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Summer Camp Information

When you’re a kid, there’s nothing better than summer camp: the fast friendships, the first time your arrow hits that red target, the strides of the canoe oar, the calls of owls, and the waking up in a sleeping bag on the top bunk knowing you get to do it all over again.

We’ve become one of the summer camps Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer families choose because Camp Woods truly has it all: a beautiful, semi-wilderness setting that’s fun, safe and ripe for adventure; an exciting mix of traditional and popular new activities (did we mention our 35-foot Aspire Challenge Tower or our sailing program on the majestic Sylvan Lake?!); and a troupe of trained and enthusiastic leaders who follow Scouts Canada programs and safety guidelines.

Owned and operated by Scouts Canada and offering summer camp for kids aged 8-10, we love that we can now share adventures, challenge, and fun with Scouts and non-Scouts alike every summer. You’ll be amazed at how much they grow over these five days!

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Camp Highlights

Climbing to the top of the Aspire Challenge Tower with up to eight teammates. It’s a thrilling test of your own climbing skills that can be made easier or harder, and you can only get to the top with help from your team.

Sailing, sailing and sailing. At Camp Woods on Sylvan Lake, we know how to sail. Experience the adventure of sailing on these expansive waters on a sailboat, Laser boat (one-person racing boat) or a Flying Junior boat.

Sleeping in rustic, heated bunkhouses with your new friends—giggling, telling stories and talking about all the fun things you did that day.

Free time! You pick the activity you love—whether it’s tomahawk-throwing or archery—and we help you get even better.

Playing in the water. We’ve got all kinds of ways to have fun on Sylvan Lake, including swimming and tag on giant yellow water mats.

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Dates & Costs

Cost

Regular: TBD for 2019

Multi-Reg. Discount
(group size 2-3):
Save $25/person

2019 Dates

Week 1: July 1 - July 5 (Counselor in Training Program starts*)
Week 2: July 8 - July 12
Week 3: July 15 - July 19
Week 4: July 22 - July 26
Week 5: July 29 - August 2
Week 6: August 5 - August 9
Week 7: August 19 - August 23

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Life At Camp

7:30 AM

Rise & Shine, Polar Dip!

8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM

Cabin Clean Up & Morning Chores

9:00 AM

Morning Activities

12:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM

Low Activity Period

2:00 PM

Afternoon Activities




6:00 PM

Dinner

7:00 PM

Evening Program & Wide Games

9:00 PM

Campfire

10:30 PM

Bedtime & Lights Out

Activities

Please note the following may affect availability for Activities:

  • Not all activities are available to all age groups
  • periods of maintenance or upgrade to equipment
  • weather – a number of our programs are weather-sensitive but we do play rain or shine
Scouts Canada Camp Woods Activities Map

Archery

Develop your aim and technique as you set your sights on the bull’s-eye. Archery is always one of the most popular outdoor activities at Camp Woods.

Aspire Challenge Tower

Promoting confidence and team building is what kids camp is all about. Our 35-foot climbing tower allows children to learn both in a safe, fun-filled setting.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Summer camp just wouldn’t be the same without canoeing and kayaking. Kids can get out and explore the lake while enjoying a fun form of exercise.

Compass, Orienteering

Campers learn how to navigate with confidence using only a compass and map. For anyone interested in outdoor activities, this is a great skill to know.

Cross Country Skiing

Kids who start cross-country skiing at a young age often do it for life, as it combines the best of fun, fitness and a healthy outdoor lifestyle.

Field Sports

Located in the heart of Camp Woods, MacEwan's Landing is an ideal venue for summer camp activities such as soccer, badminton and orienteering.

Firelighting

Spark your children’s interest in outdoor activities as they learn the basics of lighting a campfire. This is a ‘surefire’ confidence builder and a lifelong skill.

Low Ropes

Encouraging balance, problem solving and communication, this kids camp activity is a safe way for participants to develop multiple skills in a single setting.

Obstacle Course

Participants challenge their coordination as they navigate a series of obstacle course elements, including: low ropes, tires, cables and walls. There’s also a group teeter-totter.

Pellet Gun Target Range

Learn the basics of target shooting in a safe, instructive environment. This is great way to develop confidence and introduce participants to the safe handling of firearms.

Pioneering

Survival skills are an essential component of camp activities, and this course introduces camp kids the basics of knots, ropes and lashing to create common camp structures.

Sailing

Sailing and summer camp at Sylvan Lake go hand in hand. This large lake provides room for maneuvering so kids can really enjoy the sport.

Snowshoeing

Strap on your snowshoes and get ready to explore. No matter how deep the snow is, this is one of the top kids camp activities in winter.

Tomahawk Toss

Line up the target and let your tomahawk fly. Kids love this summer camp activity, as it teaches focus and accuracy. It’s also a whole lot of fun.

Winter Ice Activities

Sylvan Lake becomes a winter playground, offering kids a chance to participate in unique outdoor activities such as curling, broomball and skating.

Outdoor Adventure Skills

The Outdoor Adventure Skills program is your Scout's chance to continue testing themselves in the great outdoors. Camp Woods is the perfect backdrop for some of these fun and challenging themes.

Under the supervision of Scouters, Beaver Scouts through Rover Scouts have the opportunity to pursue, achieve, and reflect on goals safely and within their capabilities. While Canadian Path badges are awarded at each stage, the goal of the Outdoor Adventure Skills program is to give Scouts the environment and tools to learn and grow.

Camp Woods offers the opportunity to be introduced to all the Outdoor Adventure Skills while allowing for the ability to achieve the top levels in some.

At Camp Woods, Scouts have the chance to work toward awards such as:

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • North Star Award
  • Seeonee Award
  • Chief Scout Award
  • Queen Venturer Award


Scouts Canada Canadian Path Camp Woods

Trail Skills

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Vertical Skills

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Aquatic Skills

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Paddling Skills

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Sailing Skills

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Camping Skills

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Scoutcraft Skills

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Emergency Aid Skills

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Winter Skills

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Frequently Asked Questions

While you may think that the name of the camp is due to the property being covered in trees. This is not the case. The name ‘Woods’ comes from the person who owned the camp during the beginning of the property being used for Canadian Boy Scouts. In 1941, the property was willed to the Canadian General Council of the Boy Scouts Association by Colonel James Hossack Woods.

Woods is located along the south shore of Sylvan Lake. About 10 minutes west of the Town of Sylvan Lake, 2 hours south of Edmonton and 1.5 hours north of Calgary, AB.

Please register online for summer camp. Other forms required are on the Camper Forms page.

At camp we take medication and camper medical care as high priority. Please refer to our Health and Safety section and the Camper and Parent Guide for more detailed information.

While Camp Woods does have cell phone coverage, cell phones are not permitted for campers so that they can have the best experience possible while at camp. Campers being able to get updates from family can trigger home sickness. It is better for the youth to not know what they might be “missing” at home so they are not distracted from the adventure they are on. If you do need to contact your child while they are at camp, you can contact the camp through the number included in the registration package. We encourage this to be limited to emergencies only.

Other electronics like iPods, tablets or similar should also be left at home. Camp is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. If you want your child to be able to take home memories, disposable cameras or cheap digital cameras are best to be sent and do not have the ability to have games which could be a distraction from Camp as well.

Camp meals are an important part of daily life here at camp. Our onsite camp cook and kitchen staff provide home cooked meals with numerous healthy options. Campers sit together family style in Gilwell Hall.

Contact us at 1-888-726-8876 or prairies@scouts.ca

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