Somerset Hills YMCA camps are approved to provide camp programs to children eligible for services through Division of Children and Families, NJ Children’s System of Care. Inclusion Program
This program is for children with mild to moderate disabilities who are capable of thriving in a typically developing camper atmosphere and who will benefit from a fully integrated summer day camp experience. Our summer day camps often result in positive therapeutic outcomes through their recreational nature. Shadows assigned to children who need extra support will provide basic assistance with engaging in social and recreational activities within a group setting. Information for Inclusion Program
Children who require a shadow to be successful in this program can be provided with one. Arrangements for a qualified shadow can be made by speaking with Kim de Zutter, Senior Director of Family Services, at 908 630 3507, who will assist in assessing your
child’s needs for inclusive participation in the camp program.
The level of expertise necessary for your child’s participation will be discussed and the cost of the shadow will be assessed based on the outcome of the discussion. Funding through the Department of Children and Families, NJ Children’s System of Care can be
accessed by families with children with developmental disabilities. Somerset Hills YMCA, a branch of Somerset County YMCA, is a qualified provider that will allow families to access these funds. Further information about this funding opportunity can be obtained by going onto the PerformCare website at www.performcarenj.com
or contacting them at 1 877 652 7624. It is recommended that families begin reaching out to them no later than mid-February to begin the necessary process for accessing these funds.
The Inclusion Program is available for Adventure Camp and Kinder Camp, which are both held during Sessions: A, B, C and D.
All requests for shadows must be made by April 1, 2018 so that we can secure the appropriate staff to meet your child’s needs.