Ponacka is a camp and a community where each boy really counts and belongs. Each camper gets many opportunities to learn, have fun, make friends and challenge himself in a supportive environment, which builds self-confidence and independence.
FAMILY-RUN FOR 73 YEARS
Camp Ponacka was founded by Bruno and Gwen Morawetz in 1947, and their daughter Anne Morawetz and her husband Don Bocking have directed the camp since 1985. Anne and Don’s daughter Laura and her husband Nick Smart are now working with Don and Anne, providing leadership and support as the third generation.
The camp’s 38 counsellors are all former campers, selected for their skills and commitment to providing every boy with a safe and happy experience.
Before camp, directors Anne, Don and Laura visit each first-year camper (distance permitting), to get to know him and his parents. It is an ideal opportunity for new families to have questions answered. Within days of arriving at camp, each boy is introduced by name and hometown in the Dining Hall. All Ponacka parents receive a scanned handwritten letter from one of their son’s counsellors shortly after arrival, providing an update about his initial camp experience.
Those who love the water can enjoy Waterskiing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, early-morning Rowing, lake swims and Scuba courses. Opportunities for self-expression abound in our superior Arts & Crafts program (stained glass, candle making, batik, copper enamelling, Dream Catchers…), Pottery (wheels and kiln), Woodworking, and Lapidary (stone cutting and polishing) programs. Archery, Bushcraft, Aerial Ropes, Nature, the Climbing Wall and Biking are also popular choices.
BACK TO NATURE
Technology is not part of the Ponacka experience, we are proud to offer boys a tech-free two or four weeks of the year. Younger boys live in cabins without electricity, while older campers live under canvas tents on platforms. This provides the boys an opportunity to live in and appreciate the natural world.
INDEPENDENCE AND FREEDOM
— Bruno Morawetz, Ph D., Founder