1. Where and What is Camp Engies?
ON - We use the facilities at Camp Tamarack near Bracebridge, Ontario.
BC - NEW! We use the facilities at Camp Keats on Keats Island, BC.
Camp Engies is a Not-For-Profit run by women in engineering.
2. How old are the campers?
The activities are geared towards girls in grades 5 through 8. You can attend as a Counsellor-in-Training if you are Grade 9 and attended in previous years!
3. What is the staff to camper ratio?
There are 2 volunteer counsellors in every cabin of 8 - 10 campers (recommended ratio in Ontario is 1 counsellor to a maximum of 10 campers for this age group). There are additional volunteers and Camp staff who help facilitate activities. All volunteers have undergone a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check.
4. My daughter is on the waiting list, when will we know if she can attend?
An email will be sent to everyone on the waiting list 2 weeks before camp confirming their enrollment.
5. My daughter’s best friend is coming to camp too! Can they be placed in the same cabin?
Yes! Each camper may select up to two friends whom they wish to be grouped with. We try to discourage placing more than three friends together as it can limit diversity and creativity.
6. When and where are the bus pickups?
Ontario Only: To be determined focusing on areas of high density (e.g. Mississauga, North York, Pickering, Newmarket, etc.). Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early to unload and say your goodbyes.
You may drop your child off directly at camp or pick them up if they have other commitments. Please email us for more information about drop off.
7. When is the ferry?
BC Only: To be determined! We will escort the girls on a private water taxi to the island!
8. Do I send my daughter on an empty stomach?
Breakfast will be served upon arrival at camp. However, please ensure your daughter has eaten something before leaving home (there can be delays at stops and traffic along the route).
9. What should we pack?
A packing list is sent to all parents in Spring.
10. What are the cabins like?
The cabins are traditional bunkhouses compromising of bunk beds, shelving and washrooms. The cabins do not have HVAC, and thus, it can still be cold at night. Please pack warm pyjamas and socks for your daughters.
11. What happens if it rains?
Camp Engies activities run as planned rain or shine. If there are severe storms, outdoor activities will be adapted for indoors. We recommend checking the weather forecast a few days before camp to pack accordingly.
12. What if I need to contact staff or my daughter during camp?
An emergency contact number is provided in the registration package. We discourage campers from bringing their own cell phones, but they may do so for comfort.
13. What happens if my daughter becomes ill while at camp?
Volunteers are trained in First Aid and will provide basic care for illnesses and injuries (e.g. bee stings, scraped knees). If the illness is more severe, we will contact you to discuss options for care. No news is good news!
14. My daughter needs medication, should we bring it to camp?
Please ensure your daughter brings all medication she regularly takes. Campers are permitted to keep certain medications (e.g. asthma inhalers, EPI-Pens) with them at all times. Other medications (e.g. antibiotics) should be given to staff when loading the bus for safekeeping. There is a refrigerator available at camp for medications.
15. How bad are the mosquitoes in June?
ON: June is peak mosquito season in Bracebridge. To minimize bites, use a bug spray containing at least 10% DEET. During the early morning and evenings, campers are encouraged to wear loose, light coloured clothing that covers their arms and legs.
BC: There are no mosquitoes on Keats Island!
16. Can the kitchen accommodate special diets (e.g. peanut allergy, lactose intolerance, celiac, vegetarian etc.)
ON: The Camp Tamarack kitchen is more than happy to accommodate dietary restrictions. The kitchen is peanut and tree-nut free! Vegetarian options are available for every meal. Please let us know of all dietary restrictions during registration. The food at Camp Tamarack is excellent!
BC: Please inform us before to accommodate dietary restrictions.
17. Will there be time for homework?
We know your daughter is a future leader in STEM, give her a weekend off!
18. Will there be time to go swimming?
Yes! There will be a chance to swim and canoe. All campers wishing to participate in water activities must pass a supervised swimming test in the lake.
19. Will the activities and speakers repeat each year?
We will change most of the activities and speakers each year!
20. Why can't you extend Camp Engies to a week or run it on multiple weekends?
We feel that this short time frame allows girls to acquire taste for overnight camps and engineering. We do not want them homesick! It is highly subsidized and thus we want to keep Camp Engies small and exclusive.
21. Something came up and my daughter cannot attend Camp Engies!
You will receive a refund if you provide us more than two weeks notice, BUT we hope this is not the case!
22. I have other questions!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org! We look forward to 2020!