OPERATION TRACKSHOES

A sports festival for the citizens of B.C. who have a developmental disability

 

Held at the University of Victoria

Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10, 2018

Our Junior Program

The Junior Program, for young people up to age 14, has a focus on integration. Children without disabilities (peer counsellors) are matched with competitors of the same age, usually on a one-to-one basis. Adult counsellors support these partnerships.

Our competitors are Elementary and Middle School students from all over BC. For a few, it is their first time away from home. Do you know anyone who might be interested? Please have them contact us.

Peer counsellors act as buddies/friends.They are housed with their buddies, just as if they were in a summer camp together. This is a full-time assignment that starts Friday afternoon and ends Sunday afternoon.

What experience do peer counsellors need? They require no prior experience since their primary role is to be a friend to a competitor, participate in the activities, and have fun. They do however need to attend the one-hour training class held at Camosun College in May.

What experience do adult counsellors need? They must have experience working with children and adolescents. They need to attend the one-hour orientation specific to the Junior Program. If new to OT they also need to attend a two-hour New Counsellor Orientation.