Amber Tra

Being a member of a family with a child with special needs means experiencing challenges and opportunities other families may not encounter. Thirteen year old Amber is the oldest of six children in the Tra family. Amber has Smith-Magenis Syndrome, with learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Amber’s mother, Katy, said “For our family, Rainbows fills a need that […]

Camp Woodchuck 2018

Camp Woodchuck 2018 has officially kicked off and we couldn’t be more excited. Summer is of course our favorite time of year! This summer, Camp Woodchuck’s theme is Movin’ & Groovin’. It’s been fun to watch both the staff and kids interpret the theme. I’ve found it really depends on the decade you were born […]

Michael White

This year’s InterHab Conference was held October 25 – 27 in Topeka. It’s always a wonderful time of learning and networking for staff who attend. Connecting with others across the state on important issues impacting providers as well as individuals served. The event ended Friday with the Awards and recognition lunch. Michael White, Rainbows’ teen […]

Da’Marion’s Story

When Da’Marion Bland was two-and-a-half years old he was diagnosed with autism, ADHD, juvenile arthritis, and a sleeping disorder.  Now, he is ten years old and has been attending Camp Woodchuck for the past five summers.  “Since he’s been going to Camp he sees himself as unique instead of different,” says Da’Marion’s mother, Margo.  Da’Marion […]

A Camp Employee Perspective

Riley McGinn spent her summer working on staff at Rainbows’ Camp Woodchuck. Though she expected to have an impact on the children at Camp, she discovered she was the one who walked away with greater perspective after all. “These kids are so special for so many reasons, and I think that there are a lot of […]

Wrapping up Camp Woodchuck 2017

-Written by Candace Staker, Rainbows’ Family Support Services Coordinator A’hoy everyone! We have officially closed up Camp at Pirates’ Cove for the summer and have returned to Kids’ Cove. But, boy do we have stories to share! The ship is docked and all the little pirates will soon be returning to school with memories of, what […]

July 2017

Camp Woodchuck, a program of Rainbows United, is a full day Camp for children ages 6 to 21 years who have significant developmental challenges and runs for 9 weeks during the summer. It is now in full operation with105 children enrolled. In 44 days of Camp, the children and youth will perform 7 Choir performances for […]

Rainbows’ Camp Woodchuck

  -Written by Sidni Garwood, Rainbows’ Volunteer Coordinator Growing up, I remember looking forward to summer the second we returned to school from Christmas. Both of my parents were (and still are) teachers. So, together we mentally counted down the days until our well-deserved break arrived! Looking back, it’s funny how we anticipated this “vacation”. […]

Camp Woodchuck 2017

Ahoy, matey! As the school year comes to an end, things are ramping up here at Rainbows. Summer is near, meaning preparation for Camp Woodchuck 2017 is well underway.  This year, Camp is all about pirates! Rainbows’ Kids’ Cove location will undergo a transformation into Pirates’ Cove, with a Treasure Island theme. Adventure awaits those […]

Meet Jenna

With your donation, Rainbows can continue to help more than 3,500 local children like Jenna learn to walk, talk and succeed – revealing each child as an original work of art like no other. The piece below was written by Jenna’s mother: Jenna is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and epilepsy.  In her first year, one of […]