Adventure Programs

Ponacka offers a variety of adventure programs that augment the camp experience. Most programs take place in the surrounding area or at camp. They are led by our staff and outside facilitators when needed.

Download the Adventure Programs Flyer / Registration Forum.
All prices below include HST.

Biking in the Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve

July and August — Ages 12+

3 days

A popular trip every year, 6 boys enjoy biking on trails of varying difficulty throughout the 50,000 acre property. After setting up camp in the Haliburton Forest Reserve the boys take day trips, ending with a visit to the Wolf Interpretative Centre.

White Water Expedition

July Only — Ages 13+

3 days

For boys interested in learning how to navigate white water and who enjoy paddling, this trip travels to Palmer Rapids and the lower part of the Madawaska River.

Level 1 & 2 discover Scuba

July and August — Ages 11+


Level 1: Intro to scuba equipment, diving basics, underwater communication in water less than a depth of 9ft.

Level 2: Intro to scuba skills and equipment followed by a 15min dive in water less than a depth of 15ft. Must have Level 1. Adventure Divers will send you the online course materials. This price includes all gear rentals.

SDI Scuba Course

July and August — Ages 14+

4 days

This challenging, entry-level certifying course will be offered to boys with Level 1 Discover Scuba training or previous experience. Adventure Divers will send you the online course materials. This price includes all gear rentals.

Hiking in the Adirondack High Peaks Region

August Only —  Ages 13+

5 days

Six campers and two Ponacka counsellors drive to New York State for several days of hiking in the Adirondacks. Each camper requires proper hiking boots and rain gear. The Adirondacks are a beautiful range of mountains reasonably close, well mapped and monitored.

Standard First Aid & CPR

July and August — Ages 14+


This 16 hour course is a requirement prior to being a CIT and is valid for 3 years. Taking SFA as a camper frees up time as a CIT to do other courses.

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course

July only — Ages 15+


Candidates must be 15 years old with Bronze Cross.

Life saving Instructor Course

August only — Ages 16+


Candidates must be 16 years old, with Bronze Cross.