FAQ – Summer


Where can I download a release form for my child?

Download Release Form for your child here. Please remember that all release forms must be fully completed and signed. Information provided will be held in strictest confidence and used only by a designate of Bayside Camp in the case of an emergency.

Where can I download a packing list for my child?
Download Packing List for your child here. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or important information regarding your child as you are getting ready.

Is Bayside a Christian camp?
Yes. Bayside is a non-profit, year-round Christian camp and retreat centre conveniently located minutes just outside Halifax. As a Christian ministry, we believe the Bible offers relevant truth for everyday life and that’s why it has been the source of our teaching for almost 60 years. We also believe people need to hear this truth from friends in the midst of a caring, safe environment and that’s why we pay close attention when selecting each member of our staff team (from those counseling to cleaning and everyone in between).

Does my child need to be a Christian or go to church to attend Bayside?
No. Each summer we welcome hundreds of campers from all walks of life to experience the wonder and adventure of a week at camp with us. At no point will your child be pressured to profess Christian faith; however, we do incorporate biblical principles and age-appropriate teaching into all programming.

What are the facilities like at camp?
We may be nestled in the woods along Third Pond but our facilities provide ample comfort and convenience for campers. Bayside is not just any camp. Our newly expanded facilities have been especially designed for campers and we want each one to have the best week of their year with us so we take get care to providing high-quality camp experiences. Rockwood Lodge, with its commercial kitchen and dining room for up to 200 campers allows everyone to eat in small groups creating a more pleasant atmosphere. Maplestone Hall, a large multi-purpose room with its own fireplace, offers a grand view of the lake; while Cedar Corner, a medium-sized, multi-purpose room, is just right for Worship at the Cove.

Where will campers sleep?
Campers will stay in one of eleven new year-round cabins with 2 counselors. Cabins have washrooms, including heated showers located in them for campers convenience.

What do you do with cabinmate requests?
We strive to honour cabinmate requests so long as the campers involved are registered for the same camp and their ages are not more than 12 months apart from one another. Please note requests must be made by both campers at least two weeks before camp.

What is the food like at camp?
Always one of the most important parts of camp, we provide quality food and plenty of it! Following the Canada Food Guide healthy and delicious home-style meals are prepared daily and usually served cafeteria style. Vegetarian options can be provided, and we seek to meet special needs. While nuts are not used in the kitchen there may be traces of nuts in some food items, and are in some products sold at the Tuck Shop.

What is the Tuck shop?
You are able to optionally add a tab for your child for purchases at our Tuck Shop. The tuck shop is open every afternoon and has a variety of treats including pop, chips, candy bars and freezies.

What is the Summer Missions Project?
During Worship at the Cove, campers will learn about a locally connected missions project and have an opportunity to pray for these missionaries and donate a portion of their tuck account to support these missions projects. This is intended to create a global awareness and give a chance for campers to respond with a sense of ownership. Missions projects in the past have included sponsoring a refugee family from Sudan, and sponsoring a camp alumni working in Hong Kong. If you do not want your child too participate in the Missions project please let us know.

What are the staff like at camp?
Our staff are carefully selected for their enthusiastic love for youth and desire to share their summer with campers. They are chosen after a rigorous application process (including a Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Register) and participate in pre-summer training to ensure policies and procedures for camper safety are maintained.

Are staff trained in first aid?
We have many positions at camp which require first aid training. Each week we have NLS trained lifeguards, a First Aid attendant as well as a Registered Nurse or Paramedic on call. Our site is equipped with first aid kits, first aid equipment and AED.

What time is check-in on the first day?
Campers can begin checking in at 6pm.

What time should I pick up my camper?
Campers should be picked up at 6pm on the last day of their camp.

Why does Bayside charge H.S.T.?
Due to federal requirements from Canada Revenue Agency we are responsible to charge H.S.T. for camps and retreats.

Policy for Cancellations / Refunds: More than 3 weeks before camp, all but $100 is fully refundable. Less than 3 weeks before camp, 50% is refundable unless written explanation from a doctor is received, in which case the deposit is the only non-refundable amount.
Registration fees are transferable between camp weeks or siblings where space is available. There are no refunds
once camp starts. There is no fee adjustment if a camper arrives late or leaves early. In case of withdrawal from
camp on physician’s orders, a refund will be made for remainder of camp.

Policy for Inappropriate Behaviour: Whereas the safety and security of our campers is important to us, we reserve the right to send campers home for inappropriate behaviour at the parent(s) or guardian(s) cost, and without refund.