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...for the opportunity to step outside of the typical world in which families caring for a child with an intellectual and/or developmental disability exist to experience a weekend of:
Together families will experience positivity, motivation, and thoughtful reflection moving families into action!
Families in Action gives families the opportunity to live and celebrate life together in beautiful Estes Park Colorado –enjoying a restful and relaxing weekend having fun together! Kids will enjoy planned activities in a camp experience during the day, and families will re-connect in the evening over campfire fun and with special family entertainment.
“Being a parent of a child with disabilities is like walking up a mountain trail. You know how you walk a little uphill and then the trail makes a U-turn on itself? After you've turned the corner, you look back on where you've been. That’s kind of what its like to be a parent of a child with disabilities. At each new stage of growth, you can look back and get some perspective on where you've been, and each time it gets a little easier” (-Mark Buswell).
As you are climbing the mountain trail it’s difficult to take time to care for yourself show you can show love to yourself and your family. Families in Action has an incredible program designed to inspire parents— adults will hear motivational messages throughout the weekend, and have the opportunity for a little self-care (massages, picnics, the great outdoors). We want you to take the time to love and care for yourself!
Learn to share your story, to embrace your life, and to move your emotions into action— creating change not only for your family but also for your community! You are an expert on your child and your family; we have created an environment for you to learn new skills and resources that will give you a new perspective on living life with a child with an intellectual and/or developmental disability.
We encourage all members of the family to attend the Families in Action Family Retreat. We have programming for parents, siblings, and individuals with I/DD. It is highly advised that two adults attend e.g. parent, grandparent, or family friend…
All families can attend the retreat at no charge. Costs are covered by the presenting Chapters of The Arc and Arc thrift stores.
Our volunteer team is eager to provide a camp experience for all kiddos, however, they are not medical professionals and cannot provide personal care, skilled/unskilled nursing, or medical services.