Who is Eligible?

Foster and/or adopted youth ages 8 to 18 who are currently separated from at least one sibling. We encourage all siblings of the family to attend together. Registration is completed online and all forms must be electronically signed by the child’s legal guardian. Once an application has been completed by another party, a link will be sent to the DHS/DCPP case manager to review and electronically sign the application.  

If you know a sibling group, between the ages of 8 to 18, who would like to attend, you may begin the registration process below.  A separate application must be completed for each child in the sibling group.

Welcome to Camp To Belong River Valley

Camper Criteria

The following list of criteria should be used as a guideline when considering youth to be referred to Camp To Belong River Valley.

  • Must be 8 years old by May 1.

  • Must attend with at least one sibling (though we prefer all of them!)

  • Desire to spend time with their sibling(s)

  • Has the developmental and cognitive abilities to understand the purpose of camp

  • Ability to self-manage in a large group setting

  • Ability to keep self safe (free of self-abusive/self-harming behaviors)

  • Does not display physical aggression toward siblings, peers, and/or adults

  • Does not display any physical aggression toward animals

  • Ability to maintain safe and appropriate boundaries with siblings, peers and adults

  • Does not experience sleep disorders, such as a chronic inability to sleep throughout the night, requiring awake overnight supervision

  • Does not display excessive behaviors that would greatly disrupt the focus of camp

  • Does not present with a sleep disorder – chronic inability to sleep throughout the night which would require awake overnight supervision.

  • Absolutely no sexual activity – concerns of sexual activity between siblings and/or concerns of sexual perpetration behaviors toward other campers.

  • Is not actively homicidal or suicidal in behavior or communications

  • Does not display behavior that requires restraint or ongoing 1:1 support or supervision.

Additional Information:

The ratio of campers to counselors is 2:1. Although we provide constant supervision for our campers, we are not able to provide ongoing 1:1 supervision or support to any camper needing constant supervision on an individual basis. For this reason, campers requiring this type of supervision may not be appropriate for this camp setting.

If you have further questions, please email our Camper Coordinator.