VIA West Summer

Via West

Via West provides residential respite care with weekend and week-long special needs camping programs throughout the year. We offer innovative programs and activities that include both learning and outdoor experiences, plus independent living skills and skill building activities that are specifically designed to improve self-sufficiency.

Registration FAQs

Detailed descriptions, themes, rates, and registration are now available. Please click here for the 2022 Summer Catalog to choose your sessions, then click the Register Now button below.

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Registration Information FAQs

HOW DO I REGISTER MY CAMPER?
The most efficient way to register your camper is online in our brand new registration system, CampDoc. You can access this registration system on this page where the link to CampDoc will be available on Tuesday, April 5th at 8:00 AM.
WHEN CAN I REGISTER MY CAMPER?
Registration for Summer 2022 Programs at Via West Campus will open at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, April 5th. Registration will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.
WHAT WEB BROWSER SHOULD I USE WHEN ACCESSING CAMPDOC?
CampDoc supports all current and three previous releases each of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari. To get the best experience while using CampDoc, it is recommended that you update your browser to the latest version available.
WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO REGISTER ONLINE?
If you are absolutely unable to utilize the online registration system, you can request a paper registration form from Kim Nguyen and submit it via email or US mail. Paper registrations will be prioritized based on the date/time received.
IS A DEPOSIT REQUIRED TO REGISTER FOR CAMP?
Yes. A deposit of $145 per camper/per session is required to complete registration. If using Regional Center Funding, the deposit will be applied to your Supplemental Daily Rate fees.
HOW DO I PAY CAMP FEES?
Camp fees can be paid in CampDoc, which accepts all major credit cards. Deposits must be made by credit card in CampDoc. Subsequent payments may be made by credit card in CampDoc or by mailing a check to:
Via Services, Inc.
2851 Park Ave
Santa Clara CA 95050.
HOW DO I USE REGIONAL CENTER FUNDING TO PAY CAMP FEES?
A minimum of 8 hours of Regional Center respite funding per day is necessary to register with these funds. If your camper does not meet this minimum, you will be charged the private pay rate. In order for your camper to be considered paid in full via Regional Center funding, the following items are required:
1. An Authorization to Purchase Services to be sent to the Via office before the start date of the session (Regional Centers are unable to authorize payment for services after the start date of the service.)
2. The full payment of the private pay portion or the supplemental daily rate. If payment is not received from the regional center as authorized, you will be responsible for the remainder of the payment due at the private pay rate
DO I NEED TO CREATE A PROFILE FOR MY CAMPER?
Yes. Upon registering your camper(s) for the first time in CampDoc, you will need to create a unique profile for your camper(s). After the initial creation, you will only need to update information as it changes, and verify its accuracy each time you register for a new program.
HOW MANY SESSIONS CAN I REGISTER MY CAMPER FOR THIS SUMMER?
There is no limit to how many eligible sessions you can register your camper(s) to attend. Registration will occur on a first-come, first-served basis. Via West Campus, however, is
limited on the number of camper spaces available, which varies by session.
WHAT IF A SESSION I WANT TO REGISTER FOR IS ALREADY FULL?
If you try to register for a session that has already reached capacity, you will be placed on the waitlist and notified as such.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY FOR THIS SUMMER?
For 2022 Summer Programs, a camper may cancel up until the start of check-in for their session without penalty. Advance notice of cancellation is encouraged, so that campers on the waitlist may be notified to attend.
WHEN DOES REGISTRATION CLOSE?
The last day to register your camper for Summer 2022 is May 25th. However, spaces fill up fast and camp may be full before then.
WHEN WILL REGISTRATION OPEN FOR FALL/WINTER/SPRING PROGRAMS?
The 2022-2023 program schedule will be available later this summer, with the anticipation of registration opening in mid-late July.

Covid-19 Policies and Protocols

Via West Campus Covid-19 Risk Reduction Procedures for Programs – Updated April 1, 2022

As the pandemic changes, these policies will be updated to reflect best practices or mandates from Federal/State/local authorities, or recommendations from the ACA (American Camp Association)

  • All employees and campers are required to be fully vaccinated in order to attend. Additionally, starting on February 1st, all employees are required to have received a booster shot, per guidelines from the Department of Social Services. 
  • All staff members are required wear a disposable mask (surgical mask, KN-95, or N-95) while indoors, except during meal times, when sleeping, and in outdoor spaces. 
  • We are requiring all campers that can, to wear a disposable mask (surgical mask, KN-95, or N-95). Please, no cloth masks. Via West can provide masks to both campers and staff as necessary
  • Staff and campers presenting with Covid-19 symptoms will not be able to stay.
  • Upon arrival, both staff and campers are required to take a rapid/antigen test.  A negative test is required in order to remain on Via West Campus.
  • Via West has suspended offsite activities that require transportation (prolonged close contact is unavoidable during transportation).
  • Via West requires campers and their families to indicate their understanding of Covid-19 risks.

