YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Our camp is located on Lake Belwood, in Ontario, Canada, providing your child with an unforgettable summer experience in a beautiful natural setting. At Camp Bellaleo, we understand that sending your child to camp for the first time can be a big decision. Our 2:1 leader-to-camper ratio, helps ensure that your child will receive the attention and support they need to thrive. With a maximum capacity of just 60 campers per session, our smaller size allows for a personalized experience which results in a high volume of returning campers.
ACCOMMODATIONS: THE "CABIN GROUP EXPERIENCE"
At the centre of Camp Bellaleo are 6 spacious camper cabins with bunk beds. Each cabin sleeps a maximum of 10 campers with a separate, but connecting room for two cabin leaders - the cabin counsellor and a leader-in-training (LIT). This provides campers with an immediate sense of comfort and safety, knowing their leaders are right on the other side of the door. The washroom building is located next to the cabins, and has separate stalls with flush toilets, showers and hot water. The cabin group experience is highlighted during the daily cabin clean-up (the race for the golden broom), where each camper is responsible for organizing their personal space and completing a task that will help their cabin as a whole (i.e. taking out the garbage or sweeping the floor).
HEALTH & SAFETY
We take great measures to ensure Camp Bellaleo is an unquestionably safe environment. All Bellale staff and leaders-in-training are certified in Standard First Aid and CPR during Training Week before campers arrive. We emphasize the collective responsibility of our staff to maintain the safety and wellbeing of our campers and we spend days learning how to navigate challenging camper scenarios, general safety procedures and emergency response protocols. Some of the topics we cover in our training sessions include; hydration and nutrition, sun safety (i.e. proper use of sunscreen), proper use of insect repellant, recognizing and responding to allergic reactions, and many more important health and safety lessons.
MEDICAL CARE INFORMATION
To ensure your camper has a safe and positive experience it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to complete a thorough medical form on CampBrain before arriving at camp. The medical form includes everything we need to know about the camper's health needs and medical history. The more information we are provided, the better equipped we are to meet each camper's needs. Our Directors and Registered Nurse review each camper's medical form prior to their arrival at camp to ensure we are fully prepared.
When each camper arrives to camp they will have a one-on-one consultation with our Registered Nurse. Campers will also undergo a lice screening procedure. We highly encourage you to check for lice before arriving at camp, as your camper will not be able to join their cabin until all signs of nits and lice are gone. During the consultation with the Nurse, they review the information provided on the medical form to ensure all information is up-to-date and collect any medications the camper has brought to camp. Medications are stored safely in the Directors Cabin and administered during Breakfast (approx. 9 am) and after Evening Program (approx. 8:30pm). The Nurse also meets with each cabin leader to communicate relevant health information and medical needs regarding their specific campers. A medical doctor and Groves Memorial Hospital are located in Fergus, only 15 minutes away from camp.
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP
Click HERE to see a list of suggested items to bring to camp.