Our Camp One Step community is made up of some of the most caring, determined, and resilient people you’ll ever meet! Our family of campers, families, volunteers, staff, and supporters are also united in our belief that camp isn’t just a place, it’s a community, and it’s not about where we are, but who we are; that makes our programs so special.

So when faced with this unprecedented health crisis affecting our country and world, it’s no surprise that we are collectively saying “Camp will go on” this Summer, it may just look a little different this year. While change can be difficult at times, it can also bring creativity, fun, and new ways of experiencing camp with friends and others! This Summer, our staff and volunteers will be working together to bring camp to our kids and families. As Darryl Perkins, our Chief Programs Officer said, “Our recent Virtual Chicago Day Camp taught us that the energy that the campers have at Camp One Step is far more contagious than any virus, and transmits through your screen.”

Normally we talk about kids coming to camp, but to protect the health and safety of our kids and volunteers, we know this isn’t possible right now. So how will we bring camp to our kids? It starts with our incredible team of Program Leaders, who will be planning a variety of both virtual and at-home, indoor and outdoor activities for each of our Summer Programs (Sibling Camp, Summer Camp and Utah Adventure Program). Counselors will lead their groups in providing some virtual experiences via Zoom that will feel very familiar (like singing songs, dance parties, games, and talent shows), as well as planning some surprises that our campers can do at home with their families too! To support these activities, Camp One Step will be sending campers “care packages” to their homes, filled with lots of fun items, activity supplies, and t-shirts to make them smile, and feel our camp hug. “The opportunity for kids to connect and feel like they are not alone is more important than ever. We are so excited to offer the same fun, creative activities our campers know and love in this unique virtual way. It’s going to be a summer like no other!” said Jessica Hopper, Director, Summer Camp.

Nothing is stronger than the bonds, friendships, and connections of our community, and that is why not even COVID-19 cannot stop camp from taking place this summer! Our campers are heroes to us, showing incredible strength, courage, and tenacity on a daily basis. So we hope every eligible camper will register for virtual programs being offered this Summer, and be part of this incredible story of how camp marched on, and nothing could stop us, not even this global situation. We are Camp One Step! #ForwardTogether

Sibling Camp Virtual:
Being held June 13-18. Registration opens April 30th: (Register here)

Summer Camp Virtual:
Being held July 11-24. Registration open now through May 8th (Register here)

Utah Adventure Virtual:
Being held August 8-15.  (Learn more)

 

On April 17th-19th, Camp One Step hosted our first virtual program, Chicago Day Camp. We transitioned from an in-person program to a virtual program and it was amazing!! Our campers had a great time and everything that makes camp one step special, was felt that weekend.  As campers logged onto the Zoom video call each day, they were welcomed by energetic counselors and Camp One Step staff. Everyone was sporting crazy hats, costumes, and pajamas based on the daily themes! Campers then broke into small groups, and counselors led activities such as telling jokes, molding Play-Doh, and the fan favorite, creating MadLibs. Then, campers participated in virtual field trips to meet reptiles, go on an improv adventure, and practice yoga! We wrapped up each day with Camp songs! We were beyond thrilled to see how our campers engaged with the activities and one another throughout the virtual programming. Virtual Chicago Day Camp was a success, and left campers, parents, counselors, and staff smiling ear-to-ear! Thank you to all of our campers, families, volunteers and staff for making Chicago Day Camp virtual a very special one!

From one of our parents. “This was Isaac’s first time attending a Camp One Step program, and our experience was absolutely amazing. When he received the care package in the mail it gave him a new sense of excitement over what was to come for the weekend. Isaac spent over an hour with his dad the night before camp decorating his All About Me t-shirt for the first day, and on the first morning of camp he felt so special to find out one of the counselors had many of the same favorites as him bunnies and ice cream! He made friends with some of the other campers virtually over many shared interests, and he can’t wait to meet them in person.”

 

Camp One Step is not just a place, it is a Community!

It is a community of people who love going to camp to spend time with their friends and make memories. Program after program, we understand how much our campers look forward to sharing experiences and supporting each other. We also want to let you know that we are here to support each of you any way we can. Now and always, we are one community, One Fight One Family. Throughout time, our mission remains the same: Through community, support, and shared experiences with peers, we deliver happiness. Which is why we are making Camp One Step available each and every day.

Today we are excited to announce a new way that we can engage as a camp family, with the creation of Camp One Step On Demand. Camp One Step On Demand will bring camp to you 365 days a year. This virtual connection allows our community to create shared experiences in an all-new digital format. We created Camp One Step On Demand to offer virtual camp experiences that allow our campers to participate in their favorite camp games and challenges from anywhere. Our goal is to continue to be true to our mission and bring happiness to our campers.

Camp One Step On Demand gives us the opportunity to bring elements of camp to you, as we will be sharing games, activities, communications, and more. This is our way to offer you a virtual Camp hug because we believe that camp isn’t just a place, it’s a community.

We invite each of you to join us on this virtual journey, and stay connected as one community through Camp One Step On Demand! Please follow our social media and website for new activities that will bring camp to you!

 

For more information go to https://camponestep.org/ondemand/