Summer Camps

Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services

Last updated Mar. 16, 2018 - 3:06 pm
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Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services has two community based recreation programs specifically designed to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities in a camp environment that is safe, fun, allows independence, and enhances quality of life.

For Camp 2018, we will have made some changes to clarify camp descriptions, and we have some new additions to our registration process. Please read descriptions thoroughly regarding any program requirements so you can best select the camp that is most appropriate for your camper(s).

PLEASE NOTE: Summer Camp 2018 online registration will be staggered by location, March 5-8, beginning at 6:30am each day.

Specialized Recreation Summer Camp sites registration will open as follows:

  • Camp Exploration - Marsh Creek: Tuesday, March 6
  • Camp Friendly - Durant Nature Preserve: Thursday, March 8
  • Camp Friendly - Carolina Pines: Thursday, March 8

Walk-in registration will begin on Monday, March 26, 2018.
Registration for Camp Friendly and Camp Exploration will close on April 30, 2018.

Please review the registration process below:

  • Step 1: Complete the camper registration based on camp descriptions and expectations outlined below that best meet your camper’s abilities and needs.

  • Step 2: Complete & return additional information and forms.
    *All camper forms must be received by June 1st, 2018.

  • Step 3: Complete an interview with the Camp Supervisor.
    *A phone interview will be scheduled with the parent/guardian for campers who attended the same camp session & same location in 2017.
    *A live interview with the camper and parent/guardian will be scheduled for all campers who are new to camp, a specific session or a camp site.
    *Interviews must be completed at least 2 weeks before the camper’s first day of camp.

Additional paperwork and interviews are a required part of the registration process to ensure that your camper is registered in the appropriate session. Our intent is to communicate clearly and in advance, so your camper can be the most successful at camp this summer. This interview not only allows us to get to know the camper better but to also provide a forum where we can answer any of your more specific questions.

If during the interview, or up to two weeks before your camper attends camp, it is determined that Camp Friendly/Exploration is not suitable for your camper, we will do our best to accommodate your camper in the appropriate session. However, if we are not able to make the accommodation, we will waitlist your camper for the appropriate session and/or grant a full refund for the weeks in which they are registered.

For questions please call Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services at 919-996-2147.

Camp Friendly

Ages 6-15

Online Registration Opens for both Camp Friendly Sites: Thursday, March 8

Hours of operation are 8:00am-5:00pm with a curriculum day of 9:00am-4:00pm. Supervised camper-choice activities will be provided for arrival and dismissal hours. Participants should bring a lunch and two snacks each day. Camp fees will be prorated to $120 for the week of July 3-7. Activities include games, nature, music and movement, arts and crafts and field trips.

Camp Friendly is offered at two locations:

Durant Nature Preserve - Located in northeast Raleigh, Durant Nature Preserve provides our campers outdoor, open space and opportunities for natural resource based recreation and environmental experiences. You will find more nature-based, adventure type activities at this location.

Carolina Pines Community Center - Located on Lake Wheeler Road, Carolina Pines hosts many other camps throughout the summer in addition to Camp Friendly. Utilizing the center’s many sport courts and fields, activity rooms and playground, campers will experience a more traditional type summer day camp experience.

Camp Friendly offers 3 different sessions according to functional abilities of the camper. Please thoroughly review the expectations for campers in each session and select the session that bests represent the functional level of your camper. Camps are staffed according to number of campers registered for each session.

Families that register for the inappropriate session of camp will be accommodated if possible in the appropriate session; however, if we are not able to make the accommodation, we will offer a full refund for the week and the camper will be placed on the waitlist for the appropriate session.

Day Session: The Day Session is for campers who can engage appropriately in a small group setting (approximately 6-8 campers with 2-3 staff). Campers are expected to follow basic rules of safety and interaction, have a moderate level of independence with toileting, feeding and personal care needs, and easily understand and follow directions.

  • Behavior: staff will provide positive behavior support, redirection, preferred activities, and use behavior support strategies provided by families. Campers are expected to exhibit appropriate camp behavior, without presenting a safety concern to themselves, other campers or staff.

