Photo Gallery | Celebrating 10 Years of Angelwood Summer Day Camp

Angelwood, Summer Day Camp is celebrating its 10th season of summer fun for area children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, and other developmental disabilities. The program runs for 6 weeks in the summer from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and is held at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church.

Angelwood Summer Day Camp is similar to many summer day camps.  Campers experience music, arts & crafts, and recreation along with both small and large group activities such as carnivals, inflatable water slides and puppet shows.  The biggest difference is the adult support Angelwood Summer Day Camp provides.  While the campers think they are simply having a good time, they are maintaining both gross and fine motor skills while enhancing social skills.

In 2001, Angelwood Summer Day Camp was created out of community need for child care through the summer when school is not in session.  As a child with a disability ages, it is more difficult to find appropriate and safe care while parents need to work. Angelwood Summer Day Camp gives parents peace of mind by offering trained, screened staff to work with their children both during the camping day and with an extended day option in both the morning and afternoon. Our goal for parents is to offer them the assurance that their sons and daughters are in good hands while they need to work.  The divorce rate among couples who have a child with a disability is nearly 85%.  Lack of income complicates the struggles in the family even more.  By having a safe place for their children, parents can maintain their employment during the summer months.      

The program is specially developed to meet the diverse needs of the campers.  The high staff-to-child ratio, the CPR/First Aid training and counselor orientation program gives our staff the tools they need to fully participate in the program.  Due to the complex medical needs of our campers  a nurse is on-site .

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