When I was 10 years old, I attended the summer camp. After returning for 4 years, I started working there and volunteering in the year-round arts program. In the last 2 years, I connected with a mentor and received a scholarship which has paid for 60% of my tuition. I will finish my business diploma at Seneca College and attend university.
Girls Overnight Summer Camp
Our overnight summer camp is on the shores of Georgian Bay in Northern Ontario. It is offered to girls aged 6-14 who could otherwise not afford it, are struggling with their self-esteem, or have a history of abuse. Through therapeutic recreational activities and games, as well as life skill lessons, campers are given the opportunity to improve their self-esteem, conflict resolution skills, peer interactions, and learn about ways to make safe, positive choices. Youth who have few social connections are given a chance to experience a caring group and make life-long friendships, improve their leadership skills, and work on their self-esteem.
Girls enjoy the typical camp experience and develop their skills in swimming, canoeing, sports, crafts, yoga, literacy, photography, robotics, drama, dance, environmental awareness, and social justice programming.
Our program ensures a minimum 3 to 1 camper to staff ratio. We retain professional teaching staff with special education training, in addition to a social worker on site. All staff participate in on-going training.
Because of the small-group programming, the girls are experience a close-knit and welcoming atmosphere. Our team works diligently to boost confidence, self-awareness, conflict resolution skills, self-efficacy and increase positive peer interactions.
Our unique and empowering programming teaches kindness, confidence and leadership! For more information, see our 2019 Impact Report.
Why send a Child to Camp?
Children who attend camp develop skills in team work, leadership, environmental awareness and social justice, sharing, cooperation and independence. It is also not uncommon for children to develop meaningful and life-long friendships while at camp. At StepStones, we increase this learning by introducing skill-based programming. Among other things, most girls who attend StepStones leave camp with a greater confidence in their abilities, a higher Life Saving Society swim level, increased canoeing ability, increased knowledge of water safety and a higher literacy interest.
Summer Camp Programs
Summer Camp for Girls aged 6-12
- Increase leadership skills and practical skills so that self-esteem increases.
- Increase recreational activity.
- Increase community for youth who are normally isolated and have few social connections.
- Increase skill levels in the following areas: swimming ability, canoeing, literacy interest, engineering & robotics, conflict resolution, dance, environmental awareness and responsibility.
Summer Leadership and Tripping Camp for Girls aged 13-14
The StepStones Leadership tripping program allows youth to be introduced to new camping experiences. They will learn how to build camp fires, cook food over an open fire, set up tents, portage, canoe, learn basic survival skills and develop their leadership abilities.
Girls will have the opportunity to go on a 3 day “out trip” where they will learn to camp, cook meals on the camp fire and develop their leadership skills.