Not sure what to expect at camp? The following will describe how the camp functions, schedules, and some daily activities involved in camp life.
The campers at each camp are divided into cabin groups. A minimum ratio of 5 [campers]:1 [counsellor] will be maintained. Normally, one counsellor and one CIT will be assigned to each cabin, although additional counsellors will be added as required.
This is a sample of a typical day at Camp McDougall. Theme days and special events will often mean an alteration to the schedule. Please notice that this is a very active and busy schedule, so it is important to get as much sleep as possible every night.
7:30 Wake up 12:45 Cabin Clean-up/Rest time 6:30 Cabin Time
7:45 Morning Watch 1:45 Session 2 7:00 Camp Wide Game
8:00 Morning Activities 2:45 Snack 8:15 Snack
8:30 Breakfast 3:00 Session 3 8:30 Campfire
9:30 Chapel 4:00 Free Swim 9:30 Goodnight Campers
10:30 Session 1 5:00 Change 10:00 Lights Out Campers
Each day begins with Morning Watch. All of the people at camp gather around the flag-pole to sing the national anthem, which is followed by a brief reflection or thought or prayer to start the day. Similarly, the day is ended with a brief thought or reflection around the campfire known as Vespers.
The main programmed activities of the average day at camp are the three sessions. These are Arts & Crafts, Recreation, and Waterfront. The campers are divided into session groups, and each group rotates from one session to the next.
The last program activity of each day is the campfire. Campfires involve many different elements, all of which should be blended together to create a well-rounded campfire. Campfires include a variety of types of songs, stories, and skits. Each cabin will be responsible for one campfire throughout the course of the week.