programs for people with

special needs

J1:9 Summer camp

I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9

Summer camp is a wonderful place for participants with special needs to make new friends, enjoy the outdoor setting, and grow in faith.

The J1:9 summer camp program is a three-day/two-night program with sessions for youth or adults to facilitate friendships among peers. Each session campers get to experience many of the traditional summer camp activities – swimming, sno kones, fishing, Bible study, campfires, and worship.

J1:9 campers stay in the Sjogren Retreat Center at Carol Joy Holling Camp. The Sjogren Center is equipped with the comforts of home including retreat style bedrooms, restrooms, large inviting gathering spaces, and outside decks overlooking God’s creation.

All campers receive a Summer Camp t-shirt and participate in a closing program at the end of their camp session.

The cost of this program is $230 with a $50 deposit due at the time of registration.

* Space is limited. Please choose only one overnight session.

Participants

•     Youth program events are designed for participants ages 13-21.
•     Adult program events are designed for the “over 21” audience.

Those needing assistance with tasks of daily living (e.g. eating, showering or using the restroom) must bring an assistant/aide. Please list specific needs of the participant on the registration form or attach a note with details.

While our camp is not 100% handicap accessible, we make all possible accommodations for campers. If you have questions about accessibility or activities, please call 402-944-2544 to discuss your individual needs.

Each participant needs to have a camper profile filled out before their stay here. If you need one, it can be downloaded here: 2020 Special Needs Camper Profile.

Jay Novicki programs: Year-round

No matter the program they attend, our campers have an experience that stays with them long after they leave camp.
 

Jay Novicki day camps are an opportunity for participants (21 and older) to enjoy a taste of camp. Each half-day session includes worship, an inclusive activity, and lunch. Every month has a new theme, and campers are encouraged to return month after month!

 

All activities are designed to be inclusive of campers at all ability levels. Activities may include:

  • Adaptive archery

  • Rhythm exploration with Michael Fitzsimmons

  • Creative arts

  • Carnival games

  • Fishing

  • Outdoor education

 

Staff and volunteers lead programming at a ratio of approximately 2:1. Campers’ needs are top priority.

A generous donor has subsidized much of the cost of the Jay Novicki program; leaving registration at just $10 per camper. Multiple day camps are offered each month, and campers are encouraged to choose just one session per month. Registration closes one week prior to the event.

Those needing assistance with tasks of daily living (e.g. eating, showering or using the restroom) must bring an assistant/aide. Please list specific needs of the participant on the registration form or attach a note with details.

While our camp is not 100% handicap accessible, we make all possible accommodations for campers.  If you have questions about accessibility or activities, please call 402-944-2544 to discuss your individual needs.

Click here to download the 2020 Jay Novicki schedule and registration form. Please mail the completed form to us at 27416 Ranch Road, Ashland, NE 68003 or call our Registrar, Jessica, at 402-944-2544.

1

Choose your 

program site

Based on your child's grade, choose the program site best suited for them. There are a couple of options for most age groups. Differences between sites include program specialties and housing. 

2

Choose your date

Once you know the site your child wants to attend, pick the date that works best for you.

NOTE: you absolutely can change the date if something comes up. Just contact our Registrar, Jessica, and we'll help you out!

3

register

We use UltraCamp for registration. The first time you set it up, you fill in a lot of information - contact, medical, emergency contact. Every time after that, you just update information. It's pretty intuitive, but if you have any trouble, contact our Registrar, Jessica. We're here to help!