Independence for the Developmentally Disabled

Our independence program is designed for two purposes. The first is to provide the developmentally delayed with access to quality summer camp experiences. The second purpose is to begin the process of instilling campers, at an early age with a sense of independence. Summer camp programs allow developmentally disabled children, who are more often dependent than non-disabled children, the freedom to participate on their own. Camping helps children to develop a sense of themselves as capable individuals.

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At Camp Huntington, we are able to assist campers in gaining the independence they will need when they reach adulthood. While our program is designed to be recreational, we make sure that it is also therapeutic and educational. Campers may feel that they have been attending camp only for the purpose of having fun, but their fun-filled activities are preparing them for the years ahead. Campers work on necessary daily living skills socialization and cooperation.

Counselors assist campers in following a daily schedule. This schedule provides time for personal hygiene, bunk clean-up, cooking, music, drama, arts & crafts, gardening, swimming and many other important activities. We are also able to assist campers in the area of career education, by providing a vocational orientation. Our other activities serve a dual purpose. The daily schedule not only allows each camper to increase his/her fine and gross motor skills, self-esteem and socialization skills, but also assists campers in choosing leisure time activities.

There are counselors to assist with speech therapy, and to provide any occupational or physical therapy your child may require. It is our intention to provide campers with an enjoyable summer program that will prepare them for the years ahead.
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