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The following listings include agencies and organizations who have an offering of inclusive summer programs or services.

Please note that there may be other summer camp options not listed in this booklet, as this is not inclusive of every summer camp or service on the southern Vancouver Island. We hope that the listings provide you with references to many such camps but we encourage you to explore.

Best Coast Adventure Therapy

Website: www.bestcoastadventure.com

Contact: Meghan Cosgrove

Phone: 250-361-6793

Inclusive Outdoor Adventure Program

Join an inclusive nature-based summer camp which celebrates individuals of all abilities. Best Coast Adventure Therapy combines outdoor adventure activities with therapeutic processes to reach desired goals for all ages. This small-group summer camp program is designed to meet the various interests, strengths and needs of each participating individual and their family.

Nature has a prominent influence in the therapeutic process as it has been shown to improve emotional, cognitive, behavioural, spiritual and physical well-being. These experiences can lead to positive changes and can benefit all ages with skills of awareness, regulation, coping, coordination and focus while also providing the opportunity to pursue recreational interests.

Programming can include outdoor nature exploration, recreational activities, sports and physical education. Sports such as soccer, tennis, badminton, basketball, hockey, pickleball and archery can take place. Participants can also try water activities such as kayaking, swimming and paddleboarding. Other activities include yoga, meditation/mindfulness, hiking, scavenger hunts, nature walks, group games and more.

COST

$30/hour
(eligible for autism funding)

AGES SERVED

6+

LOCATION

Community based throughout Victoria, Saanich and the Westshore.

Registration is ongoing.

Canucks Autism Network

Website: canucksautism.ca

Phone: 1-604-685-4049

Fax: 1-604-685-4018

Programs for Children, Youth, Adults & Families with Autism Opportunities:
Canucks Autism Network (CAN) provides programs for individuals with autism and their families, while promoting acceptance and inclusion through community engagement and training initiatives across BC and beyond. Stay up-to-date on summer program details and registration dates by signing up for our monthly newsletter at canucksautism.ca/ newsletter! The most recent CAN Program Guide can always be found at canucksautism.ca/programs.

Programs:
For children with autism (ages 3-12), our programming focuses on sports and rec opportunities. For youth and adults with autism (ages 13-17 and 18+) our programming focuses on providing opportunities to develop physical and mental health, arts and technology, work and volunteer skills, and social and life skills. We also offer Family Events (all ages) that provide opportunities for families with autism to enjoy a wide range of activities together throughout the year (i.e movie matinees, outdoor rec events, etc.).

*Become a CAN member in order to access program registration by visiting: canucksautism.ca/join. Some programs require members to pay a highly subsidized fee which vary by program and length as a means to ensure program sustainability. CAN does not wish a fee to act as a barrier to participation – please see payment options by visiting: canucksautism.ca/payment. 

Autism Training Opportunities:
We provide training and accessibility resources for many sectors, including sport, recreation, first responders, schools, and a range of community spaces. To learn about customized training solutions, please visit: canucksautism.ca/training. 

COST

$25 (Annual Membership)*
Free (family events)

AGES SERVED

3-6, 7-12, 13-17, 18+
(year-round programs)
All Ages (family events)

LOCATION

Victoria & Nanaimo

Ongoing registrations

Community Living Victoria’s Autism Services Summer Camps

Website: www.communitylivingvictoria.ca/specialized-camps

Contact: Rachel Knoop or Dan Moses

Phone: 250-477-7231 ext 237 or local 249

Fax: 250-477-6944

CLV Autism Services Summer Camps 2021
We offer dynamic, community-based programming in a variety of camps for youth with autism. Our camps are interest-based and theme-oriented, so there is something for everyone! Activities may include nature walks, hiking, swimming, mini-golf, bowling, rock-climbing, physical literacy sessions (with PISE), arts and crafts, cooking, movies, gardening, outdoor activities (including canoeing or kayaking with Power To Be) and much more. Our skilled and knowledgeable team of Behaviour Interventionists who lead the camps supports youth to build friendships, gain confidence, strengthen social and communication skills, and practice life-skills. All fees are eligible for Autism Funding through the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Schedule
Nine weeks of camp from July 5 to Sep 3, 2021, with a new camp starting each week. Camps run from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. weekdays (exception of statutory holidays).

Suitable for:
Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, PDD-NOS included).

Support is based on a 3:1 camper to interventionist ratio. Applicants requiring extra support are welcome to apply to attend with a private one-to-one support worker (at a 50% discount) or request one-to-one support through our program (at additional cost).

COST

5-day camps: $400
4-day camps: $320
Pickup and Drop off may be possible at $1 per km

AGES SERVED

6-18 years of age

LOCATION

To be determined.


Community Living Victoria’s Teen Community Connections

Website: www.communitylivingvictoria.ca

Contact: Rachel Knoop

Phone: 250-477-7231 local 237

Fax: 250-477-6944

Teen Community Connection Summer Camps 2021
This program is run by CLV and is subsidized through funding from the Supported Child Development Program. All activities are community-based and promote access, recreation, leisure, and FUN! Throughout the week, teens are in locations that may include: local beaches and parks, recreation centres, local attractions, libraries, community events, and more. Activities may include: nature walks, hiking, swimming, mini-golf, bowling, rock-climbing, physical literacy sessions (PISE), arts and crafts, cooking, theatre, movies, gardening, outdoor programs run by Power To Be, and time for leisure. Our goal is to provide a positive and welcoming environment that encourages personal growth, life-skills and social interaction. Applicants can request up to 5 weeks of summer camp, depending on available space.

Weekly camps run from July 5th to Aug 27th, 2021 (8wks). Our camps are from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm weekdays, with the exception of statutory holidays. 

