Camp is open to youth ages 8-21 living with MS. It’s free! For more info, visit www.mssociety.ca/camp.
Have you ever gone white water rafting, kayaking or on an overnight canoe trip? Have you used a pottery wheel, tried archery, fishing or sailing? These are all things I got to experience at MS Summer Camp! The best part of it all is that every activity and adventure is made accessible for all campers! Everyone is included and helps encourage the others who are a little nervous about the new activities and experiences. The feeling of conquering a new adventure is priceless.
I’ve had the opportunity to be a camper as well as a Peer Support Leader at MS Summer Camp. I’ve felt the nervousness of going to a new place with people I didn’t know, but it was quickly to pass when I showed up to catch the bus to camp and was greeted with big smiles and hugs. Everyone is so accepting and kind! Great friendships form quickly at camp and are such a support throughout the years! Within the first night as a camper, it felt as though I had known the other campers for years. Everyone is very open to sharing their experiences living with MS and it’s a comfort in knowing that we are not alone. I was very excited to be able to return to camp as a Peer Support Leader and give a shoulder, an ear and some security to new and existing campers.
Camp is also a nice chance to get away from technology for a week! You get to rediscover your creativity and engage in real opportunities, with real people. It gives you a chance to deal with your real emotions in a safe environment with new friends you end up calling family once the week is over!
I almost forgot to mention how much you should look forward to the food! The camp always serves delicious meals! There is always a lot to choose from and they can cater to any diet. The last night at camp there’s a talent show where campers can show off their skills, a banquet (huge buffet with tons of great food), and a dance to celebrate your week at camp! The counsellors make this night, as well as every day at camp, a blast!! They are there to connect with too.
MS Summer Camp is an absolutely amazing opportunity and experience that I think any child or teen living with MS should have! You leave camp feeling supported, empowered and with friendships for life!
-Whitney Murray, former camper and current Peer Support Leader