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Everybody Loves Summer Camp

Published August 25, 2014

Summer camp: a camp, especially one for children during the summer, providing facilities for activities including singing, handicrafts, sports, etc.

Camp is something every kid should be able to enjoy— no questions asked. Camp Prov, offers a camp experience to children with special needs ages 18 months through 10 years of age. For 18 years now, Camp Prov has seen an increasing numbers of campers every year since its first summer.  Campers spend five half-days participating in various camp experiences including singing, snacks, crafts, nature walks, petting-zoos and swimming. 

Each camper is paired up with a volunteer “buddy” for each camp day. Lori Wilson, physical therapist for the Children’s Center, has volunteered at Camp Prov for 15 years. Her role at camp is to educate the camper's “buddy” about the child’s diagnosis and provide strategies to help the child succeed at camp. “My favorite part about camp is watching those children that may be struggling with something, such as transitions, interactions with others or mobility and watch the amazing change that takes place from the first day, to the middle of the week, to the end of the week,” Lori says. When asked what keeps her coming back to Camp every year Lori replied, “It is so rewarding to know that our camp allows children to thoroughly enjoy themselves in a supportive environment where they can learn and blossom.”

This year, Camp Prov was able to provide a camp experience to 426 children! A huge thank you goes to the 127 volunteers putting in 4,497.5 hours who helped make camp a success. Christie Tipton, manager of the Children’s Center, also puts in countless hours of work before, during and after camp to make sure things run smoothly. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time or resources to help Camp Prov and more importantly, provide a summer camp for these kids to truly enjoy.