Announcements / FAQ's
FAQ's1) Can you attend more than one year in a row? Yes - It is our philosophy that returning campers continue to grow on their journey to young adulthood. The campers themselves are an incredible peer support system and will continue to be for new campers year after year. We view camp as a life experience.
2) Can you attend more than one session per summer? Though we would love you to - we need to make sure as many campers can benefit from our camps as possible. Therefore, we can only accept a child for one session per summer. But don't worry - we pack a whole summer experience into our 5 nights, 6 days!
3) What are the ages of your campers? We accept children turning 7 by December 31st or very mature, independent 6-year olds. Camper may attend all the way to Junior staff age. (See our Leadership Programs page)
4) Can my child with special needs come? Our goal is to welcome children of all abilities into our camp family. If your child may need more than our 3:1 (Camper/Staff) ratio we will talk to you about our camp and it's limitations. We are completely transparent with families as to the limitations of staff, program and site so we may work together to ensure a happy and safe experience for all.
We are partnered with REACH, an organization that helps integrate children with special needs into camps to help us achieve our goal. This is offered at no extra cost to the families.
5) Is there a registration deadline? We have a registration deadline of June 1st (But don't wait too long as almost all of our sessions had a waitlist last summer.) After the deadline there may still be limited spots available but transportation requests may not be accommodated.
6) Do you offer transportation? We offer safe, supervised, super fun transportation from various central locations. (For the military sessions and Kid's of Heroes that would be from most large military bases in Ontario.) We try to accommodate and support as many families as possible.
7) How will my child take their medications? We have a nurse on site that gives out and supervises all children's medications. Medications are given to the nurse when the camper arrives at camp.
8) Can I request a cabinmate for my child? You can request but the "line in the sand" is determined by age/school year and often a cabin may have more than one age due to the randomness of the demographics of the applicants every year. Besides, everyone is best friends with all of their new cabin mates on night #1!
9) Can you accommodate food allergies? Yes! (And we strictly do not allow any nuts on our island)
10) Is Camp Maple Leaf a charity? Yes, Camp Maple Leaf is a registered charity # 870125150RR0001
For Military Families: (Support Our Troops Summer Camp Grant):a) Do I have to wait to apply to camp until I get my funding in place? No. Please apply first to Camp Maple Leaf and then we will work you through the funding process. The deposit of $145.00 will hold your spot and in the end we will do our best to find funding for every camper.
b) Do you have funding for children not covered by the Support Our Troops Summer Camp Grant? Our camp is not only for the deployed, ill, or injured. We have funding for all military children - whether parents are currently serving or have served. (We were started by Military Veterans in 1955) Our camp is also open to children of Canadian Forces Veterans.
c) Do I need to be deployed to qualify for the Support Our Troops Summer Camp Grant? No, "deployment" can mean an overseas deployment, a course, an exercise or a tasking that has taken place up to a year prior to your child attending camp. It can also be any of the above that will take place while your child is attending summer camp - even if you haven't deployed yet. It could also be an upcoming posting that will involve a major life change for your child.
d) Can my child without special needs qualify? If you have a child with special needs that is funded through Support our Troops; your family is automatically eligible for funding for the maximum of one other sibling.
e) Do families need to pay up front and then get reimbursed for the camp fee?
Aside from the deposit, (145.00 per child)-no. Please speak with our Camp Registrar to discuss details.