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  • Type:
    Day camp, Overnight camp, Family programs , Virtual Camp/Program
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $1 to $1,000/week
  • Ages:
    6 to 49
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
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  • Summary Profile

    About Easter Seal Summer Camp

    Since we opened our first location in 1968, Easter Seals has been dedicated to maintaining a place where everyone is welcome, and where unique programming caters to all abilities and cultivates personal growth.

    Throughout our decades of service, we have remained committed to establishing innovative and effective opportunities for our campers to have safe, fun and rewarding experiences while improving skills and character.

    Our programs are structured to ensure safety and enjoyment, with sensitivity to each child’s social and learning style. Staff are trained to provide nurturing care that assists campers with having fun-filled experiences, and encourages development in life skills, self-confidence and independence.

    • Special needs: Yes, specialized support. Most campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community


    COVID-19 Response 

    As always, the safety of our campers and staff remain our top priority and a COVID-19 safety protocol will be followed in accordance with the Provincial Health Order. This includes, but not limited to, regular handwashing, the use of disinfectant wipes and masks, and an emphasis on outdoor activities. Proof of vaccination will not be required to attend camp.

    For those who prefer to meet virtually we have Easter Seals Camp @ Home running in conjunction with Day Camps and Overnight Camps.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from Easter Seal Summer Camp


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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Easter Seal Summer Camp currently has 1 program available; 2 TBD.

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    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
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    Email
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 18+
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $60
    Virtual Program,
    Oct 17-Nov 21Cost TBD
    Virtual Program,
    Nov 28-Dec 19$60
    Virtual Program,
    Nov 29-Dec 20$0
    Virtual Program,
    Nov 30-Dec 21$40
    Arts & Crafts|Strength and Conditioning
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 19
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $1,000
    Ropes Course|Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Jam Camp|Storytelling|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Mixed Media|Painting|CIT/LIT Program|Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Basketball|Golf|Soccer|Trampoline|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 18
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $800
    Ropes Course|Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Jam Camp|Storytelling|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Mixed Media|Painting|CIT/LIT Program|Empowerment|Nature/Environment|Basketball|Golf|Soccer|Trampoline|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Credit card payment Yes
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    User reviews of Easter Seal Summer Camp  — Read all 5 reviews


    Camp is an Accepting Place
    Adam (Camper)

    Camp Shawnigan is a place I can call home away from home. I get to see so many friends and spend a week just having fun, doing activities with no electronics and getting to meet new people are some of the things I love about camp. We all get to be ourselves and know that we are in a place that we all can feel accepted. We are grateful to have a place like Camp Shawnigan! ... Read More

    28 Year Camper
    Carly (Camper)

    I am so excited to be attending Camp Shawnigan again this year, I have already registered! I have been going to Easter Seals Camps since I was 6 years old and I’m now 34 ... that’s a LONG time! For me, the best part about Camp is making new friends and seeing my old ones. I love going on the big swing, doing arts and crafts (especially tie dying) and Kangaroo Court! ... Read More

    Camp Possibilities
    Barb, Camper Dillon's mom (Parent)

    “At camp, they don’t hear the word no, which is what they hear a lot of when navigating the world around them. Here they can try any activity because it’s set up to be fully accessible and the staff are trained to work with all abilities and needs. And if a camper is nervous to try something, there is such a supportive environment to make them feel safe.” ... Read More

    12 Years of Camp and Counting!
    Lana, mom to camper Lydia (Parent)

    Easter Seals Summer camp is Lydia’s most anticipated activity of the year. From the day after one summer camp ends, she can’t wait for the next year’s camp dates announcements, registration dates, registration procedures and then the final anticipation of the drive to Camp Shawnigan. Lydia’s attendance at summer camp enables her to have a ‘regular’ summer camp experience. She has met so many lifelong friends and peers by attending, peers outside her regular day to day community. It also provides her family a week of respite, a week we feel good about because we know she is having the time of her life. She is either performing in the Talent show, out in a sailboat, swimming in the pool or lake, making crafts, swinging on the big swing or tye-dying a new shirt for her collection. It gives us time to recharge. Lydia tries to challenge herself each year by trying something new at each summer camp she attends. She has tried to step outside her comfort zone. She must be more independent and learn to speak up for herself while away at camp and not with those of us that know her needs automatically. She has been able to trust that her time away will be safe and fun. ... Read More

    The Life Changing Magic of Camp
    Nansey - mom to camper Tina (Parent)

    I don’t have enough words to describe how grateful I am for Easter Seals. Tina arrives at camp and she holds court. All the counsellors and leaders and other participants remember her. It’s just like coming home. It’s such a beautiful thing. She spends a week there and it is absolutely the highlight of her year. She talks about it for months beforehand, and months afterwards. She just gets to celebrate life and enjoy it, it’s irreplaceable. The quality of the care, the compassion and kindness of the staff is absolutely incredible. Every year they select and hire the most competent capable, dedicated, enthusiastic, creative, energetic, bubbly personalities. I mean it’s just incredible. It’s such a safe, trusted space to come into. As soon as you enter the property, the energy that they have, you feel it right away, you feel welcome. You instinctively know that everybody is going to have a wonderful time. ... Read More

