Families Together Summer Day Camp
Type: 3 hour day camp on Thursday’s this summer for 8 weeks (June 22-August 10)
Time: 10:00AM-1:00PM (Bring a sack lunch and we will end each day with lunch at 12:30PM)
Where: We will be meeting out in the community at parks and other venues
- Cost: Free this summer
- Families Together Summer Camp registration opens immediately and will close June 15th OR when we receive the first 15 completed applications. Please note, there are only 15 spaces available.
- Summer Camp program is from 10:00AM-1:00PM on Thursdays; please pick up children promptly or bring a lunch and join us as we end our day.
- If child has behavioral issues, a therapist or support person must accompany child.
- An emergency contact that can be reached during camp hours must be provided.
- Sack lunch
- Water bottle and comfortable shoes
- Do NOT bring: skateboards, jewelry, pepper sprays, toys, hand held video games or valuable items
We encourage children with disabilities to learn the skills they need to develop meaningful relationships with others and cope with a variety of social situations in a safe, supportive environment.
Result of meaningful relationships
Children with disabilities desire to have relationships with others, but sometimes lack the skills or understanding of how to do so. When children do not have meaningful relationships, anxiety, depression, and isolation result. However, when children develop meaningful relationships, anxiety decreases, self-confidence and self-esteem increase, thus enhancing the quality of life for the child. When children have even one friend, life is more enjoyable and the children have more motivations to stretch beyond their patterns of isolation.
Our program promotes social skill acquisition in a motivating environment with enjoyable activities with the support of trained staff and volunteers. Friendships will be nurtured and social interactions will be facilitated. The groups will remain small in order to promote the feelings of security and emotional safety and to avoid overwhelming stimuli.
Campers are required to follow all directions given by the Camp staff and volunteers.
When you see Denise or Annie hold up their hands:
- Stop talking
- Raise your hand
- Listen for instructions
Be RESPECTFUL to others at ALL TIMES
Speak kind and nice words
Keep hands at your side
No kicking, hitting, fighting, shoving, or biting.
If you need a break, please tell Denise, Annie, or Eve.
Campers need to stay with the group at all times.
No toys at camp – we are here to interact with our friends and have fun!!!
Sometime “change ups” happen and things that were planned must be changed at the last minute
We will be playing lots of fun games at Camp.
Rules for Games:
Wait patiently for your turn
If someone needs help, they will ask for it
We are playing for fun
It does not matter who wins or loses
Campers Rights and Responsibilities
Summer Camp is committed to a safe learning environment. Student expectations for appropriate behavior are high and will be communicated to both campers and parents upon enrollment. Campers may be denied attendance for any of the following reasons:
- Having severe behaviors which continually disrupt the learning environment 50% or more of the time
- Being detrimental to the health and/or safety of other students
- Inappropriate conduct – horseplay, dangerous items, etc., will not be allowed
Language – Vulgar language, verbal or written threats to others will not be tolerated. We will be following the “Referral for Severe Behaviors” steps listed below for students using vulgar language or threatening others.
1st Offense: Parents are notified in written and verbal form and incident report is filed in child’s confidential file.
2nd Offense: Parents are called to come pick up their child immediately, team meeting is scheduled, and child may come back to camp when the meeting plan/behavior plan is in place. Incident report is filed in child’s confidential file.
3rd Offense: Child is suspended from Camp for one week. Child may return to camp when a therapist accompanies him/her full time.
4th Offense: Child is expelled from Camp and we will refer him/her to a program for children with severe behaviors.
Physical Aggression – Causing physical harm to another student or adult (an adult must have seen or heard the incident).
1st Offense: Parents are notified in written and verbal form and incident report is filed in child’s confidential file. Student must have full time support before coming back to camp.
2nd Offense: Parents are called to come pick up their child immediately. Child is suspended from Camp for one week. Incident report is filed in child’s confidential file.
3rd Offense: Child is expelled from Camp and we will refer him/her to a program for children with severe behaviors.
What will camp be like? Here are examples of the first 2 weeks curriculum:
Camp Connect Week 1 Activities – Get to know you
10:10AM – Candy Introductions is a get-to-know-you game that helps people learn new facts about each other in an easy way. They select various pieces of candy from a bag, and each candy variety is associated with a fact about themselves which they will introduce to the others.
