Alberta

Camp Jean Nelson

Water Valley, AB

Camp Jean Nelson is located in Water Valley, AB and operates out of Camp Kindle.

Camp Jean Nelson

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Camp History:
Camp Jean Nelson was founded in 1957, only four years after the founding of the Canadian Diabetes Association.  The camp was named after Jean Nelson who was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of five.  Later in life, Jean Nelson later opened the Calgary branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association after a visit by Dr. Charles Best, a co-discoverer of insulin and founder of the Canadian Diabetes Association.  

Activities your child will be talking about all year-long!
Campers participate in activities that inspire personal growth, encourage team-building and foster an appreciation of the outdoors such as: swimming, hiking, extensive ropes course challenges and climbing wall, arts and crafts, sports, orienteering, and overnights.

Number of Campers:
Camp can accommodate 105 campers per session for a total of 210 camper.  The Leadership Development Program accepts 16 campers while the Family Camp welcomes 80 individuals. 

Number of Staff:
Camp Jean Nelson is staffed by more than 50 dedicated and enthusiastic program and counselling staff.

Accommodation Details:
Cabins are supervised by a team of excellent camp counsellors.  The cabins are located near each other which helps to foster a sense of community while at camp.

Transportation:
Families are responsible for transporting their children to and from camp.

Camp Address:

Camp Jean Nelson c/o Camp Kindle
Box 280, 29479 Range Road 61
Water Valley, AB
T0M 2E

Nearest Hospital:

The closest hospital to camp is the Sundre Hospital and Care Centre in Sundre, AB

Camp Jean Nelson is generously supported by

Rexall Foundation

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Camp Jean Nelson’s Overnight Camp is for children and youths ages 7 to 15.

2014 Overnight Camp Dates:

Session 1: July 21st – 25th
Session 2: July 28th – August 1st

2014 Overnight Camp Fees:

We have implemented a voluntary three-tiered pricing program that allows you to select the fee that is appropriate for your family. This is strictly an honour system; your selection will not influence your child’s experience at camp.

Tier 1: Lightly Subsidized – $1100
Tier 2: Partially Subsidized – $850
Tier 3: Heavily Subsidized – $650

If the Tier 3 fee remains a challenge, we also offer a limited number of fee subsidies, called Camperships. If you require a Campership, please indicate your request on the application form. For any questions, please contact the Camp Registrar.

Leadership Development Program

Camp Jean Nelson will expanded to offer leadership programming for summer 2014.  This program is outdoor adventure based, designed to teach youth leadership lessons which are applicable to all areas of their life.  By building self-esteem and confidence, learning about community and service, and understanding group dynamics and team building; our youth will leave these programs ready to lead themselves and others through their transition from teenagers to young adults.

Leadership Development Program – Level 1 (LDP1)

Ages:
15 – 16

Aimed at participants aged 15 to 16, this program operates in conjunction with our Camp Jean Nelson summer program.  Taking place in a variety of setting throughout Kananaskis Country, participants will engage in challenging leadership learning experiences.  These include teambuilding exercises, adventure learning, and two wilderness outtrip experiences led by professional guides.

Selection Criteria:
As part of the registration and selection process, all candidates to Camp Jean Nelson’s leadership programs will be required to submit a written application.  This application consists of a 400 word essay which addresses the following questions:

1. Why do you want to be a part of the LD program?
2. What do you think you can bring to the group and the camp community?
3. What do you want to learn from the program?  How will you apply it away from camp?

2014 Leadership Development Program Dates:
The Camp Jean Nelson LDP1 program is 13 days in length. 

2014 Leadership Development Program Fees:
We have implemented a voluntary three-tiered pricing program that allows you to select the fee that is appropriate for your family.  This is strictly an honour system; your selection will not influence your child’s experience at camp or their selection into the program.

Tier 1: Lightly Subsidized – $2200
Tier 2: Partially Subsidized – $1700
Tier 3: Heavily Subsidized – $1300

If the Tier 3 fee remains a challenge, we also offer a limited number of fee subsidies, called Camperships. If you require a Campership, please indicate your request on the application form. For any questions, please contact the Camp Registrar.

Camp Jean Nelson’s Family Camp is for children living with type 1 diabetes, along with their parents, siblings and caregivers. These camps provide families with opportunities to learn more about type 1 diabetes, offering a positive and supportive environment in which they can share knowledge and experiences as well as network and build relationships with other families dealing with similar challenges. Family Camp brings people together in a way that just doesn’t happen in any other setting.

Camp Jean Nelson Family Camp

2014 Family Camp Dates:
May 16 – 19  

2014 Family Camp Fees:
Adults (18+) – $200
Children (4 – 17) – $125
Children (3 and under) – FREE

Camp Jean Nelson Family Camp runs out of the beautiful Camp Kindle in Water Valley, AB. We invite families from all over Alberta to join us for a weekend of fun, support, and relationship building. The weekend offers opportunities for families to spend time together participating in a variety of traditional camp activities. Parents and caregivers will also have time to spend connecting with one another while kids play and get to know each other through supervised games and program activities.

Supervision:
Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children while at Camp. However, supervision will be provided during scheduled program activities. Parents are also responsible for their children’s medical and dietary care, including their child’s diabetes management, the dispensing of medication(s) and monitoring of personal supplies. Medical staff/personnel are on site to facilitate programming and are not there to supervise daily routines or provide direct medical care.

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