At a glance
6 to 100 years of age
About our camp
Since 1967, Camp Kennebec has been organizing summer camps for children and teens with special needs. Being accredited by the Ontario Camps Association and the Canadian Camping Association, this camp welcomes kids with Autism, ADHD, ADD, brain injury, Asperger’s, Down Syndrome, OCD, anxiety and other challenges. They offer individualized schedules and focus on “participation not competition” in their approach.
This camp is located near Arden, Ontario - two hours from Ottawa and three hours from Toronto. The age of campers ranges from 6 up to young adults. Campers from the US will need only a valid passport and medical insurance while in Canada to become part of the Kennebec community. Camp sessions last for 1-8 weeks, so children and their parents can pick the option they feel most comfortable with.
The campers live in cabins, and one staff member accompanies every two campers. The whole camp eats together, and the chef takes care not only for nutritionally balanced meals but also for special dietary and allergy needs.
Camp programs & activities
“Choose your preferred activities”, the staff tells every camper while setting up a customized schedule. With this approach they help kids develop their decision-making skills and build independence.
Among featured activities campers find water-skiing, fishing, horseback riding, high ropes, tennis, yoga, and the arts & crafts (dance, music, photography, gardening, etc.). Special activities include nature walks, movies, hikes, canoe trips, camp fire, to name just a few. All in all, more than fifty water, on-land and arts activities are available to choose from.
Aside from sports and arts, kids, teens and mature campers take part in one-on-one academic tutoring sessions, the Leadership Training Program and Job & Life Skills Program, designed to teach essential leadership, social and decision-making skills.