Family camping programs

 August Family Camp
Mom and Me Summer Camp | Family Camp Things to know

Your whole family is invited to become campers at Girl Guides of Canada, Ontario Council's Family camping programs! Let us take care of the programming, cooking and cleaning and you just enjoy activities with your children.

Family Camp is a great bonding experience for grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and children. Our child-centered family camp programs have been running for over 30 years and many choose to return year after year with their entire extended families. Your days can be as structured or as unstructured as you wish. Family Camp combines the freedom of a cottage or resort holiday with professionally delivered camp activities.

Mom and Me weekends in the summer are extremely popular especially for younger campers to try sleeping over at camp for the first time.

Rates quoted are for current Girl Guides girl members. Learn more about non-member rates.

Transportation is not provided.

August Family Camp - SOLD OUT

Girl Guides Summer family camping programs
Where: Doe Lake Camp (near Huntsville)
Dates: 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2019– 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019
Cost: Indoor: $605+HST- By paying this fee, your family is renting a room which can accommodate up to four people. The fee covers registration for four people and remains the same even if less than four people attend with your group.

In some cases, we may be able to accommodate a larger group (up to six people) indoors - but spaces for larger groups are limited. Families will be expected to pay $100+HST for each additional camper beyond four people.

Tent: $505+HST - By paying this fee, your family is renting a nylon four-person tent. The fee remains the same even if less than four people attend with your group.

In some cases, we may be able to accommodate a larger group (up to five people) in tents - but spaces for larger groups are limited. Families will be expected to pay $100+HST for each additional camper beyond four people should additional attendee be approved.
Transportation is not provided.

Things to know about family camping programs:

  • Yes, men and boys can come to our family camping programs!
  • Please note that for indoor accommodations of six people, the ratio of one adult per three children must still be met.
  • We provide well-balanced family-style meals and snacks each day. We can accommodate some specialized diet requests. Please review our specialty diet accommodations.
  • If you choose to bring your own tent, there is no discount on the tent accommodation fee. The fee allows you to bring a total of four people. Trailers/RVs are not permitted.
  • Non-member families can attend these provincial camping events. Rates quoted are for current Girl Guides girl members. Learn more about non-member rates.

Important application notes for families registering for family camping programs:

  • When completing an application, be sure to complete individual applications for each person in your group that will be attending as a camper. We need to know about every person that will be at camp, including parents/guardians!
  • One applicant is considered the “main” applicant in your family (normally the girl member or daughter). The other applicants are considered “additional” applicants.
  • All applicants for family camping programs should enter the name of the other members of their group in the Bunk Request box which is available in the application. If you do not submit an application for each participant (adults too!), we will not be prepared to accept him or her at camp.

Activity Equipment

Thinking of bringing your bikes or skis? Families are welcome to bring bikes to our family camp. This is a wonderful way to tour around our camp but please be aware you might not be the only moving vehicle on the road and it is the rider’s responsibility to use caution at all times. Please remember to follow provincial cycling rules and rules of the road including wearing a helmet at all times. For more information, please feel free to review Ontario’s Guide to Safe Cycling. Pedestrians always have the right of way. Our trails are not always bike friendly and they are to be used at your own risk. Some trails have stairs or other obstacles and you will need to walk your bike at these points. Parents/guardians will be required to supervise their children at all times, including while on their bikes. Cross country skis and snowshoes are welcome at camp and can be used during free time. Please check in with staff about where best to use them on property.

Cell phones and computers

Cell phone reception can be extremely limited at camp and sometimes may not be available at all. It is inconsistent and all depends on cloud coverage, wind direction, and the height of the land. The camp staff will be able to tell you where the best reception is. Doe Lake has a pay phone for you to use to make outgoing calls. If there is a pressing need to make a call, please contact camp staff for assistance. We are unable to offer access to a computer and/or the internet while at camp.

Driving directions and vehicles

Once at camp it is expected that adult and child participants will walk to activities unless there is a special health-related situation and the camp director has approved a special arrangement. Vehicles are to remain parked in the designated parking area after moving in and can be moved closer to the accommodation when you’re moving out.

First day of camp

During February Family Day weekend we'll be ready to host your family at 10 a.m. Camp programming starts at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

During August at Doe Lake we will be ready to host your family after 2:30 p.m. Camp programming starts at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Early arrivals cannot be accommodated. Once at camp, staff members will help participants find their assigned sleeping space. There will be a general meeting on your arrival day to meet the staff and review the schedule.

Programming selection and sign-up will be before the first meal each day. This allows families to tailor the schedule to weather, moods and the energy of the participants. If there are limited spaces available for sessions, they will be offered more than once. If you still do not get a chance to participate in an activity you really were looking forward to, you can talk to the staff and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Last day of camp

All Family camp ends at 11:30 a.m. We ask that you exit your building or tent site two hours before departure (9:30 a.m.) so the area can be cleaned. You are welcome to stay onsite for one hour after programming ends but there won't be any meals, snacks, activities or staff available. During the summer our staff team will be busy getting ready for future programs and taking some downtime between groups. Participating in activities without supervision is not an option. For instance swimming without lifeguards is not permitted.

Please sign out at the parking lot before leaving.


Sorry, but no pets at camp! If a registered and trained service animal (e.g., service dog) is required to accompany a participant then please let us know so we can make arrangements. You will need to provide documentation and some training for our staff team.

Packing guidelines

Review our packing guidelines and other Family Camp Participant Handbook details. Guidelines are designed for a girl participant attending a one-week camp so please adjust as you see fit.


Staff facilitators set the schedule, provide instruction and supervision as well as assist with transitional times. However, adults are responsible for the children that they brought with them at all times.

Some of our programs require the adult to be present at the activity with the children. In these instances, the adult and child are both considered active participants. It is expected that the adult will be present and involved in the programming along with the child. Other programs will be for children only and will take place on-site under the supervision of our camp staff. At least one adult must remain at camp while their child is in child-only programming. While children’s programs are scheduled, we will also offer some adult programming.

If all adults in a family want to leave camp at the same time, they have to take their children with them.

During non-programming time, adults remain responsible for the supervision of their children, including mealtimes, bedtimes, medications, free time and overnight.

Activities such as swimming, high ropes, climbing wall, archery and boating require the supervision of our staff due to insurance regulations.

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