2016 CAMP INFORMATION & TRIPS AND TOUR INFORMATION

CAMP & TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES
For Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Compiled by The Arc-Wisconsin Disability Association, Inc.
2800 Royal Avenue, Suite 202, Madison, WI 53713, 608-222-8907

 

 

CAMPING

 

         
   

BARRIER-FREE CABINS ~ WI STATE PARKS ~ Buckhorn, High Cliff, Kohler-Andrae,     Mirror Lake, Potawatomi state parks, Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern     Unit, Richard Bong State Recreation Area, and rustic cabins at Blue Mounds,     Copper Falls and Harrington Beach State Parks. For reservation forms:     http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/camping/cabin.html; email: DNRWisconsinparks@wisconsin.gov;     website: http://www.dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/forms/2500/2500-085.pdf     or contact the park.

      

CAMPCOURAGE     ~ Maple      Lake, MN ~ Located on Cedar     Lake between the TwinCities     and St. Cloud.     Is a great place for children, teens and adults to have the time of their     lives. A focused, supportive camp environment helps develop positive     friendships, boost self-esteem and improve independence. Diverse camp     sessions for persons with developmental, physical or multiple disabilities,     Aspergers or Down Syndrome, autism, or other conditions. Contact: True     Friends, 10509 108th       St. NW, Annandale, MN55302;     800-450-8376; email: info@truefriends.org; website: www.truefriends.org.

       

CampCOURAGE NORTH ~ Lake George, MN     ~Located in the beautiful PaulBunyanState     Forest area near ItascaState Park.     Situated on Lake George, this fully     accessible camp adds that "up north" feeling to everything you do     there – and if you like the outdoors, there's a lot you can do! Is a great     place for children, teens and adults to create lifelong memories. Through     fun, dynamic activities, every camper experiences successes, discovers new     interests and develops friendships. Our supportive camp environment helps     build self-esteem and independence.     Diverse camp sessions for persons with developmental, physical     or multiple disabilities, Aspergers or Down Syndrome, autism, or other     conditions. Contact: True Friends, 10509 108th St. NW, Annandale,      MN55302;     800-450-8376; email: info@truefriends.org; website: www.truefriends.org.

      

CAMP     COURAGEOUS ~ Year-round recreation, respite care and travel     camp. Traditional and adventure activities offered, like rock climbing, low     rope courses, swimming, canoeing, nature, crafts and more. Persons with     disabilities (ages 3 and up). Sessions and fees are $4.25/hour per camper,     but no one is turned away for lack of funds. Travel Camp is for campers who     work well in a group and are independent with personal care needs, some     trips wheel chairs accessible. Contact:     Stephen Fasnacht for week long camps at ext. 2310 or Stephen@campcourageous.org.     Contact Rolando Morales for off site trips at Rolando@campcourageous.org.     Contact: Shannon Poe for weekend camping sessions at ext. 2320 or Shannon@campcourageous.org,     Camp Courageous of Iowa, 12007 190th St., Box 418, Monticello, Iowa     52310-0418; 319-465-5916; website: www.campcourageous.org .

   

 Camp Eden Wood ~ Eden Prairie, MN     ~ located in the SW suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro area. Is a great     place for children, teens and adults to create lifelong memories. Through     fun, dynamic activities, every camper experiences successes, discovers new     interests and develops friendships. Our supportive camp environment helps     build self-esteem and independence. Diverse camp sessions for persons with     developmental, physical or multiple disabilities, Aspergers or Down     Syndrome, autism, or other conditions. Day Camps available. Contact: True     Friends, 10509 108th       St. NW, Annandale, MN55302;     800-450-8376; email: info@truefriends.org; website: www.truefriends.org.

       

CAMPFRIENDSHIP ~ Annandale,     MN ~ Located on Clearwater     Lake between Twin     Cities and St. Cloud. Is a great place for children,     teens and adults to have fun in a supportive camp environment. Focus on     building self-esteem and independence; practicing social skills,     discovering individual strengths and abilities while participating in a     variety of activities. Camp sessions designed for persons with     developmental, physical or multiple disabilities, Aspergers or Down     Syndrome, autism or other conditions. Contact: True Friends, 10509 108th St. NW,      Annandale, MN      55302;     800-450-8376; email: info@truefriends.org; website: www.truefriends.org.

