We will try to answer your camp related questions here, but if you still need assistance, please contact us.

Life at Camp

Campers rotate throughout the day to the different activities relative to their camp session. Each site, Western Town or Teepee Village, have different program elements. Campers are given the option at Western Town to choose between different program tracks.”


For day camp the campers will be divided into cohorts of up to 20 for their safety with the same camp counsellors and activity leaders each day. Different program tracks are not offered during day camp and everyday activities include but are not limited to: swimming, horse rides and theory, adventure activities, crafts, archery and devotional times with snacks and water breaks.

The campers sleep in cabin style, Conestoga covered wagons, teepees or in cabins. The teepees have vinyl cots and the wagons and cabins have bunk beds with mattresses and electricity. Campers attending in August are encouraged to bring extra blankets due to cooler weather.


Campers coming for day camp will not have sleeping accommodations, but they will be provided with a consistent space to put their things that are not currently being used.

Circle Square Ranch has an experienced team of cooks who prepare delicious and nutritious meals during camp with a variety of healthy snack options at Tuck times. Campers with particular dietary requirements are encouraged to consult with camp prior to their arrival.


For day camp we will be providing two snacks throughout the day, but parents are asked to pack a lunch for the campers. We will also provide space in a fridge for their lunch bags. We are a nut free facility so please do not bring any food items onsite that may contain peanuts or tree nuts.

Yes. To help reduce lost and found items we ask that all possessions brought to camp be labelled. We attempt to help care for the camper’s clothing, but often considerable amounts get left behind. Clothes will be accessible at sign-out at the end of each camp session.

We will retain lost and found for one month following camp. If not claimed by then, we will donate appropriate items to a local charity. Medication will be disposed of within two weeks following the camper’s week of attendance. Calls to the camp regarding lost and found will be handled as time permits. We can only look for labelled items. Any found items will be sent C.O.D. (at your expense).

Campers are encouraged not to bring valuable clothing or possessions. Circle Square Ranch is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.

Circle Square Ranch is a nondenominational, Christian camp that promotes the teachings of Jesus Christ. We welcome children and youth of any faith and race, encouraging young lives to grow spiritually, mentally, socially and physically.


Your child will have a devotional time during the day plus an evening campfire that will focus on predetermined topics as laid out in the Circle Square Ranch general program. These are times of introduction to Christian values and beliefs presented through small and large group discussions, skits, songs and Bible study.

Your child will have an interactive devotional time based on the Bible and a Christian worldview during the day for day camp and an evening devotional campfire as well for overnight camp.

Circle Square Ranch is owned and operated by InterVarsity who has been operating summer camps and year-round outdoor educational programs since 1929. We operate nine summer camps across Canada under the names of Pioneer Camp and Circle Square Ranch.

What to Bring


Beside all the normal, camp clothes, there are extra items to bring depending on your child’s camp session. Appropriate information is provided below. We will also send you a confirmation package once registration is complete. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Campers should bring enough clothing for the week. Please label all clothing and luggage! (Labels or indelible markers). Please attempt to bring modest clothing appropriate for physical camp activities. Click here for a full list of what to pack.

We ask that campers bring the same items they would for overnight camp minus any overnight items. We will send out a complete list of the items your camper will need with the application confirmation.

*Circle Square Ranch is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.

The following items are not permitted at Circle Square Ranch and, if brought, will be held in the office for the duration of the camper’s session:

  • electronic games, players, entertainment and communication devices (cell phones)
  • jack knives, hunting knives, matches or lighters
  • nuts and/or peanut products
  • chewing gum
  • inappropriate reading materials
  • alcoholic beverages, narcotics or tobacco products (see note)

Do not bring anything valuable to camp as occasionally things do get lost or broken.

We reserve the right to send home any camper who fails to cooperate. Circle Square Ranch is a NON-SMOKING facility. Please discuss this with your child prior to camp should you consider this to be a concern.

Please note:

  • The use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or narcotics is prohibited and will be treated as a serious offense. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
  • Circle Square Ranch is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items.

Yes, we have a Tuck Shop that is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday during registration hours. Campers are not encouraged to keep cash in their personal belongings though, so tuck money is submitted to the camp office during registration where it is carefully recorded and safely kept. Campers make orders from their account and receive tuck purchases daily as ordered.


