Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where is Camp Simpresca?

Camp Simpresca is located just outside of Midland, Ontario, on the shores of Georgian Bay.

Directions to Camp Simpresca: drive north on Highway #93 past the main exits into Midland; at Vinden Street (5th stoplight), turn right off Highway #93, follow the 'Simpresca' signs.

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Contact Information The Camp Registrar: Greg Craftchick PO Box 5107 Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada L9M 2G3 705-355-0115 (voice) 705-355-0076 (fax) or send e-mail to Camp Registrar

What time is drop off and pick up? Check-in and drop-off begins at 2pm on Sunday for week-long camps. Please do not arrive earlier! Pick up at the end of camp is 10am to 12 noon Saturday.

What are the ages of campers at Simpresca? We offer a few different options for campers. Our 3-day mini-camp is for campers aged 6 to 10. Our week-long camps are for ages 8 to 16. We also offer two leadership programs (3 weeks and 6 weeks) for campers aged 15 and 16 respectively.

How are groups divided for activities? Our cabins are divided by age and gender. Throughout the day cabins rotate through our programs with another cabin of a similar age and opposite gender.

What types of programs does Camp Simpresca offer? Every cabin rotates through seven programs at Camp during the days. We offer sports and games, environment, discovery, Can I request to be in a friend or relative's cabin? Yes! On your camper information sheet, there is a section that allows you to request to be placed in a cabin with other specific campers. We do our best to accommodate these requests, however our cabins are organized by age. If the age difference between campers is large, they may not be placed in the same cabin.

How many campers are at camp in a week? On average a week-long camp has 60-80 campers. Our mini-camps have 45-55 campers.

What is the staff to camper ratio? We always have a minimum 1:8 staff to camper ratio.

What are the cabins like? We have 12 rustic camper cabins, each equipped with bunk beds and camping mattresses. All cabins have screen windows, wood shutters and electricity. Our cabin sizes range fro 8 to 12 campers. The washrooms are housed in a separate building accessible to all cabins.

Where do the counsellors sleep? All or our counsellors and program staff sleep in the cabins with the campers. Every cabin has a minimum of 2 staff, a cabin counsellor and a program staff. The program staff help with the cabin when not running their daily program. The cabin counsellor accompanies the campers to all programs.

What medical services are there at camp? We have a First-Aider on site at all times. Camp staff have training in first aid and CPR. The camp is equipped with an AED device. Transport from camp to the local hospital by ambulance would take approximately 10 minutes.

How do I know my child will be safe and secure? All camp staff are hired through an application and interview process and are required to supply a criminal background check prior to their employment. In addition, the entire staff participates in a week-long training program prior to the arrival of campers. This training covers all aspects of camper safety and security.