Our Story

1973

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.

1978

Rainbow Day Camp became Rainbow Programmes for Children and became a registered charity.

Today

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.