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Olympia Sports Camp's summer program for boys and girls will provide the young participants with perfect opportunities to train, get fit, and make new friends. The training, while focusing on Karate games, will be suitable for all styles of martial arts and all levels. The program is offered to youths aged from 9 to 19, so you will surely meet a compatible friend during the camp.
The Olympia facilities include everything that is required to provide a safe and fun camping experience. Along with the numerous sports and activities venues, Olympia also houses a tuck shop, health center, lifeguard shack, and even laundry facilities (for multi-week campers).
Each of the camper cabins accommodates between 7 - 12 campers. There are 2 counselors in each cabin. All cabins are equipped with modern conveniences such as electricity, washrooms and showers. To ensure a safe camping experience, the group’s counselors reside in each cabin with his or her campers for the entire week.
There will be 3 high-tech training sessions per day in which campers will get physical training, Jiu Jitsu self-defense techniques, and new skills in order to build self-esteem, skills development, conflict resolution, and leadership.
There are two free time sessions each day. They occur between 10:30 - 12:00 and 15:30 - 17:00. Free time is a chance for campers to spend time with their cabin groups and cabin counsellor. Free time is also a chance for everyone to participate in different activities around camp, such as; high ropes, low ropes, water activities, the climbing tower and much more.
Evening programs include casino night, camp wide games, cabin activities, video dance, murder mystery, skit night, and campfire at the water front.
Karate is a martial art of self defense. The Japanese characters which form the word Karate mean "empty hands". Literally, this means that the Karate practitioner uses his unarmed body to aid him in a reliable system of self defense.
As a method of self-defense, Karate is probably as old as the human race. However, only in recent years has this method of empty-hand defense taken on a vast scientific approach in which body movement, timing, balance, and even psychology are studied and applied in formulating techniques that are effective against any would-be assailant.
Many people have fallen victim to an undisciplined, over indulgent, and stressful society. A look around clearly shows man's poor condition. Disregarding the need to balance our activities with proper exercise creates obesity, chronic back pain, weak and flabby muscles, poor posture, minimal flexibility, lack of endurance, tension, depression and emotional instability.
The superb co-ordination and stamina required in executing each Karate movement demands the utmost from your body. With training, you will learn to strengthen your body with proper exercises. In time, each part of your body will take a new dimension of conditioning and growth. Learning these skills will aid you in eliminating and preventing a variety of illnesses and other conditions that cause your body to deteriorate. Karate training brings about a great physical high which will overcome any temptation to indulge in drugs, alcohol, or junk food.
Self-defense does not in itself create a worthy art. Karate-Do involves mental training as well as physical training. It is hoped that the practitioner will open new doors of learning and understanding - that exercise will take greater meaning. After many hours of practice, the meaning of "Kara" or "empty" will change from the literal definition to a deeper, more aesthetic meaning - ridding the mind of negative thoughts and feelings thereby creating space for useful actions more worthy of cultivation.
As harmonious interaction of mind and body evolves, the practitioner will come to realise that we are mere links in the chain of life. Practising Karate only to prepare for an attack that may never come proves useless. Striving to strengthen one's mind and body only to achieve worldly happiness would also prove useless if death comes tomorrow. One must learn to expand his thoughts beyond the physical realm in to the spiritual sphere. Learn to forget yourself and to adapt to the pace of nature, and you will learn to accept the absolute truth. You must study this well.
In 1974 Dave Grace started Olympia Sports Camp as a one week basketball camp. Football camp was added a couple of years later, and Olympia moved to its current location in 1980. Since that time, Olympia has grown tremendously. They now offer almost 100 different sport and activity camps for both boys and girls.
At Olympia, the goal is to empower each and every camper to become the hero of his or her own story. They see the young campers as going on a journey at Olympia – a Hero’s Journey. Upon arriving at Olympia, campers leave their “everyday life” of back home and accept to call to adventure – the Olympia Challenge. By providing a world-class, up-beat and safe environment, campers learn to participate and share in a community that focuses on positive energy and peer encouragement.
The lifeblood of Olympia is its staff. From senior staff to counsellors, everyone working at Olympia is there to ensure the kids have a fantastic summer. In fact, most of Olympia’s staff are former campers themselves, so they know how to make the most of the Olympia experience.
Olympia staff are athletically-oriented high school seniors, college, or university students who are trained in the core values of Olympia, able to listen to camper’s needs and respond to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment, natural leaders who are caring, co-operative, and foster a sense of teamwork in everything they do.
Olympia Sports Camp is located about 20 minutes away from Huntsville, Ontario near Algonquin Provincial Park. It is located in a beautiful location with over 40 acres of property nestled in between two lakes.
Food is included in the package price. When campers arrive on Sunday the first meal served to them is dinner. On Saturdays, campers are served breakfast and lunch before leaving Olympia. All other days, campers are served three meals a day as well as an evening snack. Olympia does not allow nuts or nut products on our camp. They are not used in the kitchen or sold in the tuck shop. They are also able to accommodate for most dietary restrictions, as long as they are informed of them in advance. For example: vegetarian, lactose intolerant, gluten allergy, egg allergies, allergies to certain fruits, etc.
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Take Highway 400 north to Barrie. Continue north on Highway 11 to Huntsville. Exit at Highway 60 toward Ottawa. Continue east until Limberlost Road. Turn left and travel north for 14 km. The camp entrance will be on your right.
Take Highway 401 west to Highway 35/115 Travel north and exit at Highway 35 and continue north to Highway 60. Turn west onto Highway 60. Continue west until Limberlost Road. Turn right and travel north for 14 km. The camp entrance will be on your right.
Take Highway 417 west and continue west onto Highway 17. Merge onto Highway 60 and continue west until Limberlost Road. Turn right and travel north for 14 km The camp entrance will be on your right.
There is a coach bus that leaves from head office in Markham on Sunday mornings at 10:00am.
Head Office - Markham
145 Renfrew Drive Unit 112, Markham, Ontario L3R 9R6
The bus makes a stop in Barrie and Orillia on the way to Olympia. On Saturdays, the bus leaves camp after closing ceremonies at approximately 2:00pm. Once again, there are stops in Orillia and Barrie before the bus arrives at the Head Offiece in Markham. Please contact the office for more information and for prices.