Will I be the only new camper in my cabin?
No way! We are very careful about how we put kids into cabin groups and take lots of time to make sure that new campers are always mixed with other new campers as well as some returning campers.
Can I be in the same cabin as my friend from home?
Absolutely! If you know someone already or want a friend from home to be in your cabin all you have to do is ask. One thing you will be amazed at though is how quickly you'll get to know the other kids in your cabin once you arrive. Many of our cabin mate requests are from kids who have met and become friends at camp.
How many kids are in each cabin?
There are two types of cabins up at Camp. Our "L" shape cabins sleeps 8-10 kids and our "rectangular" cabins are a little larger and sleep 10-12. All cabins at Cooch have bunk beds, are heated and have washrooms inside.
What is the inside of a cabin like?
Inside your cabin, you will have all your basics for living; a sink, a washroom, storage space, and of course bunks. The cabins are very basic for you will be spending most of your day outside playing out in the sun, or in the fresh waters of Lake Couchiching.
What are the counselors like?
Our counselors are extremely energetic and understanding people, most of them were once in your shoes; as first year campers, years ago. You'll have two counselors living in your cabin with you who will be responsible for planning activities and looking out for you and your cabin mates. Counselors usually are older teenagers who are still in high school, who enjoy being up at Cooch in the summer even more than you do.
What are the washrooms at Camp Like?
We just recently had volunteer workers come in and construct a brand new washroom facility. In our washrooms we have all the essentials; toilets, sinks, mirrors, blow-dryers as well as the luxury of individual shower stalls for bathing in. We are extremely proud of our new washroom facilities, and it is a great addition to having washrooms in the cabins as well.
What are the Cooch Games?
At Cooch we have a mini Olympics that we call "The Cooch Games". This is both friendly and competitive, with events that are both sporty and artistic. In the first three days of camp all new campers are put onto Cooch Games Teams. This is your team for life and anyone from your family will also be on that team. At the end of each session our four teams; Cedar, Spruce, Pine and Birch compete with each other for the sessions "Pennant". Each sessions points are added up and at the end of the year, the team with the most points is awarded the prized "Cooch Cup".
What is the Coochithing?
The Coochithing has been a tradition here at Camp Couchiching for as long as we remember. It is a solid block of wood, which is about the size of your forearm. Each and every day the Coochithing is hidden around the camp and a clue is given out at breakfast to where you might find it.
What activities do you have at Camp?
We offer activities that appeal to everyone here at Cooch. We have water activities, land activities, and even high ropes elements. So whether you are interested in kayaking, arts and crafts, tennis, sailing, swimming or just simply playing land games, we have an activity for you!
Do I choose the activities that I do?
Absolutely! You get to choose each and every one of your activities, because who knows what you want to do better than yourself. You get to fill out five choices of interest sessions and once you get to camp, your top four choices will be worked into a daily schedule for you.
Do campers get free time to do what they want?
You bet! We have two chunks of the day made specifically for you to do your own thing. Rest hour is an hour after every lunch that you spend in your cabin; during this time you can eat your tuck, play cards, talk to your cabin mates, and write home if you want. Options, a chunk of time before dinner is very different. With options, you get a lot more choices to explore and partake in the games and activities that you are interested in. The swimming area is open every day, and one area opens during Options for kids who want to try something they might not be taking as an interest session.
What is the food like at camp? When do we eat?
Our food is great! Click here to find out more about what you eat.
How long will the overnight canoe trip be?
The overnight canoe trip, also known as an "out trip" is optional to all campers (although we think it is a really great part of camp) and is different depending on how old you are. If you are an intermediate (grade 4-6) your out trip is two days one nightlong. If you are a senior camper (grade 7-9) your out trip will be 3 days and two nights long. Out trip is a great part of camp and it is where cabin bonding and cabin teamwork can be found the most. If you are keen on trip, there is also a four day specialized trip available!
Do I need to bring special equipment with me for trip?
There is nothing specifically that you need to go out and buy for out trip. It is recommended that every camper has a water bottle and a sleeping bag, and really that is all you need. You do have the option of bringing a sleeping pad or a therma-rest if you want, but it is entirely up to you. Tents, tarps, and other camping essentials will be provided by the camp.