Welcome!

Shut the Front Door is excited to present Open Doors Improv Camp! Get ready for an immersive, interactive, adventurous weekend with new friends!

This camp focuses on teamwork, confidence, and community. Here you will make new connections and have the opportunity to express yourself through improv. Whether you're new to improv or you’re a seasoned performer, there is something for you at Open Doors Improv Camp. 

Looking to improve your communication skills, become a stronger worker, or build better relationships? Want to learn new life skills and perform with Shut the Front Door in a unique environment? Experience all that and more with customized workshops, fun jam sessions, campfires, and new friends! Open Doors takes improv into the wilderness, combining comedy and camping for a one-of-a-kind adventure.

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Open Doors Improv Camp - October Weekend

October 28th, 2017 (starting at 8:00am) – October 29th, 2017 (ending at 12:00 pm)

Stevenson Children’s Camp, Dorchester, ON

REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEXT OPEN DOORS IMPROV CAMP DATE


What’s Included:

- Overnight shared cabin accommodations

- All meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks (1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, 3 snacks)

- Team building/communication exercises

- Ropes course

- Two improv workshops (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels available)

- Commemorative Open Doors Improv Camp t-shirt

- Recreation time - camp activities and impromptu improv games/workshops

- Chance to learn from and perform with Shut the Front Door/Off the Hinges

- Improv jam session

- Campfire

- Dance party

- Access an exclusive Facebook Group

And more…

Sound like fun? We sure think so. We can’t wait to spend the weekend with you! Regular registration ends Tuesday, October 10th! Extended registration deadline is October 13th @ 11:30pm (We do not guarantee camp t-shirt if you register after October 10th) Sign up today to claim your spot!


Open Doors Improv Camp Reviews

"A truly amazing time, I can't wait until the next one! Not only did I gain more tools to use in improv but I made such strong connections with amazing and funny people!" - Mark Lammert

"I'm not sure what I expected when I signed up for Open Doors Improv Camp; skill building, workshops, a campfire, and some laughter perhaps. What I gained was deeper than that. I feel stronger and more confident in certain areas of my improv, and every day life, through challenging tasks, guided workshops and constructive feedback. And at the same time I am more vulnerable to open up, willing to take risks and challenge myself. I feel like the people that I barely knew at the start of the weekend have become lifelong friends and part of a strong and supportive improv network. I cannot wait to go back and see what other magic comes from this adventure." - Laura Teskey

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"Was really looking forward to attending this camp. It was well worth it!  Great facility and close to home! It was more than I thought it was going to be (no spoilers) but simply put, was more then just improv instruction. Overall, it went well beyond my expectations!" - Kevin Pegg

"Open Doors Improv Camp was supposed to be this silly fun experience and ended up changing my life, opening my mind, and creating tons of new friendships. 10/10 (minus mosquitoes)" - Sofia Eidsath

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"An amazing fun-filled weekend of new connections, hilarious improv games, and lasting memories! Totally worth it." - Erin Walker

"This camp was one of the best things I have ever done, and with THE best fellow campers and leaders. It was a heavenly combination of a beautiful location, fun, laughter, learning, team building, and very deep connections with beautiful, loving, (and super fun!) people in a totally safe, positive, and supportive environment.  I will never miss a STFD Improv camp if I can help it.  It was amazing!" - Anne Wilson

Looking for more information? Want to secure your spot? Below is a list of some of the things you can expect at Open Doors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+ Why is Shut the Front Door Improv doing a camp?

Over the past five years, we've built an improv community that we’re proud to call home. Whether you’re an improviser, a fan, or a supporter, your support has helped us flourish. That’s why we’re excited to offer this unique experience to everyone.

+ What’s the focus of Open Doors Improv Camp?

Bringing awesome people together to learn, practice, and perform improv in the woods with a focus on teamwork, confidence, and community.

Here you will make new connections and have the opportunity to express yourself through improv. Whether you’re new to improv or you’re a seasoned performer, there is something for you at Open Doors Improv Camp.

Looking to improve your communication skills, become a stronger worker, or build better relationships? Want to learn new life skills and perform with Shut the Front Door in a unique environment? Open Doors takes improv into the wilderness, combining comedy and camping for a one-of-a-kind adventure.

+ Who’s going to be there?

Generally speaking…
Open Doors Improv Camp is for adults who love improv, and love to have fun with other adults who love improv. We think one of the beautiful things about improv camp is that really different people can build a supportive and fun-loving community very quickly.

More specifically…
Open Doors Improv Camp is for people over the age of 19. Groups of friends, couples, and singletons are all welcome - the counsellors will make sure you’re meeting new people regardless of who you arrive with. We encourage anyone between the ages of 19 and 99 to sign up!

+ Can I bring a friend to camp?

If you have someone in mind you think would enjoy the camp, you have the option of registering two campers at once with the 'Bring a Friend' ticket! Registering together saves you both money and you have someone to share your improv experience with!

+ When is this shindig?

