Over 1000 campers spend parts of their summer at Wenonah each year. That means that we get lots of questions from parents about how to best prepare their eager campers for the Wenonah experience.Below are answers to some of the most common questions we get from campers and families:
What should I pack for my child?
There are lots of important items to make sure you send with your child to Camp, and also some things we ask that you not send. You can download our packing list by clicking here.
Can I email my child at Camp?
Please put your child’s name in the subject line, and we’ll print the email off and deliver it to your camper after dinner.
Please note that campers do not have access to the internet while they are at Camp, and won’t be able to respond to your email.
What about writing letters?
Camper mail is picked up each weekday, and delivered to campers after dinner. If you’d like to write a letter to your camper, please address it to:
Camper Name / Period Attending
c/o Camp Wenonah
1324 Bird Lake Road, RR#3
Bracebridge, ON P1L 1X1
Campers are encouraged to write letters home each day during rest hour. We deliver mail to Bracebridge two times each week.
* Tip – send some self-addressed stamped envelopes to Camp with your child for when they want to write to family and friends!
When is Visitor’s Day?
Visitor’s Day is held twice during the Summer, for one month campers only:
Saturday, July 11 – July one month campers, July POLARIS, July WCITs
Saturday, August 8 – August one month campers, August POLARIS, August WCITs
When were the Final Instructions Forms due?
Final Instructions forms were due at the Burlington Office on April 30. If you have not submitted your camper’s forms, please do so as soon as possible. You access the forms by clicking here.
If you’d like to update any of your child’s information, please do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
When does my child’s Camp Period begin?
Period 1 & 1A – Sunday, June 28
Period 1B – Sunday, July 5
Period 2 – Sunday, July 12
Period 3 & 3A – Sunday, July 26
Period 3B – Sunday, August 2
Period 4 – Sunday, August 9
Period 4B – Sunday, August 16
Period 5 & WEEnonah ‘A’ – Monday, August 24
WEEnonah ‘B’ – Wednesday, August 26
Is your camper taking the bus to Camp? Please remember that busses leave Vaughan Mills Mall at 8:00 am sharp. We suggest you arrive at the bus stop at least thirty minutes early.
Families driving their campers to Wenonah should plan to arrive between 10:30 am and 11:30 am.
When does each Period end?
Period 1A – Saturday, July 4
Period 1 & 1B – Saturday, July 11
Period 2 – Saturday, July 25
Period 3A – Saturday, August 1
Period 3 & 3B – Saturday, August 8
Period 4 & 4B – Saturday, August 22
WEEnonah ‘A’ – Wednesday, August 26
Period 5 & WEEnonah ‘B’ – Friday, August 28
Busses are expected to arrive at Vaughan Mills Mall by 12:30 pm on the final day of Camp.
For those families wishing to pick their children up from Camp, please plan to arrive between 10:30 am and 11:30 am. WEEnonah A families are asked to pick their children up from Camp between 9:30 am and 10:00 am.
Who are the Camp nurses?
We are very fortunate to have a team of experienced nurses on site 24 hours a day throughout the Summer season. Our nurses meet all the campers on the first day of camp and are available to campers, POLARIS and WCITs throughout their time at Wenonah.
The Health Services team includes:
Mary Sutherland and Joanna Walenius (Period 1)
Gwen Neizer and Nancy Vandenbergh (Period 2)
Franziska Hines and Louise Pope-Rhoden (Period 3)
Carol Blair-Murdoch (Period 4)
Andrea Dewling (Period 4A) & Sharon Tucker (Period 4B)
Erica Childs, Carey Forget and Doreen Sauve (Period 5/Weenonah)
Dr Phyllis McCord (Camp Doctor) and Nancy Vandenbergh (Associate Director Health and Wellness) provide leadership to our Health Services group as part of the Wenonah Management Team.
What if my child is bring medications to Camp?
If your child is taking the Camp bus from Vaughan Mills Mall, we ask that you give all of your child’s medications (and written instructions) to a Camp staff member before your camper boards the bus. The staff member will ensure the medications get delivered to the nurses safely upon arrival at Camp. Please ensure that all medications are in their original containers and timing/dosages are clearly marked.
Remember, we are now providing all ‘as needed’ medications (i.e. Benadryl, Tylenol, Ibruprofen and Gravol) so you don’t need to send them!
When your child returns home, please remember to pick up your child’s medications from the Camp staff member who was on the bus when you pick them up at Vaughan Mills Mall.
If you are dropping your child off at Camp by car, please visit the Health Centre to drop your child’s medications off (and meet the nurses and Health Centre staff!). Your child’s medications will be packed in their luggage on the last morning of Camp.
What if my child has had a fever prior to Camp?
To help keep our Camp community healthy, please contact our Muskoka Office if your child has had a fever at any time during the week preceding the start of their Camp Period.
We thank families for helping us keep influenza like illnesses from being brought into Camp.
Head to Toe Checks
Midway through your child’s stay at Camp, the counseling staff carry out a Head to Toe check – a quick look to make your child is healthy and clean! Any bumps, bruises, scratches or rashes are highlighted to the nurses.
If there are any concerns, the Camp nurses will contact you.
Who can I contact if I have any questions or concerns?
If you have any questions, please refer to our Handbooks (which can be found online).
You can also contact Caron Brick through email (email@example.com). Caron will also be at our Burlington Office (905-631-2849) through Thursday, June 25 before she joins us at Camp for our staff training week. She will return to the Burlington Office on Thursday, July 2.
Office Coordinator Gavin McGuire will oversee all activity at our Muskoka Office throughout the Summer. To reach our Muskoka Office, you can call (705) 645-6163. You can also email Gavin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy Vandenbergh is available to answer any questions you may have about camper health and wellness. You email email Nancy at email@example.com.