Camp Baker Provides Respite for Families and Loved Ones

    ARC announces New sessions for Camp Baker – providing respite for caregivers and a safe and fun atmosphere for clients with special needs.

    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.

    For teenager Dean Smith and his family, respite weekends at Camp Baker provide “a very liberating” break, says his mom Suzanne. “He’s safe and having fun, and we have peace of mind. You feel like you can just exhale. I know he’s in good hands.”

    “Our weekend respite program at Camp Baker is growing and more fun than ever,” added Matt Hulcher, director of Camp Baker services.  “Our staff has done an amazing job of making our program feel more like a camp experience for the individuals we serve. By incorporating activities like arts and crafts, talent shows, and nature walks that utilize the entire campus, program participants get to truly enjoy a camp experience.”

    Community outings are also an important part of the respite program. Most recently, program participants took in a performance of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra providing the healing comfort of music to all.

    For more information about the respite program and cost, call (804) 748-4879 or visit


    About the Greater Richmond ARC In partnership with families, the Greater Richmond ARC creates life-fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Founded in 1954, we are an organization created by families, for families; an organization that has grown to provide a continuum of programs and services for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Programs spanning the lifecycle and assisting people with disabilities to live happy, successful and meaningful lives include: Infant & Child Development Services; After School & Day Support Services; ARC Employment Services; and Camp Baker Summer and Respite Services.