Since 1942, Camp Portneuf offers an educational and wholesome experience to campers aged 4 to 16 years old. Located 50 minutes away from Quebec city, our camp develops in campers a sense of community, adventure and an appreciation of their natural surroundings. Highly qualified and trained staff ensure that our programming fosters self-development in an inclusive environment.
All kids need to be challenged, though they don’t all need to be challenged in the same way. Camp Portneuf in Lac Sept-Iles, Québec, is a traditional camp with a twist, in a sense, in that it focusses on supporting kids with behavioural problems. That can include a range of things, though a diagnosis isn’t so much an issue as it is simply providing a positive space for children who are struggling in other social environments. Director Marie-Pierre Lacasse is frankly inspiring, and brings a wonderful perspective to the camp. She says that her goal is to deliver “a life impacting type of experience, for kids that typically don’t’ fit in.” She adds, “Who hasn’t been labelled? Who hasn’t been set aside? At the end of the week we want them all to have had just a regular experience.” That includes all the traditional outdoor activities, though with a lot of latitude for kids simply to explore the world around them at their own pace. Says Lacasse, “If my kids what to follow ants for an hour. Great! That’s an awesome activity!” Watching ants is a great activity, in her mind, not because of what kids learn about ants, but the time it gives them to slow down a bit, and follow their curiosity, and support the values inherent in the camp experience. As such, they all experience of empowerment, as well as a sense of trust and responsibility, that can be transformative. “These are great kids!” says Lacasse, and what makes her such a great director is that she takes the time, and makes the effort, to allow them to see that in themselves.
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