Channel 3 Kids Camp continues to seek and actively pursue collaboration with the community, organizations, and individuals to provide greater opportunities for our current and future participants.
We work closely with a variety of organizations helping to create a thriving camp community. As stated in our core values, we commit to developing and maintaining long-term relationships with funders, volunteers, and participants for the benefit of the entire (camp) community.
A non-profit organization supporting children with special needs, is committed to supporting and working with the Channel 3 Kids Camp to make an outdoor recreational experience available to ALL kids. The Camp has served its community of children for more than 100 years, but is set to embark on its most exciting chapter yet—serving a community of ALL children—making it a place where ALL kids can play and learn from one another.
As with any worthy project, there are challenges the Channel 3 Kids Camp must overcome and creating the accessible spaces for ALL kids to enjoy is the primary one. The Ashway Foundation is partnering with the camp to build Ashley's Place, an accessible cabin for kids with special needs.
Camp Abilities CT
Camp Abilities gives children and youth who have vision impairments the opportunity to discover their abilities as they get to play and be active. Camp Abilities CT is a one week traditional overnight summer camp program. Activities at Camp Abilities: high & low ropes, archery, wrestling and sports specific for kids with vision impairments: Goalball and Beep baseball PLUS new and exciting sports! Camp Abilities CT
Connecticut Department of Children & families
Channel 3 Kids camp is pleased to partner with DCF to provide the Siblings Connections program. This is a State endorsed program that provides week long camp experiences focused on reconnecting siblings placed in out of home care. We're dedicated to reuniting siblings separated when placed in foster care - together we work to build positive interactions between brothers and sisters in a safe environment at the Channel 3 Kids Camp. Department of Children & Families
Foodshare is the liaison between the food industry and local community kitchens, emergency shelters, and food pantries across the region. As Foodshare receives food donations from wholesalers and private individuals, Channel 3 Kids Camp is a "partner agency" and receives food from Foodshare. With their help, our campers never go hungry and receive well balanced meals throughout the summer! Foodshare
National Inclusion Project
The National Inclusion Project has partnered with Channel 3 Kids Camp to implement Let’s ALL Play—Inclusion in Recreational Programs. The partnership will allow children with disabilities to enjoy successful recreational experiences in an inclusive setting. As part of this initiative, the National Inclusion Project provides a program model, training, expertise, and an award of $10,000. The National Inclusion Project was co-founded in 2003 by entertainer Clay Aiken, and works to bridge the gap between young people with disabilities and the world around them by opening doors for all children to be included together, primarily achieved through recreational programs and training to make after school programs, summer camps and classroom activities inclusive for all children.
For more than 20 years Channel 3 Kids Camp has been a Nature’s Classroom site for students and teachers. Nature's Classroom is a residential environmental education program, at thirteen wonderful sites in New York and New England. Most schools take advantage of a five-day program, while some decide that a shorter stay will work for them. After spending a week at Nature's Classroom, living and learning together, students develop a sense of community, a confidence in themselves and an appreciation for others that carries over to the school community. Through the program, students take an active role in their education by participating in exciting hands-on interdisciplinary classes.
Summer Food Service Program
During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. What happens when school lets out? Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health issues. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need. Summer Food Service Program
During the Sibling Connections camp program, Wheeler Clinic provides support to campers in need of therapeutic intervention. Wheeler Clinic, founded in 1968, is a unique provider of behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults and families that include mental health treatment, substance abuse recovery, special education, early childhood development, prevention, an employee assistance program (EAP) and community education. Wheeler Clinic