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Montreal Families

Fair helps families find a summer camp

For the first time in three years, Montreal Families will once again be hosting a Camp Fair in Pointe-Claire. The annual event had to be put on hold due to the pandemic.

So, if you are one of the thousands of parents who are trying to figure out which camps to send their children to this summer, make sure to drop by and meet representatives from many day and sleepover camps.

This free event, which gives camp representatives a chance to chat with parents about their summer programs, will take place Monday, March 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Double Tree by Hilton, Pointe-Claire (formerly the Holiday Inn Pointe-Claire). The representatives often bring former campers who can talk about their experiences, show video footage and photos, and hand out brochures. Senior staff can answer questions and allay any fears or concerns parents might have.

The Association des camps du Québec (ACQ) will have a booth at the fair. It is an organization that brings together hundreds of sleepover camps, day camps and family camps that meet more than 70 standards on safety, supervision ratios, training of staff as well as the quality of activities, animation and facilities. Parents interested in sending their child to a French camp can learn about many summer programs by visiting the ACQ booth.

Be prepared to ask questions

If you haven’t sent your child to camp before, here is a list of questions you might want to ask the staff when you are at the fair.

  1. What is the camp’s philosophy or mission?
  2. How long has the camp been in existence?
  3. Is the camp accredited? (This means it has met strict criteria set by the Quebec, Ontario or US camping associations). 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 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 counsellors 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 are the rules about the use of electronics?
  11. What happens in the event of an injury or illness? How close is the camp to a medical facility?

The Camp Fair is free for parents and there is also free parking available at the hotel.

Check our website for a list of camps attending the fair. montrealfamilies.ca. 

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