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Seasonal Activities & Programs
Pioneer Camp offers a wide range of fun and challenging activities for every season, and adheres to the safety standards set by the Ontario Camping Association and Christian Camping International/Canada. We have a wide variety of programming options to facilitate team building, skills development and ensure your group has a fun and challenging time while with us.
Activities for Your Group
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- Archery: This activity includes instruction and practice with bow and arrow facilitated by our staff
- Canoeing: This is an introductory course designed for beginners, who will learn the parts of the canoe, basic strokes, and canoeing safety. Guests will have lots of time to refine their skills on the lake.
- Challenge Course: The Challenge Course is an experiential learning course that develops team unity, communication and problem solving skills in all participants. Only through efficient team cooperation will success be achieved.
- Swimming: NLS -trained and certified lifeguards will be on hand while swimming. Our swimming area is sectioned off into deep and shallow areas, and includes a water-slide. This activity is subject to the availability of lifeguards.
- Cook-Out: Enjoy the unique experience of cooking over an open fire. Participants will have the opportunity to personalize their meal from a selection of precooked food choices, packaged in tinfoil and cooked over an open fire, providing a re-connection to the ‘pre-oven’ days. This option requires 3 hours over lunch.
- Guided Hike: Our instructors make the hike as leisurely or challenging as you would like. This activity also provides an excellent opportunity to practice photography, creative writing or sketching skills.
- High Ropes: Our staff will guide the group through a variety of challenging activities 30 feet off the ground in a safe and supportive environment.
- Initiative Team Building Activities: A small group is given a task. The group may have to verbally negotiate a blindfolded group-mate through a ‘mine field’ without being able to touch the blindfolded person, for example. To be successful, students must communicate, cooperate and take responsibility for themselves and each other.
- Mountain Biking: After being fitted for a bike and a helmet, instruction is given on the safe operation of a mountain bike before students head out on one of our several biking trails, ranging in difficulty.
- Wilderness Survival: From camp, a small group of survivors set out into the wilderness. Working together, they must construct a shelter, build a fire, and boil water for a hot drink.
- Wetland Discovery: Take part in an interpretive and interactive walk through three different kinds of wetlands. Discover how wetlands play a vital role in the environment by affecting the watershed and water cycle and providing habitat for animals as well as how wetlands affect our economy. Learn some hands-on identification of the nature surrounding you.
- Broomball: Broomball is a very popular winter sport similar to hockey but without all the equipment. If necessary, the instructor may do a brief lesson before the game. We encourage team work and participation.
- Cook-Out: Students will have the unique experience of cooking over an open fire. Participants will have the opportunity to personalize their meal from a selection of precooked food choices, packaged in tinfoil and cooked over an open fire, giving them a re-connection to the ‘pre-oven’ days. This option requires two activity periods over lunch.
- Cross-Country Ski Lesson: The purpose of this class is to provide students with a basic knowledge of cross-country skiing technique to enable them to competently ski our trails. Basic movements in skiing that enable the students to travel across flat terrain, up hills and down hills will be covered and practice time is included at the end.
- Cross-Country Ski Tour: The cross-country ski tour provides students with the opportunity to apply the skills taught during the ski lesson to Pioneer’s Adventure trails. Pioneer Camp operates trails with different levels of difficulty. The quarter-day tour combines nicely with the ski lesson as a half-day option.
- Guided Hike: Our instructors will make the hike as leisurely or challenging as you would like. This activity provides an excellent opportunity for your students to practice their photography, creative writing or sketching skills.
- Initiative Team Building Activities: A small group of students is given a task to complete. The group may have to ‘untie’ themselves without letting go of each other’s hands, for example. To be successful, students must communicate, cooperate and take responsibility for themselves and each other.
- Quinzee Building: In this class, students will be shown the correct way to build a snow shelter or quinzee and learn about the insulating properties of snow. With the use of shovel and sticks, the group will build and use their quinzee. Students will also gain an appreciation of the work necessary to live and play in the outdoors.
