Frequently Asked Questions
We will try to answer your questions here, but if you still need assistance, please contact us.
Life at Camp
Each day at camp offers new and exciting opportunities for campers to be challenged. This is what a typical schedule looks like at our different sites though there is variation each day.
Please note that the schedule may change slightly each day and is slightly different for each age group & program.
- 7:30 am Wake Up
- 7:45 am Morning Swim (optional)
- 8:30 am Breakfast
- 9:30 am Worship & Teaching
- 10:30 am Activity Choice One
- 11:30 am Activity Choice Two
- 12:45 pm Lunch
- 1:30 pm Free Time
- 2:30 pm Activity Choice Three
- 3:30 pm Afternoon Game
- 4:45 pm Quiet Time
- 5:30 pm Dinner
- 6:30 pm Free Time (usually water options)
- 8:00 pm Evening Program
- 9:30 pm Snack
- 10:00 pm Bedtime (Adventure Camp campers will have earlier bedtimes)
No. In extenuating circumstances or if a camper is at camp for an exceptionally long time, laundry can be sent out to a local laundromat for a fee.
For children prone to bed wetting, please pack 2 sets of sheets and blankets rather than a sleeping bag. A laundry fee will be charged to the camper’s tuck account every time bedding is sent for laundering. Please make sure that sufficient money is left on deposit in the camper’s tuck account. We would strongly urge you to consider supplying “Pull-Ups.” Parents find this to be a very good solution as they can be used discreetly, are cost-effective, and are much easier to deal with than wet clothes and sheets.
Yes. Campers must take good care of their things, as we cannot be responsible for the breakage, theft, or loss of any items. Items that do end up in Lost and Found will be set aside to be picked up on the final day of camp.
If you claim lost items, your credit card will be charged for shipping and handling. You may recover lost items by using the online camper e-mail page to send a message to the individual camp office. Please do not phone the general camp office.
Items not claimed in the two weeks following your camper’s session will be donated to charity.
Our Caring Staff
We believe summer camp offers a tremendous opportunity for children and teens to grow and mature emotionally, socially and spiritually. Campers are respected as individuals, challenged and encouraged in all aspects of life, and given the opportunity to experience and develop authentic relationships with peers and leaders. Skill development, social development, personal and spiritual growth are all intentionally fostered by staff and have been hallmarks of the Pioneer experience for more than 80 years. Finally, and equally importantly, we want every child’s experience at Pioneer to be tremendously fun.
Communicating with my Camper
Yes. We encourage you to send notes of encouragement to your child while he or she is at camp.
Campers love to receive emails from home. All emails should be composed and sent directly to the sites they are attending. Please put the campers name in the subject line.
- Adventure Camp — email@example.com
- Boys Camp — firstname.lastname@example.org
- Girls Camp — email@example.com
- LIT — firstname.lastname@example.org
- Woodland Challenge — email@example.com
- 252 Crew — firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail: You can send mail through the postal system but please allow for the fact that mail can take 3 to 4 days to arrive from the Greater Toronto Area. Please make sure to include camper’s full name and camp program.
- Example: Mary Smith (Girls Camp)
- c/o Ontario Pioneer Camp
- 942 Clearwater Lake Road – RR2
- Port Sydney, ON
- P0B 1L0
Although every camper and situation is unique, Pioneer staff use certain principles to manage homesickness and discipline. In situations of homesickness, caring leaders give campers the attention they need and endeavour to focus the child’s attention on the activities and people that they enjoy at camp. Sometimes writing a letter home helps campers manage their feelings. Though campers often want to call home, this is discouraged if at all possible as it frequently makes homesickness worse, not better.
No camper is ever disciplined physically. Only if a camper is in danger of causing injury to him/herself or someone else would a camper be physically restrained. Pioneer staff members are trained to use the utmost respect when dealing with all campers, even those who are acting out. Relevant freedoms or privileges may be taken away for a time until the camper earns the trust of his or her leaders again. If a child proves that he or she cannot function well in the camp environment, then the child’s parent/guardian will be called and asked to come and remove the child from camp.
What should my Camper bring to Camp?
Beside all the normal, camp clothes, there are extra items to bring depending on your child’s camp session. Please see our Packing for Camp page for detailed lists. We will also send you a confirmation package once registration is complete. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Campers should bring enough clothing for the week.
- Please label all clothing and luggage with labels or indelible markers.
- Please attempt to bring modest clothing appropriate for physical camp activities.
Ontario Pioneer Camp is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.
Please leave the following at home:
- All electronic games, players, entertainment and communication devices (i.e. cell phones, iPods, iPads, etc.)
- Valuables (i.e. Jewelry)
- Alcoholic beverages or narcotics
- Other expensive or potentially harmful items
Please note that the use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or narcotics is prohibited and will be treated as a serious offense. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
Yes, the Tuck Shop is open daily for campers to purchase snacks and souvenirs. It includes things like Pioneer clothing, books, candy, snacks, beverages, stationary, toiletries and CDs. Reasonable limits are placed on the amount of candy a camper can buy. Pioneer Camp clothing is of very good quality and is reasonably priced. T-shirts start at $15.00 and quality sweatshirts begin at $30.
Tuck money is checked in at registration. Please make sure to pick-up unused tuck balances on departure. We suggest a deposit of $40 for one-week sessions or $25 per week for longer sessions.
The Health & Safety of my Camper
Coming and Going to Camp (Arrival and Departure Days)
Registration begins at 1:30 pm. Please do NOT arrive before this time, as staff will be very busy making sure everything is ready for your arrival. Please check in at the site office of the camp that your child is attending when you arrive. Our camper program will begin at 3:00pm. Please note that the 252 Crew registration begins at 1:30pm at the Ski Hut and Genesis registration will be held at the Boys Camp Tripping Centre.
Campers should be picked up between 9:30am and 11:00am. If you arrive early campers will be in the Dining Hall at Girls Camp and in the lodge at Boys Camp. For security reasons we ask that you please bring photo ID to sign your camper out at the office. Do not forget to pick up any remaining tuck money and/or medication.
Adventure Camp departure time is 11:00 am. Parents are invited to a special 10:00 am program with complimentary coffee and a snack. If you have campers at other sites, please pick them up first.
Registration & Camper Fees
Cancellation Policy for Camper Registration
If you cancel more than two weeks prior to the start of camp, you will get a full refund less $75/week administration fee. If you cancel less than two weeks prior to the start of camp, you will get NO REFUND (includes camp fees, out-trip fees, and transportation fees if applicable) except for medical reasons with a note from a doctor. In that case, you will get a full refund less $75/week administration fee. No refund will be made for dismissals due to disciplinary action, late arrivals or early departures. Withdrawal during camp on physician’s orders will result in the value of fees for the unexpired term being refunded. Please contact camp office for cancellation details for Out-trips and/or transportation fees.