Parent FAQs

Sessions
How long are the summer sessions and what is the tuition?
We offer flexible programs to meet your child’s needs. We have a 2-week starter program for first time and Junior/Inter campers. We also have two, 3.5-week sessions. Tuition is dependent upon what session your child is signed up for.

See our Rates & Dates for specifics. 

Our Campers
How many campers do you take each session?
Around 300 boys and girls roughly equal in numbers, at any one time. By today’s standards, this is a relatively small size for a major summer camp. It is, however, large enough to promote a diverse camper body. At the same time, the number is small enough so that every individual in the camp is given the opportunity to know everyone by their first name, which is very important to us. There are roughly 120 summer staff members in all to support this number of campers. The majority of our staff lives in the same cabin as our campers. Typically, you will find three to four counselors in each cabin along with anywhere from eight to fourteen campers, depending on the age of the campers and size of the cabin.

What is your age and gender breakdown?
We are a residential co-educational camp for boys and girls age 7-17.

From where do CBB’s campers come?
The majority of our campers come from Jewish families in Montreal. We do however also have campers who come from the United States.

Our Staff
From where and how do you select your staff?
Camp B’nai Brith firmly believes that we have the best staff! All of our staff members go through extensive training both in city and on-site. We carefully select our staff through the required background checks, an application, and a thorough interview process. We hire staff members who are experienced with a high degree of love for children, a keen sense of urgency and accountability, and pied piper qualities. Our staff members are all very passionate about the summer camp experience and talented individuals. At CBB we have a strong core leadership group of educators and childcare specialists who are deeply committed to the principles upon which we stand. This group meets several times during the off-season to plan for the upcoming summer and essentially forms the nucleus of our staff training course that all staff are required to attend before camp begins. Our staff is composed of young adults who are college and/or graduate students. Often our staff are returning members of the CBB staff team who have been through our two-year teen leadership program. We also receive applicants from abroad-from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Our selection criteria are high in all instances. Our emphasis is on common sense, quick thinking, role modeling, mentoring, and motivated capabilities, maturity and selflessness, hard work ethic, and above all a love for children. We are extremely fortunate to have a year round team of talented individuals who are passionate about camping and informal education. We are committed to excellence and attention to detail. 

Click here to learn more about our Staff.

What type of training do camp counselors receive?
We provide a week long, intensive pre-camp orientation program that includes training in safety, communication, emergency procedures, behavior management techniques, child abuse prevention, leadership skills, camp expectations and supervision procedures. Special trainings and certifications are also required for many of our activity specialists (i.e. waterfront, archery, outdoor adventure). Throughout the summer, staff are continuously evaluated and provided with feedback to enhance their performance.

Our staff are also all CPR and first-aid certified.

Our Facilities
What sort of facilities does CBB offer?
We are very proud of our facilities. CBB is located on the shores of the magnificent Lake Luger, which is home to one of the best camp waterfront programs in the country. All of our cabins have electricity and every unit has an indoor shower house that is centrally located for use by all campers. Our program areas are amazing and include an indoor swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, soccer and all-purpose fields, and volleyball courts. We have a beautiful Dining Hall that serves the entire camp. Click here to see a list of our Facilities!

Health & Safety
How does CBB address the health and safety of its campers?
Safety is a priority at Camp B’nai Brith. Our staff practices fire, aquatic and other emergency skills and drills on a routine basis. We have a separate health center with Registered Nurses on staff 24 hours a day. We have a doctor at the camp every day during our clinic call. In addition, all of our staff are CPR certified.

What kind of supervision will my child have at camp?  
Most campers live in cabins with 8-12 campers and 3-4 counselors. We require that campers are supervised by staff at all times (even during informal and free time activities). Our staff selection process is very competitive and we value many of the same qualities sought by other employers – – trustworthiness, enthusiasm, creativity and dependability. The ability to adapt to a variety of situations, function under pressure, work well with others and care for children are important characteristics for all of our camp staff. We also look for individuals with a strong self-image, outgoing personality and demonstrated leadership capabilities. 

What about waterfront safety?
All our lifeguards have been certified with NLS (National Lifesaving Society) in addition to the general first aid and CPR certifications. Our boating staff are certified minimally at the Bronze Cross level. Campers in the youngest division receive personalized Red Cross swim instruction. There are also a handful of commonsense rules that govern — such as, life jackets worn at all times when at the boating waterfront. 

What about off-site safety on trips?
On every trip, there is one member of the trip team who is carries a complete medical kit and a copy of each camper’s medical history and emergency contact information. On all trips that may include water exposure a certified lifeguard is also in attendance.

Is there a hospital near by the Camp?
Yes.

In case of emergency, how are parents notified?
As soon as possible by telephone.

What about the food?
Our food is nutritious and well prepared by our year round kitchen director. We have a daily salad bar and fruit is available at every meal. 

Does CBB make provisions for special diets?
We do our best to accommodate special needs. Please contact us to discuss your child’s dietary needs.

What should I do if I am concerned about my child’s experience?  
Our Camp Office is open from 9:00am until 10:00pm for incoming calls and we are happy to arrange a phone conversation between you and one of our Leadership Team members when necessary. When leaving a message, please be sure to state your name, your child’s name, your phone number and the reason for your call. We ask you to be aware of our busy daily schedule as we cannot always return your call immediately. Staff members and unit heads spend most of their day outside with campers and are often unable to check their messages until later on in the day. It may take time to gather the information necessary prior to returning the phone call. It is however our policy to return all calls within 24 hours. We kindly ask that you be patient with us as we try to give each situation our full attention.

Cabin Life
What do the cabins look like?
Most of our cabins accommodate 8-12 campers. There are bunk-style beds and cubbies where the campers put their clothes and personal belongings.

What if my child doesn’t know anyone in the cabin?
It is guaranteed that your child will be welcomed and introduced all around and taken on a tour by the counselor with the entire cabin. We pride ourselves on the community we build and we ensure that cabin bonding occurs and new friends are made by the end of the very first day.

What if my child misses home?
Our counselors are sensitive to the emotions experienced by campers who miss home. It is not unusual, at any age and even for returning campers to miss home, sometimes tremendously for the first few days. Our campers are kept as busy as possible with extra “TLC” to help them through this potentially difficult time. Our counselors along with the Head Staff work with parents (behind the scenes) to help with the camper’s positive adjustment. Often, the best helpers are cabin mates. Everyone is different and we adapt the “cure” to the child. Our success rate is, fortunately 100%.

How are homesickness and other adjustment issues handled?
 It is our goal to make sure that each and every child has a positive experience at camp. We know that every child reacts differently to being away from home and our staff is prepared to give each child the individual attention they require. Our camp mother is available to help with the adjustment process and talk through appropriate issues. If homesickness becomes so intense that it interferes with the child’s overall camp experience, parents will be notified by a member of our Leadership Team.

What if my child wakes up in the middle of the night?
Counselors live in the cabins with campers and are always there for campers who may wake up in the middle of the night. 

What if my child forgets to bring an important item or clothing to Camp?
Mail is picked up and delivered on a daily basis. If your child forgets something, you will be contacted and arrangements can be made to have it delivered as soon as possible.

How can I get in touch with my child?
Parents are encouraged to write letters and emails. Parents may also fax letters. Communication between parents and campers, via the telephone is not permitted.

When can I visit?
We have an Open House annually before camp.