

    Rosseau
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,299
    overnightcampcoed12996-1617RosseauOntario
    City of Toronto Camps   
    There's a City of Toronto camp in every neighbourhood, including specialty camps, free camps at community centres (ages 4-17) and adapted camps (ages 4-29). Kids can learn new skills and make fun memories close to home.

    Bay Street Corridor, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $1
    daycampcoed14-1718Bay Street Corridor, TorontoOntarioDowntown
    Teen Ranch   
    Just an hour from the GTA, a traditional Christian summer camp & year round retreat facility, specializing in developing youth through horse, hockey, adventure, bmx, soccer, figure skate, ninja warrior, WHAM & day camps.

    Caledon
    Sport (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $495
    daycampovernightcampcoed4955-1620CaledonOnlineOntario
    Code-it Hacks   
    Blend of 5 flavors in our Kids Coding & Robotics Camp in Toronto! Learn to Code, Learn to build: Robotics & Circuits, Outdoor play:Logic Games & a field trip to a tech company! Never a dull moment in our camps & programs

    Bloor West Village, Toronto; High Park, Toronto
    Computer (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $250
    daycampcoed2505-1721Bloor West Village, TorontoHigh Park, TorontoOnlineOntarioWest-End
    Camp Wenonah   
    Trusted by families from around the world, Wenonah is a popular overnight summer camp in Muskoka Ontario for children aged 5 - 17 years old. Experienced and caring staff team, including full-time medical staff.

    Bracebridge
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,150
    overnightcampcoed11505-1722BracebridgeOntario
    Camp Northway/ Wendigo   
    Northway, Canada's oldest summer camp for girls (age 7-16) and Wendigo, a small tripping outpost for boys (age 12-16) are located in the wilderness of Algonquin Park.

    Algonquin Park
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 ( Girls, Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,156
    overnightcampallgirlsallboys11567-1623Algonquin ParkOnlineOntario
    Lakefield College School Summer Programs   
    Transformative experiences learning in and through the outdoors—academic, athletic, for credit or enrichment. Spend every day outdoors on the water, in the forest, or at our farm—learn, have fun and stretch yourself.

    Lakefield
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 11 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $450
    daycampovernightcampcoed45011-1724LakefieldOnlineOntario
    Camp Davern   
    Camp Davern is a traditional co-ed summer that trades on adventure, community and just plain fun.

    Kingston; Perth
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,095
    overnightcampcoed10957-1625KingstonPerthOntario
    Rocky Ridge Ranch   
    This Christian camp has horseback riding, archery, swimming, hockey, cooperative games and more, and boasts 3rd generation campers. Kids have been raving about the wonderful family-style meals for over 50 years.

    Milton
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $675
    daycampcoed6755-1526MiltonOnlineOntario
    Upper Canada Child Care Summer Camps   
    Traditional day camp with a wide variety of activities. 30+ camps throughout the GTA and Simcoe County. Licensed programs with qualified staff. Open 7 am to 6 pm daily. Daily snacks provided.

    Markham; Richmond Hill; Thornhill; Vaughan
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $250
    daycampcoed2504-1230MarkhamRichmond HillThornhillVaughanOntario
    YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps   
    The YMCA of Southwestern Ontario offers two amazing overnight camps for campers aged 5-16 - YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth (CQE) in Georgian Bay Islands National Park and YMCA Camp Henry in Point Pelee National Park.

    Leamington; London; Port Severn
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $600
    daycampovernightcampcoed6005-1632LeamingtonLondonPort SevernOntario
    Camp Frenda   
    Summer camp in the heart of Muskoka. Very reasonable rates. Activities include horseback riding, rock climbing, water skiing, rocketry, archery, and many others.

    Port Carling
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $675
    overnightcampcoed6758-1633Port CarlingOntario
    Astronomy in Action Space Rangers   
    Our premier Summer camp fosters a passion for STEM in a fun and hands-on learning environment! Experience the night sky in a 4k planetarium and explore planets, galaxies, black holes and more.

    Humber Valley Village, Toronto; Thornhill
    Education: Space
    • Ages 6 to 13 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $585
    daycampcoed5856-1336Humber Valley Village, TorontoThornhillOntarioEtobicoke
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Pacific   
    One of nine Inter-Varsity Camps, Pioneer Pacific offers Christian summer camp and leadership programs for kids from 7-18, and includes a wide range of activities such as sailing, archery, kayaking and more.

    Thetis Island; Vancouver
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 18 (Coed, Girls)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $285
    overnightcampcoedallgirls2857-1837Thetis IslandVancouverBritish Columbia
    Niagara Christian Collegiate   
    Give your child a fun-filled learning adventure at NCC's English Summer Camp! Or get a head start on your studies during our July Credit Program and August Credit Program!

    Fort Erie
    Education: Credit Courses
    • Ages 11 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $4,250
    overnightcampcoed425011-1739Fort ErieOntario
    1-UP Leadership Programs at Ernescliff College   
    Leadership program and fun summer camps for boys 9-13 years-old, focused on character formation, service and friendship.

    South Annex, Toronto; Bancroft; Quebec City
    Education: Leadership Training
    • Ages 9 to 18 ( Boys)
    • Program
    • from $150
    programclassallboys1509-1840South Annex, TorontoBancroftQuebec CityOntario, QuebecDowntown
    Camp Can-Aqua   
    A traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here.

    Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $2,565
    overnightcampcoed25655-1741Haliburton HighlandsOakvilleOttawaOnlineOntario
    Safari Zoo Camp   
    The only residential summer camp of its kind in the world, participants work hands on alongside professional animal care staff to care for a variety of animals, many rare and endangered.

    Clarington
    Education: Zoology
    • Ages 6 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp, PA Day
    • from $1,200
    overnightcamppadaycoed12006-1743ClaringtonOnlineOntario
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario   
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario is a Christian Summer Camp and Outdoor Education & Retreat Centre located in Ontario, offering programs for children, youth, and students.

    Huntsville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $495
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys4955-1747HuntsvilleOntario
    YMCA of Eastern Ontario   
    We offer a full range of youth rec programs such as basketball, cycling, karate, swimming & school-break & summer day camps. These are offered in safe environments to help children develop self-esteem & confidence.

    Brockville; Kingston; Prescott and Russell
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 1 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $1
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    Adventure Camps: Two in Profile

    A closer look at couple of adventure camps shows us why kids go way out of their way to spend part of their summer there.

    At Camp Bil-O-Wood in Blind River, canoeing is the focus, with trips that last as long as 15 days. Not only is it exhilarating, but canoeing, which like everyday life involves some risk, can also help build character, says Paul Ludwig, the camp's director. "Probably the most important lesson kids learn is how to rely on the other kids. You all have to work as a team."

    Camp IAWAH — located on Wolfe Lake near Westport, Ontario — is one of many adventure camps with some traditional camp components. While risk is key to the kids' adventure-filled experience, the risk is always age-appropriate to the campers, with an emphasis on safety, says camp director Jeff Friesen. Out-tripping, including extended canoe trips, is a big focus, with other activities along the camp's waterfront. Campers tend to develop strong friendships as they attempt activities they've never tried before, but as a team. "It's all about shared experiences," Friesen says.

    For Isabella, a 13-year-old from Ottawa, kneeboarding is one of her favourite activities. Since age four, Isabella has attended Camp IAWAH. Every year, the challenges have escalated, but adventure camp affords experiences she wouldn't be able to have at home or even at a family cottage, she says. "You make new friends from your cabin, and then you meet other people at activities," she says.

    Photo: Camp IAWAH (by Fred Chartrand)



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