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Camp Rules

Unicamp is committed to providing a safe and welcoming seasonal camp and spiritual retreat to a diverse community.

We all contribute to this cooperative, so please volunteer your skills where they are needed and advise staff of any repairs or work that needs to be done.  While you are in our community, we ask that you read and abide by the following regulations:

Safety:

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:
  • In the event of a lost camper or fire, you will hear a siren sounding from the office.  Proceed immediately to the parking lot for further instructions from staff.
  • If an accident has occurred at the waterfront, you will hear an air horn blast. If you are a capable swimmer/canoeist, please proceed to the beach, if not, proceed to the parking lot.
  • Air horns are located in Admin and in Emergency Kits at both beaches.
  • If you believe that someone is missing or there is a fire, please let Admin know ASAP and/or sound the air horn.
     
WATERFRONT:
  • Swim at your own risk.
  • Always swim with a buddy (no swimming alone) and never swim or boat at night.
  • Children under 16 at the pond must be supervised by a responsible adult who must be in the same area as them at all times, eg. The adult cannot be at the rafts or swimming out in the pond. Children swimming to the rafts or tower alone must be able to do so without assistance devices, i.e. life jackets, noodles, etc. Children using assistance devices to reach the rafts or tower must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
  • Life jackets and swim suits must be worn in boats.
  • In the event someone is struggling in the water, use the paddle boards (which are for rescue use only). If you need help, sound the air horn.
  • No glass on beaches.
  • During Children’s Camps and Junior Youth Week, clothing must be worn on both beaches.
  • Please do not use detergents, soap, shampoo (even bio-degradable) in the pond.
  • Do not dock canoes at the diving tower, the rafts or at Bob’s beach.
  • Only 3 people on the tower and 1 on the tower ladder at a time.
  • Please help to control erosion by not making rivers or throwing sand.
     
FIRES:
  • Campfires are restricted to the existing fire pits and must be attended at all times. Make sure they are “dead out” before you leave.
  • If the season is unusually dry, it may be necessary to restrict use.
  • All buildings have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
     

HARASSMENT:

No harassment or abuse of any kind will be tolerated. If you encounter any situations where you find yourself uncomfortable with someone’s words or actions, please address that person directly, and if appropriate, please report it to the Camp Director.

Unicamp’s sexual harassment policy is strictly enforced.


Administration:

Parking
Limit 1 car per campsite. All other vehicles are to be parked in the parking lot. Do not drive near buildings or on the common.
 
Dress
Please dress appropriately. Nudity and partial nudity is only allowed on Bob’s beach.
 
Smoking
Smoking is allowed at your campsite fire pit and at the three communal fire pits and nowhere else. Please be considerate.
 
Alcohol and Illegal Drugs
Underage drinking/illegal drug use is not permitted. Discrete alcohol consumption is appreciated.
 
Peace and quiet
Amplified music is only permitted at dances or in program. Quiet hour is from 11pm.
 
Lost and Found
Located in Admin. Note that we donate unclaimed items frequently. Please leave valuables at home.
 
Pets
Pets are not permitted. Please do not feed the feral cats or any other wildlife.
 
Accommodation
Please keep your site, cabin or cottage tidy and clean up before you leave.
 
Meals
Generally at 8:30am, 12:30pm and 6:30pm. Two bells are rung – a 15-minute “Kitchen Prep” warning bell, and one when the meal is ready.
 
Food
Store all food in animal-proof containers as animals will break into tents, trailers and open vehicles. Freezer space is available to keep or make ice for your cooler.
 
Garbage
  • Please take your garbage and recycling home with you.
  • Our compost pits are on the path to the pump house, near the outhouse at the pond and near the outhouse at the new forest.
 
Activities:
 
Spiritual and Program Centre
  • Please check out our Spiritual and Program Centre and Dining Hall for games, art supplies and books, where children must be supervised at all times.
     
  • Consult with Admin for information and guidelines on caves, walkie talkies and maps.
     
  • All are welcome to join the camp circle at 5pm (on weekends) outside the Spiritual Centre.
     
  • Drumming in August is Friday from 9-11pm at compass fire pit, all are welcome.
     
  • Friday Night Dance in the dining hall is from 8-11pm , all are welcome.
Sunday Service
An informal UU service is held at 11am near the Spiritual Centre most Sundays. Let us know if you would like to participate!

