2018 Summer Camps

  • SUMMER PROGRAMS/CAMPS 2018 for children, teenagers and adults on the autism spectrum

    (1) Autism BC

    a) ABA Summer Camp – full

    604-434-0880 ext. 107

    For children in an ABA home program, from Surrey, come with 1:1 support worker

    Students entering K to Gr 12

    July 3-August 10 @9:00-2:30 (one week to six weeks)

    b) Bricks4Kidz Ninjas Extreme! (Richmond – @AutismBC Library)

    Contact Sabrina 604-434-0880 ext 105 library@autismbc.ca

    For children age 5-10   July 30-August 3 @1-4pm


    (2) Summer Social Therapeutic Camp (Vancouver)  

    Helps children age 5-19 to learn, grow, and make friends by pairing high-quality teaching with fun, rewarding ways to connect with peers.


    Week 1: July 9-12, Week 2: July 16-19

    Age 5-11 @9am-12noon, Age 12-19 @1-4pm


    (3) Canucks Autism Network (different cities)

    604 685 4049


    kids, teens, adults, family, social/sports programs, overnight camps


    (4) Pacific Autism Family Network

    604-207-1980  jenna@pacificautismfamily.com in Richmond

    Super Kids Summer Camp (Age 6-10): July 3-13. July 16-27, July 30-Aug 10 @9am-12pm


    Media Production Camp (Age 13-18): July 16-27, July 30-Aug 10 @10am-2pm


    Teens Summer Camp: An Introduction to Employment (Age 13-18): July 16-20 @10am-2pm




    (5) SOAR Preschool  

    https://soarpreschool.ca/camps  info@soarpreschool.ca in Richmond

    Variety of week-long camps for children age 3-6 in July and August

    July 9-August 17 Monday to Friday @10am-1pm


    (6) Sirota’s Alchymy – Martial Arts

    Contact Master Michael Sirota for an initial assessment and further information:
    Tel: 604-244-8842 (Richmond), 604-569-3395 (Vancouver)
    Email: sirota@SirotasAlchymy.com   web: www.SirotasAlchymy.com


    (7) Zajac Ranch


    604-739-0444, info@zajacranch.com

    Overnight camps for ASD age 7-17: July 23-27, August 13-17

    Young Adult Camps for age 18-40, not autism specific: June 25-29, August 26-30


    (8) BC Easter Seals Camps


    camp@lionsbc.ca, 604-873-1865

    Overnight camps for children and teens (age 6-18) with physical and mental disabilities

    Three camp sites: Camp Squamish (north of Vancouver), Camp Winfield (Okanagan Valley), Camp Shawnigan (Vancouver Island)


    (9) The YMCA Camp

    Has integrated programs for special needs.

    For more information, visit: http://www.vanymca.org/camps/

    604-939-9622   email: camps@vanymca.org


    (10) Eureka Outdoor Camp

    Not a camp for all kids but for some kids all the camp they need


    604-520-1155, info@eurekacamp.ca

    Eureka Outdoor Camp is unique in B.C., specifically for children and adolescents with INVISIBLE DISABILITIES (e.g. Mild autism/Asperger syndrome). This is a term commonly used to describe a range of disorders that are neurologically based and not readily apparent. Generally, the disabilities do not affect the child’s intelligence. In fact, some children with invisible disabilities are also gifted further complicating the diagnosis.




    (11) SFU’s Autism Developmental Disorders Lab (addl)


    6th Annual Social Science Camp for children age 7-12

    FREE, fun, educational camp, on SFU Campus in Burnaby

    Saturday July 14th 9am-3pm (for children without ASD)

    Saturday July 21st 9am-3pm (for children with ASD)


    (12) Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society

    East Vancouver, New West (age 5-14)





    (13) ABA Learning Centre

    ASD Summer Jamboree (Summer Camp) – age 6-14 (typical siblings accepted)

    Location: Gray’s Park: 4850 St Catherines St, Vancouver

    6 weeks, Tue to Thu, 9am-4pm

    July 10-12, July 17-19, July 24-26

    Aug 7-9, Aug 14-16, Aug 21-23


    Contact Joseph Carpenter joseph@abacentre.ca, 604-232-4122


    (14) Club Aviva (Coquitlam)


    For student with developmental challenges; Scholarship available

    Specialized Summer Camps 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday

    The camps focus on social integration, physical development and communication skills. Children and their aides follow a structured and tailored schedule, whether it be an integration with a larger group of children, or a 1:1 session with our Movement Therapists. Activities include Movement Therapy, Aqua Therapy (at Chimo Pool), gymnastics, games, arts and crafts, free play time, quiet time, classroom activities, bike riding, and hiking. The most popular of the activities is bike riding, which is done every day, weather depending.


