Summer Programming For Teens (12 to 17 years)

Bringing teens together to connect and build friendships!

ConneXions is a specialized group for teens (ages 12-17) with complex needs (including ADHD, FASD, Asperger’s, ODD, etc.). This group specializes in strengthening self-esteem, skill development and socialization skills. This is facilitated in a fun, structured and safe environment with a ratio of one staff to three youth. Youth participating need to have involvement with Calgary Area Child and Family Service Authority (including FSCD and Post Adoptive Supports).

This program is structured with a variety of elements in mind.

*We believe the youth in our program are talented! This is why we offer opportunities for skill development such as cooking, horticulture and program planning.
*We believe the youth in our program are fearless! This is why we provide such a variety of activities including wilderness based adventures.
*We believe the youth in our program are generous! This is why we will seek out volunteer projects to be a part of.

Friday ConneXions Urban Adventures Group
This program is a mixed group with both boys and girls welcome to join. We take advantage of activities that we can do in the city or via daytrip which may include Calaway Park, Stampede, Shakers, Lloyds, swimming, bowling, biking, rock climbing, hot dog roasts, cooking, horticulture, and much more.

Fridays July 4 –August 29. Activity runs 10:00-4:00. Staff pick up and drop off kids from/to their homes. Pick ups start at 9:00 am and drop offs finish by 5:00 pm.

COST: Based on hours from pick up to drop off time approximately $165 per day, includes transportation, activity costs and staffing. Please note that 72 hours cancellation is required before the full amount would be deducted from your respite contract.

Overnight Camping Excursions
This program is a mixed group with both boys and girls welcome to join.

DATES: July 2-3 biking or rockclimbing trip with car camping ($293.96)
July 14-16 backpacking wilderness trip ($438.16)
August 11-13 backpacking wilderness trip ($438.16)

Wilderness Excursions are based on a 3 day/2 night camping trip into a wilderness area where we may engage in activities such as high ropes course, hiking, camping skills and canoeing. We will be sleeping in tents, cooking on a portable stove or open fire and using outhouses or digging our own latrines. Locations and routes to be determined. Staff attending these trips are trained in Wilderness First Aid and have several outdoor trips with youth under their belt. Trips include transportation, food, accommodation, staffing and activities. Due to this intensive planning we will need a commitment from families for their youth to attend.

HOURS: Youth are required to meet at the Clubhouse at 9:00 AM on departure day and be picked up on arrival day at 4:00 PM.

1:1 Community Support
This program accompanies the ConneXions Urban Adventures group in that our staff work 1:1 with youth to enhance social skills learned in the group or to be practiced in the group. Staff also work with parents and the youth to determine goals such as independence skills, finding a job, resourcing, volunteering, etc. This occurs once a week for 2-3 hours based on activity and staff availability. Dates and times are scheduled on an individual basis between staff and families.

COST: $18.54/hr (includes additional hour for staff planning, prep and report writing)

 TO REGISTER for any of these programs please email or call Tina Cameron at (403) 295-2943 ex.234.

Respite Care also offers: Summer Programming for 6 to 12 years