FAQ

Frequently asked questions (28)

Are there age groups or are all the kids together?

At faunik ADVENTURE, campers are grouped according to their age. Also, boys and girls are not in the same tents. For some special camp activities or event, it can happen that all campers are regrouped which provides an addional fun summer camp atmosphere.

What will we do if it rains?

Our counselors always have “in case of rain” activities up their sleeves. As a result, it’s fun times guaranteed even when it’s raining!
If necessary, we also have access to Parcs Québec buildings in order to continue with indoor activities.

What time do campers wake up and go to bed at your youth summer camps?

Campers wake up between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Bedtimes are established according to the age of the campers and the activities planned for a given evening, but are generally between 9:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. National parks have a curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., and this curfew is always observed.

Can my child dress however he or she wants?

Yes, campers are free to dress however they like. Obviously, we recommend comfortable clothes and running shoes. Remember that camping activities can sometimes be a little messy! Don’t forget, our camps involve a wide variety of activities and hiking up a mountain in flip-flops as an example is certainly not very practical!
We also ask that our campers avoid clothing that is too revealing, or with slogans that may be considered offensive.

Do I need to identify all of my child’s clothing and belongings?

No, but we strongly recommend it. There aren’t many kids who always put their clothes away, or who never forget anything! A non-washable marker designed for writing on clothing can be purchased at almost all major stores.
A complete list of clothing and personal items your child brings must be included in one of the pockets in his or her backpack. This list will come in handy for checking that your child has all their belongings before they go home.

Does my child need pocket money?

The only thing your child will need money for is for hot showers. Otherwise, your child won’t need money at the camp. However, there is a small store/depanneur on site where your child can purchase items they may have forgotten to bring, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, sunscreen, etc.

What is the average age of counselors, and what training do they have?

On average, our counselors are aged 20 years old and receive 60 hours of training which is approved by the Association des camps du Québec.

Will my child eat healthy, well-balanced meals while at camp?

Yes, our menus are approved by a nutritionist and created to ensure good nutritional value so our campers can have fun all day long! We are extremely vigilant with regards to any dietary restrictions listed on our campers’ registration forms.

What happens if my child doesn’t like the food?

Our menus are quite varied, which means you’ll always be able to find something nourishing to eat. Furthermore, we prepare all meals as a group, so it’s usually possible to adapt the recipes or adjust the spices and the ingredients.

Allergies, intolerances, dietary restrictions…

We are very vigilant where this is concerned. Please clearly indicate any allergies, intolerances or dietary restrictions your child may have on his or her registration form, and we will be sure to adapt our menu accordingly. If your child requires the use of an EpiPen, please be sure that he or she brings it along.

Can my child be assigned to the same group as his or her friend?

If the two friends are within the same age bracket, you can request on the registration form that they be put in the same group. It is very likely that we will be able to accomodate your request. However, it is very important that you make the request before the camp starts because once it’s underway, it will be difficult, or in some instances, impossible, to make changes to the groups.

Do the showers have hot water?

Yes, all washrooms (men’s and women’s) situated near the tents are equipped with hot water showers. These washrooms are open 24/7. However, there is charge for using the shower: $1 for 4 minutes. As a result, it is important that each camper brings a little money along on the trip.

There are also toilets with outdoor cold-water taps that can be used for washing hands and brushing teeth.
Our counselors do ensure that every camper takes at least two showers during their 5 day stay at the camp.

What should I pack in my child’s backpack and suitcase?

We will send you a complete list of items that your child should bring to camp 30 days before the camp starts. We supply a great deal of what they’ll need, however.

Can my child bring items from home? (toys, stuffed animals, security blanket, hand-held video games, cell phones, etc.)

Your child can bring items from home, but they must remain in his or her tent. Please be sure to identify all your child’s belongings to minimize the risk that they will be lost. We recommend that your child leave designer clothing, expensive footwear, jewellery, and all other valuables at home.
The use of electronic items (laptops, cell phones, i-pods, etc.) is not permitted at camp. The point of faunik ADVENTURE outings is to break the routine and try new things. What is more, the risk that these items will be damaged or lost in the forest is too great. Campers who forget and accidentally bring electronic items on the trip will be asked to leave these items with us so we can store them in a safe place until the camp is over.
Please note that faunik ADVENTURE cannot be held responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen items.

