Welcome Campers

Camp Dawn has many activity choices for you!  A daily schedule will be posted in your cabin and in the dining hall. We do everything from high ropes course, canoeing, crafts, camp fire, yoga/meditation, to cards to fishing. 

Camper application for 2019 will be posted on Monday May 6, 2019

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FAQ

1. What is Camp Dawn/when is Camp Dawn/where is Camp Dawn held?
Camp Dawn is a weekend camp experience for adult survivors of an acquired brain injury, primarily serving people in southwestern Ontario. Many of our campers come from London, Sarnia, Windsor, Hamilton, Niagara Area. Camp Dawn is held in September at Rainbow Lake at 516 Waterford Ontario. This year 2019 Camp Dawn is held September 12-15, 2019.
 
2. What is the cost of camp?
Camper registration fees will be $165 for 2019.
 
3. What kind of care/support do you provide?
Campers must be independent in their care to attend, including meals. If you are not, you must attend with a 1:1 staff. Your staff does not pay to attend and will be only assigned to you while at camp. Leaders at camp will provide basic assistance with care, pushing wheelchairs, carrying things, and helping you get to your activities. Board members will provide a general medication reminder throughout the day to remind you to come to the nurses station to take your medication. 
 
4. What do I need to bring to Camp Dawn?
Camp Dawn happens in September, so it is best to bring warm clothes. We do outside activities and you will want to be warm and dry. Bring all you need for 4 days. NO SWIMSUIT (as we don't swim). But, towel, good shoes, sleeping bag or bedding and pillow, ti-shirts, pants, shorts, hat, sunscreen, camera (keeping in mind all of your items are your responsibility), musical instruments (we love when campers play music at the campfire), all of your medications, all toiletries, flashlight, fishing pole, journal. You will not need any money while at camp.
 
5. What happens to my medications at Camp Dawn?
All medications, for all leaders and campers are locked in the nurses station. Our volunteer nurse and or board member is responsible for handing you your parameter of medications upon request. No medications of any sort can be stored on campers, leaders or in cabins.
 
6. What sort of activities can I do at camp?

We offer high ropes course (document attached to camper application), canoeing, crafts, cabin challenges, poker, karaoke, talent show, yoga/meditation, a dance, nightly campfires, golf, fishing, and general time to just relax. All activities are of course optional and camp is really what you make it.
 
7. Do you offer transportation to and from Camp Dawn?
YES! We do. We offer no cost transportation on buses from a location in London, Sarnia and Hamilton. Please let us know on your application if you will be coming up on the buses and if you need wheelchair transportation. Locations and times will be emailed out before camp.
 
8. What happens if I have an emergency at camp, or need to get a hold of my family?
Campers families can call the camp phone which will be answered by a board member. Campers can use this phone for emergencies.
 
9. Where can I find information about policies, codes of conduct and other information about camp?
You can email campdawninfo@gmail.com. A board member will go through all the documents with you. 
 

10. Tell me about the cabins.
Campers and leaders share cabins and all will have a bottom bunk. Leaders will have a separate room in the same cabin.  All cabins have 2 washrooms, and a small common area. All cabins have a small deck/outside sitting space. There is a cabin for campers with mobility challenges and wheelchairs. (keep in mind, it is the farthest cabin from the main activity hall). Please be very clear on your application what accommodations you need and your mobility challenges). The wheelchair cabin has a female and male side which are completely separate. 
 
11. What kind of people will be in my cabin?  Can I request a friend in my cabin? 
All cabins are male and female separate.You can request a specific roommate on your application and we will try our best to make it work


 Amazing mother and daughter combo Lori and Rebecca!

Amazing mother and daughter combo Lori and Rebecca!

 Friends supporting each other at the high ropes course.

Friends supporting each other at the high ropes course.


Camp Dawn is the best part of my whole year.
— camper 2018
 Shawn was our fishing champion in 2018!

Shawn was our fishing champion in 2018!

 Carmond loves the dogs!

Carmond loves the dogs!

Everyone is so supportive and kind. I feel like I belong here.
— camper 2018
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I had no idea I was capable of doing the ropes course.
— camper 2018
 New friends!

New friends!

 Camper Katie M organizes a rocking dance!

Camper Katie M organizes a rocking dance!

 Mary Ann rocking the front deck karaoke!

Mary Ann rocking the front deck karaoke!