Board of Directors
Victoria Bryant, MBA
David Bailey, MBA
John Klemm, CPA
At Camp Circle Star, we believe in modifying the environment to meet the individual needs of our campers and residents. We have found that if we change our approach, methods, or physically alter a camper’s surroundings, we set them up for success and enjoyment. Our goal is fun, contentment and happiness. We achieve that through learning about our campers, adjusting our camp curriculum to meet their needs, and keeping the anxiety level low.
Inspired by their daughter, Erin, who was born with Cri du Chat Syndrome, Joe and Renee Eickmeier founded the Erin Eickmeier Foundation (now Camp Circle Star) in 2003. Since that time, Camp Circle Star has provided local agencies with financial support and has hosted day camps for children with disabilities. Renee is a speech/language pathologist with over twenty years of experience working with children with developmental disabilities. Her experience as a parent and therapist has driven her to provide day camp options for children who may have been unsuccessful at more traditional camps. Camp Circle Star's long term goals include opening an adult day programming site at the Circle Star Ranch, and opening an independent supported living site in the St. Louis metro area for adults with disabilities to live and thrive. We invite you to join us on this journey!
What is Camp Circle Star?
Most children with special needs thrive on individual attention. That is what we provide at Camp Circle Star. 1:1 supervision is given to all our campers, so that they may explore, engage, and enjoy all the camp activities at the highest possible level. We feel that camper-driven experiences will be the most valuable to our kids, so we let them choose their own activities from many fun and exciting choices. Most of our campers also prefer individual activities to large group activities, so that is what we offer. We also limit the size of our camp to about 14 campers each week, so as not to be too overwhelming for our kids. We pride ourselves with being a “custom-made camp” for your child. Each child’s experience will be unique and best suited to their individual needs and desires.