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Children & Youth Programs

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Summer Camp

Ages: 8-18

Experience the excitement and tradition of summer camp in our fully accessible, waterfront facility. Learn new skills, try new activities and create new friendships, all while developing confidence and independence in a safe and supportive environment. This program includes a combination of group activities and individual choice programs, such as archery, court sports, swimming, music, art, sailing, canoeing and much more! Supported by experienced staff and skilled specialists, the summer camp experience will surely be a highlight for everyone!

Note: This program is open to children and youth who are clients of CNIB as well as their siblings.

Canadian Leadership Development Program (CLDP) 

Ages: 15-29

Join a group of like-minded young adults on the shores of beautiful Lake Joseph for a chance to relax, learn and have fun! This exciting week will be filled with a combination of workshops, leisure activities and social events. Learn about public speaking, advocacy, self-awareness and personal brand, all in addition to the traditional activities that make Lake Joe so special. Working with skilled facilitators, participants will have the opportunity to try new things in this fun, safe and supportive environment. 

Counsellor-in-Training (CIT)

Ages: 15-19

Gain job skills while having fun at our program designed to develop leadership skills and empower youth to take an active role in camp life. This program is devoted to leadership workshops and skills development in all areas of camp. From learning about goal setting to building campfires and facilitating activities, this program is designed to help participants gain confidence and build the necessary skills to be an active member of the CNIB Lake Joe team. 

Note: This opportunity is available to CNIB participants AND non-participants. Prospective participants will be required to fill out a supplementary application and participate in an interview with program staff prior to being accepted into this program. Successful completion of this program will ensure participants receive an interview for future camp staff positions but does not guarantee employment.

Pushing Limits for Active Youth (PLAY)

Ages: 8-18

Pushing Limits for Active Youth (PLAY) is for those who are interested in getting active and trying out new sports. From basketball to archery, Power Showdown to goalball, participants will try their hand at a variety of different sports and activities that encourage an active lifestyle. Health and wellness workshops including independence, healthy eating and personal care complement this adaptive sports program.

Note: This program is open to children and youth who are CNIB clients as well as their siblings. 

Camp Abilities

Ages: 8-18

This goal-based athletic program is aimed at athletic development. Participants will receive one-on-one coaching from instructors who will help guide athletes to achieve their performance goals through specialized sports programs. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from either sailing or triathlon (swim, bike, run) as their discipline, culminating in a session-end regatta or triathlon, respectively.

Note: This program is open to children and youth who are CNIB clients as well as their siblings.