Everyone should have the opportunity to participate in a summer enrichment program and experience the great outdoors. DSRC is proud to sponsor such programs since 2021. The programs for those with special needs include: youth from age 5-12 in Blooming Meadows; Greener Pastures for young women ages 13-25; Open Fields for young men ages 13-25; and NEW in 2023 is for adults with special needs from ages 26-36. The ages are approximate and will be reviewed with the director of the program for appropriate placement. Here are the Pre-Admission Forms for each of the four programs to complete and send in by May 15. Additionally, here’s the SSNEPs Cover Letter for your review: Cover letter 2023
Blooming Meadows: Pre-Admission Form for BM 2023
Greener Pastures: Pre-Admission Form for GP 2023
Open Fields: Pre-Admission Form for OF 2023
Rolling Hills: Pre-Admission Form for RH 2023
The programs are for Bay County youth through adults with special needs and will include daily socialization, arts & crafts, music, recreation, and physical fitness. Participants will also be enrolled in the Bay County Library System Summer Reading Program. Completion and submission of a Pre-Admission Form is required by May 15th each year. Each applicant MUST be able to respond positively to directions given to them by someone other than a family member to be accepted into SSNEPs. Once accepted into the program, a Registration Form, Medical Release/Health Examination Form, Liability Waiver, Media Release, Covid Waiver Form, and Code of Conduct/Rules will be emailed to you for completion. NOTE: The Health Examination portion must be completed by a physician BEFORE attending the program. All these forms must be completed and returned with the participation fee of $525 in full no later than June 12th each year. One idea to help raise funds for participation in SSNEPs is soliciting funds from family, friends, and neighbors through the YES I CAN Drive for DSRC.
Campership Scholarships for Non-DSRC Sponsored Camps
DSRC Campership Scholarships will be for children and adults to attend educational and recreational camps of their choice throughout the state of Michigan that are NOT DSRC sponsored programs. Contact DSRC to apply for such funds for the non-DSRC sponsored camps. Each camp experience is unique to each participant. Some camps simply allow the campers to play and spend time with others who have similar challenges. Other camps teach the campers fishing, archery, basketball, and arts & crafts. Imagine sleeping in a cabin for the first time or strolling along a woodland path. The experience at camp gives each camper time to grow, experience new people in their lives, and ultimately develop life skills. In addition to helping the campers, the camping experience also benefits the families of campers, providing a much-needed respite. Scholarships are based on the financial need of the family. A Campership Scholarship Application which asked for financial information must be completed and returned to DSRC for consideration prior to attending the non-DSRC camps. Please contact our office with any questions or to have an application mailed/emailed to you. You may mail the application to our agency, email it to email@example.com, or send it by fax to 989-895-3917. DSRC will award from $100-$300 toward the camp cost for one session per year. The family is responsible for the rest of the camp fee. Scholarships are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and are based on available funding. Here is the letter explaining the campership program and the Campership Scholarship Application.