Summer Programs

2024 ARC Camp Connect

This year, ARC is making changes to the structure of Camp Connect. Participants will now be able to sign up for individual weeks and are not required to register for a two-week block. The learning time in the morning will no longer be focused solely on social skill development, and instead will include themed teachings on varying topics relevant to preparing for an upcoming transition into adulthood.

Camp Connect is designed for autistic teens (ages 13-18) that will be able to participate successfully with a 1:3 staff to participant ratio and have a functional form of communication. The cost for the camp is $325 for a 5-day week plus $30 for an ARC membership. Each week will incorporate exploration of a specified learning topic, two volunteer opportunities, at camp and community activities planned around the stated theme and an activity that will be repeated approximately 3 times. Additional community outings that appeal to a wider variety of interests may also be incorporated. The hope is that through this structure, teens will be able to sign up for a week (or two) at camp that appeals to both their learning and recreational interests. Below you can find a description of what teens can expect from each session of the program.

The weeks available for the 2024 Camp Connect are as follows:

Week 1 – Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12 ($325)
Daily Learning Topic: Self-Advocacy | Recurring Activity: Swimming| Activity Theme: Get Creative
Learning Topic: Self-Advocacy

    • As part of the learning topic of “Self-Advocacy” teens will engage in activities to better understand their own needs and preferences; this will be used as a starting point to discuss ways to advocate for oneself across various settings. Participants will have the opportunity to learn strategies to communicate assertively and develop scripts that can be used for self-advocacy purposes.

Recurring Activity: Swimming

    • Swimming at various City of Regina facilities will be incorporated into the week.

Activity Theme: Get Creative!

    • Within the theme of ‘Get Creative’, teens will explore art through a variety of mediums with added opportunities to get into the community to check out galleries and installations. We will find other ways to get creative, too!

Week 2 – Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19 ($325)
Daily Learning Topic: Mindful Moments | Recurring Activity: Walking| Activity Theme: Kitchen Creations
Learning Topic: Mindful Moments

    • “Mindful Moments” is designed to help teens learn and practice mindfulness and distress tolerance skills. By incorporating these skills into daily life, youth can better support their mental wellbeing and cope with life stressors in a more manageable way. The learning will be facilitated by a counsellor.

Recurring Activity: Walking & Hiking

    • Walks and hikes in various locations in and around the city will be incorporated into the week. If the weather is poor, we will walk indoors at varying locations.

Activity Theme: Kitchen Creations

    • Within the theme of “Kitchen Creations”, teens will try out various activities relating to food, including learning where various food comes from and following basic recipes. Activities may include cooking, baking, going on a “food tour” and more.

Week 3 – Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26 ($325)
Daily Learning Topic: Conversation Skills | Recurring Activity: Improv| Activity Theme: My Province!
Learning Topic: Social Skills: Trading Information & Starting/Joining Conversations

    • As part of the learning topic of “Social Skills” teens will learn more about non-autistic social expectations, which may be helpful in navigating various interactions in daily life. A neurodiversity affirming perspective will be brought into lessons while exploring various skills involved in conversation.

Recurring Activity: Improv

    • Improv, offered in partnership with the Globe Theatre School, provides a safe environment to try out improvisation and acting skills. The instructors place an emphasis on spontaneity and social skills development in the activities chosen.

Activity Theme: My Province!

    • Within the theme of ‘My Province’, teens will have an opportunity to learn about and celebrate Saskatchewan culture and history. Activities may include a Heritage Walking Tour, visit to Government House or the Saskatchewan Military Museum and more.

Week 4 – Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2 ($325)
Daily Learning Topic: Healthy Futures | Recurring Activity: Improv| Activity Theme: Get Active!
Learning Topic: Healthy Futures

    • As part of the learning topic of “Healthy Futures” teens will explore a range of topics relating to relationships, identity, and allyship. The goal is to provide accurate education in these areas as well as a safe space for teens to ask questions and express concerns. Much of the content covered in Healthy Futures: Relationships and Sexual Wellness is derived from the program Tell it Like it Is—an education program developed by Creative Options Regina, Saskatoon Sexual Health and Inclusion Saskatchewan.

Recurring Activity: Improv

    • Improv, offered in partnership with the Globe Theatre School, provides a safe environment to try out improvisation and acting skills. The instructors place an emphasis on spontaneity and social skills development in the activities chosen.

Activity Theme: Get Active!

    • Within the theme of ‘Get Active’, teens will participate in a variety of movement-based activities both at camp and in the community. This may include sampling a variety of sports to bowling or visiting the trampoline park.

Week 5 – Tuesday, August 6 – Friday, August 9 ($260)
Daily Learning Topic: Get-Togethers | Recurring Activity: Yoga| Activity Theme: Let’s Dance
Learning Topic: Get Togethers

    • As part of the learning topic of “Planning Get-Togethers” teens will develop foundational skills to host and participate in get-togethers. They will learn how to plan an effective get-together before having the opportunity to practice as they prepare a get-together for themselves and others attending camp during the week.

Recurring Activity: Yoga

    • Yoga will allow for participation in a series of videos directed towards beginners in a safe and supportive environment.

