Boys Camp Activities
The Apprenticeship Program is designed for campers who have reached the highest level at Boys’ Camp. They can continue developing their skills by serving as a co-teacher under the supervision of a more experienced instructor. It is only available to Voyageur campers who have been to Boys’ Camp before, and who have completed the highest level OPC offers in the activity area they wish to Apprentice in. Campers can Apprentice in the following activity areas: kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, mountain biking, wilderness skills, archery, construction, and basketball. Note: Due to the increased responsibility that goes with this program, campers wishing to enrol must contact Rance (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive more information and an additional application form. High School Community Service Hours will be awarded to campers who are entering their Grade 10 year. (Two-Week Sessions Only)
Beginner – Learn how to aim and shoot, the parts of the arrow, and safety skills. Archery levels will be awarded. (One Week)
Advanced – Designed for advanced archers who are able to consistently hit the target. We’ll cover form, technique, tournaments and games. Archery levels will be awarded. (One Week)
In this activity you will learn the ropes of radio and creative audio work. Throughout the session we’ll cover sound recording, mixing and production as we work on a piece of audio (documentary, radio play, etc.).
Canoeing ORCA Flatwater A – Canoeing basics for beginners: parts of the paddle and canoe, launching, forward and backward strokes, etc.
Canoeing ORCA Flatwater B – Some previous canoeing experience required. Intermediate theory and tandem paddling skills, including turns, circles, landings, etc.
Canoeing ORCA Flatwater C – Refine advanced tandem paddling skills. Introduction to solo canoeing.
Canoeing ORCA Flatwater D – Application of canoeing skills from previous levels to solo canoeing.
Spend time in the Craft Shop and let your creativity run wild! There will be a variety of options to choose from including woodworking, clay, and ‘arts’ such as painting, with a focus on some green and sustainable craft options. (One week)
An introduction to fitness and weightlifting with exercises designed specifically for teenagers. Half the course will focus on fitness, while in the other half campers will work with free weights. (13 years of age minimum)
A Boys Camp classic! Learn Frisbee throwing techniques, including: forehand, backhand, flick, hammer, and putt. Learn strategy, practice the course, and participate in a class-wide tournament.
Calling all adventure seekers! Skilled leaders will take you high above the forest floor as you work through different elements and initiatives: focusing on team building skills, interpersonal trust, personal confidence and tons of fun! (Double period; One-week)
Level 1 – Kayaking basics for beginners: entering and exiting the kayak, beginning strokes, etc.
Level 2 – Intermediate theory and paddling skills, including turns, pivots, draws, etc.
Level 3 – More advanced theory and paddling skills. Introduction to bow rolls and advanced rescues.
Level 4 – Very advanced course. Eskimo rolls, hand rolls, and more precise paddling.
Kayaking Day Trips (only in 2 week sessions) – Campers who enrol in Kayaking Level 3 or Kayaking Level 4 will have the option to go on a white-water kayaking day trip to The Gull or Palmer Rapids (depending on water levels). On opening day parents will have an opportunity at the activities desk to give permission for the trip. Interested campers will be assessed for appropriate skill level by the staff leading the trip. Those who choose not to participate or who do not have the necessary skill level will remain at camp and participate in a regular day of activities. Additional costs apply.
Pioneer Camp has 1200 acres worth of Muskoka property with over 50 km of biking trails. Mountain Biking gets to take advantage of both!
Level 1 – Perfect for beginners who have never been mountain biking on off-road trails. Learn the basic skills necessary to ride safely on trails that have lots of logs, rocks, roots and mud puddles. Your time will be spent riding as much as possible.
Level 2 – Must have some prior experience mountain biking off-road (not paved) trails. Riders will be trained in skills used to ride over any obstacles seen on a typical cross-country trail, such as logs, rocks, roots, through puddles and extreme up-hills.
Level 3 – Riders who have a strong background in trail riding will use drills used by professional mountain bikers to take their riding to the next level. Maintenance of the bicycle will also be introduced; riders will learn the basic repairs needed to fix problems often encountered on the trail.
Level 4 – Intense program for Voyageur and Ranger campers who have earned their level 3. Riders will work on skill sets from cross-country, downhill, and/or trials backgrounds, as well as coaching skills including problem detection and correction.
Westshore Dirt Jump Bike Park – More advanced riders will have the opportunity to test their skills at our bike park complete with dirt jumps, skinnies, table jumps, and more.
Mountain Biking Day Trip (only in 2 week sessions) – Campers who enroll in Mountain Biking Level 3 will have the option to go on a biking day trip. Interested campers will be assessed for appropriate skill level by the staff leading the trip. Those who choose not to participate or who do not have the necessary skill level will remain at camp and participate in a regular day of activities. Additional costs apply. Indicate interest to Activity Coordinators on opening day.
Mountain Boarding – A mix between snowboarding & skate boarding, these all-terrain boards with pneumatic wheels will have you navigating the slopes of Pioneer Camp with new skill & adventure. Space is limited. Program is tailored to skill, comfort level, and age. (One week)
There’s no better place to be on a hot sunny day than in the water. Recreational swimming is open to campers of all swimming abilities. Campers will have the opportunity to use the 70 ft water slide, The Water Log, The Iceberg, The High Towers, play water polo, and of course The Blob!
