About Camp Kalalla


Kalalla, meaning “Meeting Place”, is a place where girls and women can develop their Christian beliefs through leadership example.

The goals are to:

  • create a community where every person plays an important part in developing a positive, safe environment for all to enjoy;
  • encourage self-respect, to build confidence and to promote a healthy and responsible lifestyle;
  • appreciate God’s creation through all our senses and to learn how to look after our earth;
  • camp with a plus and that plus is Jesus Christ, making Kalalla a place to become the girls/women that God would have us be!


Explorers Ages 7 to 10

As an explorer
It is my Purpose
to live each day
with God’s love to guide me;
To grow each day
Exploring God’s world of wonders
To give of myself each day
For God has given me
A life to live and share

CGIT Ages 11 to 15

As a Canadian Girl in Training,
Under the leadership of Jesus,
It is my purpose
To cherish health
Seek truth,
Know God
Serve others,
And thus, with His help,
Become the girl God would have me be.


In 1948, members of the Ottawa CGIT Committee decided to buy 107 acres of ground on a very beautiful spot on the shores of Long Lake.

An intensive campaign was carried out during the autumn of 1948 and in three months more than $10,000, which had been the immediate objective, was raised. With that, the Board was able to pay for the grounds and begin construction.

By the summer of 1949, the camp site, named Kalalla because it bordered on an old settlement of that name, was ready for occupancy, and in July of that year, the first camp was held. Preceeding the camp, a dedication ceremony was held in June presided over by Mrs. J. R. (Penny) MacGregor, Chairman of the Board and Business Manager. The dedication ceremony was led by the Rev. R. Purves-Smith of Ottawa. Truly, that afternoon in June was a memorable one for each and every member of the Board for it symbolized the realization of a long-cherished purpose.

Many changes have taken place since that first camp. Camp experiences have changed over the years, but their underlying purpose of religious education, in the broadest sense, has not changed. The genius of these CGIT camps has been their full, challenging program, the life-long friendships that have developed, and the emphasis laid on Christian character building. Bible study groups, Morning Watch and evening vespers have always been daily events, with interest groups in crafts, dramatic arts, nature study and campcraft, to help the girls experience the fullness of camp life. The leadership given has been truly creative.



girls as they are, recognizing that each girl is unique.


girls to develop their leadership skills through participating, learning, planning, and camping.


girls to grow in their faith while learning to Cherish Health, Seek Truth, Know God, and Serve Others.


girls how to centre their life in Christ, so that they can become the girls God would have them be.


to the girls in a supportive way through small group discussions.


girls with a leader who will be their guide, help them to understand their problems, and share in their dreams.


girls to build on their strengths and to be proud of who they are.


girls with opportunities to discover ways of helping others.


girls develop a network with others across the country…a lifetime of support to help them live a life with a purpose.