RKY Camp is available for:
School Group Bookings (All ages)
- Leadership Development
- Curriculum-based Learning
Specialty High School Majors Program
- Custom Programs
- Women’s Wellness Weekends
Retreats / Rentals
- March Break Camp
Out trips and Guiding
- Any custom programming
RKY Camp Activities
The following list is comprised of our more traditional and popular activities.
SWIMMING & WATERFRONT
RKY Camp provides PFDs. It is mandatory that all participants wear a properly fitting PFD when boating. This policy applies to all visitors at RKY Camp, regardless of age and ability.
A camp classic! Definitely a highlight for many participants, swimming in a lake is a new and exciting experience. ALL PARTICIPANTS regardless of swimming ability must complete a RKY swim assessment prior to swimming without a lifejacket at RKY. Due to the amount of time required to complete the assessment, we recommend having swimming as a rotation slot. 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.
Polar Bear Dip
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.
RKY Camp is able to offer full service winter outdoor education and facility rentals for clients. All of our programming (except for our water based activities) is available during the winter time. In addition the programs listed below.
Cross Country Skiing
Eagle Lake is a great place to learn to cross country ski, or challenge yourself if you already know how! Our trails are great to explore & learn how to go up & down hills on skis! We love to educate a bit about the history of cross country skiing & why it is such a great winter activity!
Explore our site on one of North America’s oldest modes of transportation! Snowshoeing is a great way to be active and have fun while learning about the way our ancestors would travel around the backcountry. Snow shoeing can be a fun program just on it’s own, or paired with a Winter Ecology or Animal Tracking session.
Quinzee Construction &
This is a winter program geared for older participants (grade 8 & above) as it involves a lot of dedication and time! Quinzee’s are essentially hollowed out mounds of snow constructed in a specific way to ensure safety and optimal warmth! At RKY the sleep out is optional and it is instructor judgement based on the construction of the quinzee and the participant’s preparedness whether we allow the group to sleep out. Note: This program can only be done if a group is at RKY for at least 2 nights.
The classic game of soccer is fun in the winter because falling down doesn’t result in skinned knees! We like to add another ball or two to keep everyone on their toes!
Winter Fire Building & Outdoor Cooking
Many people think winter = wet = it’s hard to start fires. Our staff can teach participants how fun and rewarding it is to build outdoor fires in the winter. There is nothing like roasting marshmallows on a fire you built in the snow!
RKY Camp located on beautiful Eagle Lake, has the good fortune of being able to provide an excellent skating rink for participants. Please bring along your own ice skates and helmet. This activity is weather dependent as some years, the ice on the lake is not thick enough to safely use as a program area.
SPRING & FALL PROGRAMS
High Ropes Course &
Get your adrenaline pumping! Our high ropes is a series of challenges designed to build group and individual confidence. Participants are fully trained in all procedures so each can develop a sense of accountability for the support and safety of others. This component can include the use of our outdoor Climbing Wall and/or our other high ropes (Postman’s Walk, Vertical Playground and Dangle-A-Maze).
The low ropes course is a series of wood, cable, and rope elements that challenge the group’s teamwork and communication. They require agility, coordination, and persistence to accomplish. During these activities RKY Camp Staff offer a supportive team environment, to help participants to work together and succeed. Participants are taught how to “spot” each other on the elements, and must wear helmets when on any element off the ground.
A camp staple! Not only is our archery program safe and fun, but archery is a great activity for young people to work on their coordination! Grades 3+ recommended.
Old beaver ponds, muskrat lodges, the bog, and the boreal forest are just a few of the natural resources we can explore around our beautiful wilderness site. Our staff a have ton of fun games up their sleeves to make the walk informative, interactive, and fun!
Fire Building &Shelter Building
The staples of camp: fire building, knot tying and shelter building. Shelter Building is fun in every season! We’ll teach you to build it, and help you build it, and then build our own. Fire building can be accompanied by bannock roasting, marshmallow roasting or even a cook-out.
Even with GPSs becoming more and more common, we believe that knowing the basics of how to use a map and compass are still important skills. Our staff will ensure that learning how to use a compass is fun with an orienteering competition around camp!
Trust, Communication, and Cooperative Activities
Participants are required to work together and communicate in order to solve a problem around a scenario or a given task (i.e. tie a rope around a tree without anyone letting go of the rope!) Emphasis is on group success, rather then individual success. These activities are a perfect lead into Challenge Course activities because they foster trust, communication, and teamwork.
The traditional way to end a long day of camp activities is with a campfire. This program can be planned with lots of songs and interaction or simply a causal event where people can enjoy a snack around the fire.
Large Group Games
Our RKY staff members have a ton of fun games up their sleeves to get kids moving, interacting, being silly and having fun! Large group games are a great way to start or end your time at RKY Camp! Examples include “Giants, Wizards & Elves” (essentially Rock Paper Scissors with actions) & “Groups” a game where the Staff shout out things like “Get in groups of your favourite type of ice cream” where participants learn about similarities with their peers.