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Traditional Camp Life

A Typical Day

7:30 a.m.:Wake-up/Ducky Dip
8:00 a.m.: Tablesetters
8:20 a.m.: Flagraising
8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
9:15 a.m.: Cabin Clean-up
9:45 a.m.: First Morning Activity
11:00 a.m.: Second Morning Activity

12:10 p.m.: Free Swim
12:30 p.m.: Tablesetters
12:45 p.m.: Lunch
1:30 p.m.: Rest Hour
2:30 p.m.: First Cabin Activity
3:45 p.m.: Bodybreak
4:00 p.m.: Second Cabin Activity

5:30 p.m.: Tablesetters
5:45pm: Dinner
7:00pm: Free Boating
8:00pm: Evening Cabin Activity
9:00pm: Late Evening Cabin Activity (Bedtime for younger campers)
9:30 to 10pm: Bedtime 


Campers are served 3 delicious meals each day, as well as a snack in the evening. Our menu is designed to meet the nutritional needs of growing, active campers. Our kitchen is run by a Food Service Manager with extensive experience in operating a camp kitchen. We pride ourselves in trying whenever possible to make food from scratch and to use as little pre-packaged food items as possible.

Meals are an important part of camp: it is a time for a cabin to sit down together and share stories with one another. All of our meals are done “family-style”, where campers eat with their cabins for the entire meal. Campers help with setting and clearing their table, and bringing food back and forth from the good food window.

At the end of every meal we have a set of announcements, which help prepare campers for the rest of their day. More often than not, skits, songs and interesting characters will make appearances during the announcements as well!

Typical Menu Items 
(there are always alternative options for those with dietary restrictions)

Cold cereal, Juice, Milk and Fruit (at every Breakfast)
CQE McMuffins
Breakfast burritos
Coffee Cake
Banana Bread
Pancakes and Sausage/Bacon
French Toast

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Buffalo Chicken Wraps
Chicken Caesar Wraps
Make-your-own sandwiches
Hot Dogs
Chicken Burgers
Pasta Salad

Salad (at every dinner)
Chicken Parmesan
Pork Chops
Sheppard’s Pie
Dessert and Snack
Oatmeal Bars
Cookies (of many flavours)
Poo-balls (more appetizing than the name suggests!)

Cabin Activities

Every afternoon and evening is spent in activities with your cabin group.  On the first day of camp, counsellors will get ideas from the entire camp for the types of activities they are interested in, and plan out a schedule accordingly.

 Some common cabin activities are:

  • Capture the Flag
  • Rocky mountain baseball
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Gaga Ball
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Initiative Games
  • Drama Games
  • Saunas
  • Campfires
  • Stargazing
  • Mission Impossible
  • Jump, Twist or Dive
  • Watermelon football
  • Waterpolo.
  • Beach Party
  • Earthwalk
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Hikes
  • Action Auction
  • Newspaper fashions
  • Big sister/brother
  • Incredible machine


All campers at CQE live in cabins, which sleep 10 people (8 campers and 2 counsellors).  Our cabins are basic living spaces, designed to be comfortable and welcoming during rest hours and at night-time.  All of our cabins have electricity, porches, and storage space for personal items. 

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