Remember all of the fun you had as a kid during summer camp? The endless slumber parties, swimming in an ice-cold lake, and making s’mores by the campfire every night…these are the memories that bring out nostalgia in all of us who have experienced the fun that summer camps have to offer.
We are lucky enough to be living in a province that holds many summer camps for children with diverse abilities. In Mission, Zajac Ranch summer camp runs every summer for children with chronic, life-threatening, and/or debilitating conditions. This outdoor camp is in BC’s country side and provides many amusing and educational activities for kids such as horseback riding, archery, high ropes climbing, dancing, and canoeing to name a few! Mike Jensen, a Co-op student from Simon Fraser University who is completing his work term as a camp counsellor at Zajac Ranch, explains his experience during his first week: “The campers were so excited to be there and the staff met their enthusiasm. Many friendships were made amongst the campers which really boosts spirits and is a great benefit of working with children with disabilities. You see the difference you make and can fully get behind the cause.” We are so happy to hear that the staff are just as passionate as the campers.
posAbilities ’ Children’s Life Skills offers a Summer Blast camp for ages 8-12. Last year, campers went swimming in lakes and learned about the natural world at Science World. This blast of a summer camp is being offered again this year, and includes trips to the Aquarium, community parks, and rainy day alternative activities such as swimming and bowling.
On the other side of the Straight of Georgia, Vancouver Island is also a great summer camp location for children. Community Living Victoria offers 16 specialized day camps throughout July and August that typically run from 12pm-5pm. These camps focus on physical activity , building friendships, communication and social skills, and best of all, exploring new roads!
All of these summer camps help children appreciate the outdoors with physical activities that are only possible when the sun is out and many are involved. Additionally, children can be expected to have increased self-confidence and stronger communication skills, not to mention a summer of fun that they won’t stop talking about once school begins.
For more information on how to receive financial aid for these summer programs, please visit this Community Living BC webpage.
Community Living Victoria: (250) 477 7231
posAbilities Children’s Life Skills: (778) 945-1430
Zajac Ranch for Children: (604) 739-0444