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What is Camp?

Camp Rainbow Connection is a week-long respite camp for individuals with intellectual disabilities. CRC started in 1985 at Westview on the James, a camp of the Charlottesville, Rappahannock River, and Richmond Districts of the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church. That first year, there were 25 campers and a small staff of 15 volunteers. CRC grew to two weeks while at the Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center. CRC is currently held at Richard Bland College in Petersburg, VA and is resourced by the Serving Ministries Office.


Camp Dates are July 16-22, 2022 (campers arrive July 17)


Criteria for Admission

Camp Rainbow Connection is a wonderful expression of God’s love. However, it is NOT for everyone due to its structure and location. Campers spend the week with others of various ability levels. Each camper is paired with a staff “buddy.” Staff members give of their time as volunteers. For this reason, camp is not appropriate for individuals who do not meet the following criteria.

  • Have a mild to moderate level of intellectual disability although other disabilities may exist.
  • Be at least 16 years of age or older.
  • Perform activities of daily living such as dressing, eating, bathing, and toileting that require little assistance. Note: An individual will not be admitted to camp if he/she cannot control bowel or urine elimination.
  • Participate in all camp activities as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate no physical and/or emotional threat to self or others and require little care in terms of his/her behavior.
  • Document from a physician that no recent hospitalizations have occurred.

Email: [email protected]
Address: 10330 Staples Mill Road
City: Glen Allen
State: Virginia
Postal Code: 23060
Office phone: 804-521-1100
Website URL: https://vaumc.org/CRC/
Tags/Notes: Camp Rainbow Connection, Recreation and Leisure, camps, central, Richmond