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What to Bring to Camp! What Not to Bring to Camp
  • 5-10 t-shirts
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts
  • 2 warm sweaters or sweatshirts (wool or fleece - avoid cotton)
  • 3 pairs of shorts
  • 1 bathing suit and towel (no bikinis or two-piece suits)
  • 10 pairs of socks and underwear
  • 2 pairs long pants - NO JEANS
  • 2 pairs shoes - one for dry activities and one for wet (Shoes must be suitable for swimming i.e. no high heels)
  • 1 pair of sandals with heel straps (not flip-flops)
  • 1 pair pyjamas
  • Rainwear (optional)
  • 1 hat and pair of sunglasses
  • Sunscreen/bug repellent (optional)
  • 1 lip moisturizer
  • Personal hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/comb, deodorant, shampoo, soap)
  • 1 towel and face cloth

NOTE: Scented items such as insect repellents or deodorant are not permitted on the canoe trip.

  • Cigarettes, alcohol, drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Cell phones or pagers
  • MP3 players, video games, digital cameras, iPods etc.
  • Knives or other weapons
  • Food or snacks (due to camper allergies)

NOTE

All other items, including bedding, essential camping/safety equipment for canoe trips, as well as nutritious food, will be provided by the camp.

LUGGAGE

Please remember to attach coloured tags to all luggage prior to arrival at the airport or bus terminal/stop. Please limit your luggage to a maximum of ONE carry-on bag and ONE piece of luggage.

Other Important Information

Staff

All Foundation employees are at least 19 years of age, with prior experience leading wilderness trips and/or working with youth. Our staff encourage participants to step out of their comfort zones and make new friends. This fosters self-confidence and helps form lasting memories.

All employees take part in extensive training sessions at the beginning of every summer season. Rest assured that all employees are experienced in providing challenging, fun and exciting adventures for youth.

Health & Safety

Health and Wellness are our top priorities. Our responsibility is to create and maintain a healthy environment for all those who attend our programs. Each camp has a Wellness Centre with an on-site Wellness Coordinator that completes a health check of all participants. Staff on all wilderness canoe trips are certified in Standard and Wilderness First-Aid, as well as CPR.

Change in health or medication
Any participant who has had a change in health or medication since completing their initial application must inform the Foundation of these changes.

Understanding risk
The Foundation's programs are designed to give young people confidence in their abilities and pride in their accomplishments. It is important to understand that while under the leadership of our skilled staff, campers may engage in activities that involve risk. It is hoped that through these experiences, campers gain a more positive view of the world and their place in it.

A Camper Support Specialist (CSS) is a member of the Wellness team and is on site at all times. The CSS will provide counsellors with ongoing support and coaching for campers with challenging behaviours.

Food & Allergies

Our camps provide an abundance of delicious foods to choose from. If you have any allergies or special dietary requirements, please inform the Foundation so an alternative menu can be prepared. Participants and their parent(s)/guardian(s) must be aware that the Foundation cannot guarantee a completely nut-free environment.

Food on trip
Participants will be eating meals at camp as well as on trip. The meals on trip are prepared by the whole group. This begins at camp when, as a group, participants pack the food and learn how to prepare meals in the outdoors. Almost any meal is possible to make while camping.

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