Hello, Parents/Guardians and Campers!
Here are some resources and answers to frequently asked questions that will help you pack and prepare for your time at camp.
About Our Staff
At Beacon Bible Camp. we are proud to be fully staffed by volunteers. Beacon has a rich history of caring and committed staff that are enthusiastic about serving campers. All our cabin leaders must have current police checks, and go through background and reference checks before serving at camp. We also provide training for our staff prior to camp, and they must meet and comply with our staffing expectations to ensure the best care for your child/camper.
Beacon desires to be as accessible as possible. Many of the paths around camp are unpaved, and some buildings at camp are not wheelchair-accessible. Should you or your child have concerns about accessibility, please contact us to discuss how we may be able to accommodate your needs and make your stay more enjoyable.
A health form is included as part of the registration process, where you will be given the opportunity to note any health or dietary concerns or needs relating to your son or daughter.
Medications at Camp
If your camper needs to take prescription medication while at Beacon, please make sure to fill out the medical form with the relevant information. Upon arrival at camp, all medications (inhalers and EpiPens excluded) are collected and delivered to the camp nurse, and are administered according to the directions on your health form. For a list of medications that we already stock at camp (and that you do not need to send to Beacon), click here.
What to Pack
Visit each individual camp page for a detailed packing list for your convenience!
Beacon tries its best to accommodate gluten, dairy and lactose, shellfish, and nut allergies. If your child/camper has any diet related allergies, we require you to indicate this in your registration form and fill out the health form appropriately. Please communicate with the camp office to discuss any further needs or with any concerns.
Beacon cannot guarantee a nut-free environment.
Campers and staff who may have anaphylactic reactions are required to bring two EpiPens to camp. Again, any allergy or possible anaphylactic reaction must be disclosed on the registration and health form and parents/guardians are encouraged to talk to the session directors and cabin leaders upon their arrival.
Sample Breakfast Meals:
- Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit
- Scrambled Eggs, Bacon
- Pancakes, Sausage
- Toast, Breakfast Cereal
- Hard Boiled Eggs, Fresh Fruit
Sample Lunch Meals:
- Cold Cut Sandwiches
- Deep Dish Pizza, Salad
- Chicken Burgers, Fries
- Shepherd's Pie, Salad
- Hamburgers, Veggie Sticks, Fries
Sample Dinner Meals:
- Chicken, Rice, Green Beans
- Fish Sticks, Dollar Fries, Cole Slaw, Peas
- Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Caesar Salad
- Linguine with Meat Sauce, Salad, Garlic Bread
- Roasted Hotdogs, Pasta Salad, Chips
Taking the Bus
For select camp sessions, a bus is available for a nominal fee. More details can found on our Bus Information page.
Driving to Camp
Driving Directions to Camp from Toronto:
- From Toronto, travel north on Highway 400.
- Continue on Highway 11 when it branches off Highway 400 north of Barrie.
- Take Exit 169 (Gravenhurst), and continue onto Muskoka Rd South.
- Turn left onto Bay St/Muskoka Rd 169
- Continue on Muskoka Rd 169 for about 20 kilometres.
- Turn left onto Southwood Rd and continue for about 2 kilometres.
- After crossing railroad tracks, and up a small hill, you will see the Beacon Bible Camp sign on your left.
Cabins are equipped with 10-12 beds, a fan, and a place to hang clothes. Many cabins feature a walk-out deck for cabin times.
Cabin Mate Requests
Each camper is able to make two cabin mate requests during registration for the camp session.
We try to honour all requests, but the complexity of multiple requests often makes it impossible. Therefore the only guaranteed requests are mutual single name requests.
Due to the full schedule that your child will have during the week and the high number of participants, we ask that you limit your calls for emergency purposes only. Consider sending your child an email, a letter or a fax.
All mail, emails, faxes and messages will be passed along to your child during meal times.
Mail and Email
All mail is distributed daily Monday-Friday during meal time. Mail can be sent to:
Beacon Bible Camp
4488 Southwood Rd
Torrance, ON P0C 1M0
To ensure that mail reaches your child at camp, please send mail or packages at least three business days prior to the desired delivery date.
We will print emails and deliver them to your child. Please send all emails to email@example.com with your child’s name in the subject of the email.
Your child will not receive any mail that comes through email after 3:00 p.m. on Friday.
First Day Procedures
For summer sessions, campers being driven to camp are to arrive between 3:00p.m. and 5:00p.m. If you are not able to make it during this time, please call to make other arrangements. Please do not arrive at camp any earlier than 3:00p.m., as camp set-up will still be taking place and we will not be prepared to welcome you.
