Inclusion at Rainbow
Rainbow Day Camp strives to meet the needs of each camper. The Inclusion program provides caregiver relief to families and guardians in a recreational environment. Please note it is not designed to provide respite to families of children and youth with severe special needs.
Matching a Camper with an Inclusion Counsellor
Does your child require extra support during their time at camp? Rainbow can provide an Inclusion Counsellor for one week, at no charge. Rainbow Inclusion Counsellors are assigned on a first-come, best-served basis and families are limited to one session per summer due to high demand.
*AVAILABLE IN SUMMER 2017: Rainbow may be able to provide an Inclusion Counsellor for an additional week at a cost of $400 – $500 (plus camp fees). Contact the Administrator for details.
All families/guardians seeking 1-1 support for their child or teen will complete a Personal Profile in order to allow us to support your child in the best manner possible. If you have already filled out this form for another camp or program, please send a copy to the Administrator – you do not need to fill it out again. If you cannot download the Word format to fill it out electronically, you can download the PDF version, fill it out manually and send it to the Administrator.
The Camp Director will meet families prior to the first day of camp and will select and assign a qualified staff to support your child or teen. Should families have any questions regarding this process prior to attending camp please contact the Administrator.
The SKIC Project
If you plan on sending your child to Rainbow for more than one week, you may be eligible to access a worker (at no charge) through The Supporting Kids in Camp Project which is administered by the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin. The Supporting Kids in Camp Project works in collaboration with Rainbow’s policies and philosophies to ensure successful recreational experiences for all campers. Rainbow is part of the SKIC committee throughout the year and works with many other camps and organizations in the community to ensure recreational activities are accessible to as many children as possible in the community.
Private Contract Workers
Rainbow’s Inclusion Counsellors are not certified to administer personal care for individuals with MFTD (medically fragile and technologically dependent) needs. Staff cannot conduct control care acts (ie. clean or replace tracheotomy and G-tubes; delivering foods or medications via tube or intravenous). Families who need this type of support may be able to send their own private worker with their child or teen. For more information, please refer to Private Contract Workers section.