Lakefield Camp, Lakefield, Ontario

Since 1985, Lakefield Camp International has welcomed campers from around the world for a summer experience of learning, recreation, and friendship.

Lakefield Camp is located in beautiful Lakefield, Ontario, 150 kilometres northeast of Toronto. It operates on the extensive grounds of Lakefield College, one of the most prestigious private boarding schools in Canada, featuring modern classrooms and residences, well-equipped athletic facilities, extensive playing fields, a ropes course, and direct lake access.

Campers can take advantage of a variety specialty programmes offered at Lakefield.  Campers may choose to improve their English language skills through our standard and intensive ESL classes, or they can enhance their communication skills in the English through Drama course.  For campers with an advanced level of English, Wilderness Education or Leaders-in-Training are also options.

Regardless of which programme you choose, Lakefield Camp also offers exciting land, water, and arts activities taught by qualified and caring staff.  Our campers not only develop valuable skills, but they gain an appreciation of the stunning beauty of the nature and the cultural distinctions that make up our global community.

Join us this summer with other Canadian and international campers for a truly unique camping experience!

LocationLakefield, Ontario
Ages9 - 16 years, boys and grils
Leaders in Training (LIT)17 years, boys and girls
Session Length2, 3 or 4 week sessions
AccommodationDouble or Triple shared residence rooms
ESL (Optional)10 or 15 hours per week

Dates and Fees 2018

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

July 14
July 21
July 28
August 04
August 11
August 18
August 26
July 01
2 Weeks
3 Weeks
4 Weeks
- - - -
July 08
- 2 Weeks
3 Weeks
4 Weeks
- - -
July 15
- - 2 Weeks
3 Weeks
4 Weeks
- -
July 22
- - - 2 Weeks
3 Weeks
4 Weeks
July 29
- - - - 2 Weeks
3 Weeks
August 05
- - - - - 2 Weeks

* Notarized Custodianship Fee: $100 CAD per document.

* Unaccompanied Minor (UM) Departure Fee: $75 CAD per student.

* Extra Fees may apply to students who arrive before 08:00am or after 23:00pm AND who depart before 09:00am.

*Canadian and US citizens currently residing in Canada or the United States are asked to contact CISS for domestic rates. Taxes are included. Information updated: December 5th, 2017

Leaders In Training Dates and Fees 2018

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

July 28
August 18
July 01
4 Weeks
July 08
3 Weeks
July 29
- 3 Weeks

*Canadian and US citizens currently residing in Canada or the United States are asked to contact CISS for domestic rates. Taxes are included. Information updated: December 5th, 2017

Activities & Excursions

Optional Excursions

Select optional excursions are offered for an extra fee. Excursion schedule depends on session dates and duration. All excursions are fully supervised by camp staff and include transportation, admission costs and meals, as required.

Trips may be paid for upon arrival at camp or pre-paid to the representative prior to arrival at camp.

Clients wishing to pre-pay for Optional Activities should indicate this at time of booking.

Duration       Excursion Detail Cost 
Full Day Canada's Wonderland (Amusement Park) $80
Full Day Disco Boat Cruise on Lake Ontario $60
Full Day Niagara Falls (includes Hornblower boat tour)      $120

Included Excursions

We offer 1 full day trip to Toronto every 3 weeks.


For anyone who has never been away to a summer camp before, Lakefield offers the ideal first-time experience.  Comfortable and modern facilities are sure to please even the most sophisticated participants, while the extensive fields and natural waterfront provide the perfect backdrop for a truly Canadian summer camp experience.

The extensive grounds of Lakefield College School include a calm lake with boathouse and waterfront facilities, playing fields, and comfortable residence accommodations. The lake is your swimming pool; the fields are your playgrounds. Well maintained, the facilities include fields, courts, and classrooms in a clean, safe, natural environment. 

Facilities include:

  • Classrooms
  • Lounge areas
  • Dining hall
  • Playing fields
  • Four tennis courts
  • Two basketball courts
  • Running track
  • Dance studio
  • Boathouse
  • Extensive waterfront facilities for swimming, boating, canoeing, and kayaking
  • High and Low ropes course
  • Climbing wall
  • Gymnasium
  • Infirmary with health-care provider

Campers live in residence houses in a double or triple room with washroom and shower facilities on every floor. Rooms includes a bed, desk, chair, dresser and wardrobe for each camper. All bed linens are provided, however, campers must bring their own towels and toiletries.  We try to ensure your roommate is a camper of a similar age but different nationality. Campers of different genders live in separate houses.  Safety is our top priority so staff live on the same floor with the campers providing constant supervision. 

We provide three meals plus a healthy snack each day.  Meals are served in the dining hall with various buffet stations offering a wide choice of salad and sandwich options, in addition to hot meals. Meals are a lively time and campers are encouraged to join in with the songs and cheers that regularly take place.  Our meals are cooked on-site by professional staff and meet rigid nutritious standards.

