Communication Sciences and Disorders

Alberta Aphasia Camp FAQ

How can I get registered for camp?

You can access registration forms here. There are 2 versions: one for people with aphasia and one for the family member/friend. Once you have filled out the form, mail the form along with your payment to the address listed on the form. You can also call Xilo Lopez at March of Dimes Canada  (416-425-3463 ext. 7209) or email at xlopez@marchofdimes.ca to pay with a credit card.


How much does it cost to attend Alberta Aphasia Camp?

We have tried to keep the cost of camp low, in order for it to be accessible for everyone. The cost is $100 and this covers food, accommodations and all programming throughout the weekend.


Where is the camp located?

The camp is held at the YoWoChAs Outdoor Education Centre, located on Lake Wabamun about 80km west of Edmonton.

Link to Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/tnmfSgXHej22


Do you provide transportation to and from the camp?

Unfortunately, we do not provide transportation to attend Alberta Aphasia Camp. However, we could potentially assist in putting you in touch with other campers in your area who may be able to offer a ride.


How accessible is the camp? Is it accessible to people in wheelchairs?
The camp itself is rustic and is not fully accessible. The roads and trails are primarily gravel and uneven. However, we have volunteers who are able to push wheelchairs if the camper wants/needs this level of assistance. The showers have lips on them, and are not wheelchair accessible; however, they do have a wheelchair accessible washroom stall and lower sinks for wheelchair access. There are ramps to access the dock and the lodge. Most activities are accessible to people who are in wheelchairs, but not all of them (i.e. the summit hike, the pendulum swing), but we will have OTs and PTs on site to assist with some minor modifications to make some things more accessible.


Can I bring someone with me?
Yes! All campers with aphasia can bring one family member/friend. Requests to bring more than one person are made on a case-by-case basis.


Why can I only bring one person along with me?
Our numbers are restricted based on the number of bed spaces we have to accommodate everyone. Because the accommodations are bunk beds, and a number of our campers require bottom bunks, due to mobility issues, this limits the number of people we can take. However, if you have a special situation that would require you to bring more than one person to camp, please contact us as we will make these decisions on a case-by-case basis.

Do I have to bring someone with me?
No. If you are independent with things like dressing, toileting and grooming you do not need to bring anyone along. Because we have no support staff on site, if you do require assistance for these types of things, you should attend with a family member, friend or caregiver.


Can children attend the Alberta Aphasia Camp?
We do not provide programming for children at the Alberta Aphasia Camp. However, we recognize that people with aphasia are mothers and fathers too. Although in many cases, it may be easier for you and your family member/friend to focus on enjoying the camp activities if you do not have to be caring for children at the camp, please contact us if you have a special situation with a child.


How many people will there be at Alberta Aphasia Camp?
We have room for about 40 campers (this includes people with aphasia and their family members/friends). In addition, there are approximately 20-25 student volunteers, 4-6 lead therapists and 3-4 YoWoChAs staff on site. Additional service providers may also join us for parts of the weekend.


What is the weather like at that time of year?
Average high temperatures around Lake Wabamun in September can vary between 10-20 degrees Celsius, with average low temperatures between 0-10 degrees C. We can expect anything from sun to rain. It is best to come prepared for the various weather conditions with layers and warm clothing, and a rain jacket and/or umbrella in case of rain. If it does rain, the grounds can get quite muddy. All outdoor shoes must be removed in the lodge and residences, so you may want to bring a pair of indoor shoes or slippers.


What are the sleeping accommodations at camp?
The rooms vary in size, but all of the sleeping accommodations at camp are shared. This means you could potentially share a room with 2-8 other people. There are bunk beds to sleep on. People with mobility issues will sleep on bottom bunks. Bedding is not provided, so campers should come prepared with bedding (sleeping bags or sheets/blankets and pillows).


What kind of activities are there to do at the Alberta Aphasia Camp?
There are a variety of activities for all abilities available at camp. Activities may vary from year to year. In the past we have offered the following activities: canoeing, guided hikes, low ropes/challenge course, pendulum swing, yoga, drum circle, scavenger hunt, indoor games (e.g., cards, board games), outdoor games (e.g., bocce, ladder ball, croquet), and photography or art workshops. All activities can be adapted for individuals with physical challenges. In addition, we run conversation groups for people with aphasia, and therapeutic support groups for family members/friends where we share stories and resources with each other.


How can I get involved in the Alberta Aphasia Camp? Can I volunteer for the camp?
We generally have more students and therapists volunteer for the camp than we can accommodate, but you can get involved in other ways. If you are a therapist who would like to refer someone to the camp, you can download a registration form here, or contact us for more information. You can also support the Alberta Aphasia Camp financially by making a donation to March of Dimes Canada here (choose “General” and “Alberta Aphasia Camp”).