Amicus Camps & Recreation

Camp Amicus

Camp Amicus helps youth with Learning Disabilities and ADHD increase social skills, self-confidence and self-esteem

Camp Amicus LogoCamp Amicus is a unique summer camp program designed specifically for children and youth with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD. Our goal is to create a rewarding and successful summer camp for each young person. We provide a structured and supportive environment for children to learn social skills, build relationships and have fun! Mature, caring counsellors plan activities to ensure that campers build confidence and self-esteem while enjoying a true camp experience. We offer both overnight and day camp options as well as Teen Leadership and Counsellor-in-Training camps.

Intake Criteria

We serve children and teens from ages 8 to 18 diagnosed with a Learning Disability and/or ADHD with lagging social skills. Full details about our Intake Criteria and Intake Process can be found here.

2022 Full Schedule

For the full Camp Amicus 2022 Schedule, click here.

Why Send Your Child to Camp Amicus?

  • A camp program for children with Learning Disabilities/ADHD operating since 1982
  • A 3:1 camper to counsellor ratio with leadership staff and a Camp Manager to support campers and staff
  • Camp Amicus offers a social skills program grounded in evidence-based, behavioural and social learning theories specifically for youth with LD/ADHD
  • It offers fun, non-competitive camp activities
  • Programming reinforces age-appropriate social skills in a safe and supportive environment
  • Mature, caring counsellors plan activities to ensure that campers build confidence and self-esteem, while having a great time!

"Camp Amicus provides a rewarding and successful summer camp experience where adolescents with ADHD learn social skills, build relationships, confidence, and self-esteem. Overall, the present findings provide evidence that adolescents with ADHD enhanced their social competence. The camp structure, programming, and counsellor approaches provide practice and reinforcement of age-appropriate social skills in a fun and safe environment. These results support the premise that evidence-based social skills programs can be effectively implemented in community settings such as summer camp and can help adolescents develop social competence in a short amount of time." (Neprily, 2020, p.76). This is a quote from the 2020 study entitled "Summer Camp for Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Naturalistic Context for Enhancing Social Competence" that looked at the impact of Camp Amicus.

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