Camp Awakening

For Boys & Girls 9-18 years

Our traditional, overnight summer camp programs provide youth with physical disabilities the opportunity to make genuine face-to-face connections; learn to lead healthy, active lives; discover the wonders of nature; and challenge their perceived limitations.

Just one session at camp has campers building important life, social, and wilderness skills and realizing greater independence.  Most importantly, they're having a ton of fun and making great new friends!

Session dates

not offered in 2021

Session Fees

n/a

Questions?

Speak with our director

Frequently asked Questions

Camp Awakening’s traditional camp programs are partnered with established Ontario summer camps – Kilcoo Camp for boys in Minden & Camp Oconto for girls in Tichborne – offering an accessible cabin, a wide range of adapted outdoor activities, and a safe & inclusive environment.

Our host camps – Kilcoo Camp for boys and Camp Oconto for girls – have incredible facilities.  Access to a wide range of activities both on land and on water allow campers to try something new and challenge their perceived limitations at their own pace and at their own level of ability. 

Every day is different and every camper has the opportunity to try all the available activities, regardless of experience. The camp staff will teach and guide campers step-by-step.  

Activities include:

Archery
Arts & Crafts
Campfires
Canoeing
Ceramics/Pottery
Challenge Courses
Chapel (non-denominational Sunday morning gathering)
Cook-outs
Climbing Tower
“Crash-surfing” (Windsurfing Awakening-style!)
Dance
Diving Tower
Drama
Field Trips
Frisbee Golf
Horseback Riding (girls only)
Kayaking
Land Sports & Activities
Nature
Paddle Boarding
Parasports
Sailing
Special All-Camp Games
Swimming
Tennis
Woodwork
Yoga

During their session at camp, each camper will also have the opportunity to take part in a canoe trip where they will learn to paddle a canoe, pitch a tent, and cook over a campfire.

Activities of Daily Living:

Camp Awakening campers are reasonably independent with their activities of daily living (eating, dressing, and toileting).

Camp staff are trained to offer support with personal care routines as caregivers.  Staff do not have a PSW designation or provide full attendant care services, but definitely provide help & support with meal times, dressing, and bathroom routines.

Assistive Devices:

Approximately 75% of campers use an assistive device and they bring their equipment to camp from home.

However, Camp Awakening provides a Terra-Trek all-terrain wheelchair for each summer camp program. It is used by multiple campers in a single day to travel between activity areas, as needed.

Cabins:

The Camp Awakening cabins are located in the heart of each host camp – and across from the dining halls!

Each cabin has electricity; ramps; two wheelchair-accessible washrooms with showers, plus storage and a single bed for each camper.  Staff sleep in the same cabin, but in a separate room.

Host Camps:

Camp Awakening summer camp programs operate out of established Ontario summer camps – Kilcoo Camp for boys & Camp Oconto for girls.

While Camp Awakening staff are great role models and mentors skilled at adapting activities to meet each campers’ desire for adventure, the camp properties are rustic.  There are gravel and dirt pathways and several small hills. For these reasons, power wheelchairs can be difficult to accommodate at camp.

Financial Assistance

Camp Awakening has information on a wide variety of financial assistance options and will support your family in your efforts to secure appropriate funding or create a payment plan.

The Director will speak with you privately and confidentially about fees & financial assistance.