Instructions for How to Play
Pass around the candy and tell each participant to choose anywhere from 1 to 5 pieces of anything that they want. Instruct them not to eat it yet, though. After they have chosen their candy, you will tell them what each candy type/color represents.
If there is a whiteboard or chalkboard present, write on the board the following:
- Red – Favorite hobby or thing to do
- Green – Favorite place to visit
- Blue – Favorite color
- Yellow – Favorite animal
- Orange – Wildcard (tell us anything about yourself!)
If you don’t have the above colors, change the above to match the candy types that you have. Each person takes turns introducing himself or herself, beginning with their name and then saying one fact for each candy type that they have
10:20AM – Go over Camp Rules (see attached)
10:30 – 12:00 Icebreaker Games:
10:30 – Fabulous Flags is a useful icebreaker activity to help people convey what represents them or what is important to them. Each person draws a flag that contains some symbols or objects that symbolizes who they are or what they enjoy.
Instructions for Fabulous Flags Activity
Pass out a sheet of paper, pens, and colored pencils, crayons, and/or markers to each person. Explain the activity: “We’re now going to draw flags that represent or symbolize us. Please design your own flag of you – include some symbols or objects that symbolize who you are or what you find enjoyable or important.” You can show your own sample flag if you like. For example, you could draw:
- a guitar (representing your passion for music)
- a tennis racket (someone who enjoys sports)
- a country like India (representing your affiliation with a country)
Give everyone a set amount of time to draw (e.g. 15-20 minutes or so) and then reconvene. Ask for volunteers to share their flags and explain the meaning of what they drew. If it is a large group, you can divide everyone into smaller groups and ask them to share their flags with each other, or you can just ask a small number of volunteers to share.
Autograph Sheet: Participants are given a sheet with various traits/interests on it. The objective is to find a person in the group who fits one of the descriptions and get that person’s autograph next to the trait.
12:00 Group Activity = Puzzle Piece Search
Puzzle pieces will be hidden throughout playground area at park. Have a card table or work area where the puzzle can be reassembled. When a player finds a piece they are to bring it to the table to fit it together with the other pieces. Once they have found where that piece goes they are off searching for another piece of the puzzle. *At the end, have the players think about all those pieces, each one a different shape, size and color but they all come together to become one big picture.
12:30 – Lunch at large shelter
Summer Camp Week 2 Activities – Nature
Ideas for Bubble play:
- Blow a bubble and catch it in your hand – dip your hand in the soapy solution first. Stick one finger into a cup of water and immediately through the top of the bubble. It’s won’t pop!
- Try to pass a bubble from one person to another- make sure to dip your hand in soapy solution first so you won’t pop the bubble.
- Put bubble solution in a cup and use a straw to make bubbles.
- Tape a bunch of straws together and blow into bubble solution in a plate.
- Older kids – to make really big bubbles: thread 2 drinking straws onto a piece of yarn about 3 feet long. Knot the yarn together. Dip the loop into the bubble solution holding one straw in each hand. Keeping the straws together, lift them out of the solution and slowly pull them apart to make a sheet of soap solution. Now pull the loop through the air upward or sideways. Run to make a tube-shaped bubble. To close the bubble, just bring the straws together.
- Double Bubble – Balance a bubble on a bubble wand, wet the bottom two thirds of a straw in bubble solution. Poke the straw through the side of the bubble until the straw’s end is in the bubble’s center. Blow gently!
11:00 Superlative Game
The facilitator of the Superlative game needs to prepare a list of categories.
These categories can be surface-level categories such as:
height (in ascending order)
birthday month (in ascending order, from January to December)
number of siblings (least to most)
age (youngest to oldest)
Playing the Superlative Game
Split the group into 2 teams of 4 players per team. Read the first category aloud, such as “Line up by increasing order of height. Go!” Each team scrambles to get in the proper order. When a team thinks they are done, they must all sit down and raise their hands. At this point, the facilitator checks the team and verifies that they are in the proper order. If they made a mistake, they get awarded zero points that round and the facilitator checks the next group that sat down. The first team to correctly get in order and sits down gets awarded a point.
The facilitator then reads off the next category, and this process repeats until the game is over (no more categories).
11:45 Nature Scavenger Hunt
12:30 Lunch at shelter