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Canterbury Hills Camp

Over 50 Years of Camping Ministry!

Canterbury Hills Camp

Canterbury Hills Camp is an Ancaster based summer camp that has been operating for over 50 years. Our unique camping experience provides opportunities for children and youth to build community, engage in experiential learning and increase environmental awareness. Camper groups are given the opportunity to plan their schedules for the week based on their personal preferences and unique ideas, making every week at camp new and exciting!

2014 Residential Camp Sessions

Session Dates Nights Ages Cost Girls Boys
Residential 1 July 5-11 6 All Ages $515 Full Full
Residential 2 July 13-18 5 7-10* $405 Open Open
Residential 3 July 20-28 8 11-15* $655 Full Full
Residential 4 July 30-Aug 6 7 All Ages $585 Open Open
Residential 5 Aug 9-15 6 All Ages $515 Full Open
Residential 6 Aug 17-22 5 7-10* $450 Open Open

2014 Day Camp Sessions

Session Dates Days Cost Status
Day Camp 1 July 7-11 5 $299 Full
Day Camp 2 July 14-18 5 $299 Full
Day Camp 3 July 21-25 5 $299 Full
Day Camp 4 July 28-Aug 1 5 $299 Full
Day Camp 5 Tues Aug 5-8 4 $259 Full
Day Camp 6 Aug 11-15 5 $299 Full
Day Camp 7 Aug 18-22 5 $299 Full

2014 Camp Registration Form

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Canterbury Hills Camp Is…

  • Campers engage in a variety of activities designed to capture the imagination, build friendships and self-confidence. Child-centred – Our program is centred around the campers. Our staff listen to their needs, encourage their ideas, and provide opportunities for adventure and challenge. All aspects of a camper's development - physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual – are taken into consideration.
  • De-centralized – Each camper is a part of a group with 8-10 other campers and at least 2 leaders, called a "Unit" that designs its own program and participates in some activities within the larger camp community.
  • Unit-based – The Unit will make decisions together and plan its own schedule. The Unit relies on one another as they do all their activities together throughout their time at camp. Staff encourage and facilitate the Unit to make decisions about their daily activities and build on life skills such as co-operation, listening and respect.

Residential Camp at Canterbury HillsResidential Camp

(ages 7-15 years)
A small camp atmosphere and a child-centred approach offer campers a safe environment to try new things and grow as individuals. Residential campers sleep in comfortable log cabins with their group of 8 campers, supervised by at least 2 staff in an adjoining room. Each cabin has its own washroom, shower and common area. Eating, living and participating in daily activities together will encourage campers to learn responsibility for themselves and consideration for others as part of a caring community.

Day Camp
(ages 5-10 years)Day Camp at Cantergbury Hills
Your child's camp experience will be in a beautiful natural environment. Camp is only minutes away from Ancaster, Dundas, and Hamilton, providing convenient access for parents. The small group nature of our program and the personal attention paid to each camper, makes Day Camp an ideal choice for first time campers, and often serves as a stepping stone to Residential Camp. Sessions operate daily from 9am to 5pm. A lunch is provided, and snacks are available throughout the day. Campers 7-10 years old may participate in a sleepover on the Thursday night of each session. On that day younger day campers may stay until campfire ends, at 9:00 pm. Extended care is available for day campers: 8-9am OR 5-6pm for an additional $25 per session week or register for 8-9am AND 5-6pm for an additional $50 per session week.

Camp Program
Fun, laughter, new friends, and new experiences combine to create long-lasting memories, increased self-awareness and independence in campers. Be it a splash in the pool, a lunch in the Tree House, a candle-lit service in the outdoor chapel, or a camp-out in the woods campers are empowered to challenge themselves as they interact with others and the natural environment. The climbing wall at Canterbury Hills

Archeology • Archery • Campfires • Campouts • Climbing Wall • Co-operative Games • Crafts • Creek Walks • Drama • Environmental Studies • Evening Programs • Hiking • Orienteering • Ropes Course • Spirituality • Tree House • Watch Tower…

Plus the activities that groups create themselves… the possibilities are endless!

Christian Community & Discovery
Our nurturing Christian environment provides the support needed for campers to explore their own spirituality, develop their self-esteem and enrich their faith. Each session the entire camp joins together for the Eucharist celebrated in the Anglican tradition. Canterbury Hills is excited to invite campers of all faiths and religious backgrounds to participate in our camping program.

Safety & Wellness
Our site, activities and social environment are designed to pay particular attention to the physical and emotional safety of all campers. A local physician is on-call and the camp is located close to the city of Hamilton and its emergency services. Well-balanced, nutritious meals are provided, and snacks are available throughout the day.

Children with Special Needs
Canterbury Hills welcomes campers with a variety of special needs. Our partnership with Reach for the Rainbow provides staff support for campers with special needs in order to encourage meaningful participation in the camping program. Please contact Reach for the Rainbow at 416-503-0088 for more information.

Registration Information & Session Dates
To register, print the 2014 Camp Registration Form and mail or fax it to the year-round office. You may also contact the year-round office by phone or email and have a registration package sent to you.

In the dining hall at Canterbury Hills Camp

Canterbury Hills Camp is a non-profit, charitable organization that is proud to have a sponsorship program available to assist with camp fees for those families in need of assistance. Financial Assistance
Canterbury Hills Camp is a non-profit, charitable organization that is proud to have a bursary fund available to assist with camp fees for those families in need. For those wishing to apply for a bursary, please indicate in writing on the Registration Form.

Donations to the Bursary Fund are gratefully accepted and tax receipts are issued for contributions of $10 or more.

Staff Positions
The best job in the world is being a leader at camp. The most important job at camp is working with the campers on a daily basis. The responsibility and trust placed in our camp staff is immense and requires exceptional individuals with the energy, skills and maturity to make the summer full of special memories. We are seeking individuals who are looking to explore their own leadership potential, to learn and to be challenged.

Canterbury Hills Staff

Canterbury Hills Camp is now accepting applications for Residential Cabin Leader, Day Camp Leader, and Leader-In-Training Positions for Summer 2014. For more information on these positions, please download the job descriptions below. If you would like to apply, please download a 2014 staff application, and send it to our office. If you have any additional questions do not hesitate to contact the Camp Coordinator.

Staff Application Deadline: February 14th, 2014

Staff Applicants must reserve Saturday March 1st, 2014 for the Hiring Process.

OCA: Ontario Camping AssociationCanterbury Hills Conference Centre

P.O. Box 81089 Fid. Grn.
Ancaster, Ontario
L9G 4X1

Telephone: (905) 648-2712
Toll Free: 1-800-463-3193
Fax: (905) 648-3268

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Affiliated with the Anglican Diocese of Niagara and the Anglican Church of Canada

Canterbury Hills