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Easter Seals Camp Woodeden (opened 1946)
Overlooking the Thames River on the outskirts of London, Easter Seals Camp Woodeden is situated on 107 acres of beautifully landscaped ground that includes an accessible tree house, a collection of trees/plants from around the world, and beautiful Japanese influenced architecture. Originally known as “Woodholm,” Easter Seals acquired the property in 1946 to create a camp in southwestern Ontario for Easter Seals kids.
Woodeden currently has 18 buildings, including seven camper cabins, as well as an outdoor amphitheatre, outdoor swimming pool, high ropes course (North America’s only fully accessible one), accessible indoor climbing wall, outdoor pavilion and a fully accessible tree house. In 2011, a new gym, climbing wall and life skills kitchen was open.
The camp offers programs such as swimming, arts and crafts, pottery, music, drama, life skills and sports such as sledge hockey, archery, wheelchair basketball, lacrosse, badminton, a nature trail with Yurts for overnight sleep-outs and a fully accessible high ropes challenge course.
At Easter Seals Camp Woodeden, campers expand their leadership abilities through a myriad of creative arts programs and multi-sports activities. During the summer, the camp offers two 10-day individual camp sessions, two 10-day Leaders-in-Training sessions, one six-day and two ten-day Gear-up programs, one 5-day Sports Camp, a 5 day Discovery Camp and one five day Family Camp.
The camp is run by a staff of 68, which includes a team of 4 registered nurses and 2 health care assistants.
Fully Accessible Activities Offered at Woodeden
High Ropes Course
Overnight camping in yurts
Indoor climbing wall
Sports (wheelchair basketball, badminton, lacrosse)
General Camp Activities
Arts and Crafts
Leadership Skills & Life Skills
Music and Drama
Off-Season Camp Rental
Easter Seals Camp Woodeden is available for rental during the off-season to host events such as corporate team building programs, conferences, anniversary parties, family reunions and annual general meetings.
Please contact Kim Vallieres at 519-471-6640 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please note – camps are unavailable to rent between June 1st and August 31st annually as Easter Seals Summer Camps will be in session.
Easter Seals Ontario camps comply with the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act. All water treatment records are available for viewing at the camp.
Choosing a sleep away camp for your son or daughter is an important decision. As a parent, you will want to choose a place that supports the values you instil at home, a place where your child will make new friends and learn life skills for the future. The place you select will hopefully be your child’s home away from home for many summers to come.
As camp directors, we appreciate all of the factors that go into making this decision. As you consider trusting us with your most precious gift – your child – we hope that the information you will find on the Easter Seals Ontario website will help you to navigate through the camp selection process and give you a better sense of what makes Easter Seals Ontario camps such a special place.
We look forward to meeting you and introducing you and your child, to the wonderful world of Easter Seals Ontario summer camp.
Barb Gray & Kim Vallieres
Kim Vallieres, Easter Seals Camp Woodeden Director
Kim’s camp career began at the age of 16, when she became a counsellor at Huron Church Camp. Over the next 10 summers, she gained experience as an arts and crafts programmer, an out-tripper, an LIT counsellor and a program director at both Easter Seals Camp Lakewood and Camp Merrywood. Kim holds a Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation from Brock University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor. Prior to her current position as Easter Seals Camp Woodeden Director, Kim worked as an elementary school teacher for the Thames Valley District School Board. Bringing a wealth of experience and a genuine love for camping to her position, Kim returned to Easter Seals Camp after missing summers spent outdoors with children. During the year, Kim lives in the London area with her dog, Cooper, and enjoys cycling and running in her free time.
Directions to Camp Woodeden (2311 Oxford St W., London, ON)
GPS co-ordinates: (Latitude: 42.968041 Longitude: -81.377538)
Take Highway 401 WEST to exit #183 (Highway 402). Follow Highway 402 WEST 22 km to exit #82. Turn LEFT onto Middlesex Road #14 (also known as Glendon Drive), past Komoka. Watch for the Woodeden Camp sign and camp entrance on the LEFT hand side at 2311 Oxford Street West, just past the bridge over the Thames River.
Take Highway 401 WEST to exit #186, which is called Wellington Road. Follow Wellington Road NORTH. Turn LEFT (west) at Commissioners Road. Follow Commissioners Road until Commissioners Road ends and turn LEFT on Oxford Road through the town of Byron, towards Komoka. Woodeden Camp’s entrance will be on the RIGHT hand side. The camp entrance is just after a sign that says “Kilworth” at 2311 Oxford Street West.