Frequently Asked Questions

Purpose

Are you a religious camp?


Turtle Mountain Bible Camp is a non-denominational Christian ministry and a registered charitable organization owned and operated by One Hope Canada.




What is the fundamental purpose of TMBC?


The purpose of TMBC is to bring glory to God by providing a recreational setting that is both relevant and relational for the primary purpose of helping campers and volunteers reach their potential in Jesus Christ.




How much Christian teaching do you offer?


Campers and volunteers participate in morning and evening chapel sessions which include singing and age-appropriate Bible teaching by the chapel speaker of the week, with the purpose of providing opportunities to learn about God.




What do you teach?


We teach the simple gospel message about Jesus Christ & his life, death, and resurrection; and how God's love is available to each and every person. For more details please see What We Believe (in the About section of the website).





Financial

When are camper fees due?


A $50 deposit is due upon registration for each camper for the week they will be attending. This registration fee is non-refundable. The remainder of the fees are due on arrival at camp, although full fees can also be paid at registration.




Do you return fees if a camper does not show up or leaves camp early?


Refunds are made for unforeseen circumstances at the discretion of the Director. The $50 registration fee is non-refundable.




What is the Family Discount?


Households who send more than two children to camp will receive a $15 discount for each additional child (from the same household).




Are there sponsorships available?


If you or someone you know is in need of financial assistance in order to attend camp there are various avenues of sponsorship available. First check with the following agencies for available sponsorship: 1. SunShine Fund through Manitoba Camping Association 2. Sun Fund of Child and Family Services (Brandon, MB) 3. Dakota Ojibway 4. MICHIF Child and Famiy Services 5. Check with your local church Turtle Mountain Bible Camp does have limited sponsorship funds available. Please contact us for more information.




Payment Options


1. Pay Online through RegPack within your registration account. 2. E-transfer (please contact us if you would like the option) 3. Mail in cheque 4. Pay upon arrival at camp a) cash b) cheque c) debit/credit





Medical

What personnel are on site in case of injury or medical assistance?


We have a Health Officer available to campers and volunteers on site 24 hours a day. They are there in case of injury, sickness or to administer medication (prescription or otherwise) as needed. The Health Officer qualifications are listed in the Manitoba Camp Association Accreditation Standards (HC16).




What do I do with medications my camper is bringing to camp?


All medications must be left with the camp Health Officer at check-in on the first day. The Health Officer will dispense them to your child at the appropriate times.




What happens if my child is hurt at camp?


The camp Health Officer will see to their injury and, if necessary, send them to the hospital. In case of a hospital visit the parent/legal guardian will be notified before going. A follow-up call after the camper returns to camp will be made to inform you of their condition.




My child has allergies/food sensitivities - How will these be addressed at camp?


All allergies and severity MUST be noted on the camper's registration. Please call the Camp to discuss concerns and be sure to leave instructions with the Camp Health Officer upon arrival. This also helps the kitchen be aware in advance of needed menu changes.




How does the camp protect my child from head lice?


Parents/Guardians sign the camp permission form authorizing personnel to check each child for head lice during opening day. Upon arrival, campers will go through a head lice check station prior to moving into their cabin. If a camper has head lice, the parent/guardian has the following options:

  1. Take the child home to treat the condition and we will reschedule them to another session (if available)
  2. TMBC is willing to provide needed treatments (cost of treatment will be charged to parent) on site if necessary. The camp Health Officer will make daily checks for nits. The campers bedding and clothing would also be washed and dried prior to them going to a cabin.
In the case that head lice are discovered during a camp session, we will notify the parents/guardians of the child as well as contact and make the parents/guardians of other campers in their cabin aware. We would appreciate parents/guardians checking their child for head lice prior to bringing them to camp, to prevent the spread of head lice and avoid embarrassment or disappointment for the camper.





Registration

How will I know my camper is registered?


A confirmation e-mail will be sent to each camper upon completion of registration forms.




Do you accept campers if they are not old enough/too old for a session?


The ages are guidelines and campers one year younger/older of the posted ages per week will be accepted to enable siblings, relatives or friends to attend the same session.




What time does camp start/end


DROP OFF TIME: All camp sessions begin with registration at 4:00 p.m. (with the exception of Pee Wee Camp registration starting at 3:00 p.m.) on opening day. At which time our volunteers will be in place to welcome and supervise campers. PICK UP TIME: Please check your camper confirmation for dates & times.

  • Pee Wee Camp - 10:30am
  • Junior 1 & 2 - 10:30am
  • Intermediate 1 & 2 - 5:30 pm
  • Skills Camp - 5:30pm
  • Junior High - 10:30am
  • High School - 10:30am




What To Bring


We strongly recommend you put your campers name on all the items that they are bringing.

  • Pajamas
  • Warm Sweater
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Hairbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Sleeping Bag & Pillow
  • Insect Repellent
  • Bag for Dirty Clothes
  • Sandals/Flip Flops
  • Mandatory Running Shoes
  • Appropriate Swimsuit for water activities
  • Towels
  • Bible (available at camp if you do not have one)




What NOT to Bring


  • Electronic devices (iPods, cell phones, gaming systems, etc)
  • Non-prescription drugs, tobacco, alcohol are prohibited on the property
  • Offensive clothing
  • Knives (including jacknives/multitools), weapons of any sort
  • Magazines, books, etc.





Visiting/Calling Camp

Can I come visit camp during a session?


Yes - you can come and visit during a camp session. However, please call head before visiting. All visitors must sign-in at the office and wear a visitor name tag during their visit (provided by the office upon arrival). All visitors must leave after evening program based on the session schedule.




Can my child use the camp telephone/Can I call my child during camp?


If you are concerned about how your child is doing, don't hesitate to phone the camp office (747-2587) and they can inform you. Campers are given permission to call home if needed and the camp will contact parents if their child is homesick and/or wants to call home.




Can we come tour the camp?


We will be happy to arrange a tour of the camp for you. Please contact the office to arrange a tour (747-2587) The best time to come and see the camp is during our Family Day/Open House event in June. Come meet with some of the volunteers, see the grounds and facilities and enjoy a number of camp activities as well as a free supper.





Volunteers/Mission Team

Who are the volunteers?


The majority of our mission team/volunteers are from the Southwestern Manitoba area. Most have been campers at Turtle Mountain Bible Camp and enthusiastically return to help provide other campers with a great camping experience like they have received. We endeavour to accept the highest caliber of volunteers who are good role models and can lead by example. Other than our 4 year-round missionaries, everyone else on site is a seasonal volunteer. Our leadership team serves 4 months (May-Aug), while all of our other positions are weekly. Some people also volunteer one-two days a week depending on the task they are assisting with. For more information about volunteering - see Volunteer page




What does the volunteer application process look like?


Each of our volunteers are carefully chosen through a thorough application process, including a written application, personal contact, reference checks, and a Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Screening check. All volunteers must also complete our online training In Safe Hands prior to serving at camp.




Do the cabin leaders sleep in the cabin with the campers?


Yes. Our cabin leaders are with the campers 24 hours a day. They are involved with all of the activities we do at camp, they sit with the campers at all meals and in chapel. They stay in the cabins with the campers at night, all night.