Activity Theme: Let’s Dance

    • Within the theme of ‘Let’s Dance!”, teens will have the opportunity to participate in several dance-based activities both at camp and in the community. This may include Just Dance, taking a dance class or participating in Zumba.

Week 6 – Monday, August 12 – Friday, August 16 ($325)
Daily Learning Topic: Employment Readiness | Recurring Activity: Fieldhouse| Activity Theme: Well-Being
Learning Topic: Employment Readiness

    • As part of the learning topic of “Employment Readiness” teens will embark on a journey of self-discovery and skill-building to begin to prepare for the world of work. From honing resume skills to mastering interview techniques, participants will gain valuable tools to navigate employment with confidence and competence.

Recurring Activity: Fieldhouse

    • At the City of Regina Fieldhouse, participants will get to engage in a variety of activities that encourage physical literacy including stretching various muscle groups, introduction to an assortment of cardio/strength equipment, use of the indoor track, time to play badminton or possibly trying movement-based classes.

Activity Theme: Well-Being

    • Within the theme of ‘Well-Being’, teens will explore concepts and activities related to physical, emotion and spiritual well-being in fun and engaging ways.

Registration Information

DUE TO THE GROWING DEMAND OF OUR SUMMER PROGRAM, ARC IS ADJUSTING OUR REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR ALL OF OUR CAMPS. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THE INFORMATION THOROUGHLY AHEAD OF REGISTRATION OPENING.

On the morning of April 22nd, the online program registration form will become available on ARC’s website (found from our homepage by navigating to: Services-> Summer Programs). Program registration will remain open until 11:59:59 PM on Sunday, April 28th. All registration forms submitted in this period will be placed in a randomized queue for week allocations—no priority is given to those that are first to submit the forms. It is our hope that by extending the period for registration, it will eliminate the stress that comes with needing to complete the forms a short time frame and better accommodate the various scheduling commitments and technology access of our families.

Historically, we have been able to adequately meet the demand for Camp Connect. However, based on the trends in the community and adjustments we have made to the structure, we cannot guarantee this will be the case for this summer. Completing a registration form or having attended camp in the past does not guarantee you will receive any weeks in the camp.

Steps for Registration:
1. Prior to registration, ensure you have all the information you will need to complete the registration form online. You will be requested to provide the following information for each child attending camp:

    • Health Card Number
    • Doctor’s name
    • Parent / Guardian contact information
    • Name of school and teacher
    • Emergency contact information
    • Preferred weeks for Summer Camp (see below)

Note: Information on medications will be collected during in-person meetings with directors.

2. The program form will be available on the website on the morning of April 22nd and will remain open until 11:59:59 PM on Sunday, April 28th.

    • It is not a guarantee all registering within this time frame are able to get into camp so ensure you pay close attention to the closing date and time above.

3. By the end of the morning on April 22nd, you will find the registration form on ARC’s website (found from our homepage by navigating to: Services-> Summer Programs).

    • As there is a full week to register and we are not including a specific release time this year, those registering are encouraged to wait until later in the day or week to access the form to avoid too much traffic on the website at one time.

4. No later than Wednesday, May 1st, you will receive an update via email which will state whether you received any camp weeks based on the randomized queue. If you were allocated weeks, the email will state the dates of the weeks set aside for the participant. It will also include a link to book your in-person meeting with the camp director.

    • The sooner you book your in-person meeting after receiving the link, the more options you will have for times to meet. In recognition of the fact making phone calls to set up these meetings pulls our staff away from their focus on programming with our members, we appreciate you taking the time to set this up yourself using the link that will be provided.

5. Family meetings will then be held between May 3-May 10 with daytime, evening, and weekend options available

    • Program fees must be paid, or a payment plan needs to be put in place, at this meeting.

    • If you are from out of town, we may be able to complete your final registration meeting over the phone. However, some forms must still be done in person or scanned/faxed before your registration is considered complete. If this is not done in a timely manner, you may forfeit your weeks to other families.

    • Camper weeks are not finalized until your in-person meeting. Therefore, it is important to attend as scheduled or provide adequate notice to re-book; if not, you may forfeit your weeks to other families.

    • Once fees have been paid, a non-refundable $50 administrative fee applies if week(s) are dropped and/or full withdrawal from the program occurs. Refunds for withdrawals requested after June 5, 2024, will only receive a refund if the week can be filled by another participant.

    • If no payment has been made by May 21, 2024, your weeks may be allocated to someone else. For those opting into a payment plan, a minimum of $100 must be paid by this date to hold your weeks.

Camp Fees
As shared in the registration information sent out last year, camp fees are now $65/day. Therefore a 5-day week at camp will cost $325 and the 4-day weeks (Weeks 5 and 7) will cost $260.

Participants are also required to have a valid ARC Membership. As registration is not guaranteed, we ask that you wait to renew your membership until your weeks are confirmed or at the time payment is collected.

Autism Resource Centre

199 Leonard Street
Regina, SK S4N 5X5

Regularnoffice hours are:
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday
Closed weekends and statutory holidays

Phone: 306-569-0858
Email: info@autismresourcecentre.com

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