Hope Valley is a summer day camp for anyone in the local community aged 7-17. It was founded by a local couple named Doug and Marion Robinson who sought to provide a camp experience to the children of the Kawartha Lakes region who otherwise could not afford to go to a summer camp. It is a Christian camp with a focus on learning about what the Bible teaches and also full of activities throughout the day (click here to see a list).
Campers can choose one of 5 camp sessions per summer. Camps 1, 2 and 3 are generally two weeks in length (Civic holiday and weekends excluded) while Camps 4 and 5 are one week long. All camps are essentially the same, except Camp 4 has a focus on Sports and Camp 5 on Science and Nature.
A typical day at camp runs from 9:15 am to 4:00 pm (drop off and pick up at same times; bus stops are also provided throughout the city and surrounding areas). Campers are put in teams according to age groups (Juniors aged 7-8, Seniors 9-12 and Teens 13-17). Each age group goes through 4 main scheduled activity periods, but also has some free-time during lunch and use some of the equipment throughout the grounds.
There is also time periods when we open up our Tuck Shop where campers can purchase cold drinks (for lunch) and snacks in the afternoon with their own spending money while also providing free swimming periods in our giant outdoor pool. Campers bring their own lunches (must be peanut-free, just like at school).
The camp is run by 50-75 volunteer staff who serve without expecting anything in return and have a deep concern for the well being and state of our local youth. No child is denied attendance to camp due to finances. The camp has run on free-will donations only and so since it’s inception in 1989 there have not been any set fees to attend camp. We are a registered Canadian charity and any donations are gratefully accepted and can receive a tax-deductible receipt.
Hope Valley Day Camp is supervised by a Board of Directors of Kawartha Christian Ministries. All members also volunteer their time and resources and have an interest in providing our services to the local communities. They additionally oversee any long term plans, site developments and camp policies.