Camp FAQs

  • Camp Got2Go is an overnight and virtual camp for children and teens living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. It provides campers with a unique opportunity to meet and interact with other youth facing similar challenges.
  • In 2022 Crohn's and Colitis Canada will be hosting two in-person Camp Got2Go locations, and a virtual (online) camp.

    Alberta

    Children and teens from Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) will be hosted at Easter Seals Camp Horizon, located in the Rocky Mountain foothills just outside of Bragg Creek, Alberta. For more information about Easter Seals Camp Horizon, please click here.

    Ontario

    Children and teens from Eastern Canada (Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec) will be hosted at Camp Wahanowin, located on St. John Lake in Simcoe County, near Orillia. For more information about Camp Wahanowin, please click here. 

    Nova Scotia

    Crohn's and Colitis Canada will not be hosting camp at Brigadoon Village in Atlantic Canada for the 2022 camp season. We encourage those who are still interested in applying to Brigadoon Village to register with the camp directly. For more information about Brigadoon Village, please click here. We look forward to partnering with Brigadoon Village in future years. Crohn's and Colitis Canada also encourages residents of Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba to apply to our new week-long Camp Got2Go summer camp in Ontario. 

    Virtual

    Crohn's and Colitis Canada offers a virtual camp for children and teens across Canada that cannot attend camp in-person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, their disease, or other reasons. For more information about the Virtual CampGot2Go, please click here.

    PLEASE NOTE: As we prepare for this season, we continue to observe the COVID-19 pandemic and the developments of provincial health guidelines. We are working closely with the Crohn's and Colitis COVID-19 and IBD Task Force and partner sites, to ensure the health and safety of our campers. Camp programs are subject to change if COVID-19 safety measures cannot be maintained at the partner site.

  • Camp Got2Go will take place from July 4 to 8 in Alberta and from August 13 to 17 in Ontario. Our Virtual CampGot2Go dates will be announced shortly. Check back soon for more details. If you have any questions please contact info@campgot2go.ca.

    PLEASE NOTE: As we prepare for this season, we continue to observe the COVID-19 pandemic and the developments of provincial health guidelines. We are working closely with the Crohn's and Colitis COVID-19 and IBD Task Force and partner sites, to ensure the health and safety of our campers. Camp programs are subject to change if COVID-19 safety measures cannot be maintained at the partner site.
  • Both camp locations offer a wide range of fun and exciting activities for campers to enjoy.

    Easter Seals Camp Horizon provides a multitude of fun challenges to help push campers beyond what they thought possible. Activities include rope courses, climbing walls, swimming, river rafting, camp fires, archery, and much more!

    Camp Wahanowin offers a wide range of outdoor activities taught by qualified instructors. During their stay, campers will participate in each activity and have the opportunity to focus on programs that interest them most. Activities include theatre, watersports, mountain biking, woodworking, pottery, dance, rock climbing, archery and so much more!

    Virtual Camp Got2Go offers a range of activities that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home! Campers take part in virtual cabins, campfires, games, arts and crafts, and shows. Campers also receive a special Camp Got2Go parcel that contains everything they need to make the most out of our virtual camp. 

  • Youth between the ages of 9 and 17 who have been diagnosed with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis are eligible to apply. Applicants must be healthy enough to attend overnight camp and must be able to travel by plane if they are not within driving distance. All applicants must provide a Medical Authorization Form completed by their gastroenterologist or family physician confirming that they are well enough to attend camp.
     
  • Yes! If an applicant has already attended Camp Got2Go in the past, they are welcome to apply again. However, to ensure more young people have the opportunity to enjoy Camp Got2Go, priority will be given to first-time applicants. If an applicant is not chosen to be funded by Crohn's and Colitis Canada for Camp Got2Go, they will be contacted in mid- June with next steps on how to register directly with host sites.
  • Applications for the 2022 season are now open here.

    Please note that applications for the Virtual CampGot2Go are not open at this time. Crohn's and Colitis Canada will be hosting a Virtual CampGot2Go in 2022. Please check back soon for more updates!

    All applicants are required to fill out the online application. Applicants must also provide electronic copies of the completed and signed Medical Authorization Form and General Authorization Form.

