Adventure Camp

Registration for July Virtual Camp 2020 is now closed.

Registration for the July weeks of our new Virtual Adventure Camp and Teen Camp is now closed. All those who applied will receive more information soon, if they haven't already. Find more information about this program below.

Questions? Contact Senior Program Manager Robin Diehl via email or at 314-720-7717.

            About Adventure Camp and Teen Camp

Doesn’t every kid deserve to go to camp? That’s how Variety feels. And so, for six weeks in the summer, and three days during winter break, we give kids and teens with disabilities a very special experience.

Variety St. Louis’ Adventure Camp is free and open for children ages 4 – 20 with medically diagnosed physical or developmental disabilities. Campers participate in activities they may not be able to do anywhere else alongside new friends and experienced staff. 

Adventure Camp 2020, however, will look a little different. Out of concern for the health and safety of Variety Kids during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to move to an online format.

Each Camp session will be held through our new partner platform, clickto.camp. Campers will have the chance to socialize with friends, make crafts, play games, take virtual field trips and much more, all from the safety of their homes. 

Variety St. Louis is providing all of the necessary resources for this free virtual camp, including a box of basic materials that will be used throughout their camp experience, such as markers, scissors and glue. Their camp kits will also include a bag for each day’s art activity, materials for games as well as instructions and a list of materials for each activity.

Because parents will need to be available to provide needed support for their child during their camp session, Camp is now split into a morning session (9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.) and an afternoon session (12:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.). Families are able to choose the session that best fits their needs and schedules and will be asked to pick either the a.m. session or the p.m. session for the entire week.

Within each session, activities last for about 30 minutes each, with a transition period in between. Campers only have to click one link to access their entire session, and then clickto.camp guides them throughout their day. In addition, the platform allows campers to use both video and sound, but these features may be turned off on the user’s end to prevent over-stimulation and help maintain attention. Campers are also welcome to step away and rejoin later if needed.

As always, we have caring and experienced activity specialists, lead counselors and counselor buddies present in each session to assist campers as needed.

Registrations for Virtual Adventure Camp will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, and closed at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 29.

Here are a few quotes from Variety parents, talking about this new Camp experience:

“By the time Evelyn went through the different activity 'rooms,' she ran into old leaders and fellow campers and was just smiling for the rest of the day. It’s been so hard for her to be home with just mom and dad as companions. I felt like her social skills were regressing. It was good to see her interacting with others.” - Carolyn, Variety Teen Evelyn's mom.

“Zoe absolutely loved every minute of camp. On Friday, she asked for the computer when she woke up so she could go to camp. The counselors did an amazing job connecting with the campers.” – Michelle, Variety Kid Zoe’s mom

“My son, Will, enjoyed camp last week! I was sad for him when I heard that camp was cancelled. This was his first year for camp and I was so excited for him to have the experience. Robin and the counselors did a great job with the virtual camp! Will loved it!” – Melinda, Variety Kid Will’s mom

This year’s Virtual Camp schedule is as follows:

Adventure Camp 2020 (ages 4 - 16): June 8 – 12, June 22 - 26, July 6 – 10 and July 13 – 17

Teen Camp 2020 (ages 14 - 20): June 15 – 19 and July 20 – 24

 

If you wish to donate to Adventure Camp, please click the donate link below for our secure giving page. Every gift helps make this amazing experience possible for local kids and teens with disabilities!

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