Prospect’s partnership with the Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership (ETOL) program has been going strong since 2011, with Prospect clients and ETOL students coming together every year for a camping trip. The ETOL camping trip is something that Prospect clients and staff look forward to year round. It is an important opportunity for us to challenge community attitudes and stereotypes about people with disabilities while supporting future outdoor professionals in learning to plan/facilitate inclusive, adaptable activities that focus on an individual’s abilities.
On October 20th, 2017, seven Prospect clients, two Prospect staff and 11 ETOL students came together for an overnight camping trip at Easter Seals Camp Horizon. Before the trip the ETOL students worked together to create a comprehensive program plan designed to support Prospect clients in developing essential skills such as relationship development, effective communication, self-awareness, and self-sufficiency. Prospect clients and staff had a fantastic time engaging in creative and exciting activities that we haven’t had the opportunity to try before like glow bowling and an awesome night photography session! The trip was a huge success, with everybody feeling like they had the opportunity to develop skills and create stronger connections to other members of the community.
We would like to thank Easter Seals Camp Horizon and the Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership program at Mount Royal University. Partners like these are integral to Prospect providing meaningful opportunities for clients to develop essential skills and participate in their community.