The Easter Seals Iowa Respite program provides temporary care for children and adults with disabilities, allowing parents/caregivers a break while providing the clients with a safe, and supported social environment. Regularly scheduled respite weekends are held at Easter Seals Iowa Camp Sunnyside twice monthly. Emergency care is also available. Respite services provide all the amenities at Camp Sunnyside including boating, swimming, horseback riding and much more.
Once you have completed the application and have all the required materials, please send them to Camp Sunnyside 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 are a new client in Easter Seals Iowa Respite services, you will be contacted by our Intake Coordinator once the application and all other required materials have been received. After the intake process is complete, you will have the opportunity to register for Respite services (see below).
Counselor-in-Training: Age 15+
The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is designed for campers ages 15+ who can be supported in a 1:10 ratio. It has designated counselors and focuses on the traditional activities of camp with additional activities structured around becoming a good role model, leadership and communication skills. CIT’s will assist counselors in various camp activities, including arts and crafts, sports and games, meals, and evening programs. Limited CIT opportunities are available. Complete the Counselor in Training Application.
Leader-in-Training: Age 12-15
The Respite Leader in Training (LIT) Program is designed for campers ages 12-15 who can be supported in a 1:8 ratio. It has designated counselors and focuses on the traditional activities of camp with additional activities structured around leadership – focusing on our 9 counselor qualities. LIT’s will attend a leadership academy where they will focus on a counselor quality each month. LIT’s will have a peer mentor they will work with as they learn leadership. At the completion of the LIT program and once age requirements are met, participants will be eligible to apply for our Counselor in Training program. Complete the Leader in Training Application.
Registration for weekend respite is done on a quarterly basis. You will not be able to register for a quarter until 8:00 a.m. of the specified opening date. If you are using waiver funding, please talk to your case manager before submitting the online request form in order to make sure you have enough waiver units to cover all of the respite weekends requested. You will receive a letter confirming the weekends you are registered for.
4th Quarter 2017: October, November, December
Opening Date: September 1, 2017
Online Request Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/4thQuarterRespite
1st Quarter 2018: January, February, March
Opening Date: December 1, 2017
Online Request Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1stQTR2018
Please note, this online form is a request only and NOT a confirmed registration. You will be contacted via mail confirming the weekends you are registered for.
If you should have any questions, please contact our Program and Support Specialist at 515-309-2375 or firstname.lastname@example.org.