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This summer, join this taekwondo summer camp in Olympia Sports Camp. Why Olympia Sports Camp? Because nobody does summer camp like Olympia! The moment you enter the front gates, you’ll be welcomed by Olympia with open arms. The staff will make Olympia your “home away from home” as you discover new friendships, new adventures, and new challenges and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Olympia campers receive a real camp experience, living in a cabin with campers their own age from different parts of the world who are participating in a variety of specialty programs at Olympia. Each of the cabins accommodates between seven - 12 campers. All cabins are equipped with modern conveniences such as electricity, washrooms, and showers.
To ensure a safe camping experience, the group’s two counselors reside in each cabin with his or her campers for the entire week of camp.
It is possible if your child wants to request a friend to stay in the same cabin. You can request up to three cabin mates that are the same age as your child. Every effort is made to honor the cabin requests of campers; however, this is not always possible.
The health center team is on duty 24 hours a day to serve the needs of the campers. It includes one camp doctor, three registered nurses, and four therapists (athletic). These professionals operate out of a well-equipped health center and contribute to the overall philosophy of ensuring a safe environment for all of the campers.
A modern hospital is located close by in Huntsville. During staff orientation, all staff receives first-aid training and are familiarized with the patterns and routines of safety.
For some serious basketball action, Olympia Sports Camp has built six “pro” basketball courts. Fully paved and complete with lines, these courts with glass backboards have seen the likes of many NBA Pros and other basketball legends. When not in use for basketball, these courts are also utilized by many other programs including tennis and dodgeball to name just a few.
Olympia offers over 45,000 square feet of indoor training space, including six indoor basketball courts which are also used for sports such as roller hockey, badminton, and many others. Campers may also make use of the large recreation hall, yoga studio, as well as the dining hall and tuck shop. For the ultimate in fitness, they also feature a weight room, fitness room, aerobics floor, and HeartMath lab.
The outdoor facilities at Olympia are second to none. With over 40 acres of land, Olympia’s outdoor areas play host to a wide range of sporting activities. With three full-size playing fields, and two beach volleyball courts, there is plenty of action going on at all times.
For free time activity, Olympia provides some fantastic fun. Both low-rope and high-rope courses challenge your strength and balance, while the 40-foot tall four-sided climbing tower will put your endurance to the test. For the thrill seeker in all of you, three fast-paced zip lines and the giant swing will definitely keep your heart rate up!
Olympia is home to over 1,500 feet of beautiful Muskoka waterfront. Fully staffed by certified lifeguards during all activity times, the waterfront is the hub of activity for many of the most popular sports and activities including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, swimming, 'the blob', and much more!
Taekwondo is a modern martial art, characterized by its fast, high, and spinning kicks. There are multiple interpretations of the name taekwondo. Taekwondo is often translated as 'the way of hand and foot'. Tae means to strike or block with the foot or to kick, it also means jump. K'won means fist, to strike or block with hand. Do means the way of or art.
Put this together and taekwondo means the art of kicking and punching or the art of unarmed combat. The sport has been founded in Korea and is one of the popular modern martial arts.
Olympia offers a wide range of sports and activities, so you can find one that’s right for you. You will receive focused instruction in your chosen specialty, including five to six hours of skills and games.
Whether you are a first-time player, a recreational player, or on a competitive team, Olympia has the top-notch facilities and professional coaches to take your game to the next level. Olympia joined the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) movement in 2014.
Canadian Sport for Life is a movement to make sports better. Long-term Athlete Development (LTAD) is the CS4L pathway to increase overall participation in sport and physical activity, and it also helps to develop top-ranked athletes. It includes guidelines for training, competition, and recovery based on principles of human development and maturation. LTAD considers the best interest of the athlete. LTAD is built on sports science and best practices in coaching from around the world.
Olympia Sports Camp is dedicated to working towards making all of their sports programs athlete-centered and aligning its programming with the LTAD principles maximizing the experience for all of the campers. Camp staff is trained in NCCP, fundamental movement skills. Twist sports conditioning is a part of all of their sports programs.
Working with the best instructors and teachers, campers will become more self-confident, independent, inspired, better leaders in school, at home and in life. Leadership programs are designed to help campers become strong independent leaders.
Olympia recruits the best instructors that have experience working with campers to teach them recreational skills for life. Each program is uniquely designed to fit Olympia’s three sessions a day schedule. Instructors work with the campers to cover all aspects of the recreational program. In certain programs, campers can receive certifications that will be mailed out after completion.
Olympia’s fitness and sport conditioning camps are designed to help young campers perform to their highest athleticism through the development of speed, power, strength, quickness, agility, movement, and balance.
Campers will set personal short term goals to reach by the week’s end as well as long-term goals for the future. Action plans will be developed and begin based on the needs of each camper. Twist sport conditioning principles and equipment are integrated into these programs.
Olympia has a reputation for providing the most qualified instructors. Campers will experience music, drama, dance, art, and more in the beautiful and inspiring Muskoka. Olympia’s arts campers take part in lessons and practice concepts throughout the week in different ways. Instructors and counselors help campers find their own style and express themselves in a creative manner.
