About Our Needs
There are over 21,000 children age 5 - 14 with special needs in British Columbia, and thousands more with disabilities and illnesses. Zajac Ranch for Children opened in 2004, after research done by the Mel Jr. & Marty Zajac Foundation showed the need for a facility with the accessibility and medical facilities to cope with the multifaceted requirements of children with life threatening and chronic illnesses residing in BC. Campers get to partake in activities such as horseback riding, swimming, kayaking, camping, sports, archery, crafts, music and theater in an inclusive and empowering environment. All activity areas are fully accessible so that even children with the most complex conditions can participate while receiving expert care. Zajac Ranch offers the ultimate camp experience — a place of excitement and fun, of healing and wellness — for children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend camp.
Our campers are at the heart of everything we do at Zajac Ranch. Last summer, 507 campers with varying medical conditions were able to climb to new heights on the rock wall, discover hidden hiking trails, learn catchy campfire songs, and confidently ride a full grown horse. Each camper was given the support they needed to overcome any hurdles created by their condition, allowing them to participate as much or as little as they wanted. Over 2600 hours of volunteer time was donated by an incredible group of people, helping to keep costs down and direct funds to creating memorable experiences for campers.
This summer has seen a change in our operations amongst the COVID-19 pandemic. With regular summer medical camps cancelled, our staff quickly came up with our successful daytime and overnight Family Retreats that ran in July and August. This new cohort-based model had campers stay within their family ‘bubbles’ while still experiencing the joys of camp. With two sessions running each week, Zajac Ranch was able to host to 268 campers (parents & children) who likely would not have had another respite from the effects of the pandemic.
We remain as committed as ever to supporting BC's vulnerable children and their family members — and the Ranch needs YOU to help ensure it can welcome campers back for future summers. Please consider a donation to support the care of maintenance of Ranch facilities, petting zoo animals, horses, and new fall programming.
Zajac Ranch Society
WE SERVE THESE POPULATIONS:
- Children & Youth
Persons with disabilities or special needs
WE ADDRESS THESE ISSUES:
- Community Connections
Health & Wellness