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Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services Summer Camps


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Specialized Recreation Camps will follow current COVID-19 operations. Parks COVID-19 Information

Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services offers a variety of specialized programs and inclusion services for individuals of all abilities to enjoy recreation opportunities of their choice. The following camps are community-based recreation programs specifically designed to encourage independence, enhance quality of life, and provide recreation and leisure opportunities in the least restrictive environment for individuals with disabilities. Participants 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 within their small group. 

To allow time to complete our assessment process, registration for all weeks of Camp Friendly and Camp Exploration will close on May 6, 2022. All participants must complete the following components of our assessment process as a final step to complete camp registration. 
•Once you have registered for camp, families will receive additional forms that must be completed and returned to the SRIS office. These forms must be completed and returned no later than 3 weeks prior to the participant’s first day of camp. 
•Camp Supervisors will review the information and schedule a follow up interview with the participant/ family. These interviews will be live/in-person for new participants and virtual/phone for returning participants. Interviews are a vital part of our assessment process and allow us to the opportunity to learn more about our participants 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 participant’s first day of camp.

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 participant based on our operational guidelines and supports available, we will grant a full refund for the weeks in which the participant is registered. 

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

Camp fees are $150 per week for city residents and $165 for non-residents. Camp will not run on Monday, June 20 or Monday, July 4 - 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. 

 

Camp Friendly

A young boy coloring a butterfly during SRIS Camp Friendly

Ages 6-12 years
Camp Friendly is designed for participants who can engage appropriately in a small group setting (approximately 6 participants with 2 staff).  Participants 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 within their small group.   

Program hours are 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop off is available starting at 8:00am and all campers must be picked up by 5:00pm. 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 June 20-June 24 & July 4-July 8. Activities include indoor and outdoor group games, nature activities, 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 camper’s lots of outdoor 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 of summer day camp experience.

Under normal camp guidelines and operations, the following are examples of how staff and participants will engage at camp.  
• Behavior:  staff will provide positive behavior support, redirection, preferred activities, and use behavior support strategies provided by families.  Participants are expected to exhibit appropriate camp behavior, without presenting a safety concern to themselves, other participants 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 participant.  Participants should be able to physically feed themselves.  

•Participation:  staff will engage participants through multiple means of instruction, sensory engagement, supported transitions, and program modifications.  Participants 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 participant with pull-up/diaper and/or clothing.  Participants should be able to clean/wipe themselves with minimal assistance from staff. 
 

Personal Assistants

Participants needing more support for behavior, feeding, mobility, participation or personal care & toileting must provide their own personal assistant. Campers with a personal assistant will be included 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. 

The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department Personal Assistant Policy requires paperwork to be submitted, and signed, from both the service provider and the parent/ guardian of the participant for approval. These forms must be submitted no less than two 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 – if necessary, the family will be provided a full refund. Any participant registering with a Personal Assistant session should contact the SRIS Office at 919-996-2147.

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 13 to 21 years
Camp Exploration is designed for participants who can engage appropriately in a small group setting (approximately 8 participants with 2 staff). Participants are expected to follow basic rules of safety and interaction, have independence with toileting, feeding and personal care needs, and easily understand and follow directions within their small group. 

Program hours are 9:00am-4:00pm. Early drop off is available starting at 8:00am and all participants must be picked up by 5:00pm. Supervised participant-choice activities will be provided for arrival and dismissal hours. Camp fees will be prorated to $120 for the week of June 20-June 24 & July 4-July 8. Activities include indoor and outdoor group games, nature activities, music and movement, arts and crafts, specialists and field trips. 

Under normal camp guidelines and operations, the following are examples of how staff and participants will engage at camp. 
•Behavior: Staff will provide positive behavior support, redirection, preferred activities, and use behavior support strategies provided by families. Participants are expected to exhibit appropriate camp behavior, without presenting a safety concern to themselves, other participants 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 participant. Participants should be able to physically feed themselves. 

•Participation: Staff will engage participants through multiple means of instruction, sensory engagement, supported transitions, and program modifications. Participants 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 participant with pull-up/diaper and/or clothing. Participants should be able to clean/wipe themselves with minimal assistance from staff. 

Personal Assistants

Participants needing more support for behavior, feeding, mobility, participation or personal care & toileting must provide their own personal assistant. Campers with a personal assistant will be included 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. 

The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department Personal Assistant Policy requires paperwork to be submitted, and signed, from both the service provider and the parent/ guardian of the participant for approval. These forms must be submitted no less than two 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 – if necessary, the family will be provided a full refund. Any participant registering with a Personal Assistant session should contact the SRIS Office at 919-996-2147.

Personal Assistant Form

For more information, please contact Christen Winstead at 919-996-2147.

Camp Registration

Kids playing with a water hose during a summer camp

Summer Camp online registration will be staggered by location, April 4-6, beginning at 6:30am each day.  Specialized Recreation Summer Camp registration dates are:
•Camp Friendly - Carolina Pines: Wednesday, April 6
•Camp Friendly - Durant Nature Preserve: Monday, April 4
•Camp Exploration – Marsh Creek: Monday, April 4
Registration for all sessions & weeks of Camp Friendly and Camp Exploration will close on May 6, 2022.

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: 
•    Participation Information Request Form
•    Medication Form (if applicable to your camper)
•    Personal Assistant Policy & Application (if applicable to your camper)

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

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