Welcome to Summer Camp
Easter Seals has been offering summer camp experiences to children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities since 1968.
From day camps, to week long overnight camps, there are options available for all interests, and for all children and adults with disabilities aged 6-49 years old. Trained counsellors bring out the fun and silly in every activity and event, creating experiences that instill confidence, and memories that last a lifetime.
Everyone Belongs At Camp
Fully accessible and inclusive
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.
How We’re Different
We Welcome All Abilities
Easter Seals summer camps are for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities between the ages of six to 49 years old. With fully accessible facilities and specially trained staff, our programs can accommodate campers with, but not limited to:
* Developmental Challenges * Anxiety Disorders * Down Syndrome * Autism Spectrum Disorder * Cerebral Palsy * Epilepsy/Seizure Disorders
Please contact us if you have questions about whether or not our camps would be a good fit for your child.
All Types of Camps
- Overnight Camps (four and five nights)
- In-Person Day Camps (one day and week-long)
- Virtual Camps (week-long)
- Family Camps (weekends)
Our goal is to provide our community with the self-esteem, self-confidence and sense of independence that is needed to help them live their best life.
We know that every camper and family has unique needs, so we’ve designed our camp programs with that in mind. No matter what type of camp you choose, your camper will experience the same fun-filled experience.
3:1 Staff Ratio
Easter Seals overnight camps have a camper to staff ratio of 3:1 and a 24-hour medical team on-site.
All camps, in-person and virtual, have counsellors trained specifically to work with persons with disabilities. Every provision has been made for guarding the health and well-being of all campers in our charge, and we strive to develop a thorough understanding of each camper’s specific needs.
Locations Across The Province
Choose from one of 7 locations that best meet your needs:
- Overnight Summer Camps – Okanagan, Squamish and Vancouver Island
- In-Person Day Camps – Vancouver, Surrey and Kelowna
- Virtual Camps – Zoom from the comfort of your home
- Family Camps – Squamish
Camp Programs Available in 2022
City Adventure Day Camps
Kelowna, Vancouver & *NEW* Surrey
This is a day program for those living in the Vancouver, Kelowna and Surrey areas. Campers will spend fun-filled days visiting local attractions, playing games, making arts & crafts, and lots more. Single day & week-long options.
Virtual Summer Camp@Home
Campers spend a week with their peers over Zoom. They’ll play interactive games, do physical activity, participate in talent shows and virtually join the adventures of our onsite programming. A camp kit full of supplies will be delivered to your home.
Overnight Summer Camps
Back For Summer 2022
A nature-based, fully-accessible overnight camp where campers explore new activities and skills in a fun, supportive environment. 3 new weeks in August added at Camp Winfield!
Camp Squamish – Summer Getaway
Getaway for the weekend and enjoy outdoor, safe fun with your family. Take a dip in the pool, play games in the field, try the big swing, sing at the campfire and more. Connect with other families and make new friends.
Camp Schedule & Registration
All camps (day, overnight & virtual) will be open for registration as of March 1st, 2022. As restrictions and rules are constantly changing, we will always work to keep our camper families up to date on any changes that may affect our camp programs. If restrictions are put back on for overnight and day camps due to COVID-19, a full refund will be given.
** You may be eligible to receive Autism Funding to help with your camp registration payments.
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.
“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.”
~ Barb, mother of 19-year-old Dillon who has Down Syndrome and has been attending camp since he was 9 years old.
“My favourite part of camp is making the tie-dye shirts, getting goo’d, dressing up and being silly, making new friends, and going out at night for pool parties.” ~ Dillon
Summer Camp Staff
Looking for a rewarding and meaningful opportunity? Join our team and help us create magic for children and adults with disabilities. Summer 2022 positions have now been filled, but we would love to see you in 2023!