Each year, approximately 350 “at home” children have the opportunity to attend up to two weeks of a summer camp of their choosing. Children also have the option to participate in a one-week, or one-day camp throughout the year (i.e. March Break, School PA Days).
Camps for Kids offers a number of benefits to children and youth who are residing at home with their caregivers (e.g. parents or kin). Camp provides them with the opportunity to participate in a summer or after school program. Camps for Kids alleviates the added stress on the families to obtain financial funding for the program. Participation in camping programs nurtures the opportunity to play for children. Along with providing invaluable life lessons such as leadership skills building, development of interpersonal skills, responsibility, teamwork and respect for others. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. During COVID-19 DCAF has been working to develop and support virtual alternatives due to physical distancing restrictions.
Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. As children master their world, play helps children develop new competencies. New competencies lead to enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges. Thanks for the gift of play.
You can support the Gift of Play
Your donation will greatly impact the life of a child. By Giving Hope through a monthly gift you will assist DCAF in providing camp opportunities throughout the year (e.g. summer, March Break, after school programs). Donate by visiting Support Today. Contact Executive Director for more information.
Camper – Success Story
A 20 year old youth ambassador with the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation was asked about her experience with the Summer Camp program, she replied:
“I can’t even begin to explain how much camp changed my life. There was one councillor in particular who made everything fun and she taught me that it’s okay to stand out and be myself.”
She is now studying social work at Humber College .