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Camp News: Staff Bios


Camp reachAbility Directors Melissa (Cape Breton) and Courtney (Valley).

Everyday, Camp reachAbility 2014 is getting closer and closer. We’re X-ing off the days, anticipating a summer filled with sun and fun. And you!

The Paradise, Annapolis Valley camping season will take place between June 30 – August 23, 2014. Orangedale, Cape Breton will take place between June 30 – August 23, 2014. We’re currently adding staff bios to our website so you can see who you’ll be meeting this summer. Please visit the Valley staff bio page and the Cape Breton staff bio page to learn more.

We’ll be making lots of updates, and adding new content over the coming weeks to our website. Stay tuned!

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Camp News: musicAbility, Campers and Jobs


It’s finally starting to look like spring out there! Seeing this nice weather gets the camp team more and more excited for session to finally begin! We are starting the prep here in the main office but eager to get to the main locations!

We’re excited to be adding a musicAbility program to our camp session this summer. We will have Ryan Grant and his some of his musicians coming into the camps. Once a week, Ryan and his team will be delivering music through a variety of ways to our campers. We are excited to have you on board, Ryan!

Camp reachAbility will run from Monday to Saturday this summer session. Paradise, will run from June 16th to August 23rd and Cape Breton, will run from June 30th to August 23rd.  Camp applications are starting to come in fast but we still have spaces left, so get them in! The camp team will be in touch with each applicant with a week they are posted in. Again, feel free to fill the registration form in on your computer, save it, and email it in, or print and mail it to our office.

Not looking to be a camper and are looking for summer employment? We are still hiring and extended our deadline! So, we are still looking for you! We are currently looking for Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN) for our Annapolis Valley, Paradise location. And Camp counsellors for Orangedale and Paradise.  Send your Cover Letter and Resume along to

There will be plenty happening leading up to Camp, so keep checking back for more information!

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Camp News and 2014 Registration Forms


Spring is just around the corner, and that means Camp is ramping up in a big way! We’ve got plenty of exciting information for you – from camper registration forms, great summer employment opportunities, Leaders in Training sessions, and more!

We’re excited to be announcing that Camp reachAbility Paradise will have an additional two weeks of camp to our programming for 2014! This means more campers can come, making our goal of turning no one away that much more of a reality. The first week of camp in the Annapolis Valley will begin Monday, June 16th, while Cape Breton will open its doors on Monday, June 30th, 2014.

And on that note – the 2014 Camper Registration Form is now available here! Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so get those forms in! Feel free to fill it in on your computer, save it, and email it in, or print and mail it to our office. All the details you need are in the form, but if you have any questions, please contact

Not looking to be a camper, but searching for great summer employment? We are still looking for 2014 Camp staff! Are you a Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN) looking to expand your experiences in a unique setting? A lifeguard who has a passion for working with persons with disabilities? An out-going person who just loves to sing campfire songs, play and craft with people who love to do the same? Check out our job postings here and be sure to submit your resume by April 1st, 2014!

Our 2014 Leaders in Training (LIT) workshops are going great! Just last week, we had Casey Vaasjo in to facilitate a session on Non-Violent Communication, with 10 amazing people taking part. We learned plenty about different ways to communicate – especially in times when communicating is proving difficult! Thanks to everyone who came, and a special thanks to Casey for facilitating. Our next session will be an introduction to Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) with Liraz Rahinshtein. Check here for more information.

There will be plenty happening leading up to Camp, so keep checking back for more information!

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Leaders in Training: Play for Purpose


We had a great Leaders in Training session on Thursday, February 13! Facilitated by reachAbility’s CEO Tova Sherman and Camp reachAbility Directors and Coordinators, the session explored the importance of recreation, and why it’s important to play! Lots of returning Camp reachAbility were present, so we spent time reminiscing about last Summer’s camp, and looked forward to the upcoming season. We even danced!

reachAbilitiy’s LIT program is designed to help participants develop the skills and confidence needed to build relationships and increase the effectiveness of initiatives used to work with people with disabilities through workshops in areas such as recreation, disability awareness and non-violent communication. We developed LIT to reflect what Camp reachAbility staff said would make them even better leaders. It’s a great opportunity for people to get grounded in new ways to approach working with people of all abilities. LIT 2014 runs from February to May.

Our next LIT session, Non-Violent Communication, takes place on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 1-5 p.m. Facilitated by Casey Vaasjo, the workshop will make communication feel easier by using a relatively simple, yet profoundly different framework.

The tools of Non-Violent Communication help us transform situations where we feel uncomfortable, angry, upset, or afraid, into opportunities for satisfaction, growth, and connection. We can practice empowered self-expression and conflict resolution that is direct and compassionate. By shifting out of a mindset based on what is ‘wrong’ to a perspective of meeting needs, we can find mutual resolution much quicker and easier.

Please visit the Camp reachAbility website’s LIT page for more information on this workshop. Capacity is limited to 15, so please RSVP if you plan to attend: Manda at (902) 429-5878, or

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Camp reachAbility is committed to offering individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities the best possible summer camping experience. In partnership with the Department of Community Services we are invested and excited to provide an exceptional residential camping service to individuals of all abilities, aged 12 years and older, free of charge. reachAbility campers are free to be! Just like anyone else.

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