Summer Camps are “Serious Fun” for Special Needs Kids

Last updated on February 15th, 2013 at 02:08 am

Paul NewmanSummer is in the distant future in my mind, but the buzz at my school’s pick-up and drop-off area has already turned to camp. Working parents (as well as stay-at-home parents) are scrambling to find programs that will keep their kids engaged and challenged and also give them great social skills and memories. Children with special needs may have serious medical conditions or need support with daily living skills, but that doesn’t mean that they have to miss out on the camp experience …thanks to Paul Newman.

Yes, the handsome man on the spaghetti sauce jar (and amazing human being and actor) started a camp in Connecticut for seriously ill kids back in 1988. He thought all kids deserved some time to have some “serious fun” and just be kids. We all know that laughter is the best medicine, and the campers have the opportunity to find new strengths and make new friends – all the while being cared for in a safe environment.

Active disabled five year old boy playing on the  monkey bars with his fatherThe program has seriously grown, with participating camps and programs nationwide.  Now the actor’s legacy is even being shared globally – and don’t let me forget to mention that for kids who are accepted there is no charge.  Yup, thanks to grants, donations and other amazing connections this is all free for the campers and their families!  As you can imagine, they always need volunteers, too.

Find your closest program, camp or volunteer opportunity here.

About the Author

Rosie Reeves is a writer and mother of three; including one with special needs. She works side-by-side with her daughter’s therapists, teachers and doctors. Rosie has also served as the Los Angeles Special Needs Kids Examiner and serves as a contributor on the Yahoo! Contributor Network. She can be reached at rosie327@aol.com.Rosie is a member of the PedSafe Expert team

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2 Responses to “Summer Camps are “Serious Fun” for Special Needs Kids”

  1. I’m blessed to have two healthy young boys, although one has a learning disability so we’re looking at programs that would be fun yet create a healthy learning environment so that he’ll be ready for the third grade. I’m not sure I can do it all summer by myself.

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