Down Syndrome Association of Delaware Days of Summer Camp

Down Syndrome Association of Delaware Days of Summer Camp


GEICO OVER 75 YEARS OF SAVINGS AND SERVICE DAY TO SUMMER CAMP. YOU’RE PROBABLY THINKING BACK ON THE MEMORIES RIGHT NOW. WASN’T THAT AN EXPERIENCE THAT AS KIDS WE LOVED YOU REMEMBER IT. OH YEAH. WITH ME TALKING ABOUT IT ALREADY IS. WELL THERE’S ORGANIZATION IS MAKING SURE THAT NO CHILD MISSES THAT OPPORTUNITY JOINING US THIS AFTERNOON. ARE WE EFFECTUALLY REFERRED TO AS THE LAWRENCE LAUREN CAMP. WHO’S THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DOWN’S SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF DELAWARE AND LONGTIME VOLUNTEER LAUREN BERRY. LADIES THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. AFTER HAVING SO WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE DAYS OF SUMMER CAMP WHAT DOES THAT TELL US ABOUT. YES SO THE DOWN’S SYNDROME ASSOCIATION PROVIDES THIS CAMP EVERY YEAR TO OUR FAMILIES AND WE HOST TWO CAMPS ONE IN MILFORD WHICH IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING THIS WEEK AND ONE IN MIDDLETOWN WHICH WE HOLD AT THE END OF JULY BEGINNING OF AUGUST IT’S A WEEKLONG FREE CAMP FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DOWN SYNDROME AND THEIR SIBLINGS AND WE. BUT PROVIDE EACH CHILD WITH A COUNSELOR THAT WORKS WITH THEM THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AS A ONE ON ONE VOLUNTEER NOW THIS IS YOUR SIXTH YEAR OR SIX SUMMER OF THE CAMP. TELL US WHAT IT’S LIKE AND WHAT THE KIDS THINK OF IT. SURE. SO CAMP IS A REALLY FUN WEEK LONG PROGRAM WHERE WE HAVE A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES ANYWHERE FROM TIME TO HORSEBACK RIDING TO SOCCER TO ARTS AND CRAFTS. AND WE REALLY TRY TO INCORPORATE THE TYPICAL FUN SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCES THAT YOU THINK OF AS A KID. FOR EACH OF THE CHILDREN THAT ATTEND GET ME EXCITED SO TELL US ABOUT THE PEER RELATIONSHIP IT’S IT’S AN EXPERIENCE THAT WE’RE NOT GOING TO GET ANYWHERE ELSE. IT’S FOR ME. I’VE BEEN WITH MY CAMPER FOR FOUR YEARS NOW I’VE BEEN DOING CAMP FOR SIX YEARS AND ME AND STUART REPAIRED FOUR YEARS AGO AND WE’VE BECOME REALLY REALLY CLOSE EVER SINCE AND IT’S BEEN A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE AND YOU’VE BEEN A VOLUNTEER FOR A LONG TIME. OBVIOUSLY YOU ENJOY BUT YOU COULD USE SOME MORE VOLUNTEERS YES WE DEFINITELY COULD. AND IT’S A REALLY SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO GET RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR CAMPERS LIKE I HAVE WITH STUART THAT’S INCREDIBLE. SO CAMP IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY PROGRAMS THAT YOU GOT. YES YOU DO. SO OUR ORGANIZATION SERVES AND PEOPLE OF ALL AGES THROUGHOUT THE STATE DELAWARE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA WITH DOWN SYNDROME. WE PROVIDE EDUCATION OUTREACH TO NEW PARENTS. WE ASSIST INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE OLDER LOOKING FOR HOUSING OR JOBS AND HELPING SECURE THOSE POSITIONS. AND THEN WE ALSO DO EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH WITHIN SCHOOLS AND WITH TEACHERS REALLY. ANY ISSUE OR SITUATION THAT SOMEONE’S ENCOUNTERING WE CAN ASSIST THEM WITH THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFE SPAN. AND SO YOU DO SERVE PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. YES. WE HAVE MEMBERS THAT HAVE CHILDREN AS LITTLE SIX WEEKS ALL THE WAY UP TO MEET SOMEONE IN OUR DATABASE. I THINK RIGHT NOW THAT DAILY THREE WITH DOWN SYNDROME OH MY GOODNESS SO NOW CAN WE IN GENERAL HELP. SURE. SO I ALWAYS ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO LOOK AT OUR WEB SITE. WE OFFER A WIDE VARIETY OF PROGRAMS AND AS WELL AS OUR FACEBOOK PAGE IF ANYONE HAS A NEW BABY WITH DOWN SYNDROME WE PROVIDE NEW OUTREACH TO THOSE FAMILIES WITHIN THE HOSPITALS AND THEN WE’D BE HAPPY TO CONNECT WITH YOU. OH THAT’S WONDERFUL THANK YOU SO MUCH LAUREN CAMP AND LAUREN HERE. LAUREN AND LAUREN

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