Guidelines:

DONATIONS and CAMPERSHIPS:
Please contact us for information about financial assistance for kids’ camp if you find the cost of Unicamp a deterrent. Donations to the Campership fund are welcomed and deeply appreciated. Tax-deductible receipts will be issued for donations over $20.

CHECK IN:
Check In
 time for all accommodation is 4 pm. Please phone if you will be arriving after 9 pm so that staff can make special arrangement to be available when you check in. Reservations will be held until 8 am of the morning after your booked arrival date.

CHECK OUT:
Check Out 
time is 11 am to allow accommodations to be serviced between visitors. Feel free to stay after you check out (or arrive earlier than the 4pm checkin time) and enjoy the grounds.

NOISE:
Amplified music, generators and other noisemakers are not permitted except for camp dances and programs. All campers need to be quiet after 10 pm, even at your camp site, 11 pm on drumming and dance nights.

ALLERGIES:
Unicamp’s dining hall is peanut-free, pine-nut-free and pistachio-free. If participating in our meal plan during your stay, please give us advance notice of your dietary needs and we will do our best to accommodate.

ICE AND WOOD:
We are planning to have block ice/frozen ice-packs available to use in your camp coolers at a minimal cost as well as wood for campfires. Please inquire at the office for details.

CHILDREN’S CAMP:
Camp is closed to outside visitors during the 3 weeks of Children’s Camp, this includes day visitors. For seasonal campers who are on site, swimwear is required on both beaches during Children’s and Junior Youth Camp weeks.

DAY USE:
Day use is welcomed, except for the 3 weeks of Children’s camp. Please contact the Unicamp Administrator ahead of time to book your day at camp. Fees: $10 (16 years and older), $5 (5-15 years), and under 5 years are free. We also offer a seasonal day pass. The fee is $25 for a single adult and $50 for a family pass.

DOGS AT CAMP POLICY:
We welcome our dog-owning campers during specific Dog-Friendly weeks only. This year, the permittable dates include: June 2nd-4th, August 13th-25th and October 6th-9th.

  • We ask that those bringing dogs be mindful of their canine friends at Unicamp and respect these designated dates and the agreeable conduct policy.
  • Dogs must be on-leash at all times on camp property (please ask us about off-property options for dogs who need to run off-leash).
  • Dogs are not permitted on Cow Pye Hill or any other part of our neighbour’s ranch property. Unicamp’s Spiritual Centre and Dining Hall are off limits to all animals at all times.
  • Owners must carry bags to scoop up after their dogs (on any part of Unicamp property, even in the woods) and dispose of the bags in the container marked for that purpose near the dining hall.
  • Excessive barking disturbs everyone at camp; if your dogs bark when you leave them alone then someone must stay with them at all times.
  • During Dog-Friendly dates, dogs are permitted in the pond at Bob’s Beach between 10 -11 am and 4-5 pm only, and must not be allowed to relieve themselves on the beach sand.
  • Dogs must be kept back from people who do not wish to interact with them (especially at campfires and at the beach where they might be in close proximity) and away from other dogs that may interact aggressively with them.
  • Please contact the office for a copy of the Dog-Friendly Policy and for information on Service Dog provisions.

POND & DIVING TOWER SAFETY REQUIREMENTS:
The safety requirements for the pond and diving tower apply to all persons using the pond including campers, seasonal campers and private renters.

  • The camp-owned paddle boards, spinal board and other safety devices are to be used ONLY in emergencies. An air horn for emergencies is in the first aid box under the beach shelter.
  • A maximum of 4 people (1 on the ladder and 3 on the top) are permitted on the “Diving Tower” at any one time. Swimmers must jump off the Tower from the side facing Bob’s Beach and must enter the water feet-first.
  • There is a maximum of 8 people allowed on the dock or on a raft at any one time.
  • You are responsible for you and your children’s safety when on the beach or swimming in the pond. It is highly recommended that you always swim with a buddy in the water or watching from the shore.
  • Life jackets are provided and must be worn while in canoes and any other boats or rafts used on the water, whether you are a competent swimmer or not.
  • All youth under 16 years old require direct adult supervision.

WILDLIFE:
Our 7th UU Principle teaches us to have respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. To that end, please leave our abundant wildlife on their own; please do not feed the animals at Unicamp and do not touch or handle frogs, turtles or other creatures (and ensure your children also do not). Pond animals are especially harmed by the natural oils on our hands.