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Camper Overview

THE CAMPERS
At BC Easter Seals Camps we are ALL ABOUT OUR CAMPERS! Camper Focus is our guiding principle and ensuring that children discover opportunities to meet our and their objectives is what we pride ourselves on. Our campers are our number 1 priority - everything we do at camp is about helping campers reach our camping program objectives:
 
At Camp, Campers and Staff will:

  • Gain confidence, independence, and responsibility and celebrate who they are.
  • Have opportunities to challenge themselves, take risks and try new things in a safe, warm and supportive environment.
  • Become active members of a community that embraces the beauty and diversity of self, others and the environment.
  • Cultivate meaningful relationships and experiences they can further develop outside of camp.
  • HAVE FUN!

 
 
ELIGIBILITY
BC Easter Seals Camps are for children, teens and young adults aged 6-29 with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
 
Campers must have a BC address (except under exceptional circumstances, please check with the Director of Camping camp@eastersealsbcy.ca for more information).
 
Our camps are designed to provide exceptional camping experiences for children with a wide range of abilities and needs.  Children whose only diagnosis is Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or Learning Disabilities are not eligible for our program.  However, campers who have been diagnosed with any of the above in addition to other disabilities are eligible for our program.
 
Those with Chronic Mental Disorders/Psychoses, Emotional Disorders, or individuals whose behaviour could endanger themselves or other participants may not be suitable for the program. The Easter Seals Camps do not have the facilities to support medically fragile individuals.  We can however, support children who require daily medical routines and medication.
 
Camper Applications and camper behaviour is reviewed and assessed throughout the camping season, as a result a camper’s registration requirements may change at any time without notice. The Easter Seals Camping Program reserves the right to refuse a camper’s application.  If you have questions about your camper’s eligibility, please get in touch with us at 1-800-818-4483 or camp@eastersealsbcy.ca
 
British Columbia Easter Seals Camps have a maximum supervision ratio of three campers for every counsellor. Should a camper’s care needs require one-to-one support the families must provide a Personal Support Worker to accompany the camper to camp. For more information about a Personal Support Worker accompanying your camper please go to our PSW page.
 
LIT Eligibility
Youth aged 19 and 29 with our without disabilities are invited to participate in our Leader in Transition Program.

Young Adult Camp Eligibility:

Individuals with disabilities who are looking for a traditional camping experience and are between the ages of 19-29.


CAMPING SESSIONS
Campers attend 6 or 7-day sessions based on the following age groupings:
 
Children: 6-12 yrs
Adolescents: 10-15 yrs 
Teens: 13-18 yrs 
LIT: 19-29 yrs
Young Adults: 19-29 yrs