Kidz Konnect camp is more than your typical camp. Our trained staff provide a positive camp experience based on social skills progamming offered in a fun and interactive environment. Activities such as swimming, recreational games, hiking, fishing, guest speaker visits and arts/dance/drama.
As Lilia Mastrocola, the camp director, says, “it’s just camp.” Which is precisely the beauty of it. The program is hosted at Heart Lake Conservation area, with bussing from three locations within the region. Kids attend to have fun out of doors, participating within the full range of camp activities from fishing to soccer, crafts to dance. The one difference is that the campers share a range of learning differences, including dysgraphia, ADD, dyslexia, and dyscalculia. As such, when campers enter this environment, they enter a setting that truly recognizes both their joys and their struggles, one where they feel included and understood. Says Mastrocoloa, they “understand that there are other people out there that experience the same things as them,” a realization that many are making for the for the first time. The Kidz Konnect camps are run by the Learning Disabilities Association of Peel Region, a charitable, non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of young people and adults with learning differences. That can take the form of helping families find various types of therapeutic support, though the camps extend the mandate in some important ways, principally in simply creating a space where young people can grow and have fun together. For many campers, that experience, simple as it may sound, can be a transformative one.
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