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 Online Connection (ROC) will serve participants (ages 12-17) and Leaders in Training (ages 17-18) with the opportunity 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!

ROC is currently in the process of expanding into year-round programming! For more information click here.

 

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. 

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.

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 2021 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. 

Finances and Travel

Rainbow Camp® is located near Sault Ste Marie (Ontario). We will arrange all 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 fly into Sault Ste Marie, take the shuttle 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. We also have a travel bursary program that can cover up to $300 of travel costs. For a detailed breakdown of the payment tiers and how the system works click here to visit our Dates and Rates page.

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. 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, our Administrative Assistant will be able to 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 programming as well as a sample schedule of what a week at camp looks like can be found here.

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 found online here.

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. 

Leader in Training (LIT) Program

LIT is our Leader in Training Program for ages 17-18. To learn more about the LIT program click HERE

LITs spend two weeks at Rainbow Camp. During the first week, they work on leadership skills and team-building as well as participating in camp activities.

During the second week, LITs are placed in a cabin with an experienced counsellor to use their leadership skills and assist in leading programming. Between the first and second week of the LIT program, the leaders go on an overnight canoe camping trip which bonds the LITs and is AWESOME!

We offer a tiered payment system which allows families to choose the level of payment that suits their needs. When you register for the LIT Program, there is also the opportunity to apply for a campership fund which can cover a portion or all the registration costs. We also have a travel bursary program that can cover up to $300 of travel costs. For a detailed breakdown of the payment tiers and how the system works click here to visit our Dates and Rates page.

The LIT program is a longer, smaller, and more specialized than the other camps we offer. The LIT Adventure accepts a maximum of 7 leaders per session and it runs for 2 weeks. The program also includes an overnight canoe excursion. Since the program is more expensive to run than our other camps, the cost is therefore higher. For the LIT program, we also offer payment plans, travel bursaries, and camperships (camp-scholarships) to help make camp accessible regardless of your financial situation.

Participation in the LIT program is not guaranteed. We have a limited number of spaces and want to ensure that everyone is a good fit for the program.

If you are interested in becoming an LIT at Rainbow Camp:

  1. Complete your online registration form. Registration for the LIT program will open at the same time as registration for Rainbow Camp.
  2. After your online registration is complete, we will contact you to set up a time for us to meet virtually with you (through Skype or Zoom). This is not a formal interview but it is a chance for us to get to know you and to hear about what you want to get out of the program.
  3. We will confirm registration and acceptance into the program with you by email.

The LIT Program is a small program with a maximum of 7 LITs in each session. If the program is full, we encourage you to register on our wait list. Each year we are able to move people off our wait list as space opens up and we will do our best to bring you to camp as an LIT.

Miscellaneous

We do our best to ensure all dietary needs are accommodated for so that campers can safely enjoy healthy and delicious meals at camp. 

Rainbow Camp is a peanut-safe facility. We offer vegetarian and vegan options at all meals and can accommodate other dietary restrictions upon request (specific allergies, gluten-free, etc). Please ensure that you include all dietary restrictions on your camp registration so we can ensure that we are able to provide suitable food for you. 

No. 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.

All our staff go through a week of camp specific training. All our staff are at least 18 years of age and are members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community or strong allies. Every year we receive over 60 staff applications for only 15 positions. We are therefore able to carefully screen applicants and only hire the very best fits for Rainbow Camp.