At Camp Roger and Camp Scottie, we want as many children as possible to have the opportunity to attend summer camp. However, we are aware that this is more challenging for some campers than others. The following information lists additional support that we have put in place for campers requiring special accommodations. If your child has different or additional needs for us to consider, please contact us at (616) 874-7286.
Campers with Special Needs
Each session, we are able to provide additional staffing support for a limited number of campers with special needs (i.e. mild physical limitations, emotional/behavioral challenges, cognitive impairments, or autism). If you feel that your child might qualify for this program, please contact one of our camp directors, before registering online, to check availability: Kelsey Leunk, Overnight Camp Director at 616-874-7286 or Matt Zwiep, Day Camp Director at 616-648-7159. Additional paperwork will be required. Currently, we do not have the additional staff support to offer this opportunity on our Wilderness Trips.
Food Allergies and Vegetarian Options
Camp Roger will be providing menu alternatives for various mild to moderate food allergies/sensitivities (including nuts, gluten, dairy, soy, and egg), as well as, vegetarian menu options for campers. Our Special Foods Coordinator will provide safe menu alternatives and safe food preparation for these campers. We will do our best to provide food similar to meals being served for the other campers. Our Special Foods Coordinator will receive allergy training and certification through ServSafe. It is important to note that campers with allergies will be eating next to someone who may be eating a food that they are allergic to. If your child has a life-threatening allergy, please contact us to discuss if Camp would be a safe place for them.
This food service is offered to those attending Overnight Camp sessions and Wilderness Trips. Due to the higher cost of offering these foods and training a quality staff member, an additional fee will be charged: $25 for 4-Day Sessions and $50 for 8-Day, Pioneer and Voyager Sessions. Day Camp does not provide lunch and snacks.
By providing this food service, it replaces parents providing supplemental food for their child. We do not accept special food items for your child. As the number of campers with food allergies/sensitivities grows, we feel that this system is safer and easier for campers. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at (616)-874-7286.
Campers with diabetes are welcomed and encouraged to come to Camp Roger and Camp Scottie. If your camper has diabetes, please call the camp office at (616) 874-7286, especially if your child is attending for the first time. The camp nurse will contact you prior to your camper’s session to discuss your specific needs and a plan on how to work best with your child.
Other Unique Needs
Some campers may need additional support while at camp with diet restrictions, bedwetting concerns, physical limitations, or other needs. We would love to discuss how to best be prepared to help your child have the best camp experience. Please call to discuss any concerns at (616) 874-7286.