Whether you come by bus or by car, as soon as you arrive at Shadow Lake you can expect to be greeted by several smiling faces from us and everyone who are eager to meet and start getting to know you. If you get here and you aren’t sure where to go, just look for anyone wearing a Shadow Lake Centre staff t-shirt and they will help you.
Your parents/caregivers are welcome to stay for some time after you’ve checked in. This is a great time to explore the property, get to know our facilities, and go over to see where you will be staying.
Shortly after you arrive, you will be introduced to your counsellor for the week and they will ask you what you’d like to do and let you know what activities we currently have available. On check-in days we have cooperative games and activities going on so you can start making new friends! If you’d rather do an activity on your own or with one of us, that is okay too!
Transitions can be difficult, especially if it is your first time in a new environment, so we aim to make the transition to camp as easy and as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions or are nervous, that is what we are there for. We will listen and try to help you with any concerns you may have.
Here is an example of what a typical day at Shadow Lake looks like:
It’s time to get your sleeping bag and backpack out and ready for another great camping adventure. But before you come to camp don’t forget to take some time to get ready in other ways. Now that you have an idea of what to expect when you get here, to get an even better idea of what camp is like take a look at this list. What to bring to camp
Campers stay in our clean and newly renovated (summer 2018), modern cabins. All cabins are Fully air conditioned and equipped with toilets, sinks and showers. In the evening, every cabin is assigned to 1 overnight awake staff.
At Shadow Lake our campers will enjoy a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor activities; all based on the interest and ability levels of our guests.
Our individual and group programming will include activities like arts and crafts, the beach, the splash pad, and sports in the barn or in the field. The group evening program is our big activity for the day and includes: campfire, beach party, talent show, the dance, and games night. We will also have activities related to the week’s theme for programming.
Approximately 100 staff are hired each summer to ensure that you have a safe, enjoyable vacation.
Camp Counsellors are assigned to work with our campers in small groups. Staff to camper ratio is 1:1 up to 1:5 averaging 1:3. There are a limited number of spaces available to individuals requiring either 1:1 or 1:2 supervision.
In addition to Camp Counsellors we have Activity Leaders, Lifeguards, Crafts Instructors, Health Care Workers, Meal Planners, Maintenance and Housekeeping staff. Staff are supervised by our Camp Coordinators and Counselling Supervisors.
Prior to the first day of camp, all staff have to participate in a week long training program. In addition, all staff are required to obtain a police check prior to starting work.