Camp Goodtimes FAQ

Kids Camp FAQ
If a participant doesn’t have a sibling can another relative or friend accompany him/her to camp?

Yes. A relative or friend can attend.

How many years can a participant attend Kids Camp?  

Campers can return to Kids Camp year after year from ages 7 to 16.

This is my child’s first year at camp. How can I help prepare him/her for being away from home for an entire week?

You can help ensure your child has a great camp experience by sharing as much information about them as possible during the application process. Please provide us with any details or information about your child’s specific needs that you feel would be relevant in a camp setting and we will pass this information along to the volunteers caring for your child. Camp Rotary also has an open house at the beginning of camp season that you and your family may wish to attend.

What is the camper-to-counsellor ratio at Camp Goodtimes?

Cabin groups consist of 4 to 12 campers with at least two counsellors per cabin.

Is there medical staff at camp?

Yes. The camp has a medical team consisting of a pediatric oncology nurse, a registered nurse and two student nurses who are on site during the entire week of camp.

What should my child bring to camp? What should they not bring?

A complete list of what to bring is included in your registration package. In terms of what not to bring, laptops, cell phones and devices that access the Internet are not permitted at camp and will be sent home with parents. Camp is a chance for your child to take a break from technology and to experience nature at its best.

What do campers eat at camp?

Many of our campers say that Camp Goodtimes food is just as good as a home-cooked meal. Our menu is reviewed by a registered dietitian to meet the nutritional needs of our campers. We are also sensitive to any special dietary needs of our campers (e.g. lactose intolerance).

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/or call the camp to speak with staff. More information about this 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)/caregiver(s). We ask that parent(s)/caregiver(s) set their child up for success by providing realistic communication expectations for their time at camp. For example, talking to them about the email option is great, but telling them that they can call home whenever they want is not realistic.

What does a typical day at camp look like?

A typical day at camp is packed with activities, special theme days such as the “Harry Potter Day,” music, drama, sports and games, canoeing, swimming and much more. The evenings are also a special time and our programs are designed to suit the interests and abilities of campers. As a result, new friendships are formed and social interaction, camper inclusion and participation bring even the quietest of campers out of their shell.

Family Camp FAQ
Can I bring my own food? 

Maybe, if you need special food for medical reasons. Camp Rotary staff do their best to accommodate dietary restrictions. If you have significant dietary requirements, please contact the camp office to address your needs.

Can we bring someone to Family Camp who isn’t a part of our immediate family such as an extended family member, family friend or visitor? 

Maybe, but only if they are an adult caregiver. Each family may bring up to two adult caregivers with them to Family Camp. Siblings, aged 0 to 18, are also welcome to attend Family Camp.

Can our children attend both Kids Camp and Family Camp in the same summer? 

Yes! Kids Camp attendees must be between the ages of 7 to 16 to join for a week of Kids Camp.