Question and Answers for Camp/Staff Standards and Training

Is there more to summer camp than just fun and games?

Camp staff just about everywhere and adults raised with the camping experience will tell you camp isn't only about recreation. Camp is a life campus—a unique place to learn. More than anything, they say camp teaches kids about life and how to live it well.

Skills for school, work and life
Problem solving, self-discipline, perseverance, goal setting, time management and team building learned in a less-structured way

Discovery and exploration
A new interest sparked by the flora and fauna of the natural world or a confidence encouraged by cabin mates and choices made at camp

Future career possibilities
A taste of what it's like to be an actor, astronaut, athlete or astronomer

Learning through success and failure
Mistakes made in an encouraging environment (with no grades!) pushes children to strive, to test and master new skills

Specialty training
Valuable skill development in computer, debate or volleyball transfers back to classroom work, extracurricular endeavours or athletic pursuits

Personal growth
Achievements at camp—from earning a first-level swimming badge to completing a solo portage—build self-esteem and self-confidence

Research has proven that camps provide the perfect environment for learning. Two university professors discuss their findings in the Learning benefits of camp

Have a look at which famous Canadians went to summer camp .

Related questions

What should I look for in a camp?
Family circumstances and the individual interests or needs of your child will affect your choice of summer camp. For more

What questions should I ask?
Ask about any and every aspect of the camp that interests or concerns you. General questions about the camp's philosophy, more

How do I find a summer camp?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer. A great camp for your child as cousin, schoolmate or neighbourhood pal might not more

When do camps have information sessions or tours?
If you call ahead, you can usually arrange a tour while camp is happening. In the off-season, a number more

What kinds of programs do camps follow?
There are no set provincial (territorial) or association programs that camps are required to follow so you will find more

I've heard about leadership (LIT or CIT) programs. What are they?
You may see the term LIT or CIT program; it's short for Leadership-in-Training or Counsellor-in-Training program.

These are opportunities camps more

What if my child is homesick?
Staff are well trained and very experienced in handling any sort of behaviour situation that arises at camp, and more

Is there always someone supervising the campers? Even during the night at residential/overnight camps?
Yes. Camps take their responsibility for your child very, very seriously. Their programs, staffing, facilities and schedules are all more

Can I find out how my child is doing at her first overnight camp?
Check beforehand whether you can call the camp office to speak with the camp director or your child's counsellor. more

What is the food like? My child is a picky eater . . . My child has special dietary needs . . . My child has allergies . . .
Camps aim for balanced menus that appeal to kids and that ensure nutritious, filling and tasty food. Some automatically more

How many campers and staff are at camp?
Camp session capacity can range from a couple dozen campers to 100, 200 or more and staffing varies accordingly. more

Do camps need to be accredited or certified?
Camps are very conscious, attentive and responsive to the fact that children are in their care. Camps see responsibility more

What sort of training do camp staff have?
Reputable camps place a high priority on staff training, often through their own programs. Information on the physical and more

I am most concerned about the screening process of both your staff and volunteers. more

Meals, snacks provided ect., also sleeping arrangements, bedtime/wake up time, credentials of camp leaders and how they deal with unexceptable behaviour ex. bad language, behaviour issues ect.
Each camp varies in regard to meal times, snack times, sleeping arrangements and bedtime/wake up times so it's a more

My daughter has a number of severe food allergies. It is not just that she could choose not to eat a particular item if it wasn't suitable- food has to be made intentionally without her allergens. She can still be around her allergens iI others were eating them but, on the other hand, I wouldn't want her to feel that what she is eating is to different or set apart as part of the camp experience is in all eating together. I would like for her to be able to experience camp but safely. Can anyone recommend a camp that truly can accommodate children with severe food allergies? So many camps I speak with tell me that they receive epipen training every year and that she could just not eat whatever wasn't safe for her! She wouldn't be able to eat anything then and hopefully she wouldn't ever need the epipen!
All of the camps that we work with are extremely attentive to children's safety and acknowledge that some children more

I would like to find out about drop off/pick up processes, instructor/kid ratios, instructor qualifications and transportation options.
Each camp varies in regards to drop off/pick up processes as well as whether they offer transportation so it's more

how do camps handle specific child needs such as nut allergies, multi-religious (ie. cant eat pork or gelatin)?
Camp can be a safe place for a child with even the most severe allergies, as long as camp staff, more