2019 Summer Camps

  • AUTISM-FRIENDLY SUMMER PROGRAMS/CAMPS 2019

    Please note: Information and terminology have been collected from the websites of various organizations. Information was last updated May 17th, 2019.

    Overnight Camps in B.C.

    Canucks Autism Network

    Contact: Look at their website, 604 685 4049 or info@canucksautism.ca 

    • 2019 Overnight Camp will be a 3-Day/2-Night camp for participants with autism ages 6+ yrs to enjoy an unforgettable outdoor experience! Activities at camp include ocean swimming, rock climbing, campfires, and more!
      • This year’s camp will take place at Keats Island from Tuesday, August 27, to Thursday, August 29. Online registration will be open from Monday, May 13, at noon, to Friday, May 17, at noon.
      • All participants will be notified of their updated registration status by end of day on Friday, May 24.
      • Important Reminder: Overnight Camp is a very popular program and we anticipate we will not be able to accommodate all those who wish to attend. Please keep in mind that enrolment is not guaranteed.

    Zajac Ranch

    www.zajacranch.com | 604-739-0444 | info@zajacranch.com

    • ASD Camps (ages 7-17)
      • Week 1: July 22-26, 2019
      • Week 2: August 12-16, 2019
    • Young adult camps (ages 18-40) – Inclusive but not autism specific
      • Week 1: June 24-28, 2019
      • Week 2: August 26-30, 2019

    BC Easter Seals Camps

    www.eastersealscamps.ca camp@lionsbc.ca | 604-873-1865

    Overnight camps for children and teens (age 6-18) with physical and mental disabilities.
    Two camp sites: Camp Winfield (Okanagan Valley), Camp Shawnigan (Vancouver Island)

    Silver Lake (Peachland)

    Website:  http://www.silverlakecamp.net/about-us.html 

    Introduction to camp is June 29, 9-12 year olds, July 19-20 (two full days, one night), August 6-8, 12-15 year olds (three full days, two nights) 

    For more information, please contact:
    Russ Paton – Camp Director 
    B. 778.769.2442 / C. 604.308.2820
    russ@silverlakecamp.net

    Columbia Outdoor School Blue Lake Camp (North of Cranbrook)

    Location:  1 hour North of Cranbrook 
    More information: http://columbiaoutdoorschool.com/special-needs

    Eureka Outdoor Camp

    www.eurekacamp.ca | 604-520-1155 | info@eurekacamp.ca

    Eureka Outdoor Camp is unique in B.C., specifically for children and adolescents with invisible disabilities.

    • Now offering summer programs at Camp Artiban on Gambier Island in Howe Sound (a 30-minute water taxi from Horseshoe Bay).
    • Camp Artiban offers “more of a traditional camp experience with activities such as scenic hikes, archery, rock climbing, swimming and boating to name a few.”

    Day Camps in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley

    AutismBC

    ABA Summer Camp – FULL FOR 2019
    604-434-0880 ext. 107
    For students in an ABA home program entering K to Gr 12, from Surrey, come with 1:1 support worker.
    July 2- August 9 @9:00-2:30 (one week to six weeks)

    Learn more about this year’s ABA camp here. 

    SOAR Preschool

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

    Info on their website is out of date. The following dates and times are correct:

    • Session 1: July 8-19th, 2019
    • Session 2: July 22-August 2nd, 2019
    • Session 3: August 5th-16th, 2019
    • Each session runs Monday-Friday and you choose either 9-11am OR 12-2pm

    Sirota’s Alchymy – Martial Arts

    MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, and ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

    Click here for more information on this year’s camp.

    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

    The YMCA Camp

    Has integrated programs for special needs.
    For more information, visit: http://www.vanymca.org/camps/
    604-939-9622   |  camps@vanymca.org

    SFU’s Autism Developmental Disorders Lab (ADDL)

    • http://autismlab.psyc.sfu.ca/Camp2019
    • 8th annual social science camp (2019)
      • Free day camp for kids aged 7-12 with or without Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
      • For children without a diagnosis of ASD: Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 9am-3pm
      • For children with a diagnosis of ASD: Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 9am- 3pm.
    • NOTE: Part of the camp involves children participating in a research study (playing computer games, word games, puzzles, etc.)

    Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society – FULL FOR 2019

    ABA Learning Centre

    ASD Summer Jamboree (Summer Camp) – age 6-14 (typical siblings accepted)
    Location: Gray’s Park: 4850 St Catherines St, Vancouver
    https://abacentre.ca/our-autism-programs/summer-jamboree/

    • Two age ranges: 6-12, 12-16
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (dates not listed)

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

    Club Aviva (Coquitlam)

    For students 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.

    Website here

    Pacific Riding for Developmental Abilities (Langley)

    Contact: www.prda.ca/our-programs, 604-530-8717
    Summer lessons, therapeutic horseback riding day program
    Registration for summer lessons opens in May.

