Ostomy Canada Youth Camp

A unique and exciting opportunity for young people,
between the ages of 9 and 18, with an ostomy or related special needs

Camp Horizon, Bragg Creek Alberta (southwest of Calgary).

For more information about the camp see www.easterseals.ab.ca

Camp Map

Children between the ages 9 – 18 who have had or who will have bowel or bladder diversionary surgery (such as an ostomy) or who have related special needs (i.e. self catheterization, bowel and bladder incontinence), due to birth defects, trauma or disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Cancer, Spina Bifida).

Dates vary year-to-year, based on coordination with Easter Seals Camp Horizon.

Dates for 2019 are: Sunday • July 7 to Friday, July 12

Camp application deadline is May 15, 2019

Volunteer application deadline is May 1, 2019

Registration fees change yearly. For 2019, the cost has gone up to $650.00. It is anticipated that this cost will remain the same for three years. Room and board is included in the fee, but transportation to and from camp is not.

Contact Ostomy Canada for information about current registration fees and for information about financial assistance.

No child is ever denied the opportunity to attend camp because of financial need. Your local ostomy chapter can also sponsor a child to attend camp.

  • Formal/informal education sessions
  • Swimming
  • Rafting
  • Camp out
  • Arts and crafts
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Dance
  • Rap sessions

To provide an opportunity for young people aged 9-18 with consideration to emotional growth and maturity, who have ostomies or other special related needs (intermittent catheterization; urinary or bowel incontinence; internal pouch; Crohn’s disease, cecostomy tube or Ulcerative Colitis), to attend camp and participate in camp activities under professional supervision

Provide formal/informal education on: – anatomy and physiology – self esteem and coping – sexuality

Encourage independence and self confidence with personal care and camp activities

Provide individual mentorship on stoma care and ostomy related needs (physical and or psychosocial).

If you are interested in attending camp again this year, please contact the national office at 1-888-969-9698 or email at info1@ostomycanada.ca to reserve a spot and obtain application forms. Also contact your local ostomy chapter if you need sponsorship or contact the Camp Administrator for other options. Sponsorship criteria guidelines can be obtained from the national office.
BEFORE making any travel arrangements, please contact the Camp Administrator.

Camp dates are July 7-12, 2019. You will note that this is a Sunday to Friday camp. Campers are not allowed on site before 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. This still presents us with a challenge in arrival times. Therefore, we have set the arrival times for flights into Calgary between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. We are not able to accommodate any arrivals earlier than 9:00 am or after 3:00 pm. We know that cost is a big factor in booking flights for your campers, but we are not in a position to accept any campers before the allotted time.
When all campers, who are flying in, have arrived, transportation to camp has been arranged.
Those who are driving into Calgary from the local area or from another province, can meet the group at Camp Horizon AFTER 3:00 pm on Sunday evening.
Camp is officially over at 3:00 pm on Friday. Friday will be spent packing and getting ready for the return home.
Anyone booking flights for campers should book their return flight between 5:00 – 8:00 pm Friday. If departure is scheduled before 5:00 pm, please contact the Camp Administrator so that arrangements can be made.
Any campers who live in the greater Calgary area or surrounding provinces should be picked up NO LATER than 3:00 pm.
If any of these changes are problematic, please contact the Camp Administrator.
Camp fees have not increased this year. Registration is $620/camper plus transportation. This is ONLY half of what it costs Camp Horizon to feed and house a camper for the week. Costs go to operating costs of the new dorms, staffing and increase in food costs.
This year we will be sharing the camp, 45 campers each, with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. If you have a camper from last year and/or new ones, please reserve their spot early.
There are no revisions to the camp application form, these will be available by mid-March. Volunteer counsellor forms are available from the office. A yearly police security check must accompany volunteer application forms.
Deadline for camper applications is May 15, 2019 or sooner.
Deadline for volunteer applications is May 1, 2019 or sooner.
We are looking for ET nurses for the week to participate. Volunteer and ET nurse criteria is available from the office.
If you have any questions or concerns about the above information, please contact the Camp Administrator at pvc@shaw.ca.

Pat Cimmeck, Administrator
Ostomy Canada Youth Camp

There’s a new requirement this year as part of the camp registration process. 

BOTH Ostomy Canada Society
applications AND self-registration on the Easter Seals site are NECESSARY.

Ostomy Canada Society Camp
Applications MUST be filled out (as per usual).

Parents are also required to access the Easter Seals website
and complete online registration.

The link to register on
the Easter Seals website is:  https://eastersealscamphorizon.campbrainregistration.com/

Please refer to the camp app
package for step by step procedure.

Feel free to contact Pat at pvc@shaw.ca or Lisa at lisagaus@shaw.ca  with any questions or

Please note, there are a few
quirks on the Easterseals website website
you should be aware of:


  • For any camper over 18, you will need to ‘fudge’ their birthdate (make their birthdate a year later).  The camper’s age will be corrected later.  This will enable a menu to  pop up with a listing of all camps for children and youth (rather than a listing of camps for adults)
  • The camp is referred as Camp Canada (Osto).  You need to scroll down to the bottom of the page.  (The dates are Sunday July 7 to Friday July 12)
  • Dates for immunizations can be ‘an estimate’, so you don’t have to go searching through your camper’s medical records.
  • When you are asked to select a Payment Option, please select ‘Payment by Cheque’ IF your camper is being sponsored by a chapter or OCS.  This will allow you to complete the registration process.
  • However, do not mail Easter Seals a cheque.  Your chapter or OCS will make the payment as per usual.
  • If you are fully paying for your child, proceed as directly on the website.
  • There IS A FUND raising requirement – see the payment options in your application package.

A link has been added to the Ostomy Canada Society website.

If you are a chapter and wish to
pay for the campers who you are sponsoring, you may do so at: https://www.ostomycanada.ca/ostomy-youth-camp/#1554669923026-442de322-ef4f

Registration Deadline:

Camp application deadline is May 15, 2019

Volunteer application deadline is May 1, 2019

Is your application in?

Sponsor a Kid to Camp!

Your donation will help send a kid to Ostomy Canada Youth Camp – the experience of a lifetime! Go to our donations page and select “Youth Camp” under the “Funds” drop-down menu.

The Ostomy Canada Post-Secondary award of $1000.00 shall be awarded annually, (pending funding availability), to encourage and assist individuals living with a permanent ostomy or other bowel or bladder diversionary surgery, to pursue Post-Secondary Education.

Apply for a Post-Secondary Award!

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Ostomy Canada Youth Camp July 2019 video with some photos by S&C Photography.

Ostomy Canada Youth Camp July 2019 video with some photos by S&C Photography.

Ostomy Canada Youth Camp July 2019 video with some photos by S&C Photography.

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