Program FAQ

1. What is your camp's philosophy or mission statement?

Mi-A-Kon-da has a strong belief in the importance and impact of resident camping on young girls. Camp allows young women to experience three major goals: learning, friendship and fun!

Each day campers participate in a wide variety of activities with energy, enthusiasm and creativity. Camp provides a healthy,positive environment for our campers to experience personal growth and to appreciate and live in harmony with others and the natural world. As the summers go by, each camper broadens her horizons; more fully realizes her potential and develops her leadership ability. In the meantime, many wonderful memories are created and life long friendships flourish!

2. How does the camp program meet individual needs and differences?

Mi-A-Kon-Da’s high counselor to camper ratio allows campers to get the attention and encouragement they deserve. With so much of our camp program based on choice, campers are able to decide how they spend their time at Mi-A-Kon-Da. Campers live in tent groups of 4 or 5, and are assigned a counsellor. This staff member spends time with the girls and by getting to know the tent group, can provide programming and support based on their personalities and needs.

3. What kind of programming does your camp offer?

Our campers enjoy the freedom to choose their own camp program from a wide variety of activities. Campers can participate in activities recreationally, or work towards achieving a “Badge” or established level of skill. Each day, campers attend 4 one-hour long instructional periods. All campers participate in swimming lessons that are taught by qualified swimming instructors. For the remaining three activity periods, our campers enjoy the freedom and flexibility to choose their own instructional program each day from a wide variety of activities Campers are encouraged to try all of the activities and then proceed at their own rate to master the skills which interest her most.  A high counsellor-to-camper ratio at each activity ensures campers learn in small groups. This allows for a well supervised environment and greater individual attention, skill development and hands-on experience.

There are also periods of free time when a camper can participate in games, join the Dance Club, the Music & Guitar Club, relax by the lake to read a book, or hang out with friends.

Activities include:

  • Archery
  • Arts and crafts
  • Canoeing
  • Canoe Tripping
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Fitness
  • Guitar & Music
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paddle Making
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ropes Course
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Teambuilding Activities
  • Wall Climbing
  • Windsurfing
  • Woodcraft & Outdoor Skills

Canoe Trips
Over the years, Mi-A-Kon-Da campers are given the opportunity to become proficient canoe trippers. Young campers are encouraged to start their tripping experience with an over night trip while older campers trip from two to six days on the Magnetawan, or Island Lake areas. The staff to camper ratio on canoe trips is one to two; small groups on trips allow campers to experience all aspects of tripping. Lasting memories and friendships are created while sharing the adventures and responsibilities of a canoe trip amid the beauty and solitude of our Ontario Wilderness.

Special Events and Evening Program:
The creativity and enthusiasm of Mi-A-Kon-Da’s staff and campers result in fun-filled theme days and evening programs. With a little imagination, Birch Island transforms into a Hawaiian Resort or a life size game of Monopoly. Campers participate in Mi-A-Kon-Da Olympics, the Amazing Race, “Mi-A-Kon-Da Idol” and many other fun and exciting games! The campers and staff enjoy participating together in campfires, variety nights, camp wide games, treasure hunts and drama nights. Special events and traditional programs add excitement and variety: Watersports Day, Swim Around the Island, Mi-A-Kon-Da Night, Council Ring and Banquet.

4. Is every day the same?

You can check out “Day at Camp” to see a typical camp schedule. But really, there is no “typical” day at camp–each day brings different fun adventures. There may be a themed dinner, a regatta in the morning, or an off-island excursion!

Monday-Saturday all campers participate in activities and all-camp games. On Sundays, we have a sleep in, followed by Reflections. Reflections is an all camp educational or team-building activity. The rest of the day on Sunday is spent doing special activities with your tent. You can choose whatever you like! Free swim, Scavenger Hunts, Kite-Flying, Kayaking around the island, and T-Shirt making are just a FEW of the fun activities that campers choose to do on Sundays with their tents. The sky is the limit on Sundays!

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