Visit Montreal Families' Camp Fair

Planning to send your child to summer camp this year? A great way to gather information is by dropping by our fair on Feb. 19, 2017.

If this is the first summer your child will be going to camp, you may be surprised to find out that registration for many of the programs starts as early as January, which is especially true for the sleepover (residential) camps. And if there are specific day camps your child has his or her heart set on, make sure to register early to avoid disappointment.

To help parents get as much information about summer programs as possible, Montreal Families has been organizing a Camp Fair for the past 16 years. In 2017, it will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Pointe-Claire.

At this FREE event, representatives of day and sleepover camps set up booths and talk to parents about their programs. They often have former campers who can chat about their experiences, video footage, photos, brochures and senior staff who can answer questions and allay any fears or concerns parents might have. 

Parents can learn about camps that specialize in a particular sport, such as horseback riding, tennis or soccer, and others that have a multitude of activities throughout each day of the week.  There will also be many sleepover camps from Quebec, Ontario and the United States. 

We hope you can make it to our fun and informative event. There is FREE parking available at the back of the hotel.  And make sure to bring the kids along to get them pumped about their upcoming summer adventure.  There will also be entertainment for the kids.

If this is your first time attending such an event, here are some questions you might consider asking the staff:

  1. What is the camp’s philosophy or mission?
  2. How long has the camp been in existence?
  3. Is the camp accredited, meaning it must meet criteria set by a provincial or state (U.S.) camping association. If not, you should find out why the camp hasn’t pursued accreditation.
  4. What kinds of programs does the camp offer? Do children get to choose activities each day? What will campers do in the event of bad weather (rain or extreme heat)?
  5. What are the camp facilities, both for activities (pool, rock climbing wall, etc.) and sleeping (cabins, tents, dorms)?
  6. What is the ratio of staff to campers? What are the ages of counselors and what sort of training do they receive?
  7. How long has the camp director been with the camp and what is his or her background?
  8. How many campers return each summer? Can the camp put you in touch with some former campers who can talk about their experience?
  9. How does the camp handle issues like homesickness, bullying, shy children, disruptive behaviour, etc.?
  10. What happens in the event of an injury or illness? How close is the camp to a medical facility?

The Montreal Families’ Camp Fair offers parents a hassle-free way to make their summer camp arrangements.  See you there!  

For the full list of camps exhibiting this year click here

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