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Camp Life

CQ programs make a difference well beyond just one week at camp. Our goal is to give kids with cancer a lifelong network that supports their growth and success.

Camp Life

 

Camp Quality Canada has been providing camping experiences to children with cancer, and their siblings, since 1988.  Our camps welcome campers ages 4 – 18. We also offer a teen camp for adolescents 14 – 18 years of age and a young adult adventure experience for ages 18-25. All these camps are open to children and young adults with cancer, either on therapy or in remission, and siblings of these children as well as bereaved siblings of children with cancer.

 

Camp Quality’s Primary Goals

  1. To allow children living with cancer to be children again, to have fun, to participate in exciting activities, to make new friends, and to enjoy a stress-free experience.
  2. To give the families of the children a much needed rest, knowing that the finest program has been selected to keep the children safe and happy, with one-to-one companion and medical supervision 24 hours a day.
  3. To give support to children and their families year round.
  4. To provide education on the challenges of children living with cancer through our puppet program.

Testimonials

“I have been going to camp for 2 years now and it is absolutely amazing! It’s a place where you can make new friends and be yourself and just have fun. I love being on the calm peaceful lake in the morning, hearing the loons and bullfrogs, and even spotting animals. The people are amazing at CQ – I consider them my second family and look forward to coming back and seeing everyone each year.”

– Camper, 2013

“With the… effects of treatment it was plain to see our son’s self confidence and self-esteem disappearing. Then Camp Quality came into his life, all our lives… he is developing quite a sense of humour and his cheeky grin has returned.”

– Camper parent

“All my kids had a great time and are looking forward to next year. Just wanted to say THANK YOU for everything.  All the hard work involved in this camp is greatly appreciated.”

– First year mom

“Camp Quality far exceeded our expectations and it was wonderful to send him off to camp with his companion and to a staff who looked after his needs as a little boy and his medical needs. It was so comforting to have him be at a place that knows what to do if and when…”

– Camper’s mom

“The highlight of Jamie’s summer is Camp Quality. Since last Christmas Jamie had been counting down the days until this year’s camp week.”

– Jamie’s mom

Staff

Our volunteer staff is trained and background checks are performed to ensure your children are in good hands. While, challenged and having as much fun as possible!

What makes Camp Quality unique is our one-to-one camper/companion relationship. Because your child is under the constant supervision of a trained adult companion, you can be assured they are safe and free to act like the child he or she has too often had to put aside as a result of cancer.

If you would like to talk with us regarding our medical policy, programs, dietary plan or other Camp Quality related issues, please contact us.

 

Programs

Camp Quality offers a wide range of programming for different needs and age groups.

Camp Week

The Camp Quality camp week is an exciting and safe place for kids to explore new talents, meet new friends, and have fun. At camp, we provide a safe environment where kids with cancer are free to define themselves without the stigma of illness. Campers attend the camp closest to them, and are partnered with a one-to-one companion to ensure they have the support they need at camp. To find the camp closest to you, please visit our camps page.

As each Camp Quality camp is just a little bit different, here are a list of just some of the amazing activities our camps offer:

  • Swimming
  • Archery
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Fishing
  • Talent Shows
  • Sports
  • Kite Flying
  • Storytelling
  • Camp Fires

New Heights

New Heights is a long-weekend leadership and character development program for teens, ages 14-18, from across the country. From a camper, “New Heights is a place where you can be you and have a common understanding of those around you. The feeling is truly one of a kind and will never be forgotten. Thanks for the truth, trust, and love.” For more information about New Heights, visit the camp page.

Breaking Borders

Breaking Borders is CQ’s week-long outdoor adventure program for young adults ages 18-25. In partnership with Outward Bound, campers are taken on a week-long outdoor excursion to visit some of Canada’s most beautiful landscapes. In 2014, 12 amazing people got a chance to sea kayak in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick. This year, our adventures will take us to the big waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron for a week-long voyage aboard the tall ship Playfair. Participants will acts as crew – learning to sail the ship themselves – as they navigate the open waters and islands that make up this sailing paradise in the heart of Canada.

For more information about Breaking Borders, visit the camp page.

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Med Team

 

At Camp Quality, the well being of our campers is of paramount concern. In order to ensure the highest level of care, each camp has a designated Health Care Team to meet the individualized needs of each of our campers. This team also works in contact with the local hospital, which is never more than one hour away from the camp.

A registered nurse is always present for the duration of camp, with preference given to those with oncology or pediatric experience. Some of our camps also have experienced physicians on site. One medical person also accompanies all off-site outings during the camp week. We maintain a 15:1 ratio of campers to medical professionals.

Parents and guardians are advised of the qualifications and number of medical staff at their child’s camp prior to the start of camp week.

Our Health Care Teams are devoted to the physical, emotional, and mental health of our campers – they are committed to ensuring a safe and fun-filled camp experience.

 

FAQs

How much does it cost?
Nothing. All Camp Quality activities (including the year-round events and our puppet program) are free for campers, their families and our volunteers. Camp Quality is able to offer our great programs for free thanks to the generous support of our donors.

How long is camp?

Each camp location hosts a one-week, live-at-location, camp experience. All meals and programs are provided for free.

What is a companion?
A companion is Camp Quality’s version of a camp counsellor, with a twist! Each camper is paired with their very own companion. Companions participate in all events and programs along side their camper. A companion is a caring, trained volunteer that is 18 years or older, who gives his or her leisure time to provide one-to-one companionship to a camper. After references and police checks have been verified and training has been completed, a volunteer is then matched with a child. Companions meet with their camper and his or her family before camp. This builds trust and allows friendship to develop before camp.

Campers and companions keep in touch all year long and it is our hope they will remain friends for years to come.

Do campers sleep in tents?

No. Although each camp location is different, campers and volunteers all sleep in cabins or dorms, not tents. Some camps offer one overnight during the week for the older campers where they can sleep in tents or under the stars, if they want.

What is the food like?
Delicious. Our kitchen volunteers make sure that all meals are healthy and delicious, and campers never go hungry at Camp Quality — there’s always a snack or a meal just around the corner. If a camper is allergic to certain foods or has other special dietary needs, please tell us before camp and we’ll make sure that we have something special just for them.

Can siblings attend Camp Quality?

Siblings can come in a camper’s first year at Camp Quality. After that, siblings are welcome only if space is available.

How do campers get to camp?
Each camp establishes pick-up spots where a bus will meet campers and take them to camp! Once a camper is registered, an information package will be mailed out detailing pick-up times and locations. Some camps return campers by bus, others have a family festival on the last day for parents to pick up their children. Please ask the Camper Registrar at the Camp location nearest you for further details.