Camper Registration

How do I register a group of siblings to attend camp?

Siblings must be separated by foster care, adoption or other out-of-home placement to be eligible for CTB-WI. At this time we can only accommodate youth who reside in Wisconsin, however if a youth has siblings that reside out of state efforts will be made to allow for camp participation. If you are interested in sending a youth to CTB-WI, please follow the referral process.  We also recommend that the Social worker (if applicable) and care provider work together to complete the forms with as much information as possible, so that the staff of CTB-WI can provide each camper and his/her siblings with the best experience possible. You can also email us at : camptobelongwisconsin@gmail.com

When does the registration process for campers begin?

CTB-WI will start accepting camper applications beginning on May 1, 2017. 

What are the ages of campers?

Campers are ages 8 to 21.

Can youth with special/extra needs attend?

Camp To Belong-Wisconsin will consider the needs of all campers to determine whether they can be successful for the week. The selection committee will work with the child’s caregivers and team to determine the youths ability to interact with other campers and siblings in a safe and appropriate manner. Caregivers and/or case managers should contact the selection committee at  camptobelongwisconsin@gmail.com.

General Information

What are the camp dates for this year?

Campers arrive August 13th and camp closes on August 18th.

Counselors arrive in the late afternoon Friday, August 12th for training. Training ends when campers arrive on the 13th.

Where is CTB-WI held?

We are very fortunate to be hosted by Camp Anokijig, which is located on 356 acres in the Glaciated Kettle Moraine Forest Area of Wisconsin.

Is there a cost to attend CTB-WI?

Yes. The actual cost for a camper to attend camp is approximately $1000. However, the camper registration fee is $500. Please check with the youth’s caseworker about payment as funds may be available to assist your family. Be assured that Camp To Belong is committed to  allowing all campers to attend regardless of their ability to pay.

If campers are not in state custody (adopted or with birth parents), the fee is the responsibility of the parents. We recommend checking into post-adoptive funds, holding fundraisers in the community, asking local businesses to sponsor the camper(s) etc. Some scholarships may be available as well.

The remaining cost of attendance is made up by fundraising efforts that take place year round. There are many dedicated volunteers in Wisconsin that commit their time in this effort to ensure that we have the funding available for this life changing program each year.

The Camp Week

How are campers placed in bunks?

Sisters room with sisters and brothers room with brothers. Cabins typically hold 8 campers and 3-4 counselors. If a sibling group is made up of a brother and a sister, the sister would usually be in a bunk with other single sisters of similar age. The brother would be in a bunk with other single brothers of a similar age. A great deal of thought is put into assigning bunkmates and family groups.

How do we learn what the camper will need at camp?

After the camper referral form has been received by the Camp Director, the camper and care provider will be contacted to schedule an in-person meeting. This meeting will be a great opportunity for camper/care provider and director to get to know one another, learn more about what to expect during Camp, to complete additional forms, see photos of Camp, and review the Camper Handbook which includes the packing list.

Is transportation available for campers who live far from camp?

Yes, But is somewhat limited. For specific details about transportation contact the Co-Directors

What types of activities are held at camp?

Basic camp activities include swimming, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, arts & crafts, horseback riding, archery, and hiking. We also have special events including a carnival, theme activity (Luau, Western, 50s) and a special birthday party for all campers. Of course, we also have camp fires with s’mores.

Do the campers get to choose which activities they attend/participate in?

We encourage campers to participate in all activities to the best of their ability. We do not force any camper to take part in activities in which they are uncomfortable or feel unsafe. Our counselors are prepared to offer other options, such as word games, mind teasers, low-key activities or high energy activities that appeal to the camper. Each activity period is approximately 1.5 hours so there is ample time for each camper to experience the activity.

Do brothers and sisters spend the days together?

Yes. Sibling groups are assigned to what we call “Family Groups.” Family Groups are made up of 8-10 campers and 4-6 counselors. Each family group is comprised of 2-4 sibling groups depending on the numbers of siblings. Each family group ‘rotates’ through activities and meals together. There are also all-camp activities when campers can meet new friends as well. Because Camp to Belong-Wisconsin, Inc. focuses on the sibling connection, we encourage all campers to take advantage of the time available to spend with siblings. However, campers have also found comfort in meeting other campers who have similar life experiences as their own. We have found that the wisdom and experience of some campers has helped other campers to deal with certain issues they are facing. Sometimes just hearing other campers share their stories is extremely beneficial.

Are visitors allowed during camp?

Because we want the campers to be able to stay focused on each other (their brothers and sisters) and stay involved in activities, we don’t encourage phone calls or visits. If you would like to call during camp to find out how your camper is doing, we would be more than happy to have the Camp Director or a counselor contact you with any information you need.

Volunteers

Who is the staff at CTB-WI?

The staff of CTB-WI is made up of volunteer counselors from around the state, the U.S. and beyond. No prior camp experience is required. Each counselor goes through an application, interview, and screening process with background checks. While many of our past counselors have been social workers, we recognize that our campers are surrounded by social workers in their everyday lives, so we also welcome counselors who work as teachers, computer programmers, postal workers, nurses, etc from whom the children are able to learn. Our goal is to attract a diverse group of people who are kind, caring, responsible, nurturing, committed to children/youth, understand the importance of the sibling connection, are open-minded, willing to jump in the trenches, and like to have fun. The most important qualifications are that our staff enjoys working with children and youth of all ages and being part of a team.

I am interested in being a camp counselor. How do I apply?

click here for an application or contact Kate or Robbie Bauer at 920-904-5643 or email camptobelongwisconsin@gmail.com

If I become a counselor, do I have to be at camp the entire week?

Yes. Those who are accepted as counselors (after the application, interview and screening process) are required to commit to the entire week plus the 2 ½ days of training.

I am not able to be a camp counselor, but are there other ways I can volunteer?

Absolutely! Contact the Kate or Robbie Bauer at 920-904-5643 or email us at camptobelongwisconsin@gmail.com