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Summer Camps


Below please find information of available summer camps that has been gathered by PAC members. This is for your information only, the PAC does not endorse any camp over another.

Camp Scholarship Information


The Arc of Livingston is thrilled to once again offer camp scholarships 
to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to participate 
in community-based and inclusive recreational experiences. 
Scholarship funds are dependent upon how much money is 
annually donated to the Arc.  Our goal is to assist children with 
disabilities to have the support they need in order to participate and 
enjoy typical camp/recreational experiences in their community.
 
Scholarships can pay for a variety of supports including 
camp/recreational activity registrations fees, personal 
assistance, transportation, supplies, etc. Funds are limited and will 
be distributed based on income guidelines and a first-come 
first-served basis.
 
In order to be eligible for a scholarship, children must reside in 
Livingston County, be between 5 and 18 years of age and have a 
current Individual Educational Plan (IEP). Included with the 
attached application link is the financial chart that we will utilize 
to determine income eligibility and scholarship levels. Please feel free 
to contact our office if the number of members in your family exceeds 
five. Income eligibility is based on providing proof of page 1 of 
your Federal 2016 Tax form. This information will be shredded for 
your privacy after eligibility is determined.
 
In order to register to receive a scholarship, we ask you to complete 
and return the scholarship application along with all of the
 requested forms. There is a link below for the application.  We 
encourage you to complete the application as soon as possible if you 
are interested in receiving a scholarship, even if you have not yet 
chosen  or registered your child in a camp or for a recreational activity. 
If you are eligible and are awarded a scholarship and have not decided 
on a camp, you will be allowed to reserve funds through June 1, 2017 
for your child. After June 1, if all or part of a camp scholarship has 
not been paid out, and we have not heard from you regarding 
your intention for using your scholarship, the scholarship will be 
forfeited. Forfeited funds will be used for other families who may be 
on the camp scholarship waiting list. All scholarships must be paid out 
by June 15, 2017. Funds do not carry over from year to year.
 
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact 
Mary Barerra at 517-546-1228 or by email at mary@arclivingston.org .


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The Arc of Livingston
2980 Dorr Road
Brighton, MI  48116
517-546-1228

mary@arclivingston.org

The Arc of Livingston exists to empower persons with developmental disabilities and their families to ensure that they as citizens are valued, and that they can participate fully in and contribute to the life of their community.

 The Arc of Livingston is a United Way Partner Agency






Miracle League Baseball
We will have 12-teams in our NC league and teams play one game per week for 10-weeks.  Games are either on a Saturday, Sunday Tuesday or Friday.  Week night games are at 7pm, Saturday games are at 11am & 12:30pm, and Sunday games are at noon and 1:30pm.  Games run about an hour and all players play the field and bat each inning.  We use an oversized plastic bat with a softer adaptive ball. Each player is partnered with an able-bodied "buddy" to help and protect the players.  Our kids have a lot of fun in this league as do the parents.  Registration is $55.00 and includes: Major League jersey and hat, Player trophy, player's insurance.  Families need to provide a white pair of baseball pants and the players need to wear tennis shoes.
Parent response:
There is a field in Southfield, Plymouth, and Lansing. Each field was started by a different person/group. We have had a great time, and you all may be surprised at how much you love it (including siblings).

Contact Information:


Stephen Peck, President / Executive Director The Miracle League of Michigan (248) 506-4604
19051 San Jose Blvd.
Lathrup Village, MI 48076-3323

Benefit4kids 
Benefit4Kids was founded in 1998 with its primary mission to grant the outdoor wishes of children with life threatening and life limiting illnesses. We also work to involve today's children in the outdoors and the many activities it offers them. Many of today's children are denied the opportunity to experience the outdoors because of costs, lack of available mentors and a limited amount of facilities offering an all around outdoor experience. Benefit4Kids works to help these children experience the outdoors through several children's programs. Benefit4Kids also works closely with several children's camps designed to work with injured and ill children. Instructors at these camps are experienced in medical procedures necessary to work with these children. They are also experienced in archery, camping, outdoor cooking, hiking, nature and many other facets of outdoor activities. In working with these and several other children's camps Benefit4Kids will continue to assist many less fortunate children enjoy our great outdoors and help them to learn the morals and family values that are so often lacking today. www.benefit4kids.org 
Parent response: They made sure our entire trip was planned and well organized. We recommend this experience to any family with a child with special needs.


