Kids Camp, if the participant doesn’t have a sibling can another relative or friend accompany him/her to camp?
Each Kids Camp only offers spots to children diagnosed with cancer and their sibling(s).
How many years can a participant attend Kids Camp?
Participants (children diagnosed with cancer and siblings) are accepted to Kids Camp based on the status of the child affected by and their proximity to diagnosis. Decisions about camp acceptances are made with care on a case by case basis every year.
This is my child’s first year at camp, how can I help prepare them for being away from home for a whole week?
You can help your child have the best possible camp experience by sharing as many details as possible about your child during the application process. Please provide us with any information about your child's specific needs that you feel would be relevant in the camp setting that we can pass on to the volunteers in care of your child. You can also contact our Coordinator of Program and Participants to provide further information. You can learn more about preparing your child for camp by reviewing the information included here.
When do campers graduate from Kids Camp?
Participants graduate from Kids Camp at age 15. Graduates attend a graduation ceremony at camp to honour their achievements. Graduation ceremony attendance is only for attending volunteers and participants. If you would like to have a photo of your child at graduation, please contact our office to arrange this prior to your child’s session.
What is the participant to counsellor ratio at Kids Camp?
Minimum 3:1. Cabin groups consist of 4 to 12 campers with at least 2, but often 3 or 4, adult counsellors per cabin group.
What do we eat at camp?
We eat delicious food! Many of our campers say that Camp Goodtimes’ food is just as good as a home cooked meal. We have kid friendly meals and lots of healthy options.
How can I communicate with my child while she/he is at camp?
At times kids will miss home when they are at Camp Goodtimes. We discourage telephone contact as this usually makes them miss home more. However parents can email their child and the note will be printed and given to their child. More information will follow in your acceptance package. Due to logistics, campers may not be able to respond but the kids are usually glad to hear from their parent(s)/caregivers(s). We ask that parents set their child up for success by providing realistic communication expectations for their child while at camp. For example, explaining to them about the email is great, but telling them that they can call home whenever they want is not realistic.
Where will I sleep?
Loon Lake has beautiful accommodations. All participants will sleep in fully equipped cabins with beds, washrooms, showers and heating. The only thing you need to bring is a pillow and a sleeping bag or sheets and a blanket/quilt.
With a wide age range of kids, do the campers participate in the same activities?
Sometimes. There are a few camp-wide activities and activities are also facilitated for each age group.
What is the LIT Program and when does it run?
The Leaders in Training or LIT Program runs at the same time as each of our Kids Camps. This program is for siblings and children diagnosed with cancer aged 16 to -18. The first half of the LIT Program is separate from Kids Camp and includes leadership activities and training. The second half of the program has the LITs integrated into the younger cabins to practice using the skills that they have just acquired.