Welcome Message from The Kilcoo Staff

Welcome to the Kilcoo website!

Kilcoo is a private summer camp for boys on Gull Lake near Haliburton, Ontario. The Camp was founded in 1932 by Charles Plewman to be the “Maker of Men” and remains true today to its ethos and tradition of character and leadership development.

In 1955, John Latimer purchased the Camp from Mr Plewman and served as the Director for 25 years.

Kilcoo is a member of the Ontario Camping Association, which was interestingly founded a year after Kilcoo. The “OCA” is an accreditation organization for camps across this province and holds us to a high standard of operation. Kilcoo’s connection to the OCA extends beyond membership; our founder Charles Plewman was integral to the founding of the OCA and served as the organization’s 5th President. John Latimer was also heavily involved in the OCA and was its 14th President.

What makes the Camp unique is not our site – although we do hold the reputation of a superbly maintained property – it is the amazing group of young men you will find here. Our staff at Kilcoo, who continue to impress us, are the driving force behind our acclaimed ethos. I would say that 95% of our staff grew up at Kilcoo as campers and completed the Leader-in-Training program. Our other staff are hired through our personal connections. Even after our staff move on from Kilcoo to other endeavours, they stay connected to us through our alumni association, which has thousands of members and is something we are incredibly proud of.

Every summer, we say it is our best. That is because each coming summer, we build off the last; we learn from our challenges, lean into our successes, and always remember the traditions that have brought us so far over our almost 100 summers.

We hope you can find the information you came to our website for. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just want to say hi, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Rip Ram Razzle Scram,

The Kilcoo Staff

Meet Our Director

About Kilcoo

Since our founding in 1932, thousands of boys and young men from across Canada and around the world have called Kilcoo home for the summer. At Kilcoo, we strive to build campers’ confidence, develop their sense of independence, and allow them the opportunity to grow as individuals. The memories and friendships made at Kilcoo will last a lifetime and will always be a special time in our campers’ lives.

Parent Zone

Parents, if you’re looking for forms, packing lists, dates, or any other information you might need, you’re in the right place.  

Click the icons below to find the info you need!

Events Calendar

Transportation Info

2024 Session Dates

Email Your Camper


Application Forms

Camper Clothing List

Countdown to Camp

We’re just as excited as you for the 2024 camping season.  Count down the days with us here!


Camp Office

Kilcoo Camp Ltd.
150 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 403
Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E8

Tel (416) 486-5264
Fax (416) 486-3854


Camp Address

Kilcoo Camp
10735-10737 Hwy #35
Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0

Tel (705) 286-1091
Fax (705) 286-1206