Frequently Asked Questions – Parents

Why does the Scott Mission offer a summer camp program?
At The Scott Mission we believe that all kids deserve a holiday at summer camp, no matter what the financial restraints of their families. Attending The Scott Mission Camp is a unique experience. It offers kids an opportunity to get out of the city and enjoy fun, creative activities. It allows kids to develop friendships with other campers and counsellors in a positive, caring environment where the love of Christ is demonstrated through words and actions.

Will my child qualify to come to camp?
Main Camp Sessions- Boys and Girls born in 1998-2004
Youth Camp Session – Boys and Girls born in 1995-1997
Senior Youth Camp Session – Boys and Girls born 1992-1995
See camp session dates here.

*All spaces at Scott Mission Camp are reserved for children from low-come families in the Greater Toronto Area. Parents are required to submit information about family income on your child’s application form. You child will be accepted to camp based on our assessment of this information.

How do I register my child for camp?
Complete a camper registration form and a camper health form and mail them to the camp office.

Is camp safe?
We operate on a 4:1 child to counsellor ratio. There are 8 children in a cabin group with two counsellors. Our counsellors are either in University, College or High School and they are interviewed and screened before working at Camp. In addition to these counsellors we provide a dynamic program staff which includes, a nurse, lifeguards, program coordinators and child management supervisors. These staff are always qualified professionals and many are year round staff of The Scott Mission. We consult with a local Doctor and have short drive times to health clinics and hospitals.

Read our Staff Security Clearance Procedures.

To further ensure the safety of our campers and staff, all campers are required to agree to and follow our Camper Code of Conduct.

Is Scott Mission Camp a part of any camping associations?
Yes we are! We are a member of the Ontario Camping Association and Christian Camping International. Both organzations set high standards for their members.

How much does it cost to send my child to camp?
There is a very reasonable cost to attend The Scott Mission Camp. The fee is heavily subsidized by The Scott Mission. Fees range from $10-50 for those who qualify.

What will my child do at camp?
The Scott Mission Camp is a 100 acre property in Caledon , ON , 45 minutes north of Toronto or about 15 minutes north of Brampton . The Camp has a pool for swimming and a pond for canoeing. There are bike trails, beautiful forests, large sports fields, a basketball court and a playground. Other activities include crafts, drama, dance, archery, music, and much more.

How will my child get to camp?
Round-trip transportation is provided for campers from 502 Spadina Ave. Parent can also drop off their children directly at camp.

What kind of staff will be looking after my child at Scott Mission Camp?
Our 7 year-round staff and 45 summer staff are serious about serving God and serious about providing an excellent camp experience for our guests. We have a 4:1 camper to counsellor ratio. Staff must be at least 16 years of age to be employed at SMC and all staff are screened before working at camp. We provide a dynamic program staff which includes a nurse, lifeguards, program coordinators, and child management supervisors. These staff are always qualified professionals and many are year round staff of The Scott Mission.

Where will my child sleep at camp?
The Scott Mission Camp has cabins which hold eight campers of the same gender and similar age and two counsellors.

Can I call my child while they are at camp?
Unfortunately we do not allow parents to call and speak directly with their child as this may cause unnecessary homesickness. We would be glad to pass along any messages and let you know how your child is doing. Of course, if there is an emergency then we will surely allow you to speak with your child.

Can my child and her friend be in the same cabin?
We attempt to place children of the same age groups in cabins together. If you have a specific request for a cabin mate for your child be sure to note that on the camper application form. We will attempt to accommodate all placements when possible.

Can my children all be in the same cabin?
Again due to the fact that cabins have the same age groups together, it is not likely that siblings can be in the same cabin unless they are very close in age.

My child has allergies and other health problems, do you have a camp nurse?
Every summer we hire a qualified camp nurse for the safety of both staff and campers. If an emergency arises we have short drive times to health clinics and hospitals.

Do you offer camp programs for children with special needs?
We are unable to offer programs for children with special needs. Contact the Ontario Camping Association for a list of camps that offer special needs programs. OCA – 416 485 0425

Can my child come to camp for two or more sessions?
Unfortunately we can only allow your child to come to camp for one session. This way we are able to provide more space for all children who apply.

Can I visit my child at camp during their session?
If you would like to visit your child at camp we do require that you call two days before you would like to visit.

How many kids come to each session?
There are roughly 96 kids that come to each session, for a total of 672 kids for the summer.

How long is a session?
A session starts on a Monday morning and ends on Saturday morning. That makes a total of 6 days/5 nights at camp.