They're ready for Overnight Camp, are you?
A week of Overnight Camp is packed full of adventure, campfires, fun, and friends! We realize that sending a child to Overnight Camp is a difficult decision, especially a child with particular needs. We have provided stories from parents of former campers and a list of common concerns. These may assist you with your decision to give your child the chance to experience all the friendship, fun and excitement of Akron Rotary Camp - where we are creating a world of only abilities!
A Continued Tradition
Overnight Camp is our flagship program. Children and adults with disabilities learn new skills, develop friendships, and gain independence through this one week experience. While at camp, campers participate in traditional camping activities, which include swimming, kayaking, campfires, songs, crafts, games, and much, much more!
Program areas are designed with the special needs of our campers in mind. Campers rotate with their cabin groups though the different areas in half hour blocks. Many activities are sensory focused, giving campers new ways to see the world. Whether it’s holding a lizard, trying new foods, or sitting in our state of the art sensory room, campers are provided with opportunities to experience the world in a different way.
A TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP
Akron Rotary Camp provides the campers with a variety of programs throughout their session. Campers get the opportunity to participate in all activities where they learn different skills and are able to enjoy themselves and play along with others. Many of these activities are designed with the campers' sensory needs in mind. Typical programs are one half hour in length, but may be extended if the campers are engaged and having fun. Click to learn more about the many activities that our campers participate in while at any one of our Rotary Camp programs.
Parents/caregivers are required to provide transportation to and from camp. Check-in is on Sunday from 3:00pm-5:00pm* in the Rennick and Dee Andreoli Recreation and Resource Center. Camp activities begin at 5:00 pm and the campers’ first meal is provided on Sunday evening. You are asked to meet your camper's cabin counselor and look around prior to 5:00pm. *Check-ins not accepted prior to 3:00pm.
Parent's program starts at 11:00am on Friday. Parents/caregivers are required to sign out their campers upon arrival (Please bring proper identification). Checkout procedures start in the Rennick and Dee Andreoli Recreation and Resource Center at 10:30am. Parents/caregivers are welcome to attend the Parent's program and Award Ceremony on checkout days.
What to Bring on your Adventure
Campers are very active while at camp, so we suggest that you not send new clothing and instead should be practical and clean. In order to keep track of your camper's clothing, please put your camper's name on each item of clothing and equipment. Unclaimed clothing will be kept at camp for two weeks and after each summer camp session ends, it will be donated to local charitable organizations.
Please do not bring any of the following: CDs, radio or MP3 players or iPods, pocketknives, BB guns, cell phones, matches or fireworks. Gum, candy, pop or food as it may attract critters.
The following is a suggested list of clothing for the camp experience. Baggage should be limited to one suitcase and a bedroll. This list can be used as an inventory and taped on the inside of your camper's suitcase to aid them when checking out.
Necessary items include:
- Sleeping bags or sheets & blankets
- Dirty laundry bag
- Rain coat or poncho
- 1 long sleeve shirt
- 1-2 sweatshirts
- Swim suit
- 1 jacket/sweater
- Comb or brush
- 2 bath towels
- 2 washcloths
- Pairs of socks
- Appropriate footwear*
- 1 pair of swimming shoes
- 2 pairs of pants/jeans
- 3-4 pairs of shorts
- Pairs of underwear
- Mosquito repellent
- Water Shoes
- Box/bucket for toiletry items
- Brimmed hat
- Water Bottle
*Campers spend many hours running around outside throughout the week and therefore need shoes that protect their feet and provide support. Flip flops and shoes that do not cover toes and heels are not appropriate footwear for camp. Campers are required to wear shoes at all times.