— Washington —
CAMP TO BELONG
— Washington —
CAMP TO BELONG
Celebrate spring VIRTUALLY with CTB WA! Watch this space for the next virtual sibling get-together.
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 modify our typical year-round programming, 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 hosted several activities during the fall and holiday season, bringing small groups of siblings together safely. During this time, we also are having fun virtual activities planned, which are capable of bringing brothers and sisters from all parts of the state together. We are working to expand our offerings. Please check on the website and the CTB WA facebook page for the latest events and how to register!
We'll announce plans for 2021 camp as soon as we are able.. Our tentative camp dates are June 18-25. Campers can add their name to CTB WA's contact list by clicking on the gold "campers" 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 "volunteers" 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
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.
Take a dip in fab swimsuits!
Campers get a major boost through grant
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 email@example.com.
Thanks Title Nine and Ticket to Dream!
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