The intentional programming of Camp To Belong is delivered through the Signature Events replicated across
all our camp locations. These Signature Events are designed and facilitated to support the mental, emotional
and relational health of the youth, as well as promote positive behavior. Camp To Belong is one of the only programs in the United States designed specifically to address the sibling relationships of youth who are separated by foster care.
Siblings choose gifts for one another from a “shop” of donated/pre-purchased gifts, wrap them, and create birthday cards for their brother or sister. One evening is dedicated to a camp-wide birthday party where sibling groups celebrate with individual family birthday cakes and gift exchanges. The party serves to make up for missed opportunities to celebrate important life occasions together.
Sibling Pillows & Blankets
Siblings create and exchange pillows or blankets with personal messages to provide a take-home keepsake and the space for the articulation of their feelings.
This activity is an evening designed to reduce isolation, empower youth and provide positive role models. From inspirational guest speakers to sibling sharing, Inspiration Night contributes to the youths’ ability to respond to conflict and improve self-esteem and self-efficacy.
Life Empowerment Seminar
Participants ages 14 and over attend the Life Empowerment Seminar program designed to empower older youth to advocate for their rights and provide education on the options and resources available for college and career readiness. The goal of the Seminar is to help youth succeed after they have aged out of the foster care system and prevent them from becoming another statistic on failure.
Each kid is provided a scrapbook, materials and printed photos of their week at camp. They create a visual representation of their experiences and memories and use this take-home keepsake as a place to write messages to one another and personal reflections on the week. For many, this scrapbook will contain the only pictures they have from their childhood.
A fun night! Camps typically hire outside companies to set up games and inflatables at the host site. This evening provides an opportunity for campers to spend time with others who are living in their shoes and just have a good time making friends and bonding with their siblings.
Traditional Camp Activities
Throughout the week, the campers also participate in traditional camp activities, such as boating, horseback riding, swimming, and challenge courses that support positive outcomes.
A week at CTB offers separated siblings time to share cabins, eat meals together, learn to horseback ride, cheer each other on the climbing walls and experience 24 hours a day for six continuous days of life as brothers and sisters. For some sibling groups, one week of camp provides the equivalent of five years’ worth of visitation. The outcomes of a week at CTB include improved self-esteem, increased resiliency, enhanced conflict management skills, and the connection to a wider support network.
Camp To Belong
PO Box 1147 Victor, Idaho 83455
Tax Identification Number: 94-3229145
Camp To Belong does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation in any of its activities or operations. We are an open and affirming program and we welcome all gender identities. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our campers, volunteers and staff members.