Summer camp. The best part of summer vacation. The thing we spend all year looking forward to.
There are so many amazing things about camp, especially Canadian Adventure Camp. And, of course, we love every second, minute and hour of the day here. But, just for our fantastic campers and past campers, we put our heads together and chose our top 10 favourite things.
10. The lake
How could we not include the serene and beautiful location in which our camp lies? Lake Temagami is stunning. An incredible view to look out at each day and what’s more – it gives us a ton of exhilarating water activities to get involved with.
From canoeing to water-skiing, kayaking to tubing, paddle boarding to wakeboarding or just swimming and jumping with joy on the water trampoline – there’s something for everyone. Even if you simply want to admire the crystal clear water from the dryness of the shore.
9. No Technology
The lack of technology on Adventure Island may seem like a con rather than a pro, but it is very much the opposite. The lack of internet, phone service and all other technologies here, allows us to feel a deeper connection to nature, to each other and to our own minds. It’s truly a wonderful feeling to switch off all the outside buzzing and enjoy the bliss of just being you in your wonderful surroundings.
8. The Gym
The gym is one of our favourite places to be here on Adventure Island (and you don’t hear that sentence everyday)! Whether it’s gymnastics, trampoline, ropes, silks or even aerial hoop that you fancy, we’ve got you covered. Working out and getting fit has never been so much fun.
Games are always super fun. But camp games are, of course, the best kind of games! From dinner table singing and clapping games to dominos and board games. We also play a lot of soccer, basketball and various other sports. Playing (competitively or just for fun) is a great way to spend the afternoon, and games are always crazy fun on Adventure Island.
6. Whatever the weather
Camp goes on no matter what the sky has to offer. The afternoon can be perfect whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring. With many indoor activities and a good raincoat, the drizzle never stops us having the best time. And in the scorching hot sunshine, the lake never looked so tempting – for water activities, swimming, sitting on the edge with your toes in or even plunging straight in for that quick cool down.
5. Food Glorious Food
The food here certainly is glorious, all campers and staff will vouch for that. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a carnivore, the meals served up will be so delicious you’ll be running back for seconds … and thirds.
And if you’re more of a sweet tooth, the desserts will send you to heaven. The banana cakes, chocolate chip cookies, cherry pies, fudge brownies and many other sweet treats will get your mouth watering. (Ours already are)!
4. Cabin Life
Living in a cabin is one of the main aspects of camp, and it’s also one of the best. Being in a wooden cabin beside a lake and amongst the trees is like something out of a fairy-tale. Surrounded by wooden walls and all of your friends, cabin life is super cozy and it really is a wonderful way of living.
Campfires are an important part of camp, especially here at Canadian Adventure Camp, and they’re a lovely evening for absolutely everyone involved. Sitting beneath the silver stars, with orange flames flickering up to the sky is just magic. And everyone has so much fun singing, rhyming, chanting and watching others perform by the firelight.
2. Friends for life
Camp is a wonderful experience for so many reasons but one of the main things is the friends you make here. Many of our campers return year after year, and make friends with many different people from all over the world who they will remain friends with for life. Long-lasting friendships are formed at camp because there’s nowhere else in the world quite like it.
And (drum roll please) our number 1 all-time favourite thing about camp is the memories we make and take with us when we leave. The sparkle of camp stays in our minds and hearts forever. Even when we move on, there’s a piece of us that will always stay on Adventure Island because being here is truly magical.
So, that’s that – our top 10 favourite things about camp. It was difficult to narrow down because we love EVERYTHING about it here. But now it’s over to you – share your best memories and favourite things about camp in a comment or on our Facebook page – we can’t wait to see what you think!
Canadian Adventure Camp is a North Ontario coed sleepover summer camp for kids located on a beautiful private island in the wilderness lakes region of Temagami. Founded in 1975, it provides acclaimed programs to children from around the world!