    Please note that once you begin the online application process you cannot save your information. Please ensure you have enough time to complete the application and all additional forms signed and prepared before beginning the application.

    Please note that completing the application form does not guarantee acceptance to Camp Got2Go.

  • The deadline to apply for our Western (Alberta) camp is June 6, 2022 by 11:59 PM ET.

    The deadline to apply for our Eastern (Ontario) camp is July 11, 2022 by 11:59 PM ET.

    Please note that planning for our Virtual Camp Got2Go is still underway. The deadline to apply for this camp will be announced soon. 

    Applications for the 2022 season are now open here.

    PLEASE NOTE
    : As we prepare for this season, we continue to observe the COVID-19 pandemic and the developments of provincial health guidelines. We are working closely with the Crohn's and Colitis COVID-19 and IBD Task Force and partner sites, to ensure the health and safety of our campers. Camp programs are subject to change if COVID-19 safety measures cannot be maintained at the partner site.
  • All campers will be randomly selected. All selected applicants for the camps will be contacted in mid-June. Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will also notify the families of those children not selected and those on the waiting list. If selected for Camp Got2Go, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will provide families with further information on how to register with one of the host sites.

  • Campers in Western Canada traveling to Easter Seals Camp Horizon will be flown from their closest major airport to Calgary, Alberta. A chaperoned pick-up will be arranged from the Calgary airport to Camp Horizon (40-minutes to 1-hour drive). All flights and travel arrangements to and from camp will be made by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.

    When the campers arrive at the Calgary airport, there will be Crohn's and Colitis Canada staff & volunteers happily awaiting the campers' arrival who will be prepared to keep campers entertained while waiting for all the flights to arrive at the airport. Staff & volunteers will be equipped with information on campers in order to keep them safe. 

    For campers living within driving distance to Camp Horizon, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will contact you with drop-off and pick-up times.

    Most campers in Eastern Canada will be within driving distance of Camp Wahanowin. Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will contact you with drop-off and pick-up times. 

    Campers who are from Manitoba or who are not within driving distance of camp will be flown in from their nearest airport to Toronto, Ontario (YYZ OR YTZ). A chaperoned pick-up will be arranged from the Toronto airport to Camp Wahanowin (1 1/2 to 2-hour drive). All flights and travel arrangements to and from camp will be made by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.

    When the campers arrive at the Toronto airport, there will be Crohn's and Colitis Canada staff & volunteers happily awaiting the campers' arrival at the airport who will be prepared to keep campers entertained while waiting for all the flights to arrive at the airport. Staff & volunteers will be equipped with information on campers in order to keep them safe. 
     
  • Should parents wish to travel to camp with their child they are required to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Please note that parents are not allowed to stay on site at the camp.
     
  • All camp sites operate on a ‘pay what you can system’ with varying price options. We encourage families to contribute as much as they are comfortable with in order to support this program and its future. Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will pay the difference owed on each camp fee.

    It is important to note that camp fees for Easter Seals Camp Horizon and Camp Wahnowin are subsidized. The “pay what you can” prices will already have these reductions included.
  • All host sites are equipped to provide immediate medical care for campers should they require it. Registered nurses reside on site for the duration of camp to ensure all campers’ medical needs are well taken care of. This includes facilitating feeding tubes, helping with ostomy care, administering medications, and first aid for scrapes, bumps, and bruises.
  • All camp host sites understand the dietary restrictions and food allergies children with chronic illnesses may face. All kitchens aim to provide nutritious and delicious meals to all campers with options that suit their specific diets and allergies.

    All camp locations are nut free.
  • All camp host sites offer comfortable cabins for campers to enjoy. Campers will be divided into cabins based on gender and age. All cabins include bathroom and shower facilities. All sites have bathroom facilities located in additional buildings, including the dining hall and medical centre.
  • Homesickness is a normal part of camp, especially if it’s a camper’s first time away from home. The camp nurses, staff, and volunteers are there to support the campers and ensure that each camper enjoys their time.
  • Please contact info@campgot2go.ca or +1 416-920-5035 x 298.

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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