S.L.A.M. Summer Camp

Programs

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. 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. Camp 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 camp 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. Camp 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 Jessica Yaguchi, Literacy Program Coordinator (Maternity Leave Coverage) | [email protected]

Program Eligibility

This program is intended for students who are:
  • Between the ages of and 11 (inclusive) at the time of participation;
  • Diagnosed with, or suspected to have, a Learning Disability (click here for the definition of a Learning Disability);
  • Not diagnosed/identified with an intellectual disability or have significant behavioural support needs.
While exceptionalities such as Autism, Mild Intellectual Disability, etc. may impact an individual’s learning, a Learning Disability is a specific impairment and is distinct from these and other exceptionalities.

2024 S.L.A.M. Camp Applications Now Open!

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Program Details

Cost
Weeks Offered
Days of the Week
Duration
Time
Location
St. Catharines Site
Cost
$250/week*
Dates
July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-Aug2, Aug 12-16, Aug 19-23
Days of the Week
Monday - Friday
Duration
6 weeks**
Time
9:00 am – 4:00 pm (extended care available***)
Location
St. Alfred Catholic Elementary School****
Thorold Site
Cost
$250/week*
Dates
July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-Aug2, Aug 12-16, Aug 19-23
Days of the Week
Monday - Friday
Duration
6 weeks**
Time
9:00 am – 4:00 pm (extended care available***)
Location
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School****

* Fees subject to change. If you require financial assistance, subsidy and payment plans may be available.
** Applicants can apply for a minimum of 1 week of camp, up to a maximum of all 6 weeks.
*** Extended before and after care is available each day from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm for a fee of $2.50 per half hour.
**** Locations are subject to change based on the availability. Applicants will be notified of any changes prior to the start of program.

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