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Camp Limitless

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July 26, 2020


Rock Lake Camp
Crystal City, MB
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The Arthritis Society is proud to present Manitoba’s Childhood Arthritis Camp, Camp Limitless, the only summer camp in Manitoba for kids aged 7-17 with a confirmed diagnosis of Arthritis. Hosted at Rock Lake Camp, Crystal City, Manitoba from July 26-30, 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)
  • Rock Lake Camp has been in operating for 130 years
  • 40 program staff responsible for the implementation of all program areas
  • All staff are certified in standard first aid/ CPR training
  • Enclosed supervised swim area with certified life guard

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. (Rock Lake Camp is able to accommodate most reasonable dietary restrictions.)

Medical Services

Rock Lake Camp 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 Rock Lake Health District in Crystal City, MB. 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

We understand the financial strain that Childhood Arthritis can have on a family, which is why we offer support. This year the registration fee for one child is $100. In addition, a limited number of $500 travel grants are available to help families travel to camp.

The cost to send one child to camp is $1500.00 and the remaining $1400 is sponsored by Arthritis Society and our donors. If you are in a position to do so, you are invited to consider paying the partial or full cost of $1500 per child, allowing us to open more spots for families who cannot afford the base fee. All children will have the same camp experience no matter the amount that their family contributes. We are continually seeking company and foundation sponsorship for this camp with a view to one day offering the experience at no charge to all participating families.

FAQs
  • Where is the Camp located?

    Rock Lake Camp is located two-and-a-half hours west of Winnipeg, near Crystal City MB.

  • How will my child get to camp?

    Transportation to and from Rock Lake Camp will be via chartered bus or a parent / guardian may drive their child (to and from camp). The bus is equipped with air conditioning, bathroom facilities, and video screens. All departures and returns will take place from the parking lot of the Arthritis Society (100A-1465 Buffalo Pl, Winnipeg). Camp buses will depart between 11:15am-11:30am on July 26 and return at 1:00 PM on July 30.

  • 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 kayaking, canoeing, water games, volleyball, hiking, bouldering/climbing wall, archery, campfires, field games, basketball, dances, night games, water trampoline, nature science, drama/skits, swimming, mega ball, talent shows, art & crafts.

  • 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 must be requested.

    If your child has any special dietary needs, please note this information on the medical form. Rock Lake 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?

    Rock Lake 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, antiseptic, etc. The medical staff is in daily contact with the Emergency staff at the Rock Lake Health District in Crystal City, MB. 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 Peter Manastyrsky, Community Engagement Manager, at pmanastyrsky@arthritis.ca or 204-430-7860. Peter is at Camp for the entire week and will be able to assist you in these rare instances.

    Daily photos will be uploaded to the Camp Limitless family Facebook group page.

  • 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: ROCK LAKE 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 Peter Manastyrsky, Community Engagement Manager, in June 2020.

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 Peter Manastyrsky, Community Engagement Manager, at pmanastyrsky@arthritis.ca or 1-800-321-1422 ext. 6226

Sponsors

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For More Information Contact: Peter Manastyrsky, Community Engagement Manager, at pmanastyrsky@arthritis.ca or 1-800-321-1422 ext. 6226