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General

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Are pets allowed on site?

For the health and safety of our petting zoo, as well as your animals, there are no pets allowed on site at any time.

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Where is Winkler Bible Camp?

We are located ninety minutes South-West of Winnipeg, and just ten minutes outside of the cities of Winkler and Morden. Search for “Winkler Bible Camp” in Google Maps or click here for the Google Maps location.

Registration

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Can my child request to be with a friend?

You may make up to two cabinmate requests. Please note that each cabinmate requested must be within two grade years of the camper being registered and be registered as the same sex, be registering for the same camp type and session. All cabinmates must request each other. While every effort is made to honor cabinmate requests, it is not a guarantee. A maximum of three friends will be placed in the same cabin, to ensure a healthy cabin dynamic.

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Do you have qualified medical staff on site?

A qualified medical officer is always on site while campers are here, and we are a five minute drive from Boundary Trails Health Centre. The health and care of your child are very important to us while they are here. If your child has any medical information please make the camp aware of this through the registration portal or by calling the office.

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How do I register my child for camp?

We use an online registration system.  Instructions are included in the process.  Call our office if you have any questions.  If you would rather register with a paper form, please contact our office at 204-325-9519 or info@winklerbiblecamp.com.

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I have one child that needs to be picked up at six pm and one that needs to be picked up at eight pm. Is there any way I can pick them both up at the same time?

Yes!  We offer after camp childcare for our Kinder Kids and Little Buddies Day Campers.  This service is not an extension of the camp day but rather a more informal time where campers can play or do activities that are made available to them. These activities may include coloring, watching an age appropriate video or other 'down time' activities. During this time, they will be supervised by camp staff (not necessarily their cabin leaders).  Cost is $10 per day per child and can be added on at registration.  If you would like to add this after registration, please contact our office.

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My child has special needs, are they able to attend camp?

Yes, in many cases we are able to host campers with physical or intellectual disabilities and provide a one-on-one leader for your child’s stay at camp. There are limited spots for this each week, please register your child and fill out a one on one assistance form. Our office will then contact you about your registration and your child's specific needs.

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What Covid specific guidelines or restrictions will be followed?

We are committed to the safety of our campers and summer ministry team members and will continue to follow the health and safety guidelines as required for summer camps. At this point, we do not anticipate any specific restrictions to be in place this summer but will communicate with parents if this changes.

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What are the Terms and Conditions that I will be asked to agree to if I register my child?

Click here to view a copy of the Terms and Conditions we will ask you to sign when you register your child.

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When will my child receive their acceptance letter?

We do our best to send out an acceptance package by email or mail within ten business days of receiving the registration. If you do not receive an acceptance package within this time, please contact the camp. If your child is on a waiting list for their preferred session, we will be in contact with you if a spot opens up. Winkler Bible Camp will not hold your child’s spot without registration and deposit, or confirmation of alternative funding.

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Why are you still running day camps if overnight camps are allowed?

Our priority is to provide as many campers as possible the opportunity to attend summer camp. While running day camps in 2021 we heard from many parents and campers that day camp was their preference. As such, we have prioritized adding day camp spots for all age groups this year, in addition to overnight spots.

Financial

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Do you have financial assistance available for sending children to camp?

Financial assistance is available through the Sunshine Fund managed by Manitoba Camping Association (click here to call) or www.mbcamping.ca. If you are not able to receive funding through the Sunshine Fund, please contact our office and we will direct you to other sources, including our own campership aid fund. Note: It is your responsibility to secure funding, however you may contact the camp if you require assistance in filling out forms etc., we are happy to help.  

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How can I pay for my child's camp fees?

Payment can be made online in the registration portal by credit card or eCheque (a pre-authorized withdrawal from your bank account), by calling the office or you can pay by cash or cheque in person during office hours or through the mail.  We do not recommend mailing cash.  At this time, we do not accept etransfers for payment of camp fees.  The balance of fees are due June 15 and can be paid in the same way as the deposit.

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How will payment work this year?

During registering you will be required to pay a non-refundable $50 deposit for each camper and full payment is due June fifteenth. You may pay in full, or sign up for a payment plan. Balance payments can be made by logging into your account here. Please contact our office if you need to make alternate payment arrangements. We ask that you help us by taking care of payment promptly once you are allowed.

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What is your cancellation policy?

If a cancellation is made more than two weeks prior to a camp session, the fee, less the deposit, will be refunded. There will be NO REFUND if a cancellation is made less than two weeks prior to the start of the registered camp session, except in the case of a medical emergency.

While at Camp

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Can I communicate with my child while they’re at camp?

To provide the best experience and help prevent homesickness, we discourage direct contact with your child during their week of camp. If you have any concerns or a time-sensitive message for them, please contact the camp office at 204-325-9519.

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How can I see what my child is doing while at camp?

During your child’s stay, we have a team dedicated to capturing the fun through photos and video. These can be seen on our social media platforms.

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How do you care for campers who feel homesick?

Our cabin leaders are trained to deal with homesick campers, and are usually able to help them through it by distracting them with the many fun activities at camp. If this does not work, the child may be allowed to call home in an attempt for the parent to encourage the child to stay. If your child is struggling we may call you to see what you recommend, because sometimes having a camper call home makes it harder for them to stay. If this does not help and the parent and camper agree that the camper should go home, we would help line that up. In this case the camper will not be able to return to camp that week, nor will any refund be given.

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How does your pick up procedure work? Who can pick up my child?

In order to keep Winkler Bible Camp a safe place for your child, campers must be signed out each time they leave our site. The name of the pick-up person/people will be required during registration. If this changes, please notify the camp office before pick-up time. In order to provide the best camp experience for your child, we recommend that you reschedule all appointments and prior commitments that conflict with their camp session.

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What should I pack for my child?

Click here for a printable packing list of what to bring and what not to bring for your child’s time at camp.

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