GEAR-UP

2015 Applications will be available to download here, as of Monday, January 5, 2015.

GEAR-UP #4New in 2014 – age extended to 26 years! GEAR-UP stands for Goals, Empowerment, Attitude, Respect, Understanding and Proud. This program offers young adults the opportunity to particpate in a fully accessible recreational program where they can make new friends, develop new skills and just have fun in a residential camp environment. GEAR-UP is offered at Merrywood, as a 10-day program and at Woodeden, as a 6-day program.

Programs in GEAR UP have been designed to allow campers the opportunity to choose what they would like to participate in. Some of the programs include archery, pottery, sledge hockey, music & drama, swimming, sailing and using the fully accessible high ropes course. Dances, karaoke nights and other activities will be planned in the evening. All programs will be geared to older teens/young adults.

The ratio of staff to campers will be 1:2 . Nursing staff is onsite 24 hours a day.

Eligibility

GEAR UPThis program is open to young adults between the ages of 19*– 26 years (as of July 1 of the camping year) who have a physical disability. Participants must meet the eligibility requirements for individual camp. Easter Seals Ontario counsellors will be able to help campers with their care. Participants will be required to pay the full fee as funding is not available for campers over the age of 19: $2,000 for a 10-day session at Merrywood Camp and $1,200 for a 6-day session at Woodeden Camp.

*Please note, starting age of GEAR-UP has increased from 16 to 19.

A Typical Day

Time Activity
9:00 am Breakfast
10:00 am Activity Period #1
11:00 am Activity Period #2
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Free time to hang out with your friends
3:00 pm Activity Period #3 – sign-ups
4:00 pm Activity Period #4 – sign-ups
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening Activity
8:00 pm Campfire
8:30 pm Snack
9:00 pm Relax and hang out
10:30 pm Back to cabins

Please note:
Easter Seals camps are thrilled to offer exciting non-traditional camp programs. Please be aware however, that for safety reasons, specific criteria exists for participation in: white water rafting, out-trips and high ropes activities. Not all campers are well-suited for these activities.

Applications

Download 2015 Camp Applications here.