Inclusion is one of the YMCAs of Québec’s core values, and it is strongly reflected in Y camping. Inclusion means providing spaces where all feel welcome and safe, and where continuous effort is made to provide accessible programming and services to all members of our local communities.
The YMCA Day Camps are inclusive for all families and children. We strive to take a needs, strength and interest-based approach; in order to support the wellness of all campers, and provide them an experience that includes dignity of risk, an opportunity to grow, and a place to feel belonging. Our day camps are founded in; an inclusive approach, an environment which values representation and diversity, and a camp experience free of as many possible barriers.
What does this look like at camp?
This approach can be seen at camp in many different ways. This is why we have changed the name of the Inclusion Program; it will now be called the Companion program. In doing this, we wish for it to be recognized that inclusion is engrained within our fundamental approach at camp. Our Companion program is only one way in which we demonstrate this.
You can see this demonstrated at camp in the following ways;
- Doing our best to hire diverse role models for our campers
- Using gender neutral language in our communications and when addressing groups
- Actively demonstrating our support for Black lives in camping, and in our communities
- When possible, providing additional support or tools to campers who are having a lot of trouble with a situation or behaviour
Moving forward, this space on the day camp webpage will be used to communicate updates and initiatives as they relate to inclusion at camp. Within this page, more specific information about our Companion Program can be found.