Absolutely! Several camps offer specialized programming to explore activities that you like or would like to discover. On the “Find My Camp” page, look for the following icons:
Some traditional camps offer a little bit of everything, or almost...
Yes, there is free time during the day. Most free time occurs between activities or precise moments of the day (after meals, end of the day). However, you cannot do just anything during free time, for instance wandering around camp or swimming alone. Free time is when your counsellor allows you to do what you want in a very precise location (where you are lodged, for instance) while remaining with the group.
Your counsellor’s job is to supervise activities in which you participate, ensure that you use any equipment properly and oversee your safety. The counsellor will always allow you a measure of freedom and space, but since he or she is responsible for you, you must always be in his/her presence and follow your group.
No, you cannot leave camp during your stay. There may be opportunities for outings, but they will always be in the company of your counsellor.
We suggest that you leave valuable objects at home to avoid their loss, breakage or theft. Find out from the camp you will be attending. Most do not allow the use of these objects during stays at camp and will ask you to leave them at reception upon your arrival. The goal in coming to camp is to change your daily routine, get involved in different activities and take a vacation. This is why we ask that you leave these things at home. There are many risk factors associated with such fragile objects at camp: dirt, rain, activities in the forest, etc.).
If your friend is your age, he/she may be able to be in your group. You can ask when registering for camp. Once onsite, it is hard to make changes in groups, but if you make your request in advance, it is very probable that the answer will be yes.
Wakeup at teen camp is generally from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. At most camps, breakfast is at 9 a.m. So you must be ready before your group leaves for “coffee.” If you need only five minutes to get dressed, then you can spend more time in bed... unless you decide to join the early bird swim!
Bedtime is based on your age. It can vary from camp to camp and on the basis of evening activities. Note that most camps have a lights-out policy that even camp staff must obey!!
You will never be forced to participate in any activity at camp. However, we will ask you to try the game before saying it is boring or you aren’t good at it. Note also that you will be invited to participate actively in the choice of activities to take place while you are at camp. It is up to you to make sure that your stay is memorable!
During your stay, there may be special activities where all age groups assemble. If you like, you may be asked to lead short activities for younger campers.
If the counsellor experience interests you, note that there are camps where the Counsellor-in-training (CIT) Program is offered. To participate, you must be 15 years of age and be available for a minimum three-week stay. The CIT involves 125 hours of theoretical training followed by 75 hours of practical training where you will learn all about the work of a counsellor. Click here for more information.
Of course. However, we will ask you to wear comfortable clothing and safe shoes suitable for all kinds of activities... even ones where you will get dirty. Don’t forget that there are all kinds of activities at camp. Rock climbing and mountain hiking in sandals is not ideal. We ask also that you refrain from wearing clothing deemed too sexy or featuring inappropriate slogans or logos.
At camp, there are special evening activities like dances and shows. If you like, you can wear your best clothes to these events.
Dormitory size varies from camp to camp. There are beds for each camper and generally space to put your clothing and things. Dormitories are never co-ed and you will undoubtedly be sleeping with other youths in your group. A counsellor always sleeps on the premises. In some camps, accommodation consists of small bedrooms or tents.
Camp menus are varied, which means that you will always find something to eat even if you don’t like the main course. However, the camp cook won’t make something special just for you. You will have to choose from among what is offered: soup, salad, raw vegetables, cheese, etc. If you are vegetarian, most camps offer vegetarian options on their main menu.
You cannot choose your counsellor. Groups are always formed before you arrive at camp and you remain with the same group during your entire stay at camp. If there is a conflict, you will first be invited to discuss the situation with your counsellor and find solutions. If the situation does not improve, you can count on the presence of the head counsellor to help you solve your problem with your counsellor.
Each camp has its own policy on the subject. You will have to inform yourself at camp. If the camp does allow you to have a boyfriend or girlfriend, you will undoubtedly be asked to be discreet and not kiss in front of the others.
