Buddies in Christ - Special Needs Camp
June 30-July 2 OR July 2-4
Come experience camp together! Buddies in Christ camp is designed for campers rising 1st to 12th grade who may not be able to come to camp on their own. We recognize that traditional summer camp has inherent demands that can make it difficult for campers with special needs - to include a busy schedule, high levels of activity, and uneven terrain. For Special Needs Camp, we work with each family to meet the needs of each individual.
Each camper comes for two nights with at least one parent. Buddies in Christ Camp is based in the Cabin Village. Group size is intentionally small (15 campers per session) to maximize individualized attention. Every camper has a high school or college aged "buddy" to guide them throughout the day. Parents are given optional free time on the second day of camp (July 1 or July 3, depending on session), and we will have parent activities and local business discounts available.
All camper activities are challenge by choice and include campfires, canoeing, fishing, swimming, yoga and play-based worship. Camp concludes with an optional family outing on the third day. The entire schedule is adapted to allow for longer transition times, flexibility, and more down time.
We feel it is important to discuss the realities of camp with each family, and what we can do to help each camper. The Cabin Village is wheelchair accessible, with two wheelchair accessible Cabins and accessibility to all common areas. There will most likely be two or three families per Cabin. The Cabins do not have air conditioning but we provide fans. The Cabin Village is wooded and nearly all activities will be accessed via trails. It can be humid and buggy during the day in the summer, with cool, dark nights.
We work to accommodate each camper by:
1. Discussing and addressing dietary, mobility and sensory needs with parents, to include activity level, likes/dislikes, and fears
2. Pairing with a buddy - families are asked to provide a buddy if able, but we will help find buddies as needed
3. Helping campers "meet" camp
a. We encourage families to join us for Spring Open House, May 4th
b. You are welcome to come to Caroline Furnace for a property tour anytime
c. Summer Camp 2018 photos are available at our PASS Gallery
4. Financial Assistance - Registration reflects the true cost of camp, but we don't want Summer Camp to be cost prohibitive for any of our campers. Contact us for scholarship options.