Do I get to choose the activities I do at camp?

Yes you do! You choose 2 activities for the morning that run for 4 days. You then have the option of choosing 2 new ones or perhaps continuing with the same ones. Then the rest of the day will be different for each person depending if you have chosen to take swimming, riding or language lessons .

Swimming will be taught everyday (Monday to Saturday) and riding is normally every second day (Monday to Saturday). Sunday is the horses day off and is a relaxing day for all at camp.

For campers signed up in the language program, you would find your name on a list at the main lodge and meet with the group either at 11h or 16h Monday to Friday. This way you do not miss out on the first two instruction periods of the day!

For those campers who do not take riding or swimming or language, you will have the opportunity to continue improving your activity interests such as canoeing, sailing, tennis, archery etc. during the  late morning and afternoon. Counselors are on duty for each activity offered at camp! You will never be alone!

Every afternoon there will be fun activities as options for you to choose with your friends. There will also be cabin group activities planned by you and your counselor.

What if I don't like my chosen activities?

We will not force you to to do something you are uncomfortable with but would like you to at least try the activity once or twice. If you still don’t like it then we will do our best to change your choice. We want to make you aware that as each camper chooses individually their activity, they may not be in a group that has their friends with them. That is part of the experience of being at camp. You are here to meet new people who come from different parts of the world, speak different languages and have different ways of socializing.

Where will I live?

8 -10 campers live in a cabin with other boys or girls of the same age. There is also a counselor, living in the cabin with you.

All cabins have bunk-beds, so you get to choose whether you get the top or bottom bunk! Each bed has a large drawer to store all your clothes and any items you bring to camp. Cabins all have electricity.

Washrooms (with low-flush toilets, wash stand, and showers with hot water) are very close to your cabin. Bring your flashlight for your nightly visit to the toilet!

What is the food like?

The food at Wilvaken is great! We have three meals a day in our Main Lodge, plus a yummy afternoon and evening snack. All meals are cooked in our kitchen, and we are sure you will love them!

Cabin groups have an assigned table in the Lodge. You will sit with the other campers in your cabin, as well as your counselor. Each member of your cabin group takes a turn acting as a “hopper” for a meal. The hopper clears the cabin’s table. One person is also assigned to set the table and make sure the jugs of milk and juice or water are replenished.

We plan our menu with our campers in mind. We want to make sure that you love the food at Camp!!

If you are a vegetarian or have other food allergies, we will make sure you have the proper foods to eat. Make sure your parents have told us about your needs by letting us know on the Camper Medical Form.. Our cooks will be happy to help you out. In some cases, we may ask that you bring some substitute meals to camp with you. Our kitchen staff are happy to prepare them for you.

Can my friend be in my cabin?

Yes! your friend may be in the same cabin as you. We do however want to remind you that more than two friends are not easy to accommodate. In this case you may be with one of your friends and the other friend will be with another friend in another cabin. You will still have loads of time to get together during the day.

As a reminder, Wilvaken is a bilingual camp and therefore we work hard at mixing the cabin groups so that there are an equal number of French and English campers.

Will I be forced to speak French / English

Wilvaken is a bilingual environment and for many campers it is a good opportunity to improve or learn the second or for some third language. We have alternate English and French days where we encourage you to speak the language of the day. It is to your advantage to work on this, especially if you are not already bilingual or comfortable in the second language.

We have had many campers over the years who learned their second language by coming to camp. So don’t be shy about making mistakes. Just speak the best way you can. Keep in mind that our world is getting smaller and the more languages one speaks the easier life will be for you.

If you cannot speak French at all then we encourage you to sign up for our language program. The program is not like school at all. We just want you to improve your vocabulary and feel more at ease.

What words I should know in English and French before coming to camp?

Wilvaken has a basic vocabulary list for you to learn. You can download this list here.

Will I go on an overnight?

Yes! We organize all the cabin groups to go on at least one overnight per two week session. There are times when the weather is not on our side, so you may just do an afternoon outing or evening meal outing. The overnights may be on our island (which is the most favored by campers), across the lake on the main land or on our side of the lake.

It is a fun introduction for some of you who have never had the experience of sleeping under a tarp and cooking over a campfire.

Can my family and friends mail me or phone me? Can they e-mail me?

Of course your family and friends can send you mail. You simply give them our address:

Your name

c/o Wilvaken

241 chemin Willis

Magog,  QC  J1X 3W2  Canada

We also encourage you to write home. You’ll have time during rest hour each day to write letters to your family and friends. The mail goes out daily.

Your family can also send you e-mail at camp. Have them e-mail by using our Bunk1 e-mail service and we’ll make sure to deliver their message to you! These get delivered at supper along with the regular mail.

Campers do not have access to the internet at camp, so you won’t be able to send e-mails directly. We do have the Bunk1 reply forms that your parents can sign up for when sending you e-mails as mentioned above. These reply forms will be sent out once a day as well.

The phone is also not available except for emergencies. Your parents may call to speak to the directors at anytime should they be concerned.

Can I bring my cell phone or other electronics?

Cellular phones, Blackberries and iPhones are not part of the camp life and must be left at home. It’s community living, away from home, in a natural, recreational setting. Nothing needs to be transmitted at the speed of light. It is nice to have a break from these devices during the summer. Please do not bring cell phones that are also your MP3 players.

Should you bring these items with you, they will be collected and returned at the end of the session.

Other electronic games are also not necessary at camp. If you do bring an electronic game with you, then it must remain in the cabin and only played with at rest period or before bed. We will remove it from the cabin should we feel that you are spending too much time playing with it.

Will I get homesick?

We certainly hope not! It may happen especially the first few days of camp. Our suggestion to you is to practice staying at your friend’s place or going somewhere without your parents if you think you may develop a problem. Talk about it with your parents before coming to camp. Think how proud your parents will be that you stayed and experienced camp. Don’t forget your parents want you to have fun!

If at anytime you are homesick, then remember that the counselors are there to help you and comfort you until you get over your homesickness.

Who’s on staff?

We will be listing our hired staff for this coming summer in the next few months. Our staff are all caring individuals who enjoy the out doors and are capable of teaching the activities they have been hired for. We have over 50% staff return , of which a number have done our CIT (Counsellor-in-Training) program the previous summer. Often new staff have been at camp as campers in the past and are returning to give back some of the goodness that was given to them as campers. So as you can see the majority of our staff know camp well.