Camp Kerry Ontario

Camp Kerry Ontario

Camp Kerry Ontario

Camp Kerry Ontario

Camp Kerry Ontario

Camp Kerry Ontario

A Message from Camp Kerry Ontario Coordinator Shelley Hermer

As a social worker and family therapist in children’s mental health, I have had a long-standing interest in bereavement care for families. In 2011 I reunited with Dr. Heather Mohan, a colleague with whom I had worked and lived during our university summers, providing therapeutic recreation programs with children and families coping with mental health.

In 2011, 2012 and 2014 I traveled to BC to volunteer at Camp Kerry and then began working with my local community in Ontario to bring this family-centred model East. The response has been wonderful and we are so looking forward to our fourth Camp Kerry Ontario in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands.

Shelley Hermer

Bereavement Services Coordinator, Camp Kerry Ontario

Heather, Jim, Shelley & Patti worked together at Kinark Outdoor Centre more than 20 years ago

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon & Charity Challenge

The Charity Challenge On October 22, 2017, Team Camp Kerry will be participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K events and we'd love for you to join us. As a team member, you can take on the Charity Challenge to help us...
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Registration Open for Camp Kerry Ontario

The magic continues when people just like you take a moment to give. BIG HUGS to all who have contributed both time and resources to Ontario's only family bereavement retreat program. It is because of your generosity that we have some wonderful news... Registration is...
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Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members of the Camp Kerry Society ("the Society") will be held at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, British Columbia on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. for the following...
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East Coast Celebration

Come on out for a fun-filled night featuring North Atlantic Drift, Clan Hannigan and Mcallum's Reach - all performing live at the Historic Red Dog in Downtown Peterborough, Ontario! Proceeds from this event will benefit bereaved children and families.
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6th Annual Kirk Gaskell Memorial Cup

All are invited to attend the 6th Annual Gaskell Memorial Cup on Saturday March 25th, 2017 at the Evinrude Centre in Peterborough, Ontario, from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. This event is great for individuals and families with lots of fun and activities. Featuring NHL Hockey...
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2nd Annual Bidgood Memorial Hockey Tournament: March 11, 2017

You are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Bidgood Memorial Hockey Day Tournament on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Asphodel-Norwood Ontario arena! The full day of family fun begins at 7am Eastern Standard Time and will include; prizes, a bake sale, a licensed bar,...
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The History of Camp Kerry Ontario

The first Camp Kerry was held in British Columbia in 2007 and it was named after Kerry Kirstiuk; an inspiring young mother and wife from West Vancouver who lost her battle to cancer in 2006.

Our first Camp Kerry Ontario retreat took place in the fall of 2014 but of course the dreaming and planning started many years before that! Our organization’s founder Dr. Heather Mohan was born and raised in rural Ontario. Growing up in a family that valued camping and outdoor experiences, and inspired by her father Mel who had a great love for the outdoors Heather had the opportunity to fully embrace Ontario’s “camp culture” as a camper, a counsellor and a program leader. Having the opportunity to share the Camp Kerry BC model with families from Ontario in the same beautiful Northern Ontario landscape where she had spent so many memorable summers herself was a great gift.

Melville Mohan was always passionate about the outdoors. Even during his teaching career he found creative ways to bring the outdoors into the classroom!

What’s Happening Now

Since 2014 we have served over 100 individuals through our family bereavement retreat program in Ontario which occurs each fall. We are proud to have an exceptional Volunteer Team based in the area which continues to perform an outstanding job. Fundraising is still underway for the magic to continue so help spread the word and contribute.

The next Camp Kerry Ontario family bereavement retreat will occur between October 12 – 15, 2017 in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands, near Minden, Ontario. To register, please follow instructions below.

What To Expect At Camp

A team of qualified counsellors and specially trained volunteers will welcome you and support your entire family throughout the four-day retreat. Children and teens of any age are welcome to attend along with their parent(s) and/or guardian(s). Extended family members are also welcome. Programming suitable for young children, school-aged children, youth, adults and elders is offered. The program provides a variety of therapeutic and recreational experiences structured for success including: peer group sharing circles, family activities, music & art therapy, nature hikes, adventure challenges, fishing, sports & games, relaxation, campfires and a candlelight memory service. Accommodations are in heated cabins with single beds and bunk beds and each family is assigned their own cabin. Cabins have washrooms and there is also a central washroom/shower facility. Nutritious, home-cooked meals and snacks are provided in a central dining room and special diets can be accommodated with advance notice. Transportation to camp is the individual responsibility of each family but assistance can be arranged for those who need it. The retreat is located at Kinark Outdoor Centre which is about 90 minutes North West of Peterborough. An information session is provided for new families prior to camp.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What age do I have to be to come to Camp Kerry?

Our retreat is geared for families .. and we know that families come in many configurations and variations! Our programming and staffing levels will accommodate the needs of babies, toddlers, children, youth and adults of all ages. Please note that children and youth are not permitted to attend Camp Kerry without a guardian or adult family member. On occasion adults/adult family members do attend Camp Kerry without children, but if this is your situation, please contact our office first for a discussion with one of our staff. Our goal in talking with you is always to ensure that a Camp Kerry retreat will be the best resource and best possible fit for you and your family at this moment in time.

What is the recommended length of time after my loss before I can apply to Camp Kerry?

Our family retreats are intensive experiences and can be overwhelming for those in the very early days and weeks after a loss. We highly recommend that you not attend a Camp until a minimum of three or four months past the date of your loved one’s death. Some people are not ready to come to Camp in their first year at all, but find it very helpful in their second or even third year of grieving. There is no exact formula or timetable as each one of us moves in different ways and at a different pace through our grief process. If you are unsure of what to expect and whether the specific timing of a retreat will suit your family, we encourage you to call our office directly for a further discussion with one of our staff.

Can I return to Camp Kerry if I have already attended?

A lot of people attend Camp Kerry for more than one year and many stay involved with our Society’s programs and services for much longer than that. We recognize that grief is an ongoing process that changes over time and that other life stressors and situations have the potential to add complexity and challenge to our bereavement. Camp registration is now being offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

I've been to Camp Kerry for several years now and feel like I am doing pretty well with my grief but I still want to stay connected and involved. How do I do this?

Camp Kerry is a community that cares and we would love for you to stay involved with us! There are year-round opportunities to participate in a variety of Society programs as a volunteer. We need help in several areas and believe that everyone has something positive to give back to their community when they feel ready to do so. For more details on volunteering or attending any of our alumni events please call our office or click HERE to volunteer with us.

When to Apply

Registration is now open for Camp Kerry Ontario. We encourage you to apply early as our family retreat programs are in high demand and space is limited. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If your application is not successful you will receive a full refund.

Program Contribution Fee

We want to give you our absolute assurance that no family will ever be turned away from Camp Kerry due to an inability to pay. The program contribution fee is $600 per family which represents approximately one-third of the actual amount that the Society must fundraise to send a family to Camp Kerry. Your program contribution will also help to ensure that more families from Ontario will get access to this program in the future.

For those in need of financial assistance, we are more than happy to talk with you about a fee-reduction and about creating a payment schedule in line with your comfort level. This simply involves a short, confidential phone call to our Head Office prior to completing the online registration forms to discuss your concerns with our Administrative Coordinator. Our office can be reached at 604-553-4663 or by email at

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Primary Adult Registration Form

If you require financial assistance, please contact our office prior to completing your registration forms.


Secondary Registration Form

Please click on the button below to complete a registration form for any additional adults attending Camp Kerry.


Child/Youth Registration Form

Please click on the button below and complete one Child Registration Form for each child/youth attending Camp Kerry.


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