Who Attends CHT?

Camp Holiday Trails is for children with special medical needs and autism/social-communicative challenges in Charlottesville, VA.

We believe in partnering with families to make sure CHT is a fit for your camper.  Please read our eligibility requirements before filling out an application.  If you have any questions or would like to receive our Camp Referral List, please contact Chris, our Camp Coordinator at [email protected] or 434-977-3781, ext. 304.

CHT is a place where children with special medical needs & chronic illnesses and autism and/or social/communicative challenges come to have fun, challenge themselves, take safe risks, and learn to better manage their healthcare…without having to worry about being different, being excluded, or being the odd one out. We focus on the Camper, not the illness, and we’re committed to providing a positive experience for your child while they are at Camp.

Our beautiful 75 acre facility features challenging topography: flat spaces at Camp are few and far between and our roads and paths are gravel and mulch. We believe every child deserves a meaningful camp experience, and we realize we are, unfortunately, not a fit for every child. That’s why we partner with families like you to determine if we can provide a positive Camp experience for your child(ren). If we determine we are not a fit for your child, we are happy to provide you with names of other camps that may be a better fit.


OUR SESSIONS

SESSIONS 1-3:

Session 1 is for children ages 5-12; Sessions 2 and 3 are for children ages 7-17. All three sessions are for children with special medical needs who function at a cognitive and behavioral level within one or two years of their actual age. Our Campers are socially, mentally, and emotionally able to participate in group activities and community living.

Campers at CHT can independently:

  • interact with peers and participate in group settings.
  • communicate their needs in some way.
  • function at a cognitive level within 1-2 years of their chronologic age.
  • express and cope with emotion appropriate to their chronologic age.
  • manage activities of daily life.
  • transfer from wheelchair to golf cart, pool, chair, bed and toilet.

SESSION 4:

Session 4: Camp Youngblood is a one-week session of camp for children, ages 7-17, with bleeding disorders, their siblings and the children of members of the bleeding disorder community who are affiliated with the Virginia Hemophilia Foundation and the Hemophilia Association of the Capitol Area. Session 4 Campers function at a cognitive and behavioral level within 1 or 2 years of their actual age. They are socially, mentally, and emotionally able to participate in group activities and community living.

Campers at CHT can independently:

  • interact with peers and participate in group settings.
  • communicate their needs in some way.
  • function at a cognitive level within 1-2 years of their chronologic age.
  • express and cope with emotion appropriate to their chronologic age.
  • manage activities of daily life.
  • transfer from wheelchair to golf cart, pool, chair, bed and toilet.

SESSION 5:

Session 5 is a family camp for families of children with chronic illnesses and special medical needs. Our family camps focus on the whole family—time allows for families to come together participating in fun activities, as well as grown-up and kid-focused activities.

SESSION 6:

Session 6 is for new Campers ages 7-14 and returning Campers ages 7-17 with autism and/or social/communicative challenges.

Summer 2016 marked our fourth Camp season of working with children with autism! Now with a few seasons under our belts and our continual evaluation of best practices, we’ve better determined who we can best engage and have updated our admissions criteria accordingly. Our primary goal for our Campers is that they have an experience in which they feel comfortable and safe.

Knowing we can best engage our Campers by providing an environment in which they flourish, we have determined the following eligibility requirements.

Session 6 Campers:

  • are independent—or require minimal assistance—with toileting and showering. Counselors can provide verbal cues and instruction, with no hands-on assistance.
  • have manageable behaviors and health care needs, to the level of our staff’s training.
  • are able to communicate: either verbally or with a device.
  • are able to understand what is communicated to them, either verbally or with a device.
  • are able to follow simple one or two-part directions.
  • are able to accept redirection.
  • have a desire to make friends and be part of a peer group but lack the social skills to find this success.
  • guardians must live, be vacationing or have an emergency contact within 8 hours of camp.

ACCEPTANCE TO CHT

Acceptance to CHT is based on a review of the Camper’s application by our Program and Medical staff. Decisions are made considering space; physical, mental, emotional, and social health care needs; and staffing ratios. We try to accommodate everyone, but please know that our first priority is the health and safety of our Campers.

If we determine we are not a fit for your child, we are happy to provide you with a list of other camps that may meet your family’s needs.


APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

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QUESTIONS? Please contact Chris in our Camp office, [email protected] OR  at 434-977-3781.

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