We suggest a weekly amount of $10 for Teepee Village and $15 for Western Town to cover their tuck for the week. **New this year, each child will receive their allotted daily selections and no change will be given at the end of the week.**


The tuck shop will be open at the end of the week for all day campers. Regular camp fees for day camp will include two snacks one will include tuck items.


Please note: Regular camp fees do not include tuck shop purchases, clothing and souvenirs.


Arrival and Departure Days

Registration is from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Sundays except for week 6:  week
1 TeePee Village July 2-6, Western Town July 1-6  and
 week 6: August
. Please check your confirmation letter for precise registration times as not all our camps run on the same schedule. We are unable to take early registrations, so it is important to verify dates and time.

Some of our camps will be ending on Friday and some on Saturdays, please refer to your confirmation email/package for pick-up times.

Remember to bring any important forms, as well as tuck money. A parent, guardian or a responsible adult must accompany ALL campers. ALL medications and tuck money are to be handed in at registration. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Our camps for Summer 2018 will be ending on either Friday or Saturdays. Please refer to your confirmation email/package for pick up times and details. If you have any questions, please contact us.

All campers must be signed out before leaving. Please notify the office if someone else will be picking up your child at departure as they will be required to sign them out.


Communication during Camp

Because the campers will be going home every afternoon each day, we will not be doing regular communication during the day, however if there is an issue with the camper we may contact you.

Our Caring Staff

As part of InterVarsity, we believe that summer camp offers a tremendous opportunity for children and teens to grow and mature emotionally, socially and spiritually. At Circle Square Ranch, campers are respected as individuals, challenged and encouraged in all aspects of life, and given the opportunity to experience and develop authentic relationships with peers and leaders. Skill development, social development, personal and spiritual growth are all intentionally fostered by staff and have been hallmarks of the InterVarsity Camp experience since 1929. Finally, and equally importantly, we want every child’s experience to be tremendously fun.
At Western Town, overnight there is a minimum of one counselor to 7 campers. At Teepee Village, overnight there is a minimum of one counselor to 6 campers. In each camp, campers are divided into activity groups through the day with staff members assigned to lead and give instruction along with travel group leaders. For daily activities, the ratio is 2 leaders plus an instructor for 15-20 campers.

The camp directors have more than 15 years of experience in youth, student and camp ministries.

Our summer leadership team consists of individuals with previous camping experience as well as specific skills and training in their area of responsibility.


Health and Safety

Health and Safety are emphasized at all times at Circle Square Ranch. We strive to provide safe and enjoyable activities. We have a qualified medical person on staff, available 24 hours a day and emergency service nearby. Circle Square Ranch leadership staff are trained in First Aid and CPR. Our Kitchen Supervisors have Food Safety Handlers certificates. Drinking water is lab analyzed regularly for quality. Our facilities are inspected on a regular basis and are up to code. Our staff are all trained in emergency procedures and safety protocols should they need to be implemented.
Yes. Because a high level of care for campers is so important to us, the operation of all activities and facilities where campers could potentially experience injury is governed by our risk management manual. This manual clearly details required supervision levels, equipment checks, and operating guidelines to ensure the safe participation of all campers. As well, campers and staff alike are trained to recognize and respond to signals in case of an emergency. This emergency procedure is practised in a drill early in every session.
Medical care is a vital part of our role for your child at the ranch. Please advise us at registration if there are any changes to your child’s medical information. The ranch reserves the right to refuse admission to any camper with a suspected contagious condition (i.e. chickenpox, lice). To ensure your child has an enjoyable week and to protect other campers, please have any condition treated completely before coming to camp. If this is not possible, please call and reschedule to another week, depending on availability.

Due to the structure of our program, Circle Square Ranch requests that medications required throughout the year be sent with your child to camp. All medication brought to camp MUST be kept by ranch staff, including vitamins, puffers and Tylenol. They must be labelled properly with medication name and directions for use. Prescription medication MUST be in the original container with user’s name printed on label. If you want your child to carry their puffer or epipen with them please bring a fanny pack for that purpose. We also request that a second puffer or epipen be checked in with the camp nurse.

Please do not use the week of camp as a break from medication.

All medications left behind after camp will be disposed of after two weeks.

All campers must provide a valid health number and completed medical information on application. Out-of-province campers must have medical insurance.

Details regarding medical/behavioral concerns are to be communicated in writing. Please call to discuss any concerns/special needs by phone.