What kind of sleeping bag do you recommend?

For summer camps, we recommend a rectangular sleeping bag with synthetic insulation, a nylon Ripstop shell, and a temperature rating of 5°C. Such sleeping bags cost between $50 and $100.

My child sometimes wets the bed. Do you have any suggestions?

It is important that you inform us of this situation so that we can help your child discretely by reminding him or her to use the bathroom before bed. If your child wets the bed on a regular basis, we suggest that he or she bring two sleeping bags on the trip. It might also be useful to provide your child with a bedwetting sheet to put inside his or her sleeping bag. If you are interested, the Bedwetting Store sells a bedwetting sheet designed for sleeping bags.

Will my child have free time?

Yes, there are a few periods of free time every day. Generally, these take place between activities or at specific times during the day (after meals, at the end of the day, etc.). During free time periods, which take place in specific, supervised areas, counselors leave the campers to their own devices.

Do campers have to follow their counselors everywhere?

Campers are asked to remain with their groups at all times and to participate in all activities. The counselor’s role is to animate and supervise the activities the kids participate in, to make sure they are safe, and to ensure that they are using the equipment properly.

If a camper does not like a certain game or activity, will he or she be required to participate all the same?

At faunik ADVENTURE, we never force anyone to participate in an activity. However, our counselors will encourage the group as a whole to at least give it a try. If a camper refuses or really does not like the activity, we will attempt to find a solution or ask the camper to remain with the group for safety reasons, and in order to foster team spirit. Please be assured that our animation program offers a wide range of activities, which campers will enjoy to a greater or lesser degree.

Are campers allowed to leave the national park?

No. No one is allowed to leave the national park during the camp, except in cases of emergency or with a signed notice from their parents. All parents who wish to take their child home from camp will be required to show identification.

What is your policy on smoking and the consumption of drugs and alcohol?

We have a zero-tolerance policy where this is concerned and enforce it very strictly. If a child breaks the rules, he or she will be sent home immediately. You will be asked to pick your child up, or to assume the costs of sending him or her home. There will be no refund or compensation for any time that may remain in the camp.

Will lifeguards be present during nautical and aquatic activities?

Sépaq national park lifeguards will be present and will supervise all aquatic activities that take place in the water.
Counselors are responsible for supervising all nautical activities (canoeing, paddle boating, surfing, kayaking, etc.). Everyone using a nautical vessel, campers and counselors alike, is required to wear a securely attached lifejacket at all times.

If an emergency occurs during the camp (lost child, illness, allergic reaction, etc.), will the counselors and management know what to do?

Faunik ADVENTURE has an emergency plan approved both by the Association des camps du Québec as well as Parcs Québec. All of our counselors are trained to support the plan and processes before the start of each season. Every Monday, we conduct an evacuation drill to show our campers what to do in case of fire. The Parcs Québec on site emergency team can be called in to help if needed. If your child should require a trip to the clinic or the hospital, you will be notified immediately.

Medication

If your child takes medication, please indicate the name of the medication and the required dose on their registration form.

Can I talk or write to my child while he or she is at camp?

You will not be able to communicate with your child while he or she is at camp. It would be very complicated for us to manage phone calls and e-mails between campers and their parents in a full camping setting. What is more, if your child tends to feel homesick when away from home for a few days, you can bet that the only thing he or she will have on their mind after talking to you on the phone is going home!
However, we put hundreds of photos taken during each camp on our Facebook page. That way, you will be able to see what your child did at camp while he or she tells you all about their adventures upon his/her return.

How can we contact you in case of emergency?

You can reach our office at 1-844-290-8505. All of our contact information is available on our website. We will also provide you with an emergency contact number for the site where your child’s camp will be taking place.

Will I have to drop off and pick up my child?

You can drive your child to the national park, but we do provide optional transportation for all of our packages. Thus, children can embark on our buses in Longueuil, Montreal and Laval. On board, our counselors will supervise the campers and create a festive atmosphere in order to help the group members form friendships with each other.
The departure and return schedule will be included in the information e-mail we will send you 30 days prior to the start of the camp. Generally speaking, the bus departs on Monday mornings between 8:30 & 9:30 and returns on Friday afternoons between 3:30 & 5:00.

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