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The KindTree – Autism Rocks! Friends and Family Camp for 2021 will open at 3:00 PM on Friday, August 27, 2021 and end at noon on Sunday, August 29, 2021, with early arrival option at 3:00 PM Thursday, August 26, 2021.
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A message from the President and Camp Quartermaster, Michael Omogrosso.
I am tired of this pandemic. You too? I thought so. To get through it we still must get vaccinated if we can, wear masks and avoid gathering with folks not in our family or households.
How does this affect the Family and Friends Camp and other gatherings like support groups and STiLE classes? It is all about the number of Covid cases. Right now watching the numbers is a bit like riding a rollercoaster. One week the number of infected people goes up and one week it goes down. That makes planning safe events difficult.
If the numbers stay low, we can begin to have in-person classes with social distance and wearing masks required. We will likely continue to have Zoom on-line links as part of that for folks who cannot come.
For Camp, the rules are a bit different because of the larger numbers of participants. We are planning for Camp and encourage you to register. If Camp gets cancelled because the number of Covid cases have increased, all money will be refunded. Should Camp happen, it may look a lot different. Less people, activities modified to be socially distant, dining may be outside and camping only in your own tents or only family units in bunk houses. But that is only a guess.
I am remaining hopeful. Hopeful the Covid -19 cases go down and our State opens up. Hopeful we can soon meet each other, face mask to face mask in support groups, in classes, and at Camp. Hopeful that you, my friends, will be well and be safe.
President, KindTree-Autism Rocks!
Vaccination and Testing: This year ALL campers and volunteers 18 and older will be required to have been vaccinated and produce your vaccination card when you arrive, or provide official results of a negative test completed within 3 days of arrival. We encourage all registrants to avoid unneeded contact with those outside your “pod” between the test and arriving at camp. Children under 18, at this time (April 15) are not required to be vaccinated or have a negative Covid test – though that may change. Each arrival will also be given the temperature test and questionnaire when you arrive that you must pass in order to enter the camp.
Masks and Social Distancing: We will require everyone attending to follow whatever rules the Scouts require at Baker Camp, and the government requirements in place at that time. We do not know what they will be, but presently (April 15) they require 6’ social distancing for all activities indoors or out, and the wearing of masks whenever near others or when indoors, expect when eating or drinking. Masks are not required for children under 5 years old.
If someone with a disability is unable to wear a mask or alternate face covering (like a face shield), you can request a reasonable accommodation. Our “reasonable accommodation” will likely require greater social distancing and limited time indoors.
Please register only if you are able to follow these expectations.
The Hilyard Center bus that has been transporting people to camp will not be available this year due to social distancing requirements. Please work to find your own ride to camp and back.
These Covid related requirements may change by camp time, so please be on the lookout for updates. We expect attendance will be limited to under 200 total volunteers, staff and guests, and we expect all to participate in keeping each other safe and healthy.
Payment in full must be received by August 1st to confirm your place. If you are unable to afford this camp, consider applying for a Scholarship.
A uniquely structured inclusive camping adventure for individuals and families experiencing autism — all ages, all abilities.
*RV space is taken already. Sorry...
*Early arrival is FULL , sorry…
*Cabin spots may be full do to social distancing. You will be on a waiting list.
The Friends & Family Camp is designed around the needs of those living with autism. Parents and caregivers can bring their autistic loved ones and relax with them over the weekend, knowing that they are in a safe and nurturing environment.
The Camp is KindTree’s founding event and the only event of its kind since 1997. The curriculum is a flexible but reliable balance of structured and non-structured activities, with picture schedules to accommodate autists’ visual and concrete way of thinking.
Scheduled activities include arts and crafts, karaoke, pinata, campfires, late night movies, concerts, talent show, “human car wash,” outdoor games, swimming and boating on Siltcoos Lake, and more.
It is a time for rejuvenation and solidarity. Autists are accepted and enjoyed for themselves, not forced into a procrustean neuro-normal mold. Autists and neuro-normal people get to know each other. Magic happens.
This is some of the greatest autistic fun there is.
Watch this beautiful video below, scroll down to read the comments and reviews.
Here is what some of the guests and volunteers have to say about camp:
“We have a great tradition every year – an opening and closing circle. People have a chance to see each other and learn names at the opening, and at the closing folks speak about what was their favorite aspect of the Retreat. Many people speak about the sense of family – of community that we feel there. This is what we at KindTree – Autism Rocks hope for. We do everything we can to make it possible for people to feel safe, feel loved, feel at ease. Like we’re all home now. Welcome Home.”
“I really don’t want to leave this camp it’s very good to me, friends, family. You meet lots of nice people just wish it was longer.”
“I had no idea what to expect from this camp and it exceeded expectations. This was an amazing experience and I feel blessed to experience such a beautiful community.”
“We look forward to this retreat all year for our son. He is only 7 but each year he recognizes his friends and this camp. He was so happy we had no melt downs, just wish we had a few more days, goes too fast, then it’s time to go back to the world of stares. Ugh don’t want to go.”
“Its great to network with my fellow spectrumites! The stim room was wonderful and stimmy. Life is good.”
“Thank you so much for the weekend. I do note that the retreat represents my first time doing long-distance driving solo since earning a licence to drive. I hope to return next year!”
“Thank you again for the opportunity to work with you guys out there, i know i speak for me and Amanda when i say that it was an incredible experience and we can’t wait until next year!!”
“Silly i just love sitting back and watching them doing the human car wash it’s too funny and silly.”
“Thanks so, so much for organizing such an amazing event. Everyone I talked to said this was their favorite year. The energy was beautiful there and Sam and I are for sure committed every year to come that we can! The arts and crafts were really fun!”
“It is so nice to have a place where all our children can network that have similar needs and interests. Camping is a lot of work and this allows us to enjoy being with our family and not get so stressed out.”
“I really enjoyed working here. I learned so much and had a wonderful time. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.”
“This was great. When I count my blessings, this camp (and the volunteers) rank in the top 5!!! It was so fun this year. All of the hard work was very appreciated.”
“Every activity we participated in was a good time.”
“Thanks SO MUCH to Kind Tree and ALL the volunteers! I wish I could hug each and every one!!”
“I want to thank the volunteers for their hard work in making it fun for us!”
“PS Nathan had an absolutely wonderful time at camp this year! It was absolutely perfect this year according to his staff. How cool is that?”
“I came here just for a short lifeguard gig, and found this camp an amazing place to be and work with wonderful kind people. I would love to come back next year.”
“Gets better every year. I can’t wait to be back!”
“Thoroughly enjoyed the whole 3 days. Please put me on the volunteer list for other activities of Kind Tree.”
“We love that there is no hierarchy / differentiation between organizers, volunteers and guests. TR Kelly rocks! This Retreat makes me so happy I could cry!”
“Thank you for a great weekend – you’re doing a wonderful thing here.”