Summer Overnight & Day Camp - Outdoor Centre - School
located in Huntsville, Ontario - 705.789.5612


Summer Camp Activities

Camp Tawingo offers many excellent activities. Campers are given the opportunity to try as many of them as they wish. In the morning campers engage in Interest Groups. With guidance and encouragement from their leaders, campers make their own choices each day to learn about nature, campcraft and tripping, crafts, waterfront sports, and land sports. The afternoon and evening programs include a variety of recreational activities enjoyed by a cabin group, an age group, an all-boys’ or all-girls’ group, or the entire Camp planned by our creative staff. Throughout the day campers have supervised free time. They can use this time for General Swim, Sports Activities and Tournaments, Crafts, Woodcrafts, Library Tournaments, Special Programs, and opportunities to improve Camp skills.

Please browse through some of the details about the programs we offer at Camp Tawingo.

Our Swimming Program
Camp TawingoSuper, Safe Swimming – In the warm, clear waters of Lake Vernon, from qualified instructors, campers learn to improve their swim strokes, as well as learn rescue techniques, first aid, introductory synchronized swimming, and endurance swimming.

Life Saving Society Courses are also offered to age-appropriate groups. General recreational swimming is offered twice to three times daily. Clean sandy beaches
provide a gradual entry into the water. A giant waterslide, diving boards, inner tubes, water volleyball and basketball, and tiki boards round out a superb recreational Swimming Program.

Lake Vernon is at the head of a chain of Muskoka lakes with clean, clear, soft water with an average summer temperature of 23°C. All Tawingo Waterfront Staff have current National Lifeguard Service Certification.

Our Boating Program
Camp TawingoCamp Tawingo has a pristine fleet of watercraft that includes over 60 leader canoes, 10 freighter canoes, over a dozen Kayaks – including two that are glass bottomed, a fleet of Invitation Sailboats, a Catamaran, and several rowboats. Engendering a lifelong joy of paddling a canoe is a cornerstone of Tawingo’s boating program. Campers learn the care and handling of the paddle and canoe, straight line travel techniques, sudden turns, canoe over canoe rescue, solo strokes, and portaging. Kayak and Sailing instruction are also offered as well as recreational use of all watercraft.

Our Campcraft Program at Crestwood
Crestwood is the place where you can learn all about canoe trips. Here we teach many different camp skills including knot tying, fire building, map and compass work, and outdoor cooking. There are opportunities to go out with your cabin on overnight trips and extended trips. If you are a senior camper (14-16 years of age with a Fox Crest), you can register to go on the Voyageur Adventure, (a fifteen day canoe trip for boys) or the Wilderness Journey, (a fifteen day canoe trip for girls).

Our Outtripping Program
Camp TawingoDuring each summer session, every camper participates in an overnight outdoor experience (from 1 to 3 nights depending on age). Campers learn the steps to a safe, fun, and minimal impact outtrip from planning through to clean-up. Campcraft skills are put to use as campers take some responsibility for route navigation, site set-up, fire-building,cooking, washing, and program activities.

The Voyageur Adventure and Wildreness Jouney are optional 15-day canoe trips to North-Western Quebec for male and female campers, respectively, who have attained a Fox or Eagle Crest and who are 14-16 years of age. Campers with these pre- requisites are invited to apply for these “trip-of-a-lifetime” wilderness experiences that are the culmination of the outdoor skills and attitudes learned during summers at Camp Tawingo. The memories and friendships formed on these trips endure forever.

Our Nature Program
SWAMP Lodge is the name of our nature centre. At SWAMP Lodge we learn about nature through hikes, games, and observation. The letters of SWAMP represent different nature themes - Stars, Weather, Animals, Minerals, Plants. In SWAMP Lodge, there is a nature museum set up for you to enjoy. You also get a chance to feed and take care of the animal guests at the SWAMP Lodge Hotel.

Our Crafts and Woodcrafts Program
Camp TawingoJorgi Junction – Home of our crafts program. Under guidance and supervision from staff, campers can make all kinds of crafts from natural and synthetic materials: soap stone carvings, mini paddles, origami, tie dye clothing, glass mosaics, calligraphy, dream catchers, friendship bracelets, jewellery trees, and much, much more... there is no limit to craft creativity at Camp!

Loon Lodge – Home of our woodcraft program Under guidance and supervision from staff, campers learn to safely use hammers, nails, saws, clamps, wood burning pencils, and glue to build all manner of wood projects – some using pre-cut wood and instructions, some using scraps of wood and their own imagination!

Our Sports Program
If you like sports then the Sportsfield is the place to be! Here you can play many different sports including mini-putt, archery, badminton, ball hockey, baseball, basketball, football, ultimate frisbee, golf, lacrosse, tennis, orienteering, soccer, table tennis, tetherball, and volleyball. There are also many different tournaments that take place during each session.

Our Special Programs
Camp TawingoThere are always special camp programs going on! We have porgrams for All of Camp ("All Camp Chaos"), just Boys' Camp, and just the Girls' Camp. In First Session, we often hold the "Tawingo Games", in which different 'countries' compete in a great day of exciting events. The "Ray Marinko Relay" is a giant land and water relay race. It is definitely a highlight of the Second Session. In Third Session we introduce campers to "The Tawingo Book of Records".

At the beginning of every Session of Camp there is an opportunity for you to sign up to participate in a musical production. In the past, some of the musicals have been "Happy Feet", "Finding Nemo", "The Wizard of Oz", and "The Lion King".

Each summer's session is capped off with a delicious Banquet, a singsong, and a slide show highlighting all of the great Camp memories of the session.


Tawingo Talkback!

" Both Keegan and Carmen had a blast at camp this year.  They're both singing all the camp songs and laughing about their adventures.

We picked up the kids at 11:15.  Went out for lunch and got back  to the cottage by 1:30.  By 3pm Keegan said those magical words..."mom, I'm bored". "