FAQ

Does my child have speak Latvian to go to Camp Saulaine?

No! Camp Saulaine was established in 1952 as a Christian children's camp. Camp Saulaine has been the country property of St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Toronto. In the early years, it mainly served as a camp for Latvian children and a social gathering for members in the Congregation. Over time, Saulaine has welcomed friends of other nationalities, faiths and cultures. Each year, the new friends we make embrace our Latvian traditions and culture with the same open heart. Camp Saulaine welcomes everyone!

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What are the accommodations like at Camp Saulaine?

The children in the Junior Camp sleep in a separate dorm than the Senior Camp. They have an earlier bedtime and a different routine than the rest of the camp. The Junior Camp sleep in the dorm we call Putnu Sala. The kids sleep in bunk bed (2 per room) with their bunk mates for the week. Parents of the younger children are welcome to stay with their children in one of these rooms. The leaders and counsellors will also sleep in Putnu Sala.

The Senior camp (Nometne) is divided. Boys dorms on one side and girls on the other with common rooms in the middle. Each room has bunk beds and lockers for storage. Both the girls and boys washrooms are in the same facility.

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My child is not a strong swimmer, what can they do?

At Saulaine we know that every kid and their abilities are different. We encourage parents and campers to let us know ahead of time of their swimming level (see registration package).

Our lifeguards also evaluate each camper's swimming ability with a swim test on the first day. We employ a buddy system and deisgnate a swimming area. Lifejackets are available.

We have a minimum of two lifeguards on duty at all times that we have campers in the water that are trained in water safety, First Aid and CPR.

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Can you accommodate children with allergies?

Of course! It is a requirement for each camper to fill out health forms and necessary allergy forms . The allergy forms allow you to write a plan for your child. We let our staff and medic know of the plan and let the kitchen know of any allergies (nuts, eggs, dairy, etc.). The kitchen is able to make any necessary allergy accommodations.

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My child is a picky eater, what’s the food like at Camp Saulaine?

It's not often you hear from kids that the food was one of the highlights of summer camp. At Camp Saulaine, plates are licked clean and kids go back for seconds and thirds. There is an emphasis on a balanced diet of protein, whole foods, fruits and vegetables. These are often grown locally and organically. Food is made fresh by our fabulous kitchen staff, and after every meal you'll hear the kids roar- Paldies! Paldies! Paldies!

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What should my child bring to Camp Saulaine?

Each child receives a kit list which is on our website. Please do you best to follow what is on this list. There are also 'extras' that vary from year to year depending on the programming. For example: Yoga mats, badminton rackets, bike and helmet, life jacket. We will update this list closer to camp. Look for it on this website or on our Facebook page.

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There is a no electronics policy at camp, how do I get in touch with my child?

At Camp Saulaine we really want the kids to reconnect with nature. In order to do this we ask they not bring cell phones, iPads, iPods or any gaming devices. If they do, they will be held by staff until the end of camp. Please make sure your kids are aware of this policy before camp.

We have had great success with kids unplugging themselves for the time they spend at Saulaine. It is an opportunity to focus on being present with friends, being present in nature, and allows valuable reflection and free-thinking time.

That said, we do want our families to be connected. If kids are lonely or homesick they may call home after dinner from the Camp office. Parents are also able to call the Camp office after dinner if need be.

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This is my child’s first time at camp, can I sign up for one week and see how it goes?

You can sign up for one week or two weeks. Our guess is that if they sign up for one, by the end of that week they will want to stay!

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Why do you check for lice?

 

Summer camps are a high-risk place for head lice infestations. Being around each other 24/7 gives lice plenty of opportunities to spread. If an outbreak does occur, getting it under control can be nearly impossible. That’s why we require parents to get their children checked for head lice, by a qualified individual, prior to the start of camp.

Saulaine hires a qualified lice consultant from the Lice Squad to perform a head check on all staff and campers prior to moving their belongings into their rooms on opening day. The lice consultant is at Saulaine for a 2-hour window.

If the camper misses the onsite head check by our professional lice consultant, it is the parents' responsibility to set an appointment with the Lice Squad (or another professional lice comany) for a head check.

Lice treatment is the responsibility of the parents.

We hope our children come home from Saulaine with good memories and not lice.

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What happens if my child is found to have lice?

If your child is found to have head lice or nits, parents will need to speak with the lice consultant about treatment. Treatment can be completed onsite or offsite at a lice clinic.

Treatment costs are the responsibility of the parent.

No camper with head lice or nits will be allowed to stay at camp. We will defer to the recommendations of our lice consultant with respect to lice treatment and allowing campers to stay at camp.

We will treat you child with the utmost respect, privacy and care during this process.

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What if I miss the head check at Saulaine?

If the camper misses the onsite head check by our professional lice consultant, it is the parents' responsibility to set an appointment with the Lice Squad (or another professional lice comany) for a head check.

Lice treatment is the responsibility of the parents.

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