Event Title

Utilization of Specialized Camp Services

Presenter Information

Heather Wroten

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

College

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Major

School of Social Work

Start Date

5-21-2015 6:00 PM

End Date

5-21-2015 6:30 PM

Abstract

This study addresses Camp Paivika, a summer camp for both adults and children with a disability. Camp Paivika opened in 1947 and is located in the San Bernardino National Forest. This study will provide data to illustrate the benefits of attending Camp Paivika for campers and explore the concept of respite for caregivers. This study will focus on the benefits of specialized camp services; it will include benefits received by the family as a unit from the parents’ perspective. The hypothesis regarding this research is that campers will benefit by increasing independence and social skills. The family will benefit by being able to reconnect with family, friends and provide an opportunity for the family to rest in order to continue providing quality care to the child. The above mentioned benefits have the potential to increase protective factors within the family and decrease risk factors. The impact of this research is developing and exploring specialized camp services for adults and children with a disability. Further research on respite provided by specialized camps could impact funding and policy regarding camps as potential respite providers. If this funding can be accessed, camps may be able to receive funding for their programs or expand the services offered. If camp is seen as respite for both the child and the family, it is may be a viable option for families to elect. By examining the benefits in terms of protective and risk factors associated with respite, specialized camp settings can more clearly be defined as respite.

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May 21st, 6:00 PM May 21st, 6:30 PM

Utilization of Specialized Camp Services

This study addresses Camp Paivika, a summer camp for both adults and children with a disability. Camp Paivika opened in 1947 and is located in the San Bernardino National Forest. This study will provide data to illustrate the benefits of attending Camp Paivika for campers and explore the concept of respite for caregivers. This study will focus on the benefits of specialized camp services; it will include benefits received by the family as a unit from the parents’ perspective. The hypothesis regarding this research is that campers will benefit by increasing independence and social skills. The family will benefit by being able to reconnect with family, friends and provide an opportunity for the family to rest in order to continue providing quality care to the child. The above mentioned benefits have the potential to increase protective factors within the family and decrease risk factors. The impact of this research is developing and exploring specialized camp services for adults and children with a disability. Further research on respite provided by specialized camps could impact funding and policy regarding camps as potential respite providers. If this funding can be accessed, camps may be able to receive funding for their programs or expand the services offered. If camp is seen as respite for both the child and the family, it is may be a viable option for families to elect. By examining the benefits in terms of protective and risk factors associated with respite, specialized camp settings can more clearly be defined as respite.