Lives Touched

We loved meeting new people, everyone was so incredibly friendly. It was a rare opportunity for us to get out and not get stared at.

Our daughter is not yet interested in interacting too much with other children but she bonded with her Special Needs Buddy. She loved many of the activities, and just adored all of the music! Music speaks to her and the inclusion of so much music throughout the weekend was wonderful for her.

I think our boys had the best experience of us all. The first day my 10 year old came over and said 'at last I met someone who has a sister like mine.' It was great for him and his brother to meet other families with Special Needs kids and realize that there are many families no different than ours.

Special Needs Family Camp


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  • July 21-23, 2017

Special kids and their families deserve a special weekend! So, our Special Needs Family Camp brings families, which include a child with developmental disabilities, together for a retreat of respite, support, fun and prayer on the mountain celebrating each other as God’s special gifts. Special Needs Family Camp provides dynamic, specially designed programs that refresh and strengthen families who live with disability – offering a change of pace where they can have fun together in a safe and accepting environment. These exceptional children, along with their parents and siblings, will enjoy tailored programming in a supportive environment. Families will be able to get away from their every day distractions and focus on the unique qualities each member brings to the family. They will meet and fellowship with other families who face similar concerns. They will build lasting memories together as a WHOLE family as well as find a renewed hope in God.

For this unique weekend experience, Whispering Winds’ warm, caring staff will include qualified special educators, developmental disability specialists, and trained Special Needs Buddies paired with each family for their special needs child. There will also be additional Child Care Assistants (CCAs) assigned to each family for every typical sibling under the age of 5.

Each day your extraordinary child will get to enjoy exciting age/ability-appropriate camp activities, crafts, recreational opportunities and bible study all in the accompaniment of your family’s assigned Special Needs Buddy. Most importantly, they will have the freedom to be themselves. Typical siblings will get to participate in their own age-appropriate group activities helping create bonds in a Christ-centered, encouraging environment. Parents will have the opportunity to focus on their marriage and each other as they enjoy worship music, outstanding speakers and practical seminars that address family time and issues related to life with a disability. They will get opportunities to meet other parents with similar challenges and goals and to exchange ideas and resources.

Afternoons will be free to relax all together as a family and to participate in a variety of optional activities including swimming, hiking, meadow games and an outdoor Mass service. Evenings will be full of family oriented activities such as talent shows, camp fires, and more…all in a compassionate and accepting environment.

Family Camp Mission Statement:

“The purpose of Family Camp is to welcome families of all ages and stages to a peaceful place where they can enjoy quality time together while having fun growing in their faith. Whispering Winds offers families the chance to meet God in a comfortable environment, helping build strong marriages, gain purposeful parenting skills and develop a spiritual legacy which will last.”

Features

  • Outdoor Mass service & dynamic speakers
  • Swimming pool, meadow games, ziplining, rock wall and more fun activities
  • Programs for Special Needs and typical children, teens and adults
  • 3 days + 2 nights (Friday evening – Sunday afternoon) plus 6 delicious meals
  • Free child care for kids 5 and under
  • Kids 3 and under are free