A drop in the in summer camp program participation has resulted in the province redesigning its summer camp initiative.


A government release issued yesterday said the changes would give children and young people with special needs, or who come from low-income families, more opportunities to participate in camps and specialized programming.


The province learned through consultation with community members that having only three residential camp locations, and a lack of specialized programming were among the reasons for the decline.


The YMCA Greater Halifax-Dartmouth has been in charge of running the summer camps for the past 13 years, but starting in 2010 the funding will be distributed to community organizations across the province.

The release said that over the next few months staff will work with these groups“to make summer camps accessible and available to more families.” The release also said priority will continue to go to families and children using the Department of Community Services.