    Disabled Sailing Association of BC

    Website
    Adapted sailing experiences for children age 8 and older

    Skilled Kids OT

    www.skilledkids.com
    Contact: Mahshid Hosseini, 604 921 4853, ot@skilledkids.com

    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

    PosAbilities – For people with developmental disabilities

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

    • Session 1: July 8-12, 2019 (mornings)
    • Session 2: August 26-30, 2019 (mornings)

    More information here

    *Connect with PEERS Summer Camp (friendship building) age 14-18
    July 8-19, 2019 (1st week in the afternoon, 2nd week in the morning)

    *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.

    • Session 1: July 8-12, 2019
    • Session 2: August 19-23, 2019

    Daybreak Consulting (New West/Burnaby)

    www.daybreakconsulting.ca | 604-721-9506 | daybreak@yahoo.ca

    • August 19 – 23, 2019
    • Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • “It’s time to “Get ready for school”… But it’s still summer, so we make sure that we have fun doing it!”
    • “Mornings focus on essential skills required to transition back to school after summer. Afternoons are all about fun and authentic opportunities to practice social skills with peers.”
    • Open to ages 4-12 on the Autism Spectrum

    TLC Special Needs Youth Program (Vancouver)

    **Registration is through the Ministry of Children and Families only**
    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.

    Local City’s programs e.g. City of Vancouver

    1 Step Ahead Services (Burnaby)

    www.1stepahead.ca
    Contact: info@1stepahead.ca , Anna Matchneva
    Interactive group program

    The C.O.D.E. Initiative

    Website here.

    Dates:

    Each workshop is $100.

    Day Camps in Vancouver Island

    Operation Trackshoes

    Website here

    Annual sports festival for age 6-80 who have a developmental disability.
    University of Victoria
    Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9, 2019

    Day Camps in Interior B.C.

    ARC Programs Ltd. (Kelowna)

    Website:  https://arcprograms.com/ 

    ARC Programs Summer Staycation Day camp – stay tuned as details TBA

    Oak Learning Centre (Kelowna)

    Website: http://www.oaklearning.ca/ 

    • Math Matters
      • July 8-12 & August 12-16, 9-11:30 for grades 4 to 7, 1-3:30 for grades 8-10 
    • Brain Booster Clinic
      • August 20-23 & 26-29, grades 3-6 9:30 to 11:30, grades 7-9, 1-3:30, grades 10-12 4:30 – 6:30 

    Summer Camp –

    • Social Communication Group
      • Grades 2-5 – July 15-19 at 8:30 to 10:30
      • Grades 6-8 from July 15-19 at 1-3 
    • Learn to Drive Smart Class 
      • July 16-18 and 23-25 4:30 to 6:30
      • For individuals trying to get their Learner’s Driving License.  Covering all content needed for BC’s learner’s licence test, practice previous test questions, one on one guidance when needed.  

    OKCYS (Okanagan Child & Youth Services) (Kelowna)

    Website: https://www.okcys.ca/

    Dates TBA
    Times 9 am to noon 

    For ages 7-11

    More information

    Arion Therapeutic Farms (Kelowna)

    Website: https://www.ariontherapeutic.farm/farm-camp 

    2019 Farm Camp Dates 

    • July 22nd-26th 
    • July 29th- August 2nd 
    • August 12th-16th 
    • August 26th-30th 

    Farm Camp costs $250/week long session. 

    Mind Over Learning (Kelowna)

    Website: http://mindoverlearning.com/programs/summer-programs/
    Dates:
    Art Extravaganza Week (ages 5-10), half day high support, July 8-12, All Day July 29-Aug 2
    Engineering Week (ages 9-12), half day high support, July 15-19, All Day, Aug 12-16
    Chef Week (ages 6-11), half day high support camp only, July 22-26
    Coding 101 Week (ages 9-13), All Day only, Aug 19-23
    Life Competency Camp (ages 13-16), 1 to 4, Choose from July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26  

    Times 
     9 to 12 (½ day) or 9-3 (full day)

    More information

    Canucks Autism Network Day Camps (Kelowna, Kamloops, Vancouver) 

    LOCATION: Kelowna, Kamloops, Vancouver  
    Website: https://www.canucksautism.ca/drive/uploads/2019/05/Summer2019-LeisureGuide.pdf 
    Dates – See Leisure Guide link above  
    Times – See Leisure Guide link above

    Okanagan Science Centre (Vernon)

    Website: http://www.okscience.ca/
    See website for details.

    Oak Learning Centre (Vernon)

    Website: http://www.oaklearning.ca/ 

    • Social Communication Group
      • Aug 1-16th (Thursdays & Fridays) 1 to 3pm, grades 3 to 6  
    • Brain Booster Clinic
      • Aug 19-30, Mon, Thurs & Fri, grades 3-6 from 9:30 to 11:30, grades 7-9, 1 to 3:30 and grades 10-12, 4:30 to 6:30 
    • Math Matters
      • July 22 – Aug 2, Mon, Thurs & Fri, grades 4 to 7, 9 to 11:30  

    Stepping Stones (Kelowna)

    Website here.
    For details on the programs offered please click here.

    **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 hello@autismbc.ca. Thank you!