Our mission is to ensure an appropriate and positive camp experience for children. We welcome campers with special needs and hope you will give Camp James your consideration. Every year we have numerous special needs campers that can participate successfully at camp.
Below is some information that may help you in the decision-making process. You are always welcome to call our office to ask questions or discuss options.
PARENTS PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL AIDE SUPPORT
For some campers, they may need full-time professional aide support. Camp James does not have medical professionals on staff. If your child has an aide at school, they may likely need one for camp as well to create a successful experience.
Some parents may see the need to provide a trained and certified Aide/ABA Therapist for their child. Parents and siblings are not allowed to provide aide support. Bringing your own professional aide support requires some advance paperwork from the agency and parent. If you provide professional aide support it must be from an agency in which insurance and other requirements need to be met.
Teen Buddies are for campers who have a special needs diagnosis only. A Teen Buddy, is a high school student in our Camper In Leadership Training Program (CILT) who has no formal/extensive training, but has a big heart, big smile, and wishes to help kids who might need just a little extra support in their first two weeks of camp.
Requesting this free additional support is done on the health form during registration. For new families, please reach out to our office prior to registering so we can discuss your child’s needs and see if this might be a support that will make their time at camp a positive and successful experience
- Teen Buddy requests are only for campers attending at least 2 weeks.
- Teen Buddy support is not available for the last 2 weeks of camp (August dates) due to teens returning to school.
- Teen Buddy support is from 9:45 am – 3:30 pm only.
- The Teen Buddy form must be completed prior to May 1st of each summer.
- After the 2 weeks with a Teen Buddy, campers that the staff/directors feel can safely attend camp without additional support may continue.