St. John the Compassionate Mission

OWL - Summer Camps 2019

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 28 – 31
• 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’ Camp
(1) July 14 – 20 Girls and boys aged 11-13
(2) July 21 - 27 Girls and boys aged 8-10

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


2019 Leadership in Formation program! O.W.L campers between the ages of 14-16 years old who we believe have the necessary skills and character will be invited to apply for our LIFfer program. 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 leadership skills that will help carry you throughout your life’s journey. Not only do you develop leadership skills for a better tomorrow, but you will get to do so while learning how compassion and care are experienced at St. Mary of Egypt Refuge. Those who successfully complete the summer will receive training, may apply to be camp counsellors for the upcoming year and will receive a certificate.
For more information please ask us.

Leadership in Formation (LIF)
Girls and boys aged 14-16
July 7 – 13
An event that is centered on building compassionate leaders for tomorrow, through respect, faith, praxis, knowledge and friendship
Registration by invitation only

Fee: $100 Helps to cover the cost of training and certifications.

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.


Location: 206 Barry Rd. Queensborough Ontario K0K 2K0

Early-Bird Registration Deadline
($50 discount): April 12, 2019

May 6, 2019

Submit this completed packet with payment to:
155 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON, M4M 2E9, Attn: Rudina Caslli

Communications: Ange Martinez
Toll Free #: 1

  • Registration Deadline: 6 May 2019
  • Early-Bird Registration Deadline ($50 discount): 12 April 2019
  • Registration Package Required Elements:
    • Completed and Signed Registration Form (5 pages)

Please be aware of the times!
Drop of time:  4pm-4:30pm   Pick up Time: 11:30am-12pm

Fee (see below)
Camp Session:         Kids 1                       Kids 2                 Owlets
Ages:                          11- 13                          8 - 10                     5 -7

 Date:                       July 14-20                 July 21-27           July 28-31
Price:                           $350                           $350                      $100

  • Subsidies: If you are requesting a subsidy, please indicate on the Registration Form. I am requesting a subsidy. I am including with the Registration Form the following amount: $____. I understand that my registration is not final until this subsidy has been approved. ___________________________ (Signature)

  • My payment method (check one):
    • Cheque (made out to St. Mary of Egypt Refuge)
    • Cash (please do not send cash in the mail)
    • Money Order
    • Credit Card (please submit number by telephone)

O•W•L Kids' & Owlets Camps

A collaboration of:

St John the Compassionate Mission

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