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Camp Sunnyside

Children and adults with and without disabilities enjoy all Easter Seals Iowa Camp Sunnyside has to offer including canoeing, an animal farm, horseback riding, archery, nature trails, the Variety Club Rec Center, an accessible indoor pool and the Meredith Tree House. At night campers sleep in new, air conditioned lodges. Sessions are held at Camp Sunnyside for campers age four and older. Week-long and day camps are offered during the summer. Camp Sunnyside is located at 401 NE 66th Ave. in Des Moines, IA 50313.

Applications for Summer Camp

Resident Camp Application and Registration
Supported Day Camp Application and Registration
Bridge Camp Application and Registration
Counselor in Training Application and Registration
Easter Seals Iowa Camp Sunnyside Handbook
Summer Camp Information and Packing List

Check out our Resident Camp Weekly Themes and Day Camp Weekly Themes.

Please print off the application of the camp you would like to attend, complete it, and sign the appropriate sections. Once all the required items have been completed, please send them to Camp Sunnyside. All required documents must be sent together, in one shipment. You may send the items by one of the following methods:
Email: campandrespite@eastersealsia.org
Mail or Drop Off:  Easter Seals Iowa, Attn: Camp Program and Support Specialist, 401 NE 66th Ave. Des Moines, IA 50313                                    

If you have already turned in the application for 2016 Respite, you will only need to fill out the registration pages for the summer camp you want to attend. Applications from 2015 or other previous years will not be valid.

Camp Descriptions

Resident Camp: Adult: Ages 18 & Up, Youth: Ages 4-17
Clients will spend their days having fun swimming, horseback riding, doing arts and crafts and much, much more. At night, clients will reside in our air conditioned cabins or spend the evening camping out under the stars. All resident camp sessions are structured around weekly themes. Check in is Sunday afternoon between 2:00-4:00 p.m. Check out is Friday between 2:00-3:00 p.m. This program can be paid for with waiver services or private pay. Private Pay Cost: $600 per week
Click here for the Resident Camp Application and Registration.

Supported Day Camp: Ages 6-17
Easter Seals Iowa Summer Supported Day Camp is designed to provide all the fun of daily camp activities while providing parents and caregivers a break. The program is a day program but provides higher ratios of supervision and skilled personal care. This is primarily a waiver and county funded program; private pay is also accepted. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Extended hours are available for this program. Private Pay Cost: $200 per week
Click here for the Supported Day Camp Application and Registration.

Bridge Camp: Ages 6-14
This day camp is designed for children who can be supported in a traditional Bridge Camp ratio with 1:8 supervision. The program focuses on the traditional activities of camp, and has activities structured around becoming a good role model and a helpful friend to peers with disabilities. This camp has designated counselors and campers spend half of their time with Supported Day Camp clients and half of their time developing and participating in activities designed to strengthen skills as young leaders. This camp is private pay only; this is not a waiver program.  Hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Extended hours are available for this program. Private Pay Cost:  $150 per week
Click here for the Bridge Camp Application and Registration.

Counselor In Training (CIT): Ages 13-18
Counselor in Training Applicants must have previously attended Camp Sunnyside as a camper to apply and will be subject to an interview. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Private Pay only: $50 per week.
Click here for the Counselor in Training Application and Registration.


Please contact the Program and Support Specialist at 515-309-2375 or campandrespite@eastersealsia.org.  You may also access the Camp Sunnyside Policies and Procedures Handbook.

Seasonal Employment Opportunities

Looking for a job that will change your life? One that could possibly be the best summer job you will ever have?  Visit the Careers section of our website for seasonal opportunities this summer.

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