Maple Key is a summer camp dedicated to growth, connection, and community centrally located between Perth and Smiths Falls, ON.

Our mission is to positively impact the future of Lanark County by partnering with parents to raise children who are confident, caring, and successful.

Camp means family! MKDC owner/director Kristen with her two boys, Gaelan & Doyle.

Camp will change the world

It’s really easy to create a summer program that is fun and safe. That’s why, as parents, we are lucky to have so many choices for our kids.

But at Maple Key, we think our kids deserve more than just an adequately supervised time filler. We believe camp is a chance to create the ideal world we want our children to live in. A world where everyone is comfortable in their own skin, and feels confident in sharing their feelings, ideas, and interests with others. A world where everyone feels that they belong.

What is Campmosphere?

Campmosphere is our word for the special, intangible feeling that an authentic camp experience provides. It goes beyond the mechanics of a beautiful location, creative program and highly trained staff.

It’s the sense of “coming home” that a returning camper feels when they arrive back at camp, and it’s the reason we’ve had many campers return for 5, 6, or even 7 years. It’s in the incredible bond that the staff have by sharing a common mission to change the world. It’s the reason that campers who are 8 or 9 years old are already dreaming of one day becoming part of that staff. It’s the way that usually self conscious pre-teens are eager to put themselves front-and-center during colour war, and it’s in the tears that a camper sheds when they say goodbye to their favourite counsellor on the last day.

We’re in it for more than just fun

When new camp families find out that I am a teacher during the school year, I often get asked why the heck I spend my summers running camp instead of taking a holiday. The answer is simple: While I love my teaching job, camp allows me the freedom to reach children and families in a way that can never be achieved in a conventional school setting. When you take the “system” out of the equation, you can create a program that is truly focused on developing the whole child. At camp, we are able to give nature, art, physical activity, and social competency the attention they deserve. We are able to focus on improving the way we listen and treat each other.

Building an amazing campmosphere means tradition, and that’s what we have worked hard to build over the past nine years. Our own kids are growing up in this fantastic place, and we’d love to have your kids be part of it to. Check out our summer camp program options or give me a call at (613) 464-2468.

Kristen Widenmaier
MKDC Owner/Director

P.S. Did you know that we actually stand behind our program with a money-back guarantee? We’re the only camp in Lanark County to offer the Happy Camper Clause.

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