Spring 2024 Events and Trainings

Spring 2024 Parent Network: Share your Feedback

Children’s Resource Center-North is looking for feedback from families through conversations at our Parent Network.

  • Hear from the many great parent leaders in our area who have valuable information.
  • An opportunity to network with each other.
  • Let us know what is working and what is not. Provide us feedback on how best to help families

Additionally, these meetings will be an avenue for staff to provide updates on projects that we are developing. If you have questions or want more information, contact Allison at 715-261-1933 or via email at Allison.lourash@co.marathon.wi.us.

Monday, April 1, 2024 @ 7 PM or Tuesday, April 2, 2024 @ 12 Noon

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C.A.R.E. Series for Families
Discussions developed to support families who have children or youth with special health care needs

Each session will cover both topics:

  • Requesting a Shared Plan of Care: Working with child’s medical provider to develop a Shared Plan of Care which includes a medical summary, family strengths and goals.
  • Exploring Care Mapping: Design a care map for your family which will serve to show others at a glance all of the people and resources supporting your child’s development.

Monday, April 8 at 7 PM or Tuesday, April 9 at 12 Noon

Camps (Day, Summer, Respite)- Updated January 2024

Below is a list of camps and other opportunities that we are aware of that families may want to explore for children with disabilities/ special health care needs. Children’s Resource Center- North does not endorse any of these camps and this information is provided only as a resource. When considering camps there can be many options depending on your child’s needs and interests. You can talk to camps to see if they can accommodate your child or other parents who may have already had their children participate.

Cost of camps: Camps are funded in a variety of ways and the costs can vary greatly. Childcare subsidies may assist with day camps that are taking the place of childcare. Scholarships or sliding fee scales may be available as well. You may be able to utilize CLTS funds for camp for respite and/or day camps for summer child care. Give us a call, 715-261-1906, if you need help navigating all these options or want more information.

Overnight camps for children with disabilities

  • We hear from a lot of families how much they have enjoyed the Northwoods and family connections at Camp Awesum. Registration is open on Monday, January 15, 2024, at 9am (phone and online registration)- camps fill up very quickly. In 2024, there will be three 7-day family camps and one 5-day family camp.
  • Rainbow’s End Day Camp s through Aspirus for children age 5-21 with special needs. Typically holds two sessions of week long (Monday-Friday) camps in July. Check their website for dates to be announced. $100 with costs offset by donations.
  • Variety Chatter Matters Camp at UW Whitewater is available to children ages 5-15 who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication and their families. Camp is June 20-23, 2024. Deadline is Jan 15th.
  • Easter Seals Camps in Wisconsin Dells. Several camp options at different times of the year including transition, respite, autism, and adults. Youth and Teen Sessions are for ages 7-18 with a special 4-day holiday session taking place between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
  • Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt near Stevens Point. Week long camps for different types of disabilities including Blind/Low Vision, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Autism/Intellectual Disabilities, Epilepsy Diabetes. Wisconsin Lions Camp programs are free but have a lottery.
  • Timbertop Camp: summer camp for youth with specific learning disabilities/ special needs including AD/HD, SLD, Title 1, OHI that is held at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt near Stevens Point. 
  • Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum– occurs yearly in the summer at Edgewood College in Madison. Become a part of the youth that lead us! This week-long forum is for high school students with disabilities who want to learn more about leadership, self-advocacy skills, and career awareness.
  • Camp LuWiSoMo Joyful Hearts ministry is designed for individuals with developmental disabilities, providing a quality camping experience in a safe, Christian environment. All campers take part in the usual camp activities, but each activity is modified based on the needs of the camper. Located in Wild Rose, WI (south of Stevens Point)
  • Camp Daniel is an organization dedicated to providing people with disabilities opportunities for personal, social, and spiritual growth. Camp Daniel is rooted in its summer camping program that offers people with disabilities access to safe and fun Northwoods camping experiences, where the physical, social, and spiritual needs, that each person’s disability requires, are lovingly met. In Marinette County. 
  • Numerous camps affiliated with the Paul Newman Foundation like Hole in the Wall Gang and Painted Turtle host weeks for specific disability groups across the country 
  • UW-Whitewater Wheelchair Basketball Camp for ages 8-18.
  • Camp Independence is for youth with spina bifida. Located in northwest suburbs of Chicago.
  • The American Diabetes Association offers Camp ADA/Needlepoint in Hudson, WI (on the Minnesota border).
  • Also located in Hudson is Camp Avanti an intensive occupational therapy program within a rustic camp setting for children ages 6 to 15 who have learning disabilities and/or sensory processing dysfunction.
  • Special Touch Ministry’s Summer Get Away has a camp-style retreat for people with intellectual or physical disabilities in Waupaca. “Functionally-appropriate programming, activities, and FUN in a Christian atmosphere.” Each location is staffed with medical professionals and other volunteer personnel. 
  • Badger Camp: have many options for campers ages 3-21 with intellectual disabilities. One or two week sessions. For older kids they have travel and primitive camp options too. Near Praire Du Chein.
  • Camp Chi is located in southern Wisconsin and has several options for week long and multi-week camps that can extend to their day camps.
  • Coed Wheelchair Basketball at UW-Whitewater age 8-18. www.uww.edu/ce/camps/athletic/basketball/bballwheelchair
  • Camp Independence is for youth with spina bifida.  Located in northwest suburbs of Chicago.
  • CHAMP Camp provides a summer camp experience for children and adolescents with tracheostomies and those who require technological respiratory assistance. Located in Indiana.

