About Camp Simpresca

Overview
Setting
Facilities
Mini Camp
Leaders Program
Activities
Staff
Medical
Discovery
Affiliations
When to Register
Camp Location
Contact Information

Overview
Camp Simpresca is a summer camp for boys and girls, operated by the Northern Waters Presbytery of the United Church. Since opening in 1949, many young campers have come to share the joys of camping and the lasting memories it brings.

The Mission of Camp Simpresca is, "to provide a safe and healthy camping experience promoting friendship, fun, camping skills and self-awareness, while all members of this Christian community challenge themselves physically, intellectually, spiritually and socially."

Setting
Camp Simpresca is situated on the wooded shore of beautiful Georgian Bay approximately five miles north of Midland. It provides an atmosphere which invites campers to challenge themselves physically, mentally, spiritually and socially. It offers activities that promote awareness of the environment and develop new learning skills. We believe that a child develops insights while learning camping skills in this unique Christian community.

Facilities

  • campers housed in small cabins with counselors
  • swimming area with dock and sandy beach
  • main lodge with kitchen and dining room
  • canoeing and kayaking area
  • high ropes course
  • craft cabin
  • woodland trails and campsites
  • large playing field/sports equipment
  • outdoor chapel
  • large multipurpose building
  • campfire area

Mini Camp
This is a 4-day, 3-night camp designed to introduce the younger children to the joys of camping. Programming includes storytelling, singsong's, crafts, swimming and campfires. Campers are accompanied by staff at all times.

Leaders Programmes
Skills Training
The Camp Simpresca Skills Training Programme prepares former senior campers to become future leaders. Trainees, typically at age 15, come to camp for three 6-day camps in either July or August. The main focus of the first-year training programme is the teaching of hard skills, such as,

  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Camp crafts

Counsellors-in-Training
When they return for their second season as a Counsellor-in-Training, they come for July and August. This part of the programme relates to

  • leadership
  • group dynamics
  • counseling
  • programme skills

During two weeks of their program, Counsellors-in-Training spend time running some of the programs and actually assist the cabin counsellors in their duties. Individual who attend our CIT program are typically those who wish to become counsellors in subsequent years. These young people need to have a desire to work in a camp setting with young people, children, and early teens.

Activities

  • swimming
  • canoeing
  • kayaking
  • high ropes
  • crafts
  • music
  • hiking
  • low-ropes
  • games/sports
  • campfires and overnight cookouts
  • special theme days

Staff
The Camp is under the oversight of the Board of Directors and the direct supervision of an on-site Camp Director. Campers are accompanied by staff at all times and a counselor is assigned to each cabin. At Simpresca we are proud of our mature staff and the caring manner in which they carry out their duties. Care is taken to maintain the high standards of camping as specified by the Red Cross and the Ontario Camping Association. Each summer, trained and enthusiastic staff members return to Camp Simpresca to contribute their background in leadership training and skills experiences.

Medical
Every week we have a volunteer First-Aider living and working on site. In addition to our Health Cabin, which is equipped to handle most health needs and to accommodate sick campers over-night, the Georgian Bay General Hospital is only a short drive away.

Upon arrival campers and their parents and guardians will have a chance to meet with our volunteer First-Aider and discuss each camper's specific health needs.Camp Simpresca is not a peanut free camp, but will be able to accommodate most allergies if notified in advance.

All campers will also be checked for head lice before they are able to unpack in their cabins. Campers must be free of lice and nits prior to arriving at camp.

Discovery
The Christian Education programme at Camp Simpresca offers children, youth and adults an opportunity to draw closer to God through the Discovery Program, Vesper Services, Chapel Services and Theme Camp. These activities are planned to cultivate a growing awareness of God's presence in the world. Amid Camp Simpresca's natural setting, both campers and staff experience living together in cabins, learning about each other, and discovering the joy of living in a Christian Community.

Affiliations

  • Ontario Camping Association - Accredited Member
  • Red Cross Swimming Standards
  • Royal Life Saving Society
  • Member of the Toronto Conference Camping Committee, United Church of Canada

When to Register
The combination of fine accommodation, good programs and modest cost makes Camp Simpresca popular. To avoid disappointment, we most strongly suggest that you obtain, complete, and send in your registration form immediately.

With your registration form you will be required to include a non refundable Registration Fee of $100.00 (which is part of the total Camp Fees) to the Registrar payable to Camp Simpresca. The balance is due June 30.

A Multi-Camp/Family Discount of 5% is available. Contact the Camp Registrar for details.

A separate form and fee will be required for each child and camp period.

Note that the registration fee is also non refundable if a Camper leaves Camp early or is sent home for misbehaviour.

Camp Location
Camp Simpresca
51 Simpresca Road
Penetang, Ontario L9M 2C9

Directions to Camp Simpresca: drive north on Highway #93 past the main exits into Midland; at Vinden Street (5th stoplight), turn right off Highway #93, follow the 'Simpresca' signs.


Click map for detailed directions

Contact Information

The Camp Registrar:
Darren and Lisa Desjardins
PO Box 5107
Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada L9M 2G3

705-355-0115 (voice)
705-355-0076 (fax)

or send e-mail to Camp Registrar