How to Choose the Right Camp
If you’ve been looking through some of the amazing camps on our website, it should already be clear to you that there are enough options Canada-wide to suit every child and family need that could possibly arise when deciding on a summer camp. We’d like to outline some simple steps you can take that will help you decide on a summer camp for your child.
- Take note of your child’s medical and accessibility needs. If your child has any special needs that are either physical or mental that may affect their camping experience, make sure you’re choosing a camp that can properly accommodate those needs. Many camps have programs specially tailored to help your child have the best camp experience possible and we encourage you to take advantage of our accessibility filters in order to find the camp that best fits your personal care situation.
- Do your homework on the camps you consider. Once you’ve narrowed down the list to a few great camps make sure you take the time to visit each camp’s website to find out more about their mission and values. If you have any questions about the camp that aren’t answered on the website, then use the contact information provided to contact the camp director. You should feel just as comfortable sending your child to camp as you are sending them to daycare or school everyday.
- Discuss the decision with your child. When making a decision on a camp it’s an excellent idea to include your child in the discussion. Once you’ve narrowed down the choices ask your child if they have a preference for location or programming that might ultimately decide on a camp that will be the best fit for everyone. The more involved in the decision they are, the more comfortable they will be at camp!
- Choose camps that fit your budget. We serve a wide range of camps at Canadian Adventure and it’s up to you to find a camp that fits your budget. Take note of the session deadlines and deals to see where you may be able to save money. Camp can be an expensive adventure, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many subsidies in place that can help all children have the opportunity to experience camp. Check individual camp websites to see what subsidies are available for the camps on your list.
- Consider your programming options. There are camps that cater to many different interests from sports, to arts, and all the water activities and educational courses in between. Some camps have programming specialized and suited towards a particular activity like sailing or horseback riding, but others have program lists that allow children to explore many different interests while at camp. Make sure the camp you choose has programming that will fit with your child’s interests and goals so that they can get as much out of the experience as possible!
- Pick a location that works for you. Last but not least, make sure you choose a camp that is convenient for you to send your child to. Whether that’s a camp near by, or a camp in a new province, make sure you are comfortable with the area you are sending your child to and the transportation situation to and from that area.
It helps to start with a small list of camps that you are interested in and narrow down the choices using communication with your child as well as the filters on the site. In the end, any camp you choose will end up being a once in a lifetime experience for your child and they’ll make memories that will last until they send their own children to camp!
Everyone knows the value of getting away from routines and technology to spend time in nature. Around the world, kids feel a different kind of energy take hold as their camp busses roll off highways through camp gates each summer.
Beginning in 1946, Camp Bil-O-Wood Has been run by the Ludwig Family for generations.
Keats Camps has been serving youth and families for over 85 years as a part of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. Thriving during the summer months, our property comes alive with over a thousand campers & staff and all of their visiting parents & friends.
Manitoba Pioneer Camp
Founded in 1940, Manitoba Pioneer Camp has been operating ever since as a life-changing summer camp for children and youth. It is part of a network of nine Inter-Varsity Camps across Canada.