Please search through our FAQ's before contacting the camp with your question. If your question is not answered by any of these FAQ's, we'd love to help you in any way possible.
I Noticed That You Are A Christian Camp?
Nearly all of our staff here at Camp Chestermere are Christians, and anyone leading children at the camp is called to uphold the Christian faith. This means we place high regard on equality, fairness, and maintaining a positive teaching environment for children to learn and grow in Christ. There are two formal times for our Overnight Camp, and one for our Day Camp, when teaching takes place called 'Fireside'; both are 15-20 minutes long and are based around a story from the bible, which we try to relate to everyday life. Teaching is also employed in many of our activities, which help us show how God is real in our lives. No camper is forced to make a decision for Christ, as we believe this is something that they have to decide for themselves.
We Don't Attend Church; Will My Child Feel Out Of Place? Will My Child Feel Pressured To Believe In Your Faith?
More than 2/3 of our campers do not attend church, a fact which we take into consideration when we plan our programs and camps. We try our best to ensure that no one will feel that their choices or their families' choices are bad; instead we teach what we believe and show the kids the love that Jesus has for them.
What Type Of Training Do Your Summer Staff Receive?
Our Summer Staff receive a week long training program that covers everything we do at Camp Chestermere throughout the summer. They are trained in how to lead all of our activities, programming, and how to deal with camp emergencies. They receive an overarching understanding of how to lead campers with various social and developmental disorders. Staff also learn how to lead campers through conflicts, lead devotionals, and how to clean and prepare all areas of the camp. Our Seasonal Leadership Staff even receive Standard First Aid Training. Camp Chestermere does a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector check on all employees.
How Many Kids Are In A Cabin? What Is Your Camper To Cabin Leader Ratio?
There are eight to ten campers in an overnight cabin with one to two cabin leaders (we try to ensure there will be two leaders per cabin). This means there is usually a 1:5 leader-to-camper ratio in overnight camps. Our Day Camp groups hover around a 1:6 leader-to camper ratio.
What Does A Typical Day Look Like?
Summer Overnight Camp - you can expect to have three amazing meals (a snack is provided at night time), two-three set activity times where campers participate in their chosen camp activities (archery, power-tubing, wall climbing, etc.), free time involving a trip to Horton's Hut, our candy shop, a cabin activity, two formal teaching/worship times, a camp-wide outdoor game, and a whole lot of fun!
Day Camp - camp runs from 8:30am to 4:30pm daily, with early drop off at 7:30am and latest pick-up at 5:30pm. You are welcome to call the camp office before camp begins or on the day you drop your child off to arrange for these special times. The day begins with a snack and cabin time to organize and prepare the campers. The kids will go with their groups and participate in camp based activities, which include power tubing, climbing, archery, swimming, kayaking, etc., and then a variety of other activities such as crafts, story time, a visit to the candy store, and much more! Activities are modified and sensitive to the different ages of campers in the program. The day is a balance of high energy activities, breaks for eating and low key events for rest, depending on the needs of the campers for that day.
Who Owns The Camp?
The camp is owned by the Camp Chestermere Association: a non-profit society and registered charity. Members of 10 different churches, representing 6 different denominations make up the Board of Directors, who are the trustees of the camp.
What Method Of Payment Do You Accept?
We accept Credit, Debit, Cash, or cheque. Cheques may be post-dated up to and including the first day of camp if needed. Please make cheques out to "Camp Chestermere" and specify camper's name on the bottom left hand corner. Other payment options are available on an as needed basis.
Do You Provide Subsidies For Families In Need? How Do I Know If I Qualify?
It is our philosophy that no camper should be refused access to camp because of the financial circumstances of their family, and we endeavour to honour each request. We do, however, ask for as much financial participation as possible from the family. We DO accept post-dated cheques to help reduce the impact of paying for camp all at once. See our Jar Jar's Kids page to apply.
If I Register My Child And Then Need To Cancel, Do I Get A Refund? And How Much Do I Get Back?
If you cancel your Summer Camp registration with 15 days or more in advance then you will receive a full refund of registration fees.
If you cancel your registration between 7 - 14 days in advance of the date of the camp, then you will receive 50% of your registration fees.
If you cancel your registration 0 - 6 days in advance of the camp, then you will receive no refund for your registration.
Every parent will be required to pay $100.00 towards the cost of the camp fees at the time of registration. Total payment of all registration fees is due in advance of the camp you registered for.
Any questions or concerns regarding this policy should be directed to our Camp Director at
If you cancel your School Year Camp registration with 15 days or more in advance then you will receive a full refund of registration fees.
If you cancel your registration between 7 - 14 days in advance of the date of the School Year Camp, then you will receive 50% of your registration fees.
If you cancel your registration 0 - 6 days in advance of the School Year Camp, then you will receive no refund for your registration.
Every parent will be required to pay 50% of registration fees at the time of registration. Total payment of all registration fees is due in advance of the School Year Camp you registered for.
Any questions or concerns regarding this policy should be directed to our Camp Director at
When Are the Drop Off/Pick Up Times For Summer Camps?
Overnight Camp drop-off: 6:00pm Sunday Night
Closing Program: 4:30pm Friday Evening. (Campers need to be picked up no later than 5:15pm.)
Day Camp Monday morning drop-off: 7:30am - 8:30am
Tuesday to Friday drop-off: 8:30am (Early drop-off starts at 7:30am)
Monday to Friday pick-up: 4:30pm (Late pick-up until 5:30pm)
Friday Closing Program: 4:30pm (Pick-up no later than 5:15pm)
Do You Accept Children With Developmental Disorders Or Delays?
We believe that every child should experience Camp Chestermere as a place to belong. This means that we train our staff in how to lead campers with a variety of disorders. We have even implemented programming called 'Helping all Campers Succeed: Working with Campers with Special Needs' to accommodate campers who need one on one care. We work one on one with the families of these campers to figure out what is best for the child, and how to best accommodate them during their time at camp. We will have a conversation with you and our staff before the week of camp your child attends to make sure your child is best taken care of. If you have a child that might fit under these parameters, feel free to contact our Camp Office to discuss possible steps forward at .
Is There A Parent Day? Can My Child Call Me?
Homesickness is a real concern at camp, and we want to accommodate for this as much as we can. In general, we tend to discourage mid-week visits as we have noticed they can actually increase this homesickness. Also, the children who would like to have a visit from parents, but are unable to because of family situation can feel left hurt or left out when they do not receive visits. Parents are welcome to call the main office at any time (403) 272-6030 to see how their child is doing, and children are welcome to call home at any time (we do, however, try to discourage them from calling home at bedtime, as being tired can exacerbate the issue). We handle every situation of homesickness on a case-by-case situation as we know that not every child is the same.
My Child Is A Bed Wetter, Can You Accommodate Them?
In the instance that a child is a bed wetter, the information passed along will be on a need to know basis, as we want to value this sensitive issue. The Cabin Leaders of the camper will be informed so that they can be prepared; no other campers in the cabins will be told. In the instance that the camper wets their bed, the cabin leader will change and clean the bed in a very discreet manner so as not to embarrass the camper.
Is Camp Chestermere open year round? Or are you just a summer camp?
We are not just a summer camp. We host rental groups throughout the year to all kinds of rental groups. We have a multipurpose facility that can accommodate your every need for your event. We also host our own year round camps, events for all ages, conferences, and more. Our rental groups do not need to be Christian based groups, and we do not do any Christian programming with groups unless otherwise requested. If you're interested in learning more about how to rent our facility, click here for our 'Rental Options' page...