Celebrating 40 Years of Inclusion
Kamp for Kids™, a place where kids learn, grow and play together, began because of one Mom’s dream: To start the first ever inclusive summer day camp for children, with and without disabilities.
In memory of Judith Ann Hoyt
(March 8, 1941 - September 5, 2010)
Please join us for our:
40th Kamp for Kids™ Celebration, July 17, 2015
Annual Dream Builder Event, October 21, 2015
Today, Kamp still emphasizes teamwork, cooperation, and individual skill development to prevent learning loss, including positive socialization, increased self-esteem, physical activity, self-control, anger management, and daily living skills.
Kamp for Kids™ is more than a Recreational Summer Kamp; it is an experience of friendship and inclusion, where lifelong friendships begin.
During a camper skit, a counselor shouts encouragement to Ashley, who has Cerebral Palsy. Tall, thin and quiet, she rests a sign on her chest for everyone to see, “I love Hanna Montana, and I hate spiders”. A smile illuminates across Ashley’s face.
Every eye is now captivated by Ashley’s smile and excitement, as campers, counselors, parents and visitors let out a thunderous applause, creating a circle of encouragement around her.
Although Ashley moves around using a wheelchair and is non-verbal, her contagious smile and boasting pride show she’s just like any other kid at summer camp. She’s having fun, learning, growing and developing a sense of belonging –.
Alumni, Parents and Friends...
Did you move recently? Change jobs? Change your email or phone? Are you a co-founder of Kamp for Kids™? Make sure to let us know and get all our Kamp for Kids™ community communications this year by completing the Information Update Form here… http://www.carsoncenter.org/contact
*By Wendy Lane Wright
Site Photo Credits: Shutterstock.com, The Carson Center for Human Services