From campfire s'mores and late night ghost stories, to nature walks, swimming, and arts and crafts, Easterseals Nebraska week-long summer camps provide the same excitement and activities available at other summer camp programs. The difference? Easterseals Nebraska campers experience the joys and challenges of camp in a fully-accessible setting. We maintain 1:1 - 1:3 counselor to camper ratios dependent on camper needs, have a Registered Nurse on-site at all hours and accept campers with any disability ages 5-100+! Campers gain independence and social interaction skills while participating in a variety of engaging, adapted activities.
Scroll below to see our Session Descriptions, Summer Dates, Registration Instructions and Payment Options & Campership Information!
Age-Specific Sessions and All Ages Sessions
These sessions are designed with all activities accommodated to fit each camper's disability. All sessions offer the same activities: fishing, canoeing, archery, flying squirrel (a high-ropes activity), horses, swimming, crafts, games, campfire, s'mores, and group activities. Age-specific sessions are grouped into Youth, Teen, Young Adult and Adult categories.
Our age-specific sessions are great for campers to meet new friends and spend time with peers their own age. All Ages sessions are a perfect fit if the age-specific session you want is full or if your camper is comfortable spending time with anyone, no matter their age.
TrailBlazers Inclusion Camp
Ages 8 - 13. Trail Blazer Campers will participate with our supported campers in all of our fun camp activities and traditions. In addition, each day Trail Blazers will participate in an activity structured around becoming a good role model and a helpful friend to peers with disabilities. This unique program is for campers who can be independent with personal cares, follow instructions, and maintain a 1:8 staff to camper ratio at all times. If your camper needs more support, please register for a session that fits your camper's age requirements.
This camp is private pay only; this is not a waiver program. Camperships are not available. Siblings and friends of our supported campers are welcome!
Ages 5 and older. Spend two nights, three days enjoying what camp has to offer from a RUSTIC point of view. Campers will sleep in tents, have canoe races, shoot archery, swim, and learn to cook on a campfire! Rustic camp is for campers who are ambulatory or can be supported while walking.
Camp Lean On Me
Ages 7-17. This is a unique camp that is open to individuals that have a sibling or familiy member with a disability. Each camper will get to experience all the fun activities camp has to offer while making friends with those who have something in common with them. This allows parents at home to have an opportunity to focus on themselves or give some undividied attention to their child(ren) with a disability.
Ages 5+. Have a grand 'ole time at the zoo! This camp includes two private tours (one in the evening & one in the morning) and an overnight sleeping under the sharks in the aquarium! Please note, the drop off/pick up times are different from regularly scheduled camps: zoo camp begins at 6:30PM and ends at 11AM the follow day. Drop off and pick up are located in front of zoo admissions.
Ages 16+. A leadership program geared towards growing and developing work skills, while getting to enjoy all the fun parts of camp! Individuals interested shall apply and interview -- and upon acception, must attend orientation. They will work an additional 2 weeks of summer giving back to camp, serving as a role model to campers, and establishing a strong work ethic, references and volunteer hours.
Ages 5 and older. Campers will experience a fun-packed day of canoeing, fishing, swimming and several other engaging camp activities! Day camp is for campers who want a "sampler" of camp or aren't quite ready to spend the night. A daily sack lunch is required.
* QH = Quarter Hours; DU = Daily Units
** Changemaker costs are variable dependent on eligibility
*** Ambulatory Campers Only; Must fit within a 1:4 Ratio
* QH = Quarter Hours
WHAT is the maximum number of camps I can sign up for?
In order to give as many campers as possible an opportunity to attend camp, you may only register for ONE OVERNIGHT summer camp session until April 1. After April 1, you may register for additional sessions. There is no limit on how many Day Camp Sessions campers may be registered for. If the session you want is full, we highly recommend adding yourself to the waiting list.
WHEN does registration open? WHEN is registration due?
Registration for Summer Camp Sessions will open January 8, 2019. 100% of CampDoc Health Profile information including medical history, medical forms, consent forms, and payment are due May 1st.
WHERE is camp?
Summer Overnight and Day Camps are held at Boy Scout's Camp Eagle in Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska. See our "Preparing for Camp" page for directions and other helpful information once you register!
HOW do I sign up for camp? HOW do I pay?
Sign up for available sessions on CampDoc using the link below. We recommend using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari internet browsers. See below for further payment information.
Campers may Privately Pay, use Respite Waiver Units, or a Lifespan Subsidy to pay for camp. We encourage all privately paying campers to get creative in accessing funds to pay for camp. A very limited amount of Camperships are available.
For a six day session, Easterseals Nebraska subsidizes at least $300 per person per session, bringing the cost of a 6 day session from $1,400 to $1,100. We appreciate all financial donations and sponsorships.
- Cash, credit/debit cards, or checks are accepted.
- Please pay on Campdoc with credit/debit card or send checks to Easterseals Nebraska, Attn: Jeri Fleming, 12565 W Center Road, Omaha, NE 68144.
- Payment plans are available as long as the full balance due is paid three weeks before the session is set to begin.
- See "Alternative Funding Ideas" section below for ideas to help supplement your tuition.
Respite Waiver Units
- Contact your caseworker to mail us an authorization (A&D waiver) or update Therap (DD waiver). Your balance due will be updated in CampDoc once we receive documentation listing the correct dates and units for the session(s) the camper will be attending.
- It is your responsibility to ensure your caseworker sends us the authorization or updates Therap. Please let us know if your annual waiver review will delay receipt of the authorization.
- If you are already approved for Lifespan Subsidy, let us know in advance. We will need to verify your eligibility and amount with the Social Services Worker prior to your camp session.
- Please be sure to bring your billing form to camp so we can bill appropriately after the session.
Alternative Funding Ideas
- ABLE Account. See this handout and/or visit the ENABLE website.
- Lifespan Subsidy. See this handout and/or visit their website.
- Connect with community organizations. Groups such as Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club, Lions Club, etc. have helped sponsor campers in the past.
- Hold a fundraiser. Ask a local business such as Panera, Chipotle, Raising Canes, etc. to donate a percentage of their profits for your camper's tuition.
- Create a crowdsourcing page (ie. GoFundMe). See this handout for some helpful tips.
- Sell your camper's art, crafts, or host an at home party such as Tupperware, Pampered Chef, etc. and have the consultant donate the profits for your camper's tuition.
- Our funds are limited and dependent on our generous donors and most of our Campership funds have income guidelines.
- Please apply early and be sure all information is complete. Applications will be accepted starting January 8, 2019 and on paper only, NOT on CampDoc.
- Please note that a copy of your most recent tax return, SSDI/SSI award letter, or proof of any other income listed on the application are required. Mail the completed form and required documentation to Easterseals Nebraska, Attn: Holly Windorski, 12565 W. Center Road Omaha, NE 68144 OR fax to 888-611-6396.
- Camperships will be awarded on a first come, first completed, first serve basis! Notification of Campership Awards will begin in March 2019.
- If you don't qualify for a Campership, please see "Alternative Funding Ideas" above to help you supplement your camper's tuition.
- Download the Campership Application.