ABOUT CAMP CONNECTIONS
Camp Connections is a series of programs designed to provide teens with disabilities in Dallas County world-class services and support in the areas of life skills and recreation.
Camp Connections seeks to serve and balance the program to admit candidates of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
Camp Summer is an 8-week program from June 5th to July 28th, tiered to serve a full-range of disabilities and appropriate age groups. The curriculum offers social, life, and vocational skills (older teens) activities, as well as community inclusion and volunteering opportunities. Administered by qualified special education teachers, aides and specialists.
All will provide tiered support to teens ages 10-17 of varying disabilities through a blend of education, art and games!
In addition to our full 8-week option, we offer one 4-week session as well: Session 1: June 5 – June 30 -OR- Session 2: July 3 – July 28
Camp Connections Goals – Promote achievement of academic, social and life skills, provide a fun and safe environment, and deliver peace of mind for caregivers who need relief.
Camp Connections Sponsorship – This has been made possible by the generous grant to Ability Connection by The Crystal Charity Ball.
Camp Connections uses best practices in promoting acceptance and inclusion. We do our best to not turn away any qualifying registrant due to lack of funds or severity of the disability. We do not discriminate based on race or cultural ethnicity, religion, social or political affiliation, or sexual orientation. We do not share confidential information of applicants, members, or families with any agency or individuals outside of our organization, nor do we specify individuals based on such information. The safety and rights of our members and staff are our priority.
While we desire to serve all members with disabilities, we must honor our policy concerning capacity, safety, hygiene and grooming, transportation for attendees, overall best daily care and service for attendees, and honoring our Code of Conduct. The best way for members to use best practices and judgment is by adhering to the Camp Connections Code of Conduct (see below).
Please INITIAL each box after reading the corresponding statements.
I agree that:
Code of Conduct (click link, save, and review document with your child)
I have provided the correct information; I have read all of the information on this page; I hold Ability Connection harmless of any associated risks.
In order to best serve our members, we invite parents to share knowledge of their child’s abilities, skills, and goals as early as possible. This information is crucial to our program for the following reasons:
Any member who requires AT to communicate or complete tasks must have their device operable and charged for each day. Camp Connections does not provide any AT or other devices for members. Staff persons are not required to operate AT for members but are willing to learn and assist members. In order to do so, Camp Connections requires your consent.
Members are allowed to have cell phones. We discourage non-emergency cell phone use. We also discourage bringing gaming, music and non-AT devices to Summer Program, however, Camp Connections does not confiscate members’ devices for any reason. Members are responsible for their own devices and personal belongings, and their devices should remain on their person.
Camp Connections practices a two-deep policy where there are always at least two staff persons present wherever a member is present at all times. Camp Connections does not provide medical attention or treatment to members. If medical attention is needed for a member at any time beyond First Aid treatment, members must have doctor and emergency contacts, medical facility, prescription medication, and food allergy information included in their files. There will be a staff nurse available for First Aid, medication administration, and food allergy purposes only. There will also be at least one staff person trained in CPR in each classroom. CPR can only be performed by the certified staff person while another staff person calls emergency. All Camp Connections staff persons have been trained on policies regarding negligence and protected health information.
If you marked “Y” for assistance, be sure to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT with the Vice President of Youth Services to discuss and demonstrate proper medication administration. These details will be entered into our system and maintained in the daily log.
Camp Connections and Ability Connection ensure the utmost care when assisting members requiring mobility and toileting assistance. We understand that this support may be related to cognitive development, physical development, or both. Camp Connections is staffed with trained and willing aides to accompany, assist, and “habit train” individuals who may require this support.
If there is a support system already in place for your child, please share those details below and during the face-to-face (in-person or virtual) follow-up meeting following your packet submission. Camp Connections staff will reinforce what you already have in place to maintain consistency in the habit training.
If there is no consistent habit training in place, Camp Connection is willing to assist and will provide you with some suggestions on the best practices currently in use.
If you marked “Y” for hygiene and toileting assistance, be sure to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT with the Vice President of Youth Services to discuss and demonstrate proper hygiene and toileting assistance. Camp Connections staff persons designated for hygiene and toileting require in-service training by the Ability Connection staff nurse or the Ability Connection Training Center Director. These details will be entered into our system and maintained in the daily log.
Camp Connections uses best practices in all emergency situations. Should any emergency arise specific to your child, Camp Connections staff is trained to provide basic first aid.
There will be a nurse present on-site or by phone consultation. There will also be a security guard posted on-site during operating hours.
Camp Connections adheres to state codes and standards for emergencies requiring evacuation or sheltering in-place.
I have provided the correct information; I have read all of the information in this packet; I hold Ability Connection harmless of any associated risks.
Submit completed packet within 15 days of receiving this Summer Program packet. Submit payment within 15 days once accepted into the program. Start date: June 5, 2023
No financial assistance is required. I agree to pay the total amount within 15 days.
PayPal is preferred, however we can accept personal checks, money orders, or cash. Choose the method that is best for you.
(If using a cell phone, the PayPal app must be downloaded from Google Play for Android, or Apple Store for iPhone. Entering your banking information is required. If using a browser from any device, use www.PayPal.me/AbilityConnection.) Type “Camp Connections Summer” in the Notes section.
Thanks to our sponsors, tuition assistance is available if needed. We require financial statements for verification (check stubs for income verification, medical and other related expenses for the applicant). Please contact Youth Services immediately at YouthServices@abilityconnection.org to be considered. You will be responsible for submitting the remaining balance within 30 days of acceptance to the Summer Program.
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