- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Canada, United States
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: June, July, August
- Session Length: Four Weeks, Other, Three Weeks
- Entering Grade: Below 6th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Special Needs
- Sub-Categories: Learning Differences, Autism Spectrum, People with Disabilities
- Selective: Yes
- Ages: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
- Accreditation: American Camp Association
A traditional overnight camp where children and teens with & without learning disabilities, ADHD, & high-functioning ASD can experience fun, friends and success! Highlights include: SOCIAL SKILLS program, ACADEMIC program, 50+ activities, L.I.T. program, comfortable cabins, 2:1 ratio, and professional staff.
Camp Kodiak is an integrated, non-competitive, residential camp serving children & teens with and without ADHD, LD & high-functioning ASD (formerly diagnosed as Asperger Syndrome). Campers come from all over North America and from abroad. The primary objectives of Camp Kodiak are to build confidence and self-esteem, to improve social skills, to foster independence and to provide an exciting and satisfying camp experience. This is achieved by providing a safe and nurturing environment, a mature, professional staff, a very low camper-to-staff ratio and a program that is designed to ensure success. Staff members never miss the opportunity to recognize and celebrate these successes.
Camp Kodiak programs for success! All sports and activities are taught in an organized, step-by-step fashion to ensure success. Cooperation rather that competition is emphasized. We have over 50 sports, crafts, cultural and educational activities to ensure that all of campers are able to find several activities in which they can excel.
Core Program: Many campers are hesitant to take on new challenges. In order to ensure that they get the most out of their camp experience Kodiak has developed a core program of 15 activities to which all cabin groups are scheduled. They include swimming instruction, waterskiing/wakeboarding/kneeboarding, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, water inflatables, team sports, tennis, archery, arts & crafts, drama, team-building initiatives, high ropes and rock climbing. Campers are encouraged to participate in these activities with their cabin group.
Electives: There are several times each day when campers are able to choose their own activities and pursue personal interests independent of their cabinmates.
Academics: Monday to Friday, right after breakfast, everyone in camp has an hour of academic instruction. There are two components to the academic program, Option 1 and Option 2. Parents select their campers’ academic program prior to their arrival at camp. Campers in Option 1 receive academic tutoring. Campers in Option 2 receive instruction in an educational activity such as music, drama, dance, pottery, stained glass, photography, STEM, etc.
An important reason for the success of our program is our staff. Almost one half of our counselors are trained, certified professionals from the fields of education, psychology, social work and recreation. Every cabin has at least three counselors, where at least one of whom is a professional. The remaining staff are university and college students. The camper-to-staff ratio is 2-to-1. All of our staff undergo a rigorous training period before the campers arrive and all new counselors go through a police background check.
We have a doctor and three nurses on staff. They live on-site, administer all medications and are available 24 hours a day. The regional hospital in Parry Sound is 25 minutes away.
Transportation to camp is by highway coach from Toronto. Camp personnel are available to meet campers arriving at Toronto International Airport and to ensure they get their flights home at the end of camp. There is no extra charge for this service.