Program Staff

Easter Seals Camp Horizon Program Staff

Easter Seals Camp Horizon staff members are carefully chosen for their skills, energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm for working with children and adults with special needs in the great outdoors. In addition to senior program staff, we have 36 staff members working directly with campers on a daily basis. Our staff members are at least 18 years of age, many either currently attending or are graduates of university and college programs -  with the exception of six junior counsellors,

All program staff are required to hold current Standard First Aid, CPR-C and undergo a criminal reference check prior to employment. Staff members who are full time Alberta residents are also required to complete an Intervention Record Check (formerly Child Welfare Record Check).

When the staff team arrives at camp, they undergo 10 days of intensive preparation that includes training on delivering programs, behaviour management, working with different abilities and special needs, emergency procedures, personal care, risk management, and much more.

In addition to the above training, instructors in program areas have skill specific qualifications.

Team Leaders have extensive experience working with youth and/or special needs populations.

Challenge course facilitators have level I facilitator certification, and we always have a level II facilitator on site.

Lifeguards have National Lifeguard Society certification.

Rafting guides have completed raft school training, which includes wilderness first aid, swift water rescue technician, and river navigation certifications.

Leadership trainers have advanced wilderness first aid certification in addition to extensive experience leading backcountry trips.

We know the people working with your camper are the most important part of ensuring they have a fun and healthy camp experience. If you have any questions about who will be working with your child, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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Did You Know Part 2

In Canada between 2001 and 2006 the number of persons who reported having a disability increased by three-quarters of a million people (+21.2%), reaching 4.4 million in 2006. At the same time, the non-disabled population experienced lesser growth, increasing by 3.3% to reach 26.2 million people.