Kids On The Go

Traverse City

Kids On The Go is a Michigan based pediatric non-profit program designed to provide special needs children (3-17 years) with physical, occupational and speech therapy during the summer months. In 2019, Kids on the Go collaborated with local therapists and community members in Traverse City to create a new camp program in a great new location.

The mission of Kids On The Go….. is to recognize and facilitate the goals of children with special needs and to further develop their current skills through therapeutic and wellness programs for the children and their families.

Our vision….. is to provide a safe environment that will foster opportunities for growth, inclusion and provides valuable resources for our community.

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OUR CAMP PROGRAMS:

Kids On The Go camp is a free therapy day camp designed to provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy services for children with special needs. Programming is led by professional pediatric therapists and volunteers.

Kids on the Go Multidisciplinary Camp, Traverse City

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Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, June 26 – Aug 9, 2023 (6 week program, closed July 3-7)

Times: AM Session 9:30 am – 11:30am (ages 3-5), PM Session 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm (ages 6-8)

Location: Immaculate Conception Elementary School. 314 Vine Street, Traverse City

Our multidisciplinary therapy camp is led by a team of PT, OT, and SLP to address children’s gross motor mobility, fine motor, and social communication skills in a play-based day camp environment. Weekly themes are incorporated to make camp fun and therapeutic.

Yoga Group

 Dates: Tuesdays, June 27 – Aug 8, 2023 (6 week program, closed July 3-7)

Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ages: 5-8 years old

Location: Immaculate Conception Elementary School. 314 Vine Street, Traverse City

Campers will address mobility, sensory integration, strengthening, emotional regulation, and speech skills in this imaginative and fun group setting supported by speech pathologists, yoga professionals, and volunteers.

Adventure Hiking

 Date: Thursdays, June 29 – Aug 10, 2023 (6 week program, closed July 3-7)

Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ages: 9-14 years old

Location: various trails within Grand Traverse County

Campers ages 9 and up will explore the great outdoors while addressing social skills, mobility, sensory integration, and environmental education. All hikes will be 1 mile or less, and campers will be supported by a physical therapist, speech pathologist, special guest educators from our community, and volunteers.

Stay tuned for more information about new programs coming in 2023!

Program Registration and Scholarship Information:

The waiting list for the summer program begins every year on January 1st of the calendar year. Scholarships are typically awarded sometime in May when we have reached our fundraising goal. You will be contacted in late April or early May prior to the summer program.

 

Enrollment for 2023 Camps Begins on January 15th

 

Program Registration and Scholarship Information: To begin, please visit the link below to create or update your profile and submit an application to our 2022 camp waitlist. All complete applications will be reviewed and acceptance notifications (also called “Scholarship Awards”) will be sent by email by mid-May.

Returning Campers: If your child registered camp last year, you are already in our system! After clicking the registration link, please enter your email and choose the “what’s my password” link to access your account.

New Campers: Simply click the link, follow the prompts, and create your profile.

Please Note: An online application does not guarantee placement. Incomplete applications will delay the application process. All forms and paperwork must be received by the first day of camp in order to participate in the program. Once a camp placement “Scholarship” is offered, you will be asked to respond in order to accept or decline. Upon acceptance to a camp program, an email to confirm your camper’s placement will be sent.

 

To register for camp, click here!

 

 

In 2022, we kicked off our 2nd summer of in-person camp in Traverse City, Michigan. Check out the report below for stories and photos featuring our incredible campers, staff, and volunteers. We proudly thank our sponsors and donors for making this camp possible, and who we depend on to help keep our program moving forward toward a happy, healthy, and resilient future.
2022 Camp Report by Natalie Ramsey

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This donation goes to the NEW  Kids On The Go Camp in Traverse City!

We could not be more excited and hopeful for the future of Kids On The Go as we expand our services to Traverse City, Michigan. None of this could be done without the generous and continued support from YOU. Please join us to help build our new Traverse City program. Your tax deductible donation will have a lasting impact. It will strengthen the community and expand available health care resources by supporting local families and making a difference in a child’s life.

