Amicus Recreation

Amicus Recreation programs are designed specifically for children and youth with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD. No matter which activity a participant chooses, an important component of all Amicus programs is the development of positive social skills. Approximately one-quarter of each program is dedicated to the explicit teaching of social skills. Our staff serves as experienced social coaches. Programs are led by our mature, trained staff (university age at least) who understand the needs of youth with LD/ADHD. Our group sizes are no larger than 15 participants and provide a 3:1 participant to staff ratio so that all children/youth receive the attention that they require. Some programs are smaller than 15 participants if space or partner organizations require this.

Winter 2018 Program Choices (Scroll down for details)

Amicus Recreation Brochure Winter 2018
Download a copy of our Recreation Guide Winter 2018.

8 Week Program

Ages: 8 to 14
Dates: Thursdays, Jan. 18 – March 15, 6:00 – 7:45
Time: 6:00 – 7:45
Location: Foothills Academy – 745 37 Street NW except March 1 when the program will be at InjaNation Fun & Fitness (52 Aero Dr. NE #102, Calgary, AB T2E 8Z9). Transportation is NOT provided.
Fee: $180
Kick, throw, dodge and more with Multisport! Your child will enjoy an evening of high energy activity, social skills, sports, and friends. With glow in the dark soccer, dodgeball, floor hockey and more on the schedule, there is something for everyone. This session even includes one night of fun at InjaNation Fun & Fitness safe indoor trampoline park and obstacle course.

4 Week Programs
3D Printing
Ages: 9 to 13
Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 16 – Feb. 6
Location: Foothills Academy – 745 37 Street NW
Fee: $180
Participants will learn the fundamentals of CAD design, morphing and merging designs and more with this hands-on tech program. Each week we learn about different design elements and work on new projects to take home at the end of the program.

Cooking – Chef Amicus
Ages: 9 to 13
Dates: Saturdays, Jan. 20 – Feb. 10 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Sunterra Market, 200 12 Ave SE
Fee: $180
Is your child ready for Master Chef Junior? Maybe not yet but they can come and learn to cook some amazing meals under the guidance of a Red Seal Chef at Sunterra Market. This season we will be making; Citrus Avocado Salad and Tacos al Pastor; Pasta Carbonara and Molten Chocolate Lava Cake; Sweet Corn Chowder and Cajun Chicken Salad; Pulled Pork and Asian Coleslaw Sandwiches and Lemon Pepper Yams.

Ages: 13 – 16
Dates: Saturdays, Jan. 20 – Feb. 10 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Location: Variable
Fee: $180
In the POLARIS program, teens will do a variety of activities including community service, self-discovery and socializing. Unlike most programs, in POLARIS, the teens are in control of the activities. As a group, they will decide what community involvement they would like to do, what area of self-discovery they will do, and what social program they would like.

Mechanical Engineering 
Ages: 9 – 13
Dates: Tuesdays, Feb. 27 -March 20
Location: Foothills Academy
Fee: $180
Learn about mechanical engineering in this unique program. Pop bottle dragsters, rubber band racers, crash test egg dummies and more are all a part of our mechanical engineering program.

Creative Expressions
Ages: 9 – 13
Dates: Saturdays, Feb. 24 – March 17
Location: 4 Cats Edgedale, 8b – 34 Edgedale Drive NW
Fee: $180
In partnership with 4Cats Edgedale, participants will hop onto the pottery wheel, learn to glaze their own creation, sculpt, and paint. This program allows lots of outlet for creative expression.

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) Pilot Program
Ages: 8 – 12
Dates: Wednesdays, Feb. 28 – March 21
Location: Foothills Academy
Fee: $90 per person
This pilot program is designed for children with DCD who struggle to participate in activities requiring motor coordination. They will learn the fundamentals of movement, balance and more. This program will focus on learning fundamental movement skills (walking, skipping, hopping, jumping, running, throwing and kicking) through play-based programming with skills being broken down into small steps and reinforced through small practice activities and larger games.

Download a copy of our Recreation Guide Winter 2018

Program NameAgesDatesDayTimeProgram LengthLocation
Multisport8 - 14Jan. 18 - March 1Thursday6:00 pm - 7:45 pm8 WeeksFoothills Academy Society
3D Printing9 - 13Jan. 16 - Feb. 6Tuesday6:00 pm - 7:45 pm4 WeeksFoothills Academy Society
Cooking - Chef Amicus9 - 13Jan. 20 - Feb. 10Saturday10:00 am - 12:00 pm4 WeeksSunterra Market
POLARIS13 - 16Jan. 20 - Feb. 10Saturday1:30 pm - 3:30 pm4 WeeksVariable
Mechanical Engineering 9 - 13Feb. 27 - March 20Tuesday6:00 pm - 7:45 pm4 WeeksFoothills Academy Society
Creative Expressions9 - 13Feb. 24 - March 17Saturday10:00 am - 12:00 pm4 Weeks4 Cats Edgedale
DCD Pilot Program8 - 12Feb. 28 - March 21Wednesday6:00 pm - 7:45 pm4 WeeksFoothills Academy Society


Registration Process

Intake: If your child has not participated in an Amicus or social skills program through Foothills Academy before, a Parent Intake Form must be completed. To begin the intake process, contact the Community Services Intake Assistant at 403-270-9400 ext. 252 or you can download the Parent Intake Form and send it in. We will ask for the current diagnosis of your child, whether they have an IPP, special education code at school (if applicable), and other information about your child. Please note: the intake process can sometimes take one to two weeks, as we want to ensure that we can meet the needs of all the children in our program. It is ideal to begin the intake process, well before you intend to register for programs, to ensure availability. 

Registration Overview: After the intake process is complete, you will be sent the registration form package. If your child has already participated in Camp Amicus or Social Skills programs through Foothills Academy, contact our Intake Administration Assistant (403.270.9400 ext.252) to register your child. There is a non-refundable $25 dollar deposit for each program. For complete refund and cancellation policies, please refer to the registration package.

Financial Assistance: Amicus Recreation programs aims to be accessible to all families. Through the generous support of donors, financial assistance is available. Please inquire about payment options.

Thank you to the Canada Post Community Foundation for their generous support of Amicus Recreation in 2017.