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 (Spec Trek, Spec Sports and Spec Arts 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, Spec Arts 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 5:15pm and 6:00pm.

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 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 ones stay at camp as safe as possible. We have emergency procedures in place for situations like a severe injuries,  tornados, fires or emergency situations. There are also two Health Care Coordinators on staff, 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 who we can call if our healthcare staff have any questions and we can get same day appointments if necessary. In emergencies we are a 15 minute drive away from the hospital.

We believe that providing your loved one with the best summer camp experience possible rests heavily on us having the best summer staff possible. Each staff member is hired based on their spiritual testimony, demonstrated life experience, current qualifications, and a clear police check. 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 in the cabin during the night, having fun at the pool, during free time, and at all activities like canoes 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 that it focuses its Bible studies and chaplains’ messages on. This theme is different every year but the overall and most important message is the same; that God created them, loves them and sent his son Jesus Christ to die for their 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.

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 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

 

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