Helping Hands is a program that strives to provide an integrated camp experience for children that benefit from additional supports in camp.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands is a program that strives to provide a positive, integrated day camp experience for children and youth with differing abilities who require additional support in camp.  A limited number of spaces and days are available for those requiring a helping hand in a smaller ratio.  The fee for Helping Hands is $49 per day. For details on how to register, please contact that Day Camp office at ymcadaycamp@niagara.ymca.ca or 905-934-9755 ext. 280.  Families who are applying for subsidy from the Niagara Region should complete the subsidy process first for Helping Hands prior to contacting the Day Camp office.

Registration for Helping Hands spots opens Monday, November 12th at 9 am. Please call the YMCA Day Camp office at 905-934-9755 ext 280 or email helping.hands@Niagara.ymca.ca. In order to serve more families, Helping Hands registration will be limited to three days per child.  Please leave a message/email with your choice of dates. All registrations are first come, first serve and a member of the Day Camp team will be in touch to speak to you about camp availability and to update/create a profile.

If you are subsidized through the Niagara Region, please speak to your caseworker about Helping Hands spots.

Arrangements for an Independent Support Worker must be confirmed with the Camp office by December 3rd in order to best support your child. For more information please email Helping.hands@niagara.ymca.ca

Community Living

In Port Colborne-Wainfleet and Fort Erie, the YMCA of Niagara partners with Community Living to offer children with intellectual challenges that are supported by the agency additional support in camp.  For more information, please contact:

Port Colborne Wainfleet – Rita Smith, 905-835-8941 ext. 135

Fort Erie – Andria Willick, 905-871-6770 ext. 240