Frequently Asked Questions (And Answers!)

  1. How long is each week of camp?
  2. What should campers pack?
  3. When is camper drop-off and pick-up?
  4. Where is camper drop-off and pick-up?
  5. How much does it cost to send my child to camp?
  6. Where is Camp Chamisall located?
  7. What are the facilities like?
  8. What activities do you offer for campers?
  9. What is the food like?
  10. What is the Camp Chamisall statement of faith?
  11. What are my payment options for camper registration?
  12. How many campers are there each week?
  13. How old do you have to be to volunteer as staff?
  14. Is Camp Chamisall available for group bookings?
  15. Can I visit Camp Chamisall?
  16. How much tuck money should campers bring?

 

How long is each week of camp?

Campers arrive at camp Sunday afternoon, and leave camp the following Saturday morning (7 days).

What should campers pack?

  • t-shirts for everyday at camp, plus 2 extra
  • underwear and socks for everyday at camp plus 2 extra
  • shorts
  • pants (jeans/sweatpants/khakis)
  • sweater/hoodie
  • swimsuit (girls, no bikinis please)
  • jacket (with hood)
  • pajamas
  • hat
  • 1 pair of flip-flops
  • 1 pair of water shoes
  • 1 pair of running shoes (rubber boots also suggested for younger campers)
  • 1 large, clearly labelled plastic bag for dirty / wet clothing
  • water bottle (optional)
  • sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15
  • bug spray
  • sleeping bag, pillow and twin fitted sheet
  • toiletries (toothbrush, tooth paste, soap, shampoo, deodorant etc.)
  • comb / brush (clips or hair elastics for girls)
  • towel
  • small flashlight
  • Bible (if you don’t have one, we can provide you with one)
  • small notepad and a pen
  • medications (in original packaging/bottle and clearly labelled with full name)

Campers should NOT pack the following items

(if found the following will be held till camp is over):

  • electronics (cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, iPads, personal game devices etc. found
    will be returned to the camper at the end of the week)
  • cigarettes
  • alcohol or illicit drugs
  • weapons of any kind (knives, guns etc.)
  • food (unless pre-arranged dietary alternatives, due to severe allergies)

When and where is camper drop-off / pick-up?

The parent(s) / guardian(s) indicated on the camper registration form will be notified via email when and where to drop off and pick up their child(ren) once the registration has been processed. RETURN TO TOP

How much does it cost to send my child to camp?

Camper registration fee is $425 (including GST). This includes 3 meals a day, heated cabin accommodations, access to all planned programming for the week and chartered bus to and from camp. 

Where is Camp Chamisall located?

Approximately 100 km northwest of Calgary, in the heart of the Waiparous Valley. RETURN TO TOP

What are the facilities like?

Camp Chamisall consists of a Main Lodge (dining hall, kitchen and staff sleeping quarters), Rec Centre (full size gym, chapel, games room, program offices and tuck shop), boys & girls' wash houses (running hot/cold water on a septic system), and 12 heated cabins. Electricity runs off propane-operated generators and the property sits on the beautiful shores of the Waiparous River. RETURN TO TOP

What activities do you offer for campers?

  • Crafts
  • Archery
  • Riflery
  • Outdoor Skills
  • Field Games/Sports
  • Bible Study
  • Drama
  • Tubing/Swimming in the River
  • Free Time & Tuck Shop
  • Campfire
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking*
  • Paintball*

NOTE: Activities listed above vary slightly each week pending on programming, weather etc; all activities are supervised. *Mountain biking and paintball only offered during Jr. and Sr. High weeks.RETURN TO TOP

What is the food like?

We take nutrition seriously, and strongly believe that offering delicious, kid-friendly meals are a really important part of a great camp experience. Our menu varies slightly between age groups, because we know that a 9 year old will eat differently than a 16 year old.

Classics like hamburgers, chicken fingers and hot dogs can be expected, as well as roast beef, turkey and mashed potatoes! Fresh cut fruit, veggies & dip and salad frequent meals, and breakfasts vary between continental style to full out pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs.

NOTE: We now offer a variety of gluten-free alternatives for Celiac campers, and are able to accommodate other severe food allergies if we are notified on the camper registration form. RETURN TO TOP

What is the Camp Chamisall statement of faith?

Our Statement of Faith adheres to that of the Christian & Missionary Alliance:www.cmacan.org/statement-of-faith

What are my payment options for camper registration?

  • Credit Card
  • Cheque for total fee enclosed with mail-in registration
  • Installment Payments: $125.00 deposit + three equal post-dated cheques for the balance with last payment no less than two weeks prior to child’s requested week.
  • Apply for Campership Financial Assistance (NOTE: when the camper registration is received, a financial assistance application will be mailed to you). 
  • Please note that once an application is received, cancellations must be received no less than 14 days prior to the week and will be subject to a $75 cancellation fee. Sorry, NO refunds or cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the week of camp.

How many campers are there each week?

Each week of camp averages between 75-95 campers, with 7-10 campers per cabin. Every cabin has one Counsellor (18 yrs.+) with younger weeks also having the option of C.I.T.'s (Counsellors In Training) who are 16-17 yrs. old, each paired with a Counsellor. 

How old do you have to be to volunteer as staff?

  • C.I.T.’s (Counsellors In Training) must have completed Grade 10 to serve at an Elementary Camp or finished Grade 11 to serve at a Jr. High Camp (and are always partnered with a Counsellor)
  • Counsellors must have completed Grade 12 (or older) for Elementary and Jr. High Camps; Sr. High Counsellors must be at least 21 years old.
  • All other staff (program, maintenance, kitchen, housekeeping) must be at least 18 years old.

Is Camp Chamisall available for group bookings?

Yes! Camp Chamisall is available for group bookings from September 1-June 30 each year. Our service package includes food services, use of all facilities and equipment. Paintball is available at an additional cost per person. To book our facilities, please contact "Rocky Mountain Retreats" Ph: 1-877-322-4592 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. RETURN TO TOP

Can I visit Camp Chamisall?

If you would like to check out our facilities, we welcome you to our Open House on Saturday, June 25 (10 am-2 pm)!

How much tuck money should campers bring?

Campers are not required to bring money for tuck, however, being able to buy a treat or two each day at camp is a known highlight for most campers! How much money your child brings is up to you. Most tuck shop candy, chocolate bars, chips and drinks cost between $1-2 each, with a few exceptions. (We do place a limit on how many treats can be purchased per camper each day during Elementary Camps.) Clothing items include hoodies, sweatpants, pyjama pants and t-shirts in a variety of styles and sizes and range from $12-45. We also carry notepads, bracelets, lanyards, toques, water bottles and more!