RKY Camp Facilities
Homestead Dining Hall Constructed 2021
After a successful fundraising campaign, RKY has built an 8000 sq/ft Dining Hall and new modern commercial kitchen. This is a Year-Round facility that has a capacity of 240 participants and guests. It was designed as a Summer Camp Dining Hall as well as an ideal event and conference facility.
The name "Homestead" comes from the generous support we received from the founder of Homestead Landholdings, Mr Britton A. Smith.
Fully Accessible Facility
All Gender Bathrooms
Lobby and Entrance Counter
Thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, RKY was able to purchase all new kitchen equipment.
Timber to Table
Through our "Timber to Table" project, we were able to fabricate all of the Dining Room tables from the trees removed during construction.
Thanks to long time RKY supporters, Jim and Maryln Stewart, RKY was able to begin the final phase of our Revitalization Campaign in December of 2020. With their generous donation, we have been renovating our former dining hall into a Year Round Outdoor Centre. The focus of this facility will be our Out-Trip programming, leadership workshops, staff and office space as well as accommodation and medical rooms. Each room serves a dual function for our Summer Camp and Outdoor Centre programs. Project completion is on schedule for Spring 2022.
New Outdoor Lighting
Floor Plan of Renovation
Design work was provided by Katie Peruniak (Alumni)
New Camp Bell
First ring by Camp Kid Violet.
Accommodation and Medical Isolation Room
This facility will have two rooms with air conditioning and separate air circulation.
New Air Filtration and Circulation System
New front deck
Construction of screened in learning and program space.
Progress as of February 2022
RKY has seven core program areas. Swimming, Boating, Arts and Crafts, Adventure (Climbing and High Ropes Course), Nature, Camp Craft (Outdoor living skills) and Music.
Nature Program - Garden Club
Team All Aboard
Arts and Crafts
The Churchill Centre was our original Dining Hall (until 1978). The Churchill Foundation sponsored the preservation of the building to help maintain its history at RKY.
Classic Arts and Crafts Fun
Through the help of The Rotary Club of Kingston (The R in R.K.Y.) we will have fully replaced our docks by the summer of 2022
Duffy's Campfire Pit
This is our gathering place for campfires at RKY
Our cabins are rustic and reflect the spirit of a traditional summer camp. Most cabins have been replaced in the last 10 years. 8 of our cabins are insulated for Year Round accommodation.
New Camp Cabins
Since 2012 most of the camp cabins at RKY have been rebuilt as larger structures to better accommodate our participants.
Joyce Reynolds Wellness Centre
In 2015 RKY received a donation from the Eagle Lake community in memory of Joyce Reynolds (camp nurse and cottage neighbour). RKY used these funds to renovate our Wellness Cottage.
Behind the scenes
There is a lot that goes into keeping an Overnight Camp operating. Part of our Revitalization campaign included essential upgrades to our infrastructure.
Click on the photos for a description of these projects.