Special Needs Camp FAQs

What are the drop off and pick up times for each summer camp program at Camp Shalom?

For the Special Support and Spec Arts (Spec Trek, Spec Sports and the Buddy Program please see the next paragraph) summer camp programs, the drop-off time is Sunday between 6:00pm and 7:30pm and the pickup time is Friday between 5:15pm and 6:00pm. There is no worship service on Sunday nights during special support weeks.

For Spec Trek, Spec Sports and the Buddy Program there is a short worship service on Sunday evening at 6:00pm until around 6:45pm where campers meet the week’s chaplain and the summer camp staff. Registration is in Centre Hall after the service. Pickup time is on Friday between 5:00pm and 5:30pm. There will also be free BBQ served at 5:30pm.

Am I guaranteed to have the cabin mate that I requested?

Great effort is made to honour requests for cabin mates of similar age. The request must be mutual and no more than two guests will be accepted together and there are no guarantees for placement. After April 15th, cabin mate placements are not a priority.

Is there a Nurse at the Camp?

Every summer Camp Shalom employs two Healthcare Coordinators who are required to have the qualifications of an upper year nursing student or similar. At least one is present on camp property at all times.

How do I register for Camp Shalom?

To register for Camp Shalom please go to our registration page.

You may register online or print off a registration form, fill it out and mail it to

1985 Beke Rd. RR#4
Cambridge ON N1R 5S5

or fax it to 519-623-4558.

Pay by Visa, MasterCard or cheque.

Save $10 if you register online

Am I eligible for a Special Support program?

Individuals with low needs may attend Special Support Camp, Spec Trek, Spec Sports or Spec Arts. Unfortunately, Camp Shalom is not able to support individuals with high needs. Below is a chart that we use to determine if our programming is suitable for your particular needs. If we are unable to provide the support you require and you would still like to come to camp, you are invited to bring your own support worker to camp for the week in order to assist you. The Cost is $50 to bring a support worker. Support workers must be at least 16 years old. If you have any further questions please contact Adrian.

Criteria Low Needs (All Programs) High Needs
1. The guest requires adult briefs No Yes
2. Requires support/direction while bathing Minimal Hand-over-Hand or 1:1
3. Requires support/direction while dressing Minimal Hand-over-Hand or 1:1
4. Requires support/direction at meal time Minimal Hand-over-Hand or 1:1
5. Exhibits behaviours requiring extra intervention (ex. Violent or Sexual) No Yes
6. The guest’s sleeping habits: 4+ hours/night, No wandering at night Less than 4 hours/night and/or prone to wandering

Please Note: Camp Shalom is unable to provide lifting. Campers must be able to toilet and dress themselves with very minimal assistance.

Campers must not exhibit any violent or  inappropriate sexual behavior.

Spec Trek and Spec Sports is intended to be a more challenging program than Special Support. Campers should be very mobile and independent to participate in Spec Trek and Spec Sports.

Each camper will be in a cabin with around 5 other campers and 1 (sometimes 2) counselors. This should give you an idea what level of attention each camper is able to receive.

What should I pack for Camp?

Click here to see a printable list.

I am worried about sending my camper overnight, how can I be sure he or she will be safe?

Camp Shalom is committed to making your loved one’s stay at camp as safe as possible. We have emergency procedures in place for situations like severe injuries, tornados, fires, or emergency situations. There are also two Health Care Coordinators on staff, and we have qualified NLS lifeguards at the pool and at the kayaking pond. We are one of the few summer camps who require staff to participate in a two-week staff training time. We have a local doctor whom we can call if our healthcare staff has any questions, and we are able to get same-day appointments if necessary. In emergencies we are a fifteen-minute drive away from the hospital.

We believe that providing your loved one with the best summer camp experience possible rests heavily on our having the best summer staff possible. Our staff members are hired based on their spiritual testimonies, demonstrated life experiences, current qualifications, and clear criminal records checks. Each year we take great pride in the quality of our summer camp staff. Campers are supervised at all times by a staff member, whether that is at the pool, during free time, or at other activities like canoeing or the waterslide.

Still not sure? We would be happy to give you a private tour and answer any questions you may have.

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What exactly does the Camp teach?

Each year Camp Shalom has a different theme for the focus of its Bible studies and chaplains’ messages. This theme is different every year, but the overall and most important message is the same: that God created us, loves us, and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. We are saved by grace through faith, and we can have a personal relationship with God.

How do I cancel?

Call or email the office and talk to Kim at 1-888-226-7722 x1x1. The per-session 1/2 fee deposit is non-refundable for cancellations made after May 14th. For cancellation prior to May 15th, there is a $50 cancellation fee.

For anyone who carried their registration forward from 2020 to 2021, you can change weeks or cancel for free anytime before June 15th. After June 15th our normal cancellation policy applies.

Does Camp Shalom offer any kind of financial assistance?

Countryside Camp has a Financial Aid program in place! To apply or check your eligibility, call the office at 1-888-226-7722 or email Tim.

Who will be in my Cabin?

Cabins are divided up by age and some times level of functioning. There will always be at least one, sometimes two, counselors who will sleep in the cabin.

