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 Application for funding of Easter Camp BLAST

Application for funding of  Easter Camp BLAST 2011

(Building Life After Stroke Together)

Survivors need to regain confidence after they have suffered a stroke and their families need a little help 
after serving several months (if not years) of 24 hour responsibility for the health of their family member.

 Easter Camp BLAST at the Lions Easter Seal Camp in Squamish is ideal for energizing stroke survivors and encouraging them to try things they have not done since the incident of Stroke. The gross cost of this special weekend is close to $500. Our goal is to reduce that by at least 50% in order to make it affordable for Stroke Survivors who are often on fixed incomes.

 This special weekend is inspirational to stroke survivors and enables them to carry this learned aptitude home with them. Improvement continues in their abilities to deal with the new person they have become through Stroke. Volunteer based stroke recovery programs in our communities, carry on the encouragement and offer support with Speech and Physical therapies in addition to Caregivers Support groups.

The Camp experience of therapy under the guise of fun, begins from the moment the campers board the coach Good Friday until they return home Easter Monday with bonded friendships. Transportation must be provided in order to accommodate the special needs and equipment of stroke survivors.

Good Friday arrival begins with a "getting to know you session”  with many participating in an  "Amateur Talent night”. Every evening concludes with a singalong around the camp fire under a covered area.

Physical games (weather depending outdoors and/or indoors) as well as mental games or crafts are offered throughout the day. Campers are encourage to participate however it is equally important they feel free to lie down or take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and take a walk along the paths.

Camp activities may include most of the following depending on funding and Volunteers.

  • physical sports
  • mind challenging games 
  • live big band dance where everyone is encouraged to get up on the floor whether it is by foot or wheelchair. A great time is had by all.
  • Sunday a.m. - A non-denominational Celebration of Spring
  • Easter bonnet creations and fashion show
  • funny money casino and auction using winnings
  • Award presentations 
  • aquasize and swimming in 92 degree (F) pool
  • Chair hockey
  • bowling
  • Croquet       
  • Pitch and Put
  • Discussion groups     
  • horseshoes      
  •  crafts
  • bingo / Card games    
  •  healing touch
  • Wii computerized games     
  • exercise sessions
  • cribbage and other card games Alice Lake outing 
  • scenic drive to Brackendale Art Gallery or visit to the rail museum in Squamish
  • guided walks                        

All the aforementioned require trained volunteers and funding to run the programs. Depending on the number of campers, volunteers can total 10 individuals who give of their time and expertise to assist stroke survivors in attempting new activities. Extra volunteers who can spend a few hours are needed to assist in activities, provide a workshop, or if qualified give individual therapy sessions.

 based on 40 campers         $11,337.50
      Insurance                                           $1,000.00  
      Coordinator                                           $500.00 
      Training                                             $1,000.00 
      Pool 2@$150 per day                              $300.00 
      Certified Lifeguard 8@$30                        $240.00 
      Live Band                                              $800.00 
      Craft and Program Supplies                      $500.00 
      Office Supplies                                       $500.00 
      Funny Money Casino Supplies                   $500.00 
      Coaches return trip 2@$1209.60               $2,419.20
      Carpool subsidy 10@$20.00                        $200.00        

As most stroke survivors have been cut off from their ability to earn a living we want to keep costs to individuals as low as possible. In general, to meet our target camper fee of no more than $250 we need to raise $10,000.

More details are available on  

or through Karel at 604 943 3206 


Please support Easter Camp 2011 BLAST
Stroke Survivors (Building Life After Stroke Together)