Wild About Camp!

Join us for our 2021 summer camp season!

Despite COVID-19  and the challenges posed by the virus, we remain committed to a world focused on abilities. Your health is our priority.  We are excited that you are here for our “Wild About Camp” program. We hope to inspire and engage you this summer.

While we are confident in our ability to run camp during a pandemic, it is being done with many changes to camp protocols and the overall program. Because of those changes, camp may not be appropriate for some individual campers and staff during a pandemic. Each individual and family must decide if camp, modified as detailed in our camp registration portal, is the right fit. 

If COVID-19 causes us to cancel the season, we will provide a full refund or apply funds to a future program as you wish.

Courageous Acres welcomes all individuals, including those with developmental or physical disabilities or health conditions ranging in age from 5  to adulthood.

An individual must be medically stable and must not be a safety risk to self or others (behaviorally, sexually, or physically) to attend Courageous Acres. Camp reserves the right to determine an individual’s eligibility to attend camp or camper events.

Courageous Community Services reserves the right to dismiss an individual at any time during their attendance at Camp based on illness, injury, or safety risk to themselves or others.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How are you running during this pandemic?

We are following guidance from the CDC, Ohio State Health Department, and American Camp Association. While we are confident in our ability to run camp during a pandemic, it is being done with many changes to camp protocols and the overall program. Because of those changes, camp may not be appropriate for some individual campers and staff during a pandemic. Each individual and family must decide if camp is the right fit for them. We recommend utilizing this Risk and Benefit Discussion Guide.

Q: What are the social distancing guidelines?

We are capping each week at 24 campers, who will be divided into 4 groups or “pods”. These will consist of 6 campers and assigned staff, who will stay within that pod the entire week and have a designated cabin/ homeroom. These pods may interact within themselves but not with other pods. If ever crossing paths with another pod, they will be asked to stay 6 feet away from each other. Equipment and spaces will be shared between pods on a very limited basis, and whenever shared, they will be sanitized between each pod’s use.

Q: Are masks required?

Masks will be required in certain situations and if the camper can tolerate wearing one. We are adopting a 2 out of 3 rule.  At all times, campers and staff should be adhering to 2 of the 3 guidelines: social distancing, outdoors, and masked. Therefore, masks will not be required when pods are outside and distanced, such as spread out around picnic tables, playing outdoor games, and swimming. Art and music activities will also be held outside as much as possible. Instances that do require masks are when pods are indoors or cannot remain distanced, such coming through the Dining Hall for meals until they are eating, when using a camp-wide Washhouse (except for brushing teeth or showering), and when doing an activity in their cabin (except for sleeping). We understand if a camper cannot tolerate wearing a mask and ask that we be made aware of this in advance.

Q: What about the COVID-19 vaccine?

We are recommending that campers of residential/overnight camp and staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine (both doses) before they come to camp. We will offer an exemption based on the circumstances of immune compromised health or religious grounds. Registrants for day camp will not be asked to receive the vaccine if they are under 16 years of age.

Q: Can someone go to more than one week of camp?

If an individual fits the guidelines for more than one week of camp, they are welcome to attend! Our three day camps are specific to age, so individuals will only be able to attend the week of their age range (5-8, 9-13, and 14-21). One of our residential camps is a “transition week” designated to 16-30 year olds, for those trying out overnight camp for the first time. There are two weeks for individuals with Autism 18+ and one “Veteran camper” week for 40+. The other residential camps are for individuals 21+, divided into different themes to appeal to the various interests of campers. If an individual fits the age of both day camp and overnight camp, they are welcome to attend both.

Q: What if someone can no longer attend the week they signed up for?

If CCS has to make the decision to cancel a camp session due to unforeseen circumstances, we will provide a full refund or apply funds to a future program as an individual wishes. If an individual must cancel or leave their week of camp, we will try our best to fit them into a different week of camp if possible. We will offer refunds on a case-by-case level. We also have the option for them to attend virtual camp, which will be offered once in the middle of the summer and once at the end.

Q: Can someone without a disability attend camp?

Our camp program is inclusive, so campers with and without disabilities are welcome to attend! This could be a great opportunity for siblings of those with disabilities to get the camp experience as well.

Q: What is the cost of camp?

The cost of camp varies depending on the type of camp and type of pay. A week of day camp is $350 for private pay or $245.85 for waiver pay, which includes breakfast, lunch, and a snack every day. A week of residential camp is $1400 for private pay or $820.95 for waiver pay, which includes 3 meals and a snack every day. The application fee for either type of camp is $100, which should be paid at the time of registration. Virtual camp is offered for $25, which includes a week of fun activities over Zoom.

Have a question that’s not answered here? Feel free to reach out to us!

Laura Kuhlenbeck – Executive Director – laurak@ccsohio.org

Kelly Nester – Recreation Director – kellyj@ccsohio.org

Who this program helps

Caregivers
We recommend that parents and caregivers step away from caregiving responsibilities and take a break. While your loved one attends camp, we want you to so something just for you!
Children and Adults With Disabilities
Campers of all ages have the opportunity to paint, garden, complete craft projects, swim, and participate in fun recreational activites.
Children Without Disabilities
Our camping program is available to ALL children ages 5 and older. Join us this summer as we create, paint, garden, swim, and have fun!
Virtual Camp
Virtual Camp

Don’t feel comfortable coming to camp? No worries! We will offer the fun of Courageous Acres right through your own computer or phone. Join us over Zoom for 2 hours each day. We will travel around the globe, exploring different cultures, countries, and biomes like the rainforest, desert, and tundra. We may even do some virtual cooking demonstrations to learn about food from around the world!

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