GEAR- UP is an adapted version of our Explorer and Pathfinder programs, targeted at young adults.
*Campers who will be 19- 26 as of July 1st do not qualify for funding. All GEAR-UP campers are required to pay full fees.
GEAR-UP stands for Goals, Empowerment, Attitude, Respect, Understanding and Proud. This program offers young adults the opportunity to participate 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 Camp Merrywood and Camp Woodeden.
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.
This 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.
A Typical Day in the GEAR-UP Program
|10:00 am||Activity Period #1|
|11:00 am||Activity Period #2|
|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|
|7:00 pm||Evening Activity|
|9:00 pm||Relax and hang out|
|10:30 pm||Back to cabins|
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 high ropes activities. Not all campers are well-suited for these activities.
Frequently asked questions…
Where will I live?
You will live in dormitory style cabins. Each room houses 4 participants. All cabins are air conditioned, with large washrooms. The cabins are wheelchair accessible.
What attendant care is available?
Easter Seals counsellors will be able to provide you with any care you require.
Will I have a choice in the activities I do at camp?
For sure! All programs have been designed to allow you the opportunity to choose what you would like to participate in. Dances, karaoke and other activities will be planned in the evening. All programs will be geared to older teens/young adults.
What are your meals like?
A catering company provides family-style meals, served in the dining hall. Easter Seals Camps are able to accommodate basic diets such as vegetarian, soft, puree and gluten-free (we do not provide Halal, Kosher or low-sodium meals etc.). If you have a more specialized diet, please contact Easter Seals Recreation Department to ensure your nutritional needs can be met. Easter Seals camps are peanut aware camps. Please do not bring any peanut or nut products to camp.