small, safe & specialized

In summer 2020, the Learning Disabilities Society hosted small group, safe, specialized RISE Summer Camps. Our team designed special programming and activities that were delivered safely in-person to exceed health and safety guidelines.

Our customized and creative week-long Vancouver summer camps focus on helping students with learning disabilities develop new skills through fun, hands-on camp programs with high instructor and camp counsellor to camper ratio.

** FULL bursaries are available for families in demonstrated need.**

All of our summer camps are designed around two themes:

Tell Your Story


Your child will get creative and explore the many exciting ways to tell stories through written word, oral histories, plays, graphic novels, poetry, online storyboarding, video and more. Each camper will work closely with our language team to learn the skills to create their own story to share and publish with the group at the end of the week!

Please find the weekly activity schedule here.

Discover Your World

Your child will develop and use various detective skills to solve all sorts of problems, including puzzles, math games, online educational team games, outdoor scavenger hunts (if possible), and more. Campers will work as a (physically-distanced) team to investigate the world around us.

Please find the weekly activity schedule here.

What families are saying

Here are some of our testimonials from RISE Summer Camps 2020.

“My child can’t wait to come to camp each morning. The inclusive environment that LDS creates allows my child to express themselves and feel confident with who they are and one where they don’t feel judged or excluded. We are excited about LDS and can’t wait for Fall 1:1 instruction where my child can continue to grow and feel confident.” – mother of a grade 5 student

“Thank you so much!  I am emotional right now because I have never seen [my daughter] this way, how happy she is during the camp. Actually, during our prayer time, she always mention how grateful she is going to LDS. She always have a story to tell soon as I pick her up from LDS. With these 2 weeks that she won’t be joining, she feels sad and that she will miss you guys!  I can’t thank you enough.  One day, I will be able to give back to the organization. God bless you all!!!” – mother of a grade 6 student

“My daughter enjoys the program and she said the instructors are very nice. Thank you for giving my daughter the opportunity to experience this educational camp. I am looking forward to her improvement and confidence in learning.” – parent of a grade 5 student 

Why are LDS RISE Summer Camps the best choice for you and your child?

Our Vancouver and North Vancouver summer camp programming follows the same high standards as our tried and tested one-to-one instruction. Our Research-Informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) program focuses on drawing from collective expertise to customize a program that is right for your child, wherever they are in their learning journey. We are applying these standards within our Vancouver summer camp programs, where each group will be no larger than six (6) students, and every day will include one-to-one or one-to-two (if appropriate) focused instruction time.

We have been delivering RISE at Home, our online learning platform, since March 2020, and will be taking our learnings, skills and resources in this area and applying it to creative summer camp instruction and activities. This will allow our RISE Summer Camps to be delivered safely in person but potentially with aspects of online, physicaly-distanced learning to keep campers safe. 

The customized programming of our RISE & Tell and RISE & Solve summer camps will respond to the campers’ individual student intake assessments and will include key learning principles for students with suspected or diagnosed learning disabilities in:

  • reading, processing, writing, written expression;
  • mathematics, computation and problem solving; and
  • executive functioning / self-regulation, organizational and time management skills

Each day will include fun indoor and outdoor activities to build on the summer camp themes and encourage teamwork, personal health and safety, social skills, outdoor exploration, and games. Every student will receive approximately 30-60 minutes of daily individual LDS instruction that will provide focused assistance on projects taking place within the summer camp (e.g. writing tasks).

Both group and individual instruction will be provided by LDS instructors who have specific training and many years of experience in tutoring and remedial education for children with learning disabilities. Additional supervision and guidance will be provided by at least two other trained camp leaders per summer camp who will assist with group activities and lead the group during times of break-out one-to-one instruction. All summer camp leaders will have first aid training.

Who should apply to attend?

Students from approximately grades 3 to 5 are the best fit for our RISE summer camps.

If you’re not sure of an age or ability fit, please get in touch and we can help you decide if your child is a good camper candidate.

Non-LDS students will need to complete an intake assessment. Once approved, you can secure their spot in the summer camp by making a deposit.

Where do camps take place?

The camps will be held at two spacious indoor/outdoor locations that will be adapted to ensure dedicated personal space and supplies for each child:

In East Vancouver, summer camps will be held at our Learning Centre at 3292 East Broadway and Rupert and use surrounding green and parkway space.

In North Vancouver, summer camps will be based out of Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School and use surrounding parks, and natural spaces. 

When do camps run?

Please check back January 2021 for summer 2021 dates.

Summer 2020 camps ran during the following weeks:

  • July 6–10; 13–17; 20–24; 27–31
  • August 10–14; 17–21

Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm.

Drop-off begins at 8:00am and ends at 8:30am.

Additional one-to-one instruction is also available during the summer – please see intake form on our Programs page.

* Dates may vary depending on interest, staffing needs and physical distancing needs.

    Our week-long, full-day summer camps provide not only engaging and educational programming for our campers, but also convenient scheduling for working families.

    Registering more than one camper? Or one camper for more than one week? Any two weeks of camps is 20% off, any three or more (including for 3 kids) is 30% off.

    We’re pleased to offer bursaries to families who can show demonstrated financial need. Ask for our bursary application / requirements.

    Our camps will offer specialized social skill development and therefore we understand they are eligible for Ministry Autism / ASD funding.

    Once your camper’s intake (if required) is approved by our staff, your spot will be confirmed. Note that sending an application through the form is not a guarantee of a spot or of a theme or week request. 


    for a one-week camp
    including daily 1:1 instruction

    Monday to Friday
    8:30am – 4:00pm

    Full ($495) and partial ($250) bursaries available for families in demonstrated need.

    * Spots are limited; an application does not guarantee a placement.

    Please indicate on the application form your preference for week(s), themes and location.

    Our staff will follow up quickly to arrange an intake, or if your child is a current LDS student, then we will follow up to confirm registration.


    Email us or call us at 604-873-8139


    Thank you to our generous donors, sponsors and third-party funders who make it possible for us to provide bursaries and affordable summer camp programs to students.

    We thank CKNW Kids Fund, Hamber Foundation and Canada Summer Jobs grants for their specific support during summer 2020.

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