Local Camps for all children: we provide this list based on information we received from the camp or directly from families

  • Contact your county 4-H for information on your local camp opportunities. You can hear more about how Camp Susan has accommodated campers in the past with this video: youtu.be/IK4PcchE2es
  • Fort Wilderness camp near Rhinelander is another camp that parents have said their children with disabilities/ special health care needs have enjoyed
  • YMCA’s Camp Nan A Bo Sho is located in Northeastern Wisconsin near Lakewood and offers multiple overnight camps in the summer starting at age 5.
  • Bayfield County 4-H Summer Camp is available to youth not involved in 4-H as well as members. 
  • Summer Camps offered at Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) supports all campers’ physical, social, and mental well-being. CWES provides activities, opportunities and learning experiences for campers that meet the individual campers’ needs, capabilities, interests, and overall well-being. All hired CWES staff participates in a 1 week training session, including a day focused on Mental Health Training. This allows all staff to be prepared professionally for all camper’s overall well-being.

Local Summer Day Camps

  • Discovery Education Station in Marshfield has day camps in the summer as well as other STEAM events. They are a provider through CLTS.
  • YMCA Camp Sturtevant in Wausau offers day camps for the entire summer as well as other opportunities. They do accept the child care subsidy and have camper scholarships.
  • YMCA of the Northwoods-located in Rhinelander, day camps for children ages 5 and up are available, in addition to child care for children from infancy through age 6. They do accept the child care subsidy, have camper scholarships available, and are listed as a CLTS provider. subsidy, have camper scholarships available, and are listed as a CLTS provider.
  • Camp Jorn YMCA Day Camp-located in Manitowish Waters (and offers a shuttle bus from Arbor Vitae), this day camp has sessions by the week or by the day for children ages 5-14(must turn 5 by 9/1/24). Child care also offered for children 3mos to 12 years. They do accept the child care subsidy, have camper scholarships available, and are listed as a CLTS provider for respite care.
  • YMCA Camp Alexander in South Wood County offers day camps based on weekly themes. No one is turned away from YMCA Camp Alexander for an inability to pay.
  • UWSP Day camps offered at the Stevens Point, Marshfield, and Wausau campuses.

Other opportunities

• For siblings of children with disabilities, WisconSibs has opportunities in different locations and age groups in Appleton and Door County.

