Camp

Due to ongoing concerns regarding the health and safety of our youth, we have made the difficult decision to cancel in-person Camp but we will be offering VIRTUAL camp for 2020.

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This year, Sibling Connections’ Camp MA will bring sibling groups together for a week of online fun! While we won’t be together in person, we will be offering as many traditional sibling camp activities as possible including Opening Ceremony, Talent Show, Belated Birthday Party with gifts, arts and crafts including sibling pillow memento making, knot tying, as well as dancing and other friendly competitions! We will be sending a camp in a box to each registered child containing a wrapped birthday present (to be saved for the birthday party!), arts and crafts supplies, costume making supplies, Sibling Connections goodies and maybe even s’mores!

In the past, siblings have reported that this is the best week of their year, and evaluations conducted show that the time spent together has positive effects in terms of both their relationships with one another and their general emotional well being.

Staffing: Our online camp will be staffed with trained volunteers who will run activities and help facilitate sibling interactions throughout the week.

2020 Sibling Connections’ Camp MA is scheduled for Friday, August 21 – Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Location: Virtual utilizing Zoom

Enrollment opens: July 21, 2020

Enrollment closes: August 15, 2020

Pre-registration link: Sibling Connections’ Camp MA

Registration fees:  The DCF contract negotiated rate for youth in foster care is $75/child; there are financial aid packages available for adoptive families who are interested in sending their child(ren) to camp with additional siblings who do not reside together. To find out more, contact siblingconnections.program@gmail.com.

Questions? Contact us at siblingconnections.program@gmail.com

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Camp impact on siblings’ wellbeing

97% of campers reported creating special memories with their siblings at camp
98% reported getting to spend quality time with their siblings
85% felt CTB made their relationship with their sibling stronger
92% felt CTB made them more hopeful about the future
98% think CTB should be made available to more youth

Did you know:

One week at camp provides more sibling time together then a full year’s worth of state mandated visits.

Often times youth living in foster care have very few photos of their childhood.  At Camp each child creates a scrapbook filled with photos of them and their siblings taken throughout the week to keep as a take home memory of their time together.

One night during the week of camp, we host a camp wide birthday party where each sibling group exchanges presents and enjoys cake and ice cream to celebrate the birthdays that they may have missed during the year.

Many children in foster care feel a great sense of isolation and have reduced self-esteem. Camp works to create normalcy for the kids throughout the week by providing them with a place where they are surrounded by others who face similar experiences and understand them.

The DCF-paid registration fee provides about 50% of the actual cost of Camp. We  work hard all year to raise funding to cover the difference. We never turn away an interested sibling group because of funding. Our goal is for every sibling group possible to have the opportunity to experience Camp.

Typical Camp Activities Include:
Camp-Wide Birthday Party
Horseback riding
Swimming
Beach Party
Ropes Course/Climbing Wall
Sibling Talent Show
Woodworking/Metalsmithing
Culinary Arts
Boating (canoe, SUP, kayak)
Creative Art Projects such as the “Sibling Pillow Project”
Campfire Nights
Family Scrapbook Activity

Hear from Wilson, who has attended CTB-MA for the last three years on what he loves about camp: