Frequently Asked Question by parents considering sending their child to one of the special needs camps at Camp For All.
Why should I send my child to camp?
Camp is a place where all children get to experience independence, increased self confidence and community living skills. For children and adults with special needs and challenging illnesses this is even truer. Camp For All helps our campers discover life by showing them that there are other people out there with the same issues. Campers also find out more things that they can do at Camp For All due to our barrier free facilities, universal programming and understanding staff. Your child will come home with an increased self esteem and a realization that they do have choices in life.
How do I register my child for camp?
How do I know it is safe?
Camp For All is accredited by the American Camp Association. In addition to that, Camp For All staff are made up of camping professionals who help other camps in their accreditation process. Camp For All activities are lead by staff who are trained in all aspects of camp, including safety guidelines.
How to prepare your child. And yourself!
For the first time camper, there can sometimes be some anxiety prior to attending camp. There are simple things that you can do to prepare your child for camp.
Come to camp and take a tour. The last Sunday in April is Family Day. Camp For All opens up to the public so that people can see what we do. Activities are open, tours are available and there is free food and ice cream. This is a great way to meet staff and get acquainted with the site. If you are not available on Family Day, call us and we can set up a tour another time.
Avoid sending negative messages like, “I’m going to be lonely without you!” or “If you don’t like it, we will come pick you up!” Positive messages are more supportive, “You are going to have so much fun!” “Think of all the new friends you are going to make!”
Although they do not deal specifically with campers with special needs, here is a link to information about homesickness >>
For more information about preparing for camp, visit: http://campparents.org
What to bring
- Sleeping bag (or sheets and blanket)
- Bath Towels (Pool Towels are provided!)
- Personal Items
- Close toed shoes (2 pairs)
- Bathing Suit
- Clothing for every day that you will be at camp. Please pack clothing that is appropriate for outdoors, knowing that it could get ruined.
- Hat or Bandana
- Rain coat or poncho
- Insect repellant
- Sun screen
- Water bottle
- Disposable camera
- Any specialty items needed due to special need or challenging illness
What not to bring
- Electronics to include:
- Cell phones
- Portable video games
- Tank tops
- Food (contact us if there are specialty items that you child needs)
- Anything of value