Lakefield Camp Director

Tim French

Hello everyone and welcome to Lakefield Camp International.

I am very excited to be back for my eleventh year as Director. We have some amazing staff returning and I know the new staff will be fabulous. We are already planning for the summer and looking at new evening activities, more theme based activities and lots of fun.

Why go to Summer Camp?

Summer Camp provides a community in which young people can excel. The daily programmes present opportunities for acceptance and personal growth. New challenges benefit the social development of all who attend and the memories created at camp last a lifetime. Currently my children are finding their own way at summer camp and I am proud to see their development both with their skills and their personalities. This is what summer camp is all about.


I had the wonderful opportunity of attending camp as a young person myself. My first residential camp experience was with friends at a camp in Algonquin Park in Ontario. I found these early summers so important to my development that I decided  to work my way through the various levels of the camp community. I started as a camper, then was a Counsellor-in-Training and a Senior Counsellor. I was the Head of Waterfront at one camp and the Program Director at another camp. I am extremely  happy to be back at Lakefield for the eleventh year as Director. 

When I came to Lakefield and CISS, I was welcomed into the family and we have continued to create an atmosphere where personal growth, skill development, and character building are nurtured in a truly supportive environment. We are fortunate to have many exceptional staff that return to Lakefield year after year. These staff mentor our new staff and ensure that each summer at Lakefield is better than the previous one. I can’t wait to meet you at the airport or when you arrive at camp. Travel safely and we will see you all very soon.


Each day is divided into 5 periods, plus a REC period.  Campers participate in their chosen activities during the 5 periods - 3 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.  All activities are fully instructed and taught in English.  The recreational or "REC" activity period is also offered daily, allowing campers to take part in their favourite activity or in a specialized activity that is only offered during this time. These activities are supervised, but not necessarily instructed. A different set of activities will be offered daily.

English As A Second Language 

Accredited by Languages Canada

Campers at Lakefield have many options.  For those campers who want to improve their English, they may choose to take English as a Second Language (ESL) lessons.  ESL classes comprise two or three of the five daily activity periods, depending on whether you choose 10 or 15 hours per week. You can then choose any other two or three activities.

The English classes taught at Lakefield follow a curriculum that adheres to Languages Canada standards and is designed to enable foreign language learners to further their fluency and accuracy in English. With a focus on communication, lessons are designed for group oral activities as well as individual tasks in grammar, writing and reading.

English through Drama 

Students of all levels of English ability are invited to take part in “English through Drama” as an alternative to standard ESL classes. This programme aims to build confidence and improve public speaking and pronunciation skills in a supportive and creative environment. Making use of Lakefield's theatre facilities, students will have an active role in the production of weekly drama performances.

English through Drama is an excellent alternative to regular ESL for students of any language level that want to improve their skills. Drama has been shown to increase confidence and enhance public speaking and pronunciation skills.  For students who choose to take English through Drama, two of the five activity periods are dedicated to it, with their choice of activities accounting for the other three periods.

Wilderness Education 

Unique to Lakefield Camp is our exciting and educational Wilderness Education Programme (WEP). The goal is to involve and educate students using the unique outdoor classroom that Lakefield School has to offer. It's ideal for students who want an alternative to language lessons.  WEP students study environmental best practices, while gaining an understanding about local geography, native Canadian traditions, and basic outdoor survival skills.

All instruction and conversation is conducted at a high intermediate level of English, offering a more practical approach to language improvement. For students in WEP, two of the five activity periods are dedicated to it, with their choice of activities accounting for the other three periods.

Components of WEP

1. Survival Skills: Shelter building, wilderness survival, campfire cooking, weather prediction 

2. Camping Experience: Trip planning, mapping routes, dehydrating food, overnight camping 

3. Native Canadian Studies: Learning about Native Canadians, their history, crafts, traditions and diet 

4. Outdoor Skill Building: Canoeing, low and high ropes challenges, Compass and Map reading 

5. Environmental Issues: Sustainable living, watershed management, study of local flora, fauna, and wildlife

Leader In Training

The Leader in Training (LIT) programme puts the concept of "leadership" into motion by providing participants with a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on experience in a camp setting. 

Morning lessons focus on examining theories, models, and meanings of leadership. LITs learn various techniques used by educators to lead and support younger children, including strategies for different scenarios that apply within a camp setting.

Afternoons provide LITs with an opportunity to apply their new knowledge, as they assist camp staff in leading various camp activities and organizing different events. Participants leave the programme with new skills and experience that will serve them for a lifetime.

