Where is Kamloops, B.C.?
A. Kamloops is located in the Thompson Valley in Central British Columbia
- 90 minutes North of Oliver, B.C.
- 3 hours east of Vancouver on or Hwy 5 (Coquihalla)
- 5 hours and 30 minutes northeast of Seattle via Hwy 1 to Hope, BC then onto Hwy 5 (Coquihalla)
Q. Where do we drop the players off and pick them up?
A. Drop off is normally between 2 pm and 4 pm on the first day of camp unless otherwise stated. Pick up is on the final afternoon of camp, between 1 pm and 3 pm depending on Tournament schedule. Drop off and Pick Up point is at the MacArthur Island Curling Arena located at1665 Island Parkway, Kamloops, BC. The fields, 90/80/70/60 are all located within minutes of walking from the arena.
Q. Is there a number at which we can call to reach our kids during camp, if so, what is that number?
A. The number for camp office during the month of August is 250 498 2259. This is the Oliver office but it will be the best way to leave a message if you need to get in touch with us or your player. Best time to call for mornings is 7:30 am to 9 am; for afternoons, 12:15 pm to 2 pm and for evenings, 4 pm to 6 pm. If we are not available, please feel free to leave a message including your name, your phone number and player name.
Q. Do the campers have access to a telephone to call home?
A. Yes there are plenty of pay phones they can use, however they must have either a long distance telephone card or a calling card. Please educate them on how to use their calling card. It is not uncommon for campers to have a cell phone with them for their week at camp.
Q. How much spending money should I give my child, and what can they spend that money on?
A. The average amount allotted by the parents is $40.00, this money is banked and can be withdrawn upon request. The money is spent at the snack bar and at the pro shop. All cash from players is logged and banked and can be accessed at anytime. There is no cash allowed in the arena. This policy eliminates missing money from campers wallets or sleeping area.
Q. Who does the cooking?
A. “The Bread Garden” resturant handles all the cooking. The players are given three square meals a day plus snacks (usually fruit). We have had great reviews on the cooking and have been very pleased with the food from the Bread Garden.
Q. Where do the campers stay and sleep during their week of camp?
A. The campers sleep on single layer bunks on the floor surface in the arena. The bunks are comfortable and all come with a foot locker (it does not lock) for clothing and personal belongings. You would be very surprised with the cleanliness of the sleeping quarters as we are very strict on this matter.
Q. Do they need bedding?
A. Yes, they will need a sleeping bag, pillow and we recommend a bed top sheet. The bed comes with a freshly cleaned bottom sheet.
Q. Where do they shower?
A. There are four sets of showers in the area that is designated only for the camp.
Q. Who supervises the campers during the day and in the evening when they are off the field?
A. When the campers are split into their teams they are assigned a counsellor/coach who sleeps in their team area and coaches/guides and watches over them for the week. We also have one Head Counsellor who oversees the entire program. We believe that it is very important to have a controlled and structured environment for the week.
Q. Is it OK for parents to watch during the week?
A. By all means, we encourage parents to come to the park and observe the activities.
Q. What other activities do the campers have when not on the field?
A. Each day, between 1:00pm – 2:00pm we have a down time to relax. In the evenings we have activities such as ping – pong tournaments, movie nights and trivia contests. Throughout the day there is free time set aside for them to relax.
Q. Other than their baseball/softball attire, what other clothing will they need for the week?
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Q. Do they have a chance to do laundry during the week?
A. During the week we launder their team shirts, and also designate Thursday afternoon as a laundry day.
Q. Do they need a pair of baseball pants and jersey?
A. Yes, they will need a pair of baseball pants as they will play a number of games throughout the week. If you do not own a pair of pants, call your local league and they should supply a pair for you. As far as a team jersey, it is not neccessary as we supply a team shirt for them.
Q. At what time does the camp finish?
A. The camp concludes on Sunday after Tournament play. The Tournament Championship usually is finished by 3 pm with semi finals finishing up after lunch. Players not playing in the Championships are free to leave however we encourage them to watch the Championship game if possible. Parents and family members are welcome to watch Tournament play.
Q. Do you have a list of accommodations for the town of Kamloops?
A. Yes, go into the tournament page and click the accommodation section for Kamloops. There you will find listings of our Partners as well as links to other offerings in the Kamloops area. Click here to go to Kamloops accommodations!
Q. Is it necessary to supply my child with a cell phone or calling card while in camp?
A. We feel it very important that your child does have a calling card or long distance card so that they may contact you. Ideally, a cell phone would be best as sometimes there is a line up to use the pay phones during the down times. Please educate your child on how to use their calling cards or cell phone.
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