WE UNDERSTAND THAT SENDING YOUR KIDS TO CAMP IS A BIG DECISION…
Whether you’ve already registered your child for camp and are just looking for a packing list or travel instructions, your information is here.
If you’re still trying to decide if Nakamun is right for your family and have some questions, this page is just for parents to get you the information that matters to you most as a parent.
What to expect at nakamun
Camp Nakamun has been operating as a kids summer camp for over 75 years, and the aspect that we continue to strive to work on is making the kids feel accepted and loved. A week full of fun and learning can really bring a cabin group together. Within this framework, our Cabin Leaders are surrounded by a strong support staff to make sure every child’s needs are met.
The focus of our program is outside! Kids will be all over the camp, doing a variety of things and going through a whole bunch of new activities and experiences. Some of the things to expect from your child’s week are:
- Goofy Fun (Games, theme meals, silly songs, freedom to be silly)
- Delicious and healthy food (Lots of favourites along with healthy options)
- New friendships
- Challenges to overcome (like climbing up the zipline tower!)
- Opportunities to express their artistic and sporty sides
- New experiences like Canoeing and Archery
- Learning stories about Jesus and what it means to follow him.
Camp Nakamun Is…
We believe that God is the creator, and that He loves his creation. God’s love is best seen in his son, Jesus. We want to learn from him, and share his message of hope and peace with all who join us here at Nakamun. God’s message is good, and kind, and open for all who are interested. This is the message that we desire to share with all of our campers.
Camp Nakamun Isn’t…
We are not here to manipulate anyone into religion. We’ve seen how harmful that can be. We do not pressure anyone to believe anything that they don’t want to.
* For the safety and supervision of all campers, being present in all aspects of the camp program is mandatory.
Camp Nakamun Details
What to Bring
Be prepared. Some kids forget rubber boots, hats, sunscreen or fitted sheets. Take a look at the packing list and make sure your child is set for their week.
Outdoor camps have additional packing lists.
If you register for a Nordegg Out Trip and you don’t have some of the equipment (like a hiking backpack, etc.) just let us know. We have some stuff to lend out and we wouldn’t want you to go out and buy something, or worse, not sign up because you don’t have an item. Just let us know!
Be sure to label your things! If you need a helping hand, check out Mabel’s Labels for a neat way to mark your things. Your purchase also helps support Camp! Be sure to look us up here.
How to get here
Google will usually give good directions to camp. However, go the Busby/Dunstable route if you want to avoid gravel roads.
The best way to get to Nakmun from Edmonton is to head North on Hwy 44. Turn west at Hwy 651, go through Busby, then after about 20 km turn south at Dunstable school. After 7 km the road will curve to the west. Nakamun’s entrance is on the right.
Registration opens up at 4pm on the first day of camp. You can pick up your camper at 5pm on the final day. Our coffee bar and merch booth will be open both days.
All campers register at the Main Camp Nakamun site EXECEPT for Horsemanhsip Camps. Horsemanship Camp registration takes place at the Nakamun Ranch, a 1/2 mile north up the road from the main site.
Safety at Camp Nakamun
Each year we strive to continue to increase our awareness, understanding, and implimentation of safety parameters.
All of our Staff and Volunteers are trained each summer in Plan to Protect. Each Sr Staff member also submits a background check and goes through an interview process with camp leadership.
We always have a trained mediac on all of our sites, and our Sr staff communicate through radios, so our medical staff will be informed immediately in the event that their assistance is needed.
The town of Barrhead lies 30 minutes away and is the location of the closest hospital. In the event of a camper needing a hospital visit, we will inform the parent or emergency contact if the parent is not available.
Our leadership staff have organziation plans in place in case of an emergency like a thunderstorm.
For most of our camps, kids stay in stand-alone cabins that are within a minute’s walk from bathrooms. Cabins hold 8 campers and 2-3 leaders.
Some campers will stay in our motel units as they limit the amount of walking. However, depending on numbers, they might also stay in stand-alone cabins.
Cabins have bottom and top bunks, and plastic covered twin mattresses.
Historically, people have come to associate camp food with things like cold oatmeal and bland soup. Well, the times have changed!
We serve filling and nutritious meals 3 times a day.
For breakfast we’ll ususally have things like pancakes, sausages, eggs, toast, sliced oranges, and cereal available.
Lunch examples would be sub sandwiches, grilled cheese, chicken fingers and fries, burritos, and a bunch of other things most kids love. We also serve either raw sliced vegetables or salads for each lunch.
Supper examples include things like spaghetti and meatballs, hamburgers and fries, and sweet and sour meatballs. We also include a steamed vegetable and salad.
The best thing about our meals is that, excluding desserts, kids can go back for seconds!
We understand that campers may have food allergies or issues.
We do what we can to accommodate suitable substitutes that are also tasty!
On you registration form, be sure to include any food allergy or issues your child may have. This helps us prepare for your child’s meals.
On registration day, please let the medic know about your child’s allergy.
In order to ensure the safety of your child and all other campers, please inform us of any behavioural, emotional or medical issues your child may have. There is room to add all of this information in their online application.
If a bevorioural issue arises we do what we can to address it with grace. Warnings are given and talks with leadership is had. Yet, if it persists we reserve the right to send a child home should we decide that it is not working out for them.
We are not a registered nut free facility but due to severe allergies we do not cook with nuts and all our snacks/tuck items are nut free. Please do not pack nut products for your camper.
We do not allow any cellphones or electronics during camp time. Permission from staff is needed for phone calls.
Alcohol and illegal drugs are prohibited on camp property.
In the event of a cancellation, you will be refunded full amount, minus $40 up to 2 weeks prior your selected camp. Cancellations less than 2 weeks prior notice will result in no refund.
Forms and Downloads
Label your stuff
Enter Nakamun and help support camp while making sure your campers hang on to their stuff!
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After you Register
Once you’ve registered, be sure to check your inbox for a confirmation email (check junk mail folder!). There you will see reminders for packing lists, drop-off and pick-up times, and any other helpful information.
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