CHUM Therapeutic Riding
CHUM is located at 2180 East Dexter Trail Dansville, MI 48819   www.chumtherapy.net  
“Children and Horses United in Movement or C.H.U. M. Therapeutic Riding Inc was designed to honor a faithful equine friend who has been in service to therapeutic riding since 1980. Chum, Bonnie DePue’s friend and companion for nearly 30 years has introduced many a child and adult to the world of horses and the gifts these magnificent animals offer.”
Parent Response: The director is dedicated to all children with disabilities; she is very flexible and great to work with! She was very willing to accommodate families in all areas.

Community Music School
www.cms.msu.edu  Music benefits everyone! The Michigan State University Community Music School (CMS), the outreach arm of the MSU College of Music, works to offer music, and its inherent possibilities, to all the community regardless of age, ability, or income. In two locations, CMS offers opportunities for the study, appreciation, and therapeutic use of music for those of all ages and abilities. Financial aid is available to those with need.
Parent Response: Very professional. Graduate students and beyond work with your children and some do recitals at the end of the year. It has helped with our child’s communication skills.

Contact Information:
4930 S. Hagadorn Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: (517) 355-7661
Fax: (517) 355-3292
E-mail: commusic@msu.edu 

Saint Francis Camp
www.saintfranciscamp.org St Francis Camp is a non-profit organization dedicated to the belief that cognitively impaired children and adults should have the right to experience life to its fullest. St. Francis Camp was founded and established by the Order of Alhambra of Michigan in 1984 and continues to receive assistance from the Michigan and Western Ontario Regions, fraternal organizations, as well as interested organizations and individuals.
Parent Response:

Contact Information:
10120 Murrey
Jerome, Michigan 49249
(517) 688-9212.
e-mail: mike_carp@sbcglobal.net


Special Olympics Michigan Area 27 (Livingston)
 The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness and athletic skill, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
Parent Response: A variety of sports are offered. We noticed that many of the teams consist of high school aged players. It would be great to see some younger teams form as well.

Contact Information:
 Mary Jane Welton at 810-844-2140 or area27somi@yahoo.com

Programs to Educate All Cyclists 
www.Bikeprogram.org (PEAC)  is a national leader in the field of teaching individuals with disabilities cycling skills. PEAC’s mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by using cycling for transportation, integrated recreation, fitness, and therapy. In addition, PEAC strives to integrate cyclists with disabilities into the mainstream cycling community by giving them the skills necessary to participate in tours, races, and bicycle club rides. PEAC also works to bring the voice and needs of individuals with disabilities to the ears of policy makers and government/business/community leaders.
Parent Response:
The program was able to get my son on a bike within 3 sessions, I had been trying to do this for 4 years.

Contact Information:
Liz Horvat liz@bikeprogram.org 734-680-5573

Martial Arts Therapy
Runs September through June
“Specialists at using the martial arts for therapeutic purposes.
Martial Arts Therapy does not replace therapy!  We work with your therapeutic team towards your goals.”
Parent Response: We go to the one on Tuesday nights at Highpoint on Wagner Road in Ann Arbor and are extremely impressed.


TOPSoccer
http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/programs/topsoccer/ “US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.”
Parent Response:
This runs throughout the year. Many I know have had positive things to say about this program. We just started and Love it! Great 1-1 support.
Contact Information:
1515 S. Seventh 
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 994-2300

Camp Blue Sky
www.Campbluesky.net “ For the first time, under the direct care of qualified, professional and experienced para-educators and staff, special needs children can experience all the joys of outdoor summer camp; zip lining, canoeing, swimming, rock wall climbing, archery, spirit building, and more. It’s all available at the YMCA’s Camp Ohiyesa!” (Holly, MI)
Parent Response:

Contact Information:
P.0. Box 25
Milford, Michigan 48381 info@campbluesky.net 810.545.8181

Maria’s School of Dance
http://www.mariasschoolofdance.com Offers classes for typical functioning and non-typical children and adults
Parent Response: The class meets weekly throughout the year. This is the only local studio have found to offer dance class for special needs students. Girls and boys welcome in all ages.

Contact Information:
(517) 223-0036 105 E. Grand River, Fowlerville


Therapeutic Horseback Riding 
www.co.livingston.mi.us/msuextension/4h/trp.htm. “ Founded on the accepted principle that horseback riding is a valuable form of therapy for disabled individuals.”

Parent response: Very affordable and friendly. My child was able to use the same horse each week.

Contact Information: 
MSU Extension - Livingston County
2300 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 111, Howell MI  48843
Phone 517.546.3950   Fax 517.546.5154