Who CAMP Serves
CAMP believes that all individuals, regardless of health, disability, race, or socioeconomic status, deserve the opportunity to participate in a community where they are celebrated for who they are, not how they are labeled - where they belong and where they can have fun and grow in their independence and self-confidence. Due to the extensive work taking place at CAMP year-round, four specific populations are served: Campers, Families, Volunteers, and Healthcare Volunteers.
Campers: CAMP serves individuals with mild to severe disabilities, with diagnoses such as: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spina Bifida, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and more. CAMP programs alleviate medical, physical, developmental, social, and intellectual barriers for campers by adapting all activities to allow full participation. CAMP environments are intentionally designed to be safe places where campers can interact in their own unique way, giving them confidence to move around safely, allowing them to feel more in control, while also boosting their self-esteem.
Families: Families are dramatically impacted through respite opportunities offered across CAMP’s year-round programming and provide the family a time to recharge knowing that their camper is in a safe and fun environment. Additionally, CAMP understands the tremendous financial needs facing families and takes significant measures to remove financial barriers to participation. CAMP also serves their siblings without medical conditions or disabilities during Summer CAMP and through the Parent’s Night Out Program.
Teen and Adult Volunteers: Volunteers are high school and college age students who have a passion to empower individuals with medical conditions and disabilities by sharing their time and talents through social and daily living activities. The depth and breadth of work provided by volunteers is extensive and is made possible through training and mentorship, empowering volunteers of all ages to serve in these unique leadership development opportunities.
Healthcare Professionals: Healthcare professionals are licensed physicians, nurses, physical therapists, etc. CAMP partners with universities and various programs in the healthcare industry to send students who are near the end of their program and becoming a licensed healthcare professional. Licensed healthcare professionals are offered the opportunity to earn continuing education credits while volunteering at CAMP, offering a unique blend of didactic and experiential learning focused on the day-to-day challenges campers and caregivers face. The result is increased knowledge, understanding, and empathy surrounding these challenges, which healthcare professionals can then apply outside of CAMP to improve clinical and community settings.