ORCC Summer Camps

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About ORCC Summer Camps

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.

Summer camp attendance line: (613) 850-2628

Camp bus registration


Canoe Kids and Junior Canoe Kids

The Canoe Kids summer camps are a perfect introductory paddling camp for our new and young campers (ages 6 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. 

Regatta Ready Programs

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. 

Fundamentals Camp

(ages 8-14)

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.

Learn-to-Train Camp

(ages 8-14)

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.



 (ages 13-15)

A Spring and Summer competitive program for the more experienced Regatta Ready athletes.  This program begins in May and runs through to Provincial Championships in August.  

Athletes will compete at local regattas and Divisional and Provincial Championships. 


What Campers Need to Bring to Camp
  • Personal lifejack from home 

  • Backpack

  • Change of clothes

  • Sun Hat!!

  • 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

How Campers Spend Their Day
The following outlines when activities are typically offered during the day, weather permitting. Certified counselors and the life guard will make changes to the daily routine based on weather conditions to ensure camper safety. 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.
  • 8:00 - 8:30am  Early Drop Off
  • 8:45 - 9:00am Arrive at ORCC    
  • 8:45 - 9:15am Welcome and warm up activities
  • 9:30 - Noon Paddling instruction/ On-water activities

  • Noon - 12:45pm Lunch

  • 12:45 - 1:30 pm Free time and crafts

  • 1:30 - 3:30 pm Paddling instruction/ On-water activities

  • 3:30 - 4:00 Clean-up for the day, games 
  • 4:00 - 4:15 pm Pick-up
  • 4:15 - 5:00 Late Pick-up

Qualified and certified supervision and program design ensure high standards in water safety and paddling instruction.

Contact Emails: 

  • info@orcc.ca (general and program information)
  • camps@orcc.ca
  • recreation@orcc.ca
  • sup@orcc.ca
  • programs@orcc.ca
  • dragonboat@orcc.ca
  • info@orcc.ca


1610 Sixth Line, Dunrobin

Summer Camp Phone Number:

(613) 850-2628

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