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Many of our camp staff are 3rd generation campers who learned Leadership Skills right here.

Activities at Summer Camps

With our qualified and safety focused staff team, we host all kinds of activities. Some of these are "led" or "taught" during Interest Session time and other activities are part of a session at camp or available for campers to self-select during transition times around camp.

On the Water

Instructional Swim (Overnight Camp & only Day camp if chosen as a specialty program) – In partnership with the Lifesaving Society and Red Cross, Camp Couchiching offers semi-private lessons for levels 1-10. Our certified staff team will ensure the development of your child’s swimming skills in Lake Couchiching. For campers attending camp for one month, we offer Bronze levels, Star, Medallion and Cross. 2nd year Leadership participants work on their NLS.


Surf (Overnight & Day Camp Programming)– Based out of our swimming waterfront area, “surf” is one of the most popular interest session activities at camp. Providing campers the opportunity to simply play, the sessions are filled with structured and creative water games that challenge campers of all ages and swimming levels. With each day, the Surf program brings campers a new challenge, from Greasy Watermelon to Baby Duck Water Polo, our campers love “Surf”.


Sailing (Overnight Camp only) – Lake Couchiching is a great place for your child to learn and develop their skills in sailing. Couchiching, translated into English, means “lake of many winds”. It is the wind, accompanied by our fleet of sailboats, that provide an exciting  and challenging program for our Intermediates, Seniors, and Leadership campers. In cooperation with the Ontario Sailing Association, campers work toward obtaining their levels from White Sail to Bronze.


Windsurfing (Overnight Camp only) – Known as one of our most challenging water sports, windsurfing is available exclusively to Senior Campers and second year Leadership Candidates. Small class sizes and an emphasis on technique ensures that campers go home with a better understanding of all points of sail, an enjoyment of the sport in general and a drive to continue.


Canoeing (Overnight & Day Camp) – The extreme sport of the past, canoeing is the most traditional of all our watercraft sessions. Following the guidelines set out by the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA), we offer sessions and skill development for both new paddlers and the seasoned pros.


Kayaking (Overnight & Day Camp)– For those who enjoy ultimate control of their watercraft, kayaking is certainly a highlight. Our experienced staff will teach a wide range of skills. From basic paddle technique to advanced rolling skills, campers who enroll in Kayaking will have lots of room to grow.


Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding (Overnight Camp- limited for Day Campers) - This popular newer activity is part of our paddling area at Camp Couchiching. Campers sometimes paddle around on the boards, chill and chat, or do yoga on them.


Bic Boarding (Overnight & Day Camps) - A Camp Couchiching exclusive here people! Campers of all ages love to take out our retired windsurfing boards and play on them. They're much tippy-er than the SUP boards so the campers are in the water as much as on the board. They're meant to be played on with multiple campers on each.


Paddle Mania (Overnight & Day Camps) - Want to try out all of the paddle area options without having to choose only one?! This activity is for you! Paddle in a kayak for 10 minutes and switch to a canoe for the last 50 if you want! Want to paddle yourself through the water with no boat? No problem! You're guaranteed to have a good time!

On Land


Adventure (Overnight & Day Camp) – For campers seeking new challenges, the adventure program at camp revolves around our constantly improving the High Ropes Course and Climbing Wall. Campers will learn rope techniques and safety awareness from our trained and certified climbing staff team. With an emphasis on teamwork and co-operation, each day of Adventure takes on a new challenge for our campers as they navigate each element one day at a time.


Turf (Overnight & Day Camp)- An appeal to our land lovers. Turf is an interest session filled with land-based activities, where campers learn and play games which they are not usually exposed to at home or school. With emphasis on creative play, games are creative, challenging and new. Turf takes a non-competitive approach to sport, and is a session for kids who enjoy new challenges and experience without a competitive focus.


Archery (Overnight & Day Camp)  - The traditional camp skill of archery is an activity practiced by many. Our Archery range is a safe area for campers of any age to develop their accuracy and skill in this target sport. Each day participants are challenged with a new targeting initiative to complete and compete.


Survival (Overnight & Day Camp) - A program designed for campers interested in outdoor exploration and getting dirty, survival challenges campers of all ages. Whether it's animal hunts and river walks or challenges in the forest, survival appeals to the more adventurous of campers.


Outdoor Living Skills (Overnight & Day Camp) - This skill-based interest session is targeted toward our intermediate campers, grades 4 through 6. Each day campers work towards learning and completing tasks of the adventurer. With expertise from our out-tripping department, this program challenges campers to work towards skills that include carving, fire building, knot tying, shelter building, as well as various other challenges they may face in the outdoors. 


Sports Mania (Overnight Camp only) - This program embodies the art of competition. Limited to our Intermediate and Senior campers, this interest session divides campers into teams early on in the session. In the interest sessions that follow throughout the time at camp, the teams face off against each other in traditional competitive sporting activities. Statistics are tracked and points are tallied; and at the end of each session, one team is awarded the Memphis Bell.

