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At Pioneer Camp

 
Pioneer Camp is located approximately 2.5 hours north of Pearson International Airport, in Port Sydney in Muskoka. We are located halfway between Bracebridge and Huntsville.

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Guests will participate in a variety of outdoor education activities and programs while they are here at Pioneer Camp. The activities depend on the selections of group leaders/teachers and the season and can include: Archery, Astronomy, Candle and Soap Making, Canoeing, Challenge Course, Climbing Wall, Cook-Out, GPS, Guided Hike, High Ropes, Lake Study, Low Ropes, Initiative Games, Kayaking, Maple Syrup Production, Mountain Biking, Night Hike, Orienteering, Wetland Discovery, Wilderness Survival, Broomball, Cross-Country Skiing, Quinzee Building, Snowshoeing, Snowshoe Survival, Tubing Physics along with a variety of Evening and Last Day Wide-Games.
While at Pioneer Camp, guests participate in daily activities in groups of approximately 15 guests. Each group is led by one of our qualified instructors, and one of your group leaders. Our staff are well-trained and are qualified. All Instructors have Standard First Aid and CPR certifications and carry first aid kits with Epi-Pens.
Our kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, and supper daily. We have our own bakery and make our own bread. Pioneer Camp is a peanut-aware camp, and, as such, we do not serve foods containing peanuts or other nuts. We also ask that our guests do not bring to camp any foods containing nuts.
Yes, evening snacks are provided. The Tuck Shop is typically open while your group is at Pioneer Camp for the rest of the day. The Tuck Shop is stocked with snacks, drinks, Pioneer Camp clothing items, and various souvenirs. A drink machine is available at all times.
Payphones are available in the building where guests stay. Feel free to bring a Bell Calling Card if you would like to use them during your stay. Please understand that the guests will be outside most of the time participating in activities. Because of this we can pass on any emergency messages if you call our general telephone number at 1-800-361-2267. Reception at camp can be unreliable so guests may be unable to make or receive calls on a cell phone.

Please take a look at a General Packing List as a guideline.

We will retain lost and found for one month following your stay at Circle Sqaure. If not claimed by then, we will donate appropriate items to a local charity. Medication will be disposed of within two weeks following the guests week of attendance. Calls to the camp regarding lost and found will be welcomed and any found items will be sent C.O.D. (at your expense).

Guests are encouraged not to bring valuable clothing or possessions. Pioneer Camp is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.

Schools Groups typically arrive around lunch time and eat a bag lunch. Upon arrival, guests settle into rooms and have a welcome talk with our Instructors. That afternoon they participate in two activities, have a little bit of free time, eat supper, participate in an evening activity, eat a snack and then go to bed. Bedtime is up to the school to set. Each full day guests are here, they will participate in much the same schedule, plus the addition of breakfast and two activities in the morning, before a lunch prepared by our kitchen. On the last day, guests have breakfast, clean up and pack up their rooms and belongings, and then participate in a last day activity before having lunch and departing.

 
Retreat Groups typically arrive in the evening just in time for a delicious snack served by Pioneer Camp. Upon arrival guests settle into rooms and have a welcome talk with our Instructors. Each full day guests are here, they will have the option of as much or as little program as their group leaders have decided, plus breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack.

 
FOOD ALLERGY & DIETARY FORM

Our Caring Staff

 

The camp directors have more than 15 years of experience in youth, student and camp ministries.

Our summer leadership team consists of individuals with previous camping experience as well as specific skills and training in their area of responsibility.

Liability and Occupational Accident Insurance for Volunteer Staff

InterVarsity Pioneer Camp maintains a general liability policy, which includes all volunteers. This means that if a volunteer is brought into a non-criminal lawsuit as a result of their activity on behalf of InterVarsity Pioneer Camp, the policy would respond on their behalf.

InterVarsity Pioneer Camp maintains Occupational Accident Insurance for all volunteers who are participating in duties on or off the premises that are supervised and sponsored by InterVarsity Pioneer Camp. This also includes travelling to and from volunteer duties. The benefits include excess medical, excess dental, family transportation, funeral expense, home/vehicle adaptation, psychological therapy, rehabilitation/retraining, repatriation. The policy also covers injuries sustained from seat belt, felonious assault and activities which cause paralysis. Note: The policy has limits on the various benefits.

Health and Safety

 
Health and Safety are emphasized at all times at Pioneer Camp. We strive to provide safe and enjoyable activities. Pioneer Camp leadership staff are trained in First Aid and CPR. Our Kitchen Supervisors have Food Safety Handlers certificates. Drinking water is lab analyzed regularly for quality. Our facilities are inspected on a regular basis and are up to code. Our staff are all trained in emergency procedures and safety protocols should they need to be implemented.
Pioneer Camp cannot guarantee to be a nut/peanut free environment. We do seek to reduce the risk of exposure and therefore do not use or serve peanuts, peanut products or tree nuts on camp property. Nuts or products containing nuts will not be available in our store. However, the food we purchase and serve may contain traces of nut products.
Pioneer Camp is a smoke free facility. Smoking is prohibited.

I still have more questions!

 
Please feel free to ask your group leader any of the additional questions you may have, or call or email us. If your group has scheduled an information night, one of our staff will be available to answer any of the questions that you may have there. We also run summer camp sessions for ages 5-17 (July-August), as well as a Family Camp. Please let us know if you would like more information. We would love to hear from you!
 

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