Camp Bonaventure creates a summer full of excitement, friendship and fun. Children and youth thrive at Camp Bonaventure. They are encouraged to challenge and develop their abilities through horseback riding, canoeing, sailing, wall climbing, golf, swimming and many other exciting activities and adventures.
Camp Bonaventure is available to children and youth with and without a disability from the age of 4 – 17 years old. Individuals are divided into age-appropriate groups. Activities are customized to all ability levels to maximize enjoyment and help participants challenge and grow their individual potential.
Camp Bonaventure typically operates on a staff to participant ratio of 1:4 and can accommodate participants with a 1:2 to 1:6 ratio. Members who require 1:1 are welcome to participate with the assistance of their Personal Aide.
Camp Bonaventure groups by age:
Minnow: 4 – 6
Chipmunk: 7 – 8
Otters: 9 – 10
Badgers: 11 – 12
Wolverine: 13 – 14
Coyotes: 14 – 15
Grizzlies: 16 – 17
*Age groups are subject to change based on registration
Camp Bonaventure staff
The Camp Bonaventure staff is unparalleled in their commitment to creating unforgettable summer experiences for their campers. Between Friends carefully screens and selects individuals who are trustworthy, capable, positive role models, enthusiastic, and talented.
We provide staff with intensive pre-camp training where they cover camp policies and procedures, basic safety, team-building, risk management, behaviour management, lifts and transfers, medicine administration, leadership, conflict resolution, camper activity programming, daily routines, and camp traditions.
In addition, potential camp scenarios are role-played during training. Role plays include resolving camper conflicts, calming agitated and angry children, reassuring anxious and frustrated children, and dealing with varied behaviours. The majority of our staff have experience with or work in the child care and disability field.
Camp Bonaventure staff must be over 18 years of age and obtain formal screening through The Calgary Police and Alberta Government Child Welfare. Staff must posses Standard First Aid and CPR certification.
Between Friends embraces diversity and talent. We offer competitive wages and opportunities for personal development with an emphasis on work/life balance. If you would like to work alongside a group of professional and motivated individuals, we invite you to explore our available summer employment opportunities.
2016 Camp Bonaventure schedule
Minnows attend one week camp sessions that run Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Minnows may participate in a maximum of 6 sessions. Extended care is available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Camp sessions: Minnows**
** ALL Minnows SESSIONS SOLD OUT: please call 403 508 0110 to be added to the wait list.
Session 1: July 4 to July 8, 2016
Session 2: July 11 to July 15, 2016
Session 3: July 18 to July 22, 2016
Session 4: July 25 to July 29, 2016
Session 5: August 2 to August 5, 2016 (no camp August 1 – Heritage Day)
Session 6: August 8 to August 12, 2016
Session 7: August 15 to August 19, 2016
Session 8: August 22 to August 26, 2016
** ALL Chipmunks sessions SOLD OUT: please call 403 508 0110 to be added to the wait list. Spaces still remain in Wolverines session 4 (August 15 to August 26).
Chipmunks attend two week sessions that run Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Chipmunks may participate in a maximum of 3 sessions. Extended care is available before and after camp hours.
Otters, Badgers, Wolverines, Coyotes and Grizzlies
Otters, Badgers, Wolverines, Coyotes and Grizzlies participate in two week session that run Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the exception of an overnight (the first or second Thursday of a session). Otters, Badgers, Wolverines, Coyotes and Grizzlies may participate in a maximum of 3 sessions. Extended care is available before and after camp hours.
Camp sessions: Otters, Badgers, Wolverines, Coyotes and Grizzlies**
**ALL Otters, Badgers, Wolverines, Coyotes and Grizzlies sessions SOLD OUT: please call 403 508 0110 to be added to the wait list.
Session 1: July 4 to July 15, 2016
Session 2: July 18 to July 29, 2016
Session 3: August 2 to August 12, 2016 (no camp August 1 – Heritage Day)
Session 4: August 15 to August 26, 2016
Camp Bonaventure fees
Between Friends subsidizes camp fees with the proceeds raised through Friends in Motion and the Between Friends Charity Golf Classic. Thank you to our supporters!
Camp Bonaventure fees (with the exception of Minnows)
2 week session (session 1, 2 & 4) = $900.00
2 week session (session 3) = $810.00
Camp Bonaventure fees for Minnows
1 week session (session 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8) = $400.00
1 week session (session 6) = $315.00
Between Friends will ensure that every child and youth with a wish for the thrilling adventure of attending Camp Bonaventure is granted the opportunity. If required, we offer further fee assistance and payment plans. To discuss your alternatives, please contact Kim at 403 508 0115.