Summer Camp for Special Needs
COMMUNITY. West Island families have turned to the Blue Light Program since last September when touched by intellectual disabilities and/or Autism spectrum disorder. This summer, the non-profit organization will host a specialized weekly sports summer camp at the Soccerplexe Catalogna in Lachine.
“The main objective is to give a pleasant stay to our participants by giving them a lot of options in sports, group activities and outings,” said Sayees Yogendran, General Director of the Blue Light Program.
Families asked for more services after they took part in the Day Program. According to Yogendran, that feedback prompted the organization to start a new camp focused primarily on sports. It will run from July 3 to August 24.
“It will give a break for the parents and it’s a great way for [members] to learn new skills,” he explained.
The objective was to recruit 20 participants. Forty have signed up so far and Yogendran thinks it could reach up to 50.
Campers from 6 to 50 years old will be accepted. However, they will be assigned to different groups based on their age.
Workshops such as painting, matching, art and music therapy and DIY projects will be given in the morning . Participants will take part in the afternoon in a variety of outdoor sports and enjoy the swimming pool.
The program will highlight a different sport every week. Professional athletes from each discipline will come train the campers.
Once a week, outings to places adapted to their needs will include Botanical Garden, Fun Zone, mini-putt or bowling.
Ultimately, Yogendran believes the camp will help members learn and develop social skills as well as give them an opportunity to make new friends.
Registration for weekly passes ends on June 8.