Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Camper FAQs

01/25/16

WHAT IS THE CAMP SCHEDULE FOR 2019?

 

1

June 24-28

Adults with Little or No Need for Support

2

July 1-5

Adults with Moderate Need for Support

3

July  8-12

Seniors Week

4

July 15-19

Adults with High Need for Support

5

July 22-26

Adults with PWS

6

July 29-August 2

Adults with High Need for Support

7

August 5-9

Adults with Moderate Need for Support

8

August 12-16

       Adults with Little or No Need for Support

 

 

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WHAT IS THE FEE TO GO TO CAMP WILTON?

  •  The fee for a week at camp is $175.00. The fee should be sent when submitting the camp application.
  • Campers seeking to use waiver funds will need to pay the camp fee prior to attending. After the camper has attended his/her session, a receipt will be provided to submit for reimbursement.
  • If the camper is declined or unable to attend after they have been accepted, the payment will be returned to the person for correspondence.

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HOW LONG IS EACH SESSION? 

  • Each session is five days, starting with drop-off on Monday and pick-up on Friday of the same week.

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CAN CAMPERS ATTEND MORE THAN ONE SESSION?

  • Campers can only attend (1) one session of camp. Please apply to the session that is best suited for the camper.

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WILL I BE PLACED IN THE SESSION THAT I REQUEST?

  • We aim to accept campers for their preferred session, however we reserve the right to assign the camper to the session we feel would provide the most appropriate camp experience.

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CAN I TAKE A TOUR OR VISIT CAMP?

  • Yes. We strongly encourage tours and day visits for individuals who have never attended camp before. Please contact us and we will schedule a tour. If you would like to visit a camper, you must first check in at the director’s office.

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CAN CAMPERS ATTEND FOR DAYS ONLY?

  • Yes; please indicate the camper’s preference for day camping only on the application and how many days they would like to attend.

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WHAT TYPES OF CAMPERS ATTEND CAMP WILTON?

  •  Campers must be older than 18 to attend.
  • Our campers come from all over New York State and live at home, in family care homes, supervised apartments, group homes and Intermediate Care Facilities.
  • We try to make the camping experience accessible and enjoyable for everyone and every attempt is made to accommodate each individual’s physical, social, dietary, and other needs. Please apply only for individuals who you believe will benefit from a camp experience.
  • Behavior and risk management plans are reviewed by the leadership team before acceptance to camp in order to anticipate behavioral concerns and plan accordingly. We do not provide 1:1 staffing for campers; any individual who requires 1:1 staffing will not be able to attend.
  • Camp Wilton has paved walkways and four (4) cabins are fully accessible. All eight (8) cabins are ramped.  All of the other camp buildings are accessible.
  • Our cabins are not air conditioned and there is very limited air conditioned space on the grounds. If the individual has temperature restrictions for 90 degrees or above, we will not be able to accept the camper.
  • If the camper weighs more than 250 lbs., we will not be able to accept them due to the weight capacity of our beds.
  • We are unable to accept campers that require bed checks more frequently than on an hourly basis. If the camper lives in a residence that requires bed checks more than every hour and it is not to address a specific concern, a Treatment Team Leader or Administrator must provide a letter that indicates hourly bed checks are acceptable while the individual is at camp.
  • We are unable to support campers that require 24-hour oxygen or who receive nutrition via tube.

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WHERE DO THE CAMPERS SLEEP?

 

  • Please note that Camp Wilton does not have air conditioning.
  • Campers sleep in close quarters in bunk beds.  Please indicate on the application if the camper is able to sleep on the top bunk without bed rails. We do not have separate rooms for campers.  Please only apply for individuals who you believe will tolerate sleeping in close proximity to other people.
  • There is a minimum of two counselors that sleep in each cabin with the campers. Our awake ­night staff will complete bed checks every hour.  If an individual requires bed checks that are less than hourly, the individual will not be able to attend.

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WHAT SHOULD THE CAMPER BRING TO CAMP?

  • If the camper requires adapted dining equipment these items must come with them to camp.
  •  There is significant distance between some camp buildings and the pool. If the applicant uses a wheelchair for uneven surfaces or for distances, the wheelchair, including leg rests, must come with them to camp.
  • Refer to the recommended supply list and inventory listed HERE.

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CAN MY CAMPER BRING HIS/HER CELLULAR PHONE OR COMPUTER TO CAMP?

