For Parents

What should my child bring to camp?

Click here to download our camper packing list. Please send this completed list to camp with your child so that we can use it to help them pack up at the end of camp. Make sure that everything you send to camp is labeled with your child’s name so that nothing gets lost.

Please note that the packing list includes a PFD (lifejacket). PFDs are designed to keep people afloat even when they are unable to swim. In accordance with provincial law, Cedar Ridge Camp requires that everyone wear a properly fitted, Canadian Coast Guard-approved PFD at all times when in a boat on the water. A properly-fitted PFD can save a life. Children’s PFDs are sized by weight. For anyone weighing over 100lbs, PFDs use chest sizes. A properly-fitted PFD should be snug but not tight, allow movement of the arms and, not rise above the chin when tugged.

How do I stay in touch with my child while they are at camp?

Contacting your camper:

If you would like to send your child a letter or package, please mail it to:

Your Camper’s Name
c/o Cedar Ridge Camp
57 Cemetery Rd RR1
McArthurs Mills ON K0L 2M0

Please do not include candy or other food in care packages please, as critters love to get into cabins when they find food.

If you prefer to e-mail your camper, please send messages to campers@cedarridgecamp.ca with your child’s name as the subject line. We will print these e-mails and ensure that campers receive them. The cost of the printing will be added to your bill.

Your camper contacting you:

We encourage campers to write letters home at least once a week. Campers will bring their completed letters to our camp office, and our office staff will take them to the post office. International campers will be allowed to scan and email letters to family, as international postage times are significant from our location. Due to the volume of letter being sent home, scanning and emailing will only be possible for international campers.

We do not have cell phone service at Cedar Ridge Camp, so please do not send cell phones to camp. We discourage parents from phoning their children while they are at camp as this often causes homesickness, or makes it worse. Our office staff are happy to speak with families about how camp is going, and can put you in touch with your camper in the case of an emergency. Campers do not have access to email to send messages home.

Can you accommodate my child's allergies & dietary needs?

Cedar Ridge Camp is an allergy-aware facility. We do not use nuts or nut products in our food services. We are able to accommodate a wide range of allergies and other dietary restrictions such as gluten-free diets, lactose-free diets, religious accommodations, etc…

What is the tuck shop?

The tuck shop is our camp store. It is available to campers once or twice per week. Campers may buy themselves a treat (one pop and/or one candy per visit) or any necessities such as toothpaste, soap, sunscreen, batteries, etc. at the tuck shop. Campers may also purchase Cedar Ridge Camp clothing and merchandise. Any purchases they make will be added to your bill or subtracted from your store deposit. Please do not send money to camp.

Are you accredited by the Ontario Camps Association?

Yes, we meet or exceed all standards set out by the Ontario Camps Association. In addition, we are in compliance with relevant laws and public health guidelines.

Do you provide transportation to camp?

Yes, we provide transportation to and from camp from Ottawa and from Toronto on the beginning and ending days of each 2-week session.

We also provide transportation from Pearson Airport in Toronto on the beginning and ending days of each 2-week session for any campers arriving by plane.

Do you have any religious affiliation?

No, Cedar Ridge is a secular camp.

For Campers

Can I be in a cabin with my friends?

If you indicate on the last page of your registration form that you would like to be in the same cabin with a friend, we will do everything we can to place you in the same group.

Which activities will I get to do?

Most days, you will be scheduled to travel with your cabin group to a variety of activities. 2-week and 4-week campers will get the opportunity to try every activity at camp, and mini-session campers will get to do most activities. There are a couple of days and evenings each week that are open program days. During open program, you will get to choose your own activities.