Camp Dawn, initially a weekend camping experience for adult survivors of brain injury, was initiated by the Brain Injury Association of Chatham Kent. At their invitation, agencies from Southwestern Ontario formed a partnership to plan the first camp in October 2003. The Brain Injury Association of London and Region was one of the founding partners and remains actively involved.
Camp Dawn’s purpose is to offer campers the opportunity to develop new skills and independence in an outdoor recreational environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Its support comes from camper registration fees, kind donations, and fundraising.
Twenty campers and ten volunteer leaders, headed by a paid coordinator, participated at the first camp. The camp’s attendance has grown rapidly over the years. The third camp, held in September 2005, was attended by nearly sixty campers and thirty leaders. It has always been the intention to work with a 2:1 ratio to ensure safety, provide many different activities and make the camp as fully accessible as possible to campers with special needs.
Complete details of Camp Dawn can be found at: www.campdawn.ca.