Certain policies require compliance to favour healthy camp life for all participants, but some camps may allow cigarette smoking insofar as you obtain parental permission beforehand and comply with cigarette smoking legislation in effect in public locations. Inform yourself at the camp you would like to attend.
Alcohol and drugs are not tolerated at camp. If you consume any of these substances while at camp you will be sent home automatically.
Day camp is generally located near your home, village or town. You go to day camp in the morning and return home at the end of the day.
Resident camp is usually a good distance from home and located in natural surroundings near a lake or river. You stay there for a few days. You sleep there, without your parents.
Programming varies from one camp to the next. Camps usually try to offer a wide range of activities: sports, aquatic activities, nautical activities, arts, outdoor activities. Play during activities tends to vary from invigorating to less strenuous exercise. Some camps offer highly specialized programming such as horseback riding or circus arts.
At day camp and resident camp, the day basically begins with a group muster. This is when your counsellor presents the day’s scheduled activities. Then, the activities begin! Lunch is generally around noon and then off you go for the afternoon’s activities.
If you are attending day camp, you return home at the end of the day or remain with the camp’s daycare service until your parents come to pick you up. If you are attending resident camp, supper is usually served around 5 p.m., followed by other evening activities. Evening activities are generally low key: camp fires, stargazing, shows, improvisation, etc., but sometimes there are camp-wide games in the evening!
If your friend, brother or sister is your age, he or she may be in your group. You can ask when registering for camp, but each camp has its own rules. Sometimes groups are mixed (boys and girls); sometimes there are groups of girls and groups of boys. But don’t worry: camp is a great place to make many new friends! Be prepared to meet many great kids like you!
It is normal for you to miss your parents or friends while at camp, especially if it is your first time! This longing usually disappears after a few days of fun and activities. You’ll see: you won’t pine for long! If, however, you miss your parents too much, you can always contact them by letter or email. When you register, make sure they leave their mailing and email addresses with the camp. You can say hello and describe all the great activities you are involved in!
You cannot choose your counsellor. Groups are always formed before you arrive at camp and you remain with the same group during your entire stay at camp. However, you should know that your counsellor is impatiently awaiting your arrival and it is a sure bet that you will find your counsellor dynamic, really nice and a person who will make your summer at camp unforgettable!
You will never be forced to participate in any activity at camp. However, we will ask you to try the game before saying it is boring or you aren’t good at it. If you try the game and still don’t like it, you will have to wait with your group until the activity is over. But, you know, at camp there are activities for all tastes. You will surely get the chance to try many new activities and have lots of fun!
You can bring things from home, but they must remain at the dormitory. Make sure your name is written on each object in case it gets lost. We do not advise bringing valuable objects to camp (electronic games, computers, cell phones, etc.) to avoid theft and breakage. In any case, you will receive a list of things to bring to camp.
At camp we think of everything! The counsellors always have activities at hand in case of rain. They simply take place indoors. Laughter and fun is guaranteed even when it rains!
A counsellor always sleeps with your group at night. If you are afraid, you can waken him. If you are a girl, the counsellor will also be a girl.
Camp menus are varied, which means that you will always find something to eat even if you don’t like the main course. However, the camp cook won’t make something special just for you. You will have to choose from among what is offered: soup, salad, raw vegetables, cheese, etc.
Of course! The counsellors are always open to suggestions and ideas for games! So don’t be shy about suggesting ideas and letting them know what you like!
Camp fires are fun, it’s true, and a time for songs, stories and marshmallows! Most camps make fires every night. However, fires are not lit when it is very windy or raining. There are also times when fires are not allowed because the season is too dry. It would be too dangerous for the forest (forest fires).
Certified camps are committed to your child’s wellbeing and overall development. Certified camps offer children nutritious meals, quality facilities and a secure environment designed especially for them. Children are supervised by friendly, qualified counsellors who see to their safety.
