Hearts of Gold Camp
co-sponsored by Children's Heart Network & The Zajac Foundation
Mixed Medical Camps
sponsored in part by Mr. Lube Canada
CNIB Camp (for children who are blind or partially sighted)
co-sponsored by Canadian National Institute for the Blind & The Zajac Foundation
Down Syndrome, Epilepsy & Muscular Dystrophy Camp
sponsored in part by Mayne Inc
Autism Spectrum Disorder Camps
sponsored in part by White Spot Limited & Black Dog
Located in Mission, BC, on 44 acres of pristine forested land on Stave Lake, Zajac Ranch for Children welcomes children and young adults with a variety of medical diagnoses from across BC and Canada. In a study from the University of Waterloo, researchers confirmed the benefits of participating in camp programs, identifying positive outcomes that showed improvements in five key areas of personal growth:
All children deserve the opportunity to participate in a camp experience that is both supportive and accepting. For many children with special medical needs, the care they require is often too great to allow them to attend a traditional camp. Facilities at Zajac Ranch are fully accessible by children of all abilities. Full accessibility does not just mean a section for wheelchairs in the amphitheatre – it means the entire seating area is accessible so campers can sit among their friends anywhere in the audience. It means specially designed Action Track chairs give campers with mobility challenges the opportunity to go hiking through the woodland terrain with their peers. It means campers can receive the daily medical care they require – whether that means receiving medications or spending time in a special Snoezelen sensory room – at our 24 hour on site medical centre, The OK Corral, which is staffed by highly qualified volunteer doctors and nurses.
For general medical camps, campers must be between the age of 7 and 17 years old at the time of camp.
For LIT/CIT Camps, campers are generally 16-18 years old.
Campers over the age of 18 must apply to one of the Young Adult Camps – either Young Adult Camp #1 (18-30) or Young Adult Camp #2 (18-40).
ONLINE CAMPER REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - REGISTER ONLINE HERE!
If you prefer to mail in a paper application, please contact our office directly at (604) 739-0444.
Camp application forms are accepted only once complete, on a first come first serve basis. Camper Registration forms must be submitted no later than 6 weeks prior to the camp start date. Applications submitted after this date run the risk of not being processed, and may be subject to a $50 late processing fee.
Once a complete application is received, the camper is automatically put on a wait list. Our Nursing Director reviews registration forms and accepts campers on an individual basis. You will be informed by email whether the camper is accepted or not (typically within three weeks after receiving the application).
Review individual camp sessions above for more information about each camp.If you are unable to find a camp that fits your child’s diagnosis, please send in an application form anyway. Our Nursing Director will recommend a camp that matches your child’s needs.