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POLICIES & PRACTICES

An image of the front of Feathers Cottage. There are red rocking chairs on the front porch and a big apple tree in the front yard.

​As a fully accredited member of the Ontario Camps Association, Camp Kintail maintains the highest standards of safety, leadership, food, water, and sanitation:

Campers’ health, safety, and comfort are essential for a memorable camp experience. All staff members have training in first aid and hold Standard First Aid Certificates and CPR “C”. First Aid Kits are found throughout the site and an AED is located in MacDonald Lodge. During our summer camp sessions, a registered nurse or licensed paramedic is always on site and they work closely with staff to ensure camper care, safety and health. Feather’s, our summer infirmary, is well equipped to provide quality care, with the additional support of local hospitals nearby.

 

Waterfront staff all hold National Lifeguarding Service certification, as well there are several staff members who hold Bronze Cross certification. At the High Challenge Course climbers climb at a 1 Kintail staff to 1 climber ratio. The Kintail staff to camper ratio at all other sessions are 1:3 or 1:4. The ratio at the beach is 1:5 or 1:6, depending on the activity. Overnight in cabins the ratio is 1:4 or 1:5, depending on numbers.

Regular visits and approval by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Huron County Health Unit confirm that our kitchen, washrooms, sleeping areas, and site meet with Provincial regulations. We have a state of the art water treatment system that includes chlorination. Our water is tested daily and we have several “Small Drinking Water Systems Operators” on staff to meet with all Ontario water legislation.  Our water testing is monitored by an outside company.

Camp Kintail follows the Leading with Care Policy of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. All staff and volunteers undergo criminal background checks.

Meals are generous, well planned and nutritious. Served in a ‘family style’ setting, three balanced meals and a bedtime snack are served daily. Meal plans follow Canada’s Food Guide. We work hard at being a “Nut-Aware” Facility.  While we do not serve any food prepared with nut products and ask all our guests to comply by the same policy, we can not guarantee a “nut-free” environment.  We take food and other allergies very seriously.

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A ramp with hand railings going down to the beach through the cedar forest. You can see the colour of the sunset on the trees.

ACCESSIBILITY

Camp Kintail strives at all times to provide its programs, goods and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. We are also committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access our programs, goods and services and allowing them to benefit from the same services, in the same place, and in a similar way as other participants.

 

We strive to make all of our buildings and activities accessible. Buildings and activities are accessible via ramp, automatic doors can be found throughout the site. The Lodge has an accessible washroom and Feathers and the Nest both have accessible washrooms with roll-in showers. For questions on accessibility at Camp Kintail, email Theresa McDonald-Lee at trillium@campkintail.ca

INCLUSIVITY

Camp Kintail is a 2SLGBTQIA+ affirming camp that strives to be a safe place for all guests to enjoy all the activities a summer camp has to offer while being their authentic selves. We became Rainbow Registered in 2023. Part of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, Kintail aims to ensure everyone has an opportunity to experience Christian camping with an emphasis on love and kindness for all.

We value equity, care, and respect for all people. Read more about our inclusive policy at Camp Kintail, including information on all gender washrooms, cabins, pronouns, staff training and more. 

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A group photo of Kintail staff attending the Goderich Pride festival. The group is smiling and cheering, holding a pride flag.

COMMUNITY FOR ALL

FIND MORE INFORMATION ON INCLUSION, ACCESSIBILITY AND SUPPORT AT CAMP KINTAIL

Camp Kintail Policies

There are many policies that guide the work of the camp. These policies are reviewed and updated regularly by the Camp Board.

As a ministry of The Presbyterian Church in Canada we adhere to the following policies which have been approved by the General Assembly:

To ensure the safety and well-being of our campers, the following policies have been adopted by the Camp Board:

  • I don’t see the session I am trying to register for?
    Adult registration: Check that you have input your birthday. Our registration softwares triggers pricing and eligibility based on age, if your birthday is left blank the session you are hoping to attend may not appear. There is also a chance that the session you are trying to book has filled, you can check capacity for your desired session by calling the camp office. Camper Registration: It’s likely that your camper is not the correct age for the camp you are trying to register for, or the registration has filled. Double-check the age requirements and call the camp office if you have questions or would like to discuss options!
  • Have a camper who is 9 turning 10? Or 4 turning 5? Here's what to know.
    Campers who are 9 turning 10 can choose between the Jr. programs (7-10) or the Int. programs (10-14). Cabins are sorted by age to the best of our abilities, but depending on the registrations that week they may be in a cabin with children who are older or younger than them. You know your camper best and we leave it to you to decide which age/ session is best for them! The software will allow you to register for either Jr. or Int. programs. If your camper is coming with a friend, be extra careful to enroll in the same session! Children who are 4 turning 5 may register for our Day Camp program if they have completed a full year of kindergarten, need no assistance in the washroom, and can change for the beach by themselves. We do not recommend children who are 4 turning 5 enroll for our overnight Sprouts program. The software will allow you to register for Day Camp.
  • My camper turns 16 this year, can they be an LIT?
    Youth who are 15 turning 16 are able to participate in the Leader in Training program. This program is special as it is only available for youth who will be able to join the Kintail staff team the next year. 15 year olds can participate in the Pre-LIT program.
  • How do I register for a Weekend Away?
    You can register your whole family just like you would for overnight or day camp. You can find a tutorial on our youtube channel!
  • I’m trying to plan next summer, when will your overnight and day camp schedule be released?
    You can check our website, follow our social media and subscribe to our newsletter to ensure you’re one of the first to know when registration will launch, dates are usually released at the end of the year, and registration usually opens in February.
  • Which price do I choose?
    Whichever is best for your family! The price you select in no way affects your experience at Kintail. You can learn more about our flexible pricing here!
  • A church or organization will be paying for all or part of my camp, how do I complete my registration?
    Register just like you would for any typical camp or retreat. At the end instead of typing in your credit card information, you can click “Pay by cash or cheque.” Please reply to your confirmation e-mail or call the office and let the administrator know where your payment will be coming from and we’ll gladly make a note on your account!
  • I have a few more questions before I register, who can I contact?
    We would be happy to help you with all things registrations! Call the camp office at 519-529-7317 or send us an email at admin@campkintail.ca
  • Does my child need to be vaccinated to attend overnight camp?
    While vaccinations are strongly encouraged, they are not mandatory for participation in a Camp Kintail summer program. All public health requirements of Huron Perth Public Health and the province of Ontario will be followed, and additional protections may also be required. You can find any COVID updates on our website, social media, or our newsletter. With further questions, please call us at 519-529-7317.
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