FAQs

We are very excited that you are considering coming to camp!  Here you will find answers to all the questions you may have about what to expect during your week.

Camper Questions:

What should I bring to camp?

  • sleeping bag and pillow (maybe a bed sheet as well)
  • 2-3 long pants, 3-5 pair of shorts, 2-3 sweatshirts or warm outerwear
  • appropriate number of t-shirts (no spaghetti straps), socks, underwear, pj’s for the week
  • make sure some of the clothing you bring can get dirty
  • swimsuit (girls: TANKINIS OR 1 PC SWIMSUITS ONLY, PLEASE.   Boys: NO SPEEDOS. PLEASE!)
  • closed-toed shoes
  • soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush & toothpaste, comb or brush, towel & washcloth
  • sunscreen and bug repellent is highly recommended
  • Bible and pen or pencil (Modern translation preferred)
  • 2 large garbage bags  (1 for dirty and wet clothes, 1 for camp out)
  • backpack to carry clothes etc. for overnight campout trip.
  • wrist watch and/or battery-powered alarm clock
  • Medical Form
  • A positive attitude!

What does a regular day at camp look like?

The schedule at all three camps are pretty similar.  You can be sure that each day is going to be filled with lots of fun activities, great food, learning about Jesus during Bible time, and hanging out with cool counselors and new friends!  Click here to see what a typical day looks like.

What kind of food will I eat at camp?

There is always delicious food served at camp!  Click here for a description about the delicious (and nutritious!) food that Camps with Meaning serves. 

Who will be my counsellor?

You will have 2 awesome counsellors in your cabin.  Our staff are super fun – they know tons of games, have a great sense of humour and know how to help you have the best week of your life!

Can I request a cabin mate?

Because camp is a place to “make new friends and keep the old”, we ask that you only request one friend to be your cabin mate.  This person must be of the same age or grade as you.  Your parents will be notified two weeks prior to camp if the request cannot be granted.

Parent Questions:

When is drop-off and pick-up?

Drop-Off: Registration begins at 7:00 pm on the opening date of each session.

Pick-up:
» Assiniboia: begins at 6:00 pm on the closing date of each session.*
» Koinonia: begins at 1:30 pm on the closing date of each session.*
» Day Camp: pick up at 4:15 pm daily at the Canadian Mennonite University’s south parking lot (600 Shaftesbury Blvd)
* August 10 closing programs begin at 11:00 am

Are there any discounts?

Registrations received by April 5 qualify for a $20 early bird discount.If two or more campers register from the same family, a family discount of $20 applies to the second and additional children.  Registrations must be mailed in the same envelope or completed on the same day.

Is there transportation available to camp?

An enjoyable bus ride is available to Camp Koinonia.  Note: our buses are not wheelchair accessible.  Payment can be made during registration process (see registration form for rates). Bus pickup and drop off is at the Camps with Meaning Office, 600 Shaftesbury, south parking lot, as well as at other locations listed on the registration form. There is daily transportation for the Day Camp program. For details regarding transportation to and from camp, such as times of departure and costs of bus transport, please click here.

If you are interested in dropping your camper off, please click on this link to find the map that illustrates how to get to our camps.

Do you accommodate campers with special needs?

Yes! Our special needs program provides support for children and youth who need help to have a successful week.  If your child has a disability please provide details with registration or call us.  Apply early to hold your spot.  Our trained staff will contact each family, starting in May, to confirm spots and help us prepare adaptive programming and care. A conversation or interview will be requested.  Payment will be refunded in the event that we are unable to accommodate the needs of the child.

Why was my registration delayed or returned?

We do not process incomplete registrations, nor do we hold spots for them.  Avoid delays by checking for the following common errors:  missing signatures, blanks left unfilled, discounts not applied.  Spots are only reserved when payment is received, whether registering online or sending in a cheque. 

May I visit my camper?

We do not allow parental visits, as the camper growth experience involves independence.  However, we would love to pass along letters or e mails to your child. In your registration package, e-mail address for each camp will be provided.

What if we have to cancel?

A 75% refund of session and transportation fees is available up to 14 days before camp.  After that, no refund is available except for certified medical or family emergencies.  No refunds are issued for disciplinary dismissals.

Can I register my camper for more than one session?

Yes. However, please refrain from registering for a second week until the early bird registration deadline has passed to ensure fairness to all applicants.   Please complete a separate registration when applying for more than one week.

What if our family can’t afford the fees?

Every child should have the opportunity to go to camp.  Through the Manitoba Camping Association’s Sunshine Fund (http://www.mbcamping.ca/sunshine-apply.cfm) this can become a reality.  See our website or call us for information about this program, which has been used by hundreds of families. Assistance with clothing, luggage, hygiene items, sleeping bags is also available through our office.  Don’t hesitate to ask!