Get in touch with nature and your inner self and go on an adventure. Specialized instructors and teachers will teach campers basic and advanced tripping skills. Campers will see Ontario’s natural beauty and take on the challenge of going out into the wild. Learn canoeing, kayaking, camping, mountain biking, team-building, survival skills, and orienteering in the adventure programs.
Youth empowering programs help campers become more self-aware, develop self-respect, self-confidence, and overall self- esteem. Campers go on their own hero’s journey which allows them to respond to situations and challenges with the living and performance qualities of the ‘hero within’. Thus, they reach for the highest expression of themselves while striving to reach their highest potential.
Every day, campers will participate in Let the journey begin life skills training program. Campers will also take part in team building, low ropes activities, high ropes, and water regatta, in order to learn how to work together as a group and have fun with their session mates.
Everyone who comes to Olympia is at a different ability level. When campers arrive, they are individually assessed on their skills and abilities. Campers are placed in skill appropriate groups that are a balance between challenge and skill level. This insures campers are not over or under challenged.
At the end of each week, all campers will have either a tournament competition, a final performance, or culminating activity that displays how much they have improved over the week. A personal record of achievement is included at the end of the week to point out where growth has occurred and “what to work” on at home.
“Let the journey begin life skills training program paves the way for campers to improve their living and performance qualities. This positive energy approach will enrich your life as well as those around you. At the heart of Olympia Sports Camp is the belief that you are all heroes. Throughout their stay, campers will participate in unique activities set to the theme of
Only Olympia offers these unique activities that give campers the practical skills they need to identify goals, overcome obstacles, and remain focused, optimistic and confident, long after they leave camp!
On arrival day, Dave Grace (the founder or director of Olympia Sports Camp) will talk about what it means to be the hero of your own story - and what it means to go on a journey. On Sunday, Dave will also introduce HeartMath, a series of fun and easy-to-learn tools that will help you on your journey by reducing stress and becoming more resilient along the way while attaining a state of inner balance.
Olympia encourages the following evolving living character traits:
Olympia develops the following performance character traits:
Camp wide games take advantage of Olympia’s facilities and bring the entire camp together for a camp-wide competition where each cabin is trying to earn points for their cabin group color. Games include:
At the beginning of each week, cabins decide as a group what are the activities that they want to try throughout the week, as they set personal and group goals. These activities include but are not limited to:
During evening programs, cabin groups partake in an activity perfect for quality bonding time with cabin mates and other fellow campers. Younger campers receive an earlier evening program. Sample activities are:
Campers can relax, digest, recover, and play games as a cabin either inside or outside the cabin. This is an opportunity to do skit preparation for Friday’s skit night, bond with the cabin, play icebreaker games, and hang out as a cabin.
Olympia Sports Camp's staff is athletically oriented high school seniors, college, or university students who are sensitive, respectful, and take a personal interest in each camper. They demonstrate fairness, firmness, and a fun-loving attitude in carrying out their challenging responsibilities. The staff is chosen for their ability to listen and respond to campers’ needs in order to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment to learn positive attitudes, skills, and social behaviors.
They model and impart Olympia’s values of caring, cooperation, enthusiasm, integrity, self-leadership, risk-taking, and teamwork. Instructors are highly qualified in all areas of safety and instructional aspects of their sport or activity. They receive extensive training during staff orientation, with further coaching and supervision from Olympia Sports Camp's unit leaders and directors throughout the summer.
The camp staff is CPR and first aid trained, NCCP (fundamental movement skills) trained, and have had a police check.
For nearly four decades, Felix has trained with some of the finest Taekwondo experts around the world. In 1988, he took part in the Seoul Olympic Games’ Taekwondo competition representing his native country of Ghana. During his incredible career, Felix has also been given Kukkiwon’s highest honor and has been named one of their senior international advisors. As well, Felix is a WTF international referee. As a trainer, Grand Master Felix has successfully produced over 500 black belt level competitors.
Master Al Duffy holds a fifth-degree black belt. He is a national certified referee and OTA camp director for 13 years. He is the founder of St. Claire Tae Kwon Do.
Dave Grace has devoted his life to the athletic and personal development of young people. Continually researching the latest learning strategies and self-development techniques, Dave uses his ‘Let the Journey Begin’ platform to interweave his findings into camper’s daily lives at Olympia. His mission for Olympia is to empower each and every camper to be the best all-around person that he or she can be.
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.
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The overall camping experience is further enhanced by the hard work and creativity put in by expert chefs and food service staff from Lakeside Catering Services. They take care of the hungry appetites the campers build up over the course of the day. Olympia serves three delicious, nutritious meals plus an evening snack to top off each action packed a day.
All meals are appropriately balanced to meet the active needs of Olympia campers. A full vegetarian menu is provided upon request. They take full advantage of the country air by serving three outdoor barbecue meals over the course of the week, with optional cabin group picnics available.
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. On Sundays, there is no scheduled lunch, however, they do offer a barbecue where you are able to purchase food and drinks.
Olympia does not allow nuts or nut products on the camp. They are not used in their kitchen or sold in the tuck shop. They are also able to accommodate to 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.
Please book your flights to arrive at Ontario International Airport (ONT). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
There is a coach bus that leaves from head office in Markham on Sunday mornings at 10:00. 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 14:00. Once again, there are stops in Orillia and Barrie before the bus arrives at the head office in Markham. Please contact the office for more information and for prices.