In our country, 75% of all foster children have at least one sibling from whom they have been separated.
Camp To Belong Summer Camp
August 12th – 17st, 2013
Miracle Ranch Campsite
Brothers and sisters typically experience the longest life relationships. That is why Camp To Belong Washington believes it is so important to keep siblings connected when they are separated due to foster care, adoption, relative care or other out of home circumstances. For five days brothers and sisters will reunite at Miracle Ranch on Horseshoe Lake on the beautiful Key Peninsula. They will create memories for a lifetime.
PLEASE NOTE that if your child is in Foster Care, due to the electronic application and signatures, your Social Worker/ Caseworker will need to be the one to fill out the application and submit.
Arrival: Monday, August 12, 2013, 3p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This is a great experience and we look forward to seeing you this summer!
Dear Caretaker or Social Worker:
Thank you for your interest in referring youth to Camp To Belong Washington (CTB WA). The camp week is an amazing opportunity for brothers and sisters separated by foster care or other out-of-home placement to come together and enjoy the many camp activities which include swimming, hiking, beach activities, arts and crafts, and other fun activities. In addition to these daily activities, we also plan special events such as a theme night, a carnival, and the very special birthday party where siblings swap birthday gifts, eat cake and ice cream and sing songs. Other camper favorites include making scrapbooks with photos taken at camp and exchanging sibling pillows/quilts that include written sentiments from their brothers and sisters.
All of our programming is focused on the sibling relationship and promotes quality time with siblings. Camp is also a great opportunity for campers to meet others who have experienced similar situations. We have often witnessed mutual support and understanding amongst campers, especially during some challenging times. The camp week has proven an invaluable and memorable experience for campers and counselors alike.
When referring siblings to Camp To Belong Washington, we ask that you look closely at the Camper Criteria list to be sure that each potential camper is appropriate for CTB - WA. A primary screening criteria will be quantity and quality of visits – how often do these siblings see each other and under what conditions.
Given the physical nature of camp activities, CTB WA will only be able to accept campers who are ambulatory. Children who require restraining, have severe anger management difficulties, may cause harm to self, to others, or to the environment, or where there is concern of sexual reactivity, will not benefit from the camp experience. Behaviors that disturb or disrupt the focus of camp are not conducive to meeting the CTB objectives for a lifetime of positive sibling memories for the campers. While we have a ratio of one adult counselor per two campers, we cannot provide 1:1 supervision. Camp To Belong Washington is not a therapeutic camp.
With that context, it is important to stress that behavioral issues are not uncommon at camp. Most of the camp counselors and other staff have a child welfare background and are familiar with many of the behaviors and issues they will see. They will also have three days of specific training before camp starts.
So, please do not automatically rule out your potential camper(s) because of their behavioral concerns. However, please be specific about issues and behaviors your potential camper(s) may have so the selection committee can make the best decision possible.
We hope that you find this process easy and efficient and we welcome any feedback you may have. On behalf of Camp To Belong Washington, we would like to thank you for considering camp as an opportunity to enrich the lives of the children and youth you serve.
Camper Application Deadline: Friday, May 10th 2013
Questions??? Please Contact: April VanGesen, firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMPER CRITERIA LIST
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