Every child battling life-threatening illness should be granted a wish."
- Mel Zajac, Founder
Our goal is to ensure that all children with special medical needs in British Columbia and across Canada have the opportunity to participate in a camp experience. Mindful that many families with special needs children are burdened by significant expenses for specialized care, treatment and education for their child, we established the Zajac Camper Allowance to help families in need of support. This Allowance offsets the cost of registration, and is made available to all campers. Currently, the actual cost of providing a week of camp is estimated at $1,900 per child. With the Zajac Camper Allowance and other support initiatives, families pay, at a maximum, $730 out of pocket for registration fees. Our long-term goal is to some day be able to offer a camp experience to any child, regardless of medical condition or financial situation, free of charge.
Since 2004, more than $5.8 million in camper subsidies have been given though the Zajac Camper Allowance, thanks to the generosity of grant making organizations, donors, partners and supporters. Additional funds are also raised through annual fundraising events and fundraising campaigns supported by individuals and companies. Our corporate sponsors and donors contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to support your child’s participation in the program. To be eligible for the Zajac Camper Allowance, applicants must:
We understand some families' financial circumstances make them unable to pay the balance remaining after the Zajac Camper Allowance is applied.
In addition to the Zajac Camper Allowance, the Zajac Community Partners Subsidy is available for those who have a demonstrated significant financial need. This program is supported through generous contributions by our Corporate Partners, and through donations made by individuals and companies.
To allow us to accommodate as many requests as necessary, applicants must contribute as much as they are able. Preference is given to first-time visitors; however, all families who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply. Your application and financial data are kept strictly confidential.
To be eligible for a Zajac Community Partner Subsidy, applicants must: