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“Once Discovered, Never Forgotten”
Tucked away on a private island in the heart of the Canadian Shield, Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da offers a traditional camping experience for young women in an unparalleled setting. Mi-A-Kon-Da campers learn outdoor skills, independence, respect for nature and leadership.
When they join our community of campers and staff, Mi-A-Kon-Da girls become part of the ongoing tradition of compassion, friendship, learning and fun that makes Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da unique!
So, Why Choose Mi-A-Kon-Da?
Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da is currently directed and owned by Pam Lamont and her husband, David Smith. Pam has been active in Mi-A-Kon-Da for over 30 years, starting from her own camper days with Mary Liddell, the founding director. Pam has a background in critical care nursing and has a Masters of Science Degree in Nursing Education.
There are many great advantages to the single-gender camp model. The all-girls environment at Mi-A-Kon-Da provides a safe and supportive space for girls to grow and mature feeling valued, confident and capable. Girls learn cooperation, independence and an appreciation for their natural surroundings.
We have a strong belief in the importance and impact of resident camping on young girls. Camp allows young women to experience three major goals: learning, friendship and fun! Each day campers participate in a wide variety of activities with energy, enthusiasm and creativity. Camp provides a healthy, positive environment for our campers to experience personal growth and to live in harmony with others and the natural world!
We are very proud of the fact that all of our counsellors have grown up through the Mi-A-Kon-Da camper experience! This loyalty and experience ensures that the values of Mi-A-Kon-Da are consistent year-to-year. Through our leadership training and Counsellor-In-Training Program, we work to develop strong and proficient leaders.
Mi-A-Kon-Da staff are qualified and knowledgeable individuals. The majority of counsellors possess their NLS and Standard First Aid training as well as high skill levels in the activities they teach. In addition to being highly trained, we have a 3:1 staff-to-camper ratio ensuring that every camper gets a significant amount of attention during activities and free-time.
The campers at Mi-A-Kon-Da are what makes it such a special place to be. Their constant energy and curiosity is what drives us to make camp as fun as possible.
Over the years, Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da has a summer home for girls ages 7-16 from Ontario, across Canada, and many countries around the world. We have had campers from countries such as Mexico, Germany, China, UK and France all looking to experience the magic of Mi-A-Kon-Da.
We register 100 campers in each session and over 80% of our campers return each summer. Our small size allows us to ensure quality staffing with a 3:1 counsellor-to-camper ratio and high-level programming that is accessible to everyone. We believe in creating a family-like atmosphere, where personalized attention is prioritized and everyone gets to know one another as a friend.
Mi-A-Kon-Da’s high counsellor to camper ratio allows campers to get the attention and encouragement they deserve. Our camp program is largely based on choice which allows campers to decide how and where they spend their time at Mi-A-Kon-Da.
Our campers enjoy the freedom to choose their own instructional program from a wide variety of activities. Campers are encouraged to try all of the activities and then proceed at their own rate to master those skills which interest them most. As campers continue to explore and build on the skills they learn at each activity, they also have an opportunity to achieve badges in all activities.
Having enough fuel to enjoy all of the activities we have to offer is extremely important to our campers. Our in-house kitchen staff work hard to make every meal at camp delicious and nutritious that regularly has campers coming back for more. We are happy to accommodate campers that require special diets such as vegetarian, lactose free and gluten free.
Make sure to check out our Delicious Food page to find out more about meals at Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da!
Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da is located on Birch Island, our own private island on Lake Wah Wash Kesh. The island allows for privacy, tranquility and plenty of space to play, while still being a close driving distance to Parry Sound, Huntsville and North Bay.
Mi-A-Kon-Da is surrounded by undeveloped Crown Land and Provincial Park land making it the ideal starting point for canoe tripping and exploration.
Our remote location means that we have to practice being self-sufficient and teach campers how they can do the same. Campers learn to connect with nature and disconnect from the technology we rely on so heavily in urban environments.