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Camp Limitless

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July 17, 2019

Camp Limitless
Town Island
Kenora, ON
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The Arthritis Society is proud to present Manitoba’s inaugural Childhood Arthritis Camp, Camp Limitless, the only summer camp in Manitoba for kids aged 7-17 with a confirmed diagnosis of Arthritis. Hosted at BB Camp on the picturesque Lake of the Woods, just outside of Kenora, Ontario, from July 17-21, 2019, Camp Limitless will give these kids a memorable camping experience despite medical problems or physical limitations.

Along with the many fun activities campers enjoy, they will meet and share the experience with other children with Childhood Arthritis. The medical and trained camp staff are sensitive to the children’s special needs, and young adults with Arthritis serve as mentor group leaders.

Please note: Your child must have medical clearance from their primary healthcare practitioner (i.e. – Pediatric Rheumatologist, Pediatrician, or Family Doctor). If he or she becomes exposed to any infectious disease between now and the time of departure for Camp Limitless or has any change in medical health, Arthritis Society staff in the Winnipeg office must be notified as soon as possible.

Camper Information

Highlights

  • Accredited member of the Manitoba Camping Association (MCA)
  • BB Camp has been in operating on Town Islands since 1954
  • BB Camp has been facilitating outdoor education programs for over 47 years
  • 14 cabins with enclosed staff quarters housing 12 campers per cabin
  • Medical infirmary staffed by a full-time health officer/registered nurse
  • Modern dining building equipped for up to 300 people
  • Enclosed swim docks supervised by certified lifeguards

What We Pack into Each Day

Your child will be staying for five days and four nights in cabins with trained counselors and kids around their same age. Each day they will participate in activities that usually include a water activity, an indoor activity, or a fun physical activity. In the evening, kids enjoy more activities or events such as campfire songs, stories and a camp dance.

All Camp programs follow a philosophy that allows participants to define success individually, giving them the opportunity to choose the level at which they challenge themselves.

Food

Your child will receive plenty of wholesome, well-prepared food. On extreme weather days (hot or cold, rainy days), the kitchen will reassess the menu and alter meals to ensure that your child receives appropriate food to manage these days.

Fruit and water are available 24 hours a day in the dining hall. Alternative vegetarian entrées are also available for campers at every meat meal. If your child has any special dietary needs, please note this information on the medical form. (BB Camp is able to accommodate most reasonable dietary restrictions.)

Medical Services

BB Camp’s Health Centre is open 24 hours a day. It is staffed by a registered nurse or medic, who is on site and on call. (There will also be health care professionals knowledgeable about Childhood Arthritis on site.) The Camp’s medical facility is antiseptically clean, well ventilated and well equipped. The Health Centre keeps on-hand over the counter pain medication such as pain relievers, eardrops, etc. The medical staff is in daily contact with the Emergency staff at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital. Arrangements will be made with the hospital if a camper needs to be examined. We want the entire camp experience to be amazing – and that includes offering peace of mind to campers and their families.

Costs

The Arthritis Society is committed to offering the highest-quality summer camp that is accessible and affordable to all families. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, foundations and businesses, we are pleased to offer registration at a highly subsidized rate of $100 per camper (includes taxes and processing fees). The actual cost per camper is over $1,000.

Transportation to and from Kenora via chartered bus will be available for a nominal fee ($30 one-way or $50 round trip).

No camper will be turned away due to his or her financial situation. Should you be able to, please consider donating to the CA Camp Fund to help keep our registration fees low and ensure every child with Childhood Arthritis who wants to go to camp, can.

FAQs
  • Where is the Camp located?

    BB Camp is located two-and-a-half hours east of Winnipeg, on Town Island on the beautiful Lake of the Woods near Kenora, Ontario.

  • How will my child get to camp?

    Transportation to and from Kenora via chartered bus will be available for a nominal fee ($30 one-way or $50 round trip). The bus is equipped with air conditioning, bathroom facilities, and video screens. All departures and returns will take place from the school parking lot of the Gray Academy of Jewish Education (123 Doncaster Street, Winnipeg) on the Asper Jewish Community Campus. Camp buses will depart from the Gray Academy between 7:45-8:00 AM on July 17, and return at 1:00 PM on July 21.

    Parents may also drive their children to and from Kenora. Campers must be at the Kenora Main Street Docking by 12:45 PM on July 16. Parents wishing to pick up their children should be at the Kenora Main Street Docking by 10:30 AM on July 20.

  • What is the staff complement?
    • Full-time onsite Outdoor Education Directors
    • 40 program staff responsible for the implementation of all program areas
    • Onsite Camp Nurses
    • Health care professionals knowledgeable about Childhood Arthritis on site
    • Kitchen and maintenance support staff
    • All waterfront areas are supervised by qualified and experienced staff
    • All staff are certified in standard first-aid/CPR training, with minimum swimming qualifications:
      • Bronze Cross
      • Lifeguard with NLS certification
    • Prior to employment, all staff must pass a Criminal Record & Child Abuse Registry Check.
    • All staff participate in a yearly outdoor education-training program. Outdoor education staff are minimum 19 years of age or older
  • Who are our campers?

