Camp FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions that are not answered here, contact us! You can reach us by email here or by phone at 888-909-2234.

About Rainbow Camp

Rainbow Camp® is a summer camp for 2SLGBTQ+ teens ages 12-17. For more information about Rainbow Camp click here

We also offer a Leader in Training (LIT) program for ages 17-18. For more information about the LIT program click here.

Rainbow Camp is our in-person summer camp program for 2SLGBTQ+ youth ages 12-17. We also have a Leader in Training (LIT) program for ages 17-18. For more information about Rainbow Camp click here!

Rainbow Online Connection (ROC) is our online program that allows participants to connect throughout the year virtually through at-home activities and staff-led interactive programming. ROC is an entirely virtual program which participants can join in from wherever they are!

 

 

YES! Rainbow Camp® is accredited with the Ontario Camps Association (OCA). The OCA is an organization that ensures all accredited camps achieve high safety standards and employ best camping practices. To learn more about the OCA, check out their website HERE.

The well being and safety of our campers and staff is of the utmost importance to Rainbow Camp. We are accredited by the Ontario Camps Association which ensures we meet the highest standards for safety, leadership, programs and administration. 

We are located in a remote location and only authorized people are allowed on site. Campers are supervised at all times and all of our staff have all participated in a full week of camp specific training which includes camper safety and emergency procedures. We have a trained medic on site and many of our staff have first aid training. All waterfront activities (swimming and canoeing) are supervised by a qualified lifeguard. 

The well being and safety of our campers and staff is of the utmost importance to Rainbow Camp. We are accredited by the Ontario Camps Association which ensures we meet the highest standards for safety, leadership, programs and administration. 

All of our staff have received training on supporting the mental health of our campers and themselves. In order to get the most out of their Rainbow Camp experience, campers must want to come to camp and be able to live in a group environment. If you have specific mental health concerns, contact us.

Registration and Participants

Rainbow Camp offers camps for ages 12-14 and 15-17.  We also offer a Leader in Training (LIT) program for ages 17-18. NEW for 2022, we also have an Adventure Week program for ages 15-18.

Registration is done online. Camp fills up quickly so register early! If camp is full, you may register on our waitlist and we will notify you if a space opens up at camp. Registration for 2022 is not available yet.

Many campers on our waitlist are able to attend Rainbow Camp each year. Our ability to open up space at camp is based on funding as well as campers who are no longer able to attend. Don’t be discouraged if camp is full! Get on the waitlist ASAP! 

If you are on the Waitlist and a space opens up at camp, you will be notified by phone and by email. Please ensure that you have accurate contact information on your online registration so that we can reach you! 

Yes. Many of our campers come from across Canada and the United States. We will book travel to and from Rainbow Camp®. Please note that travel from outside Toronto or Sault Ste Marie is unsupervised by Rainbow Camp® staff. We also have a travel bursary that you can apply for that can cover up to $300 in travel costs to assist in getting to camp.

I am an American, can I attend Rainbow Camp®?

YES! We have many campers who come to us from the United States. You are also eligible for campership (camp scholarship) funding and travel bursaries. While we can help organize and book your travel, we CANNOT be responsible for American campers as they cross the border. We encourage you to contact registration@rainbowcamp.ca for more information. 

This is on a case by case basis, please contact us for more information. When you fill out the registration form, please be as specific as possible so that we are able to ensure we have adequate support in place.

At Rainbow Camp, it is up to you how much you share about your identity. You can use whatever name(s) and pronouns you choose, name tags will be provided daily.  You do not have to be out at home and when speaking with parents/guardians, we will use the name indicated on your registration form unless you give us permission.

Rainbow Camp welcomes all identities, including allies!

Finances and Travel

Rainbow Camp® is located near Sault Ste Marie (Ontario). We will arrange travel for campers in order to coordinate arrival times. Travel is usually booked in May and June and we will be in touch to confirm travel arrangements.

Campers may choose to fly into Sault Ste Marie, take the bus from Sault Ste Marie or be dropped off directly at camp.

We offer a tiered payment system which allows families to choose the level of payment that suits their needs. When you register for camp, there is also the opportunity to apply for a campership fund which can cover a portion or all the registration costs. For a detailed breakdown of the payment tiers and how the system works click here to visit our Dates and Rates page.

Travel is not included in the registration fee for Rainbow Camp. When you register, you will have the option to indicate if you require financial assistance to travel to camp through our travel bursary program which can cover up to $300 of travel costs. 

The actual cost of camp is around $1500/camper however we fund raise year-round to make camp accessible. Donations can be made online here!

Payment for Rainbow Camp can be done through e-transfer, cheque or credit card. You will select how you will be paying for camp when you complete your online registration. Cheques can be mailed to: Rainbow Camp, 76 Dawson St, PO Box 242, Thessalon, ON P0R 1L0. E-transfer payments can be made online and you will be emailed instructions after registering for camp. Credit card payment can be made as part of the online registration. 

Final payment is due by July 1 but you are welcome to pay anytime up to that date! Payment plans are available to select when you register and/or upon request.

Nobody knows your financial situation better than you. The tier you select is entirely up to you and will in no way impact your camper’s experience. We believe in being as financially accessible as possible and will not question or judge your tier choice. We also happily offer payment plans, travel bursaries, and camperships (camp-scholarships) to help make camp accessible regardless of your financial situation. Financial information is kept confidential and is only available to our office staff.

We have many people who generously donate money to specifically cover camp costs for those who need them. While funds are limited and are dependant upon how many donations we receive, we encourage you to fill out the Campership and Travel Bursary forms during online registration so that we clearly understand your needs and we can do everything possible to help meet them.

Once you have filled out the Campership Application form during registration, we will get in touch with you about available funding and how we can best help get your camper get to Rainbow Camp. All campership and travel funding will be confirmed by email.

