We operate our camp in a manner that ensures the safety and comfort of everyone on site. The Camp Director and Camp Staff will be available to discuss these policies with you in person on arrival day. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
On registration day canteen money will be collected at the registration tables. Money collected from each camper is placed in a TAB account. The name of the camper, their cabin, as well as the amount of money left will be recorded. This then becomes a debit system where each day campers have the opportunity to place orders and the charges are simply deducted from the money they had initially. This is done entirely on paper. At the end of the session, remainders are tallied and money is refunded from the Canteen. It is the responsibility of the campers and guardians to pick up the remaining canteen money, with kind reminders at the sign-out log and by counsellors.
Parents may visit camp on arrival and departure day. Visitations during camp session are discouraged to help avoid homesickness and disruption of camp routine. If a visit is absolutely necessary, please call the camp office in advance.
Receiving/Placing Phone Calls
The phones are used for business and emergency purposes. We discourage campers calling home and allow this only after all avenues are exhausted. If you call we will take a message and have them return your call if necessary. Please note: Phone calls from home often promote homesickness. If you think your camper may get homesick from a phone call, and you would like to know how (s)he is doing; we can gladly get a cabin counsellor to answer your questions.
Special Needs at Camp
Caton’s Island is not specifically designed to handle high level special needs campers. Due to the nature of the island demographics (cabin placement, wooded trails…) Caton’s Island is not wheelchair accessible. We do accept low level special needs after a consultation with the parents/guardians to determine if we can meet the needs of the camper. If the camper require a full-time attendant due to the nature of their disability, Caton’s Island will make attempt to make accommodations for them, again in consultation with the parents/guardians.
Food Services/Special Diets/Allergies
Food at camp is specially prepared with nutrition in mind. We also know that a lot of energy is used up at camp playing sports and games, so we make sure there’s always plenty to eat in a variety of food servings that will replenish much needed energy. We are sensitive to the allergies of our campers and are always ready to make accomandations should the need arise. Please consult camp leadership regarding any issues related to meals. If the camper has a special dietary requirement that we may not have at camp (soya milk, special non-wheat products for example) please feel free to bring some to camp and we can distribute it at meals for them.
Lost Clothing / Belongings
Caton’s Island is not responsible for lost or stolen clothing or belongings at camp. Caton’s Island promotes tidiness in the living quarters and encourages campers to take responsibility for their personal belongings. To further reduce the risk of misplaced belongings please label all belongings with name tags or permanent marker that clearly identifies the owner. Camper should not bring new or expensive clothing or belongings to camp. Expensive watches, jewelry, radios and games should not be sent.
Procedure on lost items
Stray items found during the week are placed on a table by the sign-out table for parents to look through. Items not claimed are washed, if necessary, and hung in the Lost and Found room.Parents are welcome to look through the Lost And Found for items missing.
Laundry is done on an as needed basis. This means that campers can be expected to return home with dirty clothes. Caton’s Island will arrange for significantly soiled items to be laundered as best we can. However, clothing that becomes soiled within the 24 hours prior to pick-up may not be washed, due to time constraints. In this case, these items would be completely rinsed, placed in a plastic bag, and returned home for laundering.
Due to a high volume of visitors over the course of the summer, Caton’s Island has developed a Visitor Policy in order to ensure the safety of our campers.
A visitor can be defined as anyone on the island who is neither a staff member nor a camper, at the specific time that they are here.
Each visitor must follow these steps:
- Upon arrival at the mainland parking lot, visitors may call the office using the phone provided at the landing to ask for transportation to the Island via the Caton’s boat.
- All visitors must report to the main office and sign-in. They must state the purpose of their visit and let the administration staff know how long they intend to remain on the camp grounds.
- After signing in, visitors will be issued an identification tag to be worn at all times.
- When departing all visitors must again report to the main office, returning the identification tag and signing the sign-out sheet. From there, the administration staff will contact a boat driver who will then take the visitor(s) back to the landing.
Unauthorized Persons Policies
As mentioned in the Visitor Policy, anyone failing to report to the main office upon arrival on Caton’s Island may be asked to leave. An unauthorized person could impose danger on our campers and therefore we must treat the situation seriously. Upon realization of an unauthorized person, staff will sound the alarm bell and all campers will assemble to the previously determined meeting place. The Camp Director will be informed of such unauthorized persons and will determine the appropriate steps of action to take from asking such person to leave the island or calling the appropriate authorities.