Little Buddy Information

Please check back in early 2020 for more information on Robin & Mani’s 6th Annual All Buddy Camp!


The camp itself is such a tremendous gift to the special needs community, and we are so grateful for the opportunity for our Little Buddy to enjoy a week of Summer fun... We are so thankful for the abundance of opportunities this beautiful city of ours provides.
— Parent of Little Buddy

Where: To be determined
When: Camp will run one week in June 2020 from 8:30-12:30. There is an ice cream social and meet and greet the Friday before camp.

Robin Aldridge was a long time special education teacher, advocate and friend. Her daughter Mani, a student at CHS, loved the arts – drawing, dance, music, and drama. In their honor, Charlottesville and Albemarle County Parks and Recreation have partnered to provide a week-long summer camp for 4-5 year old students with disabilities.

Robin and Mani’s All Buddy Camp will help participants build self-esteem, develop better social skills and self-expression, make and maintain friendships, and improve fine and gross motor skills by partnering preschool students with disabilities with local high school students as ‘buddies’ in a holistic program centered on the creative arts, fun, and field trips.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Blech at (434) 970-3264 or


When: Applications will go out early 2020 and will be accepted early May 2020. Campers are selected via a lottery system and will be notified by mid-May 2020.
Who: Campers should be rising Kindergartners with an active IEP that includes educational services. Must be ineligible for ESY services. Participants must be either Charlottesville city or Albemarle county residents.
Cost: The camp is free to participants.
How: Complete either the online application or download a printable version of the form and send it to:
Attn: Sarah Blech
Charlottesville Parks & Recreation
P.O. Box 911
Charlottesville, VA 22902