    Childhood Arthritis Camp campers range in age from 7-17 and include children and teens with a confirmed diagnosis of Arthritis. We have boys and girls that come from across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Northwestern Ontario. Campers are placed into cabins based on their age group and gender.

  • What activities are offered?

    All of our camp activities are planned with a view to teaching skills, building confidence and improving self-esteem. We achieve this by carefully structuring all of our activities to ensure success. Skilled instructors who can modify the activities as needed do the teaching. Recognizing the unique needs of children living with Arthritis, this includes incorporating rest and transition time.

    Camp Limitless offers a wide range of age appropriate, educational and recreational opportunities. Campers will enjoy socializing and learning with their small cabin groups, as well in larger age based (sectional) programming. Activities include arts & crafts, athletics, canoeing, kayaking, swimming in the enclosed lake area or playing on the water inflatable structures, high and low-rope challenge courses, Zip-lines, nature studies, campfires, cookouts, singing, dancing, camp-wide themed events, and community service projects.

  • How do you deal with homesickness?

    It is natural for most children away from home for the first time experience a certain amount of homesickness. If your child becomes homesick, Camp will work very hard to help him or her overcome the problem. This is because most children who leave Camp before the end, experience it as a failure. They need to know that what they may be feeling is not abnormal or unusual. In the vast majority of cases, any feelings of homesickness passes quickly.

    Camp has an enormous arsenal of techniques to combat homesickness, developed over several years. When dealing with homesickness, campers will get some one-on-one attention. Our goal is to keep the children busy – at first doing the things most familiar and enjoyable to them. Usually homesickness subsides after a day or two, because the pace of camp life is so busy and distracting from thoughts about home. The good news is, like all things, time heals homesickness too. With your support, the likelihood that we will achieve positive results is extremely high.

  • How do you accommodate dietary needs?

    You child will receive plenty of wholesome, well-prepared food. On extreme weather days (hot or cold, rainy days), the kitchen will reassess the menu and alter meals to ensure that your child receives appropriate food to manage these days. Fruit, water are available 24 hours a day in the dining hall. Alternative vegetarian entrées are also available for campers at every meat meal.

    If your child has any special dietary needs, please note this information on the medical form. BB Camp is able to accommodate most reasonable dietary restrictions. Qualified cooks are employed to handle our meal service. Menus are prepared in cooperation with a nutrition consultant and with input from parent volunteers. We attempt to balance good nutrition with institutional cooking needs and popular foods that campers enjoy eating.

  • How are medications administered?

    BB Camp’s Health Centre is open 24 hours a day, staffed by a registered nurse or medic. The Camp’s medical facility is antiseptically clean, well ventilated and well equipped. The Health Centre keeps on-hand over the counter pain medication such as pain relievers, eardrops, etc. The medical staff is in daily contact with the Emergency staff at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital. Arrangements will be made with the hospital if a camper needs to be examined. All medications will be kept and administered by the camp nursing team. All medication times will be accommodated.

  • Can I contact my child while at Camp?

    Camp Limitless is a great opportunity for kids to be fully immersed in camp their experience. For some it may be their first time away from home and are building their independence and confidence. For this reason, family and friends are not able to contact their children while they are at camp. If there is an emergency and you need to reach your child please call Wanda-Lynne Creith, Community Engagement Specialist, at wlcreith@arthritis.ca or 1-800-321-1422 ext. 6226. She is at Camp for the entire week and will be able to assist you in these rare instances.

  • Can my child have cell phones or electronic devices at the camp?

    Camp is unplugged! No electronic devices are allowed at camp. If the campers would like to capture memories at camp, they will be allowed to bring a disposable camera or, if you wish, a small, inexpensive digital camera. PLEASE NOTE: BB CAMP AND THE ARTHRITIS SOCIETY WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS AT CAMP. BRING AT OWN RISK!

  • What should we pack for camp?

    An extensive packing list is available under the Camper Information section. This list will also be distributed via email by Wanda-Lynn Creith, Community Engagement Specialist, in June 2019.

Volunteers

Volunteers are a huge reason why so many children and families get to enjoy camp each summer.

The Arthritis Society is recruiting for dedicated, caring, and enthusiastic volunteers to ensure that all campers have the best experience at Camp Limitless. Volunteers will assist with the development and execution of camp activities; engage with children, helping integrate them into camp life; monitor camper safety; and assist with the development of promotional photo and video materials.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please click on the link below to complete an application.

Volunteer

If you would like more information about the volunteer positions, please contact Wanda-Lynn Creith, Community Engagement Specialist, at wlcreith@arthritis.ca or 1-800-321-1422 ext. 6226.

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For More Information Contact: Mia Dunn, Revenue Development Manager, at mdunn@arthritis.ca or 1-800-321-1422 ext. 6230.