Recreational Opportunities
Fishing has no boundaries: first started in Hayward, now has chapters across the country including Eagle River. Provides fishing events as well as information on adaptive equipment. The largest event in Hayward takes place May 19-20, 2023.
Empowered Dream Hunts is based in Mosinee (Wausau) and offers hunting trips to veterans, youth, and others with access barriers.
• Fishing Inspires Special Hearts (F.I.S.H.) offers fishing opportunities near Junction City (Portage Co).
My Team Triumph involves team of endurance athletes with a person with a disability as captain

Leadership Opportunities
Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum– occurs every summer at Edgewood College in Madison. This week-long forum is for high school students with disabilities who want to learn more about leadership, self-advocacy skills, and career awareness.
• Crossways Self-Determination Camp at Pine Lake Camp in Waupaca is for those 18 and older with intellectual disabilities www.crosswayscamps.org/selfdetermination

Our partners at Family Voices of Wisconsin created this list of camps across the state a few years ago if you are looking outside the area: familyvoiceswi.org/resource-library/1304/.

Fall Events and Updates

Here is a list of upcoming conferences and training. If a child receives CLTS, parents may utilize funds for training from the Children’s Long Term Support waiver by contacting their county Support and Service Coordinator. Many conferences also offer parent scholarships and we can also assist you in getting to these important events through scholarships for hotel and mileage. Give us a call at 715-261-1906 or email specialneedsinfo@co.marathon.wi.us

  • Transition Trainings- we are planning several transition trainings in person in the fall from our partners at the Youth Health Transition Initiative
    • Build Your Bridge: Moving from Child to Adult Health Care: Introduce and discuss when to start thinking about health care transition to adult care providers as well as offers helpful tools and resources.
    • Bridging the Gap: An overview of youth health transition with information tailored to different, mixed audiences (e.g., parents, teachers, nurses, etc.).
    • Dreaming Differently: To meet the needs of a unique audience, the “Build Your Bridge” curriculum has been adapted for families who are raising children with significant intellectual or developmental disabilities and medical complexity.
  • Trainings with Katie Berg through your local CESA
    • The Supporting Neurodiverse Students (SNS) Professional Learning System provides learning opportunities with a focus on regulation, social communication, flexibility, resilience, sensory processing, and executive functioning. It includes regional training sessions, virtual trainings, and virtual cohorts to support educators and families serving students with disability-related needs in the area of social and emotional learning.  
    • Virtual and In Person opportunities listed here 

Ashland Family Support Summit


Saturday, September 17, 2022

9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Northwood Technical College Conference Center, Ashland, WI (use parking lot on far south side and enter in  through door S4)

Sharing Circles– informal conversations throughout the day
• Practicing good Self-Care for parents
• What resources and tools are available to keep my child safe?
• How does my family access different services and supports?
• Parenting support/ raising grandchildren
• How do I best make use of therapy supports for my child?

Presentation Schedule
• 10:00 AM Build Your Bridge: Introduce and discuss when to start thinking about health care transition to adult care providers as well as offers helpful tools and resources.
• 11:30 AM Did You Know? Now You Know!: explains resources and services for children with disabilities and special health care needs from birth through young adulthood. Topics include: Medicaid, Children’s Long-Term Supports, prior authorizations and appealing a Medicaid denial, respite, partnering with your doctor, and more.
• 1:00 PM Caring for the Whole Family: Tips and guidance from parents for parents of children with special health care needs/disabilities

Other opportunities:
• Resource Tables and demonstration booths from local organizations
• Asset Mapping- share what assets are in your community and learn the gifts of your neighbors
• Build a Care Notebook: a way to organize school information, medical records, and other important information to share with others.
• Kids Activties: coloring pages, stickers, make your own fidget, and others activities

Help us plan by filling at this brief form- you do not need to RSVP to attend. 

Family Support Summit Ashland Flyer