Join Us at Summer Camp!

If you are interested in becoming a Counselor in Training at our Summer Camps, please see the information below.

WHEN: June 17-August 2

Week 1: June 17-21
Week 2: June 24-28
Week 3: July 8-12
Week 4: July 15-19
Week 5: July 22-26
Week 6: July 29-August 2

Drop off time: 9:00am
Pick up time: 4:00pm 
CITs must sign up for AT LEAST 3 weeks of camp.

WHERE: DSAW, 11709 W Cleveland Ave, Suite 2, West Allis, WI 53227.

COST: Counselor in Training fee is $100 per week of camp. To discuss funding options, contact Chris ( 

Counselor in Training Requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 12-17

  • Must apply and interview for the position

  • Must have a desire to serve individuals with Down syndrome while being patient and energetic

  • Must be available for AT LEAST 3 weeks of camp

To apply:

  1. Fill out the volunteer application below.

  2. Chris will contact you about setting up an interview.

Counselor in Training Application

CIT Name *
CIT Name
Address *
Phone *
CIT Date of Birth *
CIT Date of Birth
I want to be a CIT for weeks: *
Please select the week(s) that you would like to sign up as a Counselor in Training. CITs must sign up for AT LEAST 3 weeks of camp. Note: There will be NO camp the week of July 4th.
CIT T-Shirt Size *
Emergency Information
Emergency Contact #1 Name *
Emergency Contact #1 Name
Emergency Contact #1 Phone *
Emergency Contact #1 Phone
Emergency Contact #2 Name *
Emergency Contact #2 Name
Emergency Contact #2 Phone *
Emergency Contact #2 Phone
Medical Information
Each CIT MUST have health insurance to participate. Camp carries liability insurance only. CIT health insurance will need to be used in the event of injury or illness during camp. The following questions pertain to the CITs insurance.
Policy Holder's Name *
Policy Holder's Name
CIT's Primary Care Physician's Name *
CIT's Primary Care Physician's Name
CIT's Primary Care Physician's Phone Number *
CIT's Primary Care Physician's Phone Number
I hereby give permission to DSAW-FS staff to administer any of the following Over-the-Counter (OTC) medications to my child for the circumstances listed. Motrin, Aleve or Tylenol for headache, fever or general discomfort. Ibuprofen or Advil for menstrual discomfort. Neosporin for cuts and scrapes. Benadryl topical ointment for bug bites or stings. I understand that I will be contacted before these medicines are given, but in the event I cannot be reached, my child may be administered such medicines so they can continue on with their day at camp.
I understand that should my teen become ill during camp, every attempt will be made to keep my teen at camp. DSAW-FS staff will follow the recommendations of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin Auxiliary when making the decision to send a participant home due to illness. (detailed guidelines will be sent in your confirmation packet) I also understand that should my teen have behavior concerns that could injure themselves, other campers, camp staff, or camp property, this will be grounds for my teen leaving camp. I understand that I will be responsible for arranging pick up for my teen (individual MUST be listed on this form) within 2 hours of being contacted by DSAW-FS staff. I may or may not receive a refund for my campers unused time at camp. This will be decided at the conclusion of camp. *
DSAW Waiver & Photography Release *
I, the participant, understand that during my participation in the Summer 2019 Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin Inc Respite Day Camp (hereby referred to as the "event") organized by the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin Inc, the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin Family Services, and their officers, Board members, directors, employees, volunteers and agents (collectively, “Released Parties”) I may be exposed to a variety of hazards and risks, foreseen or unforeseen, which are inherent in eating, walking, playing, and related activities and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of the event. These inherent risks include, but are not limited to, the dangers of serious personal injury, death and property damage (“Injuries and Damages”) resulting from physical contact with others, equipment and facilities. I fully understand that the Released Parties have not tried to contradict or minimize my understanding of these risks. I know that Injuries and Damages can occur by natural causes or activities of other persons, other participants or volunteers or third parties, either as a result of negligence or because of other reasons. I understand the risks of such Injuries and Damages involved in the event and I appreciate that I may have to exercise extra care for my own person and for others around me in the face of such hazards. I further understand that there may not be medical personnel or medical facilities or expertise necessary to deal with the Injuries and Damages to which I may be exposed. In consideration for my acceptance as a participant in the event, and the services and amenities provided by the Released Parties in connection with the event, I CONFIRM MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE FOLLOWING: RELEASE OF LIABILITY. To the fullest extent allowed by law, I agree to WAIVE AND DISCHARGE CLAIMS AGAINST, RELEASE FROM LIABILITY, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS the Released Parties and their officers, Board members, directors, employees, volunteers and agents (collectively, “Released Parties”) from and against ANY AND ALL LIABILITY on account of, or in any way resulting from, my death or personal injury relating to my participation in the event, even if caused by NEGLIGENCE of the Released Parties. Such negligence could involve (a) negligent operation and supervision of the event, (b) negligent maintenance or operation of the site or facilities in which event is conducted, (c) negligent manufacture of or use of equipment to be used in the event, and (d) the negligent provision of emergency response services. I understand and intend that the assumption of risk and release is binding upon my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns. This Waiver and Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law. If any provision or any part of any provision of this Waiver and Release is held to be invalid or legally unenforceable for any reason, the remainder of this Waiver and Release shall not be affected thereby and shall remain valid and fully enforceable. I have read this Waiver and Release of Liability in its entirety and I freely and voluntarily choose to participate and assume all risks of Injuries and Damages. I agree to obey any rules and regulations that may relate to the event. I acknowledge my waiver of any right I may have to bargain for different terms of this waiver and recognize that a narrower waiver would increase the costs associated with the event and/or limit or preclude my participation in the event. I certify that he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the minor who is participating in the event, consents to his or her participation in the event and executes this Waiver and Release of Liability on behalf of such minor. Consent to Photograph and Release of Name: I hereby authorize the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin, and their officers, Board members, directors, employees, volunteers and agents (collectively, “Released Parties”) to photograph, film, or videotape. I hereby agree the Released Parties, collectively or individually, may use such photographs, films or videotapes, with or without prior notice, in general public relations, communications or for commercial purposes. I understand this Consent to Photograph is a valid written consent for purposes of Wis. Stat. § 995.50 and any other similar local, state or federal law regarding a right to privacy. I hereby authorize the Released Parties to use in writing or otherwise the name or identity of the participant. I release the Released Parties from any liability involved with this Consent to Photograph or Release of my Name.


Q: I've never worked with people with Down syndrome before. What do I need to know?

A: People with Down syndrome are more alike than different! They have feelings, wants, and needs just like everyone else. Many people with Down syndrome experience developmental and speech delays. You may to explain something a couple times or use visuals to aid in understanding. If you do not understand what a self-advocate is saying, ask them to repeat themselves. It's okay! Always avoid using the "r word" and instead use person first language.

Q: What is person first language?

A: People with Down syndrome (and other disabilities) should always be referred to as people first. Instead of a "Down syndrome child," it's "child with Down syndrome." Also avoid "Down's child" and describing the condition as "Down's," as in, "He has Down's.”

Q: What will I be doing at camp?

A: DSAW’s summer respite day camp will involve a variety of activities and field trips. Counselors in Training will help DSAW-Family Services staff to implement curriculum, lead games and activities, supervise campers, and ensure appropriate behavior while enjoying a summer day camp, going on field trips, and making a difference in the lives of individuals with Down syndrome!

Q: Who should I reach out to if I have specific questions?

A: If you have a question, please email Chris at