What is Camp winston And What Will My Child Do There?
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.
Camp Winston’s summer camp programs offer 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).
What is the camp winston philosophy?
Camp Winston operates a unique summer recreational program for campers with complex neurobiological disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Tourette’s Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (and other anxiety disorders) and more. We are dedicated to creating a physically and emotionally safe environment where campers are nurtured, respected and challenged to develop both their social and recreational skills. Through our inclusive and cooperative program, we foster self-esteem, age-appropriate independence, decision making and negotiation skills.
Our emphasis is on teaching our campers to negotiate sensitively between group and individual needs to create a peaceful and respectful environment where self-esteem can grow. We attempt to teach skills and attitudes that can be generalized successfully to many environments.
Why should i send my child to camp winston?
Families choose to send their child(ren) to Camp Winston for a variety of reasons. At Camp Winston, parents and caregivers can rest assured knowing their child will be in an environment where he/she will receive care from skilled and experienced counsellors who are committed to ensuring he/she feels welcomed, connected and secure to participate without fear of rejection or alienation. Camp Winston will offer your child an opportunity to discover his/her independence, build self-confidence and establish and maintain new friendships by connecting with children who may share similar challenges.
What type of children attend camp winston?
Camp Winston offers summer camp programs and weekend retreats throughout the year for campers aged 7-17 across Canada. Campers have a complex combination of neurobiological disorders, which include but are not limited to:
● 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.
Can Camp Winston accomodate specific requirements related to food, routine, physical surroundings, etc?
At Camp Winston, parents and caregivers can rest assured knowing their child will be in an environment where he/she will receive care from highly skilled and experienced counsellors who are committed to ensuring he/she feels welcomed, connected and secure enough to participate without fear of rejection or alienation. Please contact us to discuss your child’s specific needs.
When do sessions runs?
How much does it cost to send my child(ren) to camp winston?
I can’t cover the cost of enrolment. What other ways can i support camp winston?
It is very important that Camp programs function as respite for you and your family and our goal is to support you to feel good about the contribution you can make. Our philosophy is “pay what you can, when you can” and the Camp Winston team will work with you to identify and secure third party fundraising for your child to attend Camp Winston. And, of course, there are many ways to get involved. We need passionate people to spread awareness about our mission. Our annual Run-Raiser,is a great place to start. Contact the office to find out how you can help by joining the committee, recruiting other parents in your community and/or raising funds.
Is there a waiting list to be accepted to camp winston?
Yes. Camp Winston can accommodate 36 campers per session and our demand is far greater than our capacity. Children are placed on the waiting list and offered a spot as soon as it becomes available. Once a child reaches the age of 13, they are no longer eligible to be placed on the waitlist. Once children get into Camp Winston, they can stay until the age of 17. Our teen program is for children who have been through our camper program. Please contact the Camp Winston office if you have any questions about our wait list.
Does camp winston have volunteer opportunities?
Absolutely! Camp Winston is always looking for caring, compassionate and skilled volunteers to work with us over the course of the year. By volunteering at Camp Winston, you will make a meaningful difference in the lives of children with complex neurobiological disorders. To ensure a consistently high level of care, all of our front line service workers receive extensive training and, therefore, volunteers will not be accepted in these positions. Please contact us to discuss how you can fit in with our team.
How is Camp Winston funded?
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).
How can I help?
Camp Winston has a variety of fundraisers throughout the year for our generous donors to help support us financially. Our annual Run-Raiser is a family friendly event where teams work together to raise funds and complete a 5 km run/walk in support of Camp Winston. The Camp Winston Annual Challenge is another way donors are giving back to Camp Winston [this needs a link]. Please check our website for any additional ways to support Camp Winston, including making a donation.