Camp Amicus 2021 

It is with sadness that we have decided that due to COVID-19 health restrictions, we will be unable to offer any overnight camp options in 2021. We have many options for campers 8 - 18 in a wide variety of day camp options which we encourage you to explore them. Registration will open on March 8 for returning campers and March 15 for new campers.

We are very hopeful that our regular overnight camp options will be able to return in 2022. Please see the information below to give you a sense of what is offered through our overnight camps when we are able to offer them.

Our days are full of fun, laughter, and learning. Overnight camp is a great place to gain independence skills and self-reliance. In addition to teaching social skills, our programs are designed to build self-determination within our campers by providing choice programs, free time, and the opportunity to work on different skill development areas.

Days are spent developing social skills with direct instruction in the morning and supporting this learning through real-world experiences. Five or six full days provide lots of opportunities to practice social skills and time away from home provide opportunities to gain independence. With a variety of activities offered each day, there is something for every camper and opportunities to try new things. 

What will the campers be doing?

Camp Amicus Overnight Camps are five or six days packed with fun and adventure. Camps depart on Sunday morning and return on Thursday or Friday afternoon. The camp focuses on teaching and reinforcing social skills in a fun and safe environment.

Camp goals:

The goals of Camp Amicus are to increase the campers’ self-esteem, make friends, learn social skills, have a ton of fun and make lasting friendships! 

Social skills taught include goal setting, friendship building, bullying, social problem solving, de­escalating conflicts, personal hygiene, conversation skills, body language, and blowing off steam. We implement social skills lessons throughout the course of the camp during explicit lesson periods and throughout the rest of the day when the campers are engaging in regular camp activities. Real ­life situations provide opportunities for practice and reinforcement of the skills learned.

With only 30 campers and a 3:1 ratio of campers to counsellors, participants are able to get the individualized attention that they deserve and need.

Location:

 Camp Amicus Overnight camp is held at Goldeye Centre near Nordegg, AB.

Activities Offered:

Social Skills, Swimming, Rock Climbing, Archery, Horseback Riding, Canoeing, Arts and Crafts, Music, Campfire (S’Mores) and MORE!

Transportation:

Bus transportation is provided from Calgary.

Intake Criteria:

Children and youth entering grade 4 to grade 11 can attend Camp Amicus Overnight if they meet our Intake Criteria.

Cost:

The fee for our one-week camps is $900 and is eligible for FSCD funding. We are able to bill FSCD directly.  

Counsellors-In-Training Program

For campers who are ready to start transitioning to a camp counsellor position, this program develops fundamental leadership skills, behaviour management techniques, program planning experience and opportunities to use these skills with our campers. All prospective and returning participants will be interviewed to ensure a good fit for the program.

Participants will attend three weeks of overnight camps (leaving on Sunday and returning on Friday each week). The cost of the Counsellors-in-Training Program is $2,700.

Registration Process:

Once it is determined that your child is eligible to participate in Camp Amicus, you will be sent registration forms. The completed registration form and a $100 deposit are necessary to secure your child's spot in the camp.

My son has difficulties attending other camps that don't cater to or understand children with ADHD. Camp Amicus allows him to be with other kids with the same issues so he doesn't stand out. The social skills are also very important because children with ADHD often struggle with how to make and keep friends. It is a very important part of his summer. — Camp Amicus Parent