Information for the Summer
Camp Miriam is a non-profit organization which has been operated by the Habonim Dror Labour Zionist Youth since 1948. Our philosophy is inspired by the ideology of Habonim Dror. We emphasize fun, sharing, inclusiveness, creativity, and responsibility to the community. Each child is respected for his/her own unique traits and abilities. Campers come away from Camp Miriam with heightened self-esteem and a new Miriam family of friends.
The following information will hopefully answer the questions you have and ensure a positive camping experience for both children and parents. Please take the time to familiarize yourselves with our policies and procedures.
A minimum of 2 lifeguards are present during the camping season.
The counselor to camper ration is 1:5. New staff are paired with returning staff members.
The senior staff include the Camp Director, the Program Director, and Technical Directors. They are also graduates from Habonim Dror and/or past Camp Miriam campers. In addition, the senior staff includes a Shaliach who comes from Israel for 1-2 years. The Shaliach encourages programming which reflect a strong connection to being Jewish and to Israel. The Camp Registrar is at camp in order to facilitate communication between families and the camp.
There is a full-time qualified medical attendant on the camp premises at all times, in addition to a resident doctor on Gabriola Island. Back-up support is also available to the camp medical attendant by a group of on-call Camp Miriam physicians. All staff working with campers are trained in basic first aid.
Great care and planning goes into meal preparation at Camp Miriam, providing the campers with 3 well balanced, nutritious and enjoyable Kosher style meals, as well as two snacks every day.
We must know in advance about any special food requirements or allergies.
We make every effort possible to ensure that the camp is NUT FREE. We trust that everyone who comes to camp will understand the seriousness of a nut allergy, and will respect our desire to provide a NUT FREE ENVIRONMENT.
Kupa, literally translated from Hebrew, means ‘cash register’, but in Habonim Dror we translate it as a “cooperative fund.” Kupa is a way in which we insert elements of cooperative living into camp life. All campers pool their funds and then decide as a democratic community how to use those funds to best serve both the individual and, more importantly, the community as a whole. The campers have the opportunity to direct part of their Kupa money to a charity of their choice.
The idea of Kupa is one of the most important elements in the educational program and ideology of Habonim Dror. Through Kupa, campers learn about sharing, teamwork, compromise, democracy, budgeting and more.
The recommended amount for Kupa is $5.00 for each week at camp. Please remember that each person should give what they are able.
Mail takes on great importance at camp and we encourage you to write to your child as much as possible. Some parents start sending letters before their child has left for camp, so that they receive mail early in the session. We do encourage campers to write home, therefore please provide your child stamped and addressed envelopes. Camp Miriam will provide postage for all letters being mailed to outside Canada.
Email and Fax
We regret that we cannot accept emails and faxes, as they become onerous to deal with.
Transportation is provided from Vancouver and Seattle to camp and back. All other transportation must be arranged privately. However, we will arrange for both pick up and drop off at the Vancouver International Airport or bus station as required. The Registrar must be notified of these plans well in advance of the start of the session.
The following rules ensure a safe and secure environment for all the campers and staff:
- No drugs, alcoholic beverages, or smoking allowed. Any person involved with any of the above will be sent home immediately. No money will be refunded.
- Please do not bring electronics such cell phones and wi-fi enabled devices. – Visiting: While camp is in session, there will be no visitors. Everyone is welcome to see camp during the Open House in May (see details here).
- Camp does not take responsibility for personal valuable possessions.
- Phone Calls: As it is very disruptive to the flow of your child’s camp experience, no phone calls are allowed. The Registrar and Camp Director are available for your calls. Parents of all campers up to grade 5 will be called during the first week of camp.
- Due to our NUT FREE, Kupa and Kashrut policies, we ask that parents DO NOT send food, candy or snacks in packages.
Contact Information During The Summer
Registrar Phone: (604) 266-2825
Registrar Email: email@example.com
Whenever a child has been ill, or injured enough to be attended to by a physician, a parent (or designate) will be informed. In the case of a medical emergency a camp representative will immediately attempt to contact a parent (or designate) from the location of the emergency.
