Life at Camp
For children prone to bed wetting, please pack two sets of sheets and blankets rather than a sleeping bag. A laundry fee will be charged to the camper’s Tuck account every time bedding is sent for laundering. Please make sure that sufficient money is left on deposit in the camper’s Tuck account. We would strongly urge you to consider supplying “Goodnights”. Parents find this to be a very good solution as they can be used discreetly, are cost-effective, and are much easier to deal with than wet clothes and sheets.
We will retain lost and found for one month following camp. If not claimed by then, we will donate appropriate items to a local charity. Medication will be disposed of within two weeks following the camper’s week of attendance. Calls to the camp regarding lost and found will be handled as time permits. Any found items will be sent C.O.D. (at your expense).
Campers are encouraged not to bring valuable clothing or possessions. Alberta Pioneer Camp is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.
What to Bring
Campers should bring enough clothing for the week to two weeks that they are at camp.
- Please label all clothing and luggage with labels or indelible markers.
- Please attempt to bring modest clothing appropriate for physical camp activities.
- Alberta Pioneer Camp Pioneer Camp Alberta is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.
- electronic games, players, entertainment and communication devices (cell phones)
- jack knives, hunting knives, matches or lighters (pocket knives for Out Trips are permitted)
- nuts and/or peanut products
- inappropriate reading materials
- alcoholic beverages, narcotics or tobacco products (see note)
Do not bring anything valuable to camp, as occasionally things do get lost or broken.
We reserve the right to send home any camper who fails to cooperate. Pioneer Camp is a NON-SMOKING facility. Please discuss this with your child prior to camp should you consider this to be a concern.
The use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or narcotics is prohibited and will be treated as a serious offense. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
Spending money amounts are optional, but we suggest $20 to $30 per camper for a one week camp. A smaller amount would be adequate, of course, if your child does not want to purchase an article of clothing.
We ask that parents include payment for spending money with the camper’s registration. Spending money is credited to a tuck account for your child, deductions are made when your child makes a purchase, and any unspent amount is transferred to our scholarship program unless otherwise specified.
Limits allowed: Maximum allowance of $2 of candy/day plus one chocolate bar OR two chocolate bars.
Please note: Regular camp fees do not include tuck shop purchases, camp photos, DVD, clothing, or souvenirs.
Arrival and Departure Days
We encourage campers to use the provided transportation as this helps us start each camp with everyone arriving at the same time. For more information, visit our transportation page.
Please Note: Transportation is not being offered for camps being held at Sundre, Pioneer Lodge. All camps are parent drop-off/parent pick-up.
Transportation Cancellation Policy: Cancellation less than one week prior to the start of camp… full refund less 50% of the transportation fee. Exception: medical reasons with a note from the doctor (full refund).
Pioneer Ranch, Rocky Mountain House: If you are driving your child to camp yourself, registration is at 3:30 pm on the first day of camp. (Exception: LIT starts at 3 pm.) Pioneer Ranch is about a 2.5-3 hour drive from both Edmonton and Calgary and about a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Red Deer, travel times being from the edge of each city.
Please note: We are unable to accept early registrations.
For more specific information, go to our transportation page. If you have any questions regarding registration day, please contact us.
- Sign-out is on the last day of camp at 10 am.
- Sign-out is on the last day of camp at 10:30 am.
- For those registered in the LIT program at Pioneer Ranch, sign-out is at 10 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.
Click for information on bus transportation to & from the Ranch (Rocky Mountain House).
Communication during Camp
Example for Pioneer Lodge Camps:
- Mary Smith (Jr. Girls Camp) c/o Pioneer Lodge, Box 660, Sundre, AB, TOM 1X0
Example for Pioneer Ranch Camps:
- Mary Smith (Sr. Girls Camp) c/o Pioneer Ranch, Box 600, Rocky Mountain House, T4T 1A4
With that in mind, we encourage parents and family not to visit during the week. If a child is homesick, a visit by family is usually not helpful. As well, other campers who are feeling homesick and are aware of the visit may request similar privileges and in most cases, this is not possible. We encourage family to spend as much time on arrival as they feel necessary.
Our Caring Staff
Health and Safety
Due to the structure of our program, Alberta Pioneer Camp requests that medications required throughout the year be sent with your child to camp. All medication brought to camp MUST be kept by camp staff, including vitamins, puffers and Tylenol. They must be labelled properly with medication name and directions for use. Prescription medication MUST be in the original container with user’s name printed on label. If you want your child to carry their puffer or Epipen with them please bring a fanny pack for that purpose. We also request that a second puffer or Epipen be checked in with the camp nurse.
Please do not use the week of camp as a break from medication.
All medications left behind after camp will be disposed of after 2 weeks’ time.
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 $20/treatment)
Registration & Camper Fees
If you cancel more than two weeks prior to the start of camp, you will get a full refund less $75/week administration fee. If you cancel less than two weeks prior to the start of camp, you will get NO REFUND (includes camp fees, out trip fees, and transportation fees if applicable) except for medical reasons with a note from a doctor. In that case, you will get a full refund less $75/week 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.
Less than one week prior to the start of camp, 50% refund of the transportation fee.
Pioneer Camp, Sundre:
403.638.2660 or toll free 1-888-511-2660
Pioneer Camp, Rocky Mountain House:
If you do not wish to use online registration, you may print an application form here. We require signed documents to process registration..