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									                       Summer Camp Information 2009

                              Places to find camp information:

Calgary’s Child magazine –
This magazine provides many sources of information on summer programs. It is available at
recreation centers, community centers, grocery stores and libraries, and other community
news stands.

Recreation in The City Program Guide – or call 3-1-1
Produced 4 times a year, lists programs & events offered through city recreation facilities
that are for all Calgarians.
Fee assistance – provides subsidies to recreation programs for those in financial need.
Community & Neighborhood Services (CNS)

Recreation Discovery –, enter Recreation Discovery in Search bar
Call 3-1-1 or 403-268-2489
An annual publication of agencies/organizations (and contacts) who provide recreation
opportunities, both integrated and specialized for people with disabilities.

Community Resource Centers in Calgary – or call 2-1-1
Community resource centers are a great source of information on community programs and
summer camp ideas. They may also be able to provide information on students looking for
summer employment.

Calgary Herald – publishes a two-weekend supplement of summer camps.

Alberta Camping Association
11759 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB., T5M 3K6
Phone: 1-780-427-6605
Fax: 1-780-427-6695
Parent Information on:
• 10 Steps to Choosing a Perfect Camp
• Camper’s Worksheet
• Types: Day, Residential, Religiously-affiliated, Agency-sponsored, Special Needs
• Questions Parents should ask the Camp Director
Need an Aide for camp?
Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) – 403-297-6022 (Main intake line).
Please contact your FSCD worker regarding support for summer camps and aides. If you do
not have an FSCD worker please call the main intake line above.

•   Classroom Aides may be looking for summer employment.
•   High School and Junior High School students might be looking for summer
    employment. They might be able to work in-home to be an extra set of hands or to
    provide the support needed in a summer camp. Call your local school and ask if you can
    advertise within.
•   University of Calgary Community Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies – 403-220-3543
    and Mount Royal College Department of Disabilities Studies – 403-240-6448 – may have
    students that are interested in summer employment.

•   How to hire a student at Mount Royal College for private respite services (via internet):
    Mount Royal website –
       1. go to
       2. click on employers
       3. click on hire and MRC student or Graduate
       4. click on post a job on MRC’s central job bank

•   How to hire a student at University of Calgary for private respite services (via internet):
    U of C website –
       1. go to
       2. click on Career Services under Employees
       3. click Recruiting Services near bottom right hand corner
       4. under post your job vacancies click Online Posting Form

There will be instructions on how to fill out the form. Please keep a copy of the information
for your records. As you are filling out the form, be as specific as you can about your
circumstances. By outlining times, medical needs, behavioral needs, if the child needs to be
lifted, or if you would like the child taken out of the house, this allows both the student and
you to make a good match for a positive and successful summer.

            Save your camp and aide receipts!
         They may be tax deductible or qualify for
                   the Child Fitness Tax Benefit.
Subsidy/Fee Assistance Information:

•    Child Care Subsidy information is available by contacting 403-297-1600 or the website at

•    Fee Assistance – City of Calgary – Calgary Recreation Services – 2-1-1 or 3-1-1. Admission prices to The Calgary Zoo,
     green fees at golf courses and admission to pools and leisure centers, are covered under
     the fee assistance program.

•    KidSport - 403-202-0251 (Esther). Fee assistance programs are available
     for summer programs as well as year round programs. Sports equipment may also be
     available for children.

Summer Camps and Programs

The following is a list of summer camps and programs available in Calgary and surrounding
area. It is the responsibility of the family to inquire about the suitability of the camp, and the
potential fit for your child.

This list includes type of camp, contact information and website.

