FireFly Camps & Weekend Retreats
The mission of the FireFly Camps and Weekend Retreats Program is to provide opportunities throughout the year for personal development, skills building, and family respite.
FireFly Summer Camps
The summer developmental camping program provides a traditional camp experience for individuals with spina bifida and related disabilities. The program combines traditional camp fun with skill development in a barrier-free atmosphere regardless of disability. For many, it is an opportunity to be with friends and experience activities never thought possible.
A primary focus of the program is to work on teaching health care, life management, pre-vocational, and interpersonal skills. These skills are taught indirectly through goal-oriented activities such as cooking, art, sports, nature, archery, swimming, and discussion groups. Each summer program has a specific theme with targeted goals and objectives. Personalized goal plans are also created for each participant. The individual does not need to be independent in self-care routines to participate. Groups are determined based on age and interests.
CAMPS WE OFFER
with spina bifida or a related disability
Youth, teens and young adults
Weekend Retreats are an extension of the FireFly Summer Camp Program. Weekend Retreats enable participants to get together with friends throughout the year. The emphasis of the program is on developing and maintaining friendships. Groups are based on age
Please select a retreat date from the listing below.
For more information OR if you require financial assistance and need a Campership application, please email email@example.com or call the office at (724) 934-9600. (Please note: In order to be eligible to qualify for financial assistance, you must participate in at least one fundraiser.)
Camps & Retreats Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel your reservation, you may do so; however, the following will apply:
- If you cancel before the registration deadline,we will refund 100% of your registration fee.
- If you cancel after the registration deadline,your registration deposit will not be refunded.
- If you do not cancel and do not show up, you forfeit all costs.
This policy is subject to change; all participants will be notified of any changes. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (724) 934-9600.
Camp Guyasuta – Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions about Camp Guyasuta. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to call (724) 934-9600 or via email:
Sue Garver: firstname.lastname@example.org
No. If your child is unable to self-cath, our staff will do this for them and work with them on finding ways to help make them more independent in this area. Sometimes, we even have kids leave camp doing this for themselves!
During the weekend retreats we do not do bowel routines due to time constraints. However, in the summertime we have time set aside in the schedule called siesta every afternoon in which these routines are completed.
The counselors are primarily college level staff. They are trained in all aspects of personal care from showering and dressing to cathing and performing bowel routines by the Association staff. Also, there is an Association staff member on site during care times to assist as necessary.
For weekend retreats we ask that you bring all medications pre-dosed in either a pill container or med bags. The staff will them administer these medications at the appropriate time. In the summer we will send out medication bags to you so that you can mark and fill them before coming to camp, however, we still ask that you bring the original pill bottles with you as well.
We do not recommend that parents speak with their children while they are at camp, as often times this increases or causes homesickness. We will be happy to take your call and tell you how they are doing and of course we will always call you if we have any questions. You can also send us emails which we will be happy to give to your child and of course campers are always happy to get letters from home.
Similar to all the retreats in the past, campers are to bring their medications pre-dosed and the counselors will distribute the medications at the proper times.
There are electrical outlets on both floors of the buildings, we will be able to charge everyone’s chair.
Yes, the floors are air conditioned.
Firefly camps and retreats has its own number, and the leadership will have this phone with them at all times during the retreat. The phone number is (724) 841-9280. This number should be used by families and ACCESS transportation to contact staff.