Life @ Towhee

Make friends, learn new skills and have fun this summer at Towhee!


  • Session One: (10 – 13-year-old participants) Sunday, July 1 to Friday, July 14, 2017
  • Session Two: (14 – 18-year-old participants) Monday, July 17 to Sunday, August 6, 2017
  • Session Three: (10 – 18-year-old participants) Thursday, August 10 to Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cabin life

Your time at Towhee will be made all the more special with the help of your five new cabin mates. Friendships made at camp are friendships that last a lifetime!


Each Towhee participant will have their own bed in the cabin, and there are no bunk beds. The cabins are very roomy, and you will have a shelf area to store your personal items.


Throughout your time at Towhee, your meals will be served “family style” in the dining hall. You’ll sit with your cabin group at each meal, and the six of you will be responsible for setting your table, getting food from the kitchen and clearing your table.

All food will be prepared by a catering company and will be healthy and delicious.

Be sure to eat well at meal time and take advantage of the bedtime snack, because no outside snacks or candy are allowed in the cabins.


Each cabin shares a washroom with another cabin. The washrooms contain two sinks, two flush toilets, a shower and a place for each participant to hang a towel and store their toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, etc.

Down time

Each cabin has a large shaded porch area, which is perfect for hanging out with new friends.

Staff support

Each cabin group has three counsellors who are there to support you and your cabin mates. You will also have a counsellor supervisor in your cabin whose job is to the other cabin counsellors.

The cabin counsellors will sleep in a private room in your cabin.

A Typical Day at Towhee

Daily Schedule: Activity
7:45 a.m. Wake Up Bell
7:45 to 8:15 a.m. Early Bird Activity
8:15 a.m. Table setting
8:30  to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 to 9:15 a.m. Travel Time
9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Program Period 1
10:15 to 10:30 a.m. Travel Time
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Program Period 2
11:30 to 12:15 p.m. Cabin Clean–Up / Shower Time
12:15 p.m. Table setting
12:30 to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 to 1:15 p.m. Travel Time
1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Rest Period
2:15 to 2:30 p.m. Travel Time
2:30 to 3:30 to p.m. Program Period 3
3:30  to 3:45 p.m. Travel Time
3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Program Period 4
5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Free Swim
5:45 p.m. Table Setting
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 to 7:45 p.m. Interest Clubs
8:00 to 9:15 p.m. Evening Program
9:15 p.m. Snack (dining hall) and Quiet Time (cabins)
10:00 p.m. Lights Out (Session One)
10:30 p.m. Lights Out (Session Two)

Towhee Code of Conduct

Camp Towhee is a place where everyone is entitled to feel safe and comfortable.  I have a responsibility to make sure nothing I do hurts people physically or emotionally.

As a camper, I will…

  • Respect people’s identity (race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, family structures, gender expression)
  • Show respect to all campers and staff and treat people the way I would like to be treated.
  • Cooperate with camp staff and follow their instructions.
  • Respect the property of Camp Towhee and others. This includes no stealing, vandalism or graffiti.
  • Help keep my cabin clean and put all litter in the trash cans.
  • Have good hygiene by having regular showers and brushing my teeth.
  • Stay with my counselors, unless I have special permission not to be with them.

I will not…

  • Exclude others intentionally, or use friendship as a “weapon” (e.g. threaten to stop being friends.)
  • Repeatedly ask questions or make comments about people’s identities once they let me know they don’t like it.
  • Bully, or put down other campers or staff.
  • Have romantic relationships with other campers.
  • Deliberately hurt anybody’s feelings.
  • Bring alcohol or illegal substances to camp.
  • Swear excessively or use abusive language.

I recognize that these standards of respect toward Towhee campers and staff still apply after I leave camp.  This includes all forms of contact and communication (e.g. face-to-face, phone, letters, email, internet communication of all types including Facebook and social networking sites.)

Camp staff will help me to follow these rules if I am having trouble.  I understand that if I am having trouble following this code of conduct, the following could happen:

  • I may have a meeting with my cabin counsellor, counsellor supervisor or one of the camp directors.
  • A staff member might call my parents to discuss my behaviour.
  • I may be asked to carry out a consequence decided by my staff. (An example of a consequence is writing an apology letter.)

If my behavior is hurtful to myself, others or camp property, I may have to go home early.