Our Program

Camp Kodiak is a unique, integrated, non-competitive summer camp for children & teens with & without Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and High-Functioning ASD.



Why attend Camp Kodiak?

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2:1 Camper-
To-Staff Ratio

Learn about our mature, professional staff and the excellent supervision they provide. Link

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Social Skills
Development

Learn more about how we build positive relationships and foster friendships. Link

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50+ Camp
Activities

Learn more about our exciting activities and how we set your camper up for success. Link

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Academic
Program

Learn about the two options for our academic program. Link

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L.I.T. Program
(For ages 16-18)

Learn about our Leader-In-Training Program for older campers. Link

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Modern
Facilities

Learn about our beautiful site and modern facilities. Link

Our campers…

Kodiak campers range in age from 6 – 18 and include children & teens with and without Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. They come from Canada, the U.S.A. and around the world.

Our staff…

Two primary reasons for our success are the quality of our staff and our 2:1 camper-to-staff ratio. Our cabins typically have 9 campers with three counsellors per cabin, but around camp, the ratio is 2:1. One counsellor in each cabin is a person who is professionally trained to work with children and youth, for example a teacher, social worker, child and youth care worker or recreation specialist. The other two cabin counsellors are university and college students or recent graduates.


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 down tasks into manageable chunks and present them in a logical sequence. In this way, we can be sure that our campers will achieve success. We acknowledge every accomplishment, and never miss the opportunity to provide positive feedback and recognition.

Our athletic instructors de-emphasise competition, stress cooperation and sportsmanship and model appropriate attitudes and behaviour.


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KODIAK ON THE LAND

Horseback Riding, Sports, High Ropes & More! Read More

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KODIAK ON THE WATER

Waterskiing, Sailing, Swimming & More! Read More

CREATIVE ARTS

Musical Theatre, Pottery, Stained Glass & More! Read More

SPECIAL EVENTS

Campfires, Theme Days,
Kodiak Games & More! Read More

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“Before finding Camp Kodiak I felt like I didn’t have a place in the world because I was different than other kids. Kodiak has made me the person I am today. Kodiak is where I feel like I can be myself.”
– Alex (camper)

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“Making friends can be terrifying,
but having friends makes it worth it.”
– Preston (former camper)

A PLACE TO GROW SOCIALLY

Of all the skills learned in a summer at Camp Kodiak, none are more important than social skills. Many of our campers have experienced social 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.

Our campers are supervised at all times, meaning that there are opportunities to teach, refine and practise positive social skills throughout the day. Our staff are trained to find teachable moments to reinforce social skills. By campers learning and reviewing these skills in context, the campers learn how and when particular social skills should be applied.

When a social conflict occurs, our staff are able to apply the technique of a “social skills autopsy.” This process allows the camper to understand their social misstep, and the staff member coaches them to find better ways of dealing with a similar situation that may arise in the future.

Campers and their parents are amazed by the social confidence that campers gain at camp. From the social successes that campers experience at camp, campers are ready to start a new school year with the necessary tools to make and maintain friendships.

All of our campers take part in our academic program

This takes place right after breakfast, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Monday to Friday. Parents are asked to choose one of the two following options for their camper:

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Option 1

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. Each camper’s program is developed and implemented by experienced and qualified professionals under the supervision of the Academic Director, Shari Stoch, M.Ed.

Option 2

Campers receive small group instruction in a variety of educational activities based in the arts and science. The following is a partial list:

  • Drama
  • Instrumental Music
  • Vocal Music
  • Dance
  • Video
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Stained Glass
  • Chess
  • Martial Arts
  • First Aid
  • Nature & Survival
  • STEM Activities
  • Rube Goldberg Machines
  • Creative Writing
  • Drawing & Cartooning
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Are you ready to be a leader?
Check out our L.I.T. (Leader-In-Training) program for campers aged 16-18

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 concepts of 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 vocational experiences. These L.I.T.s receive job training, and with supervision, assume responsibilities such as meal serving, helping with the running of the camp store, and assisting with some of the office routines.

At the end of the camper’s session, a letter is sent home that outlines their involvement in the number and scope of placements. These letters may be submitted to schools to count towards volunteer community service requirements. The L.I.T. program is NOT a counsellor training program, but a flexible program designed to develop the individual’s leadership skills. L.I.T.s are still part of our camper ratio, and are provided all of the support that other campers receive.

  • Increased
    Responsibilities

  • Increased
    Privileges

  • Earn Volunteer
    Hours

Our Facilities

Camp Kodiak is located about 25 minutes northeast of Parry Sound, near the town of McKellar. We are on 425 acre site with approximately 2 1/2 miles of waterfront on Moffat Lake. Our extensive indoor and outdoor facilities mean the fun continues rain or shine.

Camper Cabins

Modern cabins with electricity,
full bathroom with shower
Click here to find out more. Learn more about Camper Cabins

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Food Service

Low sugar, low additives, healthy meals & snacks
Click here to find out more. Learn more about our Food Services

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Health Centre

Three nurses, doctor, daily clinics, hospital nearby
Click here to find out more. Learn more about the Health Centre


Your child deserves an amazing summer.
Apply now!

The first step in the application process is to complete an application form through the online CampBrain portal.
Click the link below to get started!

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