ARC @ Camp Baker
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Providing Compassionate Support Services for Families
“Each time my child visits Camp Baker I see improvements. It’s a wonderful place that gives our family a real break and peace of mind. It truly is a big help to us.”
Camp Baker offers a variety of support services for families living with children with disabilities:
- Week-long summer sessions for children ages 6 through adult. Nursing staff on site provides medical services. Activities include swimming, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, dance & theatre arts, arts & crafts and a variety of sports.
- Day and Overnight summer camp options are available.
- Children and adult sessions
Respite Care Services
Weekend Respite: 46-hour stay (Friday – Sunday) for children ages 6 through adult who need a break from their caregivers. Assistance with meals, daily living needs, medication, recreational activities.
Emergency Respite: 24-hour care during a family crisis. Please give a four-hour notice to allow for staff scheduling.
- Extended-Stay Respite: One- to two-week stay for youth through adults when they or their caregivers need an extended break from each other. Available during the summer.
Adult Day Program
Our Adult Day Program services are designed to meet the needs of adults with significant and complex disabilities who have challenges performing daily living activities.
By staying active during the day with a variety of life-enriching activities, then returning home in the evening, adults keep a sense of independence and remain close to their families. At the same time, their caregivers are able to maintain employment without having to worry about their loved ones.
Our north and south care facilities are open Monday through Friday year round.
We focus on:
- Daily living, socialization, exercise, leisure, recreation, volunteering and workforce skills.
- Working with staff to reinforce individual strengths in the community or at the center
- Assistance with personal care needs, such as hygiene, simple food preparation and housekeeping services
Youth Day Program
ARC provides a daily, structured and staff-intensive program for school-aged children (through 21 years) with developmental disabilities who cannot be left unsupervised. In addition to homework assistance, students participate in fun and educational activities at the center and in the community. They enjoy field trips to restaurants, museums, libraries and parks; they golf, swim and bowl; and they volunteer at an animal shelter and a recycling center.
ARC Youth Day Programs offer flexible hours to accommodate a variety of family schedules:
- School days until 6:00 p.m.
- Early-release school days until 6:00 p.m.
- School holidays and summer break
For more information about Camp Baker Services (Summer Camp, Respite Care, Adult Day Program and Youth Day Program), please call (804) 748-4789 or CampBaker@RichmondARC.org
Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker is a full-service, handicap-equipped retreat located on 22 wooded acres near Pocahontas State Park in southern Chesterfield County. Camp Baker has been serving individuals with special needs since 1929 when it was a respite for undernourished children known as W.W. Baker Summer Camp. In 1957, ownership was transferred to Chesterfield County under the care of Greater Richmond ARC and renamed Camp Baker to serve children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Over the past 50 years, Camp Baker has undergone many renovations. Today it is a barrier-free, fully accessible facility providing a rewarding “rustic” camp experience for individuals with disabilities as well as Respite Care. State-of-the-art upgrades include the construction of a dining hall, an outdoor amphitheater and a 62-bed lodge to accommodate campers year-round.
A Lifesaver for Families
“Even though our daughter can’t walk or talk, we can tell she is having a good time at Camp Baker. And the staff doesn’t just take care of her - they take care of us by giving us a break.”
Families with children who have disabilities think of Camp Baker as “a lifesaver,” not only because of the support its summer and year-round programs offer their children, but because of the relief it provides to caregivers. The majority of families report reduced stress as a result of Camp Baker’s Summer Camp, Respite Care, and the Greater Richmond ARC's Adult Day Support and Afterschool Services.
A Safe, Nurturing Environment
“This is the best vacation my son can have because the staff really understands the needs of children with multiple disabilities, whatever they may be.”
Participants ages 6 through adult with disabilities receive care and supervision from our well-trained team of counselors, specialists and program directors. A low staff-to-camper ratio ensures individual attention. Beyond assistance with personal hygiene, meals, toileting and medication management, campers participate in therapeutic, recreational and social activities to achieve these goals:
- Develop friendships
- Build self-esteem and confidence
- Achieve higher levels of independence
- Make smart choices and decisions
- Improve social skills
- Learn the benefits of teamwork
- Master new skills for community living
- Have fun, fun, fun!
For more information about ARC's programs @ Camp Baker (Summer Camp, Respite Care, Adult Day Program and Youth Day Program), please call (804) 748-4789 or CampBaker@RichmondARC.org!