About Pioneer Camp
Life at Camp
- Pioneer Camp Alberta has 2 camp sites.
- The cabins are shared with other campers.
- Meals are eaten as a cabin group.
- Campers do activities as a cabin group.
- Review the Activities that are available (noting that these activities may not be available at all camp sessions or at both sites).
- There will be an Overnight Camp-Out for:
- Pioneer Lodge Sessions: Jr. Boys, Jr. Girls, Horsemanship, Quest
- Pioneer Ranch Sessions: Breakaway, Jr. Skills Zao, Plunge, Sr. Skills Shefa
- There are NO overnight camp-outs for Pioneer Lodge Discovery session campers.
- There will be an 4 night/5 day Out-Trip for:
- Pioneer Ranch Sessions: Sr. Boys and Sr. Girls
- Review the Packing List together.
- your child will have a good time
- make new friends
- learn to do many new things
- become a member of a new cabin group
- Pioneer Lodge campers will walk to their campsite, approximately 25 minutes away from the Lodge’s main facilities.
- Pioneer Ranch campers will be transported to Camp property that is approximately a 25 minute drive from the Ranch’s main site.
- Campers will spend their time at a base camp either on our adjacent land or camping in established campsites in the Nordegg area; being introduced to basic Out-Tripping skills such as day hikes, tent set-up, camp management, animal safety, fire building, cooking over a fire and much more.
- Trips at this level are to build a foundation for campers to develop skills as they continue on their backcountry adventures.
- All food, camping equipment, campers’ backpacks, etc. will be transported to their campsite by Pioneer staff.
- At age 13, Sr. Girls and Sr. Boys campers choose which skill they would like to focus on.
- Choices include Backpacking, Canoeing, or Horseback Riding.
- Campers and all equipment (food, tents, canoes, horses etc.) will be transported to various off-site locations depending on where they are going.
- Backpacking trips occur in the Rocky Mountains in the Nordegg area, staging from various different locations determined by each groups’ skill level and goals.
- Canoe trips take place on the North Saskatchewan River with the older more experienced campers travelling from Nordegg to Rocky Mountain House, and younger groups travelling from Rocky Mountain House to Drayton Valley.
- Horseback riding trips occur on our land adjacent to Pioneer Ranch (Rocky Mountain House), on Pioneer Lodge (Sundre) land or out of the Clearwater Staging area, west of Pioneer Ranch.
- Day Camp: For Day Campers there is an opportunity to go on one pony ride during the week.
- Discovery Camps: For Discovery Camps, there will be a horse experience each full day of camp.
- Jr. Boys, Jr. Girls & Quest: Campers will have 3 opportunities to interact with horses.
- Horsemanship Camps: Campers will have 2-3 program blocks per full day of camp interacting with horses or taking part in horse care activities.
- Jr. Skills Zao, Sr. Boys, Sr. Girls & Sr. Skills Shefa: Campers who sign up for the Horseback Riding Out-Trip at Sr. Girls or Sr. Boys, or the Horsemanship Track at Zao or Shefa, will spend half of each day in their specific skill area. The other half of the day is spent in activities that the camper chooses to sign up for.
- Sr. Girls and Sr. Boys campers will also then spend their 5 day Out-Trip riding.
- Zao & Shefa campers will also have a half-day trail ride to get to the site of their overnight trip (The other half of the day is spent in activities that the camper chooses to sign up for).
- Breakaway and Plunge: Campers do activities based on a sign-up basis, and riding is always a choice for them. The amount of riding time will depend entirely on what the camper chooses to sign up for.
What to Bring
- Please label all clothing and luggage with labels or indelible markers.
- Please attempt to bring modest clothing appropriate for physical camp activities.
- Cell phones (we have a no cell phone policy, including using it for music, alarm clock or camera. Please bring a separate camera if you want to take photos.)
- All other electronic games, players, entertainment and communication devices (i.e. iPods, iPads, etc.)
- Jack knives, hunting knives, matches or lighters (pocket knives for Out-Trips are permitted for Sr. Boys and Sr. Girls camps ONLY)
- Nuts and/or peanut products
- Inappropriate reading materials
- Alcoholic beverages, narcotics or tobacco products (see note)
Parents have the option of adding spending money (called a Tuck Deposit) to their camper’s Tuck Account at the time of registering them for their camp session. Other options include adding the Tuck Deposit to their camper’s account at a later time or when dropping a camper off at camp.
For parents wanting to add a Tuck Deposit at a later time, please contact the Camp Office and we can assist you with adding it to your camper’s account. Tuck Deposits can be added to a camper’s account throughout their time at camp.
A Tuck Deposit is credited to your camper’s Tuck Account. Deductions are made from their account when they make a purchase. Any unspent amounts at the end of a camp session can be claimed in the Tuck Shop when picking up your camper.
