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.
Programs offered include Weekend Respite, Emergency Respite, Weeklong Overnight Resident Camp (Adults), Weeklong Overnight Resident Camp (Youth), Children’s Day Camp, and Teen and Young Adult Day Camp.
Funding Accepted: Amerigroup, UnitedHealthcare, Fee for Service/HIPP Medicaid Waiver, Private Pay, Limited Scholarships are Available
Apply for this program by completing the appropriate camp application below. Contact Program and Support Specialist Elisabet Menke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-309-2375 with questions or for additional information.
This summer we will begin a new registration process for campers receiving 1:1 support from staff members. In order to provide a fair and equal opportunity for campers to attend, we will be using the following process:
Requests indicated on your camp application will be entered into a computer program that assigns sessions based on requests received. Letters of confirmation will be sent on April 15th. In order to be included in this registration process, all applications will need to be received prior to April 2nd. Any applications received after the April 2nd deadline will be placed on a waitlist.
A letter will be mailed from our office on April 15th notifying you of your camper’s registration status.
Camp Sunnyside Team
Check out the application for this summer's 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:
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 2018 Respite, you will only need to fill out the registration pages for the summer camp you want to attend.
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
Supported Day Camp: Ages 6-12
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
Teen and Young Adult Day Camp: Ages 13-21
Easter Seals Iowa Summer Supported Teen 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
Bridge Camp: Ages 6-12
Bridge Camp provides an integrated setting where children with and without disabilities learn and grow together. This day camp is designed for children who can be supported in a 1:8 ratio. Bridge Camp focuses on the structured activities Camp Sunnyside has to offer in an inclusive setting with all day campers. 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
Counselor In Training (CIT): Ages 13-17
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: $75 per week.
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