Summer Programs

Summer Programs

In July and August each year, we offer Summer Programs for children and youth with autism.

Therapeutic Summer Program

2021 THERAPEUTIC SUMMER PROGRAM IS ALMOST FULL!

The ARC Therapeutic Summer Program is both goal-oriented and lots of fun! Our young people learn life skills and participate in recreational activities throughout the city. All participants are paired with a trained one-to-one staff person who assists in learning and ensuring children have a safe and positive summer.

The Summer Program runs Monday to Friday through July and August with two age categories: ages 7-12  or 13 and over.

As the Autism Resource Centre continues planning for our 2021 Summer Program, it does not appear there will be any more certainty surrounding the situation with Covid-19 than there was last year. While the arrival of a vaccine is promising, it is difficult to know how quickly it will impact the restrictions in place, which makes planning for camp a challenge. However, despite the continued uncertainty, ARC has explored potential structures for our summer program in the hopes the plan will be able to adapt to a variety of potential outcomes. As a result, our Therapeutic Summer Program will look different this year.

This year, the program will follow a half day structure. By utilizing this format, we can provide a similar number of camp spots for families while keeping everyone involved as safe as possible and engagement in programming high.

Below are more details on the half-day structure proposed:
• Families would be able to register their child(ren) for either the morning (8 AM-12 PM) or afternoon (1 PM-5 PM) session in 1-week blocks. It is not possible to sign up for both the morning and afternoon session in the same week.
• Each child will be able to sign up for a maximum of 5 weeks of programming while camp is running.
• Each time slot will have a capacity of 8 campers to ensure there is enough space to physically distance if necessary.
• All activities will occur on-site or outdoors. There will be no transportation provided during camp hours, except in emergent situations.
• Families are responsible for arranging transportation to/from camp.

Registration Information

On April 17th, program forms will go live on ARC’s website at 10:00 AM. There will be a temporary tab added to the top blue bar to access the online forms. If you want to make sure you get your pick of weeks, it is important to begin filling out the forms as close to the release time as possible. All registration forms received between 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM will be placed in a randomized cue for week allocations. Registration forms received after 10:30 AM will be reviewed in order based on the time of submission.

Steps for Registration:
1. Prior to registration, ensure you have all the information you will need to complete the registration on hand when registration becomes available. You will be requested to provide the following information for each child attending camp:
• Health Card Number
• Doctor’s name and phone number
• Parent / Guardian contact information
• Name of Child and Youth Clinician
• Name of school and teacher
• Emergency contact information
• Preferred weeks for Summer Camp (see below)
• Day time contact / phone number for April 23rd to set up registration meeting (see step 5 below)
Note: Information for camper medications will be collected in the meeting with directors.

2. April 17th at 10:00 AM the summer program registration forms will go live on the Autism Resource Centre website (https://autismresourcecentre.com). Forms will not be accessible prior to 10:00 AM.

3. You will find a tab on the blue bar at the top of the website page to access the online forms.

4. Complete these forms as quickly as possible and submit them on line.

5. On April 23rd, families will be contacted to schedule a phone meeting to confirm weeks and meet with the Program Directors to discuss goals for the summer.
• Families will be contacted to select a time within these hours. In order to ensure your family gets a session at camp, it is important to both complete the online forms AND attend your scheduled meeting

6. Family meetings will then be held May 1 & 2 from 10:00 AM-5:30 PM and April 30 & May 3 from 11:00- 6:30 PM in 45 minute blocks. You will select the time you would like to meet during the phone call on April 23rd.
• A series of forms will need to be submitted to finalize registration. These can be done electronically and returned by email. Alternatively, these can be done verbally over the phone.
• Camper weeks are not finalized until your meeting with directors. Therefore, it is important to attend as scheduled or provide adequate notice to re-book; if not, you may forfeit some of your weeks to other families.

Weeks for Summer Camp 2021 are as follows:

• Week 1: Monday, July 5th – Friday, July 9th
MORNING (8:00 AM- 12:00 PM)
• Week 1: Monday, July 5th – Friday, July 9th
AFTERNOON (1:00 PM- 5:00 PM)

• Week 2: Monday, July 12th – Friday, July 16th
MORNING (8:00 AM- 12:00 PM)
• Week 2: Monday, July 12th – Friday, July 16th
AFTERNOON (1:00 PM- 5:00 PM)

• Week 3: Monday, July 20th– Friday, July 24th
MORNING (8:00 AM- 12:00 PM)
• Week 3: Monday, July 20th– Friday, July 24th
AFTERNOON (1:00 PM- 5:00 PM)

• Week 4: Monday, July 26th - Friday, July 30th
MORNING (8:00 AM- 12:00 PM)
• Week 4: Monday, July 26th - Friday, July 30th
AFTERNOON (1:00 PM- 5:00 PM)

• Week 5: Tuesday, August 3rd- Friday, August 6th
MORNING (8:00 AM- 12:00 PM)
• Week 5: Tuesday, August 3rd- Friday, August 6th
AFTERNOON (1:00 PM- 5:00 PM)

• Week 6: Monday, August 9th- Friday, August 13th
MORNING (8:00 AM- 12:00 PM)
• Week 6: Monday, August 9th- Friday, August 13th
AFTERNOON (1:00 PM- 5:00 PM)

• Week 7: Monday, August 16th - Thursday, August 19th
MORNING (8:00 AM- 12:00 PM)
• Week 7: Monday, August 16th - Thursday, August 19th
AFTERNOON (1:00 PM- 5:00 PM)

Camp Fees
This year, camp fees are $40/day to reflect the half-day structure that will be used this year. Therefore a 5-day week at camp will cost $200 and the 4-day weeks (Weeks 5 and 7) will cost $160.

