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Camp Virtual Connections was created last year to keep our Camp Loyaltown community connected while apart. We are thankful to continue this program, connecting virtually and creating a positive experience from the comfort of home.

Our upcoming fall virtual programming starts this October and will be filled with fun activities, chats with staff and interactive opportunities for all participants. We look forward to taking virtual trips to experience and learn about different cultures around the world, challenging ourselves with games of trivia and more! We will also be joined by our favorite music teacher, Nyle, who will join us to teach on weekdays!

What you need to know:

  • Camp Virtual Connections runs on a 12 week cycle. You will need to re-apply to attend each cycle.
  • While we are not meeting in-person, we will be encouraging all COVID-19 protocols. Safety is our top priority. We follow all COVID-19 protocols and requirements provided by the Department of Health, CDC, OPWDD, and Agency guidelines.

Why join us?

  • Learn about different countries each week, talk with international guests from all around the world, and learn new languages
  • Complete your passport
  • Travel in virtual planes, hot air balloons, helicopters, boats, hovercrafts, and more
  • Make your own cook book
  • Sing, dance and make new friends!

Who can join?

Applicants must be eligible for Respite Services through OPWDD.

When?

Tuesday to Sunday from 4pm to 9pm

How can I apply?

To apply, go to Bunk1.com. If you are new to Bunk1, use invitation code: Citizens. Complete the Virtual Connections Spring-Summer application.

If you would like more information, please contact Farah Paillant by sending an e-mail to fpaillant@citizens-inc.org.

We require a completed Fall Virtual 2021 Application form which can be accessed through Bunk1.com. The applicant should also be eligible for services through OPWDD.

If the applicant lives in Nassau County at home with their family the program is funded through a Nassau County grant. All other applicants can pay privately.

If an applicant lives in Suffolk County at home the cost will be $125 per month out of pocket for all the virtual activities. This is a Non- Medicaid waiver program and should not be included in a self- direction budget or be included as a direct provider purchase. The funds must be an out of pocket expense.

If a person lives in a residential setting in Nassau or Suffolk they are permitted to attend If the person’s desire is to participate in virtual programming and this must be included in the monthly fee in their Personal Expenditure Plan. 

Bills will be sent to you through Bunk 1.

Payments can be made via Check:

On the memo line, please write virtual connections

Please mail to Accounting – Dolores  Doxey: 189 Wheatley road, Brookville, NY 11545

An application needs to be completed on Bunk 1. No other supporting documents are required in order to attend.

It is not a requirement to attend all sessions, however we do encourage participants to attend as many sessions as they can over the course of the cycle.

Yes, the participant will need use of video and audio on their device to support their attendance.

This program is facilitated by a full-time and/or part–time staff member through Citizens Options Unlimited.

Yes. The applicant does not have to be a previous attendee of Camp Loyaltown.

Yes. As a new applicant, a screening would be scheduled prior to attending Virtual Connections.

Please contact Farah Paillant-Richardson by phone at 516-293-2016 ext. 5141, or by email at respite@citizens-inc.org

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