CAC has a wonderful family environment, led by an experienced, nurturing team. Our excellent staff to child ratio ensures all campers are cared for, engaged and made to feel at home. Our General Program includes many unique activities and is a great fit for all. In addition, we offer our renowned specialty programs: Gymnastics, Trampoline, Aerials and Waterski/Wakeboard.
The Canadian Adventure Camp has a focus on gymnastics, including some very skill-based and frankly difficult activities, such as silks, which was added fairly recently. “We’ve also added hoops, these are all kind of like cirque, or circus elements,” says Justin Gerson, admitting that “it’s quite a difficult sport.” Still, even though a majority of campers don’t attend for the gymnastics program, they all try it, as they do the full range of activities, many of which—such as the gyro—are provided precisely because they are atypical. Campers are encouraged to get out of their comfort zones, to some extent, in order to grow into a better understanding of their strengths, talents, and capabilities. There is an attention to skill development, though character development is a goal of the program as well. Set on a private island in Temagami, with the full range of camp traditions, there’s certainly a lot to love. Staffing is sport specific, with experienced coaches in all of the activity areas. Leadership of the camp has also been consistent, with Skip Connett at the helm since he founded the Canadian Adventure Camp in 1975.
Skip Connett and Justin Gerson, GREAT LEADERSHIP TEAM
Our goal every summer is to help young people grow into responsible, well- rounded citizens by expanding their skills and knowledge within the fun and friendship of a warm camp atmosphere. At the end of their camp experience, we want campers to leave not only with fond memories and firm friendships, but also a variety of valuable life skills to lay the groundwork for their future.
By providing a strong character-building atmosphere where campers develop the capacity to set and work towards personal goals, we help them to gain an increased sense of confidence, a ‘can-do’ attitude, improved social skills and the ability to live successfully with others.
Senior Camp Director
F.B. (Skip) Connett is a full-time camping professional who has been leading youth in camping and outdoor activities for over 40 years. A former long-time Director and Board member of both the Canadian and Ontario Camping Associations, he is a holder of the Award of Honour from the Canadian Camping Association, is an Honourary Life Member of the Ontario Camps Association and is a Fellow and former President of the Society of Camp Directors. Skip is the founder and president of Canadian Adventure Camp.
Justin Gerson B.B.A. is a long time member of Canadian Adventure Camp. His background in gymnastics originally brought him to C.A.C as a camper and then as a coach. After several years as Head Gymnastics Coach at Canadian Adventure Camp, Justin began working fulltime for camp in 2005 and was appointed Camp Director in 2008. He leads by example and fosters mutual respect which results in a motivated and engaged staff team. His love for working with children drew him to camping as a career, and the children remain his first priority. He is committed to building a positive relationship with each camper.
Tom Zivic, Professor Emeritus in Sport and Recreation at York University was one of the most successful coaches of the Canadian National Gymnastics Team for over 25 years. He enjoys international renown as a Gymnastics Coach, Teacher and Judge. In his role as our Sports Director, Tom is involved in all aspects of camp sports activities. He was our Gymnastics Director at C.A.C. for 22 years until his current appointment as our Sports Director.
At Canadian Adventure Camp, we know there is nothing more important than the health and safety of our campers, and this is always our number one priority. With this in mind, CAC staff are carefully hand-picked by our Directors, and provided with superior training to ensure they are well equipped for the job and ready for the role of a lifetime!
We pride ourselves in the high quality of our staff and the fact that many return year after year, from countries all around the globe! A good number of our staff have been campers themselves, and completed our esteemed Leader in Training program before joining the Staff Team.
Are meals provided? Yes
Is Canadian Adventure Camp technology free? Yes
|Location||Address||Pick up||Drop off|
|Home Depot||90 Billy Bishop Way, Toronto, ON M3K 2C8||10:00 am||4:00 pm|
|Gravenhurst||1105 Bethune Dr S, Gravenhurst, ON P0C 1G0||11:45 am||1:15 pm|
Best illustrated by one of our camper's "My favourite memoire at camp was when my entire cabin went tubing together. It was my first time at a residential camp; I had the best time and made the best friends!"
A special night that is loved and never forgotten by all of our campers. Campers are treated to an amazing night of great food and awards. The night is capped with a rocking dance that you don't want to miss!
Just a taste of what an evening might involve for a camper. Campfires, Barge Cruise, Talent Shows, Record Breakers, Cabin Feud, Movie Night, Casino Night, Banquet and many more!
Every session campers participate in a camp wide competition. Campers compete in a fun variety of activities, all within a theme for the day. Past themes have been Harry Potter, Super Heroes, Movies, Olympics, Pirates, and more!
"B R A V O! Cabin's 1
Q - In a broad sense, did we fulfill your expectations of us this summer? A - Yes. Our daughter loved it. We were very satisfied with counsellor/camper ratio. Excellent Staff! Q - Would you recommend us to your friends? A - Congratulations - we are happy to recommend to others
"For our son, his first experience at an overnight camp was amazing and we thank you for that! You have a great program, great staff and a great site."
"We feel it was a privilege to be able to provide our granddaughter with this experience. After camp she took part in a trampoline seminar and showed excellent ability, more than the other participants. This gave her a real big boost in her self-esteem and self-confidence. All thanks to C.A.C."