Inclusive Day Camps in Canada
Troy is a Special Olympics Youth Leader from British Columbia, Canada, who will lead a Youth Innovation Project to introduce individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Greater Vancouver Area to Special Olympics British Columbia sports and health programs through a series of day camps. In addition to increasing awareness of Special Olympics British Columbia programs and opportunities, Troy believes it is important to research the barriers to accessing Special Olympics programs by speaking directly with individuals and families in his community. Through this research, Troy hopes to contribute to the development of best practices and strategies to increase access to inclusive sport, health, and leisure.
Over the course of six months, Troy will meet with a committee of Special Olympics British Columbia athletes, partners, and staff, to design inclusive sports, health, and nutrition activities. The objective of these meetings is to identify the activities that people are most likely to enjoy, identify the equipment necessary to provide these activities, and compile strategies for designing and facilitating an inclusivelearning environment. In addition to the committee, 40 youth volunteers will be trained in research methodology, inclusive Youth Leadership, and Unified Sports. Together, the committee members and youth volunteers will carry out the activities designed through the meetings with Special Olympics British Columbia athletes, Unified Partners, and staff. Following the conclusion of the first two camps, Troy will collect feedback from camp attendees to provide an even better experience for the second set of day camps. At the end of his project, Troy and his local Special Olympics British Columbia committee will review the feedback they received and create a final report that highlights everything they learned from their early interviews and the camps attendees. By incorporating research into every aspect of his project, Troy is ensuring Youth voices remain central in Special Olympics Youth programming.