RGDSN Summer Program

Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network is providing a variety FREE summer programs for our individuals with Down Syndrome and some of the programs for a sibling or buddy. Each program has a maximum number of attendees. Therefore, register early - first come first serve. Program descriptions are located below with an option to sign up for that program. Also, please fill out camper information and parent/caregiver information as well. All programs are free of charge thanks to the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network.

Please note, some of the programs have additional forms and waivers that must be completed. An email with those details will follow shortly after you register.
If you have questions, please email info@rgdsn.org.
List of Summer Activities (Scroll down for more information and to sign up):
- Bike Camp 
- Cooking Class for Teenagers & Adults 
- Art Class for Schoolage & Adults 
- Volcano Vista Athletic Camps 
- UNM Football Clinic 
- SAGA Gymnastics 
- Sunshine Music Class 
- City of ABQ Swim Class 
- Explora

Summer Program Details (Registration Opens First of April)

Bike Camp: 
Requirements for Participation (Rider must meet all of below criteria):
·       Minimum age - 8 years old
·       Able to sidestep to both sides
·       Have a disability
·       Able to attend camp all 5 days
·       Able to walk without assistive device
·       Maximum weight 220 lbs.
·       Willing and able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet
·       Minimum inseam of 20” (measure from floor while rider is wearing sneakers)
·       Accompanied by parent/guardian willing and able to intervene or assist staff as requested in addressing  any prolonged disruptive or aggressive behavior

NOTE: Dropping-off Riders at the program is not permitted.  A parent, legal guardian or other adult authorized to take responsibility for the Rider (e.g. another parent) must remain on site for duration of each day's 75-minute program.

Camp host:Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network
Camp dates:June 26, 2023 - June 30, 2023
Camp location: Volcano Vista High School Gym, 8100 Rainbow BLVD, Albuquerque, NM 87114
Fee: $75 deposit. If you attend the full duration of camp (75 minutes for 5 days), your deposit will be refunded.
Any family that has a financial hardship, please reach out to info@rgdsn.org and we will work with the family.

For questions please contact Billy Thiebaut at info@rgdsn.org
Volcano Vista Athletic Camps 
Dates: Basketball, Baseball and Soccer May 31-June 2

Age and Time: Basketball ages 6-14 & 9AM-Noon,  Baseball ages 8-12 & 8:30AM-Noon,  Soccer ages 8-15 9AM-11AM.

Location: 8100 Rainbow BLVD, 87114
Participants: Individual with Down Syndrome & Buddy/Sibling
What to wear:  Athletic Gear.  
What to bring:  Water & Suncreen (Baseball and Soccer)
UNM  - Football Clinic
Come take part in a great opportunity to engage with Coach Gonzales and the UNM Football team.  Coach and his team will run participants through a variety football and athletic skills at UNM Stadium (or Indoor Practive Field).  

Date:  Tuesday, June 13

Time: 11AM-Noon

Ages: 6-18 years old
Participants:  Individual w/ DS and a Sibling or Buddy

Location: UNM Football Stadium - 1111 University Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
City of ABQ - Swim Classes
Date: July 3-6 (Monday-Thursday)

Time: 10:00 -10:40 AM 

Ages: Ages 6-16
Participants:  Individual w/ DS 

Location: West Mesa Pool -6705 Fortuna Rd NW
Sunshine Music Therapy
Date:  Tuesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 27
Time:  Group 1 (3-7) 9-10AM & Group 2 (8-14) 10:30-11:30 AM
Location: 630 Manzano ST NE  Suite A, Albuquerque, NM
Includes:  Music Therapy
Ages:  Ages 3-14
Max # of Participants: 12 in each group
Buddy and Siblings Welcome

SAGA Gymnastic Camp - Ages 6-14
Fundamental gymnastics skills: basic movements, tumbling and body positions. 

Dates: June 12-14 (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)

Time: 11:15AM-12:15PM (structured gym from 11:15-11:45AM, open gym from 11:45-12:15PM)

Ages: 6-14

Location: 3400 Candalaria, Albuquerque, NM

Max # of Participants: 12 

Deadline to Register: TBA

Particpants:  Individuals w/ DS and Siblings and/or Buddies 

More Information at: http://www.sagagymnastics.com/index.html
Harwood Art Class with Emily
Come and enjoy Art activities with Emily.  Emily will have interactive and fun art activities each day for participants.  From painting to drawing and everyting else in between.  It will be a great time.

Dates: July 11&12
Day:  Tues & Wed

Time: 4:30-6:00 PM

Ages: 6-18

Location: Harwood Art Center - 1114 7th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Max # of Participants: 12

Particpants:  Individuals w/ DS and Siblings and/or Buddies 

EXPLORA-tions Summer Camp
Innovative camps for children provides a safe, supportive and fun environment to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math.  

Camps Available:     July 10-14 (Our 5 Senses - K-2nd Grade - AM Session)
                              July 17-21 (What's Cooking in Chemistry - 3-5th Grade - AM Session)
                              July 24-28 (Whales to Worms - 3-5th Grade - PM Session)

Location:  1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

More Information:  https://www.explora.us/programs/camps/

Cooking & Art Classes - Teenagers and Adults
Jermiah's Place will be conducting COOKING &. ART classes for adults and teenagers.  
Additional forms will be required prior to the camps.  Limited Space available for classes.  For more specific detaisl, contact Liz Silva at 505-710-8154.
  • Flower pot – water/bird feeder
  • Canvas Paintings – seasonal – summer 
  • Watercolor Painting – seasonal – Stain  glass 
  • Canvas Painting – Seasonal – Balloon fiesta 


Nutrition – fruits – veggies – meats – breads – water 

Quick easy simple recipes and how important it is to have 

Good nutritional foods.

  • Bones - strength
  • Muscle strength 
  • Brain foods
  • Weight control foods

Cooking Class:  (Teens and Adults) - June 6, 13, 20 & 27 (Tuesdays)
Art Class (Teens and Adults) - July 11, 18, 25 & 8/1 (Tuesdays)

Time: Noon-2:30PM for both classes (12-12:25 Check In, 12:15-1:15 First Class, 1:15-1:30 Break and Transition, 1:30-2:30 Second Class)

Location: Grace Church - 6901 San Antonio Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Participants:  Individuals with Down Syndrome 

Max # of Participants: 15 per session/class
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