WHAT IS CAMP DREAM?
Camp Dream offers a unique Summer Camp program designed for children and adults with moderate to severe physical and developmental disabilities.
WHO ATTENDS CAMP DREAM?
We accept all individuals with any type of disability or special need. Many of our campers do not qualify for other summer camp programs, and may not otherwise have recreational and social opportunities. To date, we have not refused anyone based on medical condition or their financial capability. However, we cannot accommodate campers who may be a danger to themselves or others.
What are the ages?
Camp Dream Summer Camp program typically begins around the age of 4 or 5 years old, however our youngest camper to-date was 3. When each camper begins is largely dependent on each individual, and their parents/ caretakers. We do not have a cutoff in age. Our campers eventually grow out of camp, or they go forever. Our oldest camper to-date is 71 and counting...
WHAT KIND OF MEDICAL SUPPORT EXISTS AT CAMP?
Every session has a dedicated medical staff capable of dispensing medications, providing camper care (such as feeding tubes, catheter, etc.), and routine or emergency first aid. The Navicent Children's Hospital in Macon is 35 minutes away from our temporary facility in Roberta, GA, where urgent care or more serious conditions can be promptly attended to.
WHAT ARE THE FACILITIES LIKE AT CAMP DREAM?
Camp Dream is temporarily being held at the facility in Roberta, GA, until our new 337 acre property is developed in Cuthbert, GA. The temporary Camp Grace facility offers a rustic, recreational environment away from worries and concerns of everyday treatment. Our facilities and activities are designed for all campers to participate at all ability levels.
WHERE WILL I SLEEP?
Campers will sleep in a shared dormitory-style room cabin. These rooms sleep two campers and two counselors and have a private bath and shower.
WHAT AND WHERE DO WE EAT?
Meals are provided in our camp cafeteria three times a day. Special dietary needs are communicated during the registration process, and are accommodated accordingly. Campers may bring their own snacks for their personal use which will be kept in their room.
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE OFFERED AT CAMP?
Camp offers many opportunities for indoor and outdoor recreation. Swimming, fishing, bowling, boating, water slides, horseback riding and arts and crafts are just some of the activities offered. During the evening, we plan special events such as karaoke, movie under the stars, Dream Idol and dances which provide vital social interaction opportunities.
WHAT IS THE CAMPER-TO-STAFF RATIO?
We have a unique 1:1 ratio. Each camper has their own counselor. However, there may be times where a camper with more severe disabilities may be assigned 2 or more counselors, or times where Counselors In Training (CIT's) are paired with higher functioning campers under the supervision of another qualified Counselor. This is at the discretion of the Camp Director.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ATTEND?
It costs the Camp Dream Foundation $500 to provide a camping experience to the camper and their counselor. We ask each parent to consider their own financial situation and to pay what they can, and to consider participating in fundraising activities held throughout the year.
HOW DO I APPLY?
CAN A CAMPER ATTEND MORE THAN ONE SESSION?
At this time, due to the limited number of camper slots and the large number of campers needing recreational opportunities, we are unable to accommodate individual campers for more than one session. However, we intend to expand our summer camp programming beginning in 2019. With the acquisition of the new Cuthbert property, we intend to offer year-round programming by 2020.