Angie Shiner — Camp alumni
At a young age of 9, I was one of the first handful of campers that kicked off the inaugural year in 1981. I started as a day camper at the Hollows Camp with my best friend along with 5 or 6 others. We quickly became friends and enjoyed the wide variety of activities the camp had to offer from waterfront boating activities, arts and crafts, archery and drama. However, my favourite was the ability to learn how to ride a horse in the English discipline. It was here at camp, that I fell in love with this sport and continued my development outside of camp for many years in lessons and competing on the trillium circuit with Janet as my coach.
Each and every summer I returned to camp which quickly moved from only a day camp to offering residence camp, meeting up with my friends from the previous year and being introduced to new ones every year after.
I developed and amazing relationship with Janet and Stephan as if they were my second family, so much so, that they offered me my first job as a mother’s helper looking after their son Morgan in their home one summer.
The following summer and every year after that for many years, I was a camp counsellor and working with other amazing staff members, I now had the honour of taking on the amazing task of leading the campers in their daily activities as they experience what I had in my previous years as a camper. I was a riding instructor developing the young minds with a love of horses and teaching them from the basics of horse care and stable management to jumping.
Every summer I now looked forward to meeting up with my counsellor friends just as I did as a camper, one in particular stood out....Rob Côté.
After many years at camp as a counsellor I had moved away and could no longer be a part of camp but never lost touch of those memories of laughter, friends, campfires and talent shows. I decided to drop in one afternoon around lunchtime with my youngest daughter Jordyn to show her where I spent many summers. After being invited to stay for “Mac and cheese” day, a camp favourite I remember well ...Janet offered myself and Jordyn a tour to show us all the incredible changes the camp has made over the last 30 years.
It was after this tour that my daughter was excited to start her camp experience and enjoy all the things (and more) that I had. A proud moment for me to be able to share this with my second generation. It was during this time, fellow alumni Rob Côté was also bringing his children to camp reuniting us again.
I am happy to announce that we are now engaged all because of our experiences as young adults at the Hollows Camp. Of course we have chosen the camp to be the venue of choice to exchange our wedding vows.
The Hollows Camp was something that created a love of the outdoors and fun as a child, a love of friendships and experiences as a counsellor, and a lifetime of happiness with the love of my life!!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
The Best Staff
Liza Paul — Camp alumni
Best staff. Maximum fun... Had a blast
Kim Hambly — Parent
"Thank you for such a wonderful season. My daughter had a blast and can't wait for next year! We love the variety of activities offered, the beautiful location and the incredible staff. Thank you again, see you next year!!"
Michelle Sky-Walker — Parent
"Absolutely beautiful facility and the staff are phenomenal."
A wonderful camp for international children — Parent
We are a French family, and I was looking for a full English camping immersion experience for my three kids (12, 8 & 5 ). So they went this summer (first week on day camp and second overnight except our 5 years old) to Hollows Camp, and it couldn't have been a better experience for the three of them. They just loved it to the point that they want to go back next summer.
The family that owns Hollows Camp is lovely; they pay attention to every little detail concerning the kids' well being. They have a wide range of activities, and the children can choose every day what they want to do (swimming, trampoline, field sports, paintball, arts and crafts, canoeing among others) this is great because it allows children to try new things every day if they wish. The food is homemade, and according to my kids, it is delicious!
Last but not least, The Hollows Camp is a breathtaking place with beautiful views and a lake, the perfect place for kids to enjoy nature and have fun.
Forever Grateful for The Hollows Camp
Judy Hillmer — Parent
My two children went to Hollows (overnight) Camp every summer for many years. I never worried about them. The programs offered varied to include so many interests. They made life-long friends. The family that owns Hollows Camp helped me as a single mother shape the genuine and productive adults my children grew into. Forever Grateful
Awesome Camp and Memories
Tara Macmunn — Parent
My daughter was there for a week. She came home with so many good memories. The food was amazing, the staff was awesome with her. Only positive things to say
Camper, Staff Member, Mother
Bettina Heimrath — Parent
I grew up at the Hollows - from my first experience at sleepaway camp to my first summer job as a counselor. It’s where I fostered my love and appreciation of the outdoors and learned the importance for moments of solitude and self-reflection. I often find myself reflecting back on those experiences and lessons to navigate through life.
Now as a mother, I see the wonder and excitement in my children’s eyes and know deep down that their fun filled days at Hollows will one day translate into the same lessons that they can carry forward.
The Hollows Spirit
Rob Cote — Parent
“My first introduction to camp life came as a councillor in 1987, the Hollows camp became my home in the summer for 5 years. The family atmosphere of the Hollows allowed for everyone to interact together in all the activities, developing lifetime friendships and lifelong memories. One of those friendships being with the directors Stephen and Janet. Thirty years later I am now offering my children the “Hollows”experience. Without fail the one question I get at the end of their camp stay is “Can we come back next summer?” That’s when I know the Hollows spirit is as strong as ever.
Great First Time Camp Experience
Tania Walsh — Parent
Kids went to mini-camp for their first overnight camp experience. They loved it! Crafts, swimming, camp fires, hikes. We sent the kids with their cousins and the camp allowed us to have them in the cabin.
5 Star Day Camp
Chris C — Parent
5 star rating from the kids for a great local day-camp-camp.
The Hollows is...
Grace Pauletto — Parent
My Happy Place
Rachelle Heller — Camper
I love The Hollows Camp because I have made so many amazing friends and memories there. From the daily activities, to singing around the campfire at night, I always think about camp as my happy place, and I can’t imagine spending my summers anywhere else.