     

CAMPLEE MAR ~ Lackawaxen, PA     ~ 7 week summer program for ages 7-21. Private residential special needs     camp for children and teenagers with mild to moderate developmental     challenges. A structured environment, individual attention and guidance are     emphasized at all times. Campers enjoy traditional camp activities PLUS     academics, speech and language therapy, music and art, daily living skills,     sensory-motor-perceptual training, and computers.  Last summer we launched the Lee Mar L.I.F.E. Program (Living     Independently Functional Education). It was a huge success and we expect a     waiting list in 2016. Heated pool and air-conditioned buildings (including cabins).     Contact: Camp      Lee Mar, 805 Redgate     Rd., Dresher, PA 19025; 215-658-1708 or FAX 215-658-1710; email: ari@lemar.com     ; website: www.leemar.com.     Like us on Facebook

       

CAMPMATZ ~ Watertown     ~We offer week long     residential camps for adults who have intellectual and developmental     disabilities. Activities that are offered – chapel, sing-a-long, cookouts,     nature and many more activities. Our camp sessions are open to individuals     ages 18 and up. For schedules and fees contact: CampMatz,     920-206-4495; email: campmatz@mailblc.org.

       

EASTER SEALS WISCONSIN CAMPS ~ Wisconsin Dells ~ The core philosophy of CampWawbeek and Respite Camp is to     encourage campers to challenge themselves with new experiences and support     them in any way they need to be successful. Campers of all abilities and     diagnosis are welcome: campers who succeed (or want the social experience)     in small groups at Camp      Wawbeek, and campers     who require more individualized support at Respite Camp. The camps offer a     state of the art accessible swimming pool, field trips, accessible ropes     course, arts and crafts, games, friendship, and fun - all provided with the     support of trained staff members and volunteers. CampWawbeek     serves campers ages 7 and older while Respite camp serves campers over the     age of 3. Contact: Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps, 101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 301, Madison,      WI53713;     608-237-1551; email: camp@eastersealswisconsin.com;     website: http://camp.eastersealswisconsin.com.

       

RESIDENTIAL CAMP     SANDY WHEELS ~ Mt. Morris, WI ~     Located at Mt.Morris Camp and ConferenceCenter.      Serving individuals ages 7 and up having a physical or cognitive     disability in Adams, Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette,     Outagamie, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago Counties first and if openings     are available outside these counties. Two one-week camp sessions are held     each year. Specially trained counselors and volunteers offer special     attention to each camper making as normal as possible the camping     experience. In collaboration with the UWO Adaptive Sports program, there     will be indoor and outdoor adaptive sports, dances, talent shows, awards,     swimming, crafts and bonfires in the evening. Contact: Cerebral Palsy of     Mideast Wisconsin,     36 Broad St. Suite 120,      Oshkosh, WI      54901;     800-261-1895 or 920-424-4071; email: Brittani@cpmideastwis.com.

       

CAMPWINNEBAGO ~ Caledonia, MN ~ Providing recreational     opportunities in a scenic natural environment for people of all abilities. CampWinnebago offers vacation     opportunities designed for all ages and abilities including week long     residential "resort type" sessions and travel trips. We offer     swimming, arts and crafts, music and drama, sports, fishing, canoeing,     archery and other nature activities. We specialize in providing an     "Accomplishment Through Fun" atmosphere and focus on our camper's     abilities rather than their disabilities. Situated     on 116 acres in beautiful Southeastern Minnesota, CampWinnebago     also provides trout fishing, 40 electric and tent camping sites open to the     public, cabins, seasonal camp site rentals, dining hall, conference center     and kitchen rentals for weddings, family reunions and meetings. For further     information please call 507-724-2351, email: campwinnebagodirector@gmail.com     or visit our website at www.campwinnebago.org.

    

COVENANT     HARBOR ~ CovenantHarbor     has been a place of retreat for youth, adults and families since 1947. Our     52 wooded acres on the north shore     of GenevaLake     were historically the site of an exclusive private estate. In this     beautiful country setting, we have established a long tradition of     personal, caring service to individuals, churches and non-profit     organizations. Many organizations consider CovenantHarbor     their retreat home - some groups returning for over 25 years. CovenantHarbor is open year-round to guest     retreats for weekend, mid-week and week-long camps, conferences and     retreats. Covenant      Harbor can     accommodate up to 489 guests during warmer months and 364 guests     year-round. Several smaller groups can easily be accommodated at the same     time. Covenant      Harbor, 1724 W Main Street, Lake GenevaWI53147-1652www.covenantharbor.org. (262)     248-3600.