When you arrive, please visit our registration tent to let us know that you're here, have a quick lice check completed, and ensure that all your forms are complete and up to date.
Beacon Bible Camp takes waterfront safety very seriously. Therefore every child/camper will be asked to do a swim test so that we can assess their swimming abilities. Any camper who does not want to do the swim test may opt out, and will be given the lowest swim level (shallow end and slide area). There may be opportunities throughout the week for campers to take or retake the swim test.
Camp Store (Tuck Shop)
Any money that campers bring to Beacon for camp store purchases are collected and placed in a special camper wallet at the start of the week. When a camper visits the Tuck Shop, they will be given this wallet to use, and all change goes back into the wallet. Any remaining money at the end of the week is returned to the camper.
During designated times throughout the week, the camp store will be open and campers will have the opportunity to purchase food and gift items. For select camps, a spending limit on candy is enforced.
The store does not supply campers with personal items. Please double-check the packing list to ensure no items are forgotten.
A qualified medical staff person is present at each camp session.
Camp is equipped with a fully-stocked First Aid Station with 24-hour access by camp staff.
All medications are administered by the qualified medical staff member according to the directions on the camper health form.
All waterfront activities are supervised by qualified lifeguards, and frequent number calls are made during swim time.
A dress code is in place which encourages modesty for males and females alike. One-piece swimsuits are required, and halter or strapless tops are not permitted. Shirts that display inappropriate language or innuendos are to be left at home.
Code of Conduct
Campers and staff are expected to adhere to the camp Code of Conduct. Read it here.
Beacon Bible Camp strives to maintain a healthy environment for our campers. In an effort to prevent head lice, we ask parents to check their child’s head before they come to camp. If you find lice prior to coming to camp, please give your child proper treatment and put all clothes, hair brush, bedding, stuffed animals, etc. coming to camp through a hot dryer and make sure to contact the Camp Office to discuss your camper's camp experience.
After arrival at camp, all campers will be checked for lice or nits. This is standard camp procedure for all individuals coming through Beacon. Should lice become an issue or lice/nits be found at camp, the following policy is applied:
1. Parents will be asked to pick up their child and take them for a professional lice treatment.
2. The family may contact the Lice Squad in their local area for full head lice/nit treatment. A receipt as proof of treatment will be required prior to the camper being re-admitted for the remainder of the camp session.
2. Should the camper stay home, a full refund minus a $50.00 administration fee will be refunded.
Beacon Bible Camp is a closed camp. This is for the safety and enjoyment of every camper.
Parents and friends are welcome to come visit camp during registration on Saturday during drop off. We are not able to accommodate visitors at camp, but are happy to provide information on local lodging.
If parents would like to visit camp at another time please contact the camp office to make arrangements for a tour of Beacon Bible Camp or for more information.
Last Day Procedures
For summer sessions, camp ends on Saturday at 10:00am. If you are picking your child up at camp, please arrive at 10:00am promptly.
Please note that all campers who are minors may only be picked up from camp by legal guardians unless special arrangements have been made with the camp office.
For details on taking the bus home, visit our Bus Information page.
Lost and Found
For summer sessions, all lost and found items will be kept for two weeks after the child’s last day of camp. If you believe your child has lost something, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of the item including the size, colour, and camp session at which it was lost. If your item has been turned in, you will be contacted and given the choice to pick up your item at Camp or having it shipped to you collect via Canada Post. Payment will be required upon delivery. After these dates, items not claimed to a local charity.
For fall and winter weekends, the same procedures apply as above, however items will be kept for one month.
Camp Fees & Payment
Please make sure to bring the remainder of your camp fee with you to registration.
The camp fee covers all meals, programming materials, craft items, activities and awards.
For payment by credit card, registration must be completed online or over the phone.
Deposits and Cancellation Policy
A minimum deposit of $100.00 is required per camper. Remaining payment is due on June 1st. For cancellations after May 1st, you will be reimbursed the full refund minus a $50.00 administration fee.
For cancellation less than 14 days prior to the start of the camp session, you will be reimbursed the full refund minus the deposit of $100.00.
Although Beacon Bible Camp strives to keep all prices relatively low, it is our policy that no child should be denied the opportunity to come to Beacon due to financial reasons. If financial assistance is needed, please complete the sponsorship request form available as you register. You will be contacted to discuss this option in more detail.