Recreation

Recreational Services For All Ages at UCP of the North Bay

UCP of the North Bay is proud to offer a variety of camp and recreational activities in different locations throughout the Napa, Sonoma, and Solano County for both children and adults. Our programs consist of activities provided by our staff and volunteers, as well as activities provided by community agencies sponsored or supported by UCP of the North Bay.

January

 

Cycle Without Limits Winter Bike Camp is an instructional program that teaches children with disabilities how to ride conventional two-wheeled bicycles. The unique “Cycle Without Limits” bikes use air cylinders to keep the rider safely upright while allowing for a progressively greater lean. Cycle Without Limits Winter Bike Camp 2019 will be held  at Sonoma State University, 1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 – Friday, January 18 – Monday, January 21, 2019.

 

June

 

Camp Cazadero is an overnight camp for adults with disabilities located northwest of Santa Rosa in the rolling hills north of the Russian River. The three-day camp provides environmental, education, physical exercise, and social opportunities. Activities include group games, nature hikes, and campfire songs.  Join us May 31 to  June 2, 2019

 

“Cycle Without Limits” Summer Bike/Swim Program is an instructional program that teachers children with disabilities how to ride conventional two-wheeled bicycles. The five-day camp is sponsored by UCP of the North Bay and Sonoma State University. The unique “Cycle Without Limits” bikes use air cylinders to keep the rider safely upright while allowing for a progressively greater lean. “Cycle Without Limits” Summer Bike Program will be held June 10 – 14, 2019 at Sonoma State University.

 

August

 

Camp Kaos is a four-day camp held at Howarth Park, Santa Rosa, for school-age children with disabilities utilizing youth volunteers under the direction of experienced staff.   Activities include games, arts and crafts, and nature activities. Accessible facilities offer the opportunity to go boating, ride the carousel, and take train rides. Camp Kaos will be held July 30 – August 2, 2019 at Howarth Park, Santa Rosa.

 

September

 

White Water Rafting on the American River (Overnight) – Join us for a day rafting down the South Fork of the American River followed by a night of camping! September 14-15, 2019. CLICK HERE for more information!


VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Emma Castleberry

At the age of 12 my Mom told me about Camp Kaos, a special needs camp that needed volunteers.  Wanting to help my community, I agreed to volunteer even though I had no experience helping children with disabilities.  I have always had a heightened sense of empathy, but what I didn’t know was the level of passion that I would experience from working with the campers.  Howarth Park, located in Santa Rosa, with a playground, train, carousel, and boats is a dream come true for children.  That first summer began my change from an anxious pre-teen to a person confident in my ability to help others.
 
As the years went on, I continued to volunteer at Camp Kaos, learning more about different disabilities and, at age 14, developing a very special friendship with an adorable 8-year-old girl. Gigi is diagnosed with a genetic disorder, making her nonverbal and developmentally delayed, with accompanying self-injurious behaviors.  When I first met her, Gigi grabbed at my ponytail and banged her head repeatedly out of frustration.  It was a new situation for me, leaving me a bit stunned.  I was scared and unsure of how to connect with a girl who couldn’t communicate the way I did.
It’s been three years now and Gigi and I have been camp-buddies every year.   The connection between us has been amazing.  I understand what she wants without her having to speak.  Just days after I first met her, Gigi seemed happier.  I could see how much she loved the carousel and swings through her facial expressions.  Her smile and laugh continue to warm my heart, especially this past summer when she offered her own toy to a hurt friend.  Her empathy for another child was like mine.  Another something for us to share.
 
I am really proud to have played a role in Gigi’s development and the life skills that she has learned, even if it meant riding a carousel 17 times in one day.  Working with children with disabilities is something that I know I want to do.  The passion is there, the need is there, and my heart is there.  I can’t wait to volunteer at Camp Kaos again this summer.  I’m very grateful to UCP of the North Bay for providing me with this wonderful opportunity. 

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Recreation is the heart and soul of UCP of the North Bay.  We hold six camps each summer.  Each camp is made up of a variety of ages and a variety of abilities.  An awards banquet is held in August, honoring 12 campers from UCP of the North Bay’s recreation programs.

Click here to learn more!

 

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Play Without Limits for People with Disabilities

 

Ready to volunteer? CLICK HERE to download an application!

Questions? Please email or call Jen Whalen, UCPNB Recreation Director;
707-338-2584 or jwhalen@ucpnb.org


Thank you to our generous sponsors!