Camp To Belong-Wisconsin (CTB-WI) is a member camp affiliated with Camp To Belong-International (CTB). CTB is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to reuniting siblings placed in separate foster homes and other out-of-home care for events of fun, emotional empowerment and sibling connection. Founded in Las Vegas in the summer of 1995 by Lynn Price, a former youth in care, CTB was established to offer siblings who have been separated the opportunity to create lifetime memories. The flagship events are our week long summer camps. CTB is approaching its 20th camp season and has reunited over 9,500 siblings since 1995. CTB is the first and premiere program of this type in the United States and around the world.
Kate and Rob Bauer (Co-Directors of CTB-WI) met in 1998 volunteering at a camp in Wisconsin for children with juvenile arthritis (Camp MASH). For over 15 years Kate and Rob have volunteered at camps for children. Their experience of seeing the positive impact that attending camp has on the campers and volunteers has led them to commit to bringing CTB to Wisconsin. Kate and Rob have volunteered for Camp To Belong for over twelve years. In August of 2013 they attended CTB-Colorado. Upon return home they immediately began working on the development of CTB-WI. In January of 2014 they identified Camp Anokijig in Plymouth as the host site. In September of 2014 the first Board of Directors meeting was held at Camp Anokijig.
Kate and Rob have built a cohesive and diverse Board of Directors who is passionate about reuniting siblings. Several Board Members are employed by the Department of Social Services and another is a State employee. Combined these Board Members have over a century of service in child welfare. Some Board Members have personal experience growing up in out-of-home care and a few have been adopted. There are also several foster parents, a Child Psychologist and a Guardian ad Litem.
CTB-WI has been creating awareness of the importance of the sibling bond and maintaining relationships of children who have been separated through the foster care system throughout the state. A priority of CTB-WI is to continue to build programming for separated siblings. Our flagship program is a weeklong residential camp where we connect brothers and sisters to help them create memories and build connections that will last a lifetime. In addition, CTB-WI offers sibling connection events in various locations throughout the State.
Our Host Site
The weeklong residential camp reunites siblings in a safe and neutral environment. The host site, Camp Anokijig, is located on 356 acres in the Glaciated Kettle Moraine Forest Area of Wisconsin. CTB-WI has partnered with Camp Anokijig to rent the facility from August 14th through August 19th for the 2016 camp session.