The advantages of a certified camp may be summarized as a form of guarantee that winning conditions for a successful camp experience are present. Certified camps are assessed by the A.C.Q. to ensure their compliance with standards.
The average length of stay at a resident camp is about six days. Some camps offer shorter stays, others longer. The length of a stay is often determined by the age of the child or by the programming offered: expeditions, canoeing and camping, etc.
Day camps welcome children when the school year is over. Day camps generally close about mid-August.
Programming varies greatly from one camp to the next. Generally, camps will try to offer your child the widest possible range of sports, water, arts and outdoors activities. Physically active pursuits alternate with quieter activities. Some camps offer more specialized programming such as horseback riding or circus arts, for example.
Season after season, the programming teams at day and resident camps strive to ensure that programs and activities offered evolve with children’s age groups so they can try new things and deal with exciting challenges.
At a certified camp, a maximum of 35% of all program staff may be 17 years of age when they begin work. Other program staff members must be at least 18 years of age, including expedition team leaders.
Resident and day camps provide a training program to their staff before camp opens for the season. The training program lasts 60 hours for resident camps and 50 hours for day camps.
Counsellors never enter shower stalls with children. If a child needs help, his or her counsellor will suggest that a friend help, or the counsellor will ask the child to cover himself/herself with a towel before entering the stall.
Dormitories, roomettes and even tents always house children of the same sex. A counsellor always sleeps near the children and accompanies them during transition times: getting dressed, relaxing, etc.
Lifeguards are present and supervise all aquatic activities that take place in pools and lakes.
Nautical activities involving canoes, rowboats and kayaks are supervised by counsellors. Everyone who uses a watercraft, including camp staff and campers, must wear a lifejacket at all times.
Yes, menus are approved by a dietician at the start of summer. This is an A.C.Q. requirement.
Each camp has a policy regarding measures to implement during emergency situations. The policy is explained to all camp personnel during training sessions. Some items, such as the emergency evacuation plan in the event of fire, are even “practised” by campers and staff alike during a drill that takes place at the onset of each stay at camp.
Camps employ at least one staff member certified to provide first aid and CPR for every 25 individuals present at camp. First aid kits are located strategically throughout camp: in the cafeteria, at risk-activity locations, at sites away from the main camp, in public buildings and common areas, etc.
If the state of your child requires a visit to a clinic or hospital, you will be contacted directly.
Several camps offer financial assistance programs for low-income families. Search for camps displaying the $ icon on the “Find my camp” page.
Generally, it is not possible to communicate with your child while he/she is at camp. Since most camps welcome more than 100 campers at a time, it would be complicated for staff to manage all the telephone calls and email correspondence with the parents.
Likewise, if your child misses you when away from home for a few days, talking with you on the phone may make him/her want to do one thing only after your call: go home!
However, at the end of your child’s stay at camp, most camps will provide you with a logbook of your child’s activities while at camp. You can then discuss all the exciting things that happened at camp with your child!
For the most part, lunches are not refrigerated. It is a good idea to insert an icepack in your child’s lunchbox to keep the contents chilled. Generally, children do not have access to a microwave oven either. It is better to provide your child with a sandwich or salad rather than a hot meal.
Counsellors are very much aware of the harm the sun’s rays can cause to a child’s skin. Applying sunscreen to the skin is part of the daily routine, and the activity is repeated several times during the day. Care is also taken to ensure that children wear a hat or cap on a sunny day.
Most resident camps will provide you with a list of things to bring to camp.
For day camp, foresee an extra set of clothing, a raincoat or windbreaker, a bathing suit and a towel for outings at the pool, a plastic bag to store wet clothing, sunscreen, insect repellant, a bottle of water, a hat and a lunch including one or two snacks.
It is best to do so. Very few children pick up all their clothing and never misplace anything! Some resident camps will even provide you with an order form for labels that you can sew or glue to your child’s clothing and possessions.