Current symptoms that prohibit participation in Via West Campus programs for both staff  and campers:

  • Positive Covid-19 test within the past five-days.
  • Fever-greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Sore throat.
  • Persistent cough that cannot be attributed to other causes such as asthma/allergies.
  • Loss of taste or smell.
  • Vomiting for non-behavioral reasons.

Current symptoms that prohibit participation in Via West Campus programs for both staff  & campers when 2 or more symptoms are present:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing

Additional requirements:

  • We are requiring that all campers take a rapid test upon arrival at Via West. Negative tests will be required for your camper to remain at camp.
  • Please keep your camper home if they are experiencing any Covid-19 or flu symptoms.
  • We are requesting campers use either disposable surgical masks, KN95 or N95 masks (we will have extra KN95 and surgical masks on site if needed).
  • We ask that you, and especially your camper, practice as much physical distancing and mask-wearing as possible during the coming days in preparation for their stay at camp. 
  • While on campus, staff will continue to monitor for signs or symptoms of Covid-19. 

Other steps taken to decrease risk:

  • Increased cleaning frequency.
  • Increased space between campers in the cabins.
  • Encouraging people to maintain distance.
  • Encouraging frequent hand washing.
  • Camp capacity has significantly been limited.
  • Waived all cancellation fees during the pandemic.

Please be aware, although we are taking steps to limit the risk of contracting Covid- 19 on Via West Campus, participating in group activities, such as camp, still poses a real risk of contracting Covid-19. 

Traditional Day & Overnight Camps

Traditional Day and Overnight Camps are designed for children and adults who have physical, cognitive, emotional, or multiple disabilities. Activities and programs are designed to be fun while also promoting important skill-building, such as independent living skills and executive function development. Each session has a central theme which inspires the specific activities. Generally, program areas include creative arts, swimming, culinary arts, hiking, music, sports and physical fitness, dramatic arts, and more. Click here for the 2022 Summer Catalog.

PLEASE NOTE: Via West Campus is a peanut/tree nut free campus. Products containing nuts or that are prepared with nut products are not used or stored in our facilities. For the safety of our guests, campers, staff, and visitors with nut allergies, please take care to ensure that any food you bring on campus is nut free.

The Program

  • Kids, teens, and young adults sessions for ages 5-22, adults sessions for ages 18+.
  • Staffing ratios provided for 1:1, 2:1, and 3:1.
  • Check-in is from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM on the first day, and check-out is from 1:00-3:00 PM on the last
    day for overnight camp.
  • Day camps run from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM each day.

Pricing & Enrollment

  • Click here for 2022 rates. Pricing for all sessions includes nursing, education, 3 meals a day, snacks, and all scheduled program activities. Each session lists the private pay rate for each ratio as well as the SDR (supplemental daily rate). The SDR is a mandatory rate, paid in full by the parent/caregiver in addition to what is funded by the regional center. Due to the skyrocketing costs of labor, utilities, food, and supplies, we must increase the SDR to $145/day this year. If this presents a financial challenge to families, please take advantage our financial assistance program.
  • New participant? Click here to inquire about programs.

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Adventures in Life Readiness

Adventures in Life Readiness (ALR) programs are for campers who can be successful at a 3:1 camper-to-counselor ratio, are able to provide most personal care needs independently or with minimal reminders, follow multi-step directions, maintain safe behaviors, and are ready to master relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes for working at Via West in preparation for community work settings. ALR campers will assist with camp programming. They will also be coached on workplace scenarios and practice executive functioning skills, social norms, and household management skills. ALR is a multi-tiered program that will have additional opportunities during the respite season. Click here for the 2022 Summer Catalog.

PLEASE NOTE: Via West Campus is a peanut/tree nut free campus. Products containing nuts or that are prepared with nut products are not used or stored in our facilities. For the safety of our guests, campers, staff, and visitors with nut allergies, please take care to ensure that any food you bring on campus is nut free.

The Program

  • Youth, teens, and young adults sessions for ages 5-22, young adults and adults sessions for ages 16+
  • Staffing ratios provided for 1:1, 2:1, and 3:1
  • Check-in is from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM on the first day, and check-out is from 1:00-3:00 PM on the last
    day for overnight camp.

Pricing & Enrollment

  • Click here for 2022 rates. Pricing for all sessions includes nursing, education, 3 meals a day, snacks, and all scheduled program activities. Each session lists the private pay rate for each ratio as well as the SDR (supplemental daily rate). The SDR is a mandatory rate, paid in full by the parent/caregiver in addition to what is funded by the regional center. Due to the skyrocketing costs of labor, utilities, food, and supplies, we must increase the SDR to $145/day this year. If this presents a financial challenge to families, please take advantage our financial assistance program.
  • New participant? Click here to inquire about programs.

Register Now