Any unclaimed amounts will be transferred to a fund for families who are unable to provide Tuck money for their children due to financial or family circumstances.
- Pioneer Lodge (Sundre): The maximum allowance is $4 per day for confectionary purchases.
- Pioneer Ranch (Rocky Mountain House): The maximum allowance is $5 per day for confectionary purchases.
- At Pioneer Lodge (Sundre) camp sessions: Tuck is every other day.
- At Pioneer Ranch (Rocky Mountain House) camp sessions: Tuck is every other day.
Arrival and Departure Days
Pioneer Ranch camp sessions, Rocky Mountain House: Parents driving campers, registration is at 3:30 pm.
Pioneer Lodge: is located 1.5 hours from Calgary’s City Centre, 3 hours from Edmonton’s City Centre, and 1.5 hours from Red Deer.
Pioneer Ranch: is about a 2.5 – 3 hour drive from both Edmonton and Calgary and about 1 hour and 15 minute Drive from Red Deer, travel times being from the edge of each city.
- Sign-out is on the last day of camp at 10:00 am.
- Sign-out is on the last day of camp at 10:30 am.
We cannot release children to the custody of anyone except their parent or guardian unless we have received written authorization signed by the parent or legal guardian to release the camper to another individual.
Communication during Camp
- Mary Smith (Jr. Girls Camp)
- c/o Pioneer Lodge
- Box 660
- Sundre, AB
- T0M 1X0
- Mary Smith (Sr. Girls Camp)
- c/o Pioneer Ranch
- Box 600,
- Rocky Mountain House, AB
- T4T 1A4
Our Caring Staff
Health and Safety
- There is a qualified medical person on staff, available 24 hours a day.
- Pioneer Camp leadership staff are trained in First Aid in CPR.
- Our Kitchen Supervisors have Food Safety Handlers Certificates.
- Quality, nutritional meals are provided with a variety of healthy snack options at snack times.
- Drinking water is lab analyzed regularly for quality.
- Our facilities are inspected on a regular basis and are up to code.
- Our staff are trained in emergency procedures and safety protocols should they need to be implemented.
- All campers must provide a valid health number and completed medical information on application. Out-of-province campers must have medical insurance.
- Emergency Services are available within minutes of camp property (Pioneer Lodge, Sundre is 20 minutes; Pioneer Ranch, Rocky Mountain House is 15 minutes).
- Pioneer Lodge, Sundre is 20 minutes away from a medical clinic and Sundre Hospital.
- Pioneer Ranch, Rocky Mountain House is 15 minutes away from Rocky Mountain House Health Centre.
If a camper arrives with lice/nits, they will be asked:
- To return home to receive treatment until they are lice/nit free. (We will make every effort to accommodate the camper in a later session during the summer.)
- Complete treatment(s) at camp (approximately $30/treatment)
Registration & Camper Fees
Roommate requests should be of the same age or grade.
Enter the friend’s name on the online application when you are registering your child. Please provide first and last name of the friend with correct spelling (partial names are not helpful). If you want to add a roommate request after you have registered your child, please contact the Camp Office and we can add that to your child’s registration information.
Sr. Boys & Sr. Girls camp sessions: Housing for these sessions are based on Out-Trips. For friends to be together in the same cabin, they MUST BE in the same Out-Trip option in order to be roomed together.
We ask that friend requests are limited to two friends per camper. Large groups (4 or more) may be separated to accommodate other campers’ needs.
Rooming requests are not guaranteed, but we will do our absolute best to accommodate your camper’s request and help them and their friends have a memorable time at camp!
- Transportation to and from the camp
- Cost of any prescription medications that must be filled for your child while they are at camp
- Cost of returning lost and found items or left behind medications/prescriptions.
- Cost of lice treatments (should your child require them)
- Tuck Shop purchases
Day Camp Cancellation Policy: If you cancel more than two weeks prior to the start of camp, you will receive a full refund less a $50/week administration fee.
Family Camp Cancellation Policy: If you cancel more than two weeks prior to the start of camp, you will receive a full refund less a $25/person/week administration fee.
Overnight Camp Cancellation Policy: If you cancel more than two weeks prior to the start of camp, you will receive a full refund less a $75/week administration fee.
All Camps: If a cancellation occurs after the cut-off date, you will get NO REFUND (includes camp fees, out-trip fees) except for medical reasons with a note from a doctor. In that case, you will get a full refund less the administration fee. No refund will be made for dismissals due to disciplinary action, late arrivals or early departures. Withdrawal during camp on physician’s orders will result in the value of fees for the unexpired term being refunded. Please contact camp office for cancellation details for out-trips and/or transportation fees.
PCA Transportation Cancellation Policy: If you cancel more than one week prior to the start of camp, you will receive a full refund. If a cancellation occurs after the cut-off date, you will receive a 50% refund of the transportation fee. Exception: medical reasons with a note from the doctor (full refund).