At Camp Geneva, we enthusiastically pursue opportunities to welcome campers with special needs. We recognize that the term special needs has many dimensions including physical, cognitive, emotional needs, so each camper registration will be uniquely considered. GENEVA’s intent is that campers with special needs be involved in the regular camp programming, meaning all programs are available for your consideration. More than that, it has been our experience that when a camper with special needs is in the group, that child often becomes instrumental in the bonding that happens among the cabin mates and sets the tone for a significant camp week for everyone in the cabin.
When registering your child, you will have the opportunity to indicate if your child has special needs. After you make this indication, you will be directed to a questionnaire that asks detailed questions which allow us to learn more about your child and assess our ability to accommodate their needs. In some cases, our Coordinator for Campers with Special Needs may call to request further information.
Many of the summer staff will have had prior experience working with children with a variety of special needs. This has become a quality we look for when hiring summer staff. These staff are eager for opportunities to have campers with special needs in their group or cabin. Our Coordinator for Campers with Special Needs will work with the counselor, equipping them with any skills or strategies for working with their campers, and will serve as a resource for the counselor throughout the week. As opportunity offers and circumstance requires, the Coordinator may also bring in additional staff to come alongside your child.
GENEVA also has student nurses on site who will oversee the administration of medication and any other medical needs.
In addition, GENEVA does offer a program specifically for middle school and high school boys with high functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome called CONNECT.
Please call our office at 616.399.3150 or email us if you would like more information about GENEVA's programs.