  • We encourage campers to leave cellular phones and electronic devices at home. Camp Wilton is not responsible for anything that is lost, stolen or damaged.

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WHAT TYPES OF ACTIVITIES ARE THERE AT CAMP?

  • Campers are given the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities including swimming, arts and crafts, music and drama, recreational activities and various evening events. Counselors create fun and exciting programs every summer and modify activities to the capabilities of each camper.

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WILL I BE ABLE TO SWIM AT CAMP?

  • The camp has a large in-ground pool with steps to enter the shallow end. A lifeguard is on duty during swimming activities. For accessibility, there is a lift to transfer campers into the pool. There is also a pool alarm.
  • A Swimming Permission form is included in the application and is to be completed by the parent/guardian/advocate. Campers are assessed prior to swimming activities by our Red Cross-certified lifeguards.

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WHAT ARE THE BATHING FACILITIES AT CAMP?

  • Wheelchair accessible showers with hand held shower heads are available in four (4) cabins. Regular showers are available in the other cabins. .
  • There are no tubs available.

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WHAT KINDS OF MEALS ARE SERVED AT CAMP?

  • We provide three healthy meals every day. Most meals are similar to those on a school menu. The meals are varied and are planned by dieticians familiar with special nutritional requirements. Modified consistencies are available. The campers must bring their own adaptive equipment if needed. .

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CAN MY CAMPER RECEIVE HIS/HER MEDICATIONS AT CAMP?

  • We have trained staff on duty to provide medication administration. .

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WHAT IF THE CAMPER BECOMES ILL AT CAMP?

  • We have a nurse’s hut staffed with nurses 24 hours a day where campers can go if they feel ill. There are also on-call nurses available. Any prospective camper who requires specialized nursing services (i.e. insulin injections, oxygen machines, etc…) should indicate this on the application or contact us to determine if their needs can be met. .

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WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY?

  • Emergency services are contacted through 911. Throughout the summer, leadership staff members communicate constantly via a two-way radio system. There is also a camp-wide public address system that quickly broadcasts urgent messages. The nearest hospital is within a 20-minute drive.
  • All emergency contact numbers should be listed in the application, including cell phones. If we have an emergency, it will make it easier for us to contact you.
  • Please remember that if there is an emergency and the camper must be sent home, someone must be available to pick them up.

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WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE STAFF?

  • Our camp staff are experienced, with approximately 80 percent of our counselors returning yearly. .

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AM I GUARANTEED A SPOT IF I ATTENDED CAMP WILTON LAST YEAR?

  • In an effort to accommodate everyone who would like to experience Camp Wilton, we are accepting applications for new and returning campers. Previous attendance or receipt of an application does not guarantee a spot in a session. We encourage early application since space is limited.

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HOW WILL I KNOW IF THE CAMPER IS ACCEPTED TO CAMP?

  • Campers are not enrolled until they receive an acceptance packet confirming a specific session. The acceptance packet will be sent to the person and location requested for correspondence. Please make sure that we have complete email and postal addresses, including zip codes, for sending acceptance letters and camper evaluations. Please complete the information on the application including email addresses for where you would like all correspondence sent.

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WHAT TIME SHOULD THE CAMPER ARRIVE ON THE FIRST DAY AND WHEN IS DEPARTURE ON THE LAST DAY?

  • Arrival time is between 10:00a.m. and 12:00p.m. on Monday. The camper's first meal is lunch.
  • On Departure day, an early dinner is the last meal served. Campers should be picked up between 4:00p.m. and 6:00p.m. on Friday.

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HOW DO I GET TO CAMP WILTON?

  • Camp is located at 75 Northern Pines Road, Wilton, NY 12831
  • Directions to Camp Wilton:
  • Take exit 16 off I-87 (Northway). Go WEST on Ballard Road past the truck stop. Turn LEFT onto Northern Pines Road. (If you come to a light, you have gone too far.) Approximately 1/10 of a mile on the LEFT there is a brown sign that reads “CAMP WILTON”. This is the entrance. Follow this road past the building on the right and follow the bend to the right into the camp grounds. You will be directed to a parking area where to unload the car and register your camper.

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HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

  • If you have any questions please call 518-581-3079 (mid-August through Mid-June), 

    518-587-2360 (Mid-June through Mid-August),  or email us at [email protected].

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