A place where young girls can truly be themselves!

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Camp is a wonderful opportunity for girls to have a great time and learn skills like canoeing, tennis and swimming. These are all valuable things, but we believe camp should be much more.

Camp Oconto is a single gender girls camp that has been in operation for over 80 years. We provide an opportunity for our campers aged 7 to 16 to learn life skills, to develop new friendships, and to learn to get along with people of many different backgrounds and personalities. They learn to have a positive outlook, to give of themselves and to appreciate nature.  We also offer a three day/two night camp for girls aged 4 to 7 years old called Oconto Chickadees.

Our staff returns year after year and are comprised of people who have been campers, and CIT’s, and have been known to the Directors, often from the age of 8!

Camp Oconto is located in a beautiful, natural spot. Oconto has comfortable beds in zebos (see FAQs) for girls 10 and up, and cabins for those younger than 10. These are located around our main bay so that we can all take advantage of the breeze and the incredible view! Bathrooms are flush toilets located close to the cabins and zebos.

A Place for Fun & Games

Camp Oconto is all about having fun. From swimming to horseback riding, from drama to canoeing, the days at Camp Oconto are never boring. Campers will learn new ways to be active and have a blast doing it. Our counsellors are qualified and experienced in a variety of areas, and work together to provide a fun and enriching experience.

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A Place for Adventure

All Oconto campers develop a taste for adventure. Camp Oconto offers age appropriate activities that challenge and excite.  All activities are led by our qualified and supportive staff, who make your child’s safety the first consideration in any adventure.

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A Place for Memories

Friendships come fast and last long at Camp Oconto. Each girl is teamed with three, occasionally four, other campers and a counsellor. The closeness of this small group encourages a powerful bond. There is also plenty of time to get to know the other girls at Oconto. Through activities, at meals, during free time, free swims, and the games at night, the girls of Oconto get to know, admire, and care about each other.

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A Place to Grow

While Camp Oconto feels like all-day recess, young girls learn skills that will last a lifetime. Away from home, sometimes for the very first time, at Camp Oconto young girls have the opportunity to make decisions, to gain meaningful experiences, and to make new friends within a new peer group. Living in nature as they do, they develop self confidence and a spirited character. Living with others, they learn respect for differences and respect for themselves.

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A DAY AT

OCONTO

Campers are given the opportunity to excel in the activities they choose, and the older they get, the more they can determine their own programming.

Those more inclined to one activity are encouraged to grow in others.

“Doing nothing” during an activity period is not an option – we want you to get the most out of your Oconto experience.

VIEW OUR CAMP ACTIVITIES!

View Frequently Asked Questions

TYPICAL CAMP DAY

(although, really, no day is typical at Camp Oconto)

8:00 Wake Up
(Polar Bear Dip if you want it!)
8:20 Flag Raising
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Clean up
9:30 Assembly (twice weekly)
10:00 1st Period
10:45 2nd Period
11:30 3rd Period
12:15 Free time
12:45 Lunch
1:45 Rest hour
2:45 4th Period
3:30 5th Period
4:15 6th Period
5:00 Free time Period
5:45 Dinner
6:30

Evening Program Swim
(Weather permitting)
Sing Song

8:30 to
10:00
Tuck in with counsellors and quiet time in cabins to prepare for bed

We have a wide variety of athletic and creative activities. Campers can try something new, or move through different achievement levels in something she loves – either way, she’ll be proud of her accomplishments.

In the sports areas, campers can accomplish award levels based on recognized sports’ affiliations. Everyone in camp takes swimming lessons (one period per day).

There is quiet time, but not when you are at activities!

SO EXPLORE…

THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO!

TESTIMONIALS

Balance.

"Oconto taught me how to balance everything from when to be a leader and when to let others lead to knowing when to share the load and when to do things yourself."

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Balance. “Oconto taught me how to balance everything from when to be a leader and when to let others lead to knowing when to share the load and when to do things yourself.”

Hope & Serenity.

"Living in the natural environment of Oconto gives me hope and serenity. Feeling the support and encouragement of 100 other girls makes me feel valued and appreciated. Being able to participate in so many activities and challenging myself makes me feel strong and brave!"

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Hope & Serenity. “Living in the natural environment of Oconto gives me hope and serenity. Feeling the support and encouragement of 100 other girls makes me feel valued and appreciated. Being able to participate in so many activities and challenging myself makes me feel strong and brave!”

Confidence.

"I have gained the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and do things I would never think of doing."

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Confidence. “I have gained the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and do things I would never think of doing.”

Life-changing.

"My Oconto experience was life-changing, yes, but I don’t feel that it specifically changed who I was. Rather, it helped foster and build my strengths, gave me a baseline for my true self that I can always reflect on, gave me confidence in my abilities and provided the example of positive role models and the support of life-long friends that has helped shape the person I would grow to become."

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Life-changing. “My Oconto experience was life-changing, yes, but I don’t feel that it specifically changed who I was. Rather, it helped foster and build my strengths, gave me a baseline for my true self that I can always reflect on, gave me confidence in my abilities and provided the example of positive role models and View Full →

Sense of Peace.

"When I drive through those gates I feel an incredible sense of peace. I know I will be accepted, supported and cared for."

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Sense of Peace. “When I drive through those gates I feel an incredible sense of peace. I know I will be accepted, supported and cared for.”

Best Friends.

"Without camp, my life would be unrecognizable! Oconto is where I met my best friends, where I learned all of my transferable professional skills and where I figured out what kind of woman I am. I am a better friend, daughter, and employee because of the lessons I learned at Oconto."

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Best Friends. “Without camp, my life would be unrecognizable! Oconto is where I met my best friends, where I learned all of my transferable professional skills and where I figured out what kind of woman I am. I am a better friend, daughter, and employee because of the lessons I learned at Oconto.”

Do you have questions?

If so, please call the Director, Lisa Wilson at (905) 470-2031

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

QUESTIONS FROM OUR PARENTS

Is my daughter ready for camp?

What is a zebo?

Does the camp use flush toilets or outhouses?

Can I arrange to tour camp with my daughter before summer sessions begin?
My daughter is a 'classic picky eater', will she go hungry?

May I call the camp and speak to my daughter to hear how she is doing?

Is Camp Oconto accessible for children with physical disabilities?

Do you accept international campers?

QUESTIONS FROM OUR CAMPERS

How will meals work?

What kind of meals will I eat at camp?

What are the other girls like?

Can I be in the same zebo as my friend?

Who will my counsellor be?

Do the toilets flush or will I have to use an outhouse?

Where do I shower?