Camp FAQs

CAMP FAQs

Is Rainbow Camp 2020 still happening?

IMPORTANT 2020 UPDATE: In-person Rainbow Camp has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19. We are running four weeks of virtual programming called RAINBOW ONLINE CONNECTION, click here for more information!

Rainbow Camp® is a summer camp for 2SLGBTQ+ teens ages 12-17. More information about Rainbow Camp can be found 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.

Rainbow Camp offers camps for ages 12-14 and 15-17.  We also offer a Leader in Training (LIT) program for ages 17-18.

2020 Camp Dates:

  • July 5-10 (ages 15-17)
  • July 12-17 (ages 12-14)
  • July 19-24 (ages 15-17)
  • July 26-31 (ages 12-14)

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

2020 LIT Dates:

  •  LIT 1: July 5-17
  •  LIT 2: July 19-31

Applications for the LIT program can be filled out online HERE.

Rainbow Camp® is located near Sault Ste Marie (Ontario). We offer a shuttle to camp from Sault Ste Marie or campers may be dropped off directly at camp. Many of our campers fly into Sault Ste Marie and take the shuttle to camp. 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.

Registration is done online .  Click HERE. Registration for summer 2020 will begin on January 13th. 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.

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. 

Payment for Rainbow Camp can be done through e-transfer, cheque, or by 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.

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 read our 2020 Dates and Rates.

The actual cost of camp is around $1500/camper however we fundraise year-round to make camp accessible. Donations can be made at Donate Now

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 this funding.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

A packing list can be found online HERE.

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. 

Thank you for your interest in supporting Rainbow Camp®! There are several ways you can support us.

  1. Donate Now!

Donations can be made through our website or by mailing a cheque. Online donations can be made by clicking here and cheques can be mailed to Rainbow Camp, 76 Dawson St, PO Box 242, Thessalon, ON P0R 1L0.

  1. Volunteer

Come volunteer at camp! Volunteers can apply online by clicking here. Volunteers can come to camp to run programming, help in the kitchen, assist counsellors or do anything else you can think of! If you live in the Sault Ste Marie area, then you can also apply to be a community volunteer. Community volunteers help us with fundraisers throughout the year, help out at camp without having to stay overnight, and assist with transportation of campers, staff, and program materials. All volunteers go through a screening process and must have a current police check.

  1. Purchase an item from our Amazon wish list

We have an online wish list here. [LINK] 

  1. Organize or attend a fundraiser for Rainbow Camp®

We have fundraisers happening year-round across Ontario. For upcoming fundraisers, follow us on social media.  Facebook  Intagram and Twitter.

If you are interested in organizing your own fundraiser for Rainbow Camp contact us!

 

Introducing Rainbow Online Connection (ROC)!

2020 RAINBOW CAMP® is cancelled due to COVID-19. We are running four weeks of online programming called RAINBOW ONLINE CONNECTION! For more information click here.

2020 Rainbow Online Connection (ROC) Dates

July 5 – 10, 2020 (ages 15-17)
July 12-17, 2020 (ages 12-14)
July 19-24, 2020 (ages 15-17)
July 26-31, 2020 (ages 12-14)

LIT July 1-31, 2020 (ages 17-18)

Can’t afford to come? 

We have sponsors that help with the costs to attend WFA’s Rainbow Camp®.

Are you far away?

We can help you get here or cover your travel costs to attend WFA’s Rainbow Camp®.

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

Check out the activity schedule here. If you still have questions please contact us.

WHAT DO I PACK?

Check out the gear list here. If you still have questions please contact us