CTB WA is planning more Siblings Reunite events around the state. Watch for an event near you!
Sibling Reunite gatherings
For some of the children served by Camp To Belong Washington, camp is the only time they see their siblings during the year. For others, visits occur only occasionally or in a formal, institutional setting. CTB WA provides crucial bonding time together for these separated brothers and sisters. While our summer camps are our largest sibling reunification events, we are in the midst of creating a year-round program of activities geared toward serving hundreds more youth at smaller sibling gatherings across the state. We're calling them "Siblings Reunite" gatherings.
Recent events have included Christmas parties, bowling, swimming and movie nights. Like camp, these events are free and the focus is on giving siblings informal, quality time together to laugh, enjoy each other's company and build great memories.
Check on upcoming events by clicking the button below for our latest schedule.
Camp To Belong Washington eventually plans to enroll separated youth in care in a database so we can notify caregivers and adoptive parents of upcoming events in their area. Enrollment also will enable us to determine the best locations for events so we can continue helping siblings maintain their connection to one another.
We realize the statewide need is great for such programming. Until we are able to fully implement our database, please let us know about your needs and if you would be willing to help with a sibling reunification event.
Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program
Former CTB WA campers 16-18 who demonstate leadership skills, responsibility and maturity can be nominated to become Counselors-in-Training (CITs) for upcoming camps. Nominations can be made by staff members, counselors and fellow campers. Two outside references, one from the school the camper attends and another from an unrelated adult, also are required.
CITs must have:
A 3.0 or above grade point average.
Demonstrated leadership ability among his or her peers.
An “other-centered" perspective.
An ability to learn and follow instructions and procedures.
. An aptitude for working as part of a team.
CITs remain in contact with our CIT coordinator during the year. At camp, they have an opportunity to further develop their leadership skills and receive mentoring by experienced staff members enjoying camp.