The ORCC summer camp programs provide a progression of options for children of all ages and abilities to introduce the sport of paddling that includes canoe, kayak, dragon boat, outrigger, SUP and war canoe. The chart below outlines the progressive structure of the ORCC camp programs and the corresponding coloured text provides a description of the camp program.
The Canoe Kids summer camps are a perfect introductory paddling camp for our new and young campers (ages 5 and up) who want to get out on the water for some fun in the sun. The daily paddling activities are balanced with crafts, games and a day trip or two to various spots along the river, as well as lots of swimming on those hot and sunny days. No experience is needed and campers work at their own pace to develop paddling skills. These are non-competitive camps with a focus on boating fun and water safety.
Campers will receive instruction in various types of paddling from certified coaches, and enjoy spending time on the water practicing what they’ve learned in both single and team boats.
A great entry point for new paddlers and returning canoe kids paddlers who want to progress into sprint and team boats with an opportunity to race at a local regatta.
There will be a FUN regatta at Ottawa River every Friday afternoon. And campers have the option to participate in some divisional regattas held on Saturday's at Gananoque, Carleton Place, Sydenham, and Rideau Canoe Club.
FUNdamentals is focused on basic paddling skills, fun, fitness, water safety and participation.
This is a great choice for the returning camper who would like to further develop their skills and endurance in the sprint boats. These campers will be establishing experience within different team boats and compete with these crews at the local divisional regattas.
Paddlers are expected to race at the divisional regatta at the end of their 1 or 2 week-long camp. Athletes may attend multiple weeks and work towards competing at Divisional and Provincial championships.
A summer long competitive program that includes 6 weeks of training.
Athletes will compete at local regattas and Divisional and Provincial Championships.
We also strongly encourage these paddlers to participate in Spring on-water training from June 5-29.
Change of clothes
Bathing suit and towel
Water shoes or sandals that can be worn in the water
Lunch, snacks and water bottles – note that lunch will be provided once per week, included in camp fees
Sunscreen, insect repellent
In addition, campers will bring their lunch and enjoy a canoe day trip to a spot on the Ottawa river, such as Aylmer Island or Pinhey's Point.
9:00 am Arrive at camp, welcome and warm up activities
9:00 - 11:00 am Paddling instruction – Team boats
11:00 - noon Free time in the water and boats
Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch and crafts
1:30 – 3:00 pm Paddling instruction - boats
3:00 - 3:30 pm Free time in the water
3:00 - 4:00 Clean-up for the day, games
4:00 pm pick-up
Qualified and certified supervision and program design ensure high standards in water safety and paddling instruction.