In addition to our regular program, we offer an L.I.T. (Leader-In-Training) program to our campers aged 16 to 18, and a Junior Counselor (JC) program to the strongest graduates of our L.I.T. Program.
Our L.I.T.s take part in all of the camp activities and receive training in various areas depending on their abilities and interests. Some receive instruction in basic psychology, child development, camper management, and teaching methods & theory. They spend part of their day working with younger campers or assisting in a specialty area under the supervision of a staff member.
For others, our L.I.T. program is more work-oriented, and is designed to meet the needs of teens who are better suited to a vocational experience. These L.I.T.s receive job training, and with supervision, assume responsibilities such as meal serving, running the camp store, and assisting with some of our office routines.
Junior Counselors have the opportunity to take on some of the responsibilities of a counselor. In this way, they learn first hand the requirements and demands of a staff position. Graduates of our JC program are usually hired as staff the following year.
JCs and LITs are not staff. They are included as campers in our calculation of camper-to-staff ratios.
Of all the skills learned in a summer at Camp Kodiak, none are more important than social skills. Many of our campers have experienced rejection and isolation. They have not experienced the joy of being a valued member of a group. Some have never had a best friend. At Camp Kodiak we provide these opportunities.
We teach social skills in everything we do, whether we're having lunch, playing baseball or doing cabin clean-up. We also teach them in a more focused way through our drama program. We use role playing and improvisation to teach our young people how to deal with the social situations they find difficult. Campers are given the opportunity to explore options and share ideas under the guidance of trained, professional instructors.
There is no better place to learn and practise these new skills than living with other youngsters under the supervision of skilled, sensitive and professional counselors.
Campers receive individual and small group academic tutoring. The program is coordinated with the camper's school, and instruction is tailored to meet individual academic needs. For some of our older campers this is a way of earning academic credits over the summer. Each camper's program is developed and implemented by experienced and qualified professionals under the supervision of the Academic Director.
Campers receive individual and small group instruction in a variety of educational and cultural activities. The following is a partial list:
Fun Science Experiments
Outdoor survival skills
Camp Kodiak is located about 25 minutes northeast of Parry Sound, near the town of McKellar. We are on a 425 acre site with approximately 2 1/2 miles of waterfront on Moffat Lake. Our extensive indoor and outdoor facilities mean that the fun continues rain or shine. Our campers and staff are housed in bright, lakeside, modern, log cabins. Every cabin has electricity, a full bathroom with a shower and a large deck overlooking the lake. Our medical staff are on duty at the Health Center at all times.
Transportation to camp is by highway coach from Toronto. Parents who would prefer to drive their camper to camp are welcome to do so. Camp personnel are available to meet campers at the airport in Toronto and return them to the airport at the end of camp. There is no extra charge for this service.
Seven week campers and second session campers are transported to and from camp. Youngsters who come for only the first session return home with their parents on Visiting Day, July 26, 2014
We are able to accommodate a number of special diets, including vegetarian, gluten-free diets and dairy-free diets. We are able to accommodate campers with many different types of food allergies.
Camp Kodiak is a nut, peanut and sesame-free facility.
All camp activities are planned with a view to teaching skills, building confidence and improving self-esteem. We achieve this by carefully structuring all of our activities to ensure success. Teaching is done by skilled instructors who break tasks down into manageable chunks and present them in a logical sequence. In this way we can be sure that our campers will be successful. We acknowledge every accomplishment, and never miss the opportunity to provide positive feedback and recognition.
Our athletic instructors de-emphasize competition, stress co-operation and sportsmanship and model appropriate attitudes and behaviour. Here are some of the activities we offer: