They're Ready for Overnight Camp, Are You?
A week of Overnight Camp is packed full of adventure, campfires, fun, friends and no parents! Sounds great to the kids. An entire week of wondering who is going to keep an eye on your child, get them to sleep at night or meet their special needs, sounds concerning to the parents.
We realize that sending a child to Overnight Camp is a difficult decision, especially a child with particular needs. We have provided stories from parents of former campers and a list of common concerns. These may assist you with your decision to give your child the chance to experience all the friendship, fun and excitement of Akron Rotary Camp - a place where disabilities and limits do not hold kids back.
A Continued Tradition
Overnight Camp is our flagship program. Children and adults with disabilities learn new skills, develop friendships, and gain independence through this one week overnight experience. While at camp, campers participate in traditional camping activities, which include swimming, kayaking, campfires, songs, crafts, games, and much, much more!
Program areas are designed with the special needs of our campers in mind. Campers rotate with their cabin groups though the different areas in half hour blocks. Many activities are sensory focused, giving campers new ways to see the world. Whether it’s holding a lizard, trying new foods, or sitting in our state of the art sensory room, campers are provided with opportunities to experience the world in a different way.
At our children's Overnight Camps there are two counselors to every six campers. Other staff on site includes the directors, program coordinators, and nursing staff. The Akron Rotary Camp strives to meet the individual needs of each of the campers. Staff will work with families, teachers, and other support services to help provide successful experiences. However, the Akron Rotary Camp cannot provide one on one attention to campers with additional needs without the financial support from the camper's family or other provider networks.
The goals of Overnight Camp are to increase camper’s independence and self-esteem; encourage campers to try new leisure activities and become more physically active; experience the natural world and develop social skills. These goals are accomplished through the natural dynamics of the overnight camp experience, intentional programming and staff leadership.
Which program is right for my camper?
The Akron Rotary Camp offers three basic overnight camping programs. The children's camps are geared towards children with disabilities age 6-17. This is the cornerstone program, which has been offered since 1924. Today, our campers represent a variety of disabilities. Many campers have developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, and Down syndrome. Other campers have physical disabilities including spinal bifida, cerebral palsy, and blindness. There are also many campers with learning disabilities, mental health disorders, and multiple diagnoses. A camper just has to have a disability to qualify for any one of the Akron Rotary Camp's programs.
Our adult camps are the fastest growing programs each summer. These overnight experiences are designed for campers 18 and over. Many of the campers have "graduated" from the children's program and wish to continue to be a part of the Rotary Camp family. Others have never been to camp before and are looking for a non-traditional vacation that promotes independence, socialization, and just plain fun!
Like the other Akron Rotary Camp programs, campers are put into cabin groups according to age and abilities. There are two counselors to every eight adult campers in this specific program.
Overnight Daily Schedule Sample
7:00 am Polar Bear Swim
8:30 am Ham and Eggs for breakfast
9:15 am Cabin/camp clean up
9:50 am Chapel - The Giving Tree
10:00 am Arts & Crafts - ceramic painting
11:00 am Sports & Games - Nukem
12:30 pm Pizza
1:30 pm Rest hour
2:30 pm Canoeing expedition
3:30 pm Cabin Activity - lanyards
4:30 pm Swim Time
6:00 pm Hamburger Cookout
7:00 pm All Camp Game - Treasure Hunt
8:30 pm Vespers & Snack
9:30 pm Bedtime
Parents/caregivers are required to provide transportation to and from camp. Check-in is on Sunday from 3:00pm-5:00pm* in the Rennick and Dee Andreoli Recreation and Resource Center. Camp activities begin at 5:00 pm and the campers’ first meal is provided on Sunday evening. You are asked to meet your camper's cabin counselor and look around prior to 5:00pm. *Check-ins not accepted prior to 3:00pm.
Camp Check-Out Time
Parent's program starts at 11:00am on Friday. Parents/caregivers are required to sign out their campers upon arrival (Please bring proper identification). Checkout procedures start in the Rennick and Dee Andreoli Recreation and Resource Center at 10:30am. Parents/caregivers are welcome to attend the Parent's program and Award Ceremony on checkout days.