Swimming, boating, and even skating in the winter!
Come explore our waterfront activities!
JUMP THE TOWER
GO ON OUTTRIP
Waterfront safety is paramount at RKY. We use the "buddy system" with the help of our Buddy Board (below) to keep track of everyone at the waterfront. Campers must always be signed in to the waterfront with a buddy; every 30 minutes our lifeguards perform a BUDDY CHECK where all buddies are accounted for.
It is mandatory that all participants wear a properly fitting PFD when boating. This policy applies to all visitors and campers at RKY Camp, regardless of age and ability.
Everyone must complete a RKY swim assessment prior to swimming without a lifejacket at RKY, regardless of swimming ability. Due to the amount of time required to complete the assessment, we recommend having swimming as a rotation slot for visiting groups.
*If groups would like to just offer an open swim instead of swimming as a rotation, we can have all participants wear PFDs instead of completing the swim assessment.
With or without PFDs; all swimming takes place under the supervision of RKY Lifeguards. There is a designated swimming area that is surrounded by dock. The dock system also includes a jumping tower.
Ah, yes, a time-honoured tradition at summer camp. Jumping in the lake before breakfast! The lake is calm, the mist is rising, and the cottagers are sleeping. It’s the perfect time to splash around in what feels like sub-zero temperature water. A real character builder and a great story to take home.
With over 30 canoes and 80 years of history, RKY Camp has well-established canoeing program, with both aluminum Grumman and ABS canoes. Students get a full lesson on proper names for the parts of the paddle and boat as well how to do different strokes before heading out on an adventure around the lake.
After a full lesson, participants in one of our many single cockpit kayaks paddle down to turtle bay to play games or do some turtle watching. Due to the nature of this sport, participants usually get wet, therefore participants are encouraged to wear a bathing suit or have a change of clothes.