Summer Camp Updates
July 2, 2020 – We are excited to announce that our Weekend Overnight Family Retreats are approved! You can now book Day Retreats and Overnight Retreats for the month of August 2020. To inquire about availability, please email email@example.com or call the office at 604-739-0444.
May 15, 2020 – We have made the tough decision to cancel our summer camps this year, in order to ensure the safety of our campers and staff alike. If you had already paid the fees for 2020, you have the option to receive a refund or transfer payment to summer 2021. Those who transfer their fees with us will guarantee their spot for next year in that same camp. Another option would be to donate your fee to Zajac Ranch For Children and receive a tax receipt for the full amount.
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-confidenc 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?
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.
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.