A photo taken at the Huron Church Camp

Camper Info

A warm welcome! Now that you’re signed up for camp, what’s next? This overview will help your get ready for camp. You might want to print these pages as you prepare to arrive, pack for camp, and think about your time at camp.

Arrival Day

Starts on Sunday at 4 pm
Drop-off commences at 4:00 pm on Sundays. We do not offer earlier drop-off times. Please give us a call if you are going to be later than 5 pm.

Although some line-ups will be unavoidable you can help us keep things moving by remembering the following:

  • Make payments before you arrive. You can pay online, using Visa or Mastercard, by e-transfer to the camp email, or by mailing a cheque…all payments are due one week prior to arrival.
  • All families must check in with the nurses. Please label all medications with camper’s name. Bring prescribed medications in their original containers.
  • Pick up pre-ordered shirts next to the check-in area. Tuck (special snacks) is included in your fees.

We are located at 74969 Bluewater Highway, Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0

HCC is vape and smoke-free. We thank you for your support by not smoking/vaping while dropping off or picking up your child.

Pick-up Day

Saturday morning

  • Please sign out with one of the counsellors on their checklist.
  • Take a walk around the cabin to make sure you have all possessions and check at the picnic tables beside the chapel for lost and found.
  • Pick up all medications from the Health Centre.
  • Campers must depart by noon at the latest.

Join us as we celebrate our week together with a Eucharist at 10:30 am which lasts about one hour. This is a time when we give thanks for our camp journey, new friends, good food and fun through music, stories, prayers and Holy Communion… we are encouraged to take everything we have learned and enjoyed home.

  • We need written notification if your child will be picked up before 10 am or if they are leaving the site with someone other than parents or guardians.

Camp Clothing

Camp life is busy, active and adventurous and we want to make sure campers and staff come prepared to enjoy their time with us. We hope that the following guidelines will encourage everyone to focus on building friendships and enjoying the program in a safe, comfortable style.

  • All tops should cover the midriff and overlap the top of the shorts, pants etc.
  • Shorts and pants should sit at the waist line or slightly below; underwear should not be visible.
  • Girls should bring only one piece bathing suits or tankinis to camp; no bikinis.
  • Boys’ shorts and pants should be fitted enough that they do not slip down significantly during active play.
  • We discourage the use of curling irons, hair straighteners, blow dryers and make-up while at camp. We want to be very intentional about ways we can cut down on our electricity use in addition to safety concerns. We are hoping that we can devote all our energies to getting outside and having a good time.

We appreciate your support!

Packing List:

  • Enough clothing for one week
  • Rainwear
  • A warm sweater/jacket/fleece
  • Camp appropriate bathing suit(s) and a shirt for sun protection
  • Running shoes and sandals that fit
  • Socks
  • Sunhat
  • Sleeping bag or bedding
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Water bottle
  • Personal hygiene items, required by camper
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • If your camper wears glasses, please consider sending an old pair if you have them or a strap to keep them on

Some families send a garbage bag for soiled clothing – in order that it not be taken home by someone else or even thrown out, please consider sending a clear bag or a laundry bag.

Please do not bring:

  • Music or clothing with swearing or words that are violent or make fun of others.
  • Anything that resembles a weapon, fireworks, knives, laser pointers or fidget spinners.
  • Cell phones or laptops, precious clothing, jewelry and other artifacts.
  • Hair dryers, curling irons and flat irons.
  • Please check that your camper has not packed a lighter or matches or a vape.

Camp staff and committees will not be responsible for the loss of camper possessions.

Homesickness

HCC makes every effort to welcome campers and offer fun and engaging activities, but being away from home can be lonely for even some of our most seasoned veterans!

  • We advise families to accentuate the positive, talking about all the exciting things that will happen at camp
  • Avoid telling your child that if they do not like camp you will come and get them as this often plants seeds of anxiety and distress.
  • Please stay as long as you need to on the first day but note that sometimes prolonged good- byes can be upsetting for everyone!
  • Consider sending a note or postcard, with positive comments like “We can’t wait to hear about your adventures!” or “I will miss you but think of all the things we can talk about when you come home!” These can be mailed or if small in size dropped by the office for delivery during the week.
  • Feel free to call or e-mail us to inquire about your child, remembering that if we do not pick up the phone right away, we check messages frequently.
  • Please do not give your camper a cell phone.
  • If a camper is excessively homesick and especially if it is impacting the cabin, the Director will be in touch.

Head Lice

  • Where there are large gatherings of children, head lice can be a real nuisance! Please do not send your child to camp if they have head lice – give us call and if possible, we will change their session.
  • We have also learned that adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your child's shampoo before camp may prevent them from getting head lice.

Water Bottles

A healthy camp experience requires drinking plenty of water!

  • We ask all campers and staff to bring a water bottle labeled with their name which they can re-fill from washroom taps or the dining hall – we have been on City of London Water since 1992.
  • As we continue our work on green initiatives at camp, we discourage campers from bringing bottled water. Like many churches and faith communities the world over we are also concerned about big companies selling water that may or may not meet health standards – we are called to be mindful of those who do not have clean water and to work towards justice and clean, free water for all.

Our HCC Covenant

  • At Huron Church Camp we expect that all campers and staff will live and work and play in a spirit of fun, respect and cooperation. This is our covenant, an agreement we make between each other and with God!
  • We will call people by their given names in a gentle, respectful way.
  • We will respect each other's privacy and belongings.
  • We will not hurt, ignore or make fun of people for their clothes, the way they speak, the colour of their skin… for who they are or what they think!
  • We will listen to everyone's ideas and take turns in speaking and playing.
  • We will not bring electronic games, matches, lighters, expensive jewelry, cell phones, laptops, extra money or toys that look like weapons.
  • If we have any worries about anything or anybody we will talk to a counsellor, a nurse, or our chaplain.
  • If we are having trouble getting along with others we may get help from our counsellors, the Director or one of her assistants.
  • Our love and care for camp and one another extends year-round, even when we return back home. We will keep this in mind especially when communicating via the the web and social media, showing the world our very best selves!

Sun Safety at HCC

At camp we spend lots of time enjoying the outdoors and this means lots of time in the sun! We encourage all campers and staff to be sun safe while at camp and we always keep the UV index and heat in mind when planning our activities. Talk to your camper about being safe in the sun before they come to camp and remember the following:

Sunscreen

  • Send your camper with enough sunscreen to last the whole week.
  • Sunscreen should be SPF 30 or over and be water resistant.

Clothing

  • Send clothes that can shield the body from the sun such as long pants and t- shirts.
  • The beach gets lots of sun so consider clothes to wear over bathing suits after swim time.

Hats

  • Hats should protect the neck, ears, and face from the sun.

Sunglasses

  • Eyes need to be protected from the sun too, make sure sunglasses offer UVA and UVB protection.
  • To keep track of sunglasses send them with a case or strap.

Water Bottles

  • Sun safety includes staying hydrated, send your camper with a reusable water bottle, labeled with their name, that can be carried to camp activities.
  • Cabins have many opportunities throughout the day to drink water and refill water bottles.

Contact the Camp

  • 519-565-2822
  • Toll-free 800-919-1115 ext 217
  • If you get our voicemail, please leave a message – we check often!
  • huronchurchcamp@gmail.com

Drop off address:

GPS - 74969 Bluewater Highway, Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0

Location on Google Maps

Mailing address:

Huron Church Camp, Box 509, Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0

We go to the mailbox once a day and make every effort to deliver your camper mail if it arrives during their time with us!

We wish you every blessing for a safe journey... We can't wait to see you!