Should your child have severe food allergies, please contact us at least one week ahead of arrival at the ranch to help us with menu planning. This will allow us to prepare appropriately to ensure your child has an enjoyable stay at camp. If a special diet is required for reasons other than medical needs (i.e. vegetarian), you will be required to provide specialties. Circle Square Ranch will make every effort to accommodate allergies; however, we cannot guarantee that there will be no trace of an allergen in food served. We strive to be a nut free facility and do not knowingly serve foods containing nuts. We sell only nut free products in our store.
Circle Square Ranch cannot guarantee to be a nut/peanut free environment. We do seek to reduce the risk of exposure and therefore do not use or serve peanuts, peanut products or tree nuts on camp property. Nuts or products containing nuts will not be available in our store. However, the food we purchase and serve may contain traces of nut products.
In the interest of protecting your children, please note that all campers will undergo a lice check on the day of registration. Parents are required to stay until this has been done. If any evidence of infestation is found, the child will be sent home for treatment, nit removal & laundering of bedding/pillows before returning. Please inspect your children the day before to ensure they are lice/nit-free.
Because our health and safety protocols are designed to keep the campers apart by 2 meters with minimal contact during the day we will not be doing head lice checks for day campers.
We provide approved riding helmets, which all campers are required to wear when horseback riding. Campers may bring their own approved riding helmet. No bike helmets please.
Circle Square Ranch is a smoke-free facility. Smoking by campers is prohibited.

Registration & Camper Fees

Fee includes all meals for camps, housing, use of all recreational equipment and facilities, instruction in activities, and awards.


Fees for day camp include two snacks, use of all recreational equipment and facilities, and instruction in activities.

Fee does not include transportation to and from the ranch or tuck shop purchases.


The fee does not include lunch for day camp.

Due to the ever-changing nature of the current health restrictions will not be charging a cancellation fee. We understand that the regulations can change at any time without notice and we do not want to penalize you for something that is out of our hands in this unusual season.
If you cancel more than two weeks prior to the start of camp, you will get a full refund less $75/week administration fee. If you cancel less than two weeks prior to the start of camp, you will get NO REFUND (includes camp fees, out-trip fees, and transportation fees if applicable) except for medical reasons with a note from a doctor. In that case, you will get a full refund less $75/week administration fee. No refund will be made for dismissals due to disciplinary action, late arrivals or early departures. Withdrawal during camp on physician’s orders will result in the value of fees for the unexpired term being refunded.
Financial assistance is available but is limited and for those who qualify. Assistance is at the discretion of the Director. Contact the office at 204.723.2669 or [email protected] for information.
No. You have two options when registering online: Visa or MasterCard or you can mail in a cheque. Paying by cheque will delay the processing of your camp application since registration is not “secured” until full payment is received.
An alternate payment option is only applicable if you are applying for scholarship.

Telephone:  We do not encourage campers to use the telephone. In case of emergency calls, to or from parents, the camp director or office staff will relay messages as quickly as possible. If a child is severely homesick we will work with them to overcome it, however if they need to talk to their parent we will certainly have them call.

Email Your Camper: Our email address is [email protected] You may email or fax a message during your child’s week of camp but they will not be able to reply.

Internet:  While we understand the importance of staying in touch, Circle Square Ranch does not offer internet access for campers. All electronics are requested to be left with parents or left with the office for the duration of the camper’s stay. This is to prevent loss and to give the camper the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful surroundings God has given us.

Mail: Parents are encouraged to write letters and send nut-free parcels to their children. These may be left on registration day to ensure that your child will receive it the week they are at camp. If you mail letters or parcels through Canada Post, please send them early so that your child will receive them the week they are here. Please do not send food parcels that contain nuts. Please make sure to include camper’s full name and camp program.

*Any mail received after the camper has left will be returned to sender.

Our friendly atmosphere and understanding staff help campers overcome the natural fears and concerns of being away from home. Getting kids involved in the program and making new friends helps to overcome the fears associated with leaving home and their family. It is our goal to make their stay at Circle Square Ranch as enjoyable as possible. The camp director will spend time with any homesick child and, if necessary call the parent.

With that in mind, we encourage parents and family not to visit during the week. If a child is homesick, a visit by family is usually not helpful. As well, other campers who are feeling homesick and are aware of the visit may request similar privileges and in most cases, this is not possible. We encourage family to spend as much time on arrival as they feel necessary.