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Camp Bursary

WWDSS is excited to offer a camp bursary to assist with extra costs that can be associated with inclusion support for summer camps for our children with Down syndrome, and hope to open doors to some camp experiences that otherwise would not be possible.

Purpose of the Camp Bursary:

The camp bursary is to assist families with costs involved over and above regular camp fees, for children (ages 4-21) with Down syndrome to attend and participate in any camps. In some cases, the extra cost may be an additional fee charged by the camp for the camp to provide their own Inclusion Facilitators, or may be the cost involved with hiring and supplying your own support worker to attend the camp with your child.

What Qualifies for Reimbursement From the Bursary:

The camp bursary is to assist in costs incurred for Inclusion Facilitators or support workers, supporting the family's child, between the ages of 4-21, at a camp. The camp can be either full-time or part-time. The bursary will not reimburse for regular camp fees, transportation costs to the camp, or meals or snacks incurred during the camp.

There are some camps designed specifically for children with special needs that offer great activities with the needed support, which can come at a higher cost than typical camps. These camps also qualify for the camp bursary, covering 50% of the cost. (Please provide information on the camp.)


For a family to be reimbursed they will need to provide:

  • a copy of the invoice/receipt of payment for the camp registrations, proof of attendance at a camp


  • A copy of the invoice/receipt of payment for the fee of the Inclusion Facilitator provided by the camp


  • A copy of the invoice or support form signed by the support person. If an invoice is being provided, the name, address, contact, and signature of the Inclusion Facilitator needs to be included on the invoice. Otherwise, complete the form attached.


  • A privately provided support person needs to be 18 years old or older
  • The family will need to pay the support person directly as WWDSS will reimburse the family only. WWDSS will not pay a support person directly
  • 5 volunteer hours are required to receive this bursary (separate from other volunteer requirements)


How to Apply:


There are two ways to apply to the Camp Bursary Program.


1)      Online Application Form – click here


2)      Paper Application Form, to be printed, filled out, scanned, and sent back via email –click here


If you have questions, please contact WWDSS using the form below