Frequently Asked Questions about
Kids and Youth Camps
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Do I have access to my child/youth during their camp?
Fireside instructors check-in with our head office every day for safety purposes and group updates or in case we need to contact parents. International campers are encouraged to contact their parents within 24 hours to confirm they have arrived and pass along their first impressions of Canada. Follow us on Facebook as staff typically post photos and give updates when they can. We ask parents to honour our policy of campers not having mobile devices during their camp/expedition as it is disruptive to all campers. Children and youth come to develop resiliency, independence, self-efficacy and personal experience which is why we all work together to honour the camper’s experience.
If there is any issues, parents are contacted immediately.
How many kids are in each camp?
Most of our camps have a maximum of 15 campers.
Where will my child sleep?
In most instances, campers sleep in tents (which we provide) with one or two other campers. Depending on the camp/expedition, they will also be staying at the Fireside Lodge, and/or cabins.
Can my child pick his/her tent-mates?
Fireside instructors make the decisions of who sleeps where. We do listen and try to adhere to a camper’s choice.
What is the ratio to instructors to campers?
One instructor/intern to eight campers.
My child has specific dietary requirements, can you accommodate?
Yes. Parents are responsible for advising of any dietary restrictions and/or allergies, including the severity. We are "nut-aware" not a "nut-free" camp. We keep all nut products separated from the rest of the food.
What will my child eat while at camp?
We do our best to provide a 80% vegetarian & 20% meat diet during all camps and expeditions. The food provided at camp/expedition is delicious and nutritious. Our menus include, but are not limited to:
Breakfast - oatmeal with fruit, cereal, eggs, pancakes, toast.
Lunch - sandwiches, wraps, vegetables, soup, sausages.
Dinner - pasta, chili, soup, bbq fish, burritos. We also provide plenty of healthy snacks of granola bars, dried and fresh fruit and nuts.
Can my child bring this/her own snacks?
No. Due to possible allergies, we ask that campers do not bring their own snacks on trip. We provide ample food while on trip. If a child chooses to purchase junk food on trip, it is our policy that they are willing to share it with the rest of the campers.
My child takes medication. Will he be assisted with this?
If your child/youth takes medication and requires our assistance, we can accommodate. All medication is secured by the lead instructor and dispensed as required. We ask parents to provide double the doses of medication separated in two water proof bags with legible writing providing clear instructions of use.
Should my child bring money?
It depends on the camp and expedition. Please ask when registering. For some camps, we suggest campers bring about $100-$250 CDN. There will be opportunity to purchase souvenirs and additional clothing or gear. Fireside staff will take all of the money from each camper and will dispense the money by request, no question.
How does my child get to and from the airport to your camp?
We provide airport transfers and will work with you to determine the timing of arrival and departure flights. Late arrivals may be subjected to additional service fees.
My child is scared of bears. Will he/she see any wildlife on trip?
Our camps/expeditions are set in the outdoors and there is likelihood that campers will have an opportunity for some wildlife viewing. However, during our camp, part of the instruction is how to be safe in the woods while hiking and camping.
Are you insured?
We carry $10,000,000 liability insurance. However, all international campers must have their own travel insurance.
Why are you not a member of the BC Camping Association (BCAA)?
The BCCA accreditation program mostly applies to camps with an actual physical site. Our camps/expeditions are completely mobile and campers will be staying in Provincial campgrounds, partner locations, Fireside Lodge, and at times use the facilities of BCCA accredited residential summer camps. We have a intensive and details policy and procedures manual that reflecting our high standard of delivery.