Few typical summer day camp programs are suited for children and youth with special needs. Whether their challenge is medical or behavioural, or a combination of the two, most of these children require trained staff and caregivers to help them day-to-day.
The Delta Life Skills Summer Program fills a unique need – giving kids with a wide range of disabilities in Delta a six-week day camp to call their own, with all of the support they need to get out into the community, continue learning, and have some summer fun!
Our summer program is the only one of its kind in Delta and, over the years, our non-profit charitable society has provided summer learning and fun for children with a wide range of special needs. Campers with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental delay, and seizure disorder have all successfully participated in our program.
The long summer break can be a tough time for children with special needs and their families. Most need the structure and stability of a daily routine to be at their best, and to keep practicing the life skills they learn during the school year, so that they retain their learning.
Participants are at various levels of independence and, during the summer, the continuous developmental support offered by their schools is missing. Families do their best, but many do not have the resources to fully engage their children over the two-month break and – even if they do – they often need a break from the demands of intensive one-on-one care.
The Delta Life Skills Summer Program fills the gap for these children and their families – and, as a non-profit, volunteer driven, charitable society, we rely on your donations to help us operate.
As a local non-profit, we run a streamlined, volunteer-driven organization. We employ just one, part-time staff member year-round, our Program Director, and the rest of our budget covers operating expenses such as the wages of trained camp staff, summer camp supplies, transportation, and trip admission fees.
When you give to the Delta Life Skills Foundation, you help to ensure that:
Participant families – who often struggle to cover the costs of raising a child with special needs – pay less than half the actual cost of running the Summer Program, which is roughly $5,000 per participant.
Government grants cover less than 50% of the Summer Program’s operating costs – donations, program fees, and fundraising make up the rest. When you donate, you help to keep the program affordable, so that everyone who has a need can participate.
Your donation ensures:
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