Camp Kirk caters to children who could benefit from a small nurturing environment, non-competitive programming, and extra attention and care. The majority of our children have one of the following diagnoses:
- Learning Disabilities (LD)
- Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD-ADHD)
- High Functioning Autism
- Anxiety disorder
Camper Age Range
Camp Kirk accepts new campers from the age of 6 to 14. Returning campers aged 14 to 16 years of age may be invited to join our Teen Program.
What Makes Camp Kirk Unique
1. High staff to camper ratio: There are 34 staff for 36 campers. We do not provide complete one-on-one care, however, there are plenty of staff around at any time to offer additional support to our campers. At Camp Kirk this typically looks like 'sideline coaching' to navigate a social conflict, going for a walk to cool off before talking through an upset, or prompts and warnings for upcoming transitions.
2. Non-competitive programming: We play team games, however, there is not a big focus on winning and 'being the best'. We aim to provide campers with an environment where the focus is on trying, learning from mistakes, and being part of the group. We often find our campers opt-out of programming when there is attention drawn to who wins/looses, and they end up missing out on the opportunities that come from just joining in.
3. Small and nurturing camp environment: Camp Kirk is intentionally small, in numbers and in the size, for a reason- we want kids to feel a sense of belonging, and we don't want anyone to get lost in the mix. Staff are trained in taking a therapeutic approach, and a main concept we use is that we should be responding to the child’s needs, rather than their surface behaviours.
4.Group Focus: The majority of our campers have a tough time excelling in a large group setting. However, our campers are at a stage where they are ready to learn the skills needed to tackle complex social settings and to develop meaningful friendships.
Wondering if Camp Kirk is a Good Fit?
We aim to work hand-in-hand with families to assess whether Camp Kirk has the appropriate programming and level of support for their campers. If you are wondering if Camp Kirk is the right fit for your child, please give us a call at our camp office to chat with one of our Camp Directors.