    Note: The camp and programs listed are provided for your convenience only. No
        recommendation of any camp or summer program is intended by ACH.
                       Summer Camps and Programs
Absolute Dance Summer Camps
Dance summers camps for children.
Ages: 4-11 years
Contact: 403-210-0188 – Meagan

ACAD – Alberta College of Art and Design
Day camp for youth interested in visual arts and design.
Ages: Youth in grade 7-12
Contact: 403- 284-7640
       – click on Spring + Summer: Extended Studies Calendar
       – click on Teen Studies

Autism Aspergers Friendship Society (AAFS)
Runs a variety of weekly activities.
Ages: 7 and up
Contact: 403-875-0524 – Dean or 403-608-5651 - Jamie

Boy’s and Girl’s Club
Provides a variety of camp opportunities for families and children in different locations
around the city.
Ages: 6-17 years
Contact: 403-276-9981 main line
       -click on Camp Adventure for residential camps
       -click on Clubs for day camps

Bow Waters Canoe Club
Presents canoeing, kayaking, and other water -craft related opportunities.
Ages: 10 - 17 years
Contact: 403-235-2922 – Armand

Butterfield Acres
Day camps for age appropriate farm activities focusing on a different farm animal each day.
Ages: 3 – 14 years
Contact: 403-547-3595
Calgary Arts Summer School Association
Day camps that allow students to “discover the fine arts within themselves”.
Contact: 403-271-0418

Calgary Climbing Centre
Day camps available in different locations in Calgary.
Ages: 6 and up
Contact: 403- 252-6778

Calgary Learning Centre
Instructional programs for children, includes literacy strategies, shared reading, games and
Ages: 7-10 years
Contact: 403-686-9300

Calgary Public Library
With various locations throughout the city the Public Library is a great place for summer
fun with low cost. There are summer programs focused on reading literacy and storytime
for kids of all ages. Check with your local library for specific programs and times.

Calgary Young People’s Theatre
Fun drama camps for all ages, two locations in the city.
Ages: 4 – 16 years
Contact: 403-230-2664

Calgary Youth Rowing Camps
Day camps and programs for youth.
Ages: 13-18 years
Contact: 403- 249-2880

Calgary Youth Summer Program-Only for girls
Focus on immigrant families.
Ages: 10-14 years
Contact: 403-263-4414
Calgary Zoo
Animal related day camps for all ages. If child requires 1on 1 assistance must bring own aid.
Ages: 4–18 years
Contact: 403-232-9300
       -click on Events and Programs
       -click on Kids and Families
       -then click on Summer Camps

Camp Amicus (Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta – Calgary Chapter)
Opportunities for children and teens with learning disabilities, AD/HD and Aspergers
Syndrome to learn athletic coordination, appropriate social skills, peer relations and problem
solving skills while building friendships and having fun.
Contact: 403-283-6606 – Matt or Cindy

Camp Bonaventure (Calgary Between Friends Club)-Day Camps
Provides quality outdoor day camp experiences. Integrated Camp Opportunities offered
partnering with various summer community day camps around Calgary.
Ages: 4-17 years
Contact: 403-269-9133

Camp Chestermere
Camping experience in a Christian atmosphere. Subsidies available
Ages: 5-15 years
Contact: 403-272-6030 - Diane

Camp Gardner (Scouts Canada)
Camping and outdoors program through scouting movement.
Ages: 8 – 11 years
Contact: 403-283-4993

Camp Health, Hope, and Happiness
Provides recreational and leisure opportunities at Seba Beach. This camp is suited to the
special needs of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities. If child requires 1
on 1 assistance you must bring your own aide.
Ages: 6 and up
Contact: 1-780-429-3277 – Matthew
Camp Horizon (Easter Seals)
Provides outdoor recreation programs to Albertans with special needs. If child requires 1 on
1 assistance, you must bring your own aide.
Ages: 7 – 18 years
Contact: 403-949-3818 ext. 28 – Jen

Camp Jean Nelson (Canadian Diabetes Association)
Summer camp held in Bragg Creek for children living with Type I Diabetes. The Camp offers
typical summer activities such as hiking, canoeing, swimming and fireside sing-a-longs in an
environment that provides round-the-clock care from expert medical and nutritional staff.
Ages: 8-15 years
Contact: 403-266 – 0620 ext. 113 – Melissa
        -click In Your Community
        -then click on Alberta

Camp Kannawin
A Christian residential camp operated by the Presbyterian Synod of Alberta, located on the
northeast shore of Sylvan Lake.
Ages: 5 – 18 years
Contact: 403-286-1609 - Margaret
       -click on Schedule

