July 11, 2013
17 Kids with Autism Have Dream Week at UCP Summer Camp!
Thank you to everyone who helped us send 17 kids with autism to summer camp in June!
Campers enjoyed swimming, arts and crafts, kayaking, archery, volleyball, scooter hockey, fishing, soccer, dancing, movie night, campfire time and a talent show – all while building their self-esteem and social skills.
Our Autism Center for Excellence assistant director Daniel Eisentrager put it best: “This gives kiddos an opportunity to go camping with A.C.E. friends and staff who they’ve grown a relationship with during the school year. It’s a time for them to let loose and enjoy camping life in a safe and fun environment.”
Daniel said toward the end of the week, one of the children said he was missing his mom and dad, but quickly followed that up with, “This is the best camp ever and I wish we could stay here forever!”
We can send up to 18 kids to camp next year, and we hope our 2014 camp will be maxed out. But we can only do that with the community’s help. This opportunity is funded 100% through the community, so we rely on you to ensure these kids have this amazing opportunity next summer. Stay tuned for ways you can help!