Alberta Aphasia Camp

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 Photo: Alberta Aphasia Camp 2019. We look forward to gathering in person at Gull Lake Centre in 2022!

 

Alberta Aphasia Camp 2022 will be IN-PERSON

Aphasia is an acquired language disorder, most often caused by stroke or brain injury.

It can affect the ability to speak, understand, read and write.

The Alberta Aphasia Camp is a weekend-long camp held every September.

The camp provides an opportunity for individuals who are living with aphasia to enjoy a weekend retreat, along with one or two family members/friends.

Activities are both recreational and therapeutic.

The staff and volunteers are speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and recreational therapists. All educated about aphasia and support communication techniques, as well as safety and mobility.


 

Memories from Alberta Aphasia Camp!

What Alberta Aphasia Camp Means to our Campers

 

Highlights from Alberta Aphasia Camp 2015

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I register for the camp

You can access the registration on our website.

Please indicate on the form if you are a person with aphasia or a family member/friend.

Where do I send my registration form?
  • The registration form  is digital and will automatically be submitted to the camp directors.
  • You will be provided a copy of the registration form after you submit it.
  • More information will be sent to all registered campers in August
  • If you have questions, please contact 

 

What is the registration deadline?
  • Friday, July 29, 2022
  • To take advantage of early bird pricing ($175), the registration deadline is Thursday, June 30, 2022
How much does it cost to attend Alberta Aphasia Camp?
  • It costs $175 if you register prior to the early bird deadline (June 30, 2022) and $200 if you register by the deadline (July 29, 2022)
  • The cost covers room and board for the weekend at camp
  • Each person who registers for camp will receive a camper kit with:
    • Camp t-shirt
    • SWAG
    • And much more!

  • Indicate on your registration form how you will be paying (cheque or credit card).
    • If paying by credit card, you will be contacted 2 weeks prior to camp to get your card number (do not include credit card information on registration form)
    • If paying by cheque, please mail to:
      Alena Widdup
      3639 26 Street NE
      Calgary, AB. T1Y 5E1
Where is the camp located?
  • This year, Alberta Aphasia Camp will be held in-person at Gull Lake Centre (1.5 hours south of Edmonton; 2 hours north of Calgary)
What types of activities will we do at camp?
  • We have multiple activities to choose from throughout the weekend.
  • Activities are recreational, therapeutic and self care.
  • Examples of activities:
    • Yoga
    • Painting
    • Singing
    • Low ropes
    • Archery
    • Canoe / Kayak
    • Hiking
    • Communication Groups
    • Movie and discussion
    • Baking / Cooking
    • And more!
Can I bring someone with me?

Yes! All campers with aphasia can bring family members and/or friends. Each person attending camp and participating in the activities must fill out a registration form and pay the registration fee.

Do I have to bring someone with me?

No! You are welcome to attend on your own.

What is the schedule?
  • Camp starts at 7:00 PM on Friday, September 16, 2022.
  • Camp ends at 2:30 PM on Sunday, September 18, 2022.
  • We will send you the weekend schedule in August.
  • You will have the chance to sign up for specific activities throughout the weekend.
What are the sleeping accommodations?
  • All of our accommodations are shared (max. 8 - 10 people) and have bunk beds.
  • You will be placed in a cabin with your friend/family unless you indicate otherwise.
  • Most cabins will have mixed genders.  However, we do reserve a few for females only and for males only.
  • We are able to accommodate anyone who has mobility needs by reserving bottom bunks for them, placing them on the main level of cabins, or in cabins with no stairs.  All the cabins have their own bathroom.
What is your Covid 19 protocol?
  • All March of Dimes Canada and Alberta Aphasia Camp staff and volunteers are vaccinated against Covid 19.
  • We encourage campers to be vaccinated, practice physical distancing (when possible) and wear masks; however, this is not mandatory. 

Get involved in the Alberta Aphasia Camp

Volunteers

Students interested in volunteering: All our student volunteers (SLP, OT, PT, RecT) are from the University of Alberta, most of which are in their second year in the Faculty of Rehab Medicine. 

Community therapists interested in volunteering: We will often take one or two community therapists (SLP, OT, PT, RecT) each year and try to have different therapists involved each year. If you are interested, please contact Andrea Ruelling, SLP, Alberta Aphasia Camp co-director (ruelling@ualberta.ca)


Refer Someone to Alberta Aphasia Camp

Refer someone: If you would like to refer someone to the camp, you can download a registration form from our website, or contact us for more information.


Financial Support

Financial support: You can also support the Alberta Aphasia Camp financially by making a donation to March of Dimes Canada. Please contact Alena Widdup by email (awiddup@marchofdimes.ca) or by phone (403-690-8246).