Prep & Pack - Camp Merch - Food Service - Frequently asked questions

Preparation is the key to a successful camp experience!

How to Pack

At Sparrow Lake Camp we love spending time in the summer sun, rain, clouds, heat, or cold. Please make sure you bring clothes for all weather. Clothes WILL get dirty! Please pack clothes that can stand up to crafts and mud puddles. We do not provide laundry except in cases of emergencies and accidents, which will be discreetly cleaned. Our CIT program will have an opportunity to do laundry once.

When packing make sure that you are labelling clothes and belonging so they can be returned if lost. As well, we ask that you keep the size of your luggage in mind and only bring luggage they are able to carry themselves in 2 trips. Finally, when packing please send your child with a variety of colours of tops. To divide our camp into teams it is useful to use different coloured t-shirts. Standard colours are red, blue, green, and yellow.

Typical Day

7:00 am – Polar Bear Swim A quick morning dip to wake up. Points are awarded for each cabin with the Polar Bear Award given out at the end of each session.
7:20 am – Wake Up to the Camp Bell
7:45 am – Morning Watch We all come together for a morning reflection, go to the flagpole to sing O Canada and then play a game.
8:00 am – Breakfast in the Dining Hall
8:45 am – Cabin Clean-up Campers spend some time making sure their cabin is clean and safe. A competition is held to see which cabin has the cleanest cabin every day and the cleanest cabin at the end of the session wins a prize.
9:15 am – Activity Session #1Campers get to sign up for activity sessions they would like to spend more time in.
10:00 am – Activity Session #2
11:30 am – Cabin Session #1 Each cabin will go to different activity area as a group, gives campers the chance to experience more areas of the camp with their cabin mates!
12:30 pm – Lunch!
1:15 pm – Cabin Rest Hour Campers spend time in their cabins to take a break from the heat. They are welcome to nap, read, write, or play quiet games in their cabin.
2:15 pm – Activity Session #3
3:00 pm – Activity Session #4
4:30 pm – Cabin Session #2
5:30 pm – Dinner
6:15 pm – Vesper
A daily reflection run by staff and campers to talk about the values we develop at camp, based off our United Church Values. To understand more about how we integrate the United Church into camp click here.
7:15 pm – Evening Program Evening Program is a chance for the whole camp to get together and play or perform.
8:30 pm – Snack Time A light snack and a drink will be available each night for all campers.   

9:00 pm - Flag lowering and singing of "Taps" All campers and staff gather each night to close our day, take in the night sky and be thankful.    

9:30 pm – Camper Bedtime Campers brush their teeth and visit the bathroom for the evening. The counselling staff will then run a short bedtime program (debrief of the day, sing along, story telling).
10:00 pm – Lights out!