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We believe that all children should have the opportunity to go to summer residential camps if they choose. We have listed some of the summer residential camps close to Victoria. These are all generic camps that support the concept of inclusion of a child with a disability. Parents of children with disabilities who are considering sending their child to a residential camp should read about Lifetime Networks’ Summer Residential Camp Assistance Service (previously run by Recreation Integration Victoria) described in the CYSN sponsored program section of this website.

Parents are advised to contact the camp of their choice well in advance to discuss the suitability of the camp for their child and registration.

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

Camp Pringle

Website: www.camppringle.com

Phone: 250-743-2189

Summer Camp
Located in a beautiful natural setting on Shawnigan Lake, Camp Pringle offers opportunities for children & youth of all abilities to experience summer camp! Camp Pringle is operated by the United Church of Canada and is proudly accredited by the BC Camps Association. For the 2021 summer season, day camps are available June 28th – August 27th from 8:30am-5:00pm. Our day camp programs offer all our famous camp activities like archery, ropes course and kayaking as well as catered lunch and snacks each day! Bursaries are available for families with financial limitations. For more information on the COVID-19 safety plan and protocols in place at our facility for summer 2021 day camps please visit our website www.camppringle.com

Suitable for:
Camp Pringle is committed to the inclusion of all abilities, but may not be able to accommodate all needs (e.g. medically fragile). For camper suitability, please call the Director to discuss. Please note, if your child requires 1 to 1 support to be successful at camp, we are not able to provide that service but we will help you source external support. There is no extra charge for meals or accommodation when a personal support worker joins your child at camp. 

COST

Day Camp Cost - $270/camp

AGES SERVED

Ages Served – 6-16 years (no longer to age 17)

LOCATION

2520 West Shawnigan Lake Rd,
Shawnigan Lake BC, V0R 2W3

No deadline for registration while space is available (15% early bird discount before May 1st). Waiting lists when full. Apply directly to Camp Pringle.

Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan

Website: www.eastersealsbcy.ca/camp

Phone: 1-800-818-4483

Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan (BC Lion’s Society for Children With Disabilties)

Summer Camp
Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan offers a 5-night, nature-based, fully-accessible program for children and adults with disabilities aged 6-49 years old. All activities are designed to build confidence, independence and peer interaction in a recreation environment. Campers are encouraged and supported to participate in activities they may have never tried before, including climbing the climbing wall, multi-day hikes, sailing, canoeing, swimming, wheelchair basketball, tie dying, talent shows, arts and crafts and more! There is a staff ratio of 3:1 to ensure your child is well looked after. All staff are specially trained and there is a well-equipped health facility that is staffed by registered nurses.

Suitable for:
Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan is a fully-accessible camp that can accommodate all types of cognitive and physical disabilities. Personal support workers are able to stay the week if needed. The most common types of disabilities of campers are autism, developmental delays, anxiety disorders, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and epilepsy/seizure disorders.

COST

$800 – ages 6-18
$1000 – ages 19-49

AGES SERVED

6-49 years

LOCATION

2180 Shawnigan Lake Rd,
Shawnigan Lake BC, V0R 2W5


The YES Leadership Camp

Website: www.theyes.ca

Phone: 604-960-1377

The YES Leadership Camp
The Youth Excellence Society (YES) i s a charitable organization that provides exceptional leadership training to British Columbia’s youth through the support of the province’s co-operative and credit union movement. For over 45 years, the YES has been providing a unique l earning experience for over 15,000 youth across BC. The YES has no religious affiliation.

The YES Leadership Camp provides week-long leadership retreats for youth from all over BC. Skills training i s offered for teens i n the areas of self-awareness, cooperation, communication, global awareness, inclusion, sustainability and leadership. Participants take part in the creation of a strong community of support, respect and growth. Not only is there a chance to learn and grow, it’s also tons of fun! From field games to hikes, to tie dye and participant-lead projects, we have a variety of fun activities each day. The YES is excited to share new programs for 2021 Summer, including week-long virtual camps for youth, as well as week-long hybrid (in-person and virtual) day camp style programs for the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Overnight camps are to be confirmed. The YES Camp is a summer experience that will last a life-time. Learn more about programs at www.theyes.ca.

Suitable For:
Camp is open and inclusive to all youth.

COST

Between $350-$800, dependent on virtual or overnight programs. Subsidies and sponsorship
available.

AGES SERVED

14-18 years

LOCATION

Varied locations for 2021 programming: Camp Capilano, Victoria, Nanaimo, Virtual. Overnight
programs are located at Lake Cowichan.


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