Contributed by: Matthew Rachmat
|Summer is right around the corner, and to be honest, some days, it feels like it’s already here. Climate change making things feel bittersweet, eh?
During adolescence, some of my most memorable moments were during summer camp—and yes, they are back this year! There are diverse types of camps to choose from this coming season, from traditional outdoor activities and fun day programs to skill-building opportunities, take your pick!
Registration for some of the camps has already started and spots are filling up quickly! Check out some options below:
Easter Seals has a number of fully accessible and inclusive summer camp programs on offer this summer. Their Overnight Summer Camp is back for 2023 and is available for children and adults (ages 6 to 49) with physical and cognitive disabilities.
The nature-based camp has three locations to choose from: Shawnigan, Squamish, and Winfield. They offer a wide range of activities and programming, from sports and games and arts and crafts to leadership and life skills programming.
Easter Seals also offer other camp options, like their Family Weekend Camps (offered in Shawnigan, Squamish, and Winfield) and their Virtual Summer Camp@Home On Zoom option.
Silver Lake Camp in Skagit River Valley will appeal to those looking for a traditional camping experience. They offer outdoor education and activities.
There is a range of summer camp programs available for ages 8 to 16, plus Autism Spectrum Disorder camps for autistic youth.
“Campers will have the opportunity to learn exciting new skills through daily individual choice and cabin activity rotations, including: ecofun, archery, arts & crafts, canoeing, swimming, hiking, paddle boarding, low rope climbing challenges, camp wide games. Everyone also takes part in the famous skit nights and campfire stories!”
Located in Mission, Zajac Ranch is a fully inclusive summer camp where everything is accessible for children and adults ages 7-40 with medical conditions and disabilities.
Camp activities include horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, swimming, and more.
For more information, check out their Summer Camp 2022 Brochure. This information applies to 2023 too.
To browse more summer camps in BC, check out the list of accessible camps on our Useful Links page, visit ACT’s 2023 Summer Camps & Activities page, visit Laurel BC’s summer camp pages for Virtual, Okanagan, Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island camps, or more camps from Autism BC.