Opened in 1934, Camp Weredale, which is owned and operated by the Weredale Foundation, first served as a "summer home away from home" for the boys from Weredale House.
In the 1980s, it bec ame a special needs camp for both boys and girls from the Youth Horizons Reception Centre.
In the 1990s, it began to operate in the winter as well and for the first time offered programs of support to foster children and families in addition to the regular camp programs.
Today, Camp Weredale no longer offers a winter camp, but it still caters primarily to the Batshaw Youth and Family Centres during the summer months.
Camp Weredale employs over forty staff, many of whom have worked at Camp Weredale in the past.
Lynn is entering her 4th year as camp director. She has worked at Batshaw Youth and Family Centres for several years.
Samantha has been working at Camp Weredale for the past 15 summers. Sam started as a counsellor running the Bayview program for campers aged 5-7 years old. From there, Sam went on to run the R.E.A.L. Team Program for campers aged 15-17 years old. Sam was the Program Director for 3 years and has been the Assistant Camp Director as well as the Program Director for the past 9 years.
Samantha also works at Dawson Community Centre and has been doing so for more than ten years. She is now their Teens & Young Adults Coordinator.
The remaining staff include camp counselors, kitchen, laundry, and maintenance.