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Lakeland Summer Camp: The camp where children with FASD can be themselves!

July 6, 2020 | In:

Lakeland Summer Camp: The camp where
children with FASD can be themselves!

Back in the early 2000’s, the Lakeland
Centre for FASD recognized the need for a specialized summer camp for children
diagnosed with FASD. Regular summer camps typically do not cater to the needs
of campers with FASD and many children are punished or even kicked out of camp
due to behaviours, creating a negative camp experience. From that, in 2006, the
Lakeland Summer Camp was developed. At our camp, we understand the complexity
of an FASD diagnosis, and we work with each campers’ strengths and unique
needs. We strive for a positive camp experience for all campers!

From 2006-2015, our camp was run out of the
Girl Guide camp at Camp Vanier. As this cabin was not owned by LCFASD, only
borrowed, the dream of our own camp location emerged. Finally, in 2016 from
donations and a small mortgage, our summer camp received a new and improved
permanent home, Stepping Stone Lodge. This beautiful cabin is located at French
Bay Provincial Park, just outside of Cold Lake. It is a short walking distance
from the lake where campers take part in activities such as kayaking, paddle
boarding, and swimming.

We take part in many different activities
throughout the week and keep our campers active while having fun. We go on a
variety of field trips including 4 Wing Military Base tours, swimming at J.J.
Parr, Cold Lake Provincial Park tours, Lakeland Humane Society, and Bonnyville
museum. We also do tons of activities at our cabin including drumming, yoga,
beading, reading, Lego building, colouring, nature walks, superhero night, spa
nights and so much more! We also help teach our campers daily living skills,
leadership, socialization skills and respect for self, others, culture and the
environment.

Our camp is planned with the uniqueness of
our campers in mind! We keep our camper to leader ratio low; 2 campers to 1
leader and we typically have a limit of 8 campers per week. Our camp leaders go
through extensive training for a month prior to camp. This training includes
two full day FASD training, standard first aid, bear safety, non-violent crisis
intervention, drug administering, food safety, and class 4 driver’s license
test. Along with this training, our leaders have related post-secondary
education.  This preparation is necessary
to help camp run smoothly and successfully. This overnight camp, that runs
Monday-Friday, is thoroughly structured and supervised to help children with
FASD have a memorable camp experience.

Every year we have many returning campers,
but unfortunately this year will look a little different. It was a big decision
but with heavy hearts we have cancelled Summer Camp 2020 due to the current
COVID-19 crisis.  Even though this brings
great sadness, we cannot wait until 2021 to see all our amazing campers again! If
you know of a child that would benefit from our camp in 2021, please complete
an application and change a life today! Our camp has a cost of $500/week but
help with funding is available. For more information, please contact Lakeland
Centre for FASD at 780-594-9905.

 “Nobody has gotten mad at me since I’ve been
here”

“I’m
definitely coming back next year!”

“I
wish camp was a month. I don’t like it here, I love it”

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ABOUT LCFASD

The Lakeland Centre for FASD provides cost-free programs and services in the Cold Lake, Bonnyville, St. Paul and Lac la Biche areas, as well as on First Nations and Métis Settlements through Alberta.

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