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    Kelowna, BC
    1790 Davidson Road, Lake Country, British Columbia, V4V 1J9
    Squamish, BC
    41015 Government Road, Brakendale, British Columbia, V0N 1H0
    Shawnigan Lake, BC
    2180 Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W5
    Online
    Virtual Program

    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Dorm or Building
    • Tents

    Amenities

    • Electricity in Sleeping Area
    • Shower in Sleeping Area
    • Toilet in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: All our dorms are accessible via ramps and additional space near beds and hallways. All dorm washrooms are accessible.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Easter Seal Summer Camp technology free? Yes Assistive devices are allowed at camp. Contact for more information



    Property Details

    Sports facilities

    • Basketball Court
    • Climbing Wall
    • Gymnasium
    • Rope Course
    • Soccer Field
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tennis Court(s)

    Landscape

    • Beach
    • Forested Area
    • Lake/Pond/River
    • Nature Trails
    • Open Field

    More details about property: Camp Shawnigan - beach, lake, open field and all listed sports facilities. Camp Winfield - Open Field, Forested area, basketball court, climbing wall, ropes course, golf and swimming pool. Camp Squamish - forested area, nature trails and open field. Basketball court, climbing wall, rope course, soccer field and swimming pool.



    Rentals & Services

    Available for private rentals: Yes
    Easter Seals has two locations with facilities available for rental. Each site is ideal for conferences, school groups, church groups, weddings, outdoor education, weekend retreats, day programs and family reunions. Both locations are available to rent throughout the year, and rental dollars go directly to support Easter Seals Summer Camps for children and adults with diverse abilities.


    Associations

    The British Columbia Camping Association Associations


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    James Gagnon, Director, Camp Programs and Facilities Easter Seals BC/Yukon

    Dear Prospective Camp Families,

    As we prepare to enter our 54th year of offering Easter Seals summer camps I’ve been reflecting on what creates the “magic” of camp. There’s something bigger than all of us at camp, you feel it when you come through the gates, there’s a magic in the air.

    Maybe it’s the echoes of a history rich in laughter, fun, community and most importantly acceptance, no, celebration of who each individual is in any moment. Over my years I’ve seen staff arrive wondering how they can impact the lives of each camper and leave changed forever from the experience, not only of loving and caring for individuals as they are, but from BEING loved and cared for exactly as they are.

    Campers and families, understandably arrive at camp with some anxiety and trepidation. No one can predict what is involved or how things will turn out in any new situation. Now add to that a disability and a camper who may have never been away from their primary caretaker, and that uncertainty is intensified.

    Then the magic happens. A combination of training, experience, love, fun, friendship, independence and so many ingredients I haven’t even figured out turns one week of camp into the best time of our campers’ lives. Rarely do we see a camper just once. We have many campers who have grown up at camp and continue to join through adulthood. Speaking to campers many will quickly tell you they look forward to camp all year. Checking to see when registration opens daily, to counting down to the big day. This is our Disneyland. It's magical, safe, fun, welcoming and behind the scenes strings are being pulled night and day to make sure each one of our campers creates lifelong memories.

    At camp campers and staff will:

    • Gain confidence, independence, and responsibility and CELEBRATE WHO THEY ARE.
    • Have opportunities to challenge themselves, take risks and try new things in a safe, warm and supportive environment
    • Become active members of a community that embraces the beauty and diversity of self, others and the environment.
    • Have opportunities to cultivate meaningful friendships and experiences that contribute to their personal growth and development.
    • HAVE FUN!

    Please reach out to me if you have any questions. Myself and our Assistant Camp Director, Dale Kilgour, are here to make sure you feel confident sending your family member to camp.

    James Gagnon,

    Director, Camp Programs and Facilities Easter Seals BC/Yukon



    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does Easter Seal Summer Camp have good reviews?
    We've collected reviews from past attendees. Read 5 reviews of Easter Seal Summer Camp here.

    What types of programs does Easter Seal Summer Camp offer?
    Easter Seal Summer Camp runs: Traditional (multi activity) virtual programs, overnight camps. Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does Easter Seal Summer Camp start?
    Easter Seal Summer Camp has programs for children aged 6 to 49.

    How much does is cost to attend Easter Seal Summer Camp?
    Fees to attend Easter Seal Summer Camp range from $1 to $1,000/week.

    Does Easter Seal Summer Camp offer support for children with special needs?
    Easter Seal Summer Camp has trained staff and programming designed to support children with special needs.

    Does Easter Seal Summer Camp offer busing?
    No, Easter Seal Summer Camp does not offer transportation.



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