Who are you as an organization?
For 60 years, Camp Kennebec campers ages 6+ with Autism, ADHD, learning & social difficulties & other special needs have a great time & accomplish more than they ever expected, make new friends & create fabulous summer memories they deserve. Every day is a perfect blend of individual choice & 50+ waterfront, land and artistic activities including horseback riding & ziplining.
What do you do differently or uniquely well?
"At Kennebec we specialize in celebrating each campers uniqueness, allowing our campers to be themselves in a safe and supportive environment. With a 2:1, camper to staff ratio; there is a lot of individual support to go around. We work with our campers, their families and their support teams at home to ensure a successful time at camp. Implementing any strategies that might help our campers while they are at camp and before arriving. "
Who are your staff and counsellors?
"We are fortunate to have a core group of well-trained, dedicated individuals who have been at Camp for years. Our kind, caring and experienced head staff members are professionals who create and perpetuate the warm, caring and fun Kennebec community that leads to success. Our counselor team includes teachers, educational assistants, child and youth care workers as well as university and college students enrolled in a variety of programs. All staff must pass criminal and personal reference checks, and a series of in-depth interviews. In addition, they take part in an intensive week of training prior to the start of camp."
What do families need to know about registration?
This information is not available.
We abide by health and safety protocols recommended or mandated by our local KFLA public health authority, which is governed by the Province of Ontario. We follow all directives from the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Ontario Camps Association. We made changes to camper drop off and pick up days, cabin camper group sizes, dining hall routines, masking requirements, activities, and cleaning protocols. We strongly recommend that our campers come to camp fully vaccinated including boosters.View recent COVID-19 updates from Camp Kennebec
Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Camp Kennebec currently has 1 program available.
Filter activities available:
Ages: 7 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity)
$2,895 to $13,575
|Deposit required with acceptance||Yes|
There are lots of camps that are inspiring, and Kennebec is at the top of that list. It is designed to support a range of special needs, though to do it in a way that doesn’t foreground them. Kids need support, yes, but the point here is to provide the support and then get on with all the things that camp can be. Says Donna Segal, “We just work so hard to give them a typical summer that every kid deserves at summer camp.” Love that. The staff is exceptional, too, in that it’s composed of post-secondary students and professional teachers who are attracted precisely by all the positive impacts that an environment like this can have in the life of a child. Per the hiring guidelines, staff must demonstrate empathy, a sense of humor, patience, and a strong desire to give the campers the summer of their lives. Love that, too. The campers have exceptionalities, but at camp, they aren’t exceptional, at least not in the way they can be in other environments. Here they are understand, and their talents are seen ahead their exceptionalities; their personalities ahead of their challenges. Kennebec is the very definition of what camp can do in the life of a child.Visit camp's website
I am not really sure where to begin this email. We just have so many warm, lovely feelings after Will & Jack’s camp experience, I cannot even put it into words! All we know, is that Will and Jack *really* enjoyed the... Read More
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Thank you doesn’t even begin to express the gratitude we feel for the experience Maya had this summer at camp. As you know, she has never been away from home before for more than 5 nights, and even for a shorter stay, we... Read More
1422 Cox Road, Arden, Ontario, K0H 1B0, Canada
More details about accommodations: Campers sleep in cabins setback from the lake for safety, but with a lakefront view. Cabins usually house 10 campers and staff and are dormitory-style with bunk beds, cubbies and shelves for camper’s personal effects. There are washrooms with hot and cold water in each cabin and a shower house, with private stalls nearby.
Are meals provided? Yes
Is Camp Kennebec technology free? We allow campers and families to choose if electronics should be brought to camp for your camper! However, some of our campers do carry assistive technology with them or find the use of a tablet or a gaming device a great way to decompress during down time in the cabin. Technology used for gaming or fun is always left in the cabin and can be locked in a lockbox we provide at camp - we still want campers to enjoy the outdoors and everything camp has to offer!
Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
At Camp Kennebec, we’re experts at hosting college, university, youth and religious groups, family reunions, yoga or nature retreats and friends’ getaways. In fact, many of our groups return year after year and tell us that we’re the best summer camp rental they’ve ever had. We can take care of everything you need including providing expert staff to run activities and cook all your meals, or you and your group can handle the program by yourselves — it’s all up to you
Available for private rentals: Yes
Camp is available for rent from May to mid-June and from late-August to mid-October. Just tell us how long you want to stay!
Donna, Rob & Sarah, Directors
We cannot wait to welcome your daughter or son to Camp Kennebec! Camp is meant to be fun- and we work very hard with our trained, professional staff to ensure that your child has the summer of their life! We accept a wide range of campers with exceptionalities and work with you to ensure we have an individual program that we can suit to your child's needs. Contact us today so we can start the conversation about your child and planning for their summer adventure at Kennebec!
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