Our Programs

“The greatest friends of my life were made at summer camp right here at Camp Can-Aqua”. -Patrick (alumni)

At Camp Can-Aqua we have a wide variety of camp programs designed to match the needs of all kids!  Have a look at the descriptions below and find exactly what you are looking for. Be sure to connect with us if you have any questions.

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Traditional Summer Camp


Divided into cabins by age and gender, our traditional camp programs (2-weeks & 4-weeks) are the signature programs here at Can-Aqua. Each night, campers visit our famous program board to select their activities for the following day. At Can-Aqua we place special emphasis on individualized teaching, which allows each camper to move through programs at their own pace. Our awards system is intricate and ensures that growth and development is recognized and interlaced within the crazy fun.

In addition to activity selections, campers take part in a mix of programs divided by cabin, section, team, gender and the full camp on a daily basis. As the session progresses, campers will have the opportunity to take part in an overnight camping trip with their cabin mates. Towards the end of each session, our Can-Aqua Games become a highlight to the experience. Our mini games take place halfway through each month, followed by a larger games program at the end of July and August.

Tripping is an important part of the traditional camp programs at Can-Aqua. In addition to the overnights available to kids of all ages, we place special focus on campers ages 13-15 by offering them the opportunity to take part in a 3-night Canoe outtrip each session. These trips take place at both Anstruther and Algonquin Park and are a terrific opportunity for kids to experience a more demanding camping adventure.

Campers who stay for 4-weeks not only benefit from additional instruction and program time but are also eligible for advanced swim instruction (Bronze Med & Bronze Cross) and enjoy taking part in the popular mid month “changeover program”, run by the camp directors.

Can-Aqua staff can ski!
Just hangin' out

Intro to Camp


A great introduction to the amazing experiences found at overnight summer camp, our Intro to Camp program places a special emphasis on the exploration of all programs and traditions found on the shores of Beaver Lake. During 6 day adventure, our staff team will introduce campers to activities on water and land through scheduled rotations each morning. In the afternoons, campers will have the opportunity to “choose their own adventures” as the go to the program board and select from dozens of options available.

Because more campers who attend this week are first timers, our camp staff spend extra time and care in teaching songs and skits, reviewing camp quirks and making sure that by the end of their stay, our Intro Campers know exactly what Can-Aqua is all about.

For younger campers and parents, still a bit nervous to send their kids away, this one week opportunity is an excellent way to wade into the adventure.

Learning skills of the fire

Leadership Camp


Our Leadership programs focus on the development of key social and cooperative skills in young people.  Beginning at fifteen years of age, the 4 week programs encourage candidates to take on responsibilities or role modeling as they are challenged to support the campers that look up to them.

Leaders in our community, candidates will work towards achieving certified levels in First Air, CPR and NLS. Both leadership programs involve an extended outtrip as well and provide your  young leaders with ample opportunities to continue to learn and grow, while taking on more responsibilities to ensure our camp community remains exceptional.

Check out the Leader In Training (LIT) Program

The LIT is a one-month program for candidates who are 15 years of age by December 31st of the upcoming camping season. Throughout the month, participants will be encouraged to begin thinking as a leader, while still enjoying the freedom of program selection each day. Participants work towards earning their Bronze Medallion or Bronze Cross during the program.

The dedicated LIT staff team will guide these candidates throughout their month experience as they learn and grow, while still engaging in personal recreational pursuits. The Can-Aqua LIT program has two distinct program focuses:

  • Canoe Trip A 5 day trip gives participants the opportunity to learn more about the preparation, organization and leadership of a canoe trip. The canoe trip takes place nearby in the AnneStuther Tripping Loop. An LIT Director supervises each trip group with the support of an alumni support staff.
  • Leadership Skill Development The Can-Aqua LIT program offers a unique approach to skill development. Half of each day is devoted to program requirements, which involve swimming, leadership and trip skills preparation. From there, LIT’s take to the Can-Aqua Programming Board each day to select the other programs which they wish to participate in. Not only do LIT’s have full access to all elective program choices but they will also benefit from team programs throughout the month.