Please consider supporting Kids On The Go Traverse City by filling out the donation form below. Your support is crucial for our efforts to be successful. We thank you with all our hearts for your donation that goes toward helping a child in your local community. There’s no greater feeling than knowing you truly helped a child to succeed!

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STAFF: Join our team! 

2023 Staff and Volunteer Apply HERE
If you are looking for an extremely rewarding employment opportunity to contribute to the developmental progress of children in the Grand Traverse Bay Region, and would like to work in a team setting to help make a difference, please contact Natalie Ramsey at 989-513-0890 or email nramsey@kidsonthegocamp.com.

Kids on the Go Traverse City Staff

Leigha Zmudka, MS, CCC-SLP

Leigha earned her Bachelors of Science from Western Michigan University and her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Grand Valley State University in 2016. She currently works for Northwest Education Services with middle school age students and has...

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Kristine Roush, PT, DPT

Dr. Roush started her education as a Spartan at MSU, earning her BS in exercise physiology. She graduated from CMU with a Master’s in physical therapy in 1997 and in December, 2020, completed her Doctorate in physical therapy at the College of Saint Scholastica in...

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Shelby Taylor, MA, CF-SLP

Shelby was born and raised in Laingsburg, MI, and currently resides in Traverse City. She is a Central Michigan University alumni and she recently received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Shelby loves travelling, spending time with family...

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Kelsey Tanis, MS, OTR/L

Kelsey is a proud native of Traverse City. She completed her Associate degree at Northwest Michigan Community College before moving on to Grand Valley State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Science...

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Natalie Ramsey, PT, DPT

Dr. Ramsey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in 2007, and went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Central Michigan University in 2010.  She has extensive experience providing physical therapy services at both...

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Kids On The Go Camp Traverse City is only possible through
the generous donations of the following sponsors

The Miller Family

The Canfield Family

Alexandra Fifer

Johannah Edwards

Pat Kramer

The Wilson Family

Wyman Friske

The McEnroe Family

The Les and Anne Biederman Foundation, Inc

Hoopers Farm Gardens

Kathy and Dennis LaRaia

Sarah Masak

Bob and Karla Grant

Kids On The Go Traverse City Advisory Board

Art Canfield

Art Canfield – Senior Partner of Centennial Wealth Advisory headquartered in Traverse City Michigan. Canfield assists retires and pre-retires in all aspects of retirement planning. Helping people plan to retire well. Canfield also co-hosts the Retiring Well Television...

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Caitlin Raupp

Caitlin Raupp is a pool industry executive specializing in Marketing and Business Development. She was quickly immersed into the disability community in 2016 when her beautiful son Holden was born with Down syndrome. Caitlin has sat on other nonprofit advisory boards...

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Heather Busch, BA, MEd

Heather Busch earned a double bachelor’s degree at University of Colorado Boulder, in western water resource management and physical geography. In between educational programs, Heather worked as an executive nanny, taught junior ski school, and partnered...

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Kathleen LaRaia, MS

Kathy is a healthcare executive with expertise in strategic planning, healthcare operations, physician contracting, service line development, financial analysis and budgeting. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Wayne State...

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Lisa Marie Miller

Lisa Marie Miller earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Augusta University in 2012. Eschewing her educational background in life sciences, Lisa has pursued a career focused on team organization, client collaboration, and outdoor recreation. She...

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Paul C. Zimmer

Paul C. Zimmer is the Chairman of the Board of Allied Printing Company, Inc., in Ferndale, Michigan.Founded in 1952, Allied Printing Co. helps organizations meet their marketing, communications and branding needs through commercial print, data-driven...

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Kristin Piana Schena, Founder/ Executive Director

With more than 20 years of clinical and supervisory experience in the field of speech-language pathology, Mrs. Schena has improved the lives of many people. Throughout her career, she has been the recipient of various awards, has been published and has...

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