Diocese of Hamilton

‘One to One’ Program


Children with Special Needs Camping Program

In 1972, the C.Y.O. was one of the first camps in Ontario to integrate children with special needs, ages 6 to 13, into our mainstream camping programs.  Our unique ‘One-to-One’ program offers short-term respite care by ensuring that a dedicated counsellor is given special training to handle the responsibility and challenges of providing assisted care to these special children while they participate in our C.Y.O. camping programs.

Over 12,700 children with special needs and their families have benefited from this unique ‘One-to-One’ Camp Program. This service is available at our residential camp, Camp Brébeuf  and our inner-city summer day camp Camp Marydale. 

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The C.Y.O. ‘One-to-One’ program is available to families who have a child with a special need.  Many families that request our ‘One-to-One’ Program have children that have any combination of the following physical, behavioural and/or developmental disabilities, such as: Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing & Visual impairment, Angelman Syndrome, Scoliosis, Down’s syndrome, ADD / ADHD and Autism, just to name a few.  Click here for more information about our ‘One-to-One’ program.

‘One-to-One’ Counsellors

Our ‘One-to-One’ counsellors provide 24/7 respite care and assist the child in walking, eating, hygiene requirements as well as taking their medications.  Our ‘One-to-One’ counsellors offer peace-of-mind to families knowing, that their child is receiving safe and caring supportive service, while offering their child the opportunity to participate in our camping programs and activities along with their able bodied friends.

CampfireSponsor-A-Camper… “Because Every Child Deserves to Play”

Our ‘One-to-One’ program is subsidized by the funds raised through our annual Gala Dinner and donations from our annual CAMPERSHIP FUND.  As a result of these funds, families who request our ‘One-to-One’ camper program do not pay any more than any other able-bodied camper participating in our C.Y.O. summer camp programs.

If you would like to give a child a summer to remember, please make a donation today. Click here to Sponsor-A-Camper .


Want More Information?
Stephanie Accomando, Director, Camp Marydale
Phone: 905 528-0011, ext 2229
Email: Stephanie.accomando@cyo.on.ca
Camp Marydale Website

Katie Moncrieffe, Camp Brébeuf Director
Phone: 519-856-4671
Email: katie@campbrebeuf.ca
Camp Brébeuf website