Camp Tidnish

Organization Sponsor: Easter Seal Nova Scotia


Program Description

Active Lifestyle Programs are designed to provide accessible recreation and development opportunities to improve the emotional and physical independence of individuals with physical disabilities.These programs emphasize opportunities to enrich the lives of youth and teenagers across Nova Scotia.Active Lifestyles program includes the Nova Scotia chapter of the Duke of Edinburgh Award - Young Canadians Challenge. It is now specifically geared for Nova Scotia youth with a physical disability and is the only known chapter of its kind in Nova Scotia.Although located just inside the New Brunswick border, Camp Tidnish is a Nova Scotia owned and operated camp serving primarily Nova Scotia campers.
Camp Goals and Objectives

* To provide OPPORTUNITIES for campers who have a disability to participate in a residential camping experience.
* To provide opportunities for campers to develop PHYSICAL and EMOTIONAL INDEPENDENCE, in a supportive environment.
* To help build SELF-ESTEEM through achievement and success, by becoming actively involved in daily camp activities.
* To provide a community atmosphere where a camper has the opportunity to learn in a variety of areas, from PHYSICAL SKILLS, to helping campers SOCIALIZE and ESTABLISH NEW FRIENDSHIPS.
* To provide a SAFE environment where a camper's individual abilities can be CHALLENGED, and where he/she may develop CREATIVE EXPRESSION SKILLS.
* To provide respite for FAMILIES/CARE GIVERS.

Program Approximate Cost: 


Funding Sources: 

Easter Seals campaigns and The Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia and Rotary Club of Amherst, Rotary Club of Truro,

Strategies For Sustainability: 

A full staff compliment will assist with all your needs as much or as little as is necessary, including an on-site Registered Nurse, a three-to-one camper-to-staff ratio, kitchen staff to take care of any nutritional needs and dietary concerns, not to mention all the great activity choices!

Impact Of Program: 

Each summer, close to 300 campers stay at our fully accessible camp to enjoy a safe, challenging, and fun holiday.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feedback from camper, families and the professionals who attend.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Camp Tidnish is a unique residential camp designed to meet the needs of persons with disabilities.the opportunities to grow, develop, learn and enjoy; the opportunity to participate in outdoor living, learning, and leadership. You as a camper will be introduced to a new world, a new social environment - the chance to play together and to live with other campers.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Transportation to the camp can be a challenge but often car pool or a community service group will provide this service. Funding is available for families who need financial assistance.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Since 1958 Camp Tidnish has been providing Nova Scotians who have disabilities with a safe and fun camping experience.

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