In order to be eligible to attend Towhee, participants must:

  • Be between the ages of 10 to 18.
  • Have a current psychological assessment that indicates the presence of a learning disability and average or above-average cognitive reasoning skills (IQ).
  • Experience social, emotional, mental health and behavioural problems.
  • Have the ability to manage in an intensive residential program. Please note that two or three weeks in an intensive residential environment is not for everyone. Not every type and level of behaviour difficulties can be managed in the Towhee environment, and constant one-one supervision is not available. Suitability for the Towhee program will be reviewed on a case- by-case basis, and the final decision rests with the Towhee Director in consultation with the Clinical Team at Integra.

We spend time getting to know the children and youth ahead of their summer sessions, and create our cabin placements in the spring based on our knowledge of each participant’s individual needs. Potential campers meet with Integra Program clinicians to determine “readiness” and establish individual goals. We conduct activity-based “assessment groups” to provide additional clinical information about the child’s interpersonal skills and self-regulation. Our Towhee Orientation day is in late May/early June, where we review or proposed cabin groupings and refine groupings as needed.

Placements in the July sessions or August session are based on the participant’s age, maturity and fit with an appropriate cabin group. We also do our best to accommodate families’ requests for a particular session if a cabin can be found in that session that meets their child’s needs.

Sessions are organized as follows:

First two weeks in July: ages 10-13
Last two weeks in July: ages 13-18
August sessions: ages 10-18

Final decisions about which session a participant will attend will be made in early February 2018.

Registration and assessment for new participants for 2018 closes on December 15 (with exceptions based on available space).

How to Register