Program Options

Programme Ages Daily Schedule English Proficiency
Regular Camp 7-16 5 activity periods All levels accepted
ESL 10 hours 7-16 2 class periods + 3 activity periods All levels accepted
ESL 15 hours 7-16 3 class periods + 2 activity periods All levels accepted
English Through Drama 7-16 2 class periods + 3 activity periods All levels accepted
Wilderness Education 7-16 2 class periods + 3 activity periods All levels accepted
Leader In Training 17 2 class periods + 3 practical training periods Advanced ESL required

Evening Programme

The evening programme is an opportunity for students and staff to do activities together. Participation is mandatory and is a combination of house-based activities and leisure options. Students from each residence house may team up to face each other in competition. Students may also enjoy camp-wide activities including the following: 

  • Banquets
  • Campfires
  • Camp Games
  • Cardboard boat races
  • Dances
  • Overnight camping
  • Special interest groups
  • Sports Games
  • Talent Shows 


Daily Instructed Activities 

Whether the camper chooses a Specialized Language Learning programme, or simply wishes to join the General Programme, ALL CAMPERS will have the opportunity to select and participate in general interest activities as follows:

  • General Programme: 5 instructed activity periods daily + REC period
  • 10 hours ESL, WEP or DRAMA: 3 instructed activity periods daily + REC period
  • 15 hours ESL: 2 instructed activity periods daily + REC period

Campers select their weekly activity choices from the list below. All activities are supervised and instructed in English. Each activity period lasts for 1 hour (60 minutes) daily. 

Activity Instructors

  • Activity instructors have proven competency skills in each of their activities 
  • Lifeguards and activity instructors have certification in accordance with OCA (Ontario Camps Association) regulations

Recreational Period “REC”

On regular camp days, 1 hour is allocated as a recreational period (REC). During REC, a variety of water and land sports & activities will be offered, with the addition of the following specialized activities: Ropes & Climbing Wall 

Campers have the opportunity to participate in different REC activities on a daily basis. All activities are supervised but not instructed.

    Water Sports

  •      Canoeing
  •      Kayaking
  •      Learn to Swim
  •      Sailing
  •      SUP
  •      Windsurfing

    Land Activities

  •      Archery
  •      Basketball
  •      Beach Volleyball
  •      Canadian Sports
  •      Mountain Biking
  •      Soccer
  •      Tennis

    Arts & Movement

  •      Arts & Crafts
  •      Dance
  •      Guitar
  •      Theatre

For Parents

What is included in the price?

  • Residence accommodation
  • Three meals daily plus an evening snack
  • Supervision
  • All scheduled activities
  • Use of lifejackets and paddles, and other sporting equipment
  • Study materials
  • 10 or 15 hours/week of ESL instruction (optional) with certificate upon completion of the course
  • English through Drama Programme (optional)
  • Wilderness Education Programme-WEP (optional)
  • Shopping excursion*
  • Laundry service once a week
  • Sheets, blankets, and pillows (students must supply own towels)
  • Linen change once weekly

*not guaranteed to participants enrolled for less than three weeks

International students also have included:

  • Toronto airport meet & greet plus transfers to/from camp
  • Emergency medical and dental insurance

Does my child need a study permit or a visa to enter Canada?

Students who come for a summer camp (or any programme with a duration of less than six months) do not require a Study Permit. Students coming from certain countries, however, will require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). Please refer to the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website for details:

Do I need to purchase out-of-country emergency travel medical insurance for my child?

CISS provides emergency medical and dental insurance to a maximum of $100,000 CAD for international campers attending a CISS summer programme. Campers coming from the USA, however, are responsible for their own out-of-country insurance. Canadian campers are covered by their provincial health-care plans.

Who will receive my child when he/she arrives at the airport? 

For international campers, and Canadian or US campers who have requested transfer to/from the airport - staff from Lakefield Camp will meet your child in the arrivals area at the airport. Staff hold signs showing the name of the camp. Students should look for this sign and remain in the arrivals area until he/she has met the staff member. Students travelling with a group and a group leader should remain together. The group leader will assist the students to find the staff member. If your child is registered as an Unaccompanied Minor (UM), the person that CISS has designated to you during the UM registration will be there to personally receive your child. 

How will I know that my child has arrived safely at camp?

CISS maintains regular contact with your Representative, and will immediately inform the Representative if a student has not arrived as expected. Otherwise, it should be assumed that all students have arrived safely.

What happens if my child has a medical emergency? 

Our staff is trained to handle all medical emergencies. Lakefield Camp has an on-site health-care provider.  The camp is also in close proximity to hospitals and clinics. CISS will inform both you and your representative (if applicable) of any emergencies that arise and the details/treatments involved.

Do you have a clothing list available? 

Yes. Please download the Lakefield Camp Clothing List (PDF) here.

IMPORTANT - the gymnasium and climbing wall in Hadden Hall at Lakefield will be open for use.  Due to its specialized surface, the school requires that indoor-only shoes be worn in the gym.  Campers must bring with them a pair of sport or running shoes dedicated for indoor use only.  Additional outdoor shoes as well as water shoes should be brought for other sports and outdoor recreation.

Clothing Labels:

To ensure your child returns home with all of his/her belongings, we also recommend that all clothing and personal items be labelled with your child's name.  For your convenience, we have partnered with Mabel’s Labels, a Canadian company with all types of labels that are colourful, indestructible and fun! This company ships both domestically and internationally. To purchase labels go to