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-to-one support provided by a qualified instructor throughout the camp week. Each activity is also commonly supported by volunteers.

Please note: We cannot provide one-to-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.

Questions? Contact Emily Glencross, Program Coordinator | eglencross@Ldaniagara.org

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

Summer 2021 Details

In-Person Site (Full-Day)

To keep camp participants, staff, and volunteers contained to ‘pods’, LDANR will be requesting caregivers to register their children for two weeks of camp at a time. Social distancing measures will also be put into place.

Cost: Non-LDA Member: $200/week | LDA Member: $175/week
Location: To Be Determined
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
July 12 – 16 AND July 19 – 23
July 26 – 30 AND August 9 – 13
August 16 – 20 AND August 23 – 27
*Fees subject to change.
*If you require financial assistance, subsidy and payment plans may be available.
*An annual family LDA Membership fee is $50. For more information on the LDA Membership program click here.

Virtual Site (Half-Day)

This summer 2021, LDANR will be offering a virtual ‘S.L.A.M. Camp’ location as an alternative to families that prefer online programming. These camp sites will be offered virtually via Microsoft Teams for half-day periods of time. Applicants will have the choice of registering their child for the 9 am – 12 pm camp group or the 1-4 pm camp group, one week at a time.

Cost: Non-LDA Member: $100/week | LDA Member: $85/week
Location: Online via Microsoft Teams
Time: Morning (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) OR Afternoon (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
July 12 – 16
July 19 – 23
July 26 – 30
August 9 – 13
August 16 – 20
August 23 – 27
*Fees subject to change.
*If you require financial assistance, subsidy and payment plans may be available.
*An annual family LDA Membership fee is $50. For more information on the LDA Membership program click here.

COVID-19 Disclaimer:
While LDANR hopes and intends to run in-person programming this summer, we recognize that this may not be possible due to provincial regulations surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. LDANR will continue to monitor updates made by the provincial government as well as Niagara Public health and will plan summer programming accordingly. In the event that summer programming cannot run in-person, LDANR will update all registered participants by May 31st, 2021 at the latest. Any families who have applied and been accepted to the in-person summer programming site will be offered the opportunity to attend virtual programming in place of the in-person program.

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
1338 Fourth Avenue
Unit S215
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
L2S 0G1

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