St. Mary’s Camp has an official Special Needs Process in place for all potential new campers AND returning campers with special needs. Special Needs refers to any camper who may not be fully independent in their camp functioning.
Ideally, we prefer a full year for this process as we need extra time to evaluate and determine what accommodation might be necessary for our campers with special needs. Once official registration begins it becomes increasingly difficult to respond to new requests for consideration, and we don’t want you to miss this opportunity for consideration.
Examples of campers who may require special needs accommodations include those with health or physical impairments, intellectual/cognitive functioning impairments, communication/language impairments, vision/hearing impairments, autism spectrum disorders, and mental health difficulties (e.g., severe anxiety, depression, ADHD). If you are unsure about the need for special needs accommodations, please consult these links to the Special Needs Grid, and Special Needs Information/Consideration Form by April the year PRIOR to your child attending camp.
If you have questions about this process or the need to participate in the process (i.e., Do dietary restrictions require special needs accommodation?), please contact Georgi Speliopoulos at: (612) 483-9292.
The intention is that we welcome all campers, based on the staffing skills that we have available. On a more limited basis…. consider welcoming a child with greater needs based on the staffing that the parents agree to provide, and that St Mary’s Camp agrees to accept. We cannot serve all populations, but within a framework of early mutual disclosure, we can more effectively serve the needs of all our campers.