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Joshua Center Camp

Joshua Center Camp

ACA Accredited Camp | Overnight Camp | Specialty Camp

The Annual Joshua Center Residential Camp is a residential camp experience held at the Rotary Youth Camp in Lee’s Summit, MO, for children with Tourette Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Asperger Syndrome and OCD.

For many of the children, it is the first time they have met someone else with the same disorder. These children are often misunderstood by peers and educators, thus they frequently have a great deal of problems in school. They often have few friends. Campers are assigned to a six camper cabin with kids their own age with at least two wonderful cabin counselors. In 2013, we had over 120 campers with a staff of 60, including 3 full-time nurses.

This may be the first time in their lives the children are truly accepted — tics, obsessions and all. Our goal is for each child to have a positive, nurturing “typical” camp experience like their peers – experiences they will treasure for a lifetime.

Since many of our children do not have the opportunity for positive social interactions (invited to birthday parties, team sports, clubs, etc.) camp becomes essential for building self-esteem.

Our goal is that every child leaves camp knowing they have found a friend. Camp truly changes lives.

Activities include arts and crafts, swimming, team building, cook outs, fishing, singing and performing skits around the campfire, and boating rides on Pontoon boats.

New campers often come to camp a little apprehensive, but on the last day they are crying because they don’t want to go home. When asked why they will say, “I don’t want to go home because this is the first time in my life I have been accepted.”

Camp Wish List:
140 Camperships @ $500 each$20,000
Total$20,000

Testimonials

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“As we expected camp has been WONDERFUL. The genuine smile on (my daughter’s) face in the pictures I took at drop off and the ones the counselors are sending me are testament to what an amazing thing you are doing. Thank you so very, very much! ”

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“I can see what other kids have gone through and how they survived. It helps me get through & conquer. We are all survivors. That’s a gift.”

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“When I'm at camp, I feel like a normal kid. Some kids don't get to go outside because our parents are just working too much and too hard. At home, I'm just watching movies all day. I don't want to get too old to come to Wildwood.”

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“Without the support of Camps for Kids and the matching fund, CHD Families would be unable to provide a free medically supervised summer camp for kids with Congenital Heart Defects.”

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“I look back on the struggle of my childhood and one of the most important and best childhood memories I have include the time spent at camp with the amazing men and women who treated me like I was normal despite my struggle”

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