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NEW! In 2022, thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors, registration fees for all CNIB Lake Joe Children and Youth programs have been further subsidized and are now $100/week! Children and youth at camp enjoy six days of meals, accommodations, onsite programming PLUS transportation from specific hubs in Ontario. Book your space now!

Welcome to CNIB Lake Joe’s Children & Youth Camp Programs (virtual orientation session)

Included in the registration fee for all children & youth programs, this Zoom meeting is your chance to meet others in advance, review housekeeping details, and get answers to your questions so you can spend ALL of your time at CNIB Lake Joe focused on fun, family and friends. Full details will be provided to registrants at the beginning of the season.

NEW! Camp Abilities featuring blind hockey, 5-a-side soccer and sailing

July 11-16, 2022

Ages: 8-18

This goal-based athletic program is aimed at athletic development. Participants will receive one-on-one coaching from instructors who will help guide athletes to achieve their performance goals through specialized sports programs. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from sailing, hockey or soccer as their discipline, culminating in a session-end regatta, game or match.

Note: This program is open to children and youth who are CNIB participants as well as their siblings.

To register, please visit cniblakejoe.campbrainregistration.com.


July 11-16, 2022

Ages: 8-18

Pushing Limits for Active Youth (PLAY) is for those who are interested in getting active and trying out new sports. From basketball to archery, Power Showdown to goalball, participants will try their hand at a variety of different sports and activities that encourage an active lifestyle. Health and wellness workshops including independence, healthy eating and personal care complement this adaptive sports program. New this year, participants will get to try out skating/blind hockey and 5-a-side soccer.

Note: This program is open to children and youth who are CNIB clients as well as their siblings.

To register, please visit cniblakejoe.campbrainregistration.com.

NEW! SCORE Scholars

July 25-30, 2022 at CNIB Lake Joe (July 17-25, 2022 in Toronto)

Grades: 11, 12 and 1st year post-secondary

The SCORE Scholars program is part of CNIB’s new Learning Academy, designed to help youth build independence and pre-vocational skills. Participants will experience the joys of camp and interactive learning activities geared to help them develop the skills to successfully pursue post-secondary education and get career ready! Enjoy a blend of recreation and skills development in a safe, inclusive environment on the shores of CNIB Lake Joe. You'll participate in a leadership development program, take part in amazing activities like swimming, rock-wall climbing and water tubing AND receive a certificate for completing the entire two-week program.

Note: The SCORE Scholars program has specific application requirements. For more information and/or to download an application form, visit our website. If you have any questions, please contact Rhonda Underhill-Gray at rhonda.underhill-gray@cnib.ca or 647-535-8962.

Summer Camp/ESL (English as a Second Language) Immersion

July 25-30, 2022

Ages: 8-18

Experience the excitement and tradition of summer camp in our fully accessible, waterfront facility. Learn new skills, try neaw activities and create new friendships, all while developing confidence and independence in a safe and supportive environment. This program includes a combination of group activities and individual choice programs, such as archery, court sports, swimming, music, art, sailing, canoeing PLUS 5-a-side soccer, mini-golf and scaling the climbing tower! Supported by experienced staff and skilled specialists, the summer camp experience will surely be a highlight for everyone!

Note: This program is open to children and youth who are participants of CNIB as well as their siblings.

To register, please visit cniblakejoe.campbrainregistration.com.

Welcome to our French Friends!

During the week of July 25-30, French-speaking children with sight loss will be joining the Summer Camp program to have fun and make friends while practicing and perfecting their English language skills. Bonjour et bienvenue! For more information about the ESL component of this program and to register, please contact David Trudel at david.trudel@inca.ca or 438-221-9649.

Canadian Leadership Development Program (CLDP) 

August 8-13, 2022

Ages: 15-29

Join a group of like-minded young adults on the shores of beautiful Lake Joseph for a chance to relax, learn and have the best summer ever! This exciting week will be filled with a combination of workshops, leisure activities and social events. Learn about public speaking, advocacy, self-awareness and personal brand, all in addition to the traditional activities that make CNIB Lake Joe so special. Working with skilled facilitators, participants will have the opportunity to try new things in this fun, safe and supportive environment. 

To register, please visit cniblakejoe.campbrainregistration.com.

Counsellor-in-Training (CIT)

August 22-27, 2022

Ages: 15-19

Gain job skills while having fun at our program designed to develop leadership skills and empower youth to take an active role in camp life. This program is devoted to leadership workshops and skills development in all areas of camp. From learning about goal setting to building campfires and facilitating activities, this program is designed to help participants gain confidence and build the necessary skills to be an active member of the CNIB Lake Joe team. 

Note: This opportunity is available to CNIB participants AND non-participants. Prospective participants will be required to fill out a supplementary application and participate in an interview with program staff prior to being accepted into this program. Successful completion of this program will ensure participants receive an interview for future camp staff positions but does not guarantee employment.

To register, please visit cniblakejoe.campbrainregistration.com.

NEW! Writing with Feeling: Braille Writers’ Retreat 

September 30-October 2, 2022

Ages: 6-19

If you love writing, this action-packed writer’s retreat for CNIB kids and teens is perfect for you. Participants will meet other young writers with sight loss from across Canada and get tips and feedback from professional writers. All participants will enjoy braille-themed and accessible activities and will get to contribute to a collaborative braille-themed art project. One participant will also be chosen to be CNIB Lake Joe’s first Young Writer in Residence!

Note: Prospective participants will be required to apply. Priority will be given to applicants who have entered or are planning to enter the annual CNIB Braille Creative Writing Contest. For more information and to apply, please contact Karen Brophey at karen.brophey@cnib.ca or 647-302-4047.

To register, please visit cniblakejoe.campbrainregistration.com.


For more information about all our programs, registrations, and COVID-19 health and safety protocols:

1. Visit our FAQ page
2. Download the CNIB Lake Joe 2022 In-person Camp Program Guide 
3. Contact us:
Email: lakejoe@cnib.ca
Toll Free: 1-877-748-4028
Phone: 705-375-2630
Web: cniblakejoe.ca
Address: CNIB Lake Joe, 4 Joe Finley Way, MacTier, ON P0C 1H0