NWCSRA’s Summer Day Camp program is designed to provide a community-based recreational experience for all children with special needs. NWCSRA Day Camps provide a structured environment in which to enjoy productive leisure activities. Our camps are designed to fit all campers needs, help them retain important skills learned during the school year, promote socialization, and to have FUN! Camp activities include crafts, games, sports, swimming, field trips, and much more!
Day Camp Eligibility Requirements
Due to continued restrictions for safety there are specific eligibility requirements campers must meet in order to attend camp this summer. Full-time staff will assess each camper’s ability to participate in camp while following these guidelines. Staff will continue to assess each camper’s ability as needed throughout camp. At any point if a camper cannot follow these guidelines, full-time staff will reassess their eligibility for camp.
- Ability to function at a one staff to four camper ratio.
- Ability to properly put on, wear, and take off face covering when necessary, for the duration of camp. Note: Mask breaks can be scheduled and will not need to be worn while eating lunch.
- Ability to maintain 6-foot distance from other campers and staff.
- Ability to cover cough and/or sneeze.
- Ability to follow NWCSRA Code of Conduct.
- Ability to adapt to changes in schedule.
- Ability to follow directions with visual and verbal prompting within a ratio of one staff to four campers, without the need for physical re-direction.
- Ability to remain with group.
- Ability to perform the following activities independently:
- Hand washing/use hand sanitizer
- Arts & crafts (painting, coloring, etc.)
- Games (Board games and outdoor games)
- Maneuver wheelchair without assistance
If you answered “Yes” to all the statements above, you are eligible for Summer Day Camp.
If you answered “No” to any of the statements above, you will not be eligible for Day Camp this summer.
If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact Amber.
Day Camp Goals
The NWCSRA Summer Day Camp program is designed to provide age and ability appropriate activities that will be enjoyable and beneficial for the campers. The goals we have for this summer include the following:
- To provide an exceptional camp experience for our campers and their families.
- Encourage campers to try new things by offering a wide variety of activities throughout the summer.
- Build confidence and self-esteem by providing opportunities that encourage our campers to feel successful.
- To provide opportunities for personal growth through activities that are both challenging and fun.
- To improve motor skills through activities that utilize both fine and gross motor skills daily.
- To ensure the safety of our campers and staff by following NWCSRA’s safety policies and procedures.
- Increase social skills through the use of group activities and encouraged interactions with other campers.
- To foster independence by providing the least-restrictive support possible and encouraging our campers to be as independent as possible.
Snacks and Lunches
Parents will need to send a sack lunch every day with their child’s name on it. If you are signed up for post-care, please pack a snack for your camper to have during that time. Please list all dietary restrictions and allergies on your child’s Annual Information Form. .
Each week your camper will bring home a weekly schedule. Important dates and information will be provided, as well as other camp news and upcoming events at camp. Please take a moment to review and share the information with your child.
Campers will be swimming throughout the summer as able .Campers are to bring their swim suit, towel, and sunscreen on those dates. Campers who cannot swim independently will be required to wear a life jacket provided by parents/guardians. Sunscreen will be applied to your camper each day. Please provide spray sunscreen as staff will not be able to apply lotion sunscreen. Please label your child’s belongings to prevent them from being lost. If a camper does not have the appropriate swim attire to fit their needs, they will not be allowed to swim that day.
Our goal is to offer a variety of field trips and outings as we are able to. Please check the weekly schedules for additional items you may need for each outing or trip. Camp t-shirts are to be worn on any field trips.
Camp will meet rain or shine. However, depending on the heat index or the threat of rain, activities and field trips may be changed to ensure the safety of the campers. These changes are made on short notice, so please be patient and flexible with staff in the event of inclement weather. Staff will provide advance notice as they are able to.
If your camper will need to take medication during camp time, a medication dispensing form must be completed and turned in prior to the start of camp. All medication must be in original dosage containers clearly labeled with the camper’s name, along with medication name and dosage instructions. If these procedures are not followed, staff cannot dispense medication.
Day Camp Assessment Forms
Upon receipt of your registration form, NWCSRA will send you a Day Camp Assessment Form that must be completed by you and your child’s current teacher. This form will help our staff get to know your child’s interests, education and physical strengths and special needs. Please return the forms to the NWCSRA office two weeks prior to the start of the day camp session.
Annual Information Form
NWCSRA requires all participants to complete a yearly Annual Information Form. The form provides staff with valuable information which allows NWCSRA to conduct its activities in the safest possible manner and to meet the needs of the participants. All information is kept strictly confidential and enhances successful participation.
NWCSRA does not provide transportation to and from camp. If your camper is attending ESY and their school is in the same town as their camp site, please contact your school to set up transportation to camp. NWCSRA does not set up this transportation for families.
Day Camp Staff
An average ratio of 1 staff to every 4 campers is maintained at camp sites. All Day Camp Staff participate in an extensive orientation to familiarize them with the needs of the campers.
Camper Behavior Expectations
NWCSRA encourages and promotes the concept of fun for everyone. However, certain rules and guidelines have been established to ensure the safety and enjoyment for everyone. Participants, staff volunteers and parents/guardians are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior at all times. Staff, participants, volunteers and parents/guardians shall:
- Show respect to all participants, staff, volunteers and parents
- Abstain from using abusive or foul language.
- Refrain from causing bodily harm to other participants, staff, volunteers and parents/guardians.
- Demonstrate respect to equipment, supplies and facilities.
- Represent NWCSRA in a manner that is consistent with the goals, objectives and ethics of the association.
A caring, positive approach will be utilized regarding the use of disciplinary methods. Additional or individual behavior management plans may be developed on the advice of parents, guardians, staff members or other professionals. NWCSRA reserves the right to dismiss or suspend a participant if the above noted procedures are not adhered to, and/or parent/guardian response to a problem situation is not attempted. Each situation will be evaluated individually and on its own merit.
- Self wellness checks must be completed prior to campers arriving at camp each morning.
- Please label all your camper’s belongings.
- Please do not send items not deemed necessary to your child’s care during camp. NWCSRA is not responsible for lost, broken, or stolen items.
- Campers must arrive at camp with clean and dry clothing.
- Parents should adhere to scheduled pick-up and drop-off times of camp.
- Parents must sign their child out of camp each day.
For more information or to be added to our 2021 Summer Day Camp Mailing List, please contact Amber Provancal, Day Camp Coordinator at 815-407-1819 ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.