A Retreat in Scamper's Nutshell
Wellness G.I.F.T.S. is a camping retreat program that “Gives Inspiration For The Soul” to families who have members with special needs. The retreats provide educational, therapeutic and recreational activities for the entire family. Respite care is provided so that caregivers can really “get a break” from their daily challenges. See our Assistant FAQ for more information about our Assistants. The summer camping retreats focus on families who have individuals with developmental disabilities, of any age, who live at home.
Educational workshops and events are offered to the families, health care providers and professionals on a variety of issues relating to disabilities. Topics may include current medical approaches, complementary treatment strategies, legal and financial issues and relationship and confidence building.
Friday nights we have activities and s’mores! Saturday nights the children enjoy a pizza party and DJ dance party while their parents enjoy a VIP dinner of their own. Afterward, the campers take part in the ever popular annual Talent Show.
Recreational Activities are held at Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort, integrating campers and retreat participants. Planned activities include arts & crafts, wagon rides, bingo, sports games, talent shows and more. Recreational facilities include two swimming pools, mini-golf course, kids fishing, playground, basketball court, volleyball, horseshoes, Frisbee golf, badminton and hiking trails.
2019 Retreat Dates
June 14 - 16
July 26 - 28
August 23 - 25
September 21-22 (18 and up)
Our camping families usually choose to rent a unit at Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort, but some do use tents or bring their own campers. All you have to bring when you rent a unit is your linens, personal items and any snacks or special foods you might want during the retreat.