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Racquet Sports (Overnight Camp only) - This recreational program supports skill development in Tennis, Badminton, and Ping Pong.  During the session, campers learn the rules surrounding these racquet sports, and are challenged to develop their skills in specific sports of interest through drills and stroke techniques. Although as a scheduled program, this is limited to our Overnight Campers, our Day campers and Outdoor Centre guests can use the equipment during their choice activity times.

The Arts


Arts & Crafts (Overnight & Day Camps) - In the Arts and Crafts program, campers are encouraged to be creative while making a wide variety of camp crafts.  Based out of the Arts and Creativity Center (ACC), arts and crafts is an interest session designed for campers of all ages who are seeking a wide range of creative projects throughout their time at camp, whether it be candle making or seed beading.


Fine Arts (Overnight Camp only) - Fine Arts is a program for the more advanced artists in our community.  Focusing on the finer arts, and lead by our Arts Director, artistic campers will learn and develop various techniques ranging from water colours to charcoaling and pastels.  At the end of each session, an art expo is held where their work is displayed for all of camp to see.

Drama (Overnight Camp only unless specific focus day camp) - Perfect for the outgoing attention seekers, each participant in this interest session works toward a performance of choice during the "Cooch Follies" talent night.  During the month of July, campers who are more seriously into performance can choose to take part in the camp's musical, which is announced in the spring of each year.  From front stage to back stage and everything in between, kids learn what it's like to work in theatre.


Dance (Overnight Camp only) - Appealing to campers of all levels of ability, the dance instructors at Cooch work toward the completion of two routines with their classes each session.  Set to the rhythm of jazz, hip hop, and modern music, the dance program is a fun and fast paced activity for campers of all ages.

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Amateur Film (Overnight Camp only) - For children interested in the production and creation of film, instructors challenge campers to create a short film each session.  From story boards to production and all roles in between, this is a program for kids to create a piece to present to the masses at the end of the session. 


New Media (Overnight Camp and Day Camp if chosen as a specialty program) - Learn how to story board and shoot your very own short films! These end up on our YouTube page and you get to showcase your ideas and acting abilities!


Photography (Overnight Camp only) - This program is designed for the shutterbugs that come to camp.  Campers in each session are taught about digital photography. 


Guitar (Overnight Camp only) - Learn to strum in our very own rock n' rollin' guitar program.  Whether you already know a couple of songs, or you are brand new to the instrument, this program is right for you.  Taught by our very own mariachis, your child will learn everything from power chords to finger-picking.  So pick up your "axe" and start jammin' like a real rock star would.


Pottery (Overnight Camp & only Day Camp if chosen as a specialty program) -  Come join our pottery class for a great time, learn to build mugs, plates, bowls, leave your mark on camp forever with a tile you get to design, as well as many more fun things! We have a fully functioning kiln and many types of glazes for you to use on your various projects! You'll get to take everything home! 

Free Time Activities (For everyone!)


Ping Pong - We bet you've never played ping pong outside! Here at Camp Couchiching you can play ping pong outside no matter the weather. Challenge your friends to a double tournament, or just play for fun with one other person. We have 4 tables with plenty of rackets and ping pong balls to go around. 


Basketball - Grab a ball from the ball bin and challenge your friends to a camp classic - bump, or just come and shoot some hoops to improve your skills! Our outdoor basketball court is here for you to enjoy during your free time (or during specific activities) with your friends. We have two nets, and all the necessary lines for your favourite games, plus some great bleachers to watch all the actions from.


Chess - Giant outdoor chess?! Sign me up! 


Tether Ball - Pick from one of three sand courts to play this classic game with your friends.

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Beach Volleyball - Feel like joining a tournament with other campers and staff? Want to practice your serves? Feeling like playing catch and throw volleyball? This is the perfect spot to practice, play, or compete! Our beach volleyball court is ready for anything! 

Trips (Overnight Camp only)


Canoe Trips - If you are a 1st or 2nd year Senior then you have the option of going on a 2-night, 3-day canoe trip! Sleep in a tent, cook over a fire, learn to portage, and hone in on your canoeing skills. Not to mention the great bonding you will experience with your cabin! 


Hiking Trips - If you are a 3rd year Senior then you and your friends have the option of signing up for a 2-night, 3-day, hiking trip! This trip will help you push yourself while also giving you a taste of something new! The memories are guaranteed to last forever.


Inter Bonanza - Are you an Intermediate?! This overnight trip to Mara Provincial Park is sure to make your camping experience a great one! Hang out at the beach for the day, sleep in a tent with your cabin mates, and cook s'mores over a fire! 

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Senior Day Trip - Whether it's going to a Water Park, Treetop Trekking, Rollerskating or many other secret activities, you're sure going to have a blast with the other seniors on this day trip. 


LDP 1 & 2 Trips - Our Leadership 1 and 2 candidates get the pleasure of going on a 1 week canoe trip in Temagami and a 4-day canoe trip on the French River respectively. Put your skills to the test and enjoy the bonding you'll have with your fellow leadership friends.


LastUpdate: 2018-09-30 14:41:33

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