Life at Camp
- the camp is on an island
- the cabins are shared with other campers
- there is a canoe trip
- your child will have a good time
- make new friends
- learn to do many new things
- become a member of a new cabin group.
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
Do not bring anything valuable to camp as occasionally things do get lost or broken. Pioneer Camp is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.
Yes, Pioneer Camp operates a Tuck Shop at camp which sells books, clothing, flashlights, batteries, and souvenirs. Since campers may not keep cash in their possession while at camp, we ask that money going towards their Tuck Account is included in your payment for the camp session. Unspent portions of the tuck account will be refunded at the end of the camp session, or can be donated toward our scholarship fund.
Arrival and Departure Days
The Pioneer Camp III boat will pick campers up at the dock on Shoal Lake at 4 pm on the start day of most camps. Please see the transportation schedule for specific departure times for your camp. Please make sure you arrive approximately 15–30 minutes early to drop off your child to ensure smooth operations.
Bus departures and arrivals meet at the east parking lot (off of Burmac) of the Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church, 500 Lagimodiere Blvd. Campers should be there by 1:30pm on the start date of camp, so that they can be signed in and buses can depart at 2pm. On the end date of camp, buses arrive at the same location at about 5pm. Exceptions to these times are the Voyageur canoe trips and LIT which needs campers to arrive at 11:30 for a 12 o’clock departure.
The boat is waiting at the dock to pick up campers at 4pm on the start day of most camps and it drops off campers at 3pm on the end date of most camps. However, check the transportation schedule below for any changes to departure and arrival times for your camp. Please make sure you arrive approximately 15 – 30 minutes early to drop off/pick up your child at camp to insure smooth operations.
Communication during Camp
Our friendly atmosphere and understanding staff help campers overcome the natural fears and concerns of being away from home. Getting kids involved in the program and making new friends helps to overcome the fears associated with leaving home and their family. It is our goal to make their stay at Pioneer Camp as enjoyable as possible. The camp director will spend time with any homesick child and, if necessary call the parent.
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 do have an open house day in June and parents are encouraged to come out and see the site at that time.
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
- There is a qualified medical person on staff, available 24 hours a day.
- Pioneer Camp leadership staff are trained in First Aid and CPR.
- Quality, nutritional meals are provided with a variety of healthy snack options at Tuck times.
- Drinking water is lab analyzed regularly for quality.
- All campers must provide a valid health number and completed medical information on application. Out-of-province campers must have medical insurance.
Due to the structure of our program, Pioneer Camp requests that medications required throughout the year be sent with your child to camp. All medication brought to camp MUST be kept by camp 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 2 weeks’ time.
Please advise us at registration if there are any changes to your child’s medical information. The camp reserves the right to refuse admission to any camper with a suspected contagious condition (i.e. chickenpox, lice). To ensure your child has an enjoyable week and to protect other campers, please have any condition treated completely before coming to camp. If this is not possible, please call and reschedule to another week, depending on availability.
Details regarding medical/behavioral concerns are to be communicated in writing. Please call to discuss any concerns/special needs by phone.