       

LuWiSoMo Camp ~ The Joyful Hearts program is     specially designed for youth and adults with developmental disabilities.     This program provides a quality experience for campers in a safe and     Christian environment. Each day campers will participate in a chapel     service and Bible study as well as a variety of activities modified for     each individual camper. Activities include arts and crafts, swimming,     canoeing, archery, and an assortment of games. Each day there is also a     special activity. On Mondays there are horse rides, Bingo on Tuesdays, a     talent show on Wednesdays, and a wagon ride and dance on Thursdays. These     special daily activities help make the week a truly unique experience. Our staff members and volunteers are trained in working     with campers with a variety of disabilities. The staff are committed to     ensuring that each camper receives personal guidance and assistance as     needed. We strive to maintain a one-to-one or two-to one ratio of campers     to staff or volunteers to ensure that each camper has the best camp     experience possible. Campers stay in our Krueger     RetreatCenter     and will eat meals in our new dining hall (attached to the KruegerRetreatCenter).     W5421 Aspen Rd.,     Wild Rose, WI54984;     email: seniorcounselor@luwisomo.org;     website: http://luwisomo.org/joyful-hearts.

   

 

   

MOON BEACH CAMP ~ (St.     Germain) / PILGRIM      CENTER (Ripon) ~     Owned by the United Church of Christ – offers both youth camps and family     camps. All are welcome, scholarships available. Several cabins and common     buildings are ADA     compliant. Campers take part in traditional summer camp activities, as well     as lots of free time. Excellent meals and a great place to stay. Children     and families with special needs are encouraged to register for the weekly     family camp sessions. Including a family camp for families with a child on     the Autism Spectrum. Contact: Moon Beach Camp,1487 Moon Beach Road., St.     Germain, WI 54558; 715-479-8255; email: mbc@ucci.org     ; website: www.ucci.org     - or Pilgrim Center, W1010 Spring Grove Road, Ripon, WI 54971;     920-748-6750.

       

SPECIAL TOUCH MINISTRY INC. ~ WISCONSIN SUMMER GET-AWAY ~ at Spencer Lake Christian Center Waupaca, WI ~ June 27- July 1,     2016, $410.00 for the week. Ages 10 and up. Registration deadline May 31.     Summer Get Away is a camp/retreat experience for people with intellectual     and/or physical disabilities. Families welcome and enjoy special rates.     Professional medical staff on grounds - Trained caring volunteer staff -     Functionally appropriate recreation and programming - Faith based     gatherings - Swimming in beautiful Spencer Lake or indoor pool - Paddle     Boating Fishing - Bon-fires + much more. Summer Get Away program also     available in Ohio, Oklahoma,     Florida, Illinois,     Kentucky, North East Region, Arizona, North Carolina     and Georgia.     Check website: www.specialtouch.org     for information, dates, costs and downloadable applications. Special Touch     Ministry, Inc. P O Box 25,      Waupaca, WI      54981 -     715-258-2713 - ministry@specialtouch.org.

       

WISCONSIN BADGER CAMP ~ Prairie du     Chien ~ Overnight camp for youth and adults with developmental disabilities     with one session for children ages 3 – 13, one session for young adults     ages 14 – 21, and 8 sessions for adults over 18. WBC does not turn away     anyone due to geographic location or severity of disability. Travel and primitive     programs are also available for those looking for a little more adventurous     outdoor experience. Camperships are available to those in need. Contact:     Wisconsin Badger Camp, P.O.       Box 723, Platteville, WI53818;     608-348-9689; email: wiscbadgercamp@centurytel.net     ; website: www.badgercamp.org.

       

WISCONSIN LIONS CAMP ~     Rosholt ~ Located on beautiful Lions Lake, free, one-week camp sessions are     available at the Wisconsin Lions Camp near Rosholt, WI for children and     adults ages 6 and above who are deaf or hard of hearing, or blind or     visually impaired, children ages 9-17 with intellectual disabilities/educational     autism, and children 9-15 with diabetes. Swimming, boating, campouts,     teambuilding, and conferences, as well as Family Camp weekend programs for     families with a member who has a disability. Contact: Wisconsin Lions Camp,     3834 County Road A, Rosholt, WI 54473; 715-677-4969; email: info@wisconsinlionscamp.comwebsite:     www.wisconsinlionscamp.com .

       

WISCONSIN UNITED     METHODIST CAMPS ~ Special needs camps for young adults (ages 18 - 39)     and adults. Campers must be able to care for own basic daily living needs.     Please visit our website for registration forms, health forms and our     guidelines for new campers. Contact: United Methodist Camping Office, Suite 203, Sun Prairie, WI      53590; 608-837-3388;     email: PineLake@WisconsinUMC.org;     website: www.wiumcamps.org.

       

TRIPS AND TOURS

   

  

ABLE TREK TOURS ~ Fully     escorted/chaperoned vacations for people with mild to moderate     developmental disabilities. Average of one chaperone for every three     travelers. Branson, Colorado     Dude Ranch, Florida, Nashville,     DoorCounty, and one-day tours (baseball,     shows, and celebrations). Over 40 vacations for all budgets and interests.     Pick-ups in Madison, Milwaukee, Platteville, Wisconsin Dells, LaCrosse,     Appleton, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Allenton Beloit, Rockford, IL and Dubuque,     IA. Interest free payment plans available. Contact: Able Trek Tours, P.O. Box 384, Reedsburg,      WI53959;     800-205-6713 or 608-524-3021; email: ddouglas@abletrektours.com     ; website: www.abletrektours.com.    

