WHO WE ARE
InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch, Grand River is a Christian Summer Camp and Outdoor Education & Retreat Centre located in Southwestern Ontario, offering programs for children, youth, and adults.
Everything we do at Circle Square Ranch is for the purpose of helping children and youth grow spiritually, mentally, socially and physically in a fun-filled and safe place of adventure and challenge. We invite campers to consider what the Bible has to say to them, about their relationship with God, and each other.
Circle Square Ranch is a home away from home for our summer campers and an exciting getaway for schools & groups year-round.
Meet Our Team
Our staff are well trained to mentor and guide in all aspects of camp life, from developing skills to engaging in conversations about life and faith. Allow us to introduce ourselves… We are here to serve you!
Circle Square Ranches were originally created as part of the Crossroads Christian Communications TV program called Circle Square, which aired on TV in the 1970’s. Several children’s summer camps were birthed as a result of an overwhelming response from Canadian public to the show. Although the television program came to an end, several camps are still in operation today.
Since 1985, we have welcomed more than 23,000 campers to our beautiful rolling countryside in southern Ontario, just minutes from the cities of Brantford & Hamilton.
During the summer months, we run several overnight camps for children & youth, providing a transformative experience for campers in a fun and caring environment. In this camp community, where leadership and faith development is encouraged, students are comfortable asking tough questions about life and faith. We believe that faith in Jesus Christ and an understanding of God’s love leads to a life full of purpose and meaning. Children & youth find answers & direction for life here along with incredible opportunities to develop into mature, Christian leaders.
We also provide a wide variety of affordable, seasonal activities with bookings available September through June for conferences, retreats, and school outings. Whether you are riding on a horse, conquering a high ropes course or enjoying a high-energy campfire time, Circle Square Ranch will deliver incredible memories.
It all began with one student.
At 25, Howard Guinness heard God ask him to put his medical studies on hold, leave his home and friends in Oxford and sail across turbulent waters for the sake of reaching out to university students in Canada. It would have been easier for Howard to say no, to stay where he was comfortable… but he said yes. And with the help of a few friends, he raised funds for a one-way ticket to Canada.
Through it all, they pursued Jesus with unwavering conviction. And because of the risky obedience that Howard and countless others have shown through the years, we can continue their work today, helping thousands of Canadian students hear God’s call. Almost 90 years later, they’re still saying yes.