Frequently Asked Questions

 

Are there sponsorships available?

Yes! We may be able to help send your child to camp. For families that require financial assistance to offset the cost of a week of camp, the camp has a sponsorship fund. Please don't hesitate to call the camp and ask for more information about camper sponsorships. If you'd like to apply, please download the application from our Forms page.

 

What qualifications do your Summer Missions Team have?

All staff are required to submit a police and vulnerable persons check. Senior leaders must be high school graduates. Main support staff go through a minimum two week staff training process covering One Hope Canada's In Safe Hands training (www.insafehands.ca), emergency procedures, first aid training, code of conduct, fire and water safety, and child intervention and behavioural counselling issues.

 

Is my child too young to go to camp?

DTBC has camps for children and youth aged 6-16. Your child must be the minimum age for the camp they are applying for (age restrictions are shown on the camp schedule found on the home page). Please do not apply for a camp your child is too young for before calling the camp office (780 494 2103).

 

What are your specialty camps?

  • Leaders In Training Camp (LIT

  • Joy Day Camp  - for Adults with Special Needs

  • Canoe Camp

  • Outdoor Survival

  • Horsemanship

  • Teen Retreats

For a description of our specialty and regular camps, see our Summer Camps page.

 

Can I phone my child at camp?

The camp phone number is (780) 494 2103. We highly discourage parents from calling their children at camp as it tends to be a factor that encourages homesickness. If you are wondering how your child is doing, we encourage you first to call the camp and ask to speak to your child's group leader. Of course if a child is experiencing significant issues, it is our priority to contact their parents.

 

Will there be meals at camp?

The Covid-19 restrictions have made it much more complicated for us to serve meals. Therefore, campers are required to bring a lunch. We will be providing a snack from our tuck-shop each afternoon.

What activities do you offer? Do the campers have to participate?

We strongly encourage all able campers to participate in the regular daily activity schedule. However, if they choose not to participate, they can watch and encourage the other campers in their group as they do the activity.  Our activities include: sports, wide games, team games, singing, chapels, chapel discussion time, archery, canoeing*. climbing wall, shelter building, orienteering, frisbee golf, horse rides, water-slide*, nature hikes. (* dependent on weather and water-levels)

What if my child gets hurt?

Our main leaders are trained first aid responders, and will be aware of our emergency procedures. An designated first aider will be immediately contacted to respond in the situation. If possible the child will be moved to the first aid station where first aid will be applied. Parents will be contacted and if necessary (anything beyond the scope of our nurse or first-aider), the child will be moved to the Fairview hospital, or an ambulance called.

Can I visit the camp?

Visitors are always welcome, however you must meet the same  requirements as campers for the prevention of Covid-19 spread. Please contact us before coming to the camp to visit. We encourage parents to visit only briefly during the week (30 minutes) to avoid the possibility of homesickness.

How do you handle homesickness?

This is handled on a case-by-case basis, and measures are always taken first by the group leaders to try to make the distressed camper feel at home. We try to encourage campers to stick it out through the day, and try to allow phone calls only when necessary.