Special Family Camp is designed for kids and adults with special needs and their entire families to enjoy a camp experience in an inclusive, supportive environment. Spend Memorial Day Weekend in a beautiful outdoor setting, and enjoy camp activities like archery, boating, fishing, arts & crafts, hiking, marine touch tanks, adaptive bikes, pony rides, and more.
Past participants share their favorite aspects of Special Family Camp:
- A welcoming, supportive environment for kids with special needs, siblings, parents, and other family members
- A team of dedicated volunteers and staff to support you throughout the weekend
- Networking and resource-sharing with lots of other local families with kids with disabilities
- Adaptive activities for all ages and abilities
- A flexible schedule allowing you to set your own pace
- A beautiful setting on Vashon Island
Who Can Attend?
Special Family Camp is geared toward kids and adults with all types of disabilities, but all family members are welcome and encouraged to attend, including siblings and extended family.
Special Family Camp & COVID-19
We take COVID very seriously and are committed to ensuring the safety of our participants and staff. Camp Sealth follows all Washington State guidelines for overnight camps and utilize best practices that we have successfully used for in-person programs.
All participants attending must be willing to comply with COVID safety procedures (to the best of their ability).
- Vaccines/Testing: Per Washington State guidelines, all participants age 5 and older must either be fully vaccinated (including booster, if eligible) for COVID-19, or present proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival at camp.
- Cabins & Bathrooms: Only members of the same household may share a cabin, per Washington State guidelines. Each family will have their own cabin, and will be separated from others to be able to maintain distance. Families will be assigned to shared bathrooms to reduce crowding.
- Meals: Meals are served buffet-style by staff, and participants have the option to eat indoors in a large, well-ventilated dining room, or outdoors.
- Activities: Activities will be modified slightly to meet safety requirements, including limiting shared equipment and increased spacing between participants. All activities will be outdoors. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer Kids’ Club (respite care) during this year’s event.
- Masks: Masks are required when interacting with those outside of your household, both indoors and outdoors, whenever you cannot maintain appropriate distance. Medical exemptions or face mask alternatives are allowed if needed.
- Stay Home if Sick/Exposed: If any member of your family is experiencing illness symptoms, or has had exposure to someone testing positive, we ask that your family stay home.
This event is designed to be as action-packed or as relaxing as you want it to be. The schedule is flexible, allowing you to do only for the activities you want to do. Activity options will include archery, boating, arts & crafts, pony rides, hikes and more. Try riding an adaptive bicycle provided by OutdoorsForAll (there’s a bike for everyone – seriously!). In the evenings, gather around the campfire for songs, skits, and s’mores, and a family scavenger hunt.
Meals & Accommodations
Families stay in camp-style cabins with basic utilities. Each family is housed in their own room, although may share a building with another family. A limited number of accessible cabins are available. Bathrooms are located nearby in separate buildings. Most cabins are heated, although you may also choose to stay in an unheated (open-air) cabin. All meals are provided during the weekend, and snacks, coffee and tea are also available. Nearly all special diets can be accommodated.
Dates, Cost & Registration
Dates: May 28 – 30, 2022 (Saturday to Monday)
- Tier 1: $160 per person (youth and adult)
- Tier 2: $110 adult, $85 youth
Day-Only Option: We are also offering an option for those who want to attend only during the day – $40 per person for either Saturday (12pm to 9pm) or Sunday (9am to 9pm).
We offer tiered pricing for Special Family Camp. Select the pricing option that works best for your family. Tier 1 reflects the full cost of operating this program; Tier 2 is partially subsidized by donations. There is no difference in the program based on which tier you choose. Some DDA/DSHS funds may be used to pay for Special Family Camp (Note: You must check with your caseworker to confirm eligibility for using DDA funds before registering). We also offer financial aid if the cost still presents a barrier to your family.
How to Register
Registration is open until May 6. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Register now online using this link:
Contact Carrie Lawson with questions about this event at email@example.com.