Owned and operated by Mari-Beth Crysler, Megan Bernardo and Matthew Bernardo, (the children of Margaret and Marcello Bernardo), Wabikon hosts 150 campers in each of 2 camp sessions, offering a secure and relaxed summer break to youth from around the world.
Under the leadership of the Bernardo family since 1980, Camp Wabikon has grown to include a wide range of programs and some of the finest facilities and activities coveted in a well-equipped summer camp. Accredited by both the national and provincial camping associations, Wabikon families are assured of their children’s security and comfort in a professional, caring, and well- managed environment.
Wabikon is dedicated to the traditional ideals of personal development, friendship and cooperation. It is the strong belief of the Bernardo family that the camp’s cooperative philosophy can best be achieved by limiting the number of campers per session to create a smaller, more intimate environment where each camper can feel like a valued member of the Wabikon family.
Meet the Directors
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I wish all kids could go to camp! I went to camp when I was young so I was thrilled when we were able to give my daughter a similar experience. She went to Camp Wabikon the last two summers and simply had the “time of her life!” It’s an incredible opportunity to escape the rat race of the city as well as the pressures of constantly being “plugged in”. It’s a fabulous way to develop a connection with nature as well as make new friends. It’s a place where kids can be kids–where they can sing and dance and play and laugh and learn and explore. Camp offers a huge variety of fun new skills and activities: sailing, swimming, hiking, paddle-making, tennis, cycling and canoeing. But it’s also a place where kids develop into their own selves… where they learn leadership, fellowship, confidence and most important, independence. For our daughter, going to camp was an overwhelmingly positive experience… one that she will never forget. She told me that she was never once home-sick when she was at camp, but she is always camp-sick when she is home! That shows just how much she looks forward to going back again next summer.
Lisa C. – Wabikon Parent (Canada)
I believe our 3 boys; ages 12, 11 and 9 would spend their whole year at overnight camp if they could. Camp Wabikon is truly their home away from home. Growing up spending our own summers away at camp, my husband and I knew first-hand the incredible impact camp can have in shaping one’s character, love for the outdoors and forming lifelong friendships. There’s something truly magical about overnight camp. For many it’s our first taste of independence away from our parents and a times your identity at home. Camp is a place where you can try new skills, unplug from technology, relax, live simply, form new friendships and embrace all the fun and silliness life has to offer. Where else can you greet the day by morning campfire, build something creative, take part in a play or your favourite sport, let your imagination lead the way, get dirty, discover nature, dress up as a crazy character, play capture the flag, send your counsellor to Kangaroo court, visit the tuck shop, hang out by the lake with your friends, sing and laugh your way through meals and fall asleep under a sky full of stars, all in single day! Camp creates the moments that will become memories for a lifetime.
Cheryl P. – Wabikon Parent (Canada)
My son and nephew are very excited about coming back again to Wabikon this summer. Their stay at Wabikon was for both of them the most wonderful experience that happened to them last year. They learned a lot of new and useful things and enjoyed the beautiful landscape and above all the friendly atmosphere of the camp. They had the opportunity of improving their English speaking skills. I can see the difference before and after the camp. I know that all this has been possible thanks to your help and also to your team.
Silvia C. – Wabikon Parent (Spain)
Mes garçons vont à Wabikon depuis l’âge de 11 ans. L’un d’eux est même de venu “counselor” (moniteur) pendant tout un été. L’objectif #1 pou nous parents: c’est la pratique de l’anglais. Le #2, c’est de les savoir heureux. Et la mission est accomplie: chaque année ils reviennent avec un vocabulaire plus riche et attendant avec impatience l’ été suivant pour retourner. Pour comprendre leur émerveillement, nous sommes allés les visiter. La résponse se résume en quelques mots: un endroit merveilleux (le lac de Temagami, ses îles, ses arcs en ciel) des activités sympas et adaptées a tous, des amis formidables avec qui ils restent en contact. Wabikon, c’est une super adresse, à garder secrète!