Helpful Camp Advice Articles We’ve Written

With many years experience running a summer camp for children, teens and young adults with autism, ADHD, developmental delays and other special needs, leading publications and organizations in the field including CADDAC (Center for ADHD Awareness, Canada) and Today’s regularly ask our opinions on a range of camp and camper subjects. Sometimes we share our point of view by speaking at industry events or parent/community groups, other times we’re asked to write or contribute camp advice articles.

Below is a description and link to several of the most recent camp advice articles we’ve written. We hope you find the information helpful.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you want more information or would like to discuss a specific topic or would like Camp Kennebec’s input for your newsletter, publication or meeting. You can reach us at (613) 335-2114 or

Links to Some of Our Camp Advice Articles:

How to Choose a Camp For Your Special Needs Child
10 questions you need to ask a camp director before your register
by Donna Segal and Rob Deman, Directors at Camp Kennebec

Deciding on which camp to send your kids to can be stressful for parents. Will the camp be a good fit? What type of training do the counselors have? Will my child enjoy his or her time away? For parents with children who have special needs, this stress is multiplied. We’ve been taking care of special needs kids at Camp Kennebec for over forty years. Our campers are aged 6 and up with a range of special needs and development delays including Autism, Asperger’s, ASD, ADD, ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, learning, social, behavioural difficulties and many others.

Based on our experience, before you sign on the dotted line, these are the ten questions you need to ask a camp director to ensure a fun-filled and stress-free summer for both you and your child.

Read the entire article on the Yummy Mummy Club website

Summer Camp is A Great Place to Build Social Skills and Self-Esteem
By Donna Segal & Rob Deman, Directors – Camp Kennebec

“Become more independent and self-reliant”
“Improve social skills and interactions with peers and adults”
“Make better, well thought-out decisions”
“Enhance concentration and focus”

How often have you set those goals for your child? How much time and effort have you, your child, your child’s school and therapy team expended building up those skills? Yet, if your child is like most, developing these skills requires enormous effort, serious commitment and hard work. Not what most kids would consider fun!

Well at a great summer camp, your child will have the time of his or her life, and achieve interpersonal, social and development goals, while having so much fun that they won’t consider their stay at camp to be work at all. As directors at Camp Kennebec, an Ontario summer camp for kids and teens with autism, ADHD and other learning and developmental special needs, Donna and I assure you that Camp develops all those skills and more.

Read the entire article on the Today’s Kids website

How to Spot a Great Summer Camp for Kids and Teens with ADHD
By Rob Deman & Donna Segal, Co-Directors of Camp Kennebec

As co-directors of Camp Kennebec, an overnight summer camp near Toronto, that’s been making kids and teens with ADHD and other special needs happy since 1967, we know what it takes to build a wonderful program for kids and teens with ADHD.

If you find choosing a summer camp for your child is a stressful decision – you are not alone. Like most parents, you want the right camp where your child will be safe, happy and have a great experience. If your child has ADHD, your camp research is even more difficult, since you also have to feel comfortable that camp can accommodate your child’s needs

Read the entire article here