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Camp Kids First 2018 – Annual Report

Camp Kids First is a summer day camp for children with autism and other disabilities and disorders in our region. Campers participate in activities that promote social skills, play and communication.

Camp Kids First ran for three weeks during the summer of 2018 and thirty-eight children were able to attend with one-to-one support. Camp was based at Educare, a local preschool and campers enjoyed daily field trips in our local community. Some of the places they visited were; Clearwater Horse Club, Aerial Adventure Park at Vista Ridge, MacDonald Island, Fire Hall #1, Gregoire Lake and Dunvegan Gardens.

The Autism Society of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo received a donation from Servus Credit Union which covered the cost of the children attending the Aerial Adventure Park at Vista Ridge.

Camp was funded by – grant from Northeast Alberta Children and Family Services and fundraising efforts. The grant paid for the Director and Co-Director to plan and supervise camp.

Each child had a one-to-one support worker provided by McMan Child and Youth Services, Fort McMurray and funded by Family Supports for Children with Disabilities.

Some comments from parents of the children who attended Camp Kids First in 2018:


“the location was great, lots of things to do there, playground right in there was nice, hope that every year   camp can be there”

“amazing worker for my son”

“camp needs to be longer”

“loved having Facebook group and receiving updates and pics from camp!”


“Vista Ridge Aerial Adventure Park was my child’s favourite”

“my son, he didn’t want to leave”

“wish camp was longer than one week”

“I can’t believe my son touched a horse!!