Camp Prov is a summer camp for children 18 months to 11 years with special needs, and their siblings. It is held at Forest Park in Everett where the children are paired with a unit leader or trained volunteer. Together, they do activities such as arts and crafts, sensory play, music, nature activities, dance and movement, and swimming.
- July 8-12
- July 15-19
- July 22-26
- July 29-August 2
- August 5-9
There are two sessions each day, morning (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) and afternoon (1 p.m.-4 p.m.). For more information, view the camp brochure.
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Camp Prov was started in 1996 by the caring and compassionate women of the Providence General Children’s Association. Parents that have had children with special needs reported that they had difficulty finding summer activities for their children, as few camps were available in the Everett area to accommodate their children. In addition, they had difficulty finding time for themselves, as they had difficulty finding care for their children, even for an hour or two due to the complexity of medical issues in caring for their child. They worked with the staff at Providence Children’s Center and developed a day camp for kids with special needs and their siblings. This became Camp Prov.
This developed to not just being a place where these kids could go for a few hours in the summer, but also for developmental and learning for the children. Now it has progressed to help the children develop and learn how to manage sensory and behavioral challenges, transition issues, as well as speech and physical disorders. This in turn helps them improve their ability to develop positive relationships, acquire and use knowledge and skills, and be able to take appropriate action to meet their needs.
This has been entirely successful, and the parents and caregivers of Camp Prov say as much. We have heard comments such as “they were not talking before camp, but now they are”, and “He had so much fun at camp! We really don’t have many other options”. In addition, we have heard that the parents do things during this time such as go Christmas shopping, as taking their child with sensory issues would make this very difficult.
Camp Prov would not be possible without the funding help of Providence General Foundation and Providence Children’s Association. In addition, the support of our community partners, such as Everett Parks and Recreation where this camp is held, as well as the thousands of volunteer hours that have been provided has been invaluable. We anticipate that with the demand for this service and with the support of our many partners, Camp Prov will be a fixture in the Everett community for years to come!