Whenever a child is attended to by a physician, a camp representative, together with a physician (if possible), will make an attempt to contact a parent (or designate) before the administration of any medical treatment. In some cases, this may not be possible.
If a parent (or designate) cannot be reached prior to the administration of medical treatment, attempts to contact the parent (or designate) will continue to be made as is reasonably possible. Whenever a child is attended by a physician and no medical treatment is administered, a camp representative will make attempts to inform a parent (or designate) as soon as is reasonably possible.
Responsibility for the above procedures rests with the Camp Director or his/her delegate.
All campers must have valid medical insurance that covers them in British Columbia for the duration of their stay. Please be sure that you have given us your correct insurance carrier’s name and number so as not to cause any delay in treatment. Any extra medical expenses not covered by the camper’s insurance are the responsibility of the parents.
The health and safety of each camper is of primary concern to us. By providing us with detailed information about the physical and/ or emotional well being of your child, you will be helping us provide better care for your child during the summer.
The “Medical” and “Immunization, Insurance and Waiver” Forms must be completed by the due date which will appear in your online account. Submission of these forms on time is essential to enable a proper review by medical staff before camp. If there are any changes to the information on the forms before camp begins, please submit written updates to the camp registrar.
Campers who will be taking medications or supplements on regular and scheduled basis while at camp, or prescribed medications on an “as needed basis”, need to see their doctor to have the “Camper Medication Form” completed.
If a camper is not taking medications, there is no need for a doctor to complete a medication form.
All medications will be collected and will be kept by the camp’s medical attendant so that they may be dispensed appropriately and an accurate record can be maintained. Campers may not keep any medications in their cabin.
Any medication to be used by your child at camp must be sent in the original packaging and should be clearly marked to indicate your child’s full name, the name of the medication, prescription dosage and what it is for. Be sure to include any additional information in writing and please send sufficient quantities of all prescription medicine.
If a child needs any prescription medication, the family will be billed.
Drug holidays are not permitted while child is at camp.
Eyeglasses / Contact Lenses
If your child wears glasses and/or contacts, it is very important that he or she bring an extra pair or a copy of the prescription.
The suggested clothing list can be downloaded here (packing list) . All articles of clothing should be clearly marked with camper’s first and last names. We cannot assume responsibility for lost or damaged clothing and other personal belongings. Campers should have enough clothes for a ten day period as laundry is done at ten day intervals.
Due to the camp’s terrain, no shoes with an open heel, such as thongs or sandals or Crocs, are permitted except to and from the pool and showers.
For campers completing grade 7 and older: hiking is an integral part of our camp program and in order to ensure a positive and safe experience, please make sure that 1 of the 2 pairs of shoes or sneakers your child has, is sturdy, provides ankle support and is comfortable for hiking.
Lost & Found
At the end of every session a Lost and Found fashion show is held at camp. All remaining labeled clothes will be returned to their owner after camp to the best of our ability. Remaining unlabeled or unclaimed clothes will be given to charity. Clothing is inevitably lost at camp. For that reason, we recommend sending inexpensive clothing and gear.
Camp does not provide blankets, linen, towels, pillows or sleeping bags. Please note that a sleeping bag does not replace a blanket, due to both fire regulations and the possibility of the sleeping bag getting wet on an over night trip, leaving the camper without dry bedding.
As storage space at camp is very limited, each camper is limited to 2 pieces of luggage, designed to fit under their bed. For younger children a suitcase is the best type of luggage, as it provides quicker access to clothing than a duffle bag or pack. If you pack all the clothes and flat items in a suitcase, the sleeping bag, pillow and odd shaped items can be packed in a small duffle bag.
Older children may prefer a duffle bag for their clothing items and a separate smaller bag for their sleeping bag, pillow, etc. The suggested clothing list provides ample “outfit” changes and your child should be encouraged to follow the list to ensure they can stay within the limit of 2 pieces of luggage.
Gender Inclusivity Policy
Aspiring to create an inclusive environment in which people of all identities feel welcome, chanichimot (campers) may share their preferred pronouns and names, and these gender identities and expressions will be honoured without hesitation. For detailed information on our gender inclusivity policy, click here.