Each year Tyndale University College runs a social skills summer camp for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Undergraduate students and volunteers participate as staff members in a camp program that promotes social skills and interaction. Our 2016 summer schedule runs Monday to Friday, from August 22nd - Sept 2nd between the hours of 9 am to 3 pm. We provide an optional after-care program from 3 pm - 5 pm at a fee of $10 per day for each child. TRACE offers weekly camp space for approximately 20 - 25 children between the ages of 2-12 years. However, these age requirements can be flexible on a case-by-case basis. In addition, while we provide a 1:1 staff ratio, our staff are not equipped with non-combative intervention (NCI) procedures, and thus we cannot accept children who pose a risk of serious physical injury to our staff and other campers. The weekly cost of the camp is $400 per child, with optional fundraising opportunities available!
TRACE Summer Camps offer a unique fun-filled camp experience, we offer amazingly interactive in-camp shows featuring Zoo to You and Mad Science! Additionally, each week we participate in a field trip to the Toronto Zoo or the Ontario Science Centre! Our campers have a fun-tastic time learning basic social skills in a fun, educational and engaging day camp environment which will allows them to put their learned skills to practice.
The goals of our camp curriculum include:
1. Promoting a positive learning environment, through the use of ABA techniques, that caters to the needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
2. Learning about and practicing social skills applicable to daily life
3. Giving the children a positive summer camp experience