Summer Program Guide

2017

When summer rolls around, it’s time for fun action-packed days filled with camp, activities trips and more! Once again, Friendship Circle will be offering exciting camps and programs for children with special needs. Click on the pictures below to learn about each of the programs offered during the summer.

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Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp is an exciting four week program that will give children with special needs a fun and active summer. We plan our activities and structure to give your child a memorable camp experience. Summer Day Camp will provide the opportunity to experience the fun of summer while developing a friendship with a volunteer and other campers. Day Camp combines learning critical social skills with a fun and engaging camp experience.

Save $50 off each summer camp session by registering before April 1. Use discount code Summer17 when checking out.

Dates

Session 1: July 17 – July 28
Session 2: July 31 – August 11
Times: Mon – Fri, 10am-3pm
Ages: 5 – 13

Fees

Early Bird Special

(Discount Code: Summer17)
Member Price
One Session: $525
Two session: $1050
Non-Member Price
One Session: $650
Two session: $1300

After April 1

Member Price
One Session: $575
Two session: $1150
Non-Member Price
One Session: $700
Two session: $1400

Activities

Each week we will go on field trips around the SE Michigan area exploring farms, parks, museums and more. Our weekly swim activities will be a mix of pools and splash pads, allowing several opportunities to cool down and have fun during our hot summer days. We will enjoy several professional shows from famous entertainers, allowing our campers to experience the magic of song, science and performance. We will be offering weekly electives around popular topics such as art, science, nature and more. The camp days are designed to give our campers enough structure and support to be successful in our activities, while enjoying the social connections with their volunteer and other campers. Each day campers will be provided with a customized schedule to support them in their success.

Safety

At Friendship Circle’s summer camps, safety is our number one priority. Friendship Circle will ensure that there is a minimum of one staff member/group leader for every four campers. In addition, we will ensure that there will be volunteers available on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis. Friendship Circle has designated senior staff member Nancy Sinelli as a safety officer during camp sessions. Her role will be to ensure that all safety guidelines will be followed meticulously during all camp trips and activities.

Staff and Volunteers

All staff members and group leaders are handpicked for their experience and dedication in working with individuals with special needs. Our group leaders are specially trained and briefed on each camper to ensure that participants have the safest and most exciting summer possible. Our dedicated group of volunteers will be paired up with your child on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis (when required for safety purposes there will be a 1:1 volunteer/staff ratio). Please keep in mind, many volunteers are away for the summer, we cannot guarantee that your child will always have the same volunteer.

 
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Overnight Camp

Friendship Circle provides an incredible four day/three night overnight camp experience for children and teens with special needs. Set in a beautiful natural environment, campers will enjoy the great outdoors while receiving an unforgettable overnight camp experience.

Activities

Here are some of the amazing activities being planned for overnight camp. *Please note: all activities are tentative and are subject to change.
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hayrides
  • Hiking
  • Nature walks
  • Sports
  • Talent show
  • Campfires
  • And more!

The Location

The overnight camp will be held on the beautiful grounds of Camp Gan Israel. Located on 600 forested acres and a sparkling lake in Kalkaska, Michigan, the campgrounds offer a beautiful outdoor environment for our campers to experience.

  • Dates: August 14 – 17
  • Participants, please note the age limits:
    • Girls ages 6 – 16
    • Boys ages 6 – 12
  • Camp Fees: Members: $375 | Non-Members $500
  • Volunteers: Girl volunteers will be provided. Volunteer/participant ratio will be 1:1.
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iCan Bike

When a child rides a bicycle without training wheels for the first time, it is one of the most exciting and memorable experiences in their young life.

For the fifth consecutive year Friendship Circle is partnering with iCan Shine to make that experience a reality for children with special needs. In just one week, the program will teach children with special needs how to ride a bicycle.

  • Parent Orientation: June 19, 4:30pm
  • Dates: June 20-24
  • Participants: Children ages 8 and up
  • Fee: $250
  • Volunteers: Volunteer/participant ratio will be 1:1.
When a child rides a bicycle without training wheels for the first time, it is one of the most exciting and memorable experiences in their young life.
This summer, Friendship Circle is partnering with iCan Shine (formerly known as Lose The Training Wheels) to make that experience a reality for children with special needs.
Friendship Circle will work with the iCan Bike program and host a bike clinic for children with special needs. In just one week, the program will teach children with special needs how to ride a bicycle.
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Miracle League

Friendship Circle and Miracle League join together to give children with special needs the chance to be part of a real baseball league. Children with special needs have the opportunity to participate in a non-competitive game where they can hit, field and throw. This program takes place on Miracle League’s state-of-the art field located in Southfield. This custom designed field accommodates wheelchairs and prevents injuries to ensure fun and exciting games throughout the summer.
  • Dates: June 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16
  • Time: 7:00pm – 8:15pm
  • Participants: Children ages 5 – 13
  • Location: Southfield Civic Center 26000 Evergreen Rd. Southfield, MI 48076
  • Fee: $65 members, $70 non-members
  • Volunteers: Boy & Girl volunteers will be provided
  • Volunteer/participant ratio will be 1:1.
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Summer Teen Camp

Friendship Circle is excited to offer our three week summer camp just for teens, where all trips and activities will be geared towards the teen age group. Teen camp will be designed to provide many social experiences and outings as possible and will include a combination of hands on and recreational activities. Summer Teen Camp combines learning critical social skills with a fun and engaging camp experience.