Level 1 – Perfect for beginners who have never sailed. Covers parts of the boat, turning, capsizing, etc. Sail with other campers and an instructor in the boat.
Level 2 – Must have some prior experience or have completed Level 1. Introduction to solo sailing and more advanced theory.
Level 3 – Intense program for those who have passed Level 2 or have intermediate/advanced experience. Lots of solo sailing, theory, and sailing a pre-planned course.
Basketball 1 – Introductory course stressing the fundamentals of basketball, including passing, shooting, and dribbling. Equal time will be spent on skill development and actual game play.
Basketball 2 – Review of the fundamental skills, with a focus on offensive and defensive team play. Equal time will be spent on skill development and real game play situations.
Volleyball – Intro to beach volleyball, teaching the skills of passing, setting, and serving through drills and game play. (One Week)
Sports Combo – A variety of sports are played in this recreational class including: soccer, baseball, Ultimate Frisbee, and beach volleyball, among others. (One Week)
International Sports Combo – This class will feature a variety of International Sports, giving campers a chance to play some sports played around the world. Sports such as cricket, rugby, Inuit Games, and more will be played. (One Week)
Swimming Lessons are in Lifesaving Society Levels. Our qualified instructors teach in small class sizes to help your camper develop new skills and become more comfortable in the water to potentially achieve their next LSS level. There is no additional cost for swimming lessons. (AquaQuest and YMCA equivalents are indicated in italics)
Swimmer 1 – is designed for the beginner swimmer. (completed AQ 1 or continuing YMCA L’il Dippers: Floaters/Learn to Swim 1: Otter)
Swimmer 2 – if camper can jump into water with and without a PFD, open eyes and exhale underwater, get objects off bottom, float and move through the water on front and back. (completed AQ 2 or YMCA L’il Dippers: Divers/Learn to Swim 2: Seal)
Swimmer 3 – if camper can jump into deeper water, fall sideways into water with PFD, support self at surface without an aid, do whip kick, swim 10-15m on front and back. (completed AQ 3/4 or YMCA Learn to Swim 4: Swimmer)
Swimmer 4 – if camper does cannonballs, dives and rolls into deep water, swims underwater, swims front and back crawl, and can do endurance swims of 25-30m. (completed AQ 5/6 or YMCA Star 1)
Swimmer 5 – if camper can do dives and stride entries, eggbeater kick, foot-first surface dives, front and back crawl, whip kick, breaststrokes arms with breathing, endurance swims of 50-100m. (completed AQ 7 or YMCA Star 2)
Swimmer 6 – if camper can do shallow dives, eggbeater kicks, foot-first sculling, surface dives with underwater swim, front and back crawl and breaststroke over 50m, sprint 25m, endurance swims of 100-200m. (completed AQ 8 or YMCA Star 3)
Swim Patrol Rookie – if camper can do compact jumps, eggbeater kick for 1 min, head-up front crawl or breaststroke over 25m, 100m front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke, endurance swims of 200-300m. (completed AQ 9 or YMCA Star 4)
Swim Patrol Ranger – if camper has successfully completed Swim Patrol – Rookie. (completed AQ 10 or YMCA Star 5)
Swim Patrol Star – if camper has successfully completed Swim Patrol – Ranger. (completed AQ 11 or YMCA Star 6)
Bronze Star – if camper has successfully completed Swim Patrol – Star. (completed AQ 12 or YMCA Master Swimmer)
Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid/CPR B. (double period, 2 weeks) Prerequisite: Bronze Star OR 13 years old. Swimming and basic rescue skills, spinal rollovers, CPR, time swim 500m in 15 minutes. Exam at end of session requiring a small additional fee.
Bronze Cross (double period, 2 weeks) Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid/CPR B. Prerequisite for life-guarding certification. Swim/rescue skills, spinal roll-overs and rescue breathing, CPR, time swim 600m in 18 minutes. Exam at end of session requiring a small additional fee.
Sessions 1-5: Campers learn the basic techniques of video production as they plan, shoot and edit their own short video that will be placed online at the end of the session. The activity offers numerous opportunities to learn about and explore cinematography, lighting, sound and editing. Space will be limited.
- Fishing – Campers will have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while being coached on how to fish, how to identify fish & responsible fishing practices. (one week option)
- Plants/Animals – Campers will learn about the wildlife and vegetation of our forest – trees, plants, birds, animal tracks, etc. (one week option)
- Bushcraft – Campers will learn how to create different artifacts for outdoor activities, like cooking apparatuses and natural cordage. Campers will work on a project they can take home with them. (one week option)
- Wilderness Living – Campers will learn about fire building, shelter building, knots, orienteering, and edible plants. (one week option)
- Survival – A more advanced Wilderness Living class where campers will learn how to live in and respect nature. (one week option)
Windsurfing 1 (Beginner) – Windsurfing basics for beginners: parts of the sail and board, rigging, introductory windsurfing skills, etc.
Windsurfing 2 (Advanced) -– Learn how to work the wind in your favour! Advanced gybes, power tacks, high wind rescue, and more detailed theory.
All windsurfing classes require minimum 12 years old & blue lanyard.