Paul & Wendy Young (Paul – a social worker and Wendy – an elementary school teacher) knew many children in Guelph would benefit from a unique day camp experience with a focus on the arts and a variety of other camp experiences. The Young’s believed all children, regardless of their unique and special needs, should have the opportunity to join in a summer camp adventure. After Rainbow Day Camp had several successful summers, they collaborated with the Association for Community Living, the Autism Society and Association for Children with Learning Disabilities and created a non-profit organization with a Board of Directors. The Board hired more staff with special needs expertise in order to move forward with a fully integrated program.
Rainbow Day Camp became Rainbow Programmes for Children and became a registered charity.
Rainbow has grown into a fully inclusive, non-profit summer camp that offers hundreds of children each year a fun and memorable camp experience.
Rainbow is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who works diligently all year in preparation for each summer, with the support of a year-round part-time Executive Director. The Board meets six times a year with Committee meetings as required. Committees of the Board include Finance and Nominations, with ad hoc committees in personnel, fundraising, public relations & marketing.
At Rainbow, we are committed to our Mission through…
Our CHILDREN and YOUTH – ensuring they have positive experiences at camp and wonderful lifelong memories of Rainbow;
Our EMPLOYEES and VOLUNTEERS – ensuring they develop leadership, programming and communication skills while having the opportunity to learn and mentor others at Rainbow;
Our PROGRAM – ensuring through thoughtful planning that our activities are safe, age-appropriate, and exciting, while also providing opportunities for campers to make friends, enjoy free play, master new skills, interact with caring adults, and participate fully in all areas of camp;
Our SUPPORTERS, FUNDERS, and COMMUNITY PARTNERS – ensuring we are accountable and forever grateful.
Rainbow Programmes for Children (“Rainbow”) is committed to the
HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development. Our commitment is to provide children with opportunities to:
PLAY – camp is fun!
Rainbow gives children enough time to do things in their own way making fun part of every activity.
PARTICIPATE – all campers are included!
Rainbow gives children opportunities to participate in all activities in whatever way they can.
MASTER – campers are challenged to learn new skills!
Rainbow builds on the strengths and abilities of each child in a non-competitive and active environment while ensuring the programs are safe, age-appropriate varied and exciting.
MAKE FRIENDS – building new friendships!
Through a sense of belonging, Rainbow encourages children to play together while valuing the diversity and uniqueness in each other.
Be with CARING ADULTS – positive role models!
Rainbow provides an open environment where staff and volunteers nurture and care for children, promoting acceptance, tolerance and fun!