Summer Camp Information 2009 Places to find camp information: Calgary’s Child magazine – www.calgaryschild.com 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 – www.calgary.ca/recreation 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 – www.calgary.ca, 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 – www.calgaryandareafsa.gov.ab.ca 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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.albertacamping.com 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 – www.mtroyal.ab.ca/careerservices/ 1. go to www.mtroyal.ab.ca/careerservices/ 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 – www.ucalgary.ca/careers/ 1. go to www.ucalgary.ca/careers/ 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. See www.cra-arc.gc.ca/fitness Subsidy/Fee Assistance Information: • Child Care Subsidy information is available by contacting 403-297-1600 or the website at www.gov.ab.ca. • Fee Assistance – City of Calgary – Calgary Recreation Services www.calgary.ca/recreation – 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 www.kidsportcalgary.ca - 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 Website: email@example.com 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 Website: www.acad.ca – 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 Website: www.aafscalgary.com 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 Website: www.boysandgirlsclubofcalgary.ca -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 Website: www.bowaters.org 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 Website: www.butterfieldacres.com Calgary Arts Summer School Association Day camps that allow students to “discover the fine arts within themselves”. Ages: Contact: 403-271-0418 Website: www.calgaryartssummer.com Calgary Climbing Centre Day camps available in different locations in Calgary. Ages: 6 and up Contact: 403- 252-6778 Website: www.calgaryclimbing.com Calgary Learning Centre Instructional programs for children, includes literacy strategies, shared reading, games and activities. Ages: 7-10 years Contact: 403-686-9300 Website: www.calgarylearningcentre.com 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. Website: www.calgarypubliclibrary.com/ Calgary Young People’s Theatre Fun drama camps for all ages, two locations in the city. Ages: 4 – 16 years Contact: 403-230-2664 Website: www.cypt.ca Calgary Youth Rowing Camps Day camps and programs for youth. Ages: 13-18 years Contact: 403- 249-2880 Website: www.calgaryrowing.com Calgary Youth Summer Program-Only for girls Focus on immigrant families. Ages: 10-14 years Contact: 403-263-4414 Website: www.ciwa-online.com 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 Website: www.calgaryzoo.org -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 Website: www.LDAA.net 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 Website: www.betweenfriends.ab.ca Camp Chestermere Camping experience in a Christian atmosphere. Subsidies available Ages: 5-15 years Contact: 403-272-6030 - Diane Website: www.campchestermere.com Camp Gardner (Scouts Canada) Camping and outdoors program through scouting movement. Ages: 8 – 11 years Contact: 403-283-4993 Website: www.chinook.scouts.ca 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 Website: www.camphehoha.com 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 Website: www.easterseals.ab.ca 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 Website: www.diabetes.ca -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 Website: www.campkannawin.ca -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 Website: www.kuriakos.ab.ca Camp Okotoks (Camp Okotoks Society) Christian children’s residential and day camps Ages: 5 – 18 years Contact: 403-281-2276 - Carolyn Website: www.campokotoks.com 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 Website: www.rehoboth.ab.ca 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 Website: www.campvalaqua.com 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 Website: www.campsunflower.ca 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 Website: www.winsportcanada.ca/cop/lessonsprograms/camptorch.cfm Chinook Learning Services Summer School Day camps, summer school for grades 1-9. Ages: 6 – 15 years Contact: 403-777-7200 Website: www.chinooklearningservices.com 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 Website: www.calgary.ca/cns - click on Children and Youth CNIB Summer Camps Day camps and programs Ages: 3 – 15 years Contact: 403-266-8831 Website: www.cnib.ca - 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 Website: www.decidedlyjazz.com 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 Museum. 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 Website: www.tyrrellmuseum.com 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) Website: www.foothillscamp.org 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 Website: www.ghostriverrediscovery.com Girl Guides of Canada Calgary Area Ages: Girls 6-15 Contact: 403-283-8348 Website: www.calgareaguides.com 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 atmosphere. 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 Website: www.kidscancercare.ab.ca Minds in Motion Day camps and programs offered at the University of Calgary. Grades: 3-12 Contact: 403-220-2468 Website: www.ucalgarykids.ca Trico Centre Half and full day programs Ages: 3 – 14 years Contact: 403-278-7542 Website: www.tricocentre.ca 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 Website: www.mtroyal.ca/collegekids 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 Website: www.jbmusic.ca SAIT Summer Programs Athletic day camps and programs offered at SAIT. Ages: 6 – 18 years Contact: 403-210-4130 Website: www.sait.ca/trojans - 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 Website: www.chinook.scouts.ca 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 Website: www.sabc.ca 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 Website: www.specialolympicscalgary.ca 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 Website: www.leightoncentre.org “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 Centre. Ages: 3-6 years Contact: 403-538-8361 – Wendy or 403-265-6093 Website: www.immigrantservicescalgary.ca Talisman Centre (Lindsay Park). Spring/Summer programs and camps. Summer camp programs – Sport and adventure camps. Ages: 4 – 17 years Contact: 403-233-8393 Website: www.talismancentre.com Telus Science Centre - Creative Kids Museum Offer a variety of hands-on camps and programs. Ages: 5 -13 years Contact: 403-268-8302 Website: www.calgaryscience.ca -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 Website: www.epcorcentre.org 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 Website: www.vrri.org Westside Recreation Centre Offers a variety of day camps and programs. Ages: 2-17 years Contact: 403-531-5875 Website: www.westsiderec.com -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 Website: www.ymcacalgary.org 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 Website: www.zajacranch.com 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 supports.