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 summer recreational program for campers with complex neurobiological disorders such as learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Tourette’s Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety disorders and autism spectrum disorders. We believe in creating a physically and emotionally safe environment where campers are nurtured, respected and challenged to develop both their social and recreational skills. Through our non-denominational and non-competitive 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 enough 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.


How much does it cost to send my child(ren) to Camp Winston?


For information about the fees associated with each of the programs, please visit our Fees & Registration page. However, it is important to note that children are never turned away based on financial need. The Camp Winston team can help build a plan to cover the fees associated with Camp and we encourage you to contact us to learn more.


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).