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This Is CQ

Camp Quality is designed with our campers’ unique physical, social and psychological needs in mind.

Camp Quality Canada has been providing camping experiences to children with cancer and hematological conditions, and their siblings, since 1988.  Our programs serve participants ages 7 – 17. All these camps are open to children and young adults with affected by cancer and hematological conditions, including siblings and bereaved siblings.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for children living with cancer and hematological conditions and their families. To accomplish this mission, programs are intentionally designed so participants experience our intended outcomes:

  • To foster a sense of connectedness
  • To develop competency and mastery
  • To gain a feeling of autonomy

Our Campers

We want to make sure campers find their perfect spot!

First of all, put away your wallets. All of our sessions are free of charge to campers and their families.

Next, take a moment to read our eligibility requirements before filling out an application. If you have questions about the application process, please email Lauren Burke, our Program Manager at campers@campquality.org, or call 1-866-738-8011.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Children with the following illnesses (and their siblings) are eligible to attend CQ:
    • Cancers
    • Life-Threatening Non-Malignant Hematological Disorders (not including infectious diseases, bleeding disorders and sickle-cell anemia)
    • Marrow Failure Syndromes (including Aplastic Anemia)
    • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
    • Histiocytic Diseases
    • Bereaved Siblings
  • Children must be between the ages of 7 and 17* while attending camp for Summer Camp sessions.
  • Children must be social, physically and emotionally able and open to group activities, communal living and the camp environment.

*Please note:

  • Camp Quality Alumni campers who are 5 or 6 years old may continue to attend camp in 2019.
  • Camp Quality Alumni Campers who are 6 years old may continue to attend camp in 2020.
Camp Acceptance

Camp Quality is an inclusive camp. We have resources to accommodate the needs of campers with serious health challenges, however, not all campers may safely attend a summer camp session. Campers will require a thorough medical review in order to assess each camper’s ability to have a safe, fun camp experience. Please be advised that no child is guaranteed acceptance. Applications are reviewed and acceptance is based on health care needs, space, and staffing ratios.


Our Staff

Our volunteer staff have background checks and all complete a comprehensive training program are to ensure your children have a safe and enriching experience.

What makes Camp Quality unique is our 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 they have too often had to put aside as a result of their illness.

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


Our 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 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
  • Variety Shows
  • Sports
  • Kite Flying
  • Storytelling
  • Camp Fires

New Heights

New Heights is a week-long leadership and character development program for teens, ages 14-17, 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 the RBC Foundation, campers are taken on a week-long outdoor excursion to visit some of Canada’s most beautiful landscapes. One year,  our amazing participants got a chance to sea kayak in the Bay of Fundy. Next season, participants sailed the big waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron on a week-long voyage aboard the tall ship Playfair. Participants will soon begin planning for this year’s adventure.

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


Our Medical 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.

 


In their own words

“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

“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 Camper Parent

“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 Parent

“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.”

– Camper Parent


FAQs

You have Q’s? We have A’s! We’re a perfect fit to be camp friends.

 

How much does it cost to attend camp?
Camp is FREE for all of our campers and their families. Whoo-hoo! Yippee!

Will there be kids like me at camp?
You mean awesome? Of course! But even more amazing, is that you’ll probably meet kids who are going through the very same things as you are. Our campers often remark how they never feel ‘different’ when they’re at Camp Quality. And we know that’s a great feeling. At camp, we celebrate our differences and similarities. You will meet a diverse group of campers from many backgrounds, all of whom have been affected somehow by serious illness. We strive to ensure that all Camp Quality campers feel at home and welcomed as members of our camp family.

How long is camp?

Each camp location hosts a one-week overnight camp experience.

Who will take care of me?
We want you to know you are in incredible, caring and expert hands here. You will be taken care of by many committed and trained volunteer staff at Camp Quality. Everyone is at camp to ensure that you have fun, you are safe, and to be your friend.  You will have Companions who accompany you to all your activities and stay with you in the dorms or cabins. You will meet enthusiastic and well-trained Activity Leaders who will lead all camp activities. There are also nurses and doctors in the Med Centres and at our activity areas to provide all the medical care you need while at camp.

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 alongside their camper.

Where will I sleep?

At Camp Quality, each camp location is different, but you will sleep in either a dorm or a cabin with other campers who are in your age group. There will also be Companions and other volunteers who will share the dorm or cabin with you to provide assistance, support and friendship.

What will I eat at camp?
All kinds of yummy stuff! Our campers love eating meals at Camp Quality, its some of the campers favourite part of the entire week! You’ll have great food, the company of your camp friends, and you’ll get to take part in some crazy dances and songs that follow meals. While menus vary between each camp, there are three full meals served every day, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and snacks are easy to grab!

If you have allergies or cannot eat certain foods because of dietary needs or religious reasons, you will receive a meal that suits your dietary preferences or requirements. There will always be something delicious to keep you energized. Our medical and kitchen teams are available to speak to you to ensure that your dietary needs are met and accommodated. Camp Quality is a nut-managed camp.

Can my siblings come to camp?

Yes! We believe serious illness affects the whole family and that each child should have the opportunity to experience camp. Each camp establishes their own prioritization for campers. Please contact the Family Coordinator at the camp location nearest you for further details.

What will we do for fun at camp?

Yes! If you can imagine it, we probably do it! Fun is around every corner here. You’ll find so many ways to have fun and also challenge yourself, try new things and even show others how to accomplish something new, too. You will do some things with your companion, some with an activity group and sometimes with all of camp! You usually have the opportunity to participate in all of our activities at least once.

Activities vary by location but could include: archery, art, boating, fishing, music, nature and discovery, drama, challenge course and many other camp-wide or cabin games and activities.  After dinner, you will enjoy evening programs, such as Carnival Night, campfires, camp-wide games, a scavenger hunt, and more.

How will I 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 Family Coordinator at the camp location nearest you for further details.