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 "We seek to meet the needs of parents caring for children with disabilities." 

Camp Trusted Parents FAQs & Answers

When was Camp Trusted Parents founded?

Camp Trusted Parents was founded in 2013; to provide a place where children with intellectual and developmental challenges and their siblings, could have all the wonderful experiences of "Camp" in a growth producing and caring environment. 

What range of special needs do your campers have?

Our campers have a varied range of abilities within mild to moderate classification. We also serve campers who do not have special healthcare needs, mainly siblings of our special needs campers. Our campers are independently self sufficient and have a basic grasp of their daily living skills.

What kind of medical care is provided?

We have an amazing volunteer on-call nurse (LPN), who is available when needed. Our staff is certified in routine or emergency first aid and CPR. As we are part of Queens University of Charlotte summer camp conference, we have access to their emergency and medical personnel, located on campus in case of serious emergencies. Levine Children's Hospital and Atrium Medical Center is located less than 1 miles away from campus, in case urgent care or more serious conditions need to be promptly attended to. 

How do I know Camp Trusted Parents is the right camp for my child?

In addition to the camper's most recent IEP and current annual health physical, we request that each camper and their family attend our mandatory orientation. This is for the benefit of the campers, as well as the staff, to insure that Camp Trusted Parent is the most appropriate program for your child. These meetings are designed to give our staff and therapist the opportunity to observe and evaluate your child(ren) temperament in the camp's environment. Also you may view our "ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES" located on the "Who Are Our Campers" page. If your child does not fit within the guidelines and demonstrate any of the behaviors or characteristics listed, then our camp may not be the most appropriate program for your child. If you are unsure, please call our office to speak directly with our camp director. 

Do I have to attend the mandatory orientation?

Yes, it is mandatory for you to attend the orientation so that the staff can observe and access your child and to make sure Camp Trusted Parents is the right fit for him or her. Only those children that attended Camp Trusted Parents before have the option to opt out of attending the orientation, but it is not encouraged. We strongly encourage that all parents and campers attend the orientation and meet the staff and new campers. Due to regulations of OSHA and ACA (Amerian Camp Association) accreditation, you and your child(ren) presence is mandatory. However; due to the COVID pandemic, the Parent Orientation will be held virtually via Zoom.

How is your program structured?

Camp Trusted Parents has been designed to provide campers with a dynamic program of recreational therapy and traditional camp activities tailored to the ages, abilities, and limitations of each camper. We provide a highly structured environment that keeps our campers both engaged, invigorated, and safe. 

How are campers grouped?

Our campers are grouped by age; however, we also take into consideration the ability of the individual camper. We consider the group dynamics and how a specific camper would fit into a group, to best provide them with the best possible opportunity for personal growth. Structurally, our camp is divided into three groups: Junior campers (ages 7-13), Teen campers (ages 14-22), and our Explorers (ages 18-30).

What is the camper to staff ratio?

The camper to staff ratio is 12:3

What activities do you have at Camp Trusted Parents?

Camp Trusted Parents offers many activities including, but not limited to Music, Physical and/or Occupational therapies, tradition recreational activities, arts and craft, field trips, computer, sports, and much more. Our Senior Campers engage in activities that encourage independent living skills, job training, and adult transition social interaction.

My child has a CAP/Respite worker, can they attend camp with my child?

Yes, with approval from the camp's director only (not all campers who have assigned respite/community guide workers will be allowed to attend). Although, respite/community guide workers may attend camp with campers, they are responsible for the cost of their lunch, transportation and admission fees to field trips. Camp Trusted Parents will only cover cost for campers. Also, campers that attend camp with respite workers must be able to adhere to the eligibility guidelines, as campers must be self-sufficient in toileting, be enrolled in school, no aggressive behaviors, and must be able to engage in-group activities. We can be flexible on all other guidelines. However; due to the COVID pandemic, we are not accepting respite/community guide workers this year. It is important that we do everything to mitigate the spread of the virus.

What is your refund policy?

A full refund will be issued for cancellation of Camp Trusted Parents summer program due to low enrollment. REGISTRATION AND WEEKLY ENROLLMENT FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE! A refund of PAID TUITION, minus the 30% process fee, will be issued if registrant submits a written request for a refund a minimum of ten (10) days before start of the program. A refund, minus a 30% process fee, will also be approved if registrant submits an authorized physician’s letter advising against participation before the start of the first weekly session of camp. There are ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS GRANTED after the start of camp. ***REFUNDS ONLY APPLY TO PAID TUITION***

Why is there a weekly enrollment fee?

Charging a weekly enrollment fee along with the registration fee is a good way to ensure that campers who sign up will actually come and be committed to attending. Withdrawing from a weekly session right before camp starts, without giving enough notice or time for us to find a replacement, hurts our bottom line. Also it means that campers who could have attended camp, are not left out because we held a spot for someone who gave it up. 

Is Camp Trusted Parents accredited by the American Camp Association?

Yes, As of summer 2019, Camp Trusted Parents became fully accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). We are proud to announce that we passed a detail review of over 300 standard checks.

If you have additional questions about Camp Trusted Parents, please review our eligibility guidelines or email: [email protected]