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Special Needs Camps

Written by Aly - Community Success Director
Updated 2 weeks ago

Camps across Canada also accommodate kids and adults with additional needs. Some camps are specifically for kids with physical disabilities (including but not limited to Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy), whereas other camps are for kids with cognitive disabilities (including but not limited to Autism, ADHD, ADD), and some camps cater for both. 

These camps are designed to give the traditional camp experience to a population that may not have otherwise had the chance. There is no experience required to work at these camps and all the training will be provided before camp starts. We place hundreds of first-time staff at these types of camps every year and they all say the same, this is the best thing they have ever done!

There is a chance that at the special needs camp you get placed at, part of your duties would include providing personal care. This could be (but not limited to) lifting, washing and provided assitance with feeding. There will always be other camp staff (including medical professionals) who are able to help if you need it.

Your camp director does not expect you to have any experience with providing personal care prior to working at camp, all the training will be provided before camp starts. If you are not comfortable providing personal care, this is something you can opt-out of in the Camp Questionnaire section.

If you are interested in working at a Special Needs camp, you can express this in the Camp Preferences section, and we also recommend filling out the Camp Questionnaire section to explain your preference.

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