"NIP has been instrumental in making our camp a place where truly everyone belongs."
Camp Director, Jewish Community Center
BEST PRACTICES FOR INCLUSIVE CAMPS
Editors: Gary N. Siperstein, Stuart J. Schleien, Martin E. Block, Emily D. McDowell
Best Practices for Inclusive Camps is written by practitioners for practitioners. The book provides a distinctively practical take on the inclusion of youth with and without disabilities at camp, based on the newly developed “Standards for Inclusive Recreation.”
Part I of the book (Creating an Inclusive Camp) addresses best practices in various aspects of camp, while Part II (Exemplary Inclusive Camps) is a series of case studies about inclusive camps that represent both day and overnight programs across a range of organizational affiliations and geographical locations. We're proud to say that NIP's Director of Inclusive Recreation Amanda Kloo is one of the authors in Part II.
Appendices include a self-reflection questionnaire for your camp, based on the standards, and a collection of staff training activities specifically designed for promoting inclusion. Wherever you are on your inclusion journey, this book will help you take the next step in your program so that children with and without disabilities can experience the joys of camp—together.
We closely and consistently evaluate our inclusive program model, working in partnership with the Center for Social Development and Education (CSDE) of the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
OUTCOMES BY THE NUMBERS
Counselor observations indicated that children with disabilities:
Program partners and staff with NIP training were able to:
Programs partners were able to:
PARENT SURVEYS FROM
Parents of children participating in a partner program reported:
Everybody Participates Everybody Belongs
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