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Frequently Asked Questions

How do families and campers obtain funding for camp?
The first avenue we suggest is contacting your local Easter Seals office to request financial aide. Different regional offices have different amounts of financial aide available however they are the first people you should ask. Other avenues to look into are local service organizations and churches, they are often willing to sponsor campers privately if the families request their help.
We are often asked, "Does my loved one qualify for camp?"

Our guidelines for enrollment are as follows:

  • Campers whose disability meets established acceptance criteria for each session
  • Campers who are able to participate in group activities
  • Campers who do not exhibit aggressive or self-abusive behavior
  • Campers who do not require one-one attendant care
  • Campers who are able to sleep through the night
  • Campers who are age six or older

As long as your camper fits those basic criteria they are eligible for camp.

What do I have to do to enroll my camper for camp?
You first contact your local Easter Seals office, and request an application. After you receive the application fill it out as soon as possible and send it back to your local Easter Seals office. Campers are accepted on a first come first served basis so the sooner we get your application the better chance you have to be accepted into the session you request.
Which session is appropriate for my child/adult?
Though each session has an age range, this is offered both for practicality and for program guidance. An example of this is that during a 12-day teen/young adult session, the music selected for the dance will be the popular teen music at that time (N-sync, Shania Twain, etc.), whereas our older adults may want a broader range. Also, the 6-day children's session is very structured with shorter activity periods, and the 12-day teen session is set up to inspire independence so the teens choose which activity they would like to attend. Families are guided in this manner to choose the right session for their loved one. They are instructed to take into account the camper's mental age as well as physical age when choosing a session.
Can my campers dietary needs be met at camp challenge?
We offer three balanced meals a day and have recently put a greater focus on offering only healthy snacks and beverages throughout the day. We have a refrigerator available for those campers who have specially prepared foods and also if we are made aware can make provisions for food allergies. Our kitchen provides blenders at each meal for pureed or chopped food, and some campers bring their own adapted plates, spoons, and cups which are washed in our kitchen and placed out for use at the next meal. Camp is happy to provide disposable aprons and flexible straws for every camper during their stay.
What if my camper needs medical attention?
We strive to have two nurses on site 24-hours a day. These nurses are there for medication management and emergencies, but also act as a part of our community. We have a doctor on call each summer who reviews emergency standing orders for our nurses. Our infirmary is fully stocked with over the counter medications, bandages, oxygen, etc. and each year letters are sent to all emergency personnel in the area to inform them that we are operating our summer camping program. Here at camp, we have a wheelchair accessible van for any non-ambulance emergencies, and the nearest hospital is Waterman Medical Center in Eustis, FL, approximately 20 minutes away.