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Firefly Camps & Retreats

The mission of the FireFly camps and retreats program is to provide year-round opportunities for personal development, skills building, and family respite.

 

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

Adult Camp- for Adults with spina bifida or a related disability

Youth/Teen Camp-for youth, teens, and young adults ages 6-21.

Mini Day Camp- children ages 2 to 5, along with their parent(s) and sibling(s). Focus is on becoming acquainted with the camp and making friends.

 

Weekend Retreats

Year-round weekend retreats are an extension of the summer program. They enable participants to get together with friends for one weekend each month throughout the year. The emphasis of the program is on developing and maintaining friendships. Groups are based on age.

 

Retreats We Offer

Adults- for adults with spina bifida ages 21+

Youth/Teen- for children and teens ages 6-21

Schedule of FireFly Camps and Retreats

Year-round weekend retreats are an extension of the summer program. They enable participants to get together with friends for one weekend each month throughout the year. The emphasis of the program is on developing and maintaining friendships. Groups are based on age.

 

FireFly 2019 Spring/Summer Retreats

March 15-17, 2019 (Youth/Teen Retreat )

March 22 – 24, 2019 (Adult Retreat)

May 10 – 12, 2019 (Youth/Teen Retreat)

June 30 – July 6, 2019 (Summer Camp Adults)

July 7 – 12, 2019 (Summer Camp Youth/Teen)

 

Camp Fees and Registration

Current fees to attend Weekend Retreats and Summer Camp Programs are as follows:

$380 for each 2019 weekend retreat
$1140 for Adult 2019 Summer Camp (6 nights)
$950 for Y/T 2019 Summer Camp (5 nights)

**Disclaimer; the cost responsible for each family may not may not reflect what is above**

The SBAWP remains committed to giving individuals the opportunity to participate regardless of ability to pay. If you are in need of financial assistance please click on the following Campership Application.

Camperships are limited to 85% of the cost of the program. Families are asked to contribute the other 15% out of pocket or raise it through participation in fundraisers.

We will work with you to cover costs in any way we can. If you have any questions in regard to the Campership Application, please contact Brennan at bmcmahon@sbawp.org  or by phone at 724-934-9600. We hope to see you at camp.

Making Memories that will last a lifetime!

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Camps and Retreats Cancellation Policy

 If you need to cancel your reservation, you may do so; however, the following policy will apply:

  • If you cancel before the registration deadline, 100% of your registration and deposit fee will be refunded or could be credited toward another program. The registration deadline is three weeks before the program starts.
  • If you cancel after the registration deadline and before the retreat date, the $35 deposit will be forfeited. The balance remaining will be refunded or credited toward another program. We understand that a medical circumstance may arise causing an individual to be unable to attend retreats. Cancellation requests due to illness or accident prior to the retreat start date require a physician’s written verification. Upon receipt of verification, we will refund or credit 100% of the amount paid.
  • If you are a “no show” or cancel on the day of the retreat, for any reason, you will not receive a refund and your $35 deposit will be forfeited.

***Individuals who repeatedly cancel and/or no show will be subject to discussion regarding future participation in FireFly Camps and Retreats programming***

Please note: If SBAWP cancels programming due to inclement weather you will be refunded 100% of your deposit/payment. You may also choose to carry it to future programming.

Thank you for your understanding, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 724-934-9600 or 724-841-9280.

  • This policy is subject to change; all participants will be notified of any changes.

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 or email Brennan McMahon  at (724) 934-9600 or bmcmahon@sbawp.org

 

Does my child need to be able to catheterize independently to attend programs?

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!

 

My child has a bowel program… how does that work at camp?

During the weekend retreats we do not do bowel routines due to time constraints. However, in the summer time we have time set aside in the schedule called siesta every afternoon in which these routines are completed.

 

What type of staff are working with my child and how are they trained?

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.

 

My child takes medications, how are these administered?

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.

 

Can my child call home or can I call them while they are at camp?

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.

 

 Who will be distributing the medications?

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.

 

My son/daughter has a power chair how will it be charged at night?

There are electrical outlets on both floors of the buildings, we will be able to charge everyone’s chair.

 

Is there air conditioning?

Yes, the floors are air conditioned.

 

How will I be able to contact someone when my son/daughter is attending the retreats?

Firefly camps and retreats has it’s own number, 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.

FireFly Staff – Join Us

Hiring Process

  1. What does Firefly Camps and Retreats look for when hiring counselors? Each year we hire a diverse staff who, with their personalities, backgrounds and talents, can serve as positive role models for our campers, teach the different activities offered at camp, and offer real enthusiasm for camp life. We look for staff members who want to join our camp community, make many new friends, and work hard to benefit the individuals who attend camp.
  2. How old do you have to be to work at Firefly Camps and Retreats? Counselors must be 18 years of age and have completed one year of college or equivalent experience.
  3. Do I have to have previous experience working at a camp to apply to work at Firefly Camps and Retreat? No, we encourage anyone who has had experience working with children and adults with disabilities and loves the outdoors to apply to work at Firefly Camps and Retreats. Each summer we have many returning counselors, but we also have almost the same number of new ones who bring their own wonderful energy and experiences to our program.
  4. How many staff members are hired each summer? Each summer we hire about 30 staff to work at camp. In addition to the counselors, we also hire other nurses and program staff each summer.
  5. What are the campers at Firefly Camps and Retreats like? Our campers range from ages 6-adult. They are divided into two groups: Adults (21 and up) and Youth/Teen (6-21). Our campers have spina bifida and related disabilities so counselors must be willing and able to lift and provide personal care.
  6. What is the salary for a Firefly Camps and Retreats counselor? The starting salary for a cabin counselor at Firefly Camps and Retreats is competitive with other camps in our area. The base salary can increase according to your age, education, responsibilities, skills, and experience. A great perk to working at camp is that your room and board are included during the time you work, so you can really save a lot of money during the summer.
  7. When do counselors get paid? Staff members are paid at the end of their contracted work period.
  8. Do counselors have to work all summer? We prefer to hire counselors who can work all of our sessions (training, adult week, and youth/teen week).
  9. What is the interview/hiring process like for counselors? As soon as we receive your application and reference letters, we will call you to set up an interview. While we prefer in-person interviews, we often conduct interviews over the phone. We hope the interview helps us get to know you, but also helps you learn more about Firefly Camps and Retreats. We really want to answer all your questions!
  10. Am I right for Firefly Camps and Retreats? Are you a high energy person who likes to stay busy? Are you outgoing and friendly? Do you find it easy and enjoyable to be with children and adults? Are you comfortable in a rustic, outdoor setting? Are you a little bit goofy or silly at heart? If so, then you will fit right in at Firefly Camps and Retreats and absolutely love it.