Giving siblings their right to reunite

— Washington —

CAMP TO BELONG

Bringing separated siblings together – at the heart of our mission, despite COVID-19

COVID-19 has made connecting with those we love incredibly difficult.  Stopping by to visit or check on family members was so much easier just a few months ago! Most of us are counting down the days until we can reconnect and catch up. 

This is the predicament of many Washington children who are growing up separated from their siblings as a result of foster care, kinship placements and adoption. We, at Camp To Belong Washington, are committed to continuing our mission of reuniting siblings who are growing up separated from each other. 

While the current pandemic conditions forced us to put our typical year-round programming on hold, this hurdle also has encouraged us to be more creative with our planning. Instead of meeting at camp this summer, campers who registered met online for a "virtual" camp experience, including imaginative activities each day. We also will be hosting several activities during the fall and holiday season designed to bring small groups of siblings together safely as communities across Washington begin to open. During this time, we also have fun virtual activities planned, which are capable of bringing brothers and sisters from all parts of the state together.

Check out our calendar to see what’s scheduled. Registration for fall and winter activities can be done right on the website. Campers also can add their name to CTB WA's contact list by clicking on the gold "camper" button above and entering their contact information. Registered campers will receive emails about upcoming activities. Volunteers can leave their contact information by clicking the gold "volunteer" button above. "volunteer" button above.

We are looking forward to more opportunities to keep separated brothers and sisters connected all year long!

 

Director Deb Kennedy

and the Camp To Belong family

Carve 'n Cocoa

Funorama

Free

Online get-together

3 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25

REGISTER TODAY!

Pre-Thanksgiving

Craft Night

Free

Online get-together

6:30 p.m.

Nov. 20

REGISTRATION OPENS SOON

Celebrate fall VIRTUALLY with CTB WA!

Giving siblings their right to reunite

— Washington —

CAMP TO BELONG

Bringing separated siblings together – at the heart of our mission, despite COVID-19

COVID-19 has made connecting with those we love incredibly difficult.  Stopping by to visit or check on family members was so much easier just a few months ago! Most of us are counting down the days until we can reconnect and catch up. 

This is the predicament of many Washington children who are growing up separated from their siblings as a result of foster care, kinship placements and adoption. We, at Camp To Belong Washington, are committed to continuing our mission of reuniting siblings who are growing up separated from each other. 

While the current pandemic conditions forced us to put our typical year-round programming on hold, this hurdle also has encouraged us to be more creative with our planning. Instead of meeting at camp this summer, campers who registered met online for a "virtual" camp experience, including imaginative activities each day. We also will be hosting several activities during the fall and holiday season designed to bring small groups of siblings together safely as communities across Washington begin to open. During this time, we also have fun virtual activities planned, which are capable of bringing brothers and sisters from all parts of the state together.

Check out our calendar to see what’s scheduled. Registration for fall and winter activities can be done right on the website. Campers also can add their name to CTB WA's contact list by clicking on the gold "camper" button above and entering their contact information. Registered campers will receive emails about upcoming activities. Volunteers can leave their contact information by clicking the gold "volunteer" button above. "volunteer" button above.

We are looking forward to more opportunities to keep separated brothers and sisters connected all year long!

 

Director Deb Kennedy

and the Camp To Belong family

Carve 'n Cocoa

Funorama

Free

Online get-together

3 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25

REGISTER TODAY!

Pre-Thanksgiving

Craft Night

Free

Online get-together

6:30 p.m.

Nov. 20

REGISTRATION OPENS SOON

Camp To Belong Washington – because the brothers and sisters who helped them endure abuse and neglect are no longer by their side 

For many reasons, children entering foster care and other out-of-home care must be placed in separate homes. The brothers and sisters many have leaned on through times of trouble are no longer standing beside them giving their support and comfort, adding to their trauma and sense of isolation. For some kids in care, visits with separated siblings are rare because they are placed in different cities or across the state. 

Camp To Belong Washington believes these children have a right and a deep need to spend time with each other when it is impossible for them to live together. Their time at our camps and at other CTB WA activities helps siblings stay connected. And being with other youth who have experienced the same trauma helps them realize they are not alone.

 

Each summer, brothers and sisters reunite at Miracle Ranch on Horseshoe Lake on the beautiful Key Peninsula.  They laugh, cry, experience hope, begin healing, and create positive memories that will last a lifetime.

 

Camp To Belong Washington – because the brothers and sisters who helped them endure abuse and neglect are no longer by their side 

For many reasons, children entering foster care and other out-of-home care must be placed in separate homes. The brothers and sisters many have leaned on through times of trouble are no longer standing beside them giving their support and comfort, adding to their trauma and sense of isolation. For some kids in care, visits with separated siblings are rare because they are placed in different cities or across the state. 

Camp To Belong Washington believes these children have a right and a deep need to spend time with each other when it is impossible for them to live together. Their time at our camps and at other CTB WA activities helps siblings stay connected. And being with other youth who have experienced the same trauma helps them realize they are not alone.

 

Each summer, brothers and sisters reunite at Miracle Ranch on Horseshoe Lake on the beautiful Key Peninsula.  They laugh, cry, experience hope, begin healing, and create positive memories that will last a lifetime.

 
 

You can help siblings in care!

CTB WA depends on event volunteers for year-round activities and fulltime and daytime volunteers for camps that reunite separated brothers and sisters, helping them stay connected and build memories together.

 

You can help siblings in care!

CTB WA depends on event volunteers for year-round activities and fulltime and daytime volunteers for camps that reunite separated brothers and sisters, helping them stay connected and build memories together.

Take a dip in fab swimsuits!

Thanks to Title Nine® and our partner, the Ticket to Dream Foundation, CTB WA has stylish new swimsuits for female campers. Several virtual campers already have chic swimsuits for summer swimming and sunbathing.

Swimsuits are available to girls who attended virtual camp this summer or were campers in 2019. Get in touch if you'd like a chick new swimsuit. Sizes available range from women's x-small to x-large. Email bob@camptobelongwa.org.

Thanks Title Nine and Ticket to Dream!

 

 

Campers get a major boost through  grant!

We are humbled to share that the Windows of Hope Foundation - Milgard Family Foundation has awarded Camp To Belong Washington a generous grant in support of the work we are doing to support children in foster care.

 

The Windows of Hope Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of Pierce County.

We are truly grateful for their investment and passion for the work we are doing together.

The grant will enable CTB WA to offer more opportunities for brothers and sisters in that county to gather for activities that strengthen their sibling bond.

 
 

Get in touch

Deb Kennedy · Director

360.731.7268
deb@camptobelongwa.org

 
 

PO Box 1002   Port Orchard WA 98366

deb@camptobelongwa.org  |  Tel: 360.731.7268

Camp To Belong Washington is a Non-Profit  501(c)3 TAX ID # 81-1484241

Camp To Belong Washington does not and will not discriminate in any of its programs, activities or operations based on race, color, religion/creed, gender, gender expression, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, marital status or sexual orientation. Camp To Belong Washington is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming experience for campers, volunteers and those serving in its organization's leadership.

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