2021 Camp Dates
Arrowhead Camp: July 12 – 16, 2021
Cottonwood Camp: July 19 – 23, 2021
For over 50 years, we’ve hosted retreats for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, building a lasting community, and an unforgettable experience full of positivity and camp tradition! Join in the fun, come see your camp family!
Our specialized retreats cater to the needs of adults with a wide range of needs. Staff is selected for their ability to care for this population in a fun, nurturing way to make this a wonderful vacation experience. We offer sessions of 5-day residential sessions throughout the summer. Experience the relaxing, scenic lakeside cabins. Experience the fun, laughter, and positive atmosphere. White Memorial Camp is the perfect way to make new friends, grow faith in God, learn new skills, and create lifetime memories in a safe, beautiful, natural environment. Some of our popular activities include; boat rides, crafting, swimming, hayrack ride, Carnival Night, Fancy Dinner, Dance, adaptive shooting sports, low ropes course, musical guests, and of course, our beloved talent show. WMC has hosted camps for individuals with ID/DD for over 50 years and while much has changed, one thing remains the same – we can’t wait to see you!
- ADA accessible heated/Air Conditioned Cabins
- On-Site RN/LPN and FirstAid Trained Camp Staff for medical needs.
- Dedicated staff. We strive for no more than one staffer to four campers. Plus extra staff to assist individuals full time who may need extra care.
- Dietary needs will be met. Our chef will work with our Nurse and Campers to met any dietary restrictions, or specialized food preparation.
- Fresh air, good people, and great memories.
- Space is limited for each session so register early so we know you’re coming.
- If you miss a registration deadline, don’t worry! Just call the office to see if there’s room!
Some activities include…
Daily swimming activities are structured to be safe, fun, and instructional. Pool time is supervised by certified life guards and staff. Counselors interact with campers to create spontaneous games in the pool. On the first time in the pool, everyone does a swim test to ascertain their skill level. If a camper’s swimming level is not where it should be for the deep end, they will wear a lifejacket and swim only in the shallow end. Campers who need it, receive on-on-one support in the pool. Campers who choose not to swim have a shaded area where they can watch, talk with other campers and counselors, or play games.
Gardening, Animals and Agriculture
Help camp grow! Plant flowers, tend the vegetable gardens, walk the goats or groom a horse!
Yard Games, Sports, and Outdoor Activities
There are lots of fun, inclusive yard games like pickleball, tether ball, ladder golf, cornhole, giant jenga, shuffleboard, 9-square, Gaga Ball, basketball, sand volleyball, Crockett, bocci ball, softball golf, water balloons, and more!
Archery, Crossbow, Airguns – What a thrill to learn how to hit a bull’s-eye. Campers are taught the skills of target-shooting with bow and arrow. Through practice, persistence, safety and fun, archery builds confidence and self-control. All who want to participate can. We assist each camper to have a good experience with this sport. We have equipment for those with low mobility or limited hand or arm movement that allows them a chance to safely aim and shoot a crossbow!
Campfires & Cookout
Gathering around a campfire is one of the most memorable things we do at camp. We sing camp songs, do silly skits, roast marshmallows for s’mores, and even have a cookout.
Crafts are an integral part of camp life, beginning with tie-dying your own t-shirt! Everyone looks forward to the delight of seeing what the dyes look like after they are done. Everyone gets to do camp crafts with patient, caring staff. Some of the campers enjoy chalk drawing on the patio. Often the crafts are developed into a theme for the week with lots of take home items to cherish.
Hiking or Hayrack rides
With 165 acres of lakefront property, this is a beautiful place to explore. There are lots of established trails through woods, over wooden bridges, and through prairie grass. Campers who are able can explore by foot. For the comfort of others, there is a hay rack ride or golf cart to see some of the beautiful lakeside scenery.
Camp’s boat takes campers (in lifejackets, of course) out on the lake to see more of our surroundings and feel the wind on their faces. Surrounded on three sides by water, Camp White is established on a large, beautiful peninsula in the center of Council Grove Lake.
Every evening, depending on the weather, we gather to watch the beautiful lake scenery at Vesper Point. It’s a time for favorite church songs, a bible message, sharing and connecting to God, nature and each other. It becomes one of the most meaningful aspects of camp for all. When the weather keeps us inside, we do a Vesper service in the dining hall. It’s still a special time in comfort!
Camp songs are like no other! We sing grace before every meal, we sing after meals, and we do fun “repeat-after-me” songs at campfires and church songs at Vespers. Lots of smiles, laughter and bonding are created with songs.
Campers look forward to their talent show all week! Campers sing karaoke style, do a dance, or make a costume for their super hero performance. Sometimes they perform by themselves and other times with a group of campers or counselors. It’s a very fun time for performers and audience alike!
Camp Dance, Carnival Night, Fancy Dinner
Each night camp has the best entertainment! Dancing? Oh yeah – we’ve got that. There are line dances, wheel chair dances, and dances for everyone. Fun music, party atmosphere and lots of laughs! Want the fun of a fancy restaurant from the comfort of your own camp? We’ll plate and bring you your food and transform the dining hall into our own 5-star experience! And then in the blink of an eye, suddenly we’re at the fair playing your favorite carnival games for prizes! We’ve got something for everyone.