Special Needs Camp FAQs

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

Check-in starts at 6:00 pm and ends at 7:30 pm Sunday evening, and your ride is requested to stay at the Camp until you’ve settled into your cabin. More information about check-in procedures/covid screening will be emailed to you when the summer gets closer.

Please eat before you come, as supper will not be provided at Camp on Sunday night.

Pick-up is on Friday between 5:15 pm and 6:00 pm.

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.

What COVID precautions will be taken to ensure camper safety?

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

Capacities have been reduced in order to increase social distancing at camp. This will mean smaller cabin sizes.

Camp will be divided up into cohorts. All of the activities at camp will be designed so that cohorts do not need to come in contact with other cohorts.

We will also be doing daily staff and camper screening with temperature checks and symptoms checks.

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 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 designated indoor and outdoor quarantine areas if needed.

This year we have hired a healthcare staff whose sole responsibility will be daily screening for covid.

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.

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.

Will you accept medical exemptions for masks?

Yes. We will not require proof.

Will my camper be required to wear a mask at camp?

Since campers and staff will be divided up into cohorts. Campers and staff will not be required to wear masks when outdoors within their own cohort. Masks will be required when indoors or when physical distancing cannot be maintained from other cohorts. Masks will not be required inside a cohort’s cabin. We will accept medical exemptions. Please bring a mask with you to camp.

What if I fail the screening at check-in?

Campers who fail screening at the beginning of the week will be rescheduled for two weeks later. If campers receive a negative COVID-19 test, then they may be scheduled to come to camp sooner than 14 days. If that is not possible, campers will be issued a 50% refund. If campers fail screening partway through the week, campers will be refunded for the time missed due to illness but not more than 50% of the registration fee. 

Camper’s may also choose to receive a credit for summer camp in 2022.

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