Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a discount if I register more than one child? Is there a discount if I register more than one child?

For families with several children coming to camp, the first two are full price. The third child and each child after that are half price. To claim this deal, use the coupon code “HALFOFFCAMP” during the registration process.

If I have to cancel my registration, do I get the fee back? If I have to cancel my registration, do I get the fee back?

If you have to cancel before June 1st, you will get a full refund. After June 1st, you will get everything back except for the $75 deposit.

Can I request cabin mates for my child? Can I request cabin mates for my child?

Yes. When you register your child, there will a space for you to enter in the cabin mate requests. While we try our best to accommodate everyone’s requests, the staff cannot guarantee that a request will be granted. We do try our best, though!

How are campers and volunteers health needs provided for? How are campers and volunteers health needs provided for?

One of our top priorities is the health and safety of all our campers.

There is a centrally located health center (The Med Shed) which contains equipment and supplies to handle medical and first aid needs of camp, and is a place where treatments are provided and medications are dispensed.

There is one Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse on staff for the summer. They collect, store and dispense all camper medications. Health promotion is an important part of camp life and that means taking care to ensure our campers have sunscreen, remain well hydrated, use bug spray and practice regular hand washing. Treatment of minor illness or injury is carried out in compliance with medical directives as approved by our Camp Physician and also Standard First Aid/CPR guidelines. All staff members are also trained in Standard First Aid and CPR. Accident and emergency procedures are established and implemented with annual training for all staff.

Should the need arise for more urgent medical care, Markdale Hospital is located less than 10 km away. For all health issues that arise at camp that require more than a Tylenol, band-aid, or side-hug we make every attempt to contact parents in advance of any treatment.

My child has special needs. Can they come? My child has special needs. Can they come?

The health and safety of campers is one of our top priorities. Since Campfire is not specifically equipped for special needs campers, we accept them on a case-by-case basis. Generally, campers who can provide their own personal care (toileting, dressing, bathing), can interact cooperatively in groups, can walk moderate distances and do not require one-on-one care, can attend camp. We recognize all situations are unique and should be assessed based on the individual needs of the camper. If any of these items are a challenge please contact the Nursing Committee at [email protected] before registering for camp. We want to ensure that the camp experience will be safe and positive for your child.

If your child has been diagnosed with specific behavioural exceptionalities, it is good to make us aware of this on the registration form. We want to accommodate campers to the best of our ability, and part of that includes being aware of the specific struggles of your child. That way we can best support them in their experience at camp!

How do you deal with homesickness? How do you deal with homesickness?

Campfire has a Camp PALs every week who is available to help counsellors who have campers that are dealing with homesickness. As a general rule, we do not allow homesick campers to call home, but instead will try to use other strategies to comfort them.

My child has anaphylaxis. How do you deal with this? My child has anaphylaxis. How do you deal with this?

If your child has a potentially life-threatening allergy (anaphylaxis), please fill out the Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan and bring with (or send with) your child to camp. Download the form here.

What time does camp start and end? What time does camp start and end?

Camp registration opens at 10am on Monday mornings. Registration goes from 10am to 11:30am.

Except for those attending Wilderness week, all weeks end on Fridays with a closing ceremony at 3pm. The ceremony, which you are welcome to attend, is usually finished by 3:45pm.

Wilderness week ends on Saturday morning at 11am.

My child is taking the bus. Where I can I find the information? My child is taking the bus. Where I can I find the information?

Register for bussing before June 1st to get the early bird price of $30 per camper, each way! On June 1st, the price will go up to $35 per camper. Please note there are no refunds offered for bussing fees after June 1st.

The bus stop will be at St Peter By the Park at 55 Victoria Ave N, Hamilton.

Please have your camper there at 8:15 am on the Monday. The bus will arrive back on Friday at approximately 6:30 pm, depending on traffic.

Please click here for the backroad directions to Campfire. Alternatively, punching in the address in Google Maps will get you here too! 🙂

What is the dress code? What is the dress code?

Please find the complete dress code here.

What should my child bring? What should my child bring?

There are three different packing lists, depending on which week your child will be attending. For those coming to Camp please see the packing list available here.

Please note that we are a camp that practices sun safety, so all campers and volunteers must wear hats during the middle hours of the day.

Please remember to label all items brought to camp.  Each year after camp clean-up we seem to be left with four or five garbage bags full of campers’ clothing to bring to the Mission Thrift Store!

What is your plan when it comes to lice and bed bugs? What is your plan when it comes to lice and bed bugs?

Please see our bed bugs policy and lice policy for more info. 

What medical information does the nurse need from me about my child? What medical information does the nurse need from me about my child?

Please fill out the Last Minute Medical Sheet and bring with (or send with) your child to camp.

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