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Note: The Interactive Camper Handbook requires a login and is intended for children who have been approved to come to camp with us.

What To Bring! What Not To Bring
  • 8 t-shirts
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts
  • 3 pairs of long pants
  • 4-5 pairs of shorts
  • 3 warm sweaters or sweatshirts
  • 1-2 one-piece bathing suits
  • 10 pairs of underwear
  • 10 pairs of socks
  • 1-2 pairs of pyjamas
  • 1 windbreaker or jacket
  • 1 raincoat
  • 1 sun hat or baseball cap
  • 1 pair of running shoes
  • 1 OLD pair of shoes for wearing in the water
  • 2 towels (one for beach, one for shower)
  • 1 facecloth
  • 1 shampoo and soap
  • 1 toothbrush and toothpaste
  • 1 deodorant
  • 1 hairbrush or comb
  • Money, jewelry or other valuables
  • Sleeping bag and pillow (will be provided)
  • Fishing rods (will be provided)
  • Candy, gum or other snack foods
  • Electronic games, cell phones, CD players, radios or MP3 players
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen (will be provided)
  • Personal sports equipment
  • Pocket knives and other weapons

Optional Items

  • Camera
  • Rubber boots
  • Rain pants
  • Writing paper & envelopes
  • Books
  • A journal

Don’t forget - label everything!

Make a list of everything your child is bringing, then pack that list in your child’s luggage to help them remember what they brought when it’s time to pack up for home.

Important Information

Before Camp

Identification Requirements

The following guidelines have been implemented to ensure an easy arrival at camp. If your child does not have the proper identification to travel, please contact the camp your child is attending as soon as possible for assistance.

Campers travelling domestically by AIR

(Travel within the same country)
In accordance with government regulations, travellers younger than 18 are required to travel with one of the following documents:

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Citizenship Card
  • Passport
  • Indian Status Card
  • Provincial/State Identification
  • Health Card (Canada only)
  • Social Insurance Card (Canada only)
  • Social Security Card (US only)
  • Student Card

Crossing the Canadian/US BORDER by Ground

All campers crossing the Canadian/US border by ground MUST travel with at least one of these documents:

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Indian Status Card

Campers crossing the Canadian/US border who ARE NOT Canadian or US citizens will require a passport and may require a VISA.

Campers travelling by BUS directly to camp

All campers travelling by bus to camp who are not crossing the Canadian/US border do NOT require identification to travel.

Delays & Cancellations

While the Foundation does its best to notify parents/guardians of changes in travel schedules ahead of time, last minute flight delays and cancellations are out of our control. Parents/guardians are encouraged to check directly with their airline on travel days. Flights can be checked online through the airline's website. Specific airline carrier information can be found in the camper's travel information.

Safekeeping of Documents

When travelling to camp, individual identification will be kept by staff travelling with the children. When groups arrive at camp, all camper identification is placed in a locked safe until the return home.

Travelling To and From Camp

Transportation and all associated costs are fully covered by the Foundation. Campers travelling outside their home region will always supervised, either by qualified camp staff, or airline employees if travelling by air.

ABSOLUTELY NO CHANGES will be permitted to:

  • Travel dates
  • Pick-up and Drop-off assignments

Travel Day Preparation

Eat a great breakfast!

Make sure your child eats a full breakfast.

Pack any medication!

If travelling in an escorted group:
Please complete the Medication Form (refer to the Travel Guide), pack all medication in the bag provided and give it directly to the Foundation Escort.

If travelling as an unaccompanied minor:
Please complete the Medication Form (refer to the Travel Guide) and pack all medication in the bag provided. If your child is travelling by air, and needs to take medication while travelling, instructions should be given to airline personnel upon arrival at the airport.

Arrive on time at all designated meeting points!

NOTE: When travelling by air, campers are allowed ONE piece of luggage plus ONE carry-on. Please ensure that the colored bag tags, provided in the Travel Information Package, are attached to all pieces of luggage.

While at Camp


We’re proud of our top-quality camp facilities. Each bunkhouse sleeps four to eight campers, including a central meeting area and shared washroom facilities with private showers and washrooms. Other buildings include the Main Lodge, which houses kitchen and dining facilities, office, wellness centre, and recreation centre.

Food Services

We strive to provide the best quality food service possible. Our menus are designed to appeal to children and include a variety of nutritious foods.


The health and safety of your child is our top priority. When a camp is made aware of a child's allergies, food allergies in particular, efforts are made to ensure alternatives are available.

Note about nut allergies

For children with severe nut allergies, reasonable efforts will be made to reduce or eliminate their contact with nut substances. Parents/guardians must be aware that the Foundation cannot guarantee a completely nut-free environment.

Special diets

Our camps are equipped for accommodating various diets. If you require a special diet, but haven't already made the request on the application, please contact your child’s camp directly.

Missing Home

Missing home while away is a natural feeling for all children. Foundation staff are sensitive to these feelings and can offer special support to homesick campers. Usually these feelings pass after two or three days. In more severe cases however, parents may be contacted for advice and assistance.

How you can help before camp:

  • Talk to your child about feeling nervous or anxious about leaving home. Let them know other campers will be experiencing the same feelings.
  • Practice being away by arranging an overnight visit with a friend or relative.
  • Pack your camper's favorite pair of pyjamas or stuffed animal to comfort them at bedtime.
  • Encourage your child to participate in all camp activities. This can help keep their mind off negative feelings. Physical activity is a great way to stay positive and combat homesickness.

Health & Wellness

A successful and enjoyable experience begins with a healthy camper. As such, all camps have a Wellness Centre with an on-site Wellness Coordinator. Hospitals and clinics are also located within 20 minutes of each camp.

All participants are required to submit a completed Camper Wellness Form with their application. If any medical information changes between registration and your child’s time at camp, please contact the camp your child is attending.

We take our responsibilities seriously to create and maintain a healthy environment for our campers. To help, families may be asked to provide a more detailed medical history to the Wellness Coordinator. Upon arrival at camp, the Wellness Coordinator will give each child a personal health check followed by continued monitoring throughout the session.

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 behaviors.

Expectations of Conduct

Our camps offer a positive environment where campers can grow and learn. As such, we will not tolerate:

The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation has a zero tolerance policy toward bullying. Any child participating in bullying, whether physical, verbal, and/or emotional, will be sent home. It is important to express the seriousness and consequences of bullying to your child before they leave for camp.

Use of Drugs and Alcohol
Intoxicating substances have absolutely no place in a camp environment. Staff and campers alike are prohibited from bringing alcohol or drugs into our camps. Campers who bring prohibited substances to camp will be sent home immediately.


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