Caring for Kids Summer Camp - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Caring for Kids Seeks Volunteers

The Caring for Kids program is looking for volunteers!

To volunteer for any Caring for Kids program, please contact Ashley Gruenwald at agruenwald@ric.org or 312-238-5005

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Caring for Kids: Registration Forms

To participate in any Caring for Kids program, please fill out and submit the following forms:

Download Registration Form [PDF]

Download Medical Form [PDF]

Download Insurance Waiver and Release of Liability Form [PDF]

Send completed forms to:

RIC - Caring for Kids Program
Attention: Ashley Gruenwald
345 E. Superior St., Rm. 532
Chicago, IL 60611

Once your forms are received, you will have the opportunity to register for individual events and programs.

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Upcoming Sports and Fitness Events

To learn more about any upcoming event, call 312-238-5001. Dates/events are subject to change.

May

21-23: Wounded Heroes Foundation Ride to Walter Reed Hospital, Washington D.C.

23-24: Caring for Kids - No Weekend Programs - Happy Memorial Day

24: Bike the Drive, Chicago

25:  FITNESS CENTER CLOSED - Happy Memorial Day!

27: Information Session: Exercise and Cancer - The Essentials of Exercise During and After Treatment, 5-6 PM, RIC Fitness Center

30: RIC Cycling at the Glencoe Grand Prix, Glencoe, IL

June

5: Caring for Kids Family Game Night

6: RIC Cycling at Bike Benzie, Michigan

12-14: Great Lakes Regional Games hosted by GLASA

13-14: RIC Cubs @ Southeastern Slugfest, Greenville, SC

19: Ability Open hosted by RIC and GLASA, Chicago

26-28: RIC Cubs Wheelchair Softball Tournament, Chicago

27-28: Caring for Kids Weekend Program Summer Session Begin

July

3: FITNESS CENTER CLOSED - Happy Fourth of July!

4: RIC Cycling at the Plainfield Century Ride, Plainfield, IL

4-5: Caring for Kids - No Weekend Programs - Happy 4th of July!

6-17: Caring for Kids Summer Camp Session I (for kids ages 7-12), Chicago

9-13: RIC-WHF Military Sports Camp

11-12: RIC Cubs @ Nebraska Barons Tournament, Omaha, NE

14-15: Dare2Tri Kids Paratriathlon Training Camp, Chicago

18: RIC Cycling at Z Tour Bike Ride, Princeton, IL

18: 12th Annual Disability Pride Parade, Chicago

See a complete list of upcoming events and programs...

Caring for Kids Summer Camp

Caring for Kids camper sailing with Chicago skyline in background Summer camper putting hand into circle of hands for "all in" Summer camper sitting on sidewalk drawing with chalk
When:

Summer 2015

Session I (For kids aged 7–12)

July 6-17, 2015

Session II (For kids aged 13–17)

July 27-August 7, 2015

Cost: $45 per two-week session
Deadline to register:

Contact Ashley Gruenwald

Contact: Ashley Gruenwald, 312-238-5005, agruenwald@ric.org

About the Caring for Kids Summer Camp

Caring for Kids Summer Camp is a dynamic program for youth between the ages of 7 and 17 years who have a physical disability and are independent in their daily living skills. Summer camp offers outdoor and indoor adaptive sports and hands-on recreational activities.

The program is designed to foster a positive quality of life among youth with physical disabilities by promoting physical fitness, independence, socialization, activity, and adaptive programming resources.

Summer camp activities include but are not limited to:

  • Baseball
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Sailing
  • Karate
  • Yoga
  • Field Trips

When does summer camp meet?

In 2015, the first of two summer camp session will begin in July. The second session is held the last week of July and the first week of August. The camp runs Monday–Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The first two-week session will be for participants ages 6–12 and the second two-week session will be for participants ages 13–17.

Where does summer camp meet?

Summer camp meets at locations throughout Chicago and at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The address is 345 E. Superior St, Chicago. Camp activities occur at locations throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

Is food provided at camp?

No. Caring for Kids Summer Camp does not provide daily camp lunches. Camp-goers are responsible for bringing a lunch with them each camp day unless notified by summer camp staff as snacks and beverages may be provided at certain programs.

Is transportation provided?

Caring for Kids is able to provide door-to-door wheelchair accessible bus transportation service to/from summer camp to participants residing within Chicago city limits. Spots for transportation are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

How do I qualify for the Caring for Kids Summer Camp?

There are three basic qualifications for youth to participate in the Caring for Kids Summer Camp. Youth must:

  • Be between the ages of 7 and 17
  • Have a physical disability – an idea of some the disabilities youth participating have had are cerebral palsy, spina bifida, amputation/limb deficiency, and traumatic brain injury.
  • Be independent in their skills of daily living, such as feeding and toileting. If a child is not independent in these areas, it is asked that the family provide an aide or caregiver of adult age to provide direct assistance to the child. Personal care attendants are not provided by the summer camp.

Registering for the Caring for Kids Summer Camp

Registering for camp is easy! Simply follow the directions for enrolling into the Caring for Kids Program or found in the Registration panel to the right. Once enrollment into the Caring for Kids program is complete, youth will be able to register to participate in the summer camp and other Caring for Kids programs offered.

Reviewed by Jillian Beemer on May 01, 2012