Respite/Day Camps

All camp slots for 2021 have been requested. In the event of a cancellation, we will contact those on the waiting list in order of application date. If you wish to be add to the waiting list, please click the link below.


DATES: Monday, July 19 - Friday, July 23, 2021


LOCATION: Good Works Farm Extension, 1566 Roxanna New Burlington Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068

THEME: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE! An immersion into animals, habitats, ecosystems, seasons, & hibernation

WHO: Individuals, age 5 and older with a developmental disability (Autism, Down Syndrome, intellectual delay, Fragile X, etc.) and their typical siblings.

COST: $250/week per camper

We accept Ohio Medicaid Waiver Funds for Community Respite, County Funds, Grant Funds, and private pay. Payment Plans available. A sponsorship fund is available - funded by local corporate sponsors - to assist with fees (until funds are depleted.)

**Community Respite Clients**-please contact your SSA to update your camper's ISP to include Good Works Farm as your Community Respite provider and ensure everything is in place to secure appropriate funding.

COVID-19 Safety protocols in place: Please visit our latest COVID-19 Updates page for the health and safety protocols we will have in place during camp.

Camp brings families together

I loved camp and I loved the attitude everyone had towards the campers. Having a sister that is special needs can sometimes give you weird looks but at camp everyone was so devoted to the campers it was amazing. Thank you for all the effort you put into the campers and thanks for allowing me to help. -S

OUR HISTORY: Since 2015, Good Works Farm has provided a week-long summer day camp for individuals, age 5 and older, with a developmental disability and their typical siblings. Family participation is a big component of camp as older siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, and friends volunteer as group leaders, buddies, and in many other ways. Without the support of volunteers, camp would not be possible.

This camp, held on our farm extension, provides opportunities to explore nature, spend time with new friends and old, strengthen family ties, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Past activities have included:

  • Creative Arts

  • Animal therapy

  • Music exploration

  • Sensory Station

  • Fishing

  • Woodworking

  • Games

  • Therapy dog visits

  • Fire Department visits

  • Family time at camp

  • Yoga

  • Bead art

  • Painted Rocks

We keep our camp prices as low as possible and we rely heavily on donations and sponsors to support our campers. We also accept Medicaid Waiver Community Respite funds, county funds, grant funds, and private pay. To help sponsor camp this year, please see information below.

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In 2020, in light of the COVID pandemic, we chose to cancel camp. It was the first time since 2015 we did NOT hold our summer camp and we were just as disappointed as our campers.

However, we took lemons and made lemonade by applying and receiving our Ohio Medicaid Waiver certification in order to provide an additional funding stream for our organization. With this certification, we can begin providing Medicaid Waiver reimbursed services such as Adult Day Habilitation, Vocational Habilitation, Career Exploration, Homemaker Personal Care, and Community Respite (day camp).

But with this new funding source comes a challenge.

In the past, we were able to keep our camp prices well below average and place a cap on the maximum that families would pay. This year, we must follow Ohio Medicaid rules and not charge private pay clients less than the "usual and customary" rate that the waiver pays. That means that our rate is increasing by $100/week per camper with no family max. In 2019, we charged $150/week; $450/max per family. This year, the fee will increase to $250/week with no max cap per family.

This is why we need your help to offset the cost to families.

This year, we are asking you to directly sponsor a camper by contributing to a sponsorship fund families can access to help them pay our camp fees. This sponsorship fund will ONLY be used by families to offset their costs. Some of our families have 3 or 4 children who attend our camp and they can't afford to pay $1,000 for a week of camp, especially when so many are struggling financially.

Please help us help these families.

Thank you.