Frequently Asked Questions
I rolled over my payment from 2020. How do I use it?
Log in to our registration portal here and begin the registration process as you normally would. When you get to step 4 (Choose a payment method), you will see in your cart that your credit shows up against the balance owing. You are required to pay a $25 deposit per camper fee that you register for. If your credit is enough to cover this cost, you will choose the option ‘Cheque/Cash- Pay deposit’ and you will not be required to make a payment at this time. If your credit is not enough to cover this cost, you can choose to pay the remainder of the deposit by Cheque/Cash, Credit Card or apply for alternative funding. If you have any balance owing (if your registration costs are more than you rolled over) you will be able to log back in between June 1 and 15 to pay the remaining balance.
***If you are wanting to use your credit to register for LDP, please call the office so that we can make this adjustment for you.
Why are you only offering day camps?
We are using the government restrictions from last summer as the base for our 2021 plans. Those restrictions required us to offer only day camps in cohorts of 50 campers. They have not released new guidelines yet, but we will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as new information becomes available.
Why are you not running camps at Teepee Village?
In the case of inclement weather we do not have enough sheltered spaces that allow for physical distancing.
Will my child need to wear a mask?
It is our goal to keep your child and our staff and volunteers safe during their time at Winkler Bible Camp. As such, we will be following all current Public Health Guidelines. This may include wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible. We will provide more specific information on our policy and procedures before the final payment of your camper fees are due. We want to provide you with specific guidelines; however, they will be subject to change if Public Health Guidelines change. Any requests for a mask exemption must be made in writing and include a note from your family physician. We must receive these requests no later than 1 week before the start of your child’s camp session. These requests can be mailed, dropped off at camp or emailed to email@example.com. Only requests that meet provincial guidelines will be considered.
Why are you not running speciality camps like "GIRLS" and "BOYS" weeks?
To allow for physical distancing measures, we have opened only half the regular number of camper spots. In doing this, we had to prioritize the general camp experience which has a broader appeal.
If allowed, will you run overnight camps?
We will consider this option if it becomes available. However, we recognize that some of our campers may have signed up specifically desiring a day camp and may not want an overnight experience, so we will work to provide options that meet everyone’s needs.
What will be different this year from regular summer camp?
We do not know all the specific requirements to run summer camp at this time, however we are committed to the safety of our campers and summer ministry team members and will continue to follow all health and safety guidelines. We continue to plan potential changes to our games, activities, meal procedures, and drop-off/pick-up system, and will send updates as final information is made available. If you have a specific question or concern please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-325-9519.
Do you have financial assistance available for sending children to camp?
Financial assistance is available through the Sunshine Fund managed by Manitoba Camping Association at 204-784-1130 or http://www.mbcamping.ca/. Some funding assistance may also be available through Winkler Bible Camp if you are not approved through the Sunshine Fund. Please contact our office if you have any further questions about this.
My child has special needs, are they able to attend camp?
Yes! We are able to host campers with physical or intellectual disabilities and provide a one-on-one leader for your child’s stay at camp. There are limited spots for this each week, please register your child as normal and fill out a one on one assistance form. Our office will then contact you about your registration.
Do you have qualified medical staff on site?
A qualified medical officer is always on site during the weekdays in July and August and we are a 5 minute drive from Boundary Trails Health Centre. The health and care of your child are very important to us while they are here. If your child has any medical information please make the camp aware of this through the registration portal or by calling the office.
Can my child request to be with a friend?
You may make up to two cabinmate requests. Please note that each cabinmate requested must be within two grade years of the camper being registered, be registering for the same camp session, and both campers must request each other. While every effort is made to honour cabinmate requests, it is not a guarantee. A maximum of three friends will be placed in the same cabin, to ensure a healthy cabin dynamic.
How does your pick up procedure work? Who can pick up my child?
Please reschedule all appointments and prior commitments that conflict with a camper’s registered camp session. If this is not possible, please contact the camp office to reschedule your camp session. In order to keep Winkler Bible Camp a safe place for your child, campers must be signed out at the end of each day. The name of the pick-up person will be required during registration. If this changes, please notify the camp office before pick-up time.
When will my child receive their acceptance letter?
We do our best to send out an acceptance package by email or mail within 10 business days of receiving the registration. If you do not receive an acceptance package within this time, please contact the camp. If your child is on a waiting list for their preferred session, we will be in contact with you if a spot opens up. Winkler Bible Camp will not hold your child’s spot without registration and deposit, or confirmation of alternative funding.
When do I pay the outstanding balance?
We will be accepting balance payments beginning June 1st. All camper fees must be paid in full by June 15th. To pay your balance, you may use a credit card by logging in to your online account on our online application portal here. To pay by cash or cheque, please stop by our office during office hours or send payment in the mail. Please ensure that the balance is paid by June 15th. Note: This year we are not accepting full payments until June to avoid the possibility of needing to return any funds if we suddenly end up not being able to run summer camp as we have planned.
How do you care for campers who feel homesick?
Our cabin leaders are trained to deal with homesick campers, and are usually able to help them through it by distracting them with the many fun activities at camp. If this does not work, the child may be allowed to call home in an attempt for the parent to encourage the child to stay. If your child is struggling we may call you to see what you recommend, because sometimes having a camper call home makes it harder for them to stay. If this does not help and the parent and camper agree that the camper should go home, we would help line that up. In this case the camper will not be able to return to camp that week, nor will any refund be given.
How can I see what my child is doing while at camp?
During your child’s stay, we have a team dedicated to capturing the fun through photos and video. These can be seen on our social media platforms.
Can I communicate with my child while they’re at camp?
To provide the best experience and help prevent homesickness, we discourage direct contact with your child during their week of camp. If you have any concerns or a time-sensitive message for them, please contact the camp office at 204-325-9519 or email@example.com.
Where is Winkler Bible Camp?
Are pets allowed on site?
For the health and safety of our petting zoo, as well as your animals, there are no pets allowed on site at any time.