Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker is a full-service, handicap-equipped retreat located on 22 wooded acres near Pocahontas State Park in southern Chesterfield County. Camp Baker has been serving individuals with special needs since 1929 when it was a respite for undernourished children known as W.W. Baker Summer Camp. In 1957, ownership was transferred to Chesterfield County under the care of Greater Richmond ARC and renamed Camp Baker to serve children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Good wine. Good food. Good friends. Great cause!
Purchase your tickets now for the 2018 Ladybug Fund Winetasting and Silent Auction, featuring fine wines from the West Coast and Virginia, along with craft beer from Midnight Brewery. Mosaic Catering will provide dishes including their signature Shrimp & Grits and Zucchini Flatbread.
On Thursday, March 1st, 2018, The Greater Richmond ARC will host a Special Needs Planning Seminar. Attorney Stephen Burns with Park Sensenig LLC and Tia Marsili of the Arc of Northern Virginia, will present information on guardianship and future planning.
The Greater Richmond ARC’s Ladybug Fund Wine Tasting and Silent Auction is Saturday, March 24, 2018!
Time: 6:00 PM 9:30 PM Location: Torque Club, Gate 4 at the Richmond Raceway Complex.
Greater Richmond ARC has a new website! https://www.richmondarc.org/
Because so many more people are using smartphones to access websites, we have made the site more user friendly. It is much more agile than our last site and gives us the ability to update easily. As our needs and our programs evolve, we can keep you posted in real time.
The Greater Richmond ARC today announced its weekend respite program schedule at Camp Baker, 7600 Beach Road in Chesterfield, for people with disabilities during December.
A children’s weekend program (for ages six to seventeen) will be held from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon on December 1,2,3. Sessions for adults (eighteen and up) are December 8,9, and 10, and December 15, 16, and 17.
“Every postcard makes at least two people happy,” says John Bryan as he discussed his postcard book Birthday Spankings, which refers to the tradition of giving or receiving playful spankings to celebrate birthdays.
June 2 | ARCpark After Dark: 7 – 9 pm
Live music with Even Better Than The Real Thing, wine, beer, and delicious food from Slideways Mobile Bistro! $10 entry for adults includes stemless acrylic wineglass and a drink ticket. Patrons 21 years and older, please.
“Wine down Wednesday” for adults.
A Kids Summer Series.
Summer Fest that now spans three days.
Those are among the events to be enjoyed soon at ARCpark, a 2.4 acre all-inclusive recreational area with unique features like three state-of-the-art playgrounds for people with and without disabilities adjoining the Greater Richmond ARC at 3600 Saunders Avenue.
Camp Baker summer program for children and adults with disabilities focuses on fun
It is hard to believe that when Quarese, now 19, first began attending Camp Baker years ago, he was shy and introverted.
Especially since nowadays he says what he enjoys most about camp is talking to the staff, and making friends with them.
Quarese also enjoys other Camp Baker activities including horseback riding; boating at Pocahontas State Park; and participating in the weekly talent show.
Summer overnight sessions for 2017 for adults with disabilities ages 18 and up are: June 18- June 23; June 25- June 30; July 16 – July 21; July 23- July 28; July 30- August 4; August 6- August 11; and August 13- August 18, 2017.
Two overnight camp sessions for children with disabilities ages 6 to 17 will be held on July 2-July 7, and July 9 – July 14, 2017.
One weekly session of overnight camp is $900 or 120 Medicaid Waiver Hours. There are also day camp sessions available for $450 a week or 44 Medicaid Waiver Hours. For more information about Camp Baker, call (804) 748-4789 or visit richmondarc.org.
For Quarese, attending summer camp has been beneficial. “He’s come out of his shell,” said one ARC staffer, adding that Quarese also enjoys swimming in the camp pool and shooting hoops at the basketball court. For him, Camp Baker offers fun and friendship.
And if he didn’t have the option to attend? Quarese says he’d probably “stay home.”