History

Proud Beginnings

Easter Seals Camp Horizon was established by the Kinsmen Club of Calgary in 1965 out of a need to establish a permanent residential camp facility in southern Alberta for children and adults with special needs.

Throughout the 1950’s and early 1960’s the Kinsmen Club of Calgary supplied manpower and funds for a summer recreational camp for children with diabetes. Each summer, Kinsmen members would transport campers and provisions 50 km southwest of Calgary to a temporary camp site west of Bragg Creek. At the conclusion of the camp each summer, the Kinsmen would dismantle the temporary facilities until the following year. Although this camp was successful, it was labour intensive and the Kinsmen realized the need for a permanent camp facility that could also serve disabled campers in southern Alberta. The only other camp for Albertans with special needs was located near Edmonton, and it was usually oversubscribed. The 300 km travel distance north was prohibitive for many.

In 1964, the Kinsmen located a 62 acre site in Kananaskis Country with excellent access and beautiful views of the Elbow River Valley and the Rocky Mountains. The Kinsmen negotiated with the Alberta Government to establish Easter Seals Camp Horizon where it is today, just 40 minutes southwest of Calgary near Bragg Creek.

Since inception, the Kinsmen Club of Calgary has remained one of Easter Seals Camp Horizon’s most prominent supporters. The Club funds capital projects and repairs including new buildings and maintenance on an ongoing basis.

In addition, Kinsmen and Kinette members continue their support through an annual work party weekend where they devote their time to spring clean-up and other necessary projects. The Kinsmen Club of Calgary has donated an estimated two to three million dollars in cash, services and labour to Easter Seals Camp Horizon over the past 40 years.

Easter Seals Alberta and the many clients who have enjoyed our facilities remain eternally grateful to the Kinsmen Club of Calgary for their dedication to Albertans of all abilities.

Volunteer with Easter Seals

Easter Seals Camp Horizon will be celebrating its 45th Anniversary in 2010. Since inception, we have served almost 100,000 children and adults with special needs from throughout Alberta and across Canada. In addition, an estimated 200,000+ Albertans have utilized our facilities, including school outdoor education programs, youth groups, family reunions, weddings, corporate retreats, meetings and other functions.

Did You Know Part 3

Easter Seals Alberta has been helping people with disabilities and special needs since 1951.