Top Tips for Preparing for Camp

Over 1000 campers spend parts of their summer at Wenonah each year. That means that we get lots of questions from parents about how to best prepare their eager campers for the Wenonah experience.

Below are answers to some of the most common questions we get from campers and families:

What should I pack for my child?

There are lots of important items to make sure you send with your child to Camp, and also some things we ask that you not send.

Link to Packing List

Can I email my child at Camp?

Yes, you can! Simply send an email to, and we’ll deliver it to your child.

Please put your child’s name in the subject line, and we’ll print the email off and deliver it to your camper after dinner.

Please note that campers do not have access to the internet while they are at Camp, and won’t be able to respond to your email.

What about writing letters?

Camper mail is picked up each weekday, and delivered to campers after dinner.

If you’d like to write a letter to your camper, please address it to:

Camper Name / Period Attending
c/o Camp Wenonah
1324 Bird Lake Road, RR#3
Bracebridge, ON P1L 1X1

Campers are encouraged to write letters home each day during rest hour. We deliver mail to Bracebridge two times each week.

* Tip – send some self-addressed stamped envelopes to Camp with your child for when they want to write to family and friends!

When is Visitor’s Day?

Visitor’s Day is held twice during the Summer, for one month campers only:

Saturday, July 16 – July one month campers, July POLARIS, July WCITs

Saturday, August 13 – August one month campers, August POLARIS, August WCITs

When were the Final Instructions Forms due?

Final Instructions forms were due at the Burlington Office on April 29. If you have not submitted your camper’s forms, please do so as soon as possible. You access the online forms by clicking here.

If you’d like to update any of your child’s information, please do so by emailing

Changes cannot be made once your forms and information have been submitted.

When does my child’s Camp Period begin?

Period 1 & 1A – Sunday, July 3
Period 1B – Sunday, July 10
Period 2 – Sunday, July 17

Period 3 & 3A – Sunday, July 31
Period 3B – Sunday, August 7

Period 4 – Sunday, August 14
Period 4B – Sunday, August 21

Period 5 & WEEnonah ‘A’ – Monday, August 29

Is your camper taking the bus to Camp?

Please remember we have a new bus stop for the 2016 season. The bus leaves Julliard Public School at 8:00 am sharp. We suggest you arrive at the bus stop at least thirty minutes early.

Families driving their children to Camp should plan to arrive between 10:30 – 11:30 am.

When does each Period end?

Period 1A – Saturday, July 9
Period 1 & 1B – Saturday, July 16
Period 2 – Saturday, July 30

Period 3A – Saturday, August 6
Period 3 & 3B – Saturday, August 13
Period 4 & 4B – Saturday, August 27
WEEnonah ‘A’ – Wednesday, August 31

Period 5 – Friday, September 2

Busses are expected to arrive at Julliard Public School by 12:30 pm on the final day of Camp.

For those families wishing to pick their children up from Camp, please plan to arrive between 10:30 – 11:30 am.

Who are the Camp Nurses?

We are very fortunate to have a team of experienced nurses on site 24 hours a day throughout the Summer season. Our nurses meet all the campers on the first day of camp and are available to campers, POLARIS and WCITs throughout their time at Wenonah.

The Health Services team includes:

  • Carol Blair-Murdoch and Joanna Walenius (Period 1)
  • Jane Lowes Ciordas, Gwen Neizer and Nancy Vandenbergh (Period 2)
  • Franziska Hines and Louise Pope-Rhoden (Period 3)
  • Andrea Dewling and Genevieve Quial Dela Cruz (Period 4)
  • Erica Childs, Carey Forget and Doreen Sauve (Period 5/WEEnonah)

Dr. Phyllis McCord (Camp Doctor) and Nancy Vandenbergh (Associate Director Health and Wellness) provide leadership to our Health Services group as part of the Wenonah Management Team.

What if my child is bring medications to Camp?

If your child is taking the Camp bus from Julliard Public School, we ask that you give all of your child’s medications (and written instructions) to a Camp staff member before your camper boards the bus.

The staff member will ensure the medications get delivered to the nurses safely upon arrival at Camp. Please ensure that all medications are in their original containers and timing/dosages are clearly marked.

We provide all ‘as needed’ medications (i.e. Benadryl, Tylenol, Ibruprofen and Gravol) so you don’t need to send them!

When your child returns home, please remember to pick up your child’s medications from the Camp staff member who was on the bus when you pick them up at Julliard P.S.

If you are dropping your child off at Camp by car, please visit the Health Centre to drop your child’s medications off (and meet the nurses and Health Centre staff!). Your child’s medications will be packed in their luggage on the last morning of Camp.

What are some other health notes I should consider?

What if my child has had a fever prior to Camp?

To help keep our Camp community healthy, please contact our Muskoka Office if your child has had a fever at any time during the week preceding the start of their Camp Period.

We thank families for helping us keep influenza like illnesses from being brought into Camp.

Head to Toe Checks

Midway through your child’s stay at Camp, the counseling staff carry out a Head to Toe check – a quick look to make your child is healthy and clean! Any bumps, bruises, scratches or rashes are highlighted to the nurses.

If there are any concerns, the Camp nurses will contact you.

Who can I contact if I have any questions or concerns?

If you have any questions, please refer to our Handbook.

You can also contact Caron Brick through email (

Caron is at our Burlington Office (905-631-2849) through Wednesday, June 29 before she joins us at Camp for our staff training week. She returns to the Burlington Office on Tuesday, July 5.

Office Coordinator Christy Faulds oversees all activity at our Muskoka Office throughout the Summer. To reach our Muskoka Office, you can call (705) 645-6163. You can also email Christy at

Nancy Vandenbergh is available to answer any questions you may have about camper health and wellness. You email email Nancy at