St. John the Compassionate Mission

OWL - Summer Camps 2017

Our Vision:
To be with the children is our privilege and joy. While at camp they are welcome into the life of the Refuge.

The children and youth will have the chance to help in the garden, participate in building projects that are needed by the refuge, as appropriate for the kids, as well as helping to care for the land, flora and fauna, animals and sharing in the community life.

The campers will also enjoy special youth-based activities like: nature walks, swimming, boating, fishing, arts and crafts, roasting wieners and marshmallows, music, dance, drama, storytelling, stargazing…

OWL Kids’ Camps nurture kids’ innate sense of wonder, and further cultivate a consciousness of thanksgiving, empathy, respect, responsibility, and care toward each other and all of creation

OWL Kids’ Camps offer each child a priceless investment of personal attention, encouragement, and support from qualified, experienced, and caring staff. Counsellors are trained in first aid and CPR. All water sports are supervised by a certified lifeguard. All camps are small in number to help build a sense of presence and community.

Prayer life is part of the fabric of the camp, in a gentle way (nobody is forced to pray).

OWL Kids’ Camps welcome children of diverse backgrounds in a spirit of profound hospitality and acceptance toward each person as each person is. All are valued. All are welcome.


Owlets’ Camp
• Girls and boys aged 5-7
July 30 – Aug 2
• Owlets grow in confidence, self-awareness, and self-reliance during three fun-filled days and two nights—for many, their first overnight away from home

OWL Kids’ Retreat
• Girls and boys aged 8-11
July 16 – 22 Boys
July 23 - 29 Girls

• Kids develop lasting friendships with each other and reconnect with a love of the outdoors, which they will carry forward into OWL Youth Camps

Beginning this year 2017, O.W.L Youth Camps presents: Leadership in Formation! O.W.L campers who we believe have the necessary skills and character will be invited to apply for our LIF program. LIFers will enroll in their own formation program and will participate at summer camp as part of the team. For LIFers who are accepted camp tuition fees will be waived. Those who successfully complete the summer may apply to be camp counsellours and will receive a certificate.

LIFers will become part of our team helping to build a one-of-a-kind summer made up of beautiful memories and the development of leaderships skills that will help carry you throughout your life’s journey. Not only do you develop leaderships skills for a better tomorrow, but you will get to do so while learning how compassion and care is experienced at St. Mary of Egypt Refuge.

Leadership in Formation (LIF) New this year!
Girls and boys aged 15-18
July 9 – 15
An event that is centered on building compassionate leaders for tomorrow, through respect, faith, praxis, knowledge and friendship
Registration by invitation only

Spiritually rooted within the Orthodox Christian witness, OWL Youth Camps welcome young people of diverse backgrounds in a spirit of profound hospitality and acceptance toward each person as each person is
All are valued. All are welcome.

How to Register:

Step 1.
To reserve your child’s spot at camp (mandatory):
Submit a completed  Reservation Form
$50 non-refundable deposit
by cheque, money order, cash, or credit card
Deadline June 15 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

Step 2.
To complete your child’s registration for camp:
Submit a completed and signed Official Summer Camp Registration Application signed by the parent/guardian, witness, and camper (where applicable)
Submit balance of registration fee by cheque, money order, cash, or credit card
Deadline: June 20 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

Step 3
Submit all to O.W.L Camps 2017, 155 Broadview Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M4M 2E9.

Make Cheque/Money Order payable to “St. Mary of Egypt Refuge”

Your child will not be considered registered
without all of the above.

Subsidies are available - No one is turned away because of financial need. Please talk to us!

 For more information please contact us at:
Camp Communications: Ange Martinez


Toll free: 1 (800) 857-2068

O•W•L Kids' & Youth Camps

A collaboration of:

St John the Compassionate Mission & St Silouan the Athonite Mission Parish

St Mary of Egypt Refuge

Immerse yourself in serenity at our beautiful campground located at St Mary of Egypt Refuge, 206 Barry Road, in the village of Queensborough, Ontario, Canada:

• 20 minutes from Tweed and Madoc
• 1 hour from Peterborough
• 1.5 hours from Kingston
• 2.5 hours from Toronto or Ottawa

Reserve Now

OWL Camps Poster-Reservation 2017 pdf

OWL Camps Brochure 2017 pdf

Due June 15th

Email: youthcamps@

Toll free:
1 (800) 857-2068

Submit this reservation form with payment to:
155 Broadview Ave., Toronto, ON
M4M 2E9
Attn: OWL Camps 2017

Make Cheques/Money Orders payable to
St. Mary of Egypt Refuge