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June 21-26, 2020

Camp Joy 2021: Updated Announcement

Due to the continued health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Camp Joy Board of Directors has decided to not move forward with Camp Joy as usual for the summer of 2021.

We have prayerfully and considerately deliberated the anticipated restrictions and limitations, the guidelines of individuals who live in congregate settings, and the average age and health conditions of our usual attendees as well as our volunteers. With Grace and continued vigilance, we hope that 2022 will allow us to return to our full-week residential camp.

HOWEVER, in celebration of our 40th anniversary, we are planning an alternative to the full week of camp, planned for sometime in the summer. Details and more information for registering for this alternative celebration to come, stay tuned!

All campers registering for Camp Joy are Full Time (overnight) unless prior arrangements have been made with the Director to attend part-time.

Essential Eligibility Requirements for Camp Admission

An eligible applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. Age 18 & up during the Camp Joy camp Session;
  2. Have a physical or intellectual disability;
  3. Have the ability to effectively communicate needs to a camp counselor (this communication may consist of a verbal, audible, or physical response such as an eye shift or a very slight gesture; persons in a minimally responsive state would not meet this criteria);
  4. Is not abusive towards him/herself or others, i.e. does not physically, verbally, or sexually abuse self or others, which abuse may include hitting, biting, scratching, spitting, kicking, excessive swearing, excessive or inappropriate yelling or verbal degradation, inappropriate touching or fondling or other inappropriate behavior;
  5. Does not pose a direct threat to himself/herself or others that cannot be eliminated or reduced below the level of a direct threat with or without reasonable accommodation. Direct threat is defined as a substantial risk of harm to the camper or others; direct threat may include having a highly contagious condition such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, an open or draining wound or rash, topical parasites, etc. or other conditions that may be spread through casual human contact;
  6. Does not have a medical condition or impairment that requires specialized medical treatment (i.e. intravenous infusions, awake overnight monitoring);
  7. Does not have a medical condition or impairment that has a substantial risk or likelihood for complication or injury;
  8. Is in acceptable health as indicated by: Not having a temperature greater than 99.5°F orally; not having blood pressure greater than 160/90; not having a heart rate greater than 120 BPM;
  9. Has ability to eat or drink or take in amounts adequate for nutritional support;
  10. Agrees to and takes personal prescription medication.
  11. Clears a background check.

All acceptances of application are conditional. Camp Joy reserves the right to accept or deny applications or defer admission on site or prior to attendance should it later become aware that the initial application was flawed or the camper’s health has severely declined or upon demonstration that a camper does not meet the applicable eligibility criteria. All deferrals or revocation of admission must be approved by the Camp Director.

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