Camp Baker summer program focuses on fun Camp Baker summer program focuses on fun
It is hard to believe that when Quarese, now 19, began attending Camp Baker years ago, he was shy and introverted. Especially since nowadays... Camp Baker summer program focuses on fun

It is hard to believe that when Quarese, now 19, began attending Camp Baker years ago, he was shy and introverted. Especially since nowadays he says what he enjoys most about camp is talking to the staff and making friends with them.

Both special needs children and adults have a place at camp baker summer camps this year.

Quarese also enjoys other Camp Baker activities including horseback riding, boating at Pocahontas State Park, and participating in the weekly talent show.

Summer overnight sessions for 2017 for adults with disabilities ages 18 and up are: June 18 – June 23; June 25 – June 30; July 16 – July 21; July 23 – July 28; July 30 – August 4; August 6 – August 11; and August 13 – August 18, 2017.

Two overnight camp sessions for children with disabilities ages 6 to 17 will be held on July 2-July 7, and July 9 – July 14, 2017.

One weekly session of overnight camp is $900 or 120 Medicaid Waiver Hours. There are also day camp sessions available for $450 a week or 44 Medicaid Waiver Hours. For more information about Camp Baker, call (804) 748-4789 or visit richmondarc.org.

For Quarese, attending summer camp has been beneficial. “He’s come out of his shell,” said one ARC staffer, adding that Quarese also enjoys swimming in the camp pool and shooting hoops at the basketball court. For him, Camp Baker offers fun and friendship.

And if he didn’t have the option to attend? Quarese says he’d probably “stay home.”