    (15) Pacific Riding for Developmental Abilities (Langley)

    www.prda.ca/our-programs, 604-530-8717

    Summer lessons, therapeutic horseback riding program



    (16) Operation Trackshoes


    Annual sports festival for age 6-80 who have a developmental disability.

    University of Victoria

    June 8-10, 2018



    (17) Disabled Sailing Association of BC


    Adapted sailing experiences for children age 8 and older


    (18) Play to Learn for Life (Vancouver)


    Zoe Raffard 778-883-3170, zoe@play2learn4life.com

    Occupational Therapy and SLP groups for children and teens


    (19) Skilled Kids OT


    Mahshid Hosseini, 604 921 4853 ot@skilledkids.com


    (20) Pedalheads

    Pedalheads Bike Camps (age 4-12+), adult private lessons

    Heroheads Multisports Half Day Camps (age 4-8)

    For all, not special needs specific

    www.pedalheads.com, 604-874-6464


    (21) Variety-the Children’s Charity


    Variety’s Boat for Hope – Vancouver (June 9, 2018)

    An unforgettable experience with pirate adventure for the special needs children and their families out in the water around English Bay, False Creek area with the local boating community, followed by an enjoyable barbeque lunch and entertaining activities in the park.


    (22) PosAbilities – for people with developmental disabilities


    *Head Start Summer Camp (employment preparation) age 14-18

    Camp #1: July 9-20 @9:00am-1:30pm

    Camp #2: August 13-24 @9:00am-1:30pm


    *Connect with PEERS Summer Camp (friendship building) age 14-18

    Camp #1: July 9-20 @1:30-3:00pm

    Camp #2: August 13-24 @1:30-3:00pm


    *Join the summer crew – age 8-11  Child/staff ratio is 4:1. Drop off in North Burnaby.

    Visiting Telus World of Science, BC Sports Hall of Fame, the Aquarium and more.

    Children and siblings of all diversities and capabilities are welcome.

    Camp #1: July 16-20 @9am-3pm (Mon-Fri)

    Camp #2: August 13-17 @9am-3pm (Mon-Fri)

    (23) PRIYD – Summer Youth Program

    Referred by social worker


    (24) The C.O.D.E. Initiative

    Computer programming for students with ASD, age 8-15 (beginner), age 8-17 (advanced)


    Beginner Coding: June 25-29 @4-6pm

    Advanced Coding: July 9-13, July 16-20 @3:30-5:30pm

    Robotics Workshop: July 23-27 @3:30-5:30pm


    (25) Daybreak Consulting (New West/Burnaby)


    604-721-9506, daybreak@yahoo.ca

    For students entering Kindergarten: Kindergarten Success program

    For students entering Gr 1-8: focus on preparing children to transition back to school smoothly.


    (26) TLC Special Needs Youth Program (Vancouver)

    Kitscc.com 778-723-0020, 604-257-6903

    Kitsilano Community Centre

    Programs for youth age 13-18 with mild to moderate developmental disabilities including autism.


    (27) Local City’s programs e.g. City of Vancouver

    Adapted and Integrated Programs




    (28) 1 Step Ahead Services (Burnaby)


    • info@1stepahead.ca , Anna Matchneva

    Interactive group program


    (29) Art for Life Therapy

    Art groups for unique artists (Williams Lake, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley)




    **Help us to expand our information list!  If you know any summer programs/camps in B.C. that will benefit children, teenagers or adults on the autism spectrum, please email shui@autismbc.ca. Thank you!


    How to choose summer programs for my child on the autism spectrum?

    Consider your child’s interest, abilities…

    Goals – attainable or not

    Family schedule in the summer

    Where to find resource?  – see attached

    Support – trained person vs volunteers, financial support

    Example: BE ACTIVE:  Swimming, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Horseback Riding…

    Example: DAY CAMP: Sports, Arts, Fieldtrips, Social Skills, Skills for transitioning…

    Example: OVERNIGHT CAMP: family camp, child/teen goes with sibling, child/teen goes himself/herself, adult camp

    How to prepare your child before the summer program/ summer camp?