First Time Camper

If your child is attending Camp Kanata overnight camp for the first time, we can help. We want campers to be safe and happy, and for them to be part of Camp Kanata.

The best way to have a successful first session of overnight or weekend camp is to plan and set expectations with your child before and during camp.

Leading up to camp,

  • Set goals with your camper.  Whether it is canoeing for the first time or making a new friend, setting goals with your camper will have something to look forward to and aim for at camp.
  • Get to know our staff. We are proud to have well-trained counselors and leadership on staff at Camp Kanata to ensure that your child is safe and well cared for. We encourage you to read our bios and talk to your camper’s counselor at drop off.

During camp,

  • Send letters or emails. Communicate with your first-time camper by sending a letter or a Kanatagram. Kanatagrams are delivered every day. You can drop a letter in the mail a few days before camp starts, so your camper receives it on the first or second day.
  • Send a care package. Campers love to receive care packages during camp. We deliver these every day.
  • Trust Kanata staff. Our staff is well-trained in nurturing and caring for first-time campers and those who may be home sick. Your camper is in good hands. When campers are homesick, Camp Kanata staff help them work through it. We make this a positive experience and it leads to greater self-confidence. However, if your child is really struggling after a few days, we will call you. 

The People Make the Camp

Meet Shane, Camp Kanata Director