Open Doors Improv Camp takes place the weekend of October 28th - 29th. Book off these dates now and do something just for you!

+ Where is it?

Stevenson Children’s Camp is located at 5081 Gore Road, just east of London in Dorchester, Ontario. Enjoy 125 acres of improv camp fun!

Visit www.stevensoncamp.ca today and find out more about the amazing location!

+ How do I get there?

Drive your car or carpool with friends!

The camp address is 5081 Gore Rd in Dorchester. There will be designated parking available.

Find directions here: Directions to Stevenson Children's Camp

+ What will I eat?

All of your meals are included!

Think of your favourite camp food, but upgraded for your adult palate. We have ensured that our menu is healthy and delicious. Food will be served buffet style so that everyone gets his or her fill. There will also be nutritious snacks available throughout the day.

Regular and vegetarian options will be available. Please email us before you register if you have any other dietary restrictions, as we are trying our best to accommodate everyone. (opendoorscamp@shutthefrontdoor.ca)

+ Where will I sleep?

You will be given the choice of male, female, or coed bunks when you register. We will assign bunks, endeavouring to put you with your friends where possible, but you’ll have instant cabin friends as well!

In the post-registration questionnaire, you will have the opportunity to request a specific bunkmate. Both campers must request each other to guarantee that they are placed in the same cabin.

Do you have a health concern regarding being on the top bunk? Please contact us and we will ensure you have a bottom bunk.

Campers are responsible for bringing bedding for single bed bunks. A sleeping bag and a pillow work best.

+ Is there indoor plumbing?

Absolutley! There are flushable toilets in a real washroom setting, and they are fully equipped with sinks AND soap! Washrooms are conveniently located near cabins and in the rec hall. Showers are also available.

+ What improv workshops will be available?

Workshops will include options for beginner, intermediate, and advanced imporvisers. More information regarding workshops will be available soon!

+ How much does camp cost?

Last Chance price $210.00* (Bring a Friend promo listed above) Included in your registration:

  • Overnight shared cabin accommodations
  • All meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks (1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, 3 snacks)
  • Team building/communication exercises
  • Ropes course
  • Two improv workshops (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels available)
  • Commemorative Open Doors Improv Camp t-shirt
  • Recreation time - Camp activities and impromptu improv games/workshops
  • Chance to learn from and perform with Shut the Front Door/Off the Hinges members
  • Improv Jam Session
  • Campfire
  • Dance Party
  • Access to exclusive Facebook group

+ Why so cheap?

We want as many people to come to camp as possible. Open Doors Improv Camp counsellors, kitchen staff, and organizers are all volunteering their time for the love of improv.

+ Why so expensive?

This is how much it costs to rent the facility and feed everyone for a weekend. We think it’s a pretty great deal for accommodations, meals, workshops, team building, and a t-shirt all in one great package!

+ Do I need to sign a wavier?

Yes - you will sign a wavier when you arrive at camp. You may view it in advance here!

You must also agree to and sign the terms and conditions. You may view them in advance here!

+ Can I drink?

We have a jam-packed day planned on Saturday, October 28th, but BYOB will be in effect in the evening. We ask that campers wait until 7:00pm to imbibe.

Due to the location and nature of Stevenson Children’s Camp, we ask that you follow the alcohol rules below:

  • No single serving glass bottles (single serving cans are acceptable)
  • No open alcohol in cabins
  • No refrigeration is available for personal drinks - please bring your own cooler if needed
  • Alcohol is not permitted off the premises
  • Plastic cups will be available for your convenience
  • Please take home your empties or recycle them in the proper bins provided

+ I only want to hang out with people I already know and get hammered. I don’t like improv nor meeting cool new people. I’m allergic to fun and laughter gives me a rash. Is Open Doors right for me?

It may not be your thing, but tell others who love and are interested in improv!

+ Can I bring my kids? My pets? Can I bring my kid’s pets?

We love kids, pets, and your kid’s pets, and there are many great family camps where they are welcome. Open Doors is a unique opportunity to attend an adults-only improv camp. Enjoy a night away, unwind, and meet new people.

+ Can I arrive late?

Sorry, we aren’t able to accept late arrivals. Registration is from 8:00am – 8:45am on Saturday. We understand that emergencies happen, and we’ll deal with those as they arise. You’ll have a phone number to call in case that happens.

+ Can I leave and come back?

Due to safety reasons, we are not permitted to allow in/out privileges after you arrive. If you’d like to leave, we are not able to admit you back to camp afterward.

+ What should I bring?

We’ll send you a detailed packing list after you register. A sleeping bag or sheets and a blanket are required. You’ll also probably want to bring a pillow.

It’s only one night - leave your diamonds at home!

+ Can I bring my phone and other gadgets?

Of course, but we do encourage a digital-free weekend. We welcome you to take pictures. We will also be taking professional photos at camp and posting them in our private Facebook group that you may download and share.

+ Is there Wi-Fi?

There isn’t, unless some raccoons have gone in on a data plan with a hotspot. But you don’t need it at camp. You can be free!