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Camp Jean Nelson

Get to Know Us!

Camp Jean Nelson was founded in 1957 by the camp’s namesake, Jean Nelson. Jean was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of five and was instrumental in diabetes education both professional and personally—she not only spearheaded our summer camping program but also opened the Calgary Branch of Diabetes Canada. Since 2014, Camp Jean Nelson has enjoyed a partnership with Kids Cancer Care Alberta’s Camp Kindle.

Camp Life

Camp Jean Nelson takes place in the picturesque Rocky Mountain Foothills, just outside of Water Valley. Camp Kindle offers 160 acres of rolling hills, forest and waterways, along with all the modern amenities you need for the perfect camp experience.

At Camp Jean Nelson, campers sleep in dorms with their cabin-mates. The dorms have separate rooms, each accommodating four to 10 campers of the same gender. Each of these beautiful modern dorms is equipped with electric lights, bunk beds, washrooms, showers and counsellor sleeping quarters.

In each cabin group of 14 to 16 campers of similar age, there is a minimum of three camp counsellors, of which at least two are hired by the CDA.

Where are we?

Camp Jean Nelson is located at:
Camp Jean Nelson c/o Camp Kindle
Box 280, 29479 Range Road 6.1 A
Water Valley, AB
T0M 2E0

Our Campers

For each session, Camp Jean Nelson accommodates 105 campers, ages seven to 15.

Most of our campers arrive and depart from camp in Water Valley by car. When you drop your camper off, you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s counsellors, medical team and other members of the staff team.

We also offer pick-up and drop-off via bus from Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton. If this option is the best fit for your family please sign up in your registration account.

Our Staff

Counsellors & Instructors

In partnership with Camp Kindle, the D-Camps team recruits, screens and trains a team of staff. The staff team all have standard first aid/CPR, and attend a week-long training with a focus on camper care, medical processes and procedures for managing type 1 diabetes.

Many of our staff team live with type 1 diabetes and are living in the cabin group with your camper. Because we provide 24-hour supervision, this creates endless opportunities for your camper to learn from and relate to a young adult role model living with type 1 diabetes.

We are proud of our staff team at Camp Jean Nelson and they look forward to meeting you and your camper!

Health-Care Team

Led by Dr Karin Winston from Alberta Children Hospital, our medical staff team is a dedicated, committed group of health care professional who understand how important the camp experience is for children and youth living with type 1 diabetes.

There are 30 people on the Med Team at Camp Jean Nelson each week. Each cabin group is paired with one group of medical professionals so they have the opportunity to get to know each other well.

Many members of our Med Team work in diabetes management full-time. Others have personal connections to type 1 diabetes and some even live with it.

The Med Team is always on hand for your camper and acts as a great resource, whether your child is newly diagnosed or approaching adulthood. They are a crucial element of the Camp Jean Nelson experience.

Our Activities
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Land Based Challenges

There is always something happening on land at Camp Jean Nelson! At any time, you might find campers enjoying the initiatives course, climbing wall, various sports, archery and the state-of-the-art high ropes course (make sure to ask your camper about it when they get home!).

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Swimming

Campers will have the opportunity to experience Camp Kindle’s new outdoor pool facility. Lifeguards will conduct a swim test at the beginning of each session to assess each camper’s swim level. All activities that take place in the water are led by trained staff and supervised by lifeguards.

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Creative Arts

Campers can spend time focusing on arts-based programs like drama games, arts and crafts, and talent shows.

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Outdoor Living Skills 

Your camper will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature while hiking, doing wetland studies (fondly referred to as a “swamp romp”), orienteering and taking part in campfires. Some of our older cabin groups will go on an overnight experience, which will involve hiking a short distance to an on-site tipi.

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Evening Programs

Every night at Camp Jean Nelson, the whole camp community comes together to take part in activities like Capture the Flag, skit nights and talent shows. After these high-energy activities, everyone at camp comes to campfire where we sing songs, see skits and reflect on our time at camp. These campfires are a highlight of the camp experience. Make sure to ask your camper about their favourite song. You might even get to hear it on the trip home!

Camp Jean Nelson 2017 Dates and Rates

We understand that every family’s budget is different. We have developed a three-tiered pricing program to help cover costs for those who need financial support. Regardless of the amount paid your child’s experience at camp will not change.

Even at tier one, roughly half of the costs of camp are subsidized by Diabetes Canada. Please choose the tier that represents what your family can afford for a D-Camps experience. We truly appreciate your support in helping us continue to provide memorable camping experiences to children with type 1 diabetes across Canada.

If tier three will be a challenge for you and your family to afford please fill out the ‘Financial Assistance Form’ sent to you through the registration process. If you have decide to pay tier one, two or three please note you do not need to fill out the ‘Financial Assistance Form’

New for 2017 – My Campfire Fund!   Are you interested in fundraising to supplement your camp fees, and support D-Camps at the same time?  If so, we encourage you to sign up to take part in the My Campfire Fund fundraising initiative.  To sign up, click on the “Register Now” button, and select My Campfire Fund instead of choosing one of the tiered pricing options.

 

Session 1

Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2017
 

Session 2

Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4, 2017
 

Tier 1: $1,200
Tier 2: $900
Tier 3: $600

Tier 1: $1,200
Tier 2: $900
Tier 3: $600