Almada Lodge-Times Farm Camp Corporation: Channel 3 Kids Camp Inclusive Summer Overnight Camp
73 Times Farm Road, Andover, CT 06232
- Academic Enrichment
- Educational Activities
- Environmental Learning
- Health and Wellness
- Recreational Swimming
- Science Activities
- Social Programming
- Social Science Activities
- Swim Lessons
- Wilderness Activities
Ages Served:6–14 years old
Areas Served:All locations
Program Length:9 weeks (1-week sessions)
Start Date:June 21, 2020 (first session)
End Date:August 21, 2020 (last session)
Hours of Operation:24/7 during camp weeks. Campers arrive Sundays at 2:00 pm and go home on Fridays at 2:00 pm.
$100–$1000 - Financial Aid Available. Offers Reduced Fee Based on Family Income.
We are accredited by the American Camping Association and licensed by the CT Office of Early Childhood. We receive regular inspections from the Department of Public Health. We have three certified CPR/First Aid trainers on our full-time staff and our lifeguards are Red Cross certified. Staff must also be certified annually to be archery and ropes course instructors.
Campers may register for multiple sessions as available, but are required to stay for the full Sunday–Friday overnight camp session. Each summer we have a good mix of returning and new campers.
More about our camp:
Channel 3 Kids Camp provides unique programming that’s vital to the development and understanding of inclusion and integration of all participants.Children interact with staff and campers who have both similarities and differences from themselves. As one of few (if there are others) inclusive overnight camps in CT, it is significant resource for families who want their children, with or without special needs, to develop compassion, collaboration, and reach beyond their comfort zones. We are the only overnight camp in the state to accept children regardless of physical, developmental or financial ability.
All of our programs are rooted in learning, personal development and teamwork. Performing Arts and Pioneering are two activities that are quite different. Both elective programs can be completed by campers independently, although the strength comes in the adaptation to encourage campers to work together. During a Pioneering session campers build fires, construct shelters, and find their way through the forest using maps and compasses. These activities require discipline to follow the rules to remain safe, learn architectural and building principles, and use math and algorithms to pinpoint map locations.These tasks can be completed independently but through sharing materials, knowledge, and the work load, campers are able to naturally develop their ability to work as a part of a group. Additionally, campers engage in problem solving skills and delegation strategies to find success while in the forest. Performing Arts requires a specific skill set that includes time management, organization, and process planning to develop, rehearse, and perform a short show at the end of a camp week. Campers use their creative process and teamwork to develop their acts as a group. They support each other during rehearsals and the show to boost peer confidence, and the groups enjoy the reward of claps and cheers from the camp to celebrate as a team at the end of the week. All programs offered at Channel 3 Kids Camp have a clear process and engage campers in the importance of learning key terms and skills to succeed. We follow best practices and adapted curriculum from the American Camp Association.
The inclusive and integrated nature of our program is rare at summer camp. We bring two different camper populations together into one successful program. In many cases campers from urban areas have not had strong exposure to children with special needs. We provide a foundation to develop language that opens the doors of conversation. Most are hesitant to ask questions if they do not know the right words with which to ask those questions. Campers with special needs have the opportunity to meet, engage, and become friends with children of all backgrounds and interests, from all across the state. In short, we bring together children who, if not for camp, would be less likely to enjoy new and different friendships, and to leave camp with new and more diverse friends.