Children & Youth and Family Programs

A father and daughter ride a tandem bike at Lake Joe.

Family Week 3

New this year, Family Week 3 will be devoted to families with children who are blind or partially sighted. In addition to the traditional camp activities offered during other family weeks, this week will include workshops designed specifically for parents. Go for a dip in the lake, take a tandem bike for a spin, go fishing, cruise the lake or relax by the campfire. There are activities available for all ages and fun for the whole family!
Three people pose and hold up the fish they've caught on the dock of CNIB Lake Joe.

Family Fishing Weekend

In this program a parent and child will be partnered up with an angler to explore fishing opportunities here in Muskoka! Participants will learn different techniques and strategies on the hunt for the big one while participating in fun challenges throughout the day. Fish on!
Children playing on the beach. at Lake Joe. A rainbow appears in the distance.

Northern Exposure (NorEx) (Grades 6-8)

Northern Exposure (NorEx) is an opportunity for youth who are blind or partially sighted to engage in active experiences in a safe, accessible and fun environment that support the learning outcomes of the physical education curriculum.
A group of campers (in bathing suits) run into the Lake.

Canadian Leadership Development Program (CLDP) (ages 15-21)

Be the change! Connect with other youth with sight loss from across the country and join in on the conversation. This program will focus on areas such as public speaking, advocacy, critical thinking, self-awareness and the personal brand, all the while developing confidence and independence through specialized activities. Working with skilled facilitators, participants will have the opportunity to try new things in this fun, safe and supportive environment.
Children playing on the beach. at Lake Joe. A rainbow appears in the distance.

Camp Abilities (ages 8-18) 

Want to try a triathlon, or work on paddling skills? This goal-based program is aimed at athletic development. Participants will receive one-on-one coaching from experts and instructors who will help guide you to achieve your performance goals through specialized sports programs.
A group of campers (in bathing suits) run into the Lake.

Pushing Limits for Active Youth (PLAY) (ages 8-18) 

Pushing Limits for Active Youth (PLAY) is for those that want to experience different sports at Lake Joe. From basketball to archery, Power Showdown to goalball, participants will try their hand at a variety of different sports and activities that encourage an active lifestyle. Health and wellness workshops including independence, healthy eating and personal care complement this adaptive sports program.
A young boy surfs on a wakeboard on Lake Joe

Wilderness Immersion for Leadership Development (WILD) (ages 15-19) 

Test your mettle in the wild! Wilderness Immersion for Leadership Development (WILD) is an adventure program where participants will work cooperatively with others on a multi-day canoe trip in Algonquin Park. With the assistance of skilled staff, our adventurers will work on outdoor skills like paddling, portaging and camping while gaining valuable lessons on communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. Participants will have the opportunity to take on a high-ropes course to start their adventures.
A father and daughter ride a tandem bike at Lake Joe.

Family Weeks

Our family program gives people with sight loss and their families an opportunity to enjoy the splendour of Muskoka on beautiful Lake Joseph in a safe and inclusive environment. Activities are available for all ages and there are also events just for adults, youth and kids.
A group of  young campers huddle in a circle. Arms are raised in the air.

Summer Camp (ages 8-18)

Choose your specialization for the week as you learn new skills while developing confidence and independence in a safe and supportive environment.
A group of  young campers huddle in a circle. Arms are raised in the air.

Counsellor-in-Training (CIT) (ages 16-19)

Gain job skills while having fun at our two-week program designed to develop leadership skills and empower youth to take an active role in camp life.