Friday, 8 July 2016

Review on Alex's First Week of Camp

Those who follow this blog know that I did not start out impressed with the OCDSB's summer camp for Alex.  I'm still not impressed with whatever bureaucratic garbage led to us not getting our initial package and a complete refusal to return my calls, but that's an administrative issue and I want to focus on the actual people and activities at the camp.

The teacher and two aides have been great.  Alex has come home in a good mood and from the description of activities, he's been having a good time.  They go to splash pads, they've gone to the Experimental Farm, McDonald's and Tim Horton's, the Sci and Tech museum brought them interactive displays and they go swimming once a week.  It's a lot of great activities and he's been having a blast.

The driver is pleasant and cheerful, which makes for a big change from the last few years.  He let me know that Alex tried to peel off the rubber strips around the door and apologized but said he needed to file an incident report so that the teachers would be able to help Alex deal with it.  I told him no problem and that he had our support to try and make sure it didn't happen again.  A very welcome change from refusing to even tell us when a problem had occurred.

The only downside to all this is the timing.  Alex needs to be ready to go by 7 am, when he's used to waking up between 7 and 7:30.  He's home at 3:30, but it's a long day for him and I can see he's getting tired with the early start times.  But for 3 weeks, it's worth it.

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