Camp Connect

CAMP CONNECT 2021 IS NOW FULL! WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A FUNFILLED SUMMER!

ARC is thrilled to be able to offer Camp Connect again for Summer 2021 in partnership with the Globe Theatre. However, while the arrival of a vaccine is promising, it is difficult to know how quickly it will impact the restrictions in place, which will make planning for camp a challenge. Despite the continued uncertainty, ARC has explored potential structures for Camp Connect in the hopes the plan will be able to adapt to a variety of potential outcomes.

This camp is designed for teens ages 13-18 with Level 1 autism or a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome as the maximum staff to camper ratio will be 1:3.

Below is a summary of some key details for the program:
• Program hours will remain unchanged (9 AM- 3 PM).
• The capacity of the program will be reduced to 6 campers per session to ensure there is enough room in our rented space to physically distance, if necessary.
• All activities will occur on-site and at nearby parks.
• There will be 3 sessions to choose from this year. Each session will span a 2-week period and will be based around different interests. All of the sessions will incorporate teaching on social skills, a volunteer project and improv activities. The Globe Theatre will be partnering with ARC again this year to deliver the improv component of camp!
• By utilizing this format, we can provide a similar number of camp spots for families while keeping everyone involved as safe as possible and engagement in programming high.

Session 1: Science & Construction | Sports (Monday, July 5th- Friday, July 16th)
In this session there will be opportunities to try out simple construction projects and science-based challenges with special attention to processes including planning. In addition, you will be able to sample a variety of movement-based leisure activities focused on improving skill sets and refining sportsmanship.

Session 2: Wilderness & Environment | Arts (Monday, July 19th- Friday, July 30th)
In this session participants will learn and practice survival skills for the outdoors and discover ways to live a more sustainable life. There will also be opportunities to explore personal interests as well as group projects in the arts including visual arts, creative writing and more.

Session 3: Calm & Regulated | Music (Tuesday, August 3rd - Friday, August 13th)
In this session participants will sample a variety of hobbies that provide a calming presence in the day. (for example, yoga). For the music portion, we will explore rhythm and experiment with song writing and performance.

Registration Information
On April 24th, program forms will go live on ARC’s website at 10:00 AM. There will be a temporary tab added to the top bar to access the online forms. If you want to make sure you get your preferred session, it is important to begin filling out the forms as close to the release time as possible.

Steps for Registration
1. Prior to registration, ensure you have all the information you will need to complete the registration on hand when registration becomes available. You will be requested to provide the following information for each child attending Camp Connect:
• Health Card Number
• Doctor’s name and phone number
• Parent / Guardian contact information
• Name of Child and Youth Clinician (if applicable)
• Name of school and teacher
• Emergency contact information
• Preferred session for Camp Connect (see below)

2. On April 24th at 10:00 AM the Camp Connect registration forms will go live on the Autism Resource Centre website (https://autismresourcecentre.com). Forms will not be accessible prior to 10:00 AM.

3. You will find a tab on the blue bar at the top of the website page through which to access the online forms.

4. Complete these forms as quickly as possible and submit them online.

5. On May 3rd, families will be contacted by the Program Director to schedule a phone meeting to confirm the session for camp and discuss goals and information needed for the summer.
• Camper sessions are not finalized until your meeting. Therefore, it is important to attend as scheduled or provide adequate notice to re-book.
• A series of forms will need to be filled out electronically and returned via email prior to your meeting. Alternatively, these can be completed verbally over the phone during your scheduled meeting.

The sessions available for Camp Connect 2021 are as follows:
o Session 1: Monday, July 5th- Friday, July 16th - Science & Construction | Sports
o Session 2: Monday, July 19th- Friday, July 30th - Wilderness & Environment | Arts
o Session 3: Tuesday, August 3rd - Friday, August 13th - Calm & Regulated | Music

Camp Fees
The cost for Session 1 & 2 will be $600 and Session 3 will be $540.

For information on our Summer Programs, please contact Becky, becky@autismresourcecentre.com

Autism Resource Centre

199 N Leonard Street
Regina, SK S4N 5X5

DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 SITUATION, OUR OFFICE HOURS MAY CHANGE TO REFLECT CURRENT PROVINCIAL GUIDELINES. For inquiries or to hear about our current office hours, please contact us by phone, email or by using the “Questions?” form.

Our regular hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday, and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Fridays. We are closed weekends and statutory holidays.

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

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