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
Ages9-16 years, boys and girls
Leaders in Training (LIT)17 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


*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: September 30, 2019


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 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.

Duration       Excursion Detail Cost 
Full-Day Niagara Falls (includes Hornblower boat tour) $120
Full Day Canada's Wonderland (Amusement Park) $80
Half Day Disco Boat Cruise on Lake Ontario $65

Included Excursions

Participants enjoy 1 full day trip to Toronto that is offered every 3 weeks.


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.

Lakefield Camp Director

Mark Mingail

I’m thrilled and humbled to be your camp director for the 2020 Lakefield summer camp season!

I have over 20 years of camp experience as a camper, waterfront and head staff, and ultimately as a camp director. I have worked in numerous residential camp settings as well as work throughout the year as Coordinator of Social Work in the York Region District School Board.

Camp flows in every part of my being and I find I am at my most authentic self when at camp.

I’ve known from a young age that camp is the ideal setting that contributes to the healthy social and emotional development of all that attend!

Lakefield Camp is filled with adventure and opportunity.

It’s a place where you can be your true self, exposed to the great Canadian summer splendour, surrounded by nature with all of the comforts of home. Lakefield Camp is a place where you learn new skills, acquire improved English and make lifelong friends. More than this, at camp you will feel better about who you are, amongst a caring and supportive staff and camp community.

It is nothing less than a true pleasure and my professional commitment to help facilitate your summer camp experience and ensure that your stay with us will be filled with much comfort, safety, fun and adventure as we can muster up! I want to hear from you if ever you have a question, concern or just need to talk, I am here for each and every one of you to ensure that the Summer of 2020 at Lakefield Camp is everything you dreamed it will be!


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.

Note: Classes may happen in any of the periods, not necessarily in the order presented above

*1 period = 1 hour = 60 minutes

Program Options

Programme Ages Daily Schedule English Proficiency
General English + Activity 10 hours 9-16 2 lesson periods + 3 activity periods All levels accepted
General English + Activity 15 hours 9-16 3 lesson periods + 2 activity periods All levels accepted
English Through Drama 9-16 2 lesson periods + 3 activity periods All levels accepted
Outdoor Education 9-16 2 lesson periods + 3 activity periods All levels accepted
Activity Camp 9-16 5 activity periods per day All levels accepted
Leader In Training (LIT) 17 2 lesson periods + 3 practical training periods Advanced ESL required

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.  

English through Drama (10 hours)

Students of all levels of English ability are invited to take part in “English through Drama” as one of the many course options that are available at Lakefield. This course 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 have an active role in the production of weekly drama performances.

English through Drama is an excellent option for students of any language level that want to improve their language skills. Drama has been shown to increase confidence and enhance public speaking and pronunciation skills.  

English through Drama lessons comprise two of the five daily periods. You can then choose different land, water, or art activities to fill the remaining 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

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, arts, music 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 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.

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:

Activity Camp: enjoy 5 instructed activity periods per day + REC period

General English (10 hours), Outdoor Education or English Through Drama: 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 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.  

    Water Sports

  •      Canoeing
  •      Kayaking
  •      Sailing
  •      Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
  •      Swimming Lessons

    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)
  • English through Drama Programme (optional)
  • Outdoor Education - OE (optional)
  • Toronto Trip with CN Tower*
  • 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

*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