Canoeing is an opportunity for campers to acquire a new skill from learning to steer, glide, back paddle or simply to overcome a fear of water. The introduction to canoeing ensures all campers are aware of safety and the importance of staying warm and dry during this activity. Caras may need to go canoeing with campers or spread out along the bank to ensure effective coverage of all campers.
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Activities are designed to be child centred in Barretstown. Children are first, their abilities and medical condition does not define them.
From being a part of teams in Barretstown and being around peers, campers gain respect, are appreciated, are accepted, and become friends. They learn how to play and have fun in the same activities. Children benefit from these interactions that will last beyond Barretstown. Stereotypes are eliminated, as people’s awareness is heightened and attitudes change. When this happens in a fun place – like camp, new, more accepting, and consequently, more accommodating attitudes and behaviours find their way into other areas of everyday life and at school. Activities at Barretstown are adapted to meet individual needs, such as emotional, medical, physical needs, age, energy levels. Staff focus on individual needs and adapt activities to suit these needs, to ensure all of the team are participating & challenged, guaranteeing individual success and fun!
All activities at Barretstown are intentional to provide success for campers using Therapeutic Recreation. All activities at Barretstown reflect the philosophy of participation through cooperation– not competition. Each activity challenges the individual and/or group to move beyond perceived limitations and achieve success in a way that focuses on ability rather than their illness. Every activity is inclusive. Each child and staff member has a role to play in achieving success for the group.