The Inclusion Program will now be called, the Companion Program. In making this change, we wish for it to be recognized that inclusion is engrained within our fundamental approach at camp. Our Companion program is only one way in which we demonstrate this.
Our Companion Program aims to offer all children a fun, positive and safe camp experience. We believe that every child is entitled to proper support and understanding, and we strive to successfully include campers with different needs and diverse abilities. We do so by using our inclusive approach when handling unexpected behaviour at camp, as well as by providing companions to children who may need additional support to fully participate in camp life.
Our camp environment provides children with different needs a stimulating and inclusive camp experience, filled with opportunities to create meaningful connections with other. This same environment also provides an opportunity for all to learn how to accept and embrace everyone’s differences, strengths, and individuality.
Operating camp during a pandemic has provided us with many learning opportunities. We have taken many of these into consideration when reviewing the registration process for our Companion Program moving forward.
Please note, if you do not think your camper requires a companion, or if you are unsure, please consult the Companion Program FAQ section.
FAQ - Companion program
Step 1: A parent/guardian and professional must complete the Request for Participation Package and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. For now, you should not complete the online registration as you will need to be accepted to the Companion Program beforehand.
Step 2: Once all required documents have been completed and submitted, we will examine requests. We ask for your patience as we treat camper companion requests. We will begin confirming acceptance to the Companion Program starting April 20. Because of the high number of requests received, it is possible that we are unable to provide a companion for your camper even if your documentation was received prior to mid-April.
Step 3: Only once we have confirmed that your camper has been accepted to our Companion Program, you will be able to register your camper through our online registration platform starting on April 20.
Please contact us if you have any questions: email@example.com or 514 789-8001 ext. 1517.
We are able to offer services and support to campers with different needs and their families, thanks to the generous contributions from the members of our community to the YMCAs of Quebec Foundation.