York Region Summer Camp Programs
Due to restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to hold our traditional in person camp but that doesn't mean camp can't happen! Join our camp counselors as we bring camp to you! With Camp at Home Zoom calls, Camp Take Home Kits, and Drive Thru Camp, there is something for everyone to participate in. To register, please visit http://autismontario.campbrainregistration.com/
Autism Ontario Kids ‘AOK’ Camp
ages 4 – 17 years
This program provides each participant with their own counsellor to ensure safety and support throughout their week in our program. Each day a new adventure awaits whether it is fun activities at our camp location or travelling to a big destination like the Toronto Zoo or a water park. Our campers enjoy all aspects of camp programming including lots of active pursuits. Being out in the community is a big part of our program plus providing unique sensory and developmental experiences complete a great camp programming day.
Autism Ontario Adults ‘AOA’ Summer Program
All participants are supported by their own counsellor who facilitates some great social and recreational experiences that are age appropriate. Attending water parks and rock climbing gyms, swimming and going bowling, these are just some activities that our participants get to enjoy plus making friends and enjoying lots of social time. Each counsellor is specially trained and highly capable and look forward to spending the summer with your young adult.
Social Skills Summer Institute
SSSI is now merging with our former Summer Youth Program, which will now encompass all youth and young adults aged 14+ with high functioning autism and Aspergers. Our program will be focussed on social skills such as friend retention, social media, restaurant etiquette; life skills like cooking class, budgeting; and professional skills like volunteer work and other skills to obtain a job or volunteer experience. All of this learning will be coupled with great mentors who help our participants ask questions and support through these challenging years, plus a lot of fun with outings, actual social experience at restaurants and connecting with friends. Participants must be able to be supported with a 1 mentor to 2 participant ratio and be semi-independent in public (transit, restaurants and volunteer locations).
SSSI Program Overview:
The goal of the SSSI program is to learn, and improve, social and life skills. With the help of our social coaches, participants will improve their social skills and enhance their opportunities. The week long program consists of a fitness component, cooking classes, and social outings such as restaurant lunches, bowling, movies, swimming and visits to the public library! Another key component of the program is volunteer work placements, where participants volunteer in organizations such as The Gap, Bulk Barn, and Dollarama. Participants spend two afternoons a week at work placements where they gain valuable life skills. The last piece of the week is built in throughout the week and takes place at the school and consists of drama activities, hands-on practice of social skills, games and more! Through all of these activities participants will receive catered and individualized support intended to help improve their social and life skills while achieving their personal goals.
In order to have success in this program participants must:
- Have the desire to be social with peers
- Have the desire to engage on a societal level
- Prior to the program be able to demonstrate the skills needed to have a verbal conversation
- Be able to be semi-independent (in a 1:2 staff to participant ratio)
- Interested in gaining and improving their social and life skills
There will be a MANDATORY 15 minute meeting after registration to ensure that the SSSI program is a good fit. If SSSI is deemed not a suitable program, then you can register for either the AOK or AOA program, which will still be open until March 31st.
Our camp operates as a Co-operative Program. Volunteers are vital to our existence. Continuing to serve our ever expanding community of families who have children, youth and adults living with ASD, we will see the need for our camp program to grow. Various volunteer opportunities are always available throughout the year. Please connect with our Chapter Manager to find out more.