We do our best to ensure that everyone can attend Rainbow Camp regardless of financial circumstances. We use a tiered payment system for camp, allowing families to choose the level of payment that suits their needs. We are also able to set up a payment plan upon request, contact us to arrange a payment plan.

As part of the camp registration, you can also apply for a travel bursary or a camp funding request (campership). Our travel bursaries can cover up to $300 in travel expenses and our campership program can cover a portion or all the registration fees. Fundraising is done year round to allow us to offer this funding.

Programming and Activities

Campers will participate in a wide variety of activities including arts and crafts, outdoor camps, swimming, canoeing, educational programming and more! Most of our programming is choice-based, allowing campers to choose the activities that interest them the most. More details about programs can be found here.

A typical day at camp might look something like this:

7:30 Polar Dip/Wake Up
8:15 Alpha
8:30 Breakfast
9:45 Session 1 and 2 (Choose Your Own Activity)
11:30 Large Group Theme Activity
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Rest Hour
2:30 Session 3 (Choose Your Own Activity)
3:30 Snack
3:45 Session 4 (Choose Your Own Activity)
4:45 Cabin Time
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Evening Program
8:30 Campfire and Omega
10:00 Cabin Time, Lights out at 11pm

Rainbow Camp® is located near Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. Our facility has 7 camper cabins, dining hall, medic station, and gender-neutral washrooms with private showers. We are located on a lake with a beach area, swimming, and canoeing. We have outdoor areas for hiking and outdoor games.

A packing list can be downloaded here: Rainbow Camp Packing List

Yes. Staff sleep in the same cabin as campers to ensure their safety and well-being.

Cabins are sorted by age, regardless of gender identity and expression. You may request to be in a cabin with a friend on your registration form and we will do our best to accommodate these requests. Due to the volume of camper requests and limited cabins, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be met. 

Adventure Week

Adventure week is a week long outtrip-based experience for campers ages 15-18 where campers will get the opportunity to sleep in backcountry settings! This once in a lifetime opportunity will allow campers to gain a deeper understanding and sense of ecological integrity and stewardship for the land, and connection to one another.

We will sleep under the stars (in tents), learn about the natural environment, cook on camp stoves, swim in the lake, learn camping skills (knot tying, shelter building, water purification, site setup, orienteering) and paddle to our sites! 

Adventure Week is going to be amazing! Prior camping and canoe experience is NOT required, we will be covering everything you need to know during our first two days on site before we leave on our outtrip. If you want to fully prepare for adventure week, make sure you read the packing list and information pages!

In order to participate fully, you will need to pass a swim test before we leave on our outtrip. The swim test will consist of swimming a short distance fully clothed (hoody and pants), keeping yourself afloat and being able to put a lifejacket on in the water. A video of the swim test will be provided in advance so you can see what it will look like. If you do not pass the swim test or are a weaker swimmer, you will be placed in a canoe with a certified lifeguard during the canoe trip instead of being able to choose your canoe partners.

Adventure Week will take place from August 14-21, 2022.

We offer a tiered payment system which allows families to choose the level of payment that suits their needs. When you register for Adventure Week, there is also the opportunity to apply for a campership fund which can cover a portion or all the registration costs. We have a limited amount of campership funding for Adventure Week so make sure to register early! For a detailed breakdown of the payment tiers and how the system works click here to visit our Dates and Rates page.

Travel is not included in the registration fee for Rainbow Camp's Adventure Week. When you register, you will have the option to indicate if you require financial assistance to travel to camp through our travel bursary program which can cover up to $300 of travel costs. 

A detailed packing list will be sent out closer to the date along with videos to help you pack. All items must be scentless and packed with intent to camp. We will provide all canoe equipment (including lifejackets) and shared equipment (tents, cooking gear, first aid kits, etc). You will need to provide personal gear including a sleeping bag suitable for camping, and personal clothing and toiletries.

YES! Camping in the backcountry can start at any age and skill level, it is best to go into the backcountry for the first time with a trusted guide (staff at Rainbow Camp)!

Policies and Procedures

Anyone coming to Rainbow Camp must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes all campers, staff and volunteers.

Rainbow Camp is committed to the safety and well being of our campers, staff and volunteers. We will continue to follow all guidelines and recommendations from public health, provincial and national guidelines and the Ontario Camps Association.

At this point in time, we do not have a comprehensive policy as things are rapidly changing including requirements for travel and legislation for overnight camps. A safety plan will be emailed to all registered participants in Spring 2022 prior to June 1st.

All campers, staff and volunteers are required to agree to our Safe Space Policy. 

Rainbow Camp aims to be a Safe Space for participants and staff of all identities.

  • I will not engage in any behaviour that bullies, demeans, or marginalizes others
  • I will be aware of the range of different identities (gender, sexual orientation, race, class, ability, spirituality) that people may identify with, and avoid making generalizations, or assumptions about people.
  • I will not hesitate to speak up if someone is feeling uncomfortable in this Safe Space, for whatever reason.

Rainbow Camp is a smoke and substance free camp. Alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes (and vaping) are not permitted on camp property. Campers caught with contraband will be dismissed early from camp.

Cell Phones and other personal electronic devices are not permitted during camp. Campers may bring them for the purposes of travel and they will be kept in a secure location for the duration of camp. If campers would like to listen to music during camp, please bring an mp3 player or similar music listening device as cell phones are not permitted.

 

Please do not bring snacks to camp. Due to allergies any food not purchased by our staff will be confiscated. Snacks are provided daily and we ensure that everyone at camp is well nourished. Food is not allowed in cabins because it invites non-human friends into our living space. 

If you have specific dietary needs, please indicate them on your registration form and we will make sure to provide delicious food that you can eat while at Rainbow Camp!