History

Aaron Shaughnessy, the owner of Capital Camps, has been involved with summer camps since 1995. He began coaching and operating children’s camps at the Ottawa Athletic Club and has since taught tennis throughout the Ottawa area.

In 2002, after several successful summers running camps for other larger companies Aaron decided to start the Queenswood-Fallingbrook Tennis Academy. Over the next six years the camp flourished and gained an excellent reputation within the Ottawa area. In 2004 Aaron decided that he wanted to give back to the community and began a free in school tennis program which was (and currently is) available to all schools in the Orleans area.

In 2008 the company grew to include a football camp. This growth has continued into 2009 with the addition of a multi-sports camp. Because of the success and interest in tenniscamp.ca and footballcamp.ca, as well as Aaron’s drive to teach children a variety of different skills, the organization has changed to Capital Camps to properly encompass all the camps and activities offered.

In 2011 Capital Camps has expanded its programs to include a Dance Camp, Arts Camp and & Drama Camp in the Orleans area.

In 2013 Capital Camps became an officially accredited camp with the Ontario Camps Association and is the only accreditated day camp running in the entire Ottawa region. To become accredited a camp must highly surpass 485 different standards that ensure the camp is being run safely and is an upstanding member of the camping community.

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Capital Camps Philosophy - Safety, Inclusion, Fun

All of our camp activities are built with the underlying theme of safety, inclusion and fun, integrated in each area of the camp.

Safety
Because safety is our number one concern we keep our proportion of instructors to campers low.  Our ratio of one instructor to every eight campers ensures that we know what each camper is doing and where they are at all times. Our commitment to safety is further demonstrated by the fact that all Capital Camp instructors must be certified in First Aid and CPR along with having a current police check.

Inclusion
At Capital Camps inclusion not only means making sure that everyone participates but that every camper has the chance to excel.  Not all campers are equal. Knowing this, our instructors work hard to ensure that everyone has a chance to excel in at least one activity during the week.  Through various spirit activities like crazy hair day, water fights and intramural tournaments all campers regardless of their skill are given a chance to participate and shine.

Fun
Fun is a very important aspect at Capital Camps and is fostered through many different activities and events that kids of all ages and skill sets can enjoy including:

  • Theme days
  • Water fights
  • Award certificates
  • Amazing councilors
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Comfortable learning environment
  • Positive surroundings
  • Free t-shirts
  • All you can eat lunches
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