FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


  • HOW OLD DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO BE TO ATTEND CAMP ARARAT?
  • DO THEY NEED TO SPEAK ARMENIAN/ENGLISH?
  • MY CHILD HAS LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIES. WHAT DO THE CAMPERS EAT?
  • CAN MY CHILD BE WITH HIS FRIEND/SIBLING?
  • MY CHILD HAS DAIRY/GLUTEN INTOLERANCES. WHAT WILL THEY EAT?
  • WHERE DOES MY CHILD SLEEP?
  • WHERE DO THEY SHOWER?
  • WHAT IS THE RATIO OF CAMPER TO COUNSELLOR?
  • WHAT DO THEY NEED TO WEAR AND OR BRING TO CAMP?
  • WHAT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ARE MADE NEAR WATER?
  • WHAT KIND OF HEALTH CARE IS PROVIDED?
  • WHAT DO CAMPERS DO ALL DAY?
  • WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL NEEDS?
  • CAN I CALL MY CHILD OR THE CAMP TO SEE HOW HE/SHE IS DOING?
  • THIS IS MY CHILD’S FIRST TIME AT OVERNIGHT CAMP. WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP PREPARE MY CHILD?
HOW OLD DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO BE TO ATTEND CAMP ARARAT?

Children aged 8 at or around camp time are welcome to come. Children this young should have had sleepover experience at family or friends homes.

DO THEY NEED TO SPEAK ARMENIAN/ENGLISH?

All instructions are given in both Armenian and English.

MY CHILD HAS LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIES. WHAT DO THE CAMPERS EAT?

The camp is a nut-free facility and all meals are prepared accordingly.

We have three healthy meals, and two snacks every day. A fruit bar is available to all campers at breakfast and salad bar at lunch and dinner.

Example meal plan:
Breakfast: pancakes and bacon, yogourt, fruit, cereal, juice, milk
Lunch: hamburger and fries, salad, cut vegetables, juice, water
Snack: watermelon, oranges, peaches
Dinner: pasta and meat sauce, mixed vegetables, salad, chocolate cake
Snack: fresh baked danishes

CAN MY CHILD BE WITH HIS FRIEND/SIBLING?

Campers in the same age category e.g., 8-9 are usually put together. Boys and girls are divided for individual groups and sleeping, otherwise they are co-ed in the same age group throughout the day.

If you would like to make a request, you can make it on the application form.

MY CHILD HAS DAIRY/GLUTEN INTOLERANCES. WHAT WILL THEY EAT?

Any dietary restrictions that are indicated in the application form are accommodated for e.g., soy or rice milk and gluten free options are provided to campers.

WHERE DOES MY CHILD SLEEP?

All campers sleep in cabins with a counsellor sleeping within the same vicinity. All cabin layouts are different, some with buck beds, some without. Each cabin has a washroom with sink and some also have a shower.

WHERE DO THEY SHOWER?

Campers can shower in the pool house facility where there are multiple private showers (girls on one side of the building and boys on the other). Campers whose cabins have a shower can shower there.

WHAT IS THE RATIO OF CAMPER TO COUNSELLOR?

It is usually 6 campers to one counsellor and one counsellor in training. In the past, it has often been two counsellors to each group, so our ratio for supervision is very high.

WHAT DO THEY NEED TO WEAR AND OR BRING TO CAMP?

A detailed form is sent home after applications have been received. We don’t recommend sending your Sunday bests! Campers are outside for a good part of the day (weather permitting) involved in sports, games and outdoor activities. Water slippers are highly recommended as the lake front can be rocky.

WHAT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ARE MADE NEAR WATER?

We have certified lifeguards at all water activities. No camper is allowed to go into the water until the lifeguard deems it safe and appropriate. Lifeguards also go through safety drills before campers are allowed to go into the water.

Alongside the lifeguards, counsellors and counsellors in training are with their group, in addition to a senior staff member.

WHAT KIND OF HEALTH CARE IS PROVIDED?

We have a certified practicing registered nurse on site who is available 24hrs to meet the needs of the campers from scraped knees to dispensing medication. In addition, all staff (senior, counsellors and counsellors-in-training) is trained in standard/emergency first aid.

WHAT DO CAMPERS DO ALL DAY?

We are busy from morning to evening with planned activities and programming. Campers do get some “free time” (to play at the playground, play games, make bracelets, draw…) all under the supervision of counsellors and CITs. Please see the attached sample schedule.

WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL NEEDS?

The more information that parents give to the camp, the better we can accommodate for them (e.g., bed wetting, anxiety, learning disability, autism…). All information is kept confidential and only shared with those who need to know, in order to help the child have a positive camp experience.

CAN I CALL MY CHILD OR THE CAMP TO SEE HOW HE/SHE IS DOING?

Overnight camp is a time for new experiences and learning to be independent. Once campers arrive at Camp Ignite, a message is sent put on Facebook. Other updates are also put on Facebook. Please understand the staff is busy making sure your child is safe and having a good time, so posting messages on Facebook is not our first priority- your child is.

Currently our rule is no cell phones. Part of the experience of attending overnight camp is getting away from electronics and attuning to friends, nature, camp life and our wonderful Armenian culture.

THIS IS MY CHILD’S FIRST TIME AT OVERNIGHT CAMP. WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP PREPARE MY CHILD?

Overnight camp is an exciting experience and an anxious one for some children. Prepare your child by having him or her go to sleepovers at friends’ homes, doing chores to become more independent such as making the bed, organizing their belongings. Also, you can go to the Camp Ararat website, have your child help pack for camp, review the typical day schedule, and talk to other families.

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