Suitable for:
Teens with intellectual disabilities aged 13-18yrs. Applicants must register with the Supported Child Development Program through QACCH and be eligible to receive services and funding through MCFD-CYSN. 

COST

5-day camps: $150
4-day camps: $120

AGES SERVED

13-18 years

LOCATION

Camp will begin and end at the Garden Activity Centre located at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health.


Dance In Your Freedom: Adapted Dance Camp

Website: www.embracearts.org

Dance In Your Freedom is a low intensity dance camp teens and adults featuring art, music, and more.

– July 5th – 9th, 2021 from 10:00am – 3:00pm

– August 9th – 13th, 2021 from 10:00am – 3:00pm

AGES SERVED

14 and up

LOCATION

Vertical Performing Arts
6021 West Saanich Road

To register visit: www.embracearts.org

Easter Seals City Adventure Day Camp

Website: www.eastersealsbcy.ca/city-camp

Phone: 1-800-818-4483

Easter Seals City Adventure Day Camp (BC Lion’s Society for Children With Disabilties)

City Adventure Day Camp – Victoria
Sign up for one day or as many as you like! Choose from a list of dates and activities and tailor a schedule to what your camper enjoys best. Activities may include everything from swimming and game days in the park, to bowling, park adventures, talent shows, movie days and art.

Campers will be travelling together to and from activities, with the aim of helping them become more comfortable getting around and exploring the great things Victoria has to offer. Participants will interact with other youth and together they’ll build social skills and confidence through these fun and educational day trips.

Detailed COVID-19 safety protocols to keep all participants, staff, and visitors safe have been put in place. This includes regular handwashing, the use of disinfectant wipes and masks, and an emphasis on activities that will not put the group near large groups of other people.

Suitable for:
Easter Seals City Adventure Day Camps are fully inclusive and accessible, and accommodate all types of cognitive and physical disabilities. The most common types of disabilities of campers are autism, developmental delays, anxiety disorders, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and epilepsy/seizure disorders.

Sessions will be broken up into ages groups of 12-18 and 19-49.

COST

$60/day

AGES SERVED

12-49 years (split into two groups 12-18 and 19-49)

LOCATION

In and around Victoria. Exact locations tbd based on activities booked.


Make Some Noise: Adapted Dance and Movement Camp

Website: www.embracearts.org

Make Some Noise is a half day camp for elementary aged students of all abilities. The camp features movement, music, games, and more!

– July 19th – 23rd, 2021 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

AGES SERVED

5 - 10+

LOCATION

Vertical Performing Arts
6021 West Saanich Road

To register visit: www.embracearts.org

PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence) – Summer Camps

Website: www.pise.ca/summer-camps/

Phone: 250-220-2510

Fax: 250-220-2501

Address:
4371 Interurban Rd,
Victoria BC, V9E 2C5

SUMMER CAMPS
PISE Summer Camps focus on FUN ways to develop the fundamental movement skills and patterns that enable children of all ages to be active for life! Whether that is learning how to throw properly or learning the correct technique of a squat, these movements are essential to being active, healthy and injury free. Learning a broad range of movement skills develops the confidence and competence to take on any challenges that children and youth may encounter both within sports or in general day to day life. This is developing physical literacy! For camp descriptions, pricing, and registration info please visit the website.

SUITABLE FOR:
Children of all abilities welcome. PISE staff are trained to meet the unique needs of all participants. At the same time, we recognize when there is a child or youth who requires further support and more 1:1 assistance. We appreciate good communication from families to determine if and when their child requires further support beyond our ratio. We work closely with families to resource additional funds or organizations for support if needed and welcome 1:1 support workers. Please discuss prior to camp registration. 

COST

Varies- Refer to website for information

AGES SERVED

3-15 years

LOCATION

Onsite Camps at PISE

Camp registration is open now.

Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society

Website: www.powertobe.ca

Contact: The Open Adventure Team

Phone: 250-385-2363

Fax: 250-385-2360

Address:
4633 Prospect Lake Road
Victoria BC, V9E 1J5

Open Adventure Information Session
Join a Virtual Information Session to learn more about the Open Adenture Program, our team, and Power To Be in general. Limited spaces are available, please email the Open Adventure Team if you are interested.

Suitable for:
Families and individuals living with physical, cognitive, health, neurological, or financial barriers, seeking access to nature.


Victoria Conservatory of Music

Website: www.vcm.bc.ca

Phone: 250-386-5311 ext 2030

Address:
900 Johnson St, Victoria
201-1314 Lakepoint Way, Langford
372 Selby Rd, Nanaimo

Music Therapy Summer Camp 2021 – FREE Camp (1-8 yrs old)

August 2nd – 6th (Langford) / August 9th -13th (Victoria)

SUITABLE FOR:
Those with exceptionalities, special abilities, conditions or illnesses. Must be accompanied by caregiver or parent.

Music Therapy
Music therapy is for children as young as 12 months old to the elders; those of all ages with exceptionalities.

Sessions take place at our 3 locations (Victoria, Langford & Nanaimo) or in the community in these areas. The studios are equipped with hundreds of large and small music instruments, therapeutic equipment, recording studios, Soundbeam (which transfers movements into sounds) and a multi-sensory studio at our Victoria site.

Come play instruments, sing, dance, compose, improv with our incredibly dedicated faculty members. Sessions designed to meet specific participants goals.

COST

Offered all year round $83/hr (in-house session) $67/hr (in-community)

AGES SERVED

1 to 19 years

LOCATION

Victoria, Langford and Nanaimo

Registration opens May 28th on our website www.vcm.bc.ca

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