Greater Richmond ARC's Camp Baker is a full-service, handicap-equipped retreat facility located on 22 wooded acres near the Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County, Virginia.
Camp Baker's long history of serving individuals with special needs can be traced to 1929 when the camp was first established as a respite for undernourished children. In 1957, ownership of the W. W. Baker Summer Camp for Children was transferred over to Chesterfield County under the care of Greater Richmond ARC and renamed Camp Baker to serve children with developmental disabilities.
Over the past fifty years, the rustic camp has undergone many upgrades and renovations, including the construction of a full-size cafeteria and a year-round, fully accessible, 62-bed lodge to better suit the needs of campers.
Who We Serve
Camp Baker supports children from age six through adults who have developmental disabilities so they can:
- Develop friendships and build self-esteem during training, therapeutic recreation and social activities
- Achieve higher levels of independence while mastering new skills for community living
- Make choices and decisions that are based on individual preferences, strengths and needs
- Live with caregivers
Campers receive care and supervision in a safe, nurturing environment. Beyond assistance with personal hygiene, meals, toileting and medication management, campers participate in therapeutic, recreational and social activities both at the camp and in the community. A low staff-to-camper ratio is maintained.
Camp Baker's programs are designed to help to decrease the stress of caregivers so they are better able to cope with the demands of caring for their school-aged children and adult children who live at home with them.
Weeklong, overnight summer camp sessions for children six years of age through adult run throughout the summer. (Day options are also available.) Nursing staff provides 24-hour on-site medical services during summer camp.
A few of our activities include:
- Swimming at the Camp Baker pool
- Hiking Camp Baker's nature trails
- Horseback riding and canoeing
- Dances and Theatre Arts
- Arts & crafts
48-hour stay (Friday - Sunday) at Camp Baker for children from age six through adult who need a break from their caregivers. Campers receive help with meals, daily living needs, medication and recreational activities.
24-hour emergency respite services are available by calling (804) 748-4789 ext. 391 during normal business hours M - F or (804) 350-6105 nights and weekends. We ask that you give us up to four hours notice so that we may schedule appropriate staff.
Camp Baker Adult Day Support
Weekdays for adults who require a high degree of staff support. Training focuses on daily living, socialization, recreation, volunteering and pre-vocational skills when in the community or at Camp Baker. See also Adult Day Support & After School Services.
Camp Baker After School
Camp Baker offers daily, structured and staff-intensive program for school-aged students with developmental disabilities. Participants engage in age-appropriate community and facility activities and receive homework assistance. See also Adult Day Support & After School Services.
Hours: ARC offers flexible after-school hours to meet your family's schedule:
- School days until 6:00 p.m.
- Early release days until 6:00 p.m.
- School holidays
Camp Baker is licensed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services , is accredited by the American Camp Association and is a Medicaid Community-Based Waiver provider.
For more information, please contact CampBaker@RichmondARC.org or click for Camp Baker brochure.