In May, we donated the funds raised during our casual Fridays to Camp Ruggles in Glocester, RI. One of our clients, Pauleen Slater, is a nurse at the Camp. We raised $70, and the company matched it for a donation of $140.
Camp Ruggles is a therapeutic 6-week summer day camp for children ages 6 to 12 that are clinically diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disabilities. It started in 1974, and continues to assist children who could not readily participate in a traditional day camp setting.
These children face many challenges, and need specialized assistance. Consequently, during the 6 weeks each camper receives 240 hours of supervised care, healthy meals and snacks, bus transportation, activities, and one-on-one attention from the extensive staff. Activities include boating, swimming, yoga, arts and crafts, music, reading, physical education, and more.
This structured program requires the skills of many professionals trained to deal with the emotional and behavioral disorders of the campers. Professionals include teachers, instructors, counselors, lifeguards, psychologists, directors, and a nurse. Since they provide intensive case management with a camper to staff ratio of 3:1, they can only accept 60 children annually to ensure each camper receives the individualized care they need.
This worthwhile program emphasizes verbal communication, building esteem, self-control, problem solving, following rules and directions, showing responsibility, and building trust and social skills. It is also a lot of fun before school starts again in September. However, it also plays an important role in the camper’s counseling and behavior treatment plan as it bridges the gap that can occur during the summer months.
Staff crafts behavior modification plans that coincide with the camper’s existing management plan, Individualized Education Plan and 504 Plan so they do not lose any ground over the summer months. Counselors and psychologists track each camper’s progress and all staff evaluates performance to adapt to the camper’s needs.
Obviously, a day camp like Camp Ruggles is very expensive to run. Parents often cannot afford to contribute as much as they would like and some of the children live in group homes. As a result, Camp Ruggles relies on grants, fundraisers, and donations to cover the $204,000 they need for tuition for all 60 campers.
Camp Ruggles offers several ways to contribute if you would like to help. They have an extensive wish list of food, arts and crafts, office, program, and special activity supplies they need here. Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on where and when to deliver your donation.
Alternatively, you can make a single or monthly monetary contribution through the secure Just Giving website. They’ll automatically send a receipt to your email address for your much-appreciated contribution.