Camp Philosophy

At Camp Davern, an overnight summer camp for kids, we lead by example, teach what counts and ensure that all campers are reminded that positivity always outlasts its counterpart. Life lessons are learned through experience and time spent together.
Sending your child to summer camp is one of the most significant decisions you can make for them. At Camp Davern, we keep this at the forefront of all the planning we do, always aware of the tremendous responsibility you have placed in our hands. The Davern experience begins with ensuring all campers are given opportunities to grow both emotionally and physically. We want your child to experience the best that a summer camp experience can provide and we do this by being present for their moments of challenge and times of triumph, to celebrate and to support them as they grow.


Through our Charisma Initiative we guide our campers
towards understanding our core values:

C – Consideration
H – Heart
A – Acceptance
R – Respect
I – Integrity
S – Sensitivity
M – Mindfulness
A – Appreciation

At Camp Davern You…

Are an integral part of our community.

Will learn new skills, meet new friends, and have fun.

Will take risks, overcome challenges and discover you are capable of all you set your mind to.

Will be supported by a counselor who cares for you and taught by instructors that are passionate about their skills.

Will build upon your friendships each year you return and in doing so, create lifelong memories that will shape the inspiring adult you are soon to be.

Our Mission Is To…

Respect the diversity of ourselves, and those around us. We honour people for who they are, and accept them with kindness and trust.

Nurture our campers to help build their self-esteem and to develop a better understanding of themselves as they grow into the adults of tomorrow.

Build a world full of excitement that is safe, supportive, memorable and magical. A place in which to grow, develop and excel.

Believe in the value of hard work and realize that the things most important to us come from persistence, passion and effort.

Inspire our community to always strive to be better. In doing this, we take pride in each of our successes along the way.

Be one of the best summer camps in Ontario.

Our Community

Camp Davern is situated on over 150 acres of rolling hills and forest in the town of Maberly, Ontario. Our overnight summer camp facility is open in spring and fall for outdoor education opportunities, but our main focus is our summer camp. With over 30 buildings on site, our facility can support over 50 campers each session.

day at camp

A Day at Camp Davern

The best summer camp experiences require options for campers from sunrise to long after sunset. In planning our daily schedule we work hard to ensure that campers are given enough time to explore individual interests while improving on specific skills taught at camp. The daily schedule varies based on age and instruction is divided to ensure skill and age appropriateness as well.

A day at Davern begins with the morning bell, the camper’s choice morning dip and breakfast. After breakfast we have cabin clean up, our morning all camp meeting, and then two morning programs. Lunch is followed by rest hour and our electives (2) take place each afternoon.

Although most of the day is structured, our third program period of the day is less structured to ensure campers are supported and also given independent space to learn and grow. Nightly evening programs take place after dinner. These are a highlight of each day and range from full camp to section programs.
Our night ends with an evening snack and an optional cabin fire. While each day may be a little different, routine at camp is important and we work to adhere to the typical day.

day at camp

Camp Davern Programs

Skill development, teamwork, participation and individual growth are the cornerstones of the program philosophy at Camp Davern. Each session, our campers are encouraged to explore the wide range of programs offered. Through a balance of scheduled program rotations and elective activity picks, our campers are able to excel in areas of interest, while exploring the wide range of activity options available. In all aspects of the program, our staff emphasize the importance of teamwork, skill development and fun.

A Balance of Self Guided and Structured Programs

While at Davern, campers enjoy a balanced schedule that includes major program picks and electives each day. Morning Majors are selected by each camper on the day of their arrival and are programs they repeat each day for the duration of the session. Campers return to the same instructor and group each day, which provides an ideal platform for skill development. Each afternoon campers participate in Electives. Elective programs are picked each day. Based on first come first served, these programs change each day and offer campers daily variety as well as the opportunity to return to programs they are passionate about.

What you can expect from our programs

The skill focus at Camp Davern is exceptional. Parents should expect that their child will received devoted attention in skill development partnered with a creative teaching model, facilitated by enthusiastic counsellors. From the first stroke of a paddle to the most complicated fire building strategies, all campers enjoy quality instruction, committed staff, and instructional challenges that are tailored to their skill level.

Camp Davern places a great deal of emphasis on the experiences we provide. We are a proud accredited member of the Ontario Camps Association and the Canadian Camping Association and maintain affiliations with many recreational associations across the province.