Helping autistic children & their families have a fun & positive Summer Camp Experience.
Goals: Children At Risk’s Camp Kaleidoscope:
- Provide a fun and exciting summer camp experience where the issues that the youth experiences due to their autism spectrum differences disappear due to the assistance given by the Camp Counsellors, the Team Leaders flexible schedule of activities and the Camps over all supportive environment. This culminating in a better summer camp experience than they would get elsewhere and that any neurotypical youth would be envious of.
- Provide a respite opportunity for parents where they have peace of mind that their child is being adequately stimulated in an environment of acceptance and tolerance. Allow parents to commit to work schedules, spending time with siblings, undertaking home projects all in the knowledge that they won’t be called to take the child home due to the issues that necessitates that they attend a Specialized Camp.
- To provide an environment for hands on training for anyone wishing to gain experience of how to work best with an individual on the autism spectrum. How to make them the most successful that they can be and get to know and love how funny, loving, intelligent and creative each individual can be. See the strengths rather than the perceived weaknesses. This is an ideal opportunity for those taking courses in childhood education, speech & linguistics, occupational therapy, social work, the medical field, DSW, Child & Youth Workers etc. to name just a few that would benefit from this training in the natural environment following an autism specific and non violence intervention training course provided ahead of Camp starting.
Therefore Children At Risk is looking to hear back from individuals who:
- Have a love or interest in working with youth with special needs, specifically autism.
- Are high energy and are into running around, getting wet, swimming and have a fun disposition
- Don’t mind assisting a youth who may need help dressing, eating and toileting regardless of age
- Can cope with relentless questions from campers who are verbal and can listen to the needs of those who are unable to express themselves verbally but noticing body language and translate accordingly
- Have patience, tolerance and can handle a stressful environment where things may go the opposite of what was expected but be able to still have fun doing it
- Can turn up on time and follow instructions from a team leader, be a good team player but use initiative to adapt activities to assist Campers be the most successful that they can whilst staying within the activities parameters
- Abide by the safety rules set by the camp by providing constant attention needed to deal with runners and campers with no safety sense. i.e stay off your cellphone. Full details will be given in a Camp Staff handbook which will be sent out along with the contracts of hire
- Can complete the Camp Counsellor application form in its entirety and as instructed - only return pages 1 to 3, and save as your full name when applying i.e. JaneSmith.doc
- Are legally able to work in Canada and have a Social Insurance Number, a bank account is also needed
- Must have a Valid non volunteer Police Check for the Vulnerable sector or apply for one prior to the 6th July Camp Training date at a cost of $15. You are required to bring on the 6th July the receipt or a copy of a previous Police Check that was last applied for from 12th August 2016 onwards
- Working with youth with autism isn't without its risks as many hit, kick, bite and scratch without warning. Every effort is made to have those identified with high risk behaviours placed with experienced members of staff but everyone attending must realize the potential for unfortunate actions to happen and do what they can to keep themselves safe. By applying at Camp Kaleidoscope you are agreeing to the working conditions