Kinark Outdoor Centre

1766 Queen's Line Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0 (view map)

Ages:
1 to 21 (Coed )
Type:
Overnight camp, Family programs
Specialty:
Traditional (multi activity)
Cost:
$1 to $2,000
Special Needs:
Yes, Specialized support (All campers have special needs)

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Kinark Outdoor Centre
 

At the KOC we offer a variety of adapted traditional camp and respite opportunities for children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum. Camp activities are customized through a strength-based approach to meet the campers' needs; family respite weekends and family camp vacations are well supported to meet visitor needs; sensory and food accommodations can be made.

Special needs families face barriers and judgment on a near daily basis; at the KOC we strive to eliminate barriers to participation and immerse participants in a non-judgmental environment upon arrival.


The Our Kids review of Kinark Outdoor Centre

 

There are lots of great stories in the world of camping in Canada and KOC, frankly, is one of them. It was formed with some very specific goals, one of them being to offer respite to families of children who are on the autism spectrum. It’s been doing that beautifully since it was first opened. It also does what all camps do, which is to offer enriching, empowering, fun experiences to children within a caring, supportive, understanding environment. At Kinark children arrive to a setting that is formed around their needs, and run but staff that are well disposed to meet them. There are all the traditional activities, from gaga ball to canoeing, with barriers to participation removed. The work that the camp does is exceptional, and brings a rich, traditional camp experience to some kids who need it, and love it, yet would have trouble integrating in other camp settings. 


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Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 9 - 11
Traditional (multi activity) $2,000 to $2,000
Minden,ON
1766 Queen's Line
Aug 05-09 $2,000
Minden,ON
1766 Queen's Line
Aug 10-14 $2,000
Rope courses|Travel|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Archery|Badminton |Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Gaga|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Swimming|Ultimate Frisbee|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $850 to $850
Rope courses|Travel|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Archery|Badminton |Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Gaga|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Soccer|Swimming|Ultimate Frisbee|Volleyball

Camp Address
1766 Queen's Line, Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0

Kinark Outdoor Centre
Kinark Outdoor Centre
1766 Queen's Line Minden, Ontario, K0M 2K0
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Accommodation & Property Details

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Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins

Amenities

  • Electricity in Sleeping Area
  • Shower in Sleeping Area
  • Toilet in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Basketball Court
  • Climbing Wall
  • Rope Course
  • Soccer Field

Landscape

  • Beach
  • Forested Area
  • Lake/Pond/River
  • Nature Trails
  • Open Field


Director's Message

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Jane Isbister, Program Director and Business Manager

At the Kinark Outdoor Centre, individualized programming is our specialty! I am incredibly proud to be working at KOC. I began working as an Outdoor Educator and was inspired by the high level of support we were able to provide for children and youth on the autism spectrum.  On the outside we look like a traditional summer camp: bunk beds and grilled cheese, hiking trails and canoes, campfires and crafts; but our low staff to client ratios, ability to accommodate all dietary needs and food aversions, and an understanding of autism has allowed us to provide unique camp programs since 1985.

As the Program Director, I am pleased to support an amazing staff team. With backgrounds in teaching, outdoor education, social work, and development, they share a common thread of being passionate about making a difference. Our diversity allows us to constantly learn from each other and continually strive to bring positivity and energy with us everyday!

Before sending your child to camp, you will have the opportunity to let us know all about your child’s needs and strengths to ensure we are a good fit for them. If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that the outdoors is an incredibly therapeutic setting and most people, regardless of their diagnosis, thrive here! It is inspiring to share such positive experiences with our campers and their families.

I invite you to call us to learn more about our camp, family programs and school programs.

Jane Isbister

Program Director and Business Manager


Cost & Financial Aid

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Cost: $1 to $2,000 /week

Payment Options:

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Stories

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Autism Family Camp Testimonialexpand

Just wanted to let you know that our family had an amazing time at camp this passed weekend.
It was a wonderful experience for the whole family.
 
Kai was paired with Kait who was awesome with him. We felt very comfortable leaving him in her care. She put me at ease with everything and took care of any issues Kai had with anything. He needed that....He needed someone that would just let him do his thing and be okay with it. And she was great.
 
We needed that too.
 
It was nice to finish off the summer on such a positive note.
 
Our girls had a great time as well with Andrea and A.J. They both did a great job with all the siblings. Our girls will now find it easier to go to day camp next year because the two ladies made it such a fun experience for them.
 I thought it was going to be hard to let my 3 year olds go....but the "andrea's" as my girls called them, were great. They got right down at their level and played with them. Our girls needed this as well. It was nice for them not to have to compete for attention with eachother but also with their brother.
 
We  want to thank everyone at Kinark for giving us this opportunity and hope to come back soon.
 
We're hoping to do family camp as well. If we could get some information as to how to apply for this it would be greatly appreciated.
 
Again, we thank everyone for this wonderful experience.
 
The Jones Family

 

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Camp is for Everyoneexpand

This letter is intended to offer our sincere thank you for your work in operating a camp for children with autism. Our son has attended traditional camps but with the support of a worker that we trained... Until this camp, he has never met another autistic child. There are few words that could express the depth of our gratitude for the Kinark experience; the intake staff and the camp staff themselves could not have been more friendly, professional and enthusiastic. My husband and I were totally at ease leaving our son with these individuals. He met new friends, learned new skills and developed some much needed self-esteem. Kieran absolutely loved his Kinark Camp experience. ...



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December 6, 2016 - Looking for a new Summer job?

Join the Kinark Outdoor Center this summer. 2, 4, and 6 month contracts are available. https://kinark.talcura.com ...


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