Camp Kuriakos (Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Canada)
Residential and family camp, located on the west shore of Sylvan Lake
Ages: any age
Contact: 403-748-3927 - David

Camp Okotoks (Camp Okotoks Society)
Christian children’s residential and day camps
Ages: 5 – 18 years
Contact: 403-281-2276 - Carolyn

Camp Rehoboth (Rehoboth Christian Ministries)
A one-week residential camp for the mentally disabled offering a one-on-one ratio of
campers to counselors.
Ages: 8-18 years
Contact: 1-780-963-4044 - Kelvin
Camp Valaqua (Conference of Mennonites in Alberta)
Christian camp located on 250 acres on the Little Red Deer River, 1 hr northwest of Calgary.
Family camp includes parents and children age 3 and up.
Ages: 8-17 years
Contact: 403-637-2510 - John

Camp Sunflower Society for Disabled Children
Camp sessions are held each summer for severely handicapped children within and close to
the city of Calgary. The camp is currently held at Christine Meikle School.
Ages: 6-18 years
Contact: 403-226-0359 – Kathy or 403-254-4963 - Alana

Canada Olympic Park
Variety of camps both half and full days; Tykes adventure camp, Jr. Adventure camp, Core
adventure camp, outdoor camp, Leadership in Training, and KONA; Kids Learn to Mountain
Bike Camp; Jr. hard core riders, hard core riders, performance free-ride camp.
Ages: 4-14 years
Contact: 403-247-5452

Chinook Learning Services Summer School
Day camps, summer school for grades 1-9.
Ages: 6 – 15 years
Contact: 403-777-7200

City of Calgary Community & Neighbourhood Services
Half-day, full-day, and evening events/activities for children, youth & families throughout
the summer
Ages: 9 – 17 years
Contact: 3-1-1 for information
       - click on Children and Youth

CNIB Summer Camps
Day camps and programs
Ages: 3 – 15 years
Contact: 403-266-8831
       - click search Alberta
Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
Students will experience various dance styles and acquire skills in Jazz, African, Tap, Funk,
Basic Ballet and Modern.
Ages: 5 – 16 years
Contact: 403-245-3533

Encana Badlands Science Camp
Provides a junior-level, senior-level and a family camp to introduce children to amazing
hands-on learning opportunities in biology, paleontology and geology at the Royal Tyrrell
Ages: 5 - up
Contact: 1- 403-823-7707
Toll free (in Alberta) 310-0000 + 403-823-7707
Elsewhere in North America 1-888-440-4240

Foothills Summer Camp for Kids ( Seventh- Day Adventist Church)
A non-profit Christian camp near Olds
Ages: 6 – 17 years
Contact: 1 -877- 228-1175 (toll free)

Ghost River Rediscovery
Native culture with a philosophy of love and respect for each other and earth.
Ages: 8 - adult
Contact: 403-270-9351 - Karla

Girl Guides of Canada Calgary Area
Ages: Girls 6-15
Contact: 403-283-8348

Green Summer Camp
The Green Summer Camp is a camp for children with special needs located at the Calgary
Quest School. The camp’s focus is to keep the children active in a social and recreational
Ages: 10 – 18 years
Contact: 403-253-0003 - Heather

Kamp Kiwanis (Kiwanis Club)
Camp for underprivileged / disadvantaged children from Calgary and area.
Ages: 9 – 17 years
Contact: 403-242-9555 - Jennifer
Kids Cancer Camps of Alberta
Camp Sunrise
A weeklong day camp held each summer at recreational facilities in Calgary and Edmonton.
This unique experience for children includes special guests, field trips, arts/crafts, an
overnight adventure and a variety of other “camp” activities. It also provides a wonderful
opportunity for kids to connect with their peers and have loads of summer fun.
Ages: 3 – 7 years
Contact: Info below

Camp Sunmaker
A one-week, residential summer camping program held in partnership with Easter Seals
Camp Horizon in Kananaskis Country. The camp runs from Monday to Saturday and is jam-
packed with adventure. This summer experience inspires much-needed camaraderie, which
brings understanding, encouragement, laughter and comfort.
Ages: 7 – 17 years
Contact: 403- 216-9210 - Jordan

