freqently asked questions
What is the Beat Retreat?
The Beat Retreat is a fun-filled, four-day weekend for adults with congenital heart disease. You’ll have an opportunity to participate in a mix of traditional camp activities – all geared to your physical ability and comfort level. Equally important, you’ll have an opportunity to make new friends and learn from the experiences of other CHD patients. You’ll also have an opportunity to chat with healthcare professionals in a relaxed and informal setting. In short, it’s a weekend of fun, friends, firsts, and great food.
When is the 2018 retreat?
This year’s retreat will be held September 13-16, 2018. If you can’t make it for the entire weekend, that’s okay – come for the part that you can.
Where is it held?
The retreat is held at Camp Quin-Mo-Lac – a beautiful 240-acre camp located on the shores of Moira Lake. That’s about 30 minutes north of Belleville, Ontario (about 2.5 hours from Toronto and Ottawa). You can learn more about Camp Quin-Mo-Lac at www.campqml.org.
What happens at the retreat?
While at camp, you can look forward to a range of activities, such as campfires, canoeing, crafts, archery, initiatives, yoga, Kangaroo Kourt, skit night, and a polar bear dip. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend a range of education sessions and ask questions of cardiac healthcare professionals. All activities are geared to CHD patients. You decide which activities are right for you – based on your interests, ability and comfort level.
Here’s what a typical day looks like:
7:30 Polar Bear dip
1:30 Education session
4:30 Social time
Where do we stay during the retreat?
We offer a true “camp experience.” That means you’ll stay in a comfortable, but rustic lodge. You’ll enjoy the “luxury” of a heated sleeping cabin, but you’ll also be sharing a room with others and sleeping on a bunk. Linen and pillows are not provided, so you’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and a pillow.
How much does it cost?
We want the retreat to be as financially accessible, so we keep your cost as low as possible. All you have to pay is $150 (about one-third of the actual cost). That covers your food, accommodation and all activities (except for an optional private reflexology session). If you’re unable to pay the full $150 registration fee due to financial hardship, let us know we have payment options. We may be able to waive the registration fee. Of course, if you can afford more than the $150 registration fee, we encourage you to make a donation to the Beat Retreat to help us offset costs.
Is there a minimum age for attending?
Yes. You must be at least 18 years of age by the first day of the retreat (September 14, 2017).
How do I get there?
Many campers drive themselves. But if you don’t have a car or don’t drive, let us know and we’ll do our best to match you up with someone in your area who is coming to camp.
How do I register?
Details on how to register can be found on our REGISTER page.
Where can I get more information?
Got a question about camp? You’ve got a few options. You can:
- Send us an email at email@example.com.
- Call or text:
- Toby Cox at 647-549-1198
Don’t forget to include your name in the text so we know who to contact.
- Post your question on the facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/322212724569453/