The Ontario Womyn’s Drum Camp is the co-creation of Judith Comartin and Laurestine Swain, the duo who make up JT Productions. They have been organizing this fantastic camp for years and support women’s participation in the ancient and sacred rite of drumming.
JT Productions is thrilled to put on this annual event and invite women of all ages to this safe and supportive community and share in the rich traditions that have developed at these camps over the years!
Time and Location: Camp Oconto
Drum Camp is a full weekend of fun at Camp Oconto! The camp is located in the Land O’Lakes region of eastern Ontario, 60 km north of Kingston. Camp Oconto is set on the spring-fed Eagle Lake, nestled on 60 acres of unspoiled land and endless scenic beauty. Please note that the terrain at the camp is rugged in areas.
Key points about the start of camp:
- Drum Camp registration/check-in starts at 12:30 PM on Thursday.
- Dinner will be at 6:00 PM on Thursday.
- The Opening Circle will begin after dinner. If you arrive after the Circle has begun, please join us and complete your registration/check-in at its conclusion.
- Camp ends at 3:00 PM on Sunday.
More About the Camp Oconto
Oconto means “to LEAD”
Camp Oconto, was founded over 85 years ago by a woman, Ms. Ferna Halliday, who was looking for a place where girls would strive and grow. Thus Camp Oconto was born as an exclusive camp for girls; this is still the camp’s norm. To this day the camp continues to provide a safe and supportive environment where young girls can become our strong leaders of tomorrow.
Upon visiting this camp, Judith and Laurestine were struck at just how awesome this place is. We thought, WOW! a camp that was built for girls and still has the best interest of girls at its centre – this is a great place for the ONTARIO WOMYN’S DRUM CAMP to call home.
Come and join us and experience it for yourself!
See the Registration page for directions.
Shuttle: If you will need a ride from the airport, bus station, or rail station, we will happily arrange a shuttle for you at minimum cost. Call for details or to book this service.
Drum Camp offers these flexible accommodations:
- Cabins that sleep up to 4 women in single beds (no bunk beds!), with electricity.
There are a limited number of cabins that will sleep 8 women. Large groups will have priority on these cabins.
- “Zebos” that are wooden structures with a permanent roof and floor, two permanent walls and two screen walls that have canvas covers that roll up. Each sleep up to 4 women in single beds, without electricity.
- Tenting options for those who prefer being even closer to nature.
- RV space but limited availability and no hookups. If you plan to RV, make sure to name your RV group.
- Community bathrooms with lots of flush toilets within easy walks of the cabins and zebos, and are located throughout the land. Private shower houses are separate from the bathrooms.
If you would like to share a cabin or RV with anyone registering at a different time, be sure you all identify yourselves with a group name on your registration forms. Please note that groups may share adjacent cabins or zebos depending on their needs. Unless your group completely fills the available beds, you may be sharing with other women as well.
Smoking is limited to specific outside areas only.
Drum Camp serves three healthy and delicious meals each day. Meals include vegetarian, non-vegetarian, and gluten free options made with local and organic produce whenever possible. Snacks are served in the evenings. For other dietary restrictions, you may wish to bring your own supplemental food.
There’s a lot to do at camp!
- Drumming and Dance Workshops – Choose from many different workshops going on all day
- Hiking – Walk the beautiful trails that weave through the land
- Swimming – Swim in beautiful Eagle Lake. Life guards are on duty throughout the day.
- Kayaks & Canoes – Paddle around Eagle Lake and take in the scenery.
- Showcase – Show off what you learned at camp or share your other talents with everybody at the talent showcase.
- Bonfires and Late Night Jams – Join in some of the late night jams for more drumming, singing, and dancing.
What to Bring
- VIDEO TAPING IS NOT ALLOWED
- Sleeping bag or linens for the beds
- Alarm clock
- Towel and wash cloth
- Something to carry your toiletries in to the shower houses and back
- Flash light
- Bug spray
- Drums and other percussion instruments
- Notepad and pen
- Water bottle
- Clothes for hot days and cool nights. A warm jacket is always a good idea.
- Bathing suit for swimming
- Passport (if you’re coming from outside of Canada)
Scent Sensitivity: Please be aware that many people have sensitivity to scents.
Please do not use scents in enclosed spaces.
Loaner Drums: If you have extra drums that you are willing to bring and lend to others for the weekend, please let us know on your registration form.
Drum Camp features a market place where you can purchase drums, percussion instruments, drum accessories, t-shirts, books, and other great things. Be sure to check it out. Only cash and cheques are accepted to purchase the great items offered here.
Mobility or Visual Considerations
If you have mobility or visual concerns, please call JT Productions with your specific requirements: (919) 794-3104.
We will work with you and hopefully meet your needs.
Work Exchange Position
Work exchange positions are integral to the success of our camps. If you are interested in a work exchange, please call 613-599-4274 for more information and availability.
This fund is used to assist women who are in need of help in order to attend camp. If you are able, and would like to help, please consider making a donation to help us continue to make this possible. Donations can be made along with your registration.