FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the camp located?
Camp Kidston is located on Long Lake, on the Mooseland Road (also called the Moose River Road) near Middle Musquodoboit
What time is pick up and drop off?
Family Camp: Checkin starts at 4pm on Friday; checkout is at 11 am on Sunday.
Tadpole Camp: Drop off is at 2 pm on the first day and pickup is at noon on the last day.
Multiage sessions 1-6: Drop off is at 2 pm on the first day and pickup is at 2 pm on the last day
How long is the drive to Kidston?
The drive is roughly 75 minutes from downtown Halifax and 65 minutes from Truro.
What does my child need to bring to camp?
The most important items they will need in addition to clothes are a sleeping bag, pillow, rain gear, swimsuit and towel, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, sunhat, and insect repellent. All food and activity supplies are provided. A more complete list can be downloaded, above.
A helpful hint: the more your camper is involved in packing their bags, the better they will be able to find what they need after drop-off.
Do I have to be a member of a church to attend Kidston?
Nope! While we are operated through the United Church of Canada, we welcome people from all faith or non-faith traditions. We do include some activities focused on exploring faith-based values and some of our songs reflect those values. However, most of what we do involves just play-old non-denominational fun and games.
My child loves everything about camp except sleeping in the woods. Do they HAVE to complete an overnight trip?
No, there is always a choice! Check out our “Homebase Edition” options.
Has the Mooseland Road been repaved yet?
Yes!!!! It was regraded in the fall of 2018, so we expected smooth sailing in the drive in this year :)
Does Kidston provide transportation to and from camp?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide transportation. If this is an issue for you, please let us know: we can sometimes help parents connect with other families who may be able to car pool.
Is Kidston an accredited camp?
Yes, we are accredited by the Camping Association of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Can I contact my child while they are at camp?
Because we want to help campers unplug from technology and plug into community instead, campers are not permitted to keep electronic devices with them at camp.
If you have any concerns about how your camper is doing while at camp, you can contact staff by calling the office phone and, if necessary, staff can bring your camper to the office to use the phone. We find that most campers (even those who have some homesickness during the first day) actually settle in better if they do not expect to be calling home.
What if my child gets homesick at camp?
It is normal to miss the good things about home when we are away for any length of time. But with the right preparation and the right support during camp, homesickness can be more manageable and can actually help fuel growth and development.
As part of our commitment to help every camper experience success, we provide our families with Prep4Camp, a resource for parents and kids to use together. Prep4Camp has been shown to cut homesickness in half. Even if you have not yet registered your camper for a session, you and your child can access the Prep4Camp module at no cost.
Simply create an account on our online registration system and add Prep4Camp to your cart. We will email an access code to you within 1-2 weeks.
My child would love to come to camp, but I just can’t afford it right now…
We believe that no camper should ever be excluded because of financial concerns. Through the generous help of our many supporters and donors, we are able to offer sponsorships to many campers. Don’t hesitate to email us (Registrar@campkidston.com) to talk about sponsorship options.
My child has some unique needs. Can they / should they still come to Kidston?
This is a very important question! We want every camper to feel welcomed and successful at camp. In general, the better we understand your child’s unique needs, the better we can meet them. At the same time, we realize they may be some circumstances where we cannot safely meet the needs of all children. If you are wondering whether Kidston will be a good fit for your child this summer, please do not hesitate to contact us to talk this through.
How can I be sure that my child is ready for camp?
This is a great question to be considering! There are lots of great resources online to help you make a decision about this. Here are a couple of our favorites:
Are there anti-aging properties found in the bog's mud?
There are many reports from bog warriors feeling more youthful after having a dip in the bog, but alas we don't have a report from the long term scientific study to back up these claims
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