2021 Summer Camps Update
Family Camps 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.
After careful consideration, we have made the decision this year to continue with Family Camps for the remainder of this summer. Our Family Camp programs is our best option this year for us to provide an enjoyable and memorable camp experience while continuing to minimize the risks of exposure to COVID-19. As always, the safety of our Campers and Staff remain our top priority.
The new dates for Family Camps will run from Mid July to Mid August and Online Registration will open on Thursday May 20th at 4:00pm. Please click on the link below to view the updated Family Camp schedule.
Our Children and Young adult camps are planning on making a return for Summer 2022.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Camp News, Information and Updates
We are aware of the latest travel restrictions updated by the B.C. Health Officials and at this time, non-essential travel is not allowed outside of your health region until May 25th.
We have decided that we will continue to go ahead with the May Long Weekend Family Camp in hopes that the infection rate will decrease and it becomes safer to attend. If there are no improvements to the current state of the pandemic then we will make a decision to cancel the camp one week prior to arrival.
The safety of our campers and staff will always remain our top priority.
After the provincial update on April 19th, we were hoping that we would have a better understanding on the outcome of our programs this summer. Unfortunately, we could not come to a final decision at this time due to the uncertainty of the variants and the immunization strategy in place.
We are still hoping that the vaccinations this year will allow for camps to open up later this summer and so we have decided to hold off on our decision until further notice. We will closely follow the Immunization strategy as it unfolds and will continue to provide you with updates on our website.
We apologize for the delay with our decision, and we look forward to having a safe and enjoyable summer season at Zajac Ranch regardless if we continue with Family Camps with a COVID-19 protocol in place or move forward with Summer Medical Camps this year.
Thank you for your patience and please stay tuned for the next update.
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.