Lakefield Camp, Lakefield, Ontario

Lakefield Camp International welcomes campers for an unforgettable summer of learning, recreation, and friendship in the beautiful Kawartha Lakes region. Operating on the stunning grounds of Lakefield College School, our camp offers students a variety of programme options. Campers take advantage of modern classrooms, well-equipped athletic facilities, expansive playing fields, and direct waterfront access. Sports and arts programming may be combined with General English instruction or one of our other innovative programme options.

LocationLakefield, Ontario
Ages8-17 years, boys and girls
Leaders in Training (LIT)15+ years, boys and girls
Session Length2, 3 or 4 week sessions
AccommodationDouble or Triple shared residence rooms
General English (Optional)10 or 15 hours per week

Dates and Fees 2021

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

General English / Sports / Outdoor Education

July 31
August 07
August 14
July 18
2 Weeks
$ 4,225
3 Weeks
$ 5,925
4 Weeks
$ 7,400
July 25
- 2 Weeks
$ 4,225
3 Weeks
$ 5,925
August 01
2 Weeks
$ 4,225

Extra Fees

Unaccompanied Minor (UM) Fee - CAD 100 - UM fee applies to all students flying as unaccompanied minor with the airline

Custodianship Fee - CAD 100

*Canadian citizens and permanent residents currently residing in Canada are asked to contact CISS for domestic rates. Information updated: November 23, 2020

Leaders In Training Dates and Fees 2021

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

August 07
August 14
July 18
3 Weeks
$ 5,925
4 Weeks
$ 7,400

Extra Fees

Unaccompanied Minor (UM) Fee - CAD 100 - UM fee applies to all students flying as unaccompanied minor with the airline

Custodianship Fee - CAD 100

*Canadian citizens and permanent residents currently residing in Canada are asked to contact CISS for domestic rates. Information updated: November 23, 2020


Optional Excursions

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

Select optional excursions are offered for an extra fee. Excursion schedule depends on session dates, duration, and any Health and Safety guidelines informed at the time. 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.

Lakefield Camp offers an optional excursion package including a full-day excursion to Niagara Falls, including the Hornblower Boat Tour, and a full-day excursion to Toronto, including the CN Tower. 

Package excursion price: $ 200.00 (includes both excursions)


For anyone who has never been away to a summer camp before, Lakefield offers the ideal 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 include 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.


Ontario Camp Association Member

Each day is divided into 5 periods*, plus an additional recreation, 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 preferred 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 are offered daily.

*1 period = 1 hour = 60 minutes

Junior Program Options (ages 8 to 12)

Programme Daily Schedule English Proficiency
General English + Activity 10 hours 2 lesson periods + 3 activity periods All levels accepted
Sports (formerly "Activities Only") 5 activity periods per day All levels accepted

Senior Program Options (ages 13 to 17)

Programme Daily Schedule English Proficiency
General English + Activity 10 hours 2 lesson periods + 3 activity periods All levels accepted
General English + Activity 15 hours 3 lesson periods + 2 Activity periods All levels accepted
Outdoor Education 2 lesson periods + 3 activity periods All levels accepted
Leaders in Training - LIT - Ages 15+ 2 lesson periods + practice High-intermediate to advanced level

General English + Activity (10 or 15 hours)

The General English + Activity option is the ideal choice for international summer students who want to improve their English.  With this option, students receive 10 or 15 hours of English as a Second Language (ESL) lessons per week. This includes classroom instruction in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with a focus on helping students of all proficiency levels to improve in their fluency and accuracy of speech.

English lessons comprise two or three of the five daily periods, depending on whether you choose 10 or 15 hours per week. You can then choose different land, water, or art activities to fill the remaining two or three periods.  

Outdoor Education (10 hours)

The Outdoor Education course is unique to Lakefield Camp. The goal is to involve and educate students using the incredible outdoor facilities unique outdoor classroom that Lakefield School has to offer. Outdoor Education students study environmental best practices, while gaining a comprehensive 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. 

Outdoor Education lessons comprise two of the five daily periods. You can then choose different land, water, or art activities to fill the remaining three periods. You will also have the option to participate in an overnight camping trip, once during your stay.  

Components of Outdoor Education:

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

Sports (Formerly Activity Camp)

Students who come to Lakefield with strong English ability or who do not wish to have lessons during their stay may choose all Activity Camp.  This option gives students the opportunity to dedicate all five daily periods to various water and land sports and skill-building exercises; all lessons are conducted entirely in English. 

Leader In Training (LIT)

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.  This programme is ideal for participants who are 15 to 17 years old and who possess a high-intermediate to advanced level of English.

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.

Summary of Periods

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
  • Sports Games
  • Talent Shows
  • Walk to Town


Daily Instructed Activities 

ALL CAMPERS have the opportunity to select and participate in a variety of camp activities during their stay at Lakefield.  The number of activity periods you have each day depends on which course you choose when you register:

Sports camp: enjoy 5 instructed activity periods per day + REC period

General English (10 hours) or Outdoor Education: enjoy 3 instructed activity periods per day + REC period

General English (15 hours): enjoy 2 instructed activity periods per day + REC period

Campers choose their activities after they arrive at camp.  All activities are offered, however they may not all be available due to class size limitations and health and safety regulations. Activities that are part of the daily schedule are supervised and instructed in English and 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 the regular camp activities are made available for the campers to participate in.  Activities during REC are fully supervised, but no formal instruction is provided.  

For Parents

Many questions about how to safely operate Summer Programmes in the context of the ongoing pandemic remain unanswered. We realize, however, that you need some details now, especially for the your child has been deferred to 2021 from the cancelled 2020 season. The following is therefore a preliminary plan that assumes positive developments over the coming months in terms of entry into Canada, rapid testing and, hopefully, vaccination.


Please rest assured that safety, as always, is our number one priority, and that we will only operate if it is safe and legal to do so. We are currently working with industry partners to create a set of operating guidelines for next summer regarding COVID-19. This means that some programming details will necessarily be delayed until we have a clearer picture of what will be safe and possible. We therefore anticipate publishing activity and excursion calendars, student manuals, and other details in the winter or early spring of 2021.


One change we can already share is that we are limiting our arrivals and departures at our Summer Camps to fewer dates than usual so we can protect the health and safety of students accordingly in controlled cohorts. This concept has emerged among Canadian and international educators as a “best practice” for managing groups of students during the pandemic. Please refer to Dates and Fees for more information.

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)
  • Outdoor Education (optional)
  • Laundry service once a week
  • Sheets, blankets, and pillows (students must supply own towels)
  • Linen change once weekly
  • CISS T-Shirt and water bottle upon arrival
  • CISS Certificate upon completion of programme

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