- Snowshoe Hike: This activity begins with a brief history and introduction to the snowshoe; then students will head out for a short hike through the forest, discovering a new world of fresh snowfalls and crisp winter air.
- Snowshoe Survival: Snowshoe survival is a combination of a snowshoe hike and survival skills like fire and shelter building. After hiking to a suitable location, the students will help gather material to build a fire large enough to boil a pot of water for hot chocolate. Students will then have the opportunity to make their own fire.
- Tubing: Tubing is a fun activity for all. Students can use inner tubes, crazy carpets and toboggans on our fully-lit Tube Hill.
- Amazing Race: Modeled after the popular television show, the Pioneer Camp Amazing Race will challenge participants to race in teams against other teams in attempt to be the first to cross the finish line. Teams will need to work cooperatively to win as they complete various new and now-familiar activities.
- Flame Battlers: Adapted from ‘Capture the Flag’. Under supervision, two teams will test their fire-building skills. Each team will have the chance to build a fire and attempt to survive a full water assault from the other team. Once the fire has been built, team members will have a chance to put out the other team’s fire using only cups of water.
- Mission Impossible: The age-old battle of staff versus campers: Will the campers be able to transmit the vital information cards across enemy lines without being caught by the staff? There will be many challenges in relaying the information.
- Night Hike: Wolf calls across the lake; the hoot of an owl; a peep from a spring peeper; are these sounds heard only at night? How loud is silence? Can you really see at night without a flashlight? Going for a guided walk at night at Pioneer Camp will answer these questions and more.
- Survival Game: In the natural world, there are no grocery, super or convenience stores. Animals depend on each other to stay alive. There is a fine balance between herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore all vying for survival. Through a role playing game, participants will assume the role of an herbivore, carnivore or omnivore, and will collect ‘food’ and ‘water’ (through tagging other participants or finding food stations) in an attempt to stay ‘alive’.
- Ultimate Scavenger Hunt: The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt challenges teams to find articles hidden around the camp. It is a race against time and the creativity of other teams.
Packing for Your Retreat
Here is the year round list of what to bring for a stay of up to 4 days:
Spring or Fall:
- Sleeping bag; or sheets and a blanket
- Pillow and case
- 2 towels and wash cloth
- Toiletries: soap, shampoo, comb/brush, toothpaste/toothbrush, personal hygiene products
- 2-3 pairs of long pants: 1 pair of jeans, 2-3 pairs of loose pants that permit movement like hiking
- 3-4 shirts: one long sleeve shirt, 2-3 cotton ‘t-shirts’
- 1-2 sweatshirts/fleece jackets
- Warm coat
- Rain wear/coat and pants
- 1 pair of pajamas
- 1-2 pairs of shorts
- 1-2 swimsuits
- 2 pairs of socks per day: 1-2 pairs of cotton, 3-6 pairs of synthetic socks
- 1 pair of athletic shoes
- 1 pair indoor slippers
- 1 pair sturdy shoes or hiking boots
- 1 flashlight with batteries
- Insect repellent
- Sun block
- Brimmed hat
- Water bottle
Winter (including most of the things above):
- Insulated snow pants and jacket
- 2-3 pairs of insulated snow mitts or gloves (mitts are warmer than gloves)
- 1 winter hat: (Ear muffs are not warm enough)
- 1-2 scarves
- 3-4 wool/acrylic (winter) socks (Cotton socks (white athletic) are not warm enough)
- Snow boots: insulated with removable liners (liners can be removed and dried)
- Camera (Please do not send expensive cameras as they may get damaged.)
- Ice skates with helmet
- Bell Telephone Calling Card (Please do not bring cell phones as there is no service at camp and they may get lost or stolen.)
What Not to Bring:
- DO NOT BRING FOOD CONTAINING NUTS
- Chewing gum
- Pets/ animals
- Knives, weapons of any kind
- Alcohol, drugs, cigarettes