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A recreational facility for seriouslyill chidlren and their families
Camp Prime Time - a camp for seriously ill children and their families
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Camp Prime Time - a camp for seriously ill children and their families
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Who We Serve

Prime Time serves families that have a member who is disabled or has a terminal/serious illness. A wide range of disability types are found among the children and adults who utilize Prime Time. A very large number of the campers with disabilities are under the age of 10 years.

Through remarkable advances in medical science and human service in recent years, individuals with serious diseases, birth defects, and disabilities now have substantially increased chances of survival. Accompanying this increase in survivability, is an increase in the number of people needing expensive treatment and long term support services.

Along with the gratification of improving the quality of the individuals' time with the family, there is often the contradiction of ongoing physical and emotional stress. Finding ways to reduce that stress is a constant quest for families dealing with these issues.

Inherent to the situation of the families of the terminally/seriously ill or disabled, are the barriers to participation in leisure activities. Public facilities are not always accessible or safe. Public attitudes can also be a deterrent to the use ofCampers enjoying a meal public parks or recreational sites by a family with a special needs child. In many cases, the membership costs to participate in private recreational programs eliminate access for these families.

Recreation which occurs away from the home environment provides many benefits. This is why an increasing number of recreational programs are being designed for children who are ill or disabled. Unfortunately, there are very few programs designed for the entire family...the members of whom may be suffering great emotional pain as they attempt to deal with the care of their loved ones.

enjoying a campfirePrime Time is dedicated to providing a positive intervention in this dilemma. It is Prime Time's purpose to offer an opportunity for families dealing with illness, birth defects, disabilities, and disease to become reacquainted with each other, free of the stress and routine often found in the home environment. Prime Time offers families the chance to enjoy one another's company in an invigorating environment, surrounded by nature.

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Where the Campers Live

Prime Time serves groups of families from across the Pacific Northwest. Campers come from throughout Washington State, including the counties of Island, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, Benton, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Franklin, Spokane, and Yakima. We also had some campers from outside of Washington - from Oregon and as far away as California and New Jersey.

Camp Family Attendance

Generally, campers from eastern Washington represent about 30% of the total in attendance each year, with 65% coming from western Washington. 5% come from other states, predominantly Oregon and Idaho. 

East and West % 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Eastside of State 245 421 161 359 173 634 444 649
% of total 25% 37% 18% 36% 17% 50% 34% 52%
Westside of State 677 689 696 605 810 601 747 537
% of total 68% 60% 77% 61% 79% 47% 57% 43%
Other States 74 37 42 36 44 41 115 61
% of total 7% 3% 5% 4% 4% 3% 9% 5%
TOTAL 996 1,147 899 1,000* 1027 1276 1306 1247

*This total includes campers and their family members that stay with them over the weekend.

People Served

A wide range of illnesses and disabilities are suffered by the families who participate in Prime Time camps. 80% of the family members with a disability are under the age of 10 years old. Very mature for their young years, these children often return, looking for the friends they made in previous years.

Some of the support groups who currently participate in Prime Time programs include:camper enjoying time with mom

  • A Gift for Special Children
  • Angelman’s Syndrome Support
  • ARC Support Groups – statewide
  • Autism Support Groups
  • Boy Scouts of America, Troop 419
  • Broadway Learning Center
  • Candlelighters of Washington
  • Children’s Village
  • Community Living
  • Dad’s Supporting Dad’s
  • Development Disabilities
  • Down Syndrome Support Groups
  • Dynamic Family Services – Children’s Therapy Center
  • Early Childhood Center – PTO
  • EMPOWER: EOS Moms & Pops Organizing WA
  • Enumclaw Special Olympics Groups
  • Exceptional Families/Joint Base Lewis-McCord
  • Family Alliance for Mental Health
  • Friendship Adventure
  • Good Samaritan Hospital – Children’s Therapy Unit
  • Immune Deficiency Foundation
  • Ingraham High School Special Ed Program
  • Isodentric 15 Group
  • Ministry for the Handicapped
  • Moms Get Together
  • Mucopolysaccharidoses - MPS
  • NOFAS Washington (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)
  • Northshore Special Families
  • Northwest Exstrophy Support
  • Northwest Rett Syndrome Families
  • Northwest Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
  • NW Behavioral Associates
  • Pacific NW Angelman Syndrome Group
  • Parent to Parent Support Groups – statewide
  • Parents Supporting Parents
  • Phelan-McDermid Syndrome
  • Progress Center
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Seattle Milal
  • SOLA
  • South King Early Intervention Program
  • South Sound Asperger Moms
  • Special Families of Pierce Co.
  • Velo-Cardio-Facial-Syndrome
  • Washington Elementary School Life Skills Class
  • Williams Syndrome Association
  • Yakima Valley Friends and Family
    • Yakima Young Adults