Camp offers new Counsellor-in-Training program for teens

Teens between 14 and 17 can learn the skills needed to work with kids with various special needs

Camp Massawippi, dedicated to helping individuals living with motor, hearing, or visual impairments, will be offering a Counsellor-in-Training (CIT) program for young people this summer.

Geared towards teens between 14 and 17, participants will learn how to animate activities adapted for individuals with special needs. For example, they will show kids how to play basketball with adapted nets, which are lower to the ground and allow individuals in wheelchairs to show off their slam-dunk skills. Teens will also animate arts & crafts sessions, movement classes, help campers during swimming lessons and take them to nearby parks to enjoy nature.

Camp Massawippi offers a sleepaway option in the heart of the Eastern Townships and a day camp in Montreal at the Lethbridge Layton Mackay Rehabilitation Centre. The CIT program will be held at the day camp.

“We thought implementing a CIT program would be a great way to add resources for both our campers and staff, as well as allow teenagers to learn more about working with individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities,” says Sydney Shapiro, Massawippi Day Camp Coordinator. “Our camp teaches young people the importance of inclusivity, respect, compassion and kindness.”

Those interested in the CIT program can sign up for two-week sessions from June 25 to Aug. 16. No prior counsellor experience is needed. The Lethbridge Layton Mackay Rehabilitation Centre is located at 3500 Decarie Blvd.

For more information, contact sydney.daycamp​massawippi@gmail.com

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