Bed Bugs

You are likely aware that incidents of bed bugs have been noted over the last few years in homes, schools, and hotels throughout North America.

Bed bugs are not native to Grey County/Markdale area. They arrive in the bedding of unsuspecting campers and guests and have found their way to camps right across Ontario.  Campfire! Bible Camp is aware of the bed bug issue and taken actions to address issues since our first occurrence of bed bugs in 2010.

As of 2019 Campfire! Bible Camp updated our policies and procedures with a goal to prevent or reduce the chance of bed bug coming to camp, an active process to deal with any bed bug issues quickly and an overall communication strategy from registration to returning home.

To reduce the possibility of bed bugs coming to camp, all campers are to use the packing bags provided or garbage bags for clothing and bedding.  Unlike suit cases, these packing bags and garbage bags and be washed and cleaned (heated) easily to treat the issue at camp should the need arise.

If the existence of bed bugs are confirmed, our trained staff use an extermination process that includes relocating affected campers and/or guests, temperature (heat) treating their bedding and bedclothes and using heat and steam to destroy the bugs, larva and eggs.

Our protocol also includes a communication strategy.  If your child is staying in cabins where bed bugs are confirmed, you will receive a specific notification regarding the steps taken for treatment.  A similar notification is provided to the leaders of guest groups using our facilities, if bed bugs are discovered in their accommodations.

We also want to inform you of good practices to prevent taking bed bugs home.  This same process is also effective in dealing with lice.  When returning home from camp (or a hotel, boarding school, university residence, etc.) it is advisable to take precautions with bedding and clothing to prevent bed bugs from being inadvertently transferred.  These include:

  • Immediately upon returning home, keep the clothes and bedding outside or in a garage until they can be washed. Do not leave clothes, bedding, or bags where bugs could crawl out and escape before treating.
  • Wash clothes and bedding in warm or hot water immediately and then place them in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes.

*It is noted that you can try and treat luggage and bags by placing them in a chest freezer at -19 degrees C or lower for 4 days and start this timing after the luggage has cooled to -19 degrees.  However, this method has not always been proven to be effective.

For more info on Bed Bugs please see this document: Understanding Bed Bugs

Campfire! Clothing Bags

 We are excited to introduce complimentary Campfire Clothing Bags as part of your registration as a camper or volunteer this summer.  The Clothing Bags are a mandatory requirement for packing your belongings and keeping them at camp as part of an overall strategy to minimize the risk of bed bugs.

Incidents of bed bugs have been noted over the last few years in homes, schools, and hotels throughout North America. Bed bugs are not native to Grey County/Markdale area. They arrive in the bedding of unsuspecting campers and guests and have found their way to camps right across Ontario.  Campfire! Bible Camp is aware of the bed bug issue and taken actions to address issues since our first occurrence of bed bugs in 2010.

As of 2019 Campfire! Bible Camp updated our policies and procedures with a goal to prevent or reduce the chance of bed bugs coming to camp, an active process to deal with any bed bug issues quickly and an overall communication strategy from registration to returning home.

To reduce the possibility of bed bugs coming to camp, all campers are to use the packing bags provided or garbage bags for clothing and bedding.  Unlike suit cases, these packing bags can be washed and cleaned (heated) easily to treat the issue at camp should the need arise. There are three colours to choose from  – pink, blue and black– and they are free for all campers, counsellors and other volunteers.  Please note that you must already be registered as a camper or have signed up as a volunteer to receive your complimentary clothing bag.  Campfire Clothing Bags will be available in advance at a church or school location as of June 1st, 2019.    If you cannot get a clothing bag in advance, simply pack in a plastic garbage bag and you can transfer your items into a clothing bag at camp.

Streetlight Christian Church – Danielle Heemskerk

Timothy Christian School – Cornelius Broersma

Heritage Christian School – Marise de Visser

Grace Christian School – Rachelle VanPopta

Rehoboth CanRC – Rick or Denise Ludwig

Blessings Christian Church – Rebecca Blokker

John Calvin School, Smithville – Jessica Broersma

Ebenezer CanRc – Sarah Catherine

London/Kerwood – Kevin and Mark Wattel

Guelph/Fergus –  Jerry and Nancy Vink

Owen Sound – Gary and Joni Vis