Swallowdale Camp, Lake Rosseau, Ontario

Operating on the beautiful grounds of Rosseau Lake College in Ontario's world famous Muskoka region, Swallowdale Camp is the perfect choice for a traditional summer camp adventure. Canadian and International campers join together to develop skills in sports, arts, outdoor activities and leadership. Camping traditions runs deep in the Canadian spirit and are embodied in this programme, which has been in continuous operation since 1943. At Swallowdale Camp, students come to appreciate the stunning beauty of the nature that surrounds them, and the cultural distinctions that make up our global community.

LocationLake Rosseau, Ontario
Ages10 to 16 years, boys and girls
Leaders in Training (LIT)16-17 years, boys and girls
Dates10 Jul to 6 Aug - 2, 3, 4 weeks
AccommodationShared residence rooms
Outdoor Education10 hours per week

Dates and Fees 2022

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

General English, Outdoor Education, Activity Camp - 2, 3 or 4 weeks

Departing
July 23
Departing
July 30
Departing
August 06
Arriving
July 10
2 Weeks
$ 4,150
3 Weeks
$ 5,775
4 Weeks
$ 7,300
Arriving
July 17
2 Weeks
$ 4,150
3 Weeks
$ 5,775
Arriving
July 24
2 Weeks
$ 4,150

Optional Excursions:

Niagara Falls - CAD 160

Canada's Wonderland - CAD 120

Extra Fees

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

Custodianship Fee - CAD 125

Extra Night Fee - CAD 250 - Applies to all students who arrive early or depart late

Extra Transfer Fee - CAD 200 - Applies to all students who arrive or depart on non-scheduled dates

Late Arrival / Early Departure Fee - CAD 200 - Applies to all students with flights scheduled to arrive after 22:00 or depart before 8:00

*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: January 06, 2022

Leaders In Training Dates and Fees 2022

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

Departing
July 30
Arriving
July 10
3 Weeks
$ 5,775

Leader in Training (LIT) Practicum

1 Week $950

Students must enroll in the 3 week LIT programme to be eligible for Practicum weeks

Extra Fees

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

Custodianship Fee - CAD 125

Extra Night Fee - CAD 250 - Applies to all students who arrive early or depart late

Extra Transfer Fee - CAD 200 - Applies to all students who arrive or depart on non-scheduled dates

Late Arrival / Early Departure Fee - CAD 200 - Applies to all students with flights scheduled to arrive after 22:00 or depart before 8:00

*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: January 06, 2020

Excursions

Our team is currently working on excursion options that are safe and healthy in the context of COVID-19. We expect to publish details in Spring 2022.

Facility

Swallowdale Camp offers the perfect combination of a traditional Canadian summer camp and the comforts of home.  It is based at Rosseau Lake College, a highly-regarded private boarding school located on Lake Rosseau.  The Muskoka region of Ontario has long held a special place in the hearts of its year-round residents and seasonal cottagers. With fresh water lakes offering spectacular views, surrounded by the natural beauty of forested landscape, it's no wonder that this region holds a strong reputation as one of Canada's premier recreational destinations.

Facilities include:

  • Modern Classrooms
  • Dining hall
  • 2 sports fields
  • Indoor gymnasium
  • Extensive waterfront facilities for swimming, boating, canoeing, and kayaking
  • Art Studio
  • Student Lounges
  • Comfortable dormitory accommodation 

Campers are separated by age and gender and live in one of three school residence houses.  We place up to eight campers in a room, depending on the size and layout.  All rooms includes beds (or bunkbeds), desks, chairs, dressers and wardrobes and campers will each receive a clean pillow and sleeping bag.  There are full toilet and shower facilities in each residence, which are shared.  Campers must bring their own towels and toiletries.  Safety is our number one priority so staff live on the same floor of the residence with the campers and students are monitored 24 hours a day. 

We provide three meals plus a healthy snack each day.  Meals are served “family style” in the school dining hall. Campers will sit with their assigned group and counselor at a large table and food is brought to the table and shared.  Our menu offers a variety of nutritious meals, all cooked on-site by professional staff.  Meals at Swallowdale are famous for being lively and loud – campers are encouraged to join in the songs and cheers!

Programme

Each day is divided into five activity periods* (three in the morning, two in the afternoon). Campers choose their activities from a wide range of options, all of which are instructed by knowledgeable staff and taught in English. Free Time is also offered daily, allowing campers to take part in arts & crafts, land sports, swimming or woodworking. These activities are fully supervised, but not necessarily instructed.

Programme Daily Schedule English Proficiency
General English + Activity 10 hours 2 lesson periods + 3 activity periods All levels accepted
Outdoor Education 2 lesson periods + 3 activity periods All levels accepted
Leaders in Training - LIT - Ages 16+ 2 lesson periods + practice High-intermediate to advanced level

General English + Activity (10 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 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 of the five daily periods. 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 Swallowdale Camp. The goal is to involve and educate students using the incredible outdoor facilities unique outdoor classroom that Muskoka 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 Swallowdale Camp 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 16 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.

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

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 if your child has been deferred to 2022 from the cancelled 2020 and 2021 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.

COVID-19 SAFETY

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 spring of 2022.

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