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Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services Summer Camps


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The following camps are community-based recreation programs specifically designed to provide recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with disabilities in a camp environment that is safe, fun, allows independence, and enhances the quality of life.

Camp fees are $150 per week for city residents and $165 for non-residents. Camp will not run on Friday, June 18 or on Monday, July 5 - camp fees will be pro-rated to $120 for city residents and $135 for non-residents for all sessions during those weeks.  All participants should bring the following labeled items daily:  lunch, 2 snacks, a water bottle, and a full change of clothes. 

Due to changing operational guidelines and Eligibility Requirements, staff may not be able to provide specific supports as outlined in the following camp descriptions. Please contact us directly for the most current information. 
 

Camp Friendly

A young boy coloring a butterfly during SRIS Camp Friendly

Ages 6-15 years

Camp Friendly is offered at three locations for Summer 2021:

  • 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 sports courts and fields, activity rooms, and playgrounds, campers will experience a more traditional type of summer day camp experience.
  • Pullen Community Center - Located off Western Boulevard on the Pullen Park campus, Pullen Community Center hosts other specialty camps in addition to Camp Friendly.  Utilizing the center and park amenities, campers will experience a more traditional type of summer day camp experience.

Camp Friendly will offer 2 different sessions for summer camp 2021. Please thoroughly review the expectations for campers in each session and select the session that bests represents the functional level of your camper. Camps are staffed according to the number of campers registered for each 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.

Activities include games, nature, music and movement, arts and crafts and weekly specialist visits.  Under normal camp guidelines and operations, the following are examples of how staff and campers will engage at camp.  

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.

Personal Assistant Session

The Personal Assistant Session is for campers who plan to provide their own personal assistant for more significant needs, beyond the scope of the Day Session for behavior, feeding, mobility, participation or personal care & toileting.  Families must provide their own personal assistant and register for the Personal Assistant Session.  Campers will be included with other Day Session campers in small groups and engaged in program activities by staff, while the Personal Assistant remains with the camper & group throughout the camp day to provide appropriate support as needed. Activities include games, nature, music and movement, arts and crafts and weekly specialist visits.  Camp hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a curriculum day of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department Personal Assistant Policy requires paperwork to be submitted by the Personal Assistant and approved prior to attending the program. These forms must be submitted no less than 2 weeks prior to the Personal Assistant attending camp. If forms are not submitted by the appropriate deadline or if the Personal Assistant does not complete the online process, forms will not be processed in time and the Personal Assistant may not be authorized to attend camp – if necessary, the family will be provided a full refund.  

Personal Assistant Form

For more information about Camp Friendly at all locations, please contact Christen Winstead at 919-996-2147.

Camp Exploration

A teenager kayaking during Camp Exploration

Ages 16 to 21 years

Camp Exploration is offered at Marsh Creek Community Center in Northeast Raleigh. Utilizing the center’s gym and fields, activity rooms and playground, campers will experience a traditional summer day camp.

Camp Exploration offers 2 different sessions according to the functional abilities of the camper. Please review the expectations for campers in each session and select the session that bests represents your camper. The camp is staffed according to the number of campers registered for each session.

Day Session

The Day Session is for campers with disabilities who can engage in a small group setting (approximately 6 campers with 2 staff).  Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a curriculum day of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Activities include games, nature, music and movement, arts and crafts, and weekly specialist visits. Under normal camp guidelines and operations, the following are examples of how staff and campers will engage at camp.  

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 minimal/prompting from staff. 

Personal Assistant Session

The Personal Assistant Session is for campers who plan to provide their own personal assistant for more significant needs, beyond the scope of the Day Session for behavior, feeding, mobility, participation, or personal care & toileting.  Families must provide their own personal assistant and register for the Personal Assistant Session. Campers will be included with other Day Session campers in small groups and engaged in program activities by staff, while the Personal Assistant remains with the camper & group throughout the camp day to provide appropriate support as needed. Activities include games, nature, music and movement, arts and crafts, and weekly specialist visits.  Camp hours of operation are 8:00am-5:00pm with a curriculum day of 9:00am-4:00pm. The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department Personal Assistant Policy requires paperwork to be submitted by the Personal Assistant and approved prior to attending the program. These forms must be submitted no less than 2 weeks prior to the Personal Assistant attending camp. If forms are not submitted by the appropriate deadline or if the Personal Assistant does not complete the online process, forms will not be processed in time and the Personal Assistant may not be authorized to attend camp – if necessary, the family will be provided a full refund.  

Personal Assistant Form

For more information about Camp Friendly at all locations, please contact Christen Winstead at 919-996-2147.

Camp Registration

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Specialized Recreation Summer Camp registration dates for the 2021 locations for are:

  • Camp Friendly - Carolina Pines: Thursday, April 8
  • Camp Friendly - Durant Nature Preserve: Monday, April 5
  • Camp Friendly- Pullen Community Center: Thursday, April 8
  • Camp Exploration – Five Points: Wednesday, April 7

Registration for all sessions & weeks of Camp Friendly and Camp Exploration will close on May 7, 2021.

Registration Requirements

All campers must complete the following components of our assessment process as a final step in the registration process.   

  • Forms:  families will receive additional forms that must be completed and returned. *All camper forms must be completed and returned no later than 3 weeks prior to the camper’s first day of camp. 
  • Interviews:  Camp Supervisors will review the information and schedule a follow-up interview with the participant/family. Camp Supervisors may determine the most appropriate format to conduct the interview (live in-person for new participants and virtual/phone for returning campers).  Interviews are part of our assessment process and allow us to the opportunity to learn more about the camper while providing a forum where we can provide answers and follow-up to more specific questions. 

*All interviews must occur at least 2 weeks prior to the camper’s first day of camp. 

Any paperwork not received or interviews not completed by the appropriate deadline will forfeit the camper’s space at camp, at which time a full refund will be given. 

After completing the assessment process above, if it is determined by either the family or the Camp Supervisor, that Camp Friendly/Exploration is not suitable for the camper based on our operational guidelines and supports available, we will grant a full refund for the weeks in which the camper is registered.  

The required forms include: 

Questions?

Please contact us at SRIS@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2147.

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