"Willowgrove acknowledges the lands on which we stand. The traditional lands of the Ojibway, Algonquin, Huron and Wendat peoples. The Haudenoshonee, at that time, the Five Nations or Iroquois Confederacy joined them. Their teachings included taking care of the land and its inhabitants not only for their substance but to leave enough for the next Seven Generations. We honour the ancestors that came before us and pledge to take care of this land."
In 1968, three Mennonite pastors in Stouffville, Ontario, Glen Brubacher, Emerson McDowell and Nickolas Dick, foresaw the creation of a camp for children & youth on a private, quiet piece of rural land where people could congregate in the great outdoors and healthy relationships could be nurtured with God.
It would be a rural experience and a farm experience all in one – yet it would be just minutes from the city. The camp was called Willowgrove, and in the following (soon to be) 50 years thousands of children and youth would travel to the site to participate in camping and outdoor education programs. Many would go on to become camp counselors. Others grew up, had families of their own and sent their children to Willowgrove.
Today, Willowgrove is an independent, not-for-profit, charitable association of volunteers and professionals committed to serving a diverse community, peace and non-violence, and caring for the land God has entrusted to us. We offer many ways to have great adventures in the great outdoors:
Our Stouffville property includes a 100-acre property that features a hardwood forest, a pond, rolling hills and a clear-running stream. (In fact… the stream was officially named “Willowgrove Creek” in 2003, honouring Willowgrove’s contributions to the community.) Drop in while our Summer Day Camp is in progress in July and August and you will see happy, laughing children catching crayfish and frogs, building forts in the bush or participating in a wide variety of sporting activities. Drop in during the winter months and you will likely see children skating outdoors, taking a toboggan down the “big hill” or enjoying the smell of a pot of cooking maple syrup.
Scattered throughout the property, which also includes 40 acres of cropland, are a lighted baseball diamond, soccer field, basketball court, pavilion, swimming pools, mini-putt course, dining hall and other shelter facilities. Portables house the office, school classrooms and other utility areas. Past the main parking area is the barn area that accommodates our pigs, egg-laying chickens, cows, goats, sheep and a donkey. The barn area also includes the indoor climbing facility (14 routes and bouldering wall), arts and crafts, mountain biking depot, pioneer centre and the popular “hayloft” playgrounds.
Campers and/or school field trip students also get to enjoy the playground, campfire areas, low-ropes course, picnic areas, pasture and trails designed for wagon-rides, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or just a quiet stroll.
Our overnight campus (Fraser Lake) is a 270-acre lakeside facility situated in the beautiful Kawartha region of Ontario. The property features a half mile of shoreline, over 160 acres of forest, large rolling fields and a deep lake that is ideal for swimming, kayaking and fishing. It is a true country experience where campers share the land with a wide variety of wildlife.
Open from early spring through the fall, Fraser has cabins and a dining hall designed to accommodate 180 people. Program elements and more complete facility listings are available on the Fraser Lake overnight camp web site.
Notice to users of Willowgrove and Fraser Lake water systems: Our annual water system report is available free of charge at the Willowgrove office at 11737 McCowan Road, Stouffville, Ontario L4A 7X5.
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