About St. Brigid’s Summer Camp

St. Brigid’s Summer Camp was founded in 1972 with the aim of providing a true camping experience to underprivileged children and youth from Ottawa’s Lower Town. Today, nearly 50 years year later, we are a registered charity that continues to offer a quality summer camp experience to children and youth of all backgrounds. Our camp is located on beautiful Lake Manitou, near Low, Quebec. We are a waterfront-based camp that offers traditional camping activities including swimming, canoeing, hiking, games, arts and crafts and campfires. St. Brigid’s Summer Camp is open to children aged 8 to 14. We offer three camp sessions for boys in the month of July and four camp sessions for girls in the month of August. Each camp session runs from Monday to Friday (five days/four nights).

St. Brigid’s Summer Camp also offers a two-week Leader-In-Training (L.I.T.) program for boys and girls who have completed Grade 9 or 10. The program focuses on personal growth and developing leadership skills that can be used in everyday life.  Participants in the L.I.T. program will enjoy our camp’s traditional games and activities but will also have the opportunity to experience a variety of group activities designed specifically for the L.I.T. program. In addition, participants are able to earn their 40 hours of community service – a requirement for their Ontario Secondary School diploma – by spending time shadowing counselors under the guidance of their L.I.T. Director(s), Head Counsellors, Program Staff and Camp Director. For full details about the program, please visit the L.I.T. program page.

Our Mission

At St. Brigid’s Summer Camp, we are committed to fulfilling the needs of today ‘s children. By doing this, we strive for happiness through inner growth and spiritual development in a non-denominational atmosphere. Our planned games, activities and special events are geared towards their learning. St. Brigid’s nurtures each camper’s intellectual, moral, physical, emotional and social needs and interests. All aspects of the program are intended to promote the formation of a positive self-image and expand on the campers’ skills and talents. Each camper is considered to be a valuable, contributing member of the camp community.

The Board of Directors & Executive

Camp Director Joanne Cooke
Joanne is a retired teacher from the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She has been with the camp since 1972 when she was one of the first leadership campers. She has been Director since 1990. Joanne is responsible for the overall day-to-day operation of the camp. She is directly responsible for the staff and is always kept informed about any event that transpires throughout the day.
Business Administrator Mary Jane Bourbonniere
Mary Jane takes care of all the administrative duties.  She can be reached by e-mail at info@stbcamp.ca or by phone at (343) 550-3180.
Head of Physical Plant Kieran O’Dwyer
Board Chair Kerri Painter
Secretary Kim Figura
Directors at Large Derek Best
Sean Crookshank
Scott Lamarche

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