Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Summer Camp

Registration is now open for MS Summer Camp 2016!

Camp Dates: August 13-20, 2016
Location: Easter Seals Camp Merrywood (near Ottawa, Ontario)

To receive an application or for more information about MS camp, please contact Holly Guthrie, Easter Seals Camp Coordinator via email at hguthrie@easterseals.org or toll free at 1-800-668-6252 ext. 325. For questions specific to the MS Society, please contact Eric Berkelmans at eric.berkelmans@mssociety.ca or toll free at 1-866-922-6065 x 3102.

August 2016 marks the 11th annual MS Summer Camp program for children and teens living with MS. This program offers the opportunity for youth with MS to take part in a camp that not only boasts fun and adventure, but also provide respite from the stresses associated with MS while allowing youth to share similar experiences and just be kids!

The MS Summer Camp is an opportunity for children and teens with MS to meet for a week long adventure full of fun and new friends. The camp also allows participants to enjoy a break from the stress associated with MS, in a supportive environment. See photos from past events.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the camp?

The MS Summer Camp is held at Easter Seals Camp Merrywood, a camp facility near Ottawa, Ontario which is fully accessible.

Who can apply?

In order to apply, you must:

  • Be 8-21 years of age
  • Have a diagnosis of MS confirmed in writing by a neurologist
  • Not plan to attend another Paediatric MS camp

Applicants from the United States are invited to apply, though preference will be given to Canadian applicants.

What kinds of things can you do at the camp?

The MS Summer Camp includes choices that suit every camper’s interests – from sports, nature study, performing arts to more traditional recreational activities like canoeing and swimming.

How much does it cost to go to the camp?

The camp is free to attend for all campers. Thanks to generous funding, all costs associated with attending the camp are covered.

Please note that travel costs are covered for Canadian campers. Campers from outside of Canada are responsible for the cost of travel. Please contact us for further information.

When is camp?

Camp will be August 13-20, 2016.

What are the camp facilities like?

The camp is fully accessible. There are many different camp buildings and facilities.

Who is at camp to support the participants?

An Easter Seals Camp Director is on site as are counselors who lead camp activities with experience and lots of energy. Nurses from Paediatric MS Clinics are also on site to support medical needs of participants.

Who else will be there?

There are a small number of MS Society personnel on site, as well as peer support leaders who are successful young adults living with MS. This gives campers the opportunity to meet older peers who have followed their dreams despite their MS diagnosis.

Is there anyone who speaks French at the camp?

The camp takes place in a predominantly English-speaking environment and it is recommended that camp participants are comfortable speaking English.

I have more questions about camp and/or paediatric MS. Who can I ask?

For more information about the camp please contact:

Holly Guthrie, Easter Seals Camp Coordinator
Toll-free:
1-800-668-6252 ext. 325
Local: 416-421-8377 ext. 325
E-mail: hguthrie@easterseals.org

Find more information on our website about the Paediatric MS Clinic at the Hospital for Sick Children.


Summer Camp Photos

Share in the experience with photos from the camp!
See photos from previous MS Summer Camps.

“[the best thing about camp was] seeing friends from last year and meeting new friends this year, and having a network of MS family”
– A camper

“[camp] allowed my daughter the opportunity to meet and get to know children of the same age with the same illness, which has made her feel less isolated than before”
– Parent of a camper

“[the best thing about camp was] that it enables the teens to get together and share their experiences with their disease, so that they see they are not alone!”
– Parent of a camper