Families Together Summer Day Camp

Mission Statement

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.

Building friendships

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.

 

Camp Rules

Campers are required to follow all directions given by the Camp staff and volunteers.

When you see Denise or Annie hold up their hands:

  1. Stop talking
  2. Raise your hand
  3. 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:

Take turns

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.