Inclusive Summer Camps

Many summer camps are working toward providing an inclusive experience. The Ontario Camps Association provides an excellent resource for parents looking to find the right camp for their children. Camps Guide 2016 is the definitive directory to accredited Ontario camps.

The Camps Guide lists many questions that parents can ask about a camp in which they or their children are interested. Parents looking for inclusive environments for their children can consult the list of day camps and overnight camps working toward inclusion for campers with disabilities and/or special needs.

One of the camps listed in the directory is Kettleby Valley Camp. Located in Kettleby, Ontario, this camp presents on its website an excellent explanation of who benefits from integrated camp programs—and the answer is everyone! The camp’s goal is that staff and campers be accepted for who they are, and inclusion creates an environment that promotes understanding and tolerance. Staff who are aspiring teachers learn to modify their approaches and be very flexible. Kettleby Valley Camp admits that inclusion is not a benefit it provides to campers with particular needs, but something that improves the camp experience for all.

View the Access Camps Guide 2016 here. To read Kettleby Valley’s statement in support of inclusion, visit its website here