  • Feeding: staff will provide verbal and visual prompting, reminders, assist with placement of food, break up food into small pieces, open containers for the camper. Campers should be able to physically feed themselves.

  • Participation: staff will engage campers through multiple means of instruction, sensory engagement, supported transitions, and program modifications. Campers are expected to stay with their group, follow given/modeled direction, and demonstrate engagement during camp activities, during transitions, and in the community on field trips.

  • Toileting & Personal Care: staff will provide verbal and visual prompting, assist camper with pull-up/diaper and/or clothing. Campers should be able to clean/wipe themselves with minimal assistance from staff.

Mini Session: Mini sessions are available for campers needing more individualized assistance in areas such as behavior management, feeding, personal care & toileting, or who require additional time to process information and directions to safely engage and participate. Campers in the Mini Session are included in a small group environment with other Day and PA Session Campers. An additional counselor is available to the group for each mini camper, to provide the additional support as needed. Counselors are not able to provide a separate, individualized camp curriculum, or be pulled away from the small group for an extended time.

  • Behavior: staff will provide positive behavior support, redirection, preferred activities, and use behavior support strategies provided by families. Campers are expected to exhibit appropriate camp behavior, without presenting a safety concern to themselves, other campers or staff. Unsafe behaviors may include but are not limited to: biting, hitting, kicking, pinching, running, spitting, etc.

  • Feeding: staff will assist with feeding campers, using hand over hand support, according to directions provided by the family.

  • Participation: staff will engage campers through multiple means of instruction, sensory engagement, supported transitions, and program modifications utilizing strategies provided by families. Campers are expected to stay within their small group area and exhibit moderate engagement with other campers and staff, transition safely with the group, and stay with the group on community on field trips.

  • Toileting & Personal Care: staff will provide pull-up/diaper and/or clothing changes to support the camper. Campers should be able to assist with moving and transferring their own body weight.

Personal Assistant: Campers needing more support for behavior, feeding, mobility, participation or personal care & toileting must provide their own personal assistant and register for the Personal Assistant Session. The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department Personal Assistant Policy requires paperwork to be submitted from both the service provider and the parent/guardian of the participant for approval. These forms must be submitted no less than 2 weeks prior to the Personal Assistant attending camp. Forms not submitted by the appropriate deadline will not be processed in time and the Personal Assistant may not be authorized to attend camp. Any participant registering for a Personal Assistant session should contact the camp supervisor.

For more information about Camp Friendly:

  • Durant Nature Preserve
    Jessica Niggebrugge
    919-996-2110

  • Carolina Pines
    Tara Wagner
    919-996-2145

Camp Exploration

Ages 16-21

Online Registration Opens for Camp Exploration: Tuesday, March 6

Hours of operation are 8:00am-5:00pm with a curriculum day of 9:00am-4:00pm. Supervised camper-choice activities will be provided for arrival and dismissal hours. Participants should bring a lunch and two snacks each day. Camp fees will be prorated to $120 for the week of July 3-7. Activities include games, nature, music and movement, arts and crafts and field trips.

Camp Exploration is offered at Marsh Creek Community Center, in Northeast Raleigh. Camp Exploration offers 2 different sessions according to functional abilities of the camper. Please thoroughly review the expectations for campers in each session and select the session that bests represent the functional level of your camper. Camps are staffed according to number of campers registered for each session.

Families that register for the inappropriate session of camp will be accommodated if at all possible in the appropriate session; however, if we are not able to make the accommodation, we will offer a full refund for the week and the camper will be placed on the waitlist for the appropriate session.

Day Session: The Day Session is for campers who can engage appropriately in a small group setting (approximately 6-8 campers with 2-3 staff). Campers are expected to follow basic rules of safety and interaction, be independent with toileting, feeding and personal care needs, and easily understand and follow directions. Staff will provide the following support in regard to these areas:

  • Behavior: staff will provide positive behavior support, redirection, preferred activities, and use behavior support strategies provided by families. Campers are expected to exhibit appropriate camp behavior, without presenting a safety concern to themselves, other campers or staff. Unsafe behaviors may include but are not limited to: biting, hitting, kicking, pinching, running, spitting, etc.

