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Give the Gift of Camp

Camp is needed now more than ever.

Current events have shown us all the importance of human connection, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone back at camp! This will be our best year ever, not because of the things we get to do at camp, but because of the people, we get to experience camp with.

Give the gift of camp, and keep bright the thoughts of a warm, welcoming experience filled with friendship, fun, and laughter, which are surely among the best things to look forward to throughout the year!

Enroll your special camper now and give the gift of camp.

A camp experience is unique and can have profound positive impacts on a young person’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. When you give a child a camp experience, you give them lifelong lessons and memories that help them navigate a successful future.

Here is further proof that camp is the ultimate gift:

    • Unlike toys, camp doesn’t break.
      According to research from The Children’s Mutual, 41 percent of toys and presents given during the December holidays are broken by March.
    • Camp boosts a child’s sense of self.
      Families want their children to develop genuine confidence and an awareness of their place in the world. These are things that can’t be bought or taught — they have to grow organically. That is where camp comes in.
    • Camp develops twenty-first-century life skills.
      Participation in programs like camps develops essential twenty-first-century life skills. Where you may see a group of campers laughing and working together at a game, the youth development professional sees problem-solving and teamwork skills being enhanced.
    • Camp is critical to a child’s education.
      Camp is one of the oldest and finest community-based experiential education and development models in America. The natural extension of traditional education, camp is a deliberate, expanded learning environment that provides an education like no other.
    • Camp is fun.
      Camp gives children and youth the opportunity to just relax, have fun, and be kids. They will experience the joys of childhood in a safe, nurturing setting and share new experiences with other children without the fear of failure or ridicule.

By giving the special child in your life the gift of camp, you are giving them the ultimate gift — independence, self-confidence, friendships, and competencies. Camp never breaks; it never expires or gets moldy. There won’t be a newer version released mid-summer, rendering all previous versions obsolete.

The gift of camp is real — giving children and youth real experiences, real opportunities for genuine growth, and unlimited potential. ~CREDIT » Give the Gift of Camp (

  • Why is camp so important for children with special needs and varying abilities?

  • Camp increases self-confidence and independence.
  • Camp provides the opportunity to make new friends and build relationships with peers and staff.
  • Camp provides the opportunity to participate in fun activities that are tailored to meet their needs.
  • Camp provides respite services to parents/caregivers for a much-needed break.
  • Camp offers opportunities for campers to explore new interests, strengthen their skills and expand their comfort zones through adapted programs.