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.


Kids On The Go In Action ~Traverse City

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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.

2024 Traverse City Camp Dates to be announced soon:

Kids on the Go Multidisciplinary Camp, Traverse City


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: Northwestern Michigan College, Beckett Building, rooms 136 & 140
1890 College Dr, Traverse City

Our Multidisciplinary Therapy Camp is designed for kids with special needs ages 3-8 years old. Programs are led by a physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech language pathologist team and 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. This group meets twice per week for six weeks.

Yoga Group

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

Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ages: 4-9 years old

Locations: Northwestern Michigan College, Beckett Building, rooms 136 & 140
1890 College Dr, 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. Programming is custom designed for children with special needs ages 4-9 years old and meets one hour per week for six weeks


Snack Squad

 Dates: Tuesdays, June 27 – Aug 8, 2023 

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ages: 4-9 years old

Locations: Northwestern Michigan College, Beckett Building, rooms 136 & 140
1890 College Dr, Traverse City

Campers ages 4-9 years will explore cooking, communication, feeding skills, sensory integration, social skills, and life skills at this brand new camp program. Snack Squad is led by a pediatric occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, local culinary expert, and volunteers. This group meets one hour per week for six weeks. Picky eaters and food enthusiasts alike are encouraged to enroll!


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+

Location: Locations TBA, various trails throughout 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, environmental educators, and volunteers. Campers will meet on Thursday mornings for six weeks.


Program Registration and Scholarship Information:


Enrollment for 2024 Camps Begins in mid-March


Program Registration and Scholarship Information: To begin, please visit the link below to create or update your profile and submit an application to our 2024 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 2023, we kicked off our 3rd 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.

2023 Camp Report 8.5x11 by Natalie Ramsey


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! 

2024 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

Kids on the Go Traverse City Staff

Sara Gartland, PT, DPT

Sara graduated from Michigan State University with her Bachelors in Kinesiology in 2017, followed by Grand Valley State University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2020. After graduating, she returned to her hometown of Traverse City where she began working...

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Erin Kowalski, MS, OTR/L

Erin has been part of the Kids On The Go TC team since 2022 and is excited to return to camp this summer! She has been a speech therapist with Northwest Education Services for the past 5 school years. She loves reading, cooking, and fishing with her husband and...

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Annalise Holcomb MS, CCC-SLP

Annalise was born and raised in Grayling, Michigan and currently resides in Traverse City with her fiancé and chocolate lab. She received her Bachelors in Allied Health Sciences from Grand Valley State University (Go Lakers!) and her Masters in Speech-Language...

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Shannon McEnroe, MS, CCC-SLP

Shannon has been involved with Kids On The Go's St. Clair Shores division since she was in high school, where she was a volunteer in the multi-disciplinary, yoga, and art program. Kids On The Go campers and staff inspired Shannon to become a Speech-Language...

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Paige Cornillie, M.S., CCC-SLP

Paige received her Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Sciences from Grand Valley State University and Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Purdue University. She has worked as a pediatric speech-language pathologist in clinical and...

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Shelby Hill, 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 and...

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Kelsey Tanis, OTD, 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 degree in...

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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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A Special Thanks to our Generous 2022-2023 Camp Sponsors!

The Canfield Family

Susan Duffy

Drs. Mark and Ann Smith

The Miller Family

Sherwood Smith

The McEnroe Family

The Les and Anne Biederman Foundation, Inc

Jeffrey & Joyce Gaydos

Kathy and Dennis LaRaia

Norma Boersen in honor of Parker

Kids On The Go Traverse City Advisory Board

Shannon McEnroe, CCC-SLP

Shannon has been involved with Kids On The Go's St. Clair Shores division since she was in high school, where she was a volunteer in the multi-disciplinary, yoga, and art program. Kids On The Go campers and staff inspired Shannon to become a Speech-Language...

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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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