These FAQs provide answers to the most commonly asked questions about Camp Goodtimes that we receive throughout the year.
Chances are, someone else has had the same question you have and you’ll find the answer here.
Please review each section before contacting us by phone or email. If your question is not addressed in our FAQs please contact our office. We will be happy to assist you.
How long is your Family Program?
Our Family Program runs for four days/three nights. Participants will arrive in the afternoon of Day 1 and will leave in the morning of Day 4.
What are the accommodations like?
Please visit our Accommodation page to read about the facilities at Loon Lake where Camp Goodtimes is located.
Can I bring my own food?
Maybe, if you need special food for medical reasons. Loon Lake staff do their best to accommodate dietary restrictions. If you have significant dietary requirements, please contact the Clinical Coordinator to address your needs.
Can we bring someone to Family Program who isn’t a part of our immediate family (e.g. a member of your extended family, a visitor or family friend)?
Maybe, but only if they’re an adult caregiver. Each family may bring up to two adult caregivers with them to Family Program. Siblings, aged 0 to 18, are also welcome to attend Family Program.
Can we arrive a day early?
Unfortunately, no. Because we have back to back weeks of Camp Goodtimes we cannot provide accommodations before or after your scheduled time at camp.
Can we leave a day early?
In order to provide the best camp experience to our campers, we prefer participants to complete an entire camp session. This is especially true as many fun and engaging activities occur during the last 24 hours of camp. Please contact the Coordinator of Program and Participants to discuss possible departure deviations.
Can our children attend both Kids Camp and Family Program in the same summer?
Yes! Kids Camp attendees must be between the ages of 7-15 to come to a week of Kids Camp.
What will we be doing at Family Program?
Activities include rock climbing, swimming, archery, a carnival, parent/caregiver only activities, canoeing/kayaking, make arts and crafts and much more!
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 Camper Experience Director 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 various activity groups where they can practice the skills that they have just acquired.
What is the participant to counsellor ratio at Teen Program?
Minimum 4:1. Cabin groups consist of 6-12 participants with at least 2 adult counsellors per cabin group.
How long is Teen Program?
Teen Program runs for five nights and six days.
What will we be doing at Teen Program?
Teen Program is full of fun and engaging activities. Participants can rappel, swim, kayak/canoe, take the leap of faith on our high ropes course and make arts and crafts during their stay at camp. There are also music workshops, lots of games, a dance, a talent show, and tons of time to chill out.
What if I don’t know anyone at Teen Program?
Everyone is new to the Teen Program once and new participants and new volunteers may be nervous about attending. Rest assured that dozens of friendly faces will greet you on your first day. Volunteers and participants will leave Camp Goodtimes with life long friendships.
What time will I have to wake up in the morning?
Breakfast at Teen Program usually begins at 8:30 am. If you’re a morning person, feel free to join the lifeguards at the dock for our morning rip-n-dip or sunrise paddle before breakfast.
Can I drive my car to Teen Program?
Yes. Remember you need to bring all your medications and forms complete with your parent’s signature.
Can I attend the Teen Program as a sibling?
Unfortunately, no. Our Teen Program is just for youth diagnosed with cancer who are 15-18 years of age. However, siblings are encouraged to apply for the Leaders in Training (LIT) Program that occurs alongside each Kids Camp.