Campers with special needs are encouraged to attend Camp Dart-Lo and Camp Sweyolakan. Both camps can accommodate YBIC campers ages 6-21. Our inclusive program focuses on building skills and gaining self-esteem as part of the outdoor experience. Campers with special needs have the opportunity to say "You bet I Can!" and participate in all our camp activities alongside their peers. Campers must be able to navigate uneven terrain and be potty trained, or attend with a caregiver to assist.
You Bet I CAN! sessions at Camp Dart-Lo and Camp Sweyolakan are weeks where we are able to assign a Camper Buddy to assist campers with special needs while they're at camp! See more about Camper Buddies below.
A Camper Buddy is a fellow camper that supports your child throughout the week; helping carry gear to different activities, communicating their needs to the group, and just as a special friend to stick by their side during camp! While Camper Buddies do receive guidance on how to support your camper through a Special Needs Assessment, they are not trained caregivers.
Campers that require assistance beyond what Camper Buddies are able to provide have the option to bring an adult caregiver with them to camp. Please call the Camp Fire office at 509-747-6191 for more information!