Located on beautiful Sparrow Lake in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Camp Winston is a unique retreat for children with complex neurobiological disorders who need highly specialized support. At Camp Winston, children have the opportunity to escape their ordinary and often challenging daily lives, connect with others in a way they’ve never experienced, and build life-long skills with the help and support of the dedicated and passionate Camp Winston staff. In most cases, for the first time in their lives, Camp Winston campers feel welcomed, connected, and secure enough to participate without fear of rejection or alienation. Camp Winston’s primary goal is to set these special children up for success.
Camp Winston offers summer camp programs and weekend retreats throughout the year for campers aged 7-13 across Canada, as well as a Teen Program and weekend retreats for campers aged 14-17. Campers have a complex combination of neurobiological disorders, which include:
· Autism Spectrum Disorders
· Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
· Tourette’s Disorder
· Learning Disabilities
· Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety disorders
· Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Most of our campers experience two or more of these challenges and, in most cases, their condition is so severe they would not be welcome at another summer camp. At Camp Winston, everyone is welcome. Period.
Camp Winston’s summer camp programs offers a unique opportunity for these children to learn vital social and recreational skills specific to their needs while participating, often for the first time, in recreational activities (sports, swimming, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, crafts, theatre, ropes course, nature studies and canoe trips).
Special retreats for parents, grandparents and siblings are also held year-round to teach families and caregivers behaviour management skills, coping strategies and more.
Camp Winston receives no regular government funding. We rely solely on donations from the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations and fees. Camp Winston is a registered charitable organization (Reg. No. 135152163RR0001).
Meet a few of our partners and donors.
Camp Winston is proud to have a dedicated and generous group of supporters helping to make a difference in children's lives. Through the donations of funds and in-kind goods and services, our supporters help us send more and more deserving kids to camp on an annual basis.