2021 Summer Camps Update
We are back for Summer 2021!
Last year we introduced Family Camps with great success and we were able to safely open our doors to our campers and their family cohorts.
With the arrival of vaccines this year we are cautiously optimistic about running our Summer Medical Camps. We have planned the summer so that we can remain flexible and adapt to any changes to restrictions that are in place regarding Covid-19.
Our schedule this year will look a little different. We will begin the summer with family camps that will meet the safety requirements and restrictions brought forth from the B.C Government. The Family Camps will operate for the first half of summer until mid July. Online registration for Family Camps is open however we are now booked at capacity and are taking waitlists at this time.
We plan to run some of our regular Summer Medical Camps during the month of August. A decision will be made on April 19th and the date for when registration opens will be announced. If Covid-19 restrictions are still in place by April 19th then we will continue to run the Family Camps with a safety protocol in place for the remainder of the summer.
- *April 15th*: Announcement for Summer Medical Camp has been rescheduled from April 15th to April 19th due to changes with the updated provincial health order restrictions.
- April 19th: Announcement for Summer Medical Camp
(Please Note: Summer Medical Camps are not guaranteed to run this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A decision will be made on April 19th based on the Government Restrictions and the safety risk involved to our campers and staff).
Weekend Family Camp Schedule
|#0||May Long Weekend Family Camp||May 22-24 (Sat-Mon)|
|#1||Family Overnight Camp||June 4-6 (Fri-Sun)|
|#2||Family Overnight Camp||June 11-13 (Fri-Sun)|
|#3||Family Overnight Camp||June 18-20 (Fri-Sun)|
|#4||Family Overnight Camp||June 25-27 (Fri-Sun)|
|#5||Family Overnight Camp||July 2-4 (Fri-Sun)|
|#6||Family Overnight Camp||July 9-11 (Fri-Sun)|
Projected Dates Only (To be Confirmed on April 15th)
|#7||Family Overnight Camp||July 16-18 (fri-sun)|
|#8||Family Overnight Camp||July 23-25 (fri-sun)|
|#9||Family Overnight Camp||July 30- Aug 1 (fri-sun)|
|#10||Family Overnight Camp||Aug 6-8 (fri-sun)|
|#11||Family Overnight Camp||Aug 20-22 (fri-sun)|
|#12||Family Overnight Camp||Aug 27-29 (fri-sun)|
Day Family Camp Schedule
|#1||Zajac Ranch Easter Scavenger Hunt - Cancelled||Fri April 2|
|#2||Zajac Ranch Easter Scavenger Hunt - Cancelled||Sat April 3|
|#3||Zajac Ranch Easter Scavenger Hunt - Cancelled||Sun April 4|
|#4||Family Day Camp||Mon June 7|
|#5||Canada Day Family Celebration||Thurs July 1|
Summer Medical Camp Schedule (projected dates only)
|Autism||August 3 - 7 (Tuesday - Saturday)|
|Mixed Diagnoses||August 16-20 (Monday - Friday)|
|Young Adult||August 23-27 (Monday - Friday)|
Please Note: The Summer Medical camps are not guaranteed to go ahead this year due to COVID-19 pandemic. Registration for Summer Medical Camp will go live on April 15th if we are able to go ahead with camp.
Overnight Family Camps are currently full. Family Day Camps are still available.
Please check back on April 19th for the announcement of more summer camp opportunities for this year.
What are Family Camps?
Family camps were designed during the COVID-19 Pandemic to give our campers and their families the opportunity to safely enjoy everything camp has to offer while keeping physically distanced from anyone who is not in your circle. Our separate activity areas and sleeping lodges make it possible for us to run family camps for multiple families at a time without two families ever having to be in close proximity,
For more information on Family Camps, please click here for our brochure.
Why should my child go to camp at Zajac Ranch?
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:
- Social integration and citizenship
- Attitudes towards physical activity
- Self-confidence and personal development
- Environmental awareness
- Emotional intelligence
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.
How old does my child need to be to attend camp?
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).
How do I register my child for camp?
Registration for our Summer Camps are available 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.
What happens after I send in my application?
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).
Which camp should my child attend?
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.