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Family Weekend

Family weekend is a great way to get unplugged, reconnect with your family and spend time in the outdoors. Your registration includes meals (served family-style), accommodations (in bunk beds) and lots of fun activities.

SPRING FAMILY WEEKENDS Registration begins March 1, 8:30AM Barcode
May 11 – 13
(some activities will be offered/adapted for ages 3-6Y)
Friday 7PM – Sunday 2PM 137870
May 25 – 27
(most activities are geared for ages 7 and up)
Friday 7PM – Sunday 2PM 137871
FALL FAMILY WEEKENDS Registration date TBD Barcode
Sep 21 – 23 Friday 7PM – Sunday 2PM TBD
Sep 28 – 30 Friday 7PM – Sunday 2PM TBD
FEES:  Adults   $215   |   6-16Y   $145   |   3-5Y   $95   |   Under 3Y    FREE
ACTIVITIES:  Some activities require sign-up; some are drop-in

Families will indicate their top three picks though an online form after registration. Camp staff will create individual family schedules which will be available at Camp check-in on Friday evening.

TO REGISTER:  403-269-6156   |   1-866-430-9622
WHAT TO BRING:  Click here for the Packing List


Cozy indoor spaces with three dorm-rooms, a central common space and common gender-separated showers/toilets – a great option for 2 or 3 families who want to share
Each room sleeps 14 in seven bunk beds
Small, private rooms, common gender-separated showers/toilets down the hall
Each room sleeps four in two bunk beds
Large, canvas tipis with a fire pit for light and warmth, close to wash-stands – sharing is encouraged
Each tipi sleeps 10 in five bunk beds
Large, canvas, domed-roof structure with a wood-burning stove and skylight, close to wash-stands – sharing is encouraged
Sleeps 10 in five bunk beds
* Tipi and yurt-dwellers will be assigned specific indoor-shower/toilet facilities


Full-day Hike – ages 10Y and up
(must be able to hike for 6 hours)

  • Hike to the far western or eastern end of Camp to explore the drumlins, sundance circles or up Lookout Mountain (destination will be determined, at Camp, by the group)
  • shared crate lunch and trail snacks provided
Arts & Crafts, Outdoor cooking & Campfire snacks – all ages
(children under 12Y must be accompanied by an adult)

  • friendship bracelets, drawing, dream catchers, canvas painting, pillow pals
  • s’mores or other goodies
Flying Squirrel – ages 5-12Y
(does not need adult accompaniment but
this is a great photo opp!)

  • an individual element which hoists the participant quickly into the air
Challenge course & Wilderness playground – ages 6Y and up
(children under 12Y must be accompanied by an adult)

  • work as a team to accomplish elements such as Tarzan swing, spider web, whale watch, etc.
  • test your balance and agility on our nature-inspired playground
High Ropes – ages 10Y and up

  • challenge yourself on elements such as Team all aboard, Team balance, etc.
Lawn games – all ages
(children under 12Y must be accompanied by an adult)

  • have fun playing backyard games such as Giant Yahtzee, Bocce ball, Kube, Ladder ball, etc.
Team Swing – ages 12Y and up (275Lb weight limit)

  • an exciting activity for thrill-seekers
  • participants harnessed to a rope are pulled by the team as high as 60 feet into the air and release themselves into a giant swing
  • requires at least eight participants
Archery, Atlatls and Fort-building Rotation – ages 6Y and up
(children under 12Y must be accompanied by an adult)

  • use bows and arrows and aim for the bull’s eye
  • throw a spear farther using an Atlatl
  • build a fort with objects found in nature
Climbing Tower – ages 5Y and up

  • multiple climbs for different skill levels
  • reach the top and ring the bell!
Canoeing** – ages 6Y and up
(children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

    • tandem and voyageur canoes are available on Chilver Lake
    • pfd/lifejackets are mandatory at the waterfront (provided)

**depends on seasonal water level – we’ll know more after the spring melt

Horseback riding – arena ride – ages 6Y and up
(riders must be of reasonable fitness and ability to safely participate)

  • long pants must be worn
  • boots with a 1/2″ heel are required (boots can be borrowed at the corrals)
Teens & Tweens  (9 – 10:30pm)

  • board games, crafts, night hike, campfire, s’mores,

guitar, etc.TEENS – ages 13-17YTWEENS – ages 10-12Y

Horseback riding – trail ride – ages 10Y and up
(riders must be of reasonable fitness and ability to safely participate)

  • riders must be able to mount and dismount independently before going on the trail
  • riders must be confident on a horse and be strong enough to steer the horse
Adult Social – adults only (9 – 10:30pm)

  • camp staff arrive at accommodations at 9pm to supervise children as the adults head to the Old Lodge
  • evening snacks provided by Camp available at 9:30pm (BYOB)
  • one parent needs to return to their accommodations by 10:30pm to relieve the camp staff