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Eligibility and Fees

IS OUR CAMPING PROGRAM RIGHT FOR YOU AND YOUR CAMPER?

The focus of the British Columbia Easter Seals Camping Program is to provide a over-night camping experience that facilitates growth in independence, self-esteem and peer-interaction for children and teens with disabilities. Our core is nature-based outdoor activities. Our staff creates a safe, warm, fun and supportive environment which allows campers to explore and develop their abilities.

We support campers with a wide variety of disabilities.  We welcome campers who identify with having  cerebral palsy, spina bifida, downs syndrome, foetal alcohol syndrome, epilepsy, global developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, seizure disorder, autism spectrum disorder, prader-willi syndrome, visual impairments, hearing impairments, angelman's syndrome, williams syndrome and others.

Although we continue to offer a generalized program that caters to a wide range of individuals with cognitive and/or physical disabilities, no single program can provide support for every individual. We recognize that our program is not suitable for campers with certain support needs. In order to continue to provide the highest possible care for all our campers, we reserve the right to refuse any camper who is considered unsuitable for our camping program. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals with  Chronic Mental Disorders/Psychoses, Emotional Disorders, medically fragile individuals, or individuals whose behaviour could endanger themselves or others. Individuals whose only diagnoses is Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), do not qualify for our programs.  

Fees

The cost of running one week of an Easter Seals general camping session is approximately $2400. In the past the Lions Society has been able to subsidize 100% of this cost and up to 2012 our camper families have not paid anything. Unfortunately times have changed and our traditional funding sources have diminished over the years. In order for us to continue offering exceptional camping programs for children with disabilities, we need to change the paradigm with which we approach summer camping.

We are now charging a fee of $550  for a week of general camping. The Lions Society will subsidize the balance of $1850. This was a hard decision for us but necessary one.

In the coming months we will be sending out information on different subsidy programs and money that is available for families who can demonstrate financial need or wishes to access respite funds. We recommend that parents and guardians also look into what is available. We firmly believe that this cost will not be a barrier for anyone who really wants to come to camp. If you have any questions or concerns please contact James Gagnon, Director of Camping, at camp@eastersealsbcy.ca.

One week of regular camping costs $550.

Participants in the Leader In Training Program at Camp Squamish are required to pay a fee of $650 for the week.

Our Young Adult Program costs $750 for the week.