Here at Rachel’s Kids there is one thing that makes us “unique” and it is that we are the only centre in SD&G and surrounding area that offers a Super Kids Camp for children with special needs.
Rachel’s Kids is extremely proud to have helped hundreds of families over the course of the years through various programs such as Helping Hands and Small Moments of Joy; however, one question continued to surface. What camp services/programs are offered in SD&G for our special needs? Raising a child with special needs can be difficult for many families. Parents to children with more “invisible” challenges, such as ADHD, autism (ASD), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) and any developmental difference or delays, may not only be dealing with the day to day hurdles and additional financial battles, but also a lack of opportunity for respite. Children with special needs often require special equipment, services and care that may not be available to them in daycares or camps without having to hire, out of pocket, one to one support, therefore many families go without and conceivably wait for years to get services that would have been beneficial if used earlier.
Within 6 months of Rachel’s Kids House of Hope’s Grand Opening, we proudly launched our first Super Kids Summer Camp! Our campers came from all over SD&G and surrounding area to join our day camp throughout the course of the summer. We offered eight weeks of respite for families and worked closely with supporting agencies to ensure our families received as much funding as possible to cover costs. What a successful summer!
Our summer camp has themed days, activities and loads of adventures out in the community providing constant stimulation for those with sensory processing disorders and outdoors activities for those requiring to exert some energy. Rachel’s Kids Super Kids Camp counselors are thoroughly screened and require a degree in the field or working toward their certification. They are certified ECEs, PSWs, DSWs, SSWs, EA’s and Teachers and we are proud to have them on our team.
If you are interested in sending your child to Rachel’s Kids Super Kids Summer Camp, registrations take place early March, so our staff can assist in requesting your funding through various applicable agencies and grants. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for intake dates.