Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da offers an unforgettable overnight summer camp experience for girls where they can explore, play, achieve and grow. Situated on Birch Island, near Parry Sound and Muskoka, Ontario, campers select from a variety of traditional camp activities, that challenge them to try new things and become stronger leaders. With a 3-to-1 camper-to-staff ratio, our campers feel safe as they work to learn new skills, build an appreciation for the outdoors, gain independence and of course, have fun! Mi-A-Kon-Da is a special community of friends, sisters, and role models who grow and learn together in the dynamic surroundings of the Ontario wilderness. It is a memorable sleepaway summer adventure for kids where lifelong friendships are formed and once discovered, are never forgotten.
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Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da is currently directed and owned by Pam Lamont and her husband David Smith. Pam directs the camp on a day to day basis and has been active with Mi-A-Kon-Da for over 30 years as a camper, staff member, Nurse and Director. She is passionate about the outdoor summer camp experience and is excited to provide an opportunity for other girls to share the joy. As Director, Pam is very committed to her staff, as well as ensuring that each camper has a positive camp experience.
Pam has a background in critical care nursing and holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing Education. She has held various teaching positions including on the faculty at the University of Toronto. Pam continues to provide leadership and guidance to the Ontario Camps Association’s Health Care Committee. Her educational background and significant experience in the camping field are great assets to camp life.
Brandon’s Mi-A-Kon-Da experience began as a one-week-old baby attending camp with his mother, Pam Lamont, who was the camp nurse at the time. Since then, Pam has become the Director and Owner and Brandon has grown into one of the longest standing employees at Mi-A-Kon-Da. With over 10 years on staff, he works to ensure that the camp continues to run smoothly.
In his current role as Assistant Director, Brandon oversees the operations of the camp to ensure there is tasty food to eat, the facilities are clean and all of the camp infrastructure is in working order. In the off season, Brandon continues to support the camp in a variety of roles including IT, construction and maintenance, inventory management, and new program development.
With a background in engineering and entrepreneurship, Brandon is passionate about building and designing a unique camp experience while maintaining the core philosophy that defines Mi-A-Kon-Da.
This will be Sarah’s 12th year at camp and she is looking forward to working alongside the staff and campers to make this summer memorable. Sarah is going to bring all of her teamwork skills to this role – most of which she learned at camp! When Sarah isn’t at camp, she is a high school science teacher in Vancouver, B.C. and when she’s not at school,Sarah is probably skiing or tending to her pet chickens. Sarah’s favourite magical Mi-A-Kon-Da moment over the past summers at camp has been cheering so loud for the loons that she lost her voice – She was surrounded by people that she looked up to, no matter their age and it was a very joyful moment. Sarah can’t wait to meet everyone and reconnect with the Mi-A-Kon-Da community.
This will be Jaiden’s 13th summer on Birch Island. She is very excited to use her past experience as Head of Senior Section to guide her in her new role as Program Director. When Jaiden isn’t at camp, she is studying Political Science and Education at Barnard College. A magical Mi-A-Kon-Da moment that is a favourite memory of Jaiden’s is seeing all of the campers in Showcase (our end of session event) demonstrate all of their hard work through the skits and performances they do.
Hi! I’m Grace, this will be my 14th summer at Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da, and I’m so excited to be CIT Director! I hope to bring and share all of the wonderful experiences I have had as a camper and counselor to this year’s CITs. When I’m not at camp, I am a student at St. Lawrence University, studying a double major in psychology and environmental studies with a minor in exercise sports science. One of my top memories at camp would be one of the Senior Section Sunday activities when we had a floating picnic in the canoes!
This will be Sam’s 11th summer on Birch Island where she will be fulfilling the role of Driftwood Section Head as well as Head of Sailing. Sam is looking forward to sharing all of her wonderful experiences over the past few years with the other counsellors in the section. Sam believes that Driftwood section is an amazing introduction for campers to Mi-A-Kon-Da and she is excited to be stepping into her SLT role and making sure that every camper in Driftwood section has the best summer ever! When Sam isn’t at camp, she is a student at Queen’s University studying Applied Math and Computer Science Engineering. A magical Mi-A-Kon-Da moment that is a favourite memory of Sam’s is sailing around the island when she was 15!
This will be Evelyne’s 10th year on Birch Island where she will be fulfilling the role of Centre Section Head as well as Head of Kayaking. Evelyne is looking forward to spending this summer alongside all the wonderful and kind souls that go to Mi-A-Kon-Da. She believes that Centre Section is a really important time for campers as they start to build long lasting, meaningful friendships, and share memories that will be remembered for years to come. Evelyne is thrilled to be stepping into her SLT role and making sure that every camper in Centre Section has the best summer ever! When Evelyne isn’t at camp, she is a student at Concordia University studying psychology. A magical Mi-A-Kon-Da moment that will forever resonate within her is all the times she’s had stuffed animal teddy bear playdates with other campers and counsellors.
This will be Emma’s 11th summer at Mi-A-Kon-Da. She is super excited to be fulfilling the roles of Senior Section Head and Waterfront Director this summer! When Emma isn’t at camp she is studying Health Sciences and Biology at Western University. Some of Emma’s favourite magical miakonda moments are her memories from canoe trips over the years, campfires on Turtle Rock, and playing EP!
Each registration must be accompanied by a deposit to secure your spot. Submitted deposits are applied towards your camp fee total.
All camp fees and taxes must be paid in full by May 1st (July 1st for Women’s Wellness Weekend).
Camp Fees Include:
Camp Fees do not include:
If cancellation occurs for any reason before May 1st (July 1st for Women’s Wellness Weekend):
Each additional sibling will receive $50 off of their registration fee.
Campers registered for multiple sessions will be eligible for a discount specific to the sessions they are registered for.
For sponsorship information, please visit our Sponsorship page.
Summer camp would not be complete without a fun and extensive arts and crafts program! Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da offers a wide variety of arts and crafts, including tie die, macramé, beadwork, hemp, mask making, painting and much more!
Creative expression is a wonderful way for a camper to enhance her sense of self. Our staff work hard to nurture a creative environment where campers can create unique crafts and express their personality. Campers can work on larger projects as well, such as paddle making. Guest Artists also lead Special Arts and Crafts workshops, such as Knitting 101, Cartooning, or Henna.
Archery is a sport everyone can be successful at regardless of age, size or physical ability. It develops hand-eye coordination, dexterity and teaches the importance of focus and concentration.
Mi-A-Kon-Da’s archery program offers campers a chance to learn fundamental skills as well as more advanced techniques, incorporating fun through theme days and archery games. Campers practice under the careful supervision of trained counsellors on our range which is safely tucked away at the far end of the island.