Activities

Each week we will go on field trips around the SE Michigan area exploring farms, parks, museums and more. Our weekly swim activities will be a mix of pools and splash pads, allowing several opportunities to cool down and have fun during our hot summer days. We will enjoy several professional shows from famous entertainers, allowing our campers to experience the magic of song, science and performance. The camp days are designed to give our campers enough structure and support to be successful in our activities, while specifically being geared towards the unique interest and needs of teenagers. Each day, campers will be provided with a customized schedule to support them in their success.
  • Dates: June 26 – July 14 **No camp July 4
  • Times: Mon – Fri 10am-3pm
  • Participants: Ages 14 – 18
  • Fees:
  • Early Bird Special through March 31st (Discount code: Summer17)
  • Member Price: $700
  • Non-Member Price: $950
  • After April 1st
  • Member Price: $750
  • Non-Member Price: $1000

Safety

At Friendship Circle’s summer camps, safety is our number one priority. Friendship Circle will ensure that there is a minimum of one staff member/group leader for every four campers. In addition, we will ensure that there will be volunteers available on a 1:2 basis. Friendship Circle has designated senior staff member Nancy Sinelli as a safety officer during camp sessions. Her role will be to ensure that all safety guidelines will be followed meticulously during all camp trips and activities.

Staff and Volunteers

All staff members and group leaders are handpicked for their experience and dedication in working with individuals with special needs. Our group leaders are specially trained and briefed on each camper to ensure that participants have the safest and most exciting summer possible. Our dedicated group of volunteers will be paired up with your teen on a 1:2 basis. Please keep in mind, many volunteers are away for the summer, we cannot guarantee that your teen will always have the same volunteer.  
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Cedar Point

Roller coasters, merry-go-rounds and nonstop fun are the order of the day during the bi-annual Friendship Circle trip to Cedar Point amusement park in May.

An exuberant group of children, teens, teen volunteers and adult chaperones spend the day enjoying a variety of activities geared towards all participants.

Adult chaperones oversee small groups of participants and their volunteers. This low ratio ensures optimal safety and guarantees a fun, exciting and action-packed day at Cedar Point.

Dates: Sunday, May 22
  • Times: Full Day Trip
  • Participants: Ages 6 and up
  • Volunteers: Boy & Girl Volunteers
  • Fee: $50 Members | $75 Non Members
  • Space is limited and spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Please read the following information carefully:

Registration:

Below you will find trip information and registration.
  • Registration is online only.
  • If you choose to pay by check, your child’s space will be reserved only when payment has been received in full.
  • Space is limited, registration will close on May 1 or earlier if registration is full.
  • Cost is $75 for non-members and $50 for members
  • Price is per child and includes Friendship Circle T-shirt
  • Unfortunately, due to high demand for this trip registration will not be open to siblings.
  • Pick-up and drop-off will take place at Friendship Circle.

Food/Snacks: Please make sure your child eats a healthy and filling breakfast.

Please pack a disposable lunch and enough drinks for your child (no glass bottles).

Friendship Circle will provide a variety of healthy snacks throughout the day. Children may not purchase food during the trip.

Medication:
Please make sure to give all medication with an attached note of your child’s name and instructions to your child’s chaperone on Sunday, May 22.

Clothing:
A Friendship Circle T-shirt will be given to each child. Please ensure that your child wears comfortable shoes, suntan lotion and a sun hat. (If needed, please send along a change of clothes).

If your child still has their green t-shirt from the previous trip (and it still fits him/her) please let us know so we don’t re-purchase a shirt for your child.

Safety:
Each child will have a volunteer assigned to him/her. An adult chaperone will lead a group of approximately four children and their volunteers through the park. Please note that your child will be wearing a wristband with Friendship Circle’s contact information throughout the day.

Gift Shop:
There are a number of gift shops at Cedar Point. Please send additional money with your child if you would like her/him to purchase something.

Please contact Sarah for any questions or concerns:
Call (248) 788-7878 ext. 209 or e-mail [email protected]

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MI 48322 248-788-7878
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