      

CAMP     COURAGEOUS TRAVEL PROGRAM     - Camp Courageous Travel Program- For adults 18 and     older with Special Needs. We have many weeklong, weekend, wheeling     weekends, and NEW ONE DAY Trips. Weeklong trips include Toronto,     Canada, Portland, Oregon,      Germany.     Weekend trips consist of Wisconsin Dells, Kansas City,     and St. Louis.     Wheeling trips are geared to 1:1 care or individuals primarily in     wheelchairs needing 1:1 care. One day trip include Adventure-land, MountOlympus(Wisconsin Dells), and     Dubuque/Galena (Museum and shopping excursion). Please contact Rolando     Morales at 319-465-5916 ext. 2330. Camp Courageous Address, P.O Box 418, 12007 190th St.     Monticello,     IA 52310.

       

LAMERS TOUR & TRAVEL SPECIAL     NEEDS TOURS     ~     Lamers serves travelers     who need additional assistance while traveling. These special tours are     designed to enlighten and expand each traveler's view, to allow travelers     to discover and pursue leisure interests and to increase self-confidence     and self-worth. Lamers offers a variety of day tours for your convenience     with pickups in Wisconsin.     Please contact us for a free brochure. Contact: Lamers Tour & Travel     Special Needs Tours, 1825       Novak Drive, Menasha, WI54952;     920-832-9922, 800-832-0807 Ext 10927, email: DarcieL@GoLamers.com;     website: www.golamers.com.

       

OFF THE BEATEN PATH ~ Off the Beaten Path, Inc. is a Minnesota-based corporation which has     been providing economical vacations for developmentally disabled ambulant     adults since 1985. Off the Beaten Path, Inc. vacations are geared to     provide quality life experiences while meeting the special needs of our     clientele. A tour-guide-to-consumer ratio of 1:4 ensures maximum consumer     input and encourages group choice-making. A 1:5 tour-guide-to-consumer     ratio is always available for the independent traveler. Complete     information regarding tour-guide-to-consumer ratios may be found on the     Participant Contract. Contact: Off the Beaten Path, P.O. Box     853, Faribault, MN 55021; 800-221-3155; email: girl10500@yahoo.com;     website: www.otbp.info.

       

SEARCH     BEYOND ADVENTURES ~ Over 150 yearly tours for adults with     disabilities. Choices include Orlando, Memphis, Nashville,     Branson, Las Vegas, Chicago,     NYC, WashingtonDC,     Toronto, plus dozens of other destinations,     including cruises, Europe, and Australia. Many tours are     wheelchair accessible. Payment plans available. Pick up locations     throughout WI. Family and care providers welcome to attend at a discount     rate. Contact: Search Beyond Adventures, Inc., 4603 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis,      MN55407;     800-800-9979; email: travel@searchbeyond.com;     website: www.searchbeyond.com.

       

VENTURES TRAVEL – …because everyone deserves a vacation!     We offer quality,     safety and fun at an affordable price. Our vacations are all-inclusive, and     take you to such destinations as: Disney World in Orlando,     New York City, Colorado,     Hawaii, Memphis, or guided fishing at a relaxing     resort. Enjoy horseback riding at a Dude Ranch (Arizona),     take the train to Chicago or visit famous     international cities like London or Rome, world wide! We     travel to your favorite places by van, train, plane, and cruise ship. We     also offer personalized custom travel planning—go when & where you     desire. Got a reunion coming up, or want to visit family in another state?     Maybe you always wanted to go see a Red Sox game in Boston or swim with the dolphins! We can     support anyone who needs additional assistance to travel. Visit us at: www.venturestravel.org     or call 952-852-0107, toll free 866-692-7400, or email vt@venturestravel.org.

      

THE GUIDED TOUR, Inc. ~ Elkins Park,      PA ~Since 1972 thousands of     persons with developmental and physical challenges have had     growth-producing vacation experiences traveling with The Guided Tour. The     Guided Tour provides supervised vacations for persons 17 and up, safely and     with dignity. Our staff to traveler ratio is one staff person to every     three travelers (Our "On-Wheels" trips for persons in wheelchairs     or slow pacers has a 1:1 staff to traveler ratio). Contact: The Guided     Tour, Inc. 7900 Old York Road       Suite 111BElkins Park, PA19027;     215-782-1370; fax:215-635-2637; email: director@guidetour.com; website www.guidedtour.com. Like us on     Facebook