"Where the things that make us different, make us beautiful"
At Foundation for Dreams, we believe a child’s unique abilities should be not only recognized, but celebrated. Our program, Dream Oaks Camp, provides an exceptional camping experience for children with special needs and chronic illnesses ages 7-17. Each camp session has a theme and activities that are designed and tailored to meet the needs of each child we serve by modifying strategies to include participation of all campers, despite their physical, emotional or developmental challenges. We plan these with the mindset that each child will participate, learn new skills and take on many new challenges by focusing on what the child can do, rather than their limitations.
We use research-based practices to monitor and facilitate specific targeted goals identified by parents, physicians, teachers and/or caregivers that fall within 4 domains. These domains include: social interaction, activities of daily living, health and hygiene skills and/or behavior strategies.
Our staff receives intensive training to provide a supportive environment where individuals feel both physically and psychologically safe to participate. By maintaining a low camper-to-staff ratio of 3:1 or better, we can focus on each child’s strengths and potential.
Children that attend regularly often achieve significant developmental, functional and behavioral gains that can be developed and sustained across multiple settings. Our campers truly develop a sense of belonging and recognize that Dream Oaks Camp is a special place they can call their own.
This program runs during the school year from Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. to Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. Campers stay for two nights and meals are provided.
Summer Day Camp
This program runs Monday through Friday. Check-in is at 8:00 a.m. on Monday and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday-Friday. Check out is at 6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Campers are provided with lunch.
Summer Residential Camp
This program begins each Monday at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until Friday at 2:30 p.m.
We offer a variety of specialized camps that can be personalized to fit the needs of your organization. Please call us for more information.
“This first experience at camp will always stick with me because it was the first summer that was truly fabulous, thanks to you. We all love Chloe but that break helped us reconnect as a family. Knowing she loves the camp too. We have to hide her camp shirt from her…this morning she found it and wore it to school! She picks up the camp picture in her PECS book quite often.” - Cindy, camper mom