Camp to Belong Wisconsin (CTB-WI) is a member camp under the umbrella of Camp To Belong International. CTB-WI connects and reunites siblings involved with the child welfare system. This includes separated siblings regardless of what their particular living arrangements are (i.e. biological home, kinship providers, foster homes, adoptive homes, living independently). Our mission is for separated siblings to build and maintain connections through a variety of programs. The main program is a summer camp at which children placed in out-of-home care can be with their biological siblings to build shared memories and connections. In addition to building and maintaining connections between siblings our mission is to educate those who work with children in the child welfare system (i.e. social workers, foster care coordinators, judges, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Guardian ad Litems, public defenders, foster parents, parents, relatives, children and youth, etc.) about the importance of the sibling connection. The main goal of this mission is to prevent siblings from being separated whenever possible. The week-long residential camp reunites siblings in a safe and neutral environment. CTB-WI provides programming designed to strengthen the sibling connection through our Signature Programs which include: Art projects aimed at enhancing and maintaining sibling relationships (i.e. Sibling Pillow Project, Creative Memories Photo/Scrap Book, etc.)
The campers days are filled with fun and meaningful activities giving siblings the opportunity to experience new things together, such as horseback riding, swimming, boating and wall climbing. CTB-WI strengthens relationships while experiencing the great adventures that a summer camp provides.
Children are placed in out-of-home care through no fault of their own. The separation of siblings has detrimental effects on their well-being and we work to help mitigate these negative effects.