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Ben Jame Summer Camp

Ben James Autism Summer Camp

The Ben James Autism Summer Camp is a recreation program for children, youth and young adults on the Autism Spectrum between the ages of 5-21+ years (this year we are opening select sessions for participants over 21 years of age: please inquire with our Camp Director, Caitlyn Temple at for more information). Each camper is supported with a 1:1 camper/counsellor ratio and activities are designed specifically with campers’ needs and interests in mind. 
Parents and caregivers can rest easy knowing their children are enjoying fun-filled activities while also being supported by knowledgeable and dedicated counsellors. 
This year, we will be hosting smaller groups of campers at two locations (Halifax & Dartmouth). Camp will run in two week incriments. Each session will host 7 campers (contingent on Public Health's guidelines at the time). As in previous years, we will maintain the 1:1 counsellor supports, as required, for all campers. 

There will be adaptations to our camp to align with COVID-19 health restrictions, including (but not limited to): reduced camp sizes, two camp locations (Halfiax & Dartmouth), social distancing, masks and regular camp sanitization.

Halifax: Spryfield Lion's Rink and Recreation Centre
111 Drysdale Road, Spryfield NS

Dartmouth: Grace United Church
70 King Street, Dartmouth NS

Cost: $400 for one week, full-days
Summer Camp Dates:
July 5th - July 9th (Age: 5-8)
July 12th - July 16th
July 19th - July 23rd (Age: 9-13)
July 26th - July 30th
August 2nd - August 6th (Age: 14-17)
August 9th - August 13th 
August 16th - August 20th (Age: 18-21+)
​August 23rd - August 27th

Please note: we are continuing to moniter Public Health and the guidelines and protocols put in place. The safety of your campers, staff and families will always remain our top priority in the planning process. The above details are subject to change as necessary.

Want to know what the Ben James Summer Camp is up to? 
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Want to Become a Member? 

One of the current benefits of membership at Autism Nova Scotia is access to day-early access to our Ben James Summer Camp application. A family membership costs $25.00 a year. If you would like to have access to the early Ben James Summer Camp application on April 6, you can sign up to be a member by clicking the following link and filling out the subsequent information required:

If you have any questions about membership, please contact:  
Please note that you will need to have your membership submitted by Monday, April 5 at 12:00pm (AST) to be eligible for the early camp application. Membership applications submitted after 12:00pm on April 5, 2021 will not be eligible for this year’s early camp application.  
 Renewing a Membership? 

If you were previously a member and are unsure if your account has expired, are not sure what your membership ID is, or you are having technical difficulties with renewing or signing up for your membership, please email before noon on April 5 and you will be supported with your inquiry.  
Please note that you will need to have your membership renewed by Monday, April 5 at 12:00pm (AST) to be eligible for the early camp application. Membership applications submitted/requests for renewal sent after 12:00pm on April 5, 2021 will not be eligible for this year’s early camp application. 

If you have any questions about membership, please contact: 
Robyn Bradshaw by email


The application process is done entirely online. Parents/caregivers will be able to complete and submit a brief application form online on the day of applications; the form will be available here on the day applications opens. All application forms will be processed based on the time stamp in which they were submitted.  From there, all successful applicants will be contacted via email and will have one week to complete and submit the full application, which will also be done online. 
Please make sure to read the following BEFORE STARTING THE APPLICATION FORM. 

  • Leave yourself 10-15 minutes to complete the application form. 

  • There is NO option to save the applications once you start, please make sure you are able to complete them in full- partially completed application will not be considered. 

  • Submit a SEPARATE application for EACH camper you wish to apply. 


General Application Form: Summer 2022 Application Date: TBD

 (This application takes 10-15 minutes to complete) 
Please note: 
Despite there being more spots available this year, this program could fill up quickly as there are limited spots.

You will not be required to pay the $400 camp fee at the time of application. We will be in touch with everyone regarding the status of your application. 
All July campers fee will be due no later than June 15th 2021.
All August campers fee will be due no later than July 15th 2021. 
If you require an extension, please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements. 


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