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Kilcoo Camp

Kilcoo Camp

Kilcoo Camp is a private boys' camp located on Gull Lake near Minden, Ontario, Canada. It has been in operation since 1932.


Kilcoo Camp offers many activities, such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, cliff diving, woodcraft, archery, arts and crafts, mountain biking, and rock climbing. It has facilities for basketball, ball hockey, baseball, soccer, football, and other sports. In addition to regular programming, a number of special, camp-wide events take place each month. Each Sunday has a non-denominational chapel service carried out on the historic Chapel Point. Each month is highlighted by its own campwide event, including the Bushpede in July and the Kilcoo Olympic Games in August.

Kilcoo maintains an out-tripping program, sending groups to local destinations in Ontario and Quebec as well as more remote locations, like the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories and Strathcona Park, Vancouver Island.

There are several reunion events, which afford the opportunity for past staff and campers to gather. Amici, a charitable organization that sends children to summer camp, was founded and continues to be run in majority by Kilcoo alumni.

The camp is divided into five sections based on age. From youngest to oldest these are Trailblazers, Pathfinders, Nor Westers, Trappers and Voyageurs.


Kilcoo Camp was founded in 1932 by Charles F. Plewman. During his tenure, the camp grew extensively and gained a strong clientele among parents and children in Toronto. John "Chief" Latimer purchased the camp from Plewman and became director and owner. During his time as director he implemented Plewman's ideas, combined with his own unique directing style. After Chief retired as director, Hal Hannaford, currently the Headmaster of Selwyn house in Montreal, was named director. Following his directorship, John's son David "Lub" Latimer became the current director. David has been the director of Kilcoo for over 35 years.


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