Check out the Junior Counsellor (JRC) Program

The Can-Aqua JRC represents a big step in a transition from a camper to a counsellor. This program is one month in duration and is available during July or August Camp each year. JRC’s reside in their own cabins and are assigned to specific camper cabins based on age preferences and availability. Candidates will divide their day between personal development and as a support to their assigned cabin where they will eat meals, socialize at rest hour and support during unstructured times at camp.

The focus of the JRC program is to develop and enhance the soft skills of exceptional leadership. In addition, candidates will train to complete their Standard First Aid, Level “C” CPR and their National Lifeguarding Level (NLS).

Throughout their month at camp, JRC’s must balance skill development, with program implementation, advanced trip skills and cabin based leadership. In addition to their own skill development, they will also represent Can-Aqua as Leadership Ambassadors, as they tour partner Ontario Summer Camps.

Throughout the month, the JRC group will participate in Kindred Sessions on the following:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Working within a team
  • Ages and Stages
  • Role Modeling
  • Risk Management
  • Developing a community with campers
  • Sensitive Issues o Leadership Style/Sigma Leadership
  • Health and Safety When Leading a Team
  • Active Listening & Communication Skills
  • Acceptability and Integration

Can-Aqua JRC Trip

This six day trip challenges each participant providing them with an opportunity to organize and implement one day of their journey. The JRC outtrip location changes each year. A JRC Director supervises each trip group with the support of an alumni staff member.

A highlight of the program is the opportunity to plan and implement full camp programs from section based to camp wide games, including the renowned “Can-Aqua Games” at the end of the month.

Tripping Rocks!

Family Camp


Family Camp is a terrific opportunity for parents and kids to experience our summer programs together. Ideal for kids and adults of all ages, Camp Can-Aqua’s family camp weekends provide you with an opportunity to play as a family, or divide into the age specific programming options that offered throughout the day.

Our divided programming focus offers activities for toddlers, kids, teens and yes… adults!!! Throughout the weekend, our staff will engage and inspire you with program opportunities that are age appropriate, safe and fun. For parents wanting to spend some quality family time use the weekend as your resort time and take advantage of the many sign out options that allows you choose between structured programming or doing your own thing.

This is a not to miss opportunity that takes place three times each year and is a terrific chance to introduce your little campers to Can-Aqua. Click the Family Camp 2016 Reg Form to register.

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Specialty Camps


Specialty Camps at Can-Aqua have been designed to offer kids who have specific passions, a specialized focus while still submerged in summer camp life.

These single week programs ensure a focus on individual activities that campers are keen to take part in. A typical day in any of our specialty camps involved a half-day devoted to the specific program, partnered with a half day of camper selected programs from our programming board. This structure makes sure that all campers enrolled in specialty programs are still actively engaged in the day to day camp programs available.

Specialty programs do vary from year to year but can include wakeboard and waterskiing, mountain biking, photography, amateur film production, and musical theatre.

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Day Camp


Are you looking for a summer experience that will provide excitement, stimulation and FUN for your child? Look no further, as Can-Aqua Day Camp brings memorable outdoor experiences for children ages 5-11.

PLEASE NOTE: Weeks 2 (July 18-22) & 3 (July 25-29) are closed.

The Day Camp experience allows children to benefit from all that Can-Aqua has to offer, without the anxiety of staying overnight away from their family. Our Day Camp program fosters friendship, and awakens children to the exciting world around them. Campers will benefit from the wonders of the great outdoors, in a safe and nurturing environment. Most of all, they will have FUN while participating in a variety of age-appropriate activities, which include:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Canoeing
  • Archery
  • Ball Hockey
  • Woodworking
  • Swimming
  • Soccer
  • Cooperative Games

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New wildlife daily

Come join us and EXPERIENCE CAN-AQUA!