Information for Parents

At Camp Towhee, campers feel accepted and are celebrated for their unique talents. We provide specialized assistance and group experiences so that campers can maximize their social competence and enjoy the magic of belonging.


Camp registration and assessment for new campers for 2017 closes on December 15, 2016 (with exceptions based on available space).

Camp Towhee is a special needs camp with a very high staff to camper ratio and programming that addresses the unique needs of campers with learning disabilities and related mental health problems. Assessments and discussions with parents and prospective campers occur until the end of January 2016 about whether the camp program is suitable for a particular girl or boy. By early February decisions are made for most campers about offering them a space at camp.

Placements in the July sessions or August session are based on the camper?s age, maturity, and fit with an appropriate cabin group. We also do our best to accommodate families? requests for a particular session if a cabin can be found in that session that meets their son or daughter?s needs. The first 2 week session in July is for campers age 10 to? 13; the second session is for campers aged 13 to 18 and the August session campers are aged 10 to? 18. Final decisions about which session a camper will attend will be made in early February.

Camper Eligibility

  • Children and adolescents aged 10 to 18.
  • Applicant must have a current psychological assessment that indicates the presence of a learning disability and average or above-average cognitive reasoning skills (IQ).
  • Children and adolescents who experience social, emotional, mental health & behavioural problems.
  • Children and adolescents who can manage an intensive residential program. Please note that 2 or 3 weeks in an intensive residential camp environment is not for everyone. Not every type and level of behaviour difficulties can be managed in the camp environment, and constant one-one supervision is not available. Suitability for the camp program will be reviewed on a case by case basis and the final decision rests with the Camp Towhee Director in consultation with the Clinical Team at Integra.

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"We’ve seen tremendous growth in our son; he now feels successful and more eager to face his challenges."

Towhee is an Accredited Member of the
Ontario Camps Association and an Integra program at Child Development Institute (CDI). CDI is accredited by Children’s Mental Health Ontario.

Where success is an adventure