Chikopi was Established in 1920, by US Olympic Swim Coach, Matt Mann II. Chikopi is the world’s first competitive swimming camp. Our program’s emphasis is on individualized instruction in stroke mechanics, improving speed, and building self-confidence. We do this with a staff of experienced coaches and a group of visiting coaches from Olympic, national, university and high school levels.
Our competitive program is open to all campers, those who are just learning to swim are given the instruction they require to become competent, confident swimmers. Our 50m and 25y in-the-lake pools offer swimmers a refreshing change, it takes the boys out of the chlorinated pool and into a clean-water lake. Additionally open-water training smoothes out strokes and provides for great endurance training.
Swimmers have the opportunity to be in the water three times daily. Pre breakfast is an open water endurance swim. The morning class concentrates on stroke technique, starts, turns and drills. The afternoon “Team” practice provides an opportunity to work against the clock or on a more individual basis with the coach, concentrating on anaerobic training.
We do something of everything each day. No day is routine. Special events include, 1 mile, 3K, 5K, 10K and 12K open water swim races. Barrie 3K open water swim race, swim/run/canoe Triathon. 12K road running race, tubing in the rapids, swimming against the rapids is like swimming in your own flume, sailing regattas, weekly get-togethers with our sister camp, Camp Ak-o-Mak. Campfires, cookouts and other activities that truly epitomize the summer camp experience. Choosing the right summer camp for your son is a careful and planned decision. In addition to the printed information we have provided, we are easily accessible for questions or concerns. Just give us a call. We also have numerous current and past camper-parents with whom we can put you in touch with to discuss camp. We look forward to hearing from you soon, and having your son join us in the exciting Camp Chikopi experience this summer.
Each camper’s health and safety is a priority to the staff. Our small classes and method of instruction emphasize individual attention. For that reason, camp enrollment remains small. A 3:1 camper-staff member ratio means continual assistance and guidance on the spot. All counselors and staff have undergone a safety/police background check, have current First Aid, CPR and Life Guarding certifications. Each one has a diversity of talents and he is handpicked from qualified university students from all over the world. Almost every staff member attended Camp Chikopi as a camper. They are part of a tradition that molded and continues to mold the thousands of boys who cherish their Camp Chikopi experiences. The senior staff consists of college and high school coaches.
Specialized development programs are offered in swimming, soccer, tennis, softball, canoe tripping and sailing. There are excellent canoe trips in nearby Algonquin and National Provincial Parks as well as in Ontario’s extensive rivers and lakes region. When not in the water, our blend of sports and camp experiences provides the setting for everyone, not just the competitive swimmers, to improve overall fitness and build self-confidence. We supplement our swimming workouts with over 25 varied land and water sports. Our water sports range from swimming, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, and water polo. On land, we have sports ranging from team handball, lacrosse, mountain biking, and basketball, to soccer, baseball, wrestling, tennis and golf. Your son does not have to be good in any of the sports to participate. We give each camper the opportunity, leadership, guidance, and coaching to do his best. One of our many highlights is our canoe trip. We are in the canoe tripping region of Ontario, and the scenery is spectacular. The trips are fun, challenging and a resourceful part of camp. Paddling muscles and swimming muscles are one in the same, a good strength builder. Swimmers get stronger, faster.
Situated on beautiful Ahmic Lake and surrounded by deep green forests, Camp Chikopi is located on 400 acres in the Almaguin Highlands of Ontario, about 185 miles north of Toronto and 30 miles east of Parry Sound. Our nearest town is Magnetawan, 7 miles from us with a population of 150.
Husband and wife owned and operated. Camp Chikopi was founded in 1920, by Olympic Coach, Matt Mann. It is one of North America’s finest combinations of sports and wilderness in a traditional camp setting. We provide the setting for campers to improve self-confidence and think more positively in any challenge that arises. Camp Chikopi offers high quality, well trained staff to provide sports instruction and skill enhancement. We often have visiting Olympic and National coaches.
Camp Chikopi has cabin accommodation with live-in leadership and family-style meals. Campers and counselors attend from all over the World, there is a 3:1 camper-staff ratio.
Camp Chikopi has been providing the challenges of nature and life, along with sports and camping, since 1920. Boy’s enroll from the four corners of the globe. Friendships made last forever. With all those boys there is never a dull moment. Spirits run high, campers build their confidence and accomplish challenges they never thought they could. Camp Chikopi provides the experience every boy should have at least once in his lifetime, in a fun, safe environment. Camp Chikopi provides opportunities for personal growth and strong relationship building. Some of the most important gains of the Camp Chikopi experiences are independence, self confidence, resilience, (safe) risk taking, and diversity.
Medical Care: Personal health and safety are carefully and continuously monitored on a daily basis. Health files are kept on each camper. Doctors office and Hospital facilities are a short drive from camp.
Camp Chikopi is nondenominational. Everyone at Camp Chikopi participates in our weekly vesper service, where we stress the importance of good citizenship, morality, honesty, character, loyalty and friendship.
Note: Non Canadian residents pay in US dollars at the rate of exchange as determined when the fees were set.
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M16174 is a traditional sports and wilderness camp. Our structured daily program, encourages learning and trying new things. Program focus is on positive re-enforcement from peers and instructors, building confidence and self-esteem. Bob Duenkel, Director for 37 years.
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