Autism Spectrum Disorder Summer Movement Camp

For many Niagara youths on the Autism Spectrum, there are limited opportunities to participate in a summer camp that meets their specific needs.

All programming is closed until further notice.

Keeping in line with the directives of Niagara Region Public Health, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Public Health Agency of Canada regarding the measures they are putting in place to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19. As well as Brock’s current stipulations, and the safety of our participants, volunteers and staff, all programming is closed until further notice. We will be in touch with any updates we receive regarding the reopening of programs.


At Brock University, we offer these youths the opportunity to attend a unique camp for one week each summer, but only if there is a student volunteer willing to support them.

The ASD Summer Movement Camp typically runs during the last two weeks of August and provides developmentally appropriate movement programming for participants.
The camp needs at least 25-35 student volunteers to work with youth who require one-on-one support (and in some cases two-to-one support).

These camps fulfill a much-needed gap in services for this group of youth in Niagara. This is because many of our camp participants are unable to attend other local camps as they are either too old or there are simply not enough resources available to service their individual needs.

Amazing things happen

Volunteer requirements

Volunteers should be interested in teaching and working with youth and teens in a movement context. They will learn strategies that are transferable to any teaching profession and may gain course credit for volunteering.

  • Students may volunteer for one or both weeks.
  • A training session will take place on campus on the Sunday before each camp.

Undergraduate and graduate students from across all faculties and departments are encouraged to apply.

Please note

The ASD Summer Movement Camp can only accept campers based on volunteer commitment.

This means, when a volunteer says they will be at camp, we invite a camper.

If the volunteer does not show up, we cannot turn that camper away — this results in a serious safety issue.

Camp Activities

The camp will take place in Gym 2 of Walker Complex.
There will be trips each afternoon (weather permitting) to participate in a variety of recreational activities throughout Niagara, for example:
• Low ropes course
• Bowling
• Safari Niagara
• Go-karts
• Mini golf
• Kiwanis splash pad and pool

Photo gallery of sample activities

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Martial Arts Station

The martial arts station helps campers explore various movements by starting with basic skills before progressing to combinations. It is a huge success with campers and is integrated into the ASD camp every year.

Station-based pegagogy

The ASD camp allows future practitioners to practice working with children in meaningful instructional relationships.

More information for future volunteers

Learn more about the admission requirements, vulnerable person screening and more.

Become a camper

Due to community demand contact us to see if space is available.

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Contact Us

Elyse Lappano
Experiential Education Coordinator, Inclusive & Adaptive Physical Activity
Office: WC 294
905 688 5550 x6182
elappano@brocku.ca