Adapting Activities and Integrating Campers
It isn?t easy to adapt activities and integrate campers with
special needs into the camp setting, but starting with the right
attitude and methods goes a long way!
Keys for Successful Integration and Adapatation
Treat the camper the same way you
would want to be treated, with
dignity and respect. Remember why
they are at camp: to have fun, learn new
skills, and to meet new friends. Try to focus
on a camper’s abilities as the base for your
programming. Start with a game you know
is fun and ask yourself “How can I adapt
this to meet the needs of my campers?”
Give all campers some level of choice.
The choice might be in what they create
during a craft, what game they play, or how
Individualize – know the camper,
because every camper is different. Appeal
to their particular interests, and adapt to
Plan ahead – discuss with your fellow
counsellors what activities you’re doing so
that adaptations can be set up ahead of
time. This will be easier for you, but it will
also be better for the camper: the
adaptations can become a part of the
program and the camper won’t stand out.
Read the rest of the article at the Adapt Your Camp Website.
About the Author
AdaptYourCamp.ca is run by a group of people with experience at camps for children and teens with special needs. This particular article was written by Dan Moore and Michelle Dwyer.
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