Minds in Motion
Day camps and programs offered at the University of Calgary.
Grades: 3-12
Contact: 403-220-2468

Trico Centre
Half and full day programs
Ages: 3 – 14 years
Contact: 403-278-7542

Mount Royal College Children & Youth Programs
Offer a variety of camps in diverse areas ranging from the arts to adventure camps that
will appeal to a variety of age groups and interests.
Ages: 6 – 17 years
Contact: 403-440-6001

Music Express Camps 2009
Music Express Camps create a fun therapeutic and learning environment where preschool
students with and without disabilities to make new friends in the interest with music.
Ages: 3 – 17 years
Contact: 403-240-3877 - Ursula
SAIT Summer Programs
Athletic day camps and programs offered at SAIT.
Ages: 6 – 18 years
Contact: 403-210-4130
       - click on Summer Camps on right side of page

Scout’s Canada Chinook Council Summer Camp Programs
Offer co-ed programs for boys and girls and is open to scouting and non-scouting members
at either Camp Gardner, 30 minutes west of Calgary and Camp Apistotoke, 65 km southwest
of Medicine Hat in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.
Ages: 8 – 14 years
Contact: 1-888-726-8876

Southern Alberta Bible Camp
An independent Christian bible camp located on the Travers Reservoir outside of Lomond, in
Southern Alberta.
Ages: 5 – 18 years
Contact: 1-403-792-3644 - Nicole

Special Olympics Calgary
Offering Albertans with an intellectual disability a chance to participate in a variety of
athletics and sporting activities year round. These offer the athletes tremendous
opportunities to learn new skills, challenge themselves and have fun.
Contact: 403-735-1022 or 1-800-444-2883

Summer Art & Nature Camp
Provides opportunities for children to experience a variety of art forms at the Leighton Art
Center which is situated 20 km. SW of Calgary. Transportation by bus is provided.
Ages: 6 -12 years
Contact: 403-931-3636

“Summer Explorers” (Society for the Treatment of Autism)
A specialized day camp designed for children with severe autism and other related
disorders. Children require funding for a one-to-one aide; we will provide the aide.
Ages: 7 – 18 years
Contact: 403-253-2291 - Diane
Summer Family Literacy Program
Calgary Immigrant Aid Society presents a literacy program for children at the Mosaic
Ages: 3-6 years
Contact: 403-538-8361 – Wendy or 403-265-6093

Talisman Centre (Lindsay Park).
Spring/Summer programs and camps. Summer camp programs – Sport and adventure camps.
Ages: 4 – 17 years
Contact: 403-233-8393

Telus Science Centre - Creative Kids Museum
Offer a variety of hands-on camps and programs.
Ages: 5 -13 years
Contact: 403-268-8302
       -click on Courses/Programs

Theatre and Performing Arts Camp
Present opportunities to “let the actor bloom inside you.”
Ages: 7 – 17 years
Contact: 403-294-7455 ext.1075 - Ayla

VRRI – Summer Camp Fun
Theme based camps run weekly. They offer Red Cross swimming lessons, weekly field trips,
crafts, games. This camp welcomes children of all abilities; however, if your child requires
one on one support please provide an aide.
Ages: 5 – 12 years
Contact: 403-284-2231

Westside Recreation Centre
Offers a variety of day camps and programs.
Ages: 2-17 years
Contact: 403-531-5875
       -click on Programs
       -click on Program brochure
YMCA Calgary Day Camps
Variety of specialty camps, exciting activities like games, crafts, sports, and swimming. Call
or access website for all locations.
Ages: 3-17 years
Contact: 403-531-1660

The Zajac Ranch for Children
Summer camp in British Columbia for children with chronic illness and special needs.
Ages: 7-17 years
Contact: 1-604-739-0444 - Ana

                Note: This list is to give parents ideas on Summer Camps.
    The Alberta Health Services is by no way endorsing any camp included in this list.
This information is updated on an ongoing basis but parents are still encouraged to contact
  the camp(s) for more detailed information regarding registration fees, subsidies and

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