Life at Camp
In Western Town, campers choose their three favourite activities at the beginning of the week and then rotate through them during our daily activity times. Each day they will get to pick a fun elective of their choice that is different from their main activities. After dinner, campers will all participate in a large-scale camp game followed by a period of supervised free time. The evening is finished off with our meaningful campfire which includes fun and engaging songs and skits along with a brief age appropriate message.
Discovery campers rotate through activities including riding, ropes, swimming, crafts, wacky science and more to make sure that they get a sampling of everything while they are here. They will also get to enjoy a fun and engaging clubhouse time with short lessons that are appropriate for their age.
As long as the weather co-operates, all campers have the opportunity to swim, ride horses and, climb our high ropes course at least once while they are here. Our specialty camps have independent schedules and activities.
We will retain lost and found for one month following camp. If not claimed by then, we will donate appropriate items to a local charity. Medication will be disposed of within two weeks following the camper’s week of attendance. Calls to the camp regarding lost and found will be handled as time permits. We can only look for labelled items. Any found items will be sent C.O.D. (at your expense).
Campers are encouraged not to bring valuable clothing or possessions. Circle Square Ranch is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.
Your child will have a devotional time during the day (approximately ½ hour) plus an evening campfire (approximately 1 hour) that will focus on predetermined topics as laid out in the Circle Square Ranch general program. These are times of introduction to Christian values and beliefs presented through small and large group discussions, skits, songs and Bible study.
What to Bring
- electronic games, players, entertainment and communication devices (cell phones)
- jack knives, hunting knives, matches or lighters
- nuts and/or peanut products
- chewing gum
- inappropriate reading materials
- alcoholic beverages, narcotics or tobacco products (see note)
Do not bring anything valuable to camp, as occasionally things do get lost or broken.
We reserve the right to send home any camper who fails to cooperate. Circle Square Ranch is a NON-SMOKING facility. Please discuss this with your child prior to camp should you consider this to be a concern.
- The use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or narcotics is prohibited and will be treated as a serious offense. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
- Circle Square Ranch is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.
We suggest a weekly amount of $20-$30.
*Please note: Regular camp fees do not include tuck shop purchases, camp photos, DVD, clothing and souvenirs.
Arrival and Departure Days
On weeks that include a rodeo, sign-out will start at 9:30 am. Parents are welcome to come and watch their children participate. This can be a great opportunity to see a little bit of what your child has learned at the barn while they were at camp. (Please note that only campers who signed up for riding as an activity are eligible to participate in the rodeo.) All Discovery campers will participate in the rodeo. If your child signed up for riding, but you need to pick them up before the rodeo, please give us a call and we would be happy to arrange that for you.
Camp photos, DVDs and medication are to be picked up when signing out your camper.
All campers must be signed out before leaving. Please notify the office if someone else will be picking up your child at departure as they will be required to sign them out.
Communication during Camp
With that in mind, we encourage parents and family not to visit during the week. If a child is homesick, a visit by family is usually not helpful. As well, other campers who are feeling homesick and are aware of the visit may request similar privileges and in most cases, this is not possible. We encourage family to spend as much time on arrival as they feel necessary.
Our Caring Staff
Our summer leadership team consists of individuals with previous camping experience as well as specific skills and training in their area of responsibility.
Health and Safety
Due to the structure of our program, Circle Square Ranch requests that medications required throughout the year be sent with your child to camp. All medication brought to camp MUST be kept by ranch staff, including vitamins, puffers and Tylenol. They must be labelled properly with medication name and directions for use. Prescription medication MUST be in the original container with user’s name printed on label. If you want your child to carry their puffer or epipen with them please bring a fanny pack for that purpose. We also request that a second puffer or epipen be checked in with the camp nurse.
Please do not use the week of camp as a break from medication.
All medications left behind after camp will be disposed of after two weeks.
Details regarding medical/behavioral concerns are to be communicated in writing. Please call to discuss any concerns/special needs by phone.