Camp Sealth ensures an environment of inclusiveness for kids with a wide variety of abilities and special needs. Our staff work with parents and campers to support them before and during camp.
In order to participate in an overnight camp program, a child must be able to meet his or her own personal care needs with (if needed) some assistance or reminders, to control his or her own actions most of the time, to follow instructions from adults, and to interact safely and cooperatively with peers. We are not staffed to support campers who are unable to control violent or disruptive behavior, or who need significant help with toileting, bathing, or dressing.
Parents of campers with special needs are asked to complete an Inclusion Assessment Form by June 15 or at least two weeks prior to camp, in order to provide the best possible support for your child. The assessment can be completed through your online account or printed and mailed to us. In some cases, camp staff will follow up with a phone call within a week or two of your child’s camp session.
Prior to camp, the Inclusion Coordinator reads the assessment forms and makes support plans for every camper with special needs. During camp, the Inclusion Staff work directly with counselors to provide resources and support for campers. They also communicate with parents during the camp session, if needed. In most cases, campers will not require or benefit from a 1-1 aide, although we can provide that if needed. We do not allow parents to attend camp with their children.
Programs for Kids with Special Needs
Family Camps: Families with kids with disabilities may be interested in Special Family Camp, a family program over Memorial Day Weekend that is tailored toward kids disabilities of all levels. Special Family Camp is a great introduction to the camp experience for kids who may not be ready for a week of camp on their own.
Day Camp: Camp Fire offers day camp at several parks throughout the Seattle area and all are special-needs friendly.
Overnight Camp at Camp Sealth: Camp Sealth has a long history of supporting campers with special needs; our Inclusion Coordinator works closely with parents and camp staff to ensure a successful overnight camp experience.