Children's Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP) provides recreational programming for individuals (aged 6 months to 50 years old), with developmental, intellectual, medical, behavioral, and physical disabilities. Since 1979, the cornerstone of CAMP's mission has remained the same, although having significantly expanded in scope. Today we offer year-round recreational opportunities for individuals with special needs and their siblings, respite opportunities for caregivers and family members, and critical hands-on educational opportunities for high-school students, health care professionals, and partnerships with other non-profits in the community.
Too often individuals with special needs, or those who are considered medically fragile, have never had “typical” childhood experiences like swinging, sliding, friends to play with, or the joy of being unconditionally accepted. Due to the severity of their disabilities, many of the individuals served by CAMP are not eligible to attend other camps, or participate in other agency programs offered within the special needs community. For these reasons and many more, CAMP has remained committed for over 40 years to the special needs population in South Texas.
The cornerstone of CAMP's mission is to offer year-round, recreational, respite, and educational programming for children and adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities, their families, and our volunteers. For over 40 years, CAMP has continued to embody the founding principle that any person with a disability, especially a child, should be afforded the same opportunities to participate in social and recreational activities as an individual without a disability.
For the first time in 40 years, CAMP canceled Spring Respite programs and all Summer Camp sessions to ensure the safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers. This dramatically impacts not only the children and adults we serve, but hundreds of healthcare professionals who earn continuing education credits, hundreds of young adults who receive valuable leadership development, and most dramatically...the families who now face the reality of not receiving a break for months. While we are truly devastated not to see our campers’ smiling faces, we know they are even more devastated.
This decision has a tremendous impact on the financial health of CAMP and our ability to continue our mission this year and into the future. You can see the deep impact to the programs in the downloadable "Impact Report" to the right. It is our hope that together with you and the community, we can make this the most successful Gala while celebrating all that CAMP has to offer!
To learn more about CAMP, or to take a tour of our Center Point facility, please contact Chief Development Officer, Dianna Hopkinss at Dianna.Hopkins@campcamp.org. We are delighted to share the amazing work taking place year-round at CAMP with you!