Program Services

Summary

When

July 2nd – 7th, 2017

Application

Please make note of several important dates/deadlines:

  • Applications Open: 12:00 AM on January 1st, 2017
  • Applications Close: 11:59 PM on April 3rd, 2017
  • Application decisions will be sent out by April 8th, 2017

An additional email will be sent out prior to January 1st with instructions on how to access the application. Looking forward to the application process, here are some things you can anticipate:

  • Making an account with a username and password to access the application to complete on your own time.
  • If you are a parent registering more than one camper, you will be able to register all campers under the same username.
  • There is an “auto save” feature that saves your application every time you finish a question. Therefore, there is no need to “save” your application. This allows families to access their application and complete it as they please.
  • We request the camper’s licensed health care provider to complete and sign a health history form. These forms must be scanned and uploaded to the application. We strongly suggest families make appointments with their primary physician sooner rather than later so that applications are completed on time.
  • Applications must be 100% complete and application fees must be paid to be considered.

Cost Breakdown

Total Cost: $895

The total cost is comprised of the following:

  • Processing Fee: $50 (Due April 3rd, 2017)
    • This is a non-refundable fee that all applicants must pay. Processing fees go towards the application software and application reviewers.
  • Application Fee: $125 (Due April 3rd, 2017)
    • Automatically refunded to any individual not accepted into this year’s camp program.
  • Program Fee: $720 (Due May 2nd, 2017)
    • Includes: camp program, overnight lodging, all meals, 2:1 camper to staff ratio, on-site nurses, and on-site clinical team. This list is continuing to grow.

 Fees apply to both sessions.

Location

YMCA Camp Duncan

Ages

9 - 18 years old

Camper to Staff Ratio: 2:1

Lodging: Indoor climate controlled cabins built in 2014, & sleeping up to 20 individuals

Transportation: Not provided by CAMP - A FASD Community

Understanding FASD Needs

“FASD is a spectrum of neurological, behavioral and cognitive deficits that interfere with growth, learning and socialization caused by maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.  The spectrum of alcohol-related birth defects is broad, with individuals potentially having cognitive or learning deficits, visual problems and/or higher than normal pain tolerance.  People with FASD have the ability to learn, when assisting the person with FASD, discover what helps him/her learn and to help them enjoy the learning process. They may have many difficulties and challenges in their lives, it is important to encourage them to work to their potential, and make them aware of their strengths and talents.” There are five keys to working successfully with campers with FASD are:

  • Structure: lack internal structure, so need as much external structure as possible
  • Consistency: be consistent in responses
  • Variety: use a variety of ways to keep their attention
  • Brevity: brief with instructions and directions
  • Persistence: repeat, repeat, repeat what you want them to learn

CAMP programs will be tailored to support and build on FASD strengths.

Camp Program Goals

The goal of the camp is for each camper to enjoy themselves, in a safe environment, with respect for others.  The benefits of attending camp are:

  1. Building Friendships: CAMP will provide opportunities for campers to form and build lasting relationships.
  2. Improving Social Communication: CAMP engages campers in social activities designed to develop communication among peer groups.
  3. Developing Life Skills: CAMP focuses on building life skills to assist each individual for everyday life.
  4. Learning Safety: Minimize risk-taking behaviors and teach campers the importance of safety.
  5. Providing Respite Care: Allows caregivers to recharge their battery, while campers are having fun at CAMP.

Our Program

  • Our research proves that those with FAS work best in structured environments. Therefore, we offer very intentional and strategically planned day-to-day activities. 
  • All individuals upon arrival are placed into predetermined groups of 7-12, in which they will be spending most activities with throughout the week(s). This is done to achieve the best end results, and to cater to any individuals need.
  • Each group is has a 3:1 camper to staff ratio, who've all been individually selected and vetted by CAMP. These individuals are either already professionals in the field or college students with majors and/or concentrations in special education and psychology. 
  • Each day will have two half-hour sessions with professional psychologists and social workers that focus on specific focal aspects such as: communication, coping skills, etc. 
  • CAMP operates as any other camp would, thus our activities and clinical programs are operating seemingly in the background. This is done to maintain attentiveness throughout the day, as well as ensuring the program is fun and enjoyable to all. 
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) will be provided in the cost of the program
  • An on staff nurse will be available to collect any medication and administer medication as necessary.
  • Questions, comments, concerns, and concerns for the program overall can be directed to us by email: admin@fasdcamp.org