Camp Wilton Celebrates its 50th Season!
OPWDD is pleased to share that Camp Wilton, a favorite recreational opportunity with the individuals we serve, is preparing for its 50th summer of great activities! The 2016 season for Camp Wilton will run for eight sessions from June 20th to August 12th.
About the Camp
Located in Wilton, New York near the southern Adirondacks, Camp Wilton has been making enduring memories for campers and staff since 1966. We are a residential summer camp operating Monday through Friday for eight weeks from mid-June through mid-August. Our camp hosts 60-80 campers weekly with each session dedicated to a different set of needs including seniors and Prader-Willi syndrome.
We are a camp for all ability levels where the focus is on highlighting each camper’s amazing abilities rather than seeing their limitations. The staff work closely with campers to help them discover confidence in themselves and their individual talents. Campers learn to develop trust in their staff and peers and campers will often “try the untried” because they feel safe, supported and celebrated for their efforts. Every year, our campers strive to return for the transformational energy, spirit and friendships that are connected to the camp experience. One of our campers has returned to Camp Wilton every summer since it opened in 1966, and many of our campers and staff refer to Camp Wilton as “the best place on earth”.
The campground includes five divided A-frame cabins, a large building that contains the kitchen, dining halls and office, a recreation hall, nurse’s cabin, in-ground swimming pool, and director’s cabin. These buildings surround our recreation field where many events and activities are held.
One of Camp Wilton’s core objectives is the emotional and physical safety of our campers. We strive to accommodate each individual’s physical, social, dietary, medical and behavioral needs. Our around-the-clock nursing staff ensure medical issues are promptly addressed as well as ensuring medications are correctly delivered. Special dietary needs are addressed by the camp dietician. Our counselors and directors are trained to provide support for behavioral and emotional concerns should they arise. While allowing campers to have exciting new experiences, we follow specific operational protocols to maintain a layer of protection and safety.
About Our Staff
The majority of our staff are highly experienced with almost 80 percent returning every year. Camp has been a transformational experience for both the campers and those who work with them, and make for memories that are talked about all year. Many of our staff are rising professionals in the areas of education, health and human services or culinary arts. Staff are provided with intensive training to ensure the needs of our campers are being met. Energy, a positive, caring attitude and creativity are some of the strongest attributes of our staff.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO CAMP WILTON
Take exit 16 off I-87 (Northway). Go WEST on Ballard Road past the truck stop. Turn LEFT onto Northern Pines Road. (If you come to a light, you have gone too far.) Approximately 1/10 of a mile on the LEFT there is a brown sign that reads “CAMP WILTON”. This is the entrance. Follow this road past the building on the right and follow the bend to the right into the camp grounds. You will be directed to a parking area where you can unload the car and register your camper.
TO CONTACT CAMP WILTON:
If you have any questions please call or email us at Camp.Wilton@opwdd.ny.gov.
Mailing address and phone number when camp is closed (mid-August through Mid-June)
Capital District DDSO
3 Care Lane, Suite 200
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
ATTENTION: CAMP WILTON 2016
Mailing address and phone number when Camp Wilton is open (Mid-June through Mid-August):
75 Northern Pines Road
P.O. Box 2301
Wilton, NY 12831