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What is Respite Camp?
Respite Camp is a safe and nurturing place where campers are provided with the care and support they need while their parents and caregivers can take a break from the day-to-day caregiving role they find themselves in.
Operating year-round, the Wisconsin Elks/Easterseals Respite Camp is unique. Not only are we one of the only programs in Wisconsin that provides overnight, individualized respite care, but we also accept campers with severe and multiple disabilities who have been turned down by many other programs. Our focus is on our campers. We want to provide them with a similar camp experience their peers are able to have, while providing a respite to their families and caregivers.
We provide individualized support and care at Respite Camp, and strive to help campers improve their social skills by matching them with other campers of their age in a group of two staff with three campers or two staff with four campers. This ratio is continuously maintained by our experienced program and leadership staff, stepping in when needed for that extra support. Each camper’s around-the-clock counselors ensure that the camper’s daily routine is maintained at camp. These trained and caring counselors are assisted by 24-hour program staff and volunteers and are supported with the expertise of our on-site registered nurse. Parents and caregivers can take comfort in knowing that their loved one’s needs are being met.
This is where the fun begins! The small ratios that Respite Camp provides leads to activities that can be carefully tailored to meet the recreational, social, and emotional needs of each and every camper.
Campers can take part in tractor-trailer rides, enjoy swimming and nature hikes, and experience the thrill of our high ropes course, climbing walls, and zip lines. A variety of arts, crafts, sports, and games are offered (on rainy days and in cold weather, we have a gym full of equipment so that the fun is uninterrupted), and our accessible playground and sensory rooms are available at all times. There are also field trips to pumpkin patches, zoos, and attractions in nearby Wisconsin Dells.
For any questions you may have regarding Respite Camp, please contact our Camp office via e-mail or by phone at 608.237.1979. To view the latest Respite Camp schedule, please visit our calendar. To find out how to register for Respite camp, visit our registration page.