Am I Eligible for the Buddy Program

The Buddy Program is designed for campers who need more attention than our counselors are able to provide in a regular cabin setting. This is a great stepping stone for younger campers who will one day participate in our specialized programs for adults (18+) who have special needs.

Camp Shalom provides programming for individualizes who have low needs. We are unable to provide lifting. Campers must be able to toilet and dress themselves with very minimal assistance. Campers must not exhibit any violent or  inappropriate sexual behavior.

Criteria Low Needs (All Programs) High Needs (Not Available)
1. The guest requires adult briefs No Yes
2. Requires support/direction while bathing Minimal Hand-over-Hand or 1:1
3. Requires support/direction while dressing Minimal Hand-over-Hand or 1:1
4. Requires support/direction at meal time Minimal Hand-over-Hand or 1:1
5. Exhibits behaviours requiring extra intervention (ex. Violent or Sexual) No Yes
6. The guest’s sleeping habits: 4+ hours/night, No wandering at night Less than 4 hours/night and/or prone to wandering

 

Can I bring my own support worker?

If you require more support then our staff is able to provide, you are welcome to bring your own support worker to camp for the week to assist you. The cost is $50 for the week to bring a support worker. Support workers must be at least 16 years old. Support workers will typically sleep in the cabin with the campers, however other arrangements can be made if necessary. If you have any further questions please contact Adrian.

When will registration open for Summer Camp 2021?

Registration for summer camp 2021 will open on March 1st. You can register online or by printing off a paper form and mailing it in.

Payment options will include:
1) Payment in full by Visa or MasterCard.
2) Monthly payment plan ending June 15 using Visa or MasterCard.
3) Mail in a check (Special Needs programs only).

You can see all of the dates and prices for 2021 here:
Kid’s Camp
Special Needs Camp

What will Summer Camp 2021 look like?

We missed everyone in 2020 and we are committed to making 2021 the BEST SUMMER EVER! We will be launching registration at a reduced capacity to increase social distancing at camp. We are proactively exploring all possible options to make camp as safe as possible. Some options will be to operate in cohorts to limit camper contact and/or to dedicate specific buildings for specific programs. We will continue to work with our local health unit as the summer gets closer to make the best possible plan for the safety of all our campers and staff.

NEW FOR 2021! Our theme is going to be “BEST SUMMER EVER”! We are going to hold nothing back as we make up for missing last summer.

Who wouldn’t love a TUCK SHOP SHOPPING SPREE? If you refer a friend who is a first-time camper to Camp Shalom, you and your friend will be able to go on a Tuck Shop shopping spree!

Your whole family is invited to a FREE BBQ during Friday pickup. During the BBQ there will be a weekly highlight video, prizes, awards, and an opportunity to register for 2022 at a reduced price!

You can see all of the dates and prices for 2021 here:
Kid’s Camp
Special Needs Camp

What COVID precautions will be taken to ensure camper safety?

We will be operating Summer Camp at a reduced capacity to increase social distancing.

We are proactively exploring all possible options to make camp as safe as possible. Some options will be to operate in cohorts to limit camper contact and/or to dedicate specific buildings for specific programs. We will continue to work with our local health unit as the summer gets closer to make the best possible plan for the safety of all our campers and staff.

We will be developing new routines to increase handwashing and facility sanitation, as well as implementing a screening process as part of our check-in procedures.

See more information here.

What if I register now but choose to cancel later on?

If we are forced to cancel due to government policies, we will provide all of our family a choice of one of three options: 1) Receive a full refund 2) Carry their registration forward to next year 3) Donate their registration fee.

If you choose to cancel, our normal cancellation policies apply. Cancellations must be made by phoning the office. There is a $50 fee for cancellations made before May 15 and a 50% fee for cancellations made after May 15. The payment plan has a non-refundable deposit.

For anyone who carried their registration forward from 2020 to 2021, you can change weeks or cancel for free anytime before June 15th. After June 15th our normal cancellation policy applies. To make any changes please, email Adrian or calling the office at 519-623-4860.

What healthcare staff will be present at Camp?

Each summer we have two full-time healthcare staff at camp. In addition, we have a fully stocked health center and a quarantine room to use if needed.

We have a local doctor available to answer any medical questions and provide same-day appointments if necessary. In case of emergencies, we are a short 15-minute drive to the nearest hospital.

How is Camp doing?

2020 was a tough year, but we remain excited about the future. Due to the generosity of our donors and the government wage subsidy, we will end this year in a positive position. Our dedicated year-round staff has been willing to take reduced hours during this COVID season. Countryside Camp has no long-term debt and our financial outlook remains good.

We had over 100 campers carry their registration forward to 2021, and over $11,000 of registration fees were donated after summer camp in 2020 was cancelled.

We are very thankful to God and our supporters during this difficult time. We have never been more excited to make 2021 the BEST SUMMER EVER!

What if I carried my 2020 registration forward to 2021?

If you carried your registration forward from 2020 to 2021 then you are fully registered and ready to go for this summer, there is nothing else you need to do. You should have received a confirmation email with a household account statement back in May. If you would like to see your current registration status, you can log into your online account here or email Adrian and he can help you with whatever you need.

If you need to change weeks or cancel, you may do so for free (before June 15th) by emailing Adrian or calling the office at 519-623-4860.

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