Sunshine, Learning, Achievement & More!

Ages 6-11


Sunshine, Learning, Achievement, and More (S.L.A.M.) is a full-day summer learning camp for children ages 6-11 who are performing a minimum of one year behind in the area of literacy due to a diagnosed, identified, or suspected reading disability (dyslexia).  At S.L.A.M. summer camp, children spend half of the day working on enhancing literacy skills such as phonics principles, sight word knowledge, and reading fluency. The other half of a typical day at S.L.A.M. is spent participating in coping skill and recreation-based activities designed to assist with the secondary characteristics associated with learning difficulties (i.e., low self-esteem, poor social and/or emotional regulation). The S.L.A.M. program teaches these skills using a combination of discussion, instruction, and engaging games and activities in both a whole-group and small-group setting.

The instructors at S.L.A.M. are trained to support and guide children with learning difficulties. The adult to child ratio is typically very low with a maximum of ten (10) children and a minimum of two (2) trained staff per group at all times. Every child also receives some academic one-on-one support provided by a qualified One-to-One Instructor throughout the camp week. Each activity is also commonly supported by volunteers.

Please note we cannot provide one-on-one behavioural support. In order for each child to benefit from the program every child must be able to work in a group setting without demonstrating a need for one-on-one behavioural support. 

Program Coordinator: Emily Glencross | eglencross@Ldaniagara.org

Cost: Non-LDA Member Fee: $225 | LDA Member Fee: $175 

*Fees subject to change.

*If you require financial assistance, subsidy and payment plans may be available.

Program applications for S.L.A.M. 2021 will open on Monday, February 22nd at 6:00 am!

Summer 2021 Dates and Locations

                 St. Catharines Site                                           Niagara Falls Site         

July 12th-16th                   August 9th-13th                         July 12th-16th             

July 19th-23rd                  August 16th-20th                       July 19th-23rd 

July 27th-30th                  August 23rd-27th                       July 27th-30th                       


                                                Welland Site

                                               August 9th-13th 

                                              August 16th-20th 

                                              August 23rd-27th


COVID-19 Disclaimer: LDANR will continue to monitor updates from the Department of Public Health on the COVID-19 pandemic. Adjustments to the S.L.A.M. Summer Camp schedule and format will be made in accordance with COVID-19 regulations.

This program is generously funded by:


What people are saying about S.L.A.M.:

“I was afraid to pump SLAM camp up to my kids and was worried they would complain it was too much like school. It was by far their best week at camp all summer. My daughter cried because she only had one week there and wanted to continue all summer. Crossing my fingers for at least two weeks each next summer! Thank you for all you do.”

– S.L.A.M. Caregiver, Summer 2019

“My daughter was so nervous and anxious about going to camp this summer but after the first day she declared that she wanted to go to camp all summer. Thanks to the staff and the programs se felt excited, happy, and safe. Most of the time she didn’t even realize she was learning something. A special bonus to the fun she had was that we saw a boost in her confidence and an improvement in her literacy skills. Yay!”

– S.L.A.M. Caregiver, Summer 2019

“My son was very happy going each day and he is already looking forward to going back next summer. It was very nice for us as parents to see how happy he was and at the same time, he was learning and making new friends. Please extend our gratitude to all of the staff that work so hard and provided this amazing experience to our son!”

– S.L.A.M. Caregiver, Summer 2019

Our Mission

Our purpose is to provide resources and support to individuals who are affected by learning disabilities within the Niagara Region. We provide leadership in learning disabilities advocacy, research, education and services.

Registered Charity # 73291 9097 RR 0001

Get In Touch

Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region
366 St. Paul Street,
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 3N2

Phone: (905) 641-1021 *(Please note, we are working remotely due to COVID-19. At this time, we ask that you contact us through our info email listed above. Thank you very much!)
Fax: (905) 641-2336