The adventure and thrill of sailing is a part of Oconto. With its sheltered surroundings, Eagle Lake is a perfect spot to learn the basics. Each camper has the opportunity to participate in the sailing program as long as they pass the Oconto swimming test (see swimming lessons). If they haven't sailed before, they will soon learn. With Oconto's large fleet of boats, camp is a great opportunity to learn and to enjoy everything that our sailing program has to offer. Oconto teaches skills based on C.Y.A. levels. All boating activities require lifejackets.
Canoeing is an integral part of the Oconto experience. Basing our levels by the Ontario Recreation Canoeing Association's standards, the campers learn all there is to know, from dumping a canoe to soloing in one. All Oconto QCs must have their "Basic C" certificate - so Oconto campers know the value, from a young age, of becoming skilled in canoeing.
Windsurfing is a challenge enjoyed by campers with appropriate swimming qualifications (Swimmer 4 swim level or higher is needed to participate in this activity). Trained instructors and a large selection of board sizes and sails enable campers to enjoy the adventure of windsurfing on the lake. At Oconto, we offer up to five challenging levels starting with the basics.
Campers love the opportunity to paddle their kayaks around Turtle Bay. With the help of qualified instructors, they learn how to safely get in and out of a kayak, how to steer, and, eventually, how to roll. We cover all skills required to work through the eight levels. For our older campers, we offer a white-water trip where they can practice their skills in moving water. It is a very popular trip.
Our place on beautiful Eagle Lake gives our campers a unique opportunity for a variety of outdoor adventures.
The tripping program involves out-of-camp excursions ranging from one to eight days for those campers equipped with the necessary swimming, paddling, and camping skills. Long hiking trips are offered as an opportunity for the camper to explore her surroundings. At Camp Oconto, we try to foster and develop a camper's curiosity about and respect for nature.
The tripping program also offers extended canoe trips. The nature of the excursion will depend on the camper's age. Only the younger campers (7-9) do not go on an overnight canoe trip. Instead, they can go on a cookout to an island, returning after dinner. For campers 10 and 11-years old, a one-night excursion takes you to one of Oconto's beautiful islands. The length of the trip usually depends on the camper's age. Typically campers of 11-12 years of age will go on a three-day canoe trip, while older campers (13-15 years of age) will go on a 4-5 day canoe trip.Also, as a Senior camper (14-15 years of age) you can choose to go on a 7-day canoe trip to Algonquin Park.
The sign-up process happens the first night of arrival at camp.