Strive@CRSI provides youth summer camp

Springfield: CRSI ventured into a new service arena this summer by offering a summer day camp for kids with developmental disabilities. Fifteen participants, ages seven to fifteen, enrolled in the six week program held daily at the Mueller CenterDSCF0008DSCF0036 group photo-with parents DSCF0019 DSCF0014 DSCF0031 in Springfield.






Due to a competitive request for program proposals, the CRSI Strive program was selected to provide the camping experience by the Clark Co. Board of Developmental Disabilities earlier in the year. Funding consisted of county board funds, Rotary donations and camper fees through the county board.

The summer camp experience had a different theme each week, according Patricia Young, habilitation manager in Clark Co. During the week of July 7 the theme was Security. Campers experienced and learned about a wide variety of security techniques that help keep everyone safe in public and private spaces.

Security experiences included building an “X-ray machine” for body scanning, similar to what is present in all airports and court houses. Another aspect of the Security theme was “Detective Training” which included a very fun game of ‘pinning the mustache on the detective’. In addition, campers built an imaginary laser field from string; then got to make their way through the laser web, trying not to touch the string.

Other parts of the Security program activities during the week included looking for “bombs” in a tub full of balloons with messages attached to them, and making “Morris Code” machines.

Additional segments of the six-week summer camp included field trips to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Young’s Dairy, Snyder Park, and the Clark Co. Fair. They also had fun with a ‘water day’; and a ‘share day’ each week, centered around a color theme.

At the end of the six week program, a picnic was held for camp-goers and their parents who expressed great appreciation for the successful program.

According to Dave Faulkner, director of habilitation services, “We anticipate offering the camp next year and expanding CRSI programming to include transition services for youth”.