Dress Code All campers are expected to dress appropriately to a standard similar to what would be expected in school.
Snacks Due to food allergies, no food is permitted to be brought to camp by campers.
Meals Nutritious balanced meals are served from a modern kitchen in a supervised dining hall. Any child that requires a special diet should make sure that advance preparation is made with the Cook.
Medications All medications must be turned over to the camp's First Aid Co-ordinator upon arrival at camp.
Discipline Policy All campers are required to behave in a manner that maintains and promotes an environment of safety, love, and respect for staff, campers and the property. When any serious disciplinary action is required, parents will be notified and if unacceptable behaviour continues, a camper may be required to leave the camp.
Cabins Campers live with a group of fellow campers in cabins under the supervision of qualified and trained staff.
Stuff to Bring to Camp
Camp Abby is located in Augustine Cove on the Northumberland Strait near Borden.
A new lodge was built in 2008 with a large dining hall, a modern kitchen, two meeting rooms, public washrooms, first aid room, office, and three small dormitory areas that will sleep 20. This facility is available for rental by outside groups from May 15 to October 15 when not in use by the camp.
The property is on the ocean with a tremendous view. Four ponds were built in collaboration with Ducks Unlimited in 2008, which will over time provide additional beauty for walking trails.
For the 2009 season, a rainy day recreation building with an Arts and Crafts area opened. In addition, erosion prevention work is being done on the beach front.
Still to come……The building of an outdoor chapel area, additional walking trails, development of the property for additional programming such as low-ropes activities.
Eleven camper cabins with a capacity of 8-10 each, an administrator’s cottage and a cook’s cabin are available for accommodations for staff and campers.
All staff are trained both on-site and by Maritime Conference and all have First Aid/CPR training.
Christian Development - A designated staff member is assigned to be involved in the development of the camping curriculum, and to carry out this program at each camp, in collaboration with other staff. The Camp curriculum is developed cooperatively at a gathering with representatives from the Maritime United church camps.
Music - Camp Abegweit has a well loved tradition of songs with and without actions that have been passed down through the years. Each year there additions and deletions but a core of commonly known songs remains. The coordination of the music program is assigned to one staff member and uses the diverse musical talents of the staff.
Drama /Dance - Activities in drama are coordinated towards the theme for the day or week and often relate to the camp curricula. The drama coordinator is encouraged to use cabin groups to organize skits/program components on a scheduled and planned rotation as part of the evening campfire entertainment or the Christian development program.
For some camps, dancing is scheduled as part of the program.
Crafts - Craft projects appropriate for each age group are identified and planned prior to the opening of camping season.
Recreation and Sports
1. The waterfront program is coordinated by a Camp staff person (with National Lifesaving Waterfront Certification) and a Red Cross Aqua Leader.
Daily water activities (low skill team activities) are offered on a regular daily schedule.
2. Team Activities/recreation
Low skill structured team activities are offered on a regular daily schedule such as soccer, basketball, ball hockey, and European handball, etc. In addition, popular activities such as Cities and flag war, promoting camper cohesion and interaction are an important part of the camp program.
3. Outdoor Education
As appropriate for each age group, campers may participate in nature walks, obstacle courses, walking, or hiking. When possible, the older campers may participate in overnight tenting in the camp woods.
4. Indoor program
Alternate program planning for rainy days is an important aspect of camp life that requires adequate and safe areas for delivery.
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Tentative Daily Schedule
|7:00 a.m. Camper wake-up|
7:30 a.m. Morning Watch (at the flagpole)
7:45 a.m. Flag raising/Songs (not cabin on set-up)
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Breakfast Clean-up
9:00 a.m. Rotation 1 (assuming there are 4 camper teams)
9:45 a.m. Rotation 2
10:30 a.m. Rotation 3
11:15 a.m. Rotation 4
12 p.m. Lunch set-up/Songs (gather at flagpole)
12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Lunch Clean-up
1:15 p.m. Rest Hour
2:15 p.m. Swim (gather at the flagpole)
3:15 p.m. Rinse/change from swim
3:30 p.m. Interest groups
4:45 p.m. Supper set-up/Songs (gather at flagpole)
5:00 p.m. Supper
5:30 p.m. Clean-up
6:00 p.m. Shower hour and/or Cabin time
7:00 p.m. Camp-wide game
8:00 p.m. Vespers
8:30 p.m. Snack & Happy Grams
9:00 p.m. Campfire
10:00 p.m. Bedtime