Summer Programs

SibDays of Summer – July 19-23, 2021

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WHAT IS SIBDAYS OF SUMMER? For over 20 years, WisconSibs has offered SibDays as a day-camp style program for children ages 6-12 who have siblings with special needs. This high energy day-camp is packed with games, arts and crafts, hikes and hunts, a carnival, playground fun, swimming and lots of other exciting outdoor fun.  PLUS . . . siblings make new friends and have the opportunity to share and celebrate the challenges and joys of being a sibling.  It is typically held in July at Plamann Park, just north of Appleton.

SibDays of Summer directors are trained WisconSibs Sibshop facilitators.  Campers especially enjoy their teen and young adult small group leaders, many of whom also have siblings with special needs.
Date:  Daily July 19-23, 2021   10 am – 3 pm
Location: Plamann Park  1375 E Broadway Dr, Appleton, WI

INFO ABOUT SIBDAYS and REGISTRATION


Teen Sib Leadership Day (TSLD) – June 16, 2021 -River Tyme Bistro – Appleton, WI

This one-day training guarantees to be exciting and fun while helping teen sibs build leadership skills. The TSLD event features nationally-known motivational speaker, Neil Ihde. He will offer an up-beat, interactive presentation that will motivate each participant to lead the best life they can.

With our summer theme, “Sibling Cruise”, this Teen Sib Leadership Day includes a cruise down the Fox River and lots of nautical fun.

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Location: River Tyme Bistro (and Fox River Tours)  425 W. Water St., Appleton, WI

To attend, you must be a new or previous recipient of the Teen Sibling Leadership Award.
To apply, click Teen Sib Leadership Award Application

Teens age 13 or older should apply no later than May 1.  Download 2021 Teen Sib Leadership App.  Previous winners may register online or by calling 920-968-1742.


Sib Leader Internship Program

Siblings who have completed at least their freshman year in college are eligible to apply for a paid summer intern program with WisconSibs.

Want more information? Contact us


Sib Camp – 4 day/3 night in Door County, WI

July 31 – Aug 3, 2021     Ages 9-14     Peninsula State Park (tents)  RESERVATIONS STILL AVAILABLE
August 12 – 15, 2021      Ages 9-11      Wagon Trail (yurts)  RESERVATIONS STILL AVAILABLE
August 16-19, 2021        Ages 12-17    Wagon Trail (yurts)  THIS CAMP SESSION IS FULL. NO RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE.

For siblings ages 9-17, Sib Camp is an opportunity for some respite for siblings and kick back, experience the freedom and thrill of adventure, and share a great time with peers who truly understand the ups and downs of life with siblings who have special needs.

Activities include biking, hiking, swimming, paddling, zip lining, stargazing, camp cooking, campfires, ecology, photography, and much more!

Sib Camp is held at the Team Leadership Center near Sturgeon Bay in Door County, and is guided by experienced Team Leadership Center staff who are certified in education, ropes course, kayak, lifeguard, CPR and first aid.  It is open to sibs from across the state.

INFO ABOUT 2021 CAMPS and REGISTRATION

THREE sessions available in Summer 2020

July 31-Aug 3  for ages 9 and older at Peninsula State Park site (sleeping in tents)   $325 (space limited to 10 campers)*

August 12-15 for ages 9-11 at Wagon Trail Campsite (bed sleeping in yurts)   $425 (space limited to 14 campers)*
August 16-19 for ages 12-17 at Wagon Trail Campsite (bed sleeping in yurts) $425 (space limited to 14 campers)*  THIS CAMP SESSION IS FULL.

Campers report to the Door County Adventure/Team Leadership Center at NOON of the first day of camp.  Pick up is NOON the last day of camp.

Advanced registration required.  No walk-ins.

REGISTRATION-PERMISSION FORM – a link to this form will be sent to you after your Enrollment-Registration is complete and payment (or Campership) is received.

*Campership grants are awarded, as funds are available, to families needing assistance.  For financial assistance information contact us.

More information about specialty camps at https://www.veryspecialcamps.com/summer-camps/2514.html

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Camp is Good for Sibs

camp-photo1Summer can get boring and sometimes pretty difficult for kids, especially siblings at home together.  A break from one another, the couch and the electronic toys with the opportunity to play freely with other children outdoors are some of the most valuable features of the camps and summer activities offered by the WisconSibs.

Campers build confidence.  Make lifelong friends. Learn new skills.  Enjoy a sense of independence. All with others who share the concerns and joys of growing up with siblings who have special needs.

Camp is a place to make lifelong friends.  A place to discover their passions and develop character.  A place to try new things.  According to the American Camp Association, 63% of children who learn new activities at camp will sustain an interest in those activities well after camp is over.


What do Parents Say About WisconSibs Summer Programs?

  • “My son has increasingly gotten kinder to his sister over the years, and I think a large part of that is having an outlet such as SibDays where he can talk about his sister with other children. I think it makes him feel less alone.”
  • “My daughter looks forward to this EVERY year. All staff is so great with the kids. I never worry about dropping her off. I know she is in great hands and gets physical and emotional support she needs.”
  • “My son has a lot of fun while attending and it seems to keep him calmer and help him deal with his sister. He comes home and is much kinder to her and we all get along better.”
  • “[After SibDays] my daughter did talk to me about how she is feeling when it comes to fairness in our family. How she feels cheated sometimes.  This was on day 2 and I was thrilled she felt comfortable enough to bring this up and talk about it with me.  I know it’s hard to express these types of feelings and she did so very honestly.  Thank you!”