The Delta Life Skills (DLS) Summer Program is a six-week summer day camp for children and youth with special needs. With our high staff-to-child ratio and focused programming, we’re able to give kids living with disabilities the kind of summer every child deserves! Campers with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental delay, and seizure disorder have all successfully participated in our program.
Our trained staff give participants ranging from 6 to 20 years old the support they need to engage with their community, go on weekly outings, and practice essential life skills – visiting places like the Vancouver Aquarium, Grouse Mountain, and Science World, going to the beach and movies, and swimming. We integrate life skills into these fun activities on a daily basis, practicing things like riding on transit, handling money, grocery shopping, personal care and cooking. Our camp may only last a summer, but its impact is designed to last a lifetime!
The DLS Summer Program is the only day camp in Delta for children and youth with special needs. Most of the operating budget for the program is raised through fundraising and donations from individuals and corporations. It costs roughly $5,000 per camper to run the Summer Program, and participant families – who often struggle to cover the costs of raising a child with special needs – pay less than half the actual cost.
When you donate, you help to keep the program affordable, so that everyone who has a need can participate. Your donations also help to maintain and build the program, so that children and youth with special needs in Delta will always have a summer camp to call their own!
The Summer Program is run by the Delta Life Skills Society, a volunteer-driven, non-profit charitable organization. We run a streamlined operation, so that any donations we receive go directly to program operating expenses.
PO Box 18625, Ladner Postal Outlet, Delta, BC V4K 4V7