  • Feeding: staff will provide verbal and visual prompting, reminders, assist with placement of food, break up food into small pieces, open containers for the camper. Campers should be able to physically feed themselves.

  • Participation: staff will engage campers through multiple means of instruction, sensory engagement, supported transitions, and program modifications. Campers are expected to stay with their group, follow given/modeled direction, and demonstrate engagement during camp activities, during transitions, and in the community on field trips.

  • Toileting & Personal Care: staff will provide verbal and visual prompting and provide occasional assistance with pulling up and/or changing clothing. Campers should be able to clean/wipe themselves independently or with prompting from staff.

Personal Assistant: Campers needing more support for behavior, feeding, mobility, participation or personal care & toileting must provide their own personal assistant and register for the Personal Assistant Session. The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department Personal Assistant Policy requires paperwork to be submitted from both the service provider and the parent/guardian of the participant for approval. These forms must be submitted no less than 2 weeks prior to the Personal Assistant attending camp. Forms not submitted by the appropriate deadline will not be processed in time and the Personal Assistant may not be authorized to attend camp. Any participant registering for a Personal Assistant session should contact the camp supervisor.

For more information about Camp Exploration, please call Wendy Miller at 919-996-2149.

Camp Registration

Summer Camp 2018 online registration will be staggered by location, March 5-8, beginning at 6:30am each day.

  • Camp Exploration - Marsh Creek: Tuesday, March 6
  • Camp Friendly - Durant Nature Preserve: Thursday, March 8
  • Camp Friendly - Carolina Pines: Thursday, March 8

Walk-in registration will begin on Monday, March 26, 2018.

Please Browse or Download the Summer Camp Brochure for detailed registration information for all Summer Camps.

Important Information about Registration for Summer Camp 2018

Prepare to Register Online!

  1. Visit RecLink to create your account (or retrieve your PIN if you already have an account) before registration begins on Feb 6! If you need assistance, please review the FAQ sheet or contact SRIS at 919-996-2147.
  2. Look for your Summer Camps brochure in the mail for camp descriptions. There are no registration forms in the brochure.

**Please read descriptions thoroughly regarding any program requirements, so you can best select the camp that is most appropriate for your camper(s).

Register for summer camp!

  1. Online registration begins March 5, 2018 at 5:30 a.m. (and throughout the spring/summer) via RecLink. This is the only way to register for camp until Walk-in registration begins. *On March 26, 2018, the registration forms will be available online to complete and print for walk-in registration.
  2. Notice this series of questions during registration:
    1. Share medical condition information

    2. Share disability information

    3. Request an ADA accommodation for a medical condition or disability:
      See the tips below for responding to this question.

      1. If your participant will be attending a specialized camp setting (Camp Friendly or Camp Exploration), the curricula for these camps are designed with accommodations already, and you may enter “No”.
      2. If your participant will be attending any other camp (not Camp Friendly or Camp Exploration), and you want Inclusion Services to contact you further about an ADA accommodation or to provide support, please select “Yes” and Inclusion Services will follow-up with you directly.
      3. If your participant will be attending any other camp (not Camp Friendly or Camp Exploration), and you note a disability or health condition in the previous questions, and you do NOT want to request an ADA accommodation or further contact from Inclusion Services, you may select “No”. In this case, Inclusion Services will not contact you, and no additional support will be provided.

What’s next?
After your registration is complete, you will receive additional forms specifically from Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services via email.

The required forms include:

Please complete these forms and return as instructed in the email, and no later than June 1, 2018. Once the camper’s forms are received, the Camp Supervisor will review your camper’s information and schedule a follow up interview. For campers who attended the same camp in 2017, a phone interview will be scheduled. For campers who are new to the specific camp program in 2018, a live interview with the camper and parent/guardian will be scheduled. This is part of the registration process to ensure that your camper is registered in the appropriate session so they can be the most successful at camp this summer.

Questions?

  • Please review the FAQ sheet regarding the registration process in advance.

  • For more information about Camp Friendly or Camp Exploration, or for information about Inclusion Services and ADA accommodation requests, please contact SRIS at 919-996-2147 or SRIS@raleighnc.gov

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