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November 8, 2012

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November 8, 2012

Our son attended Adams Camp this last summer. I was very nervous about how his week would go. He has went to various camps and it never failed it ended up not being a good experience. Chris attended two different weeks and both were fantastic weeks. He grew in self esteem, confidence and more independent. He returned to school and the teachers seem to noticed a difference. We thought the counselors were awesome. Thank you staff for teaching my son that he's beautiful and important in so many ways!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 14, 2009

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October 14, 2009

Our family was blown away by the Adam's Camp experience. We have heard about it for years, but this was our first opportunity to attend because our son has been so medically fragile. Our oldest son has Cerebral Palsy, uses a wheelchair, has a G-tube, and requires periodic suctioning for secretions. The Adam's Camp staff met with us about 6 months prior to camp, helped us plan for his care, and went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. Upon arrival at camp, we were welcomed with open arms and met with the therapy team. Our primary goal was a fun experience for all of our boys (ages 8, 6 and 4). We had no idea how much fun they would have! The therapy staff was amazing! To combine PT, OT, SLP, Art, and Music therapists with two additional volunteers (that's 7) for a group of 5 children from 8:30a to 2:30p for 5 days was stunning to us. The younger boys attended "sibling camp" for their age group and had a ball. Each of the boys ended the week with a scrap book of memories that they shared with each other, family, and friends. They all experienced the joys of camp - Horseback riding, swimming, rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, miniature golf, archery, etc. The staff ensured that they were all safe, our special needs son was included in every activity, and mom and dad were able to have a little time without worry. We loved being able to stay on the campus of Snow Mountain Ranch - what an amazing place! - so that some of the medical care issues could be addressed with the least impact to the children. At the end of the week, we met with the therapy team and could not believe what they were able to accomplish. We really hadn't provided them with substantive goals because we didn't know what to expect. Not only had they put goals together, they far exceeded them, and incorporated their results into his scrapbook so that it could be shared with his home and school therapy teams. It has been truly inspiration to his other therapists and we can't wait for next year. The team recommended that we attend twice next summer, so we're doing everything we can to make that happen. All of the boys regularly ask about going back. Although we were tired, mom and dad are excited about going back too! We would recommend Adam's Camp to ANYONE - it's a fantastic therapy model and a truly wonderful experience for the entire family.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to experience a true family vacation where everyone had a good time. Also, the therapy information has been priceless.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Great people - very professional, knowledgeable, and kind.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many special needs children and families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 5, 2009

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October 5, 2009

Adam's Camp has been a wonderful experience for my son Andrew! He looks forward to going every year...and always comes back with more confidence than ever. I love sharing the "Dropping Andrew Off at Camp" story! My son Andrew was born with Down’s Syndrome. He is a delightful young man with a very sensitive spirit. To appreciate this little story, it is important to understand how much time Andrew spends with his big sister, Jackie…and me…and mostly females. He likes that…mostly because we all tend to “serve his every need”…as he is a typical male in this area! We all know Andrew has us wrapped around his finger…trust me…we are working on trying to reverse this a little! We know he does not really need us as much as we are there…and it is never more evident than when it comes time to drop Andrew off at Adam’s Camp! From the beginning to end…Adam’s Camp expects independence out of their campers! At registration the Adam’s Camp staff asks Andrew…not Jackie or I…how to spell his name. Andrew instantly spells it out correctly…and quickly! Jackie and I look at each other in amazement…he does not do that so quickly for us when we ask…sometimes not at all! We take Andrew to his cabin and he picks out his sleeping quarters and puts his stuff away. He then quickly loses Jackie and I and goes to the front area to greet all his new friends with a personal introduction and a handshake! Jackie and I are feeling a little slighted at this point. Andrew does not even care that we are there! We patiently wait to hug Andrew and do our “emotional goodbye routine”. We try to get Andrew’s attention but he just waves us on…saying, “goodbye”. We don’t even get eye contact with him. He is not interested in any of our nurturing from this point on. Jackie and I have no other choice than to leave without a hug. We walk out slowly in case Andrew changes his mind. He doesn’t! We get in the car and leave…knowing Andrew is going to have a great time all week. He doesn’t even miss us! It is amazing what Adam’s Camp does for Andrew’s confidence and independence!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In their efforts to continue to find and provide scholarships for Andrew to attend. As a single parent this has been a wonderful benefit to Andrew and I.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it to other areas!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How much they personally care!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring and loving individuals. This is not just a job for these folks...it is a passion!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many other families and handicapped children all over the country to have the same wonderful experiences. I understand they are looking to have affiliate Adam's Camps in other states to accomodate the requests and needs further!

Ways to make it better...

I cannot think of anything...they are doing a tremendous job!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

is continueing to get contributions in a difficult economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Adam's Camp staff and volunteers are doing an amazing service to the community!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 12, 2009

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September 12, 2009

My son has gone to Adams Camp every summer for since he was eight years old, (he is now 17). Even the from the first year, he was ok being away from us because he was doing so many fun things with activities paced for kids with disabilities and with great councelors. He has enjoyed camp every year and misses everyone when he gets home.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing my son have fun with other kids and be independant from his familoy

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Don't know

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are very accomodating and caring

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, fun they always remember my son from year to year

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide more scholarships for needy kids with developmental disabilities, expand the number of kids served and perhaps have a program over Christmas break

Ways to make it better...

Nothing

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding, keeping costs down

One thing I'd also say is that...

nothing

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 11, 2009

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September 11, 2009

I am a pediatrician who has many special needs patients in my practice. Before my week as a volunteer on an Adam's Camp Mountain Therapy team of 4-8 y. kids w/autism spectrum disorder, I had no idea how much these kids could accomplish in 5 days of integrated therapy. First words, stronger steps, accomplishing life skills - It was truly amazing to see the progress. I learned SO much from therapists, parents and the kids- tips to help me in the office with interactions and exams, parent perspectives and HOPE to pass along to parents in my own practice. I became a member of the Adam's Camp Board after that first summer as a volunteer. Board work has been very rewarding but I still look forward to my summer weeks as a "hands on" volunteer at camp with a new team of kids. This past year it was kids with Down Syndrome - I had a blast! I would highly recommend the camp volunteer experience to any medical provider/provider-to-be seeking an uplifting, hands-on learning opportunity that will positively change the way you approach kids with special needs and their families.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The growth it provides to the individual and the HOPE and SUPPORT it provides to families of special needs children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Compassionate, hard-working, devoted, excited to work together as a team to meet the child's goals. These were some of the BEST therapists I've ever known.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create and support other venues to expand or "seed" the program to provide services for an "Adam's Camp experience" in other parts of the country. There are SO MANY kids and families throughout the US who could thrive with an experience like Adam's Camp.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 23, 2009

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August 23, 2009

Our family has participated in the Adam's Camp program for 10 years. The experience this camp offers far exceeds a parents dream for their child with special needs. Adam's Camp staff have successfully provided well-trained and experienced therapist for the camps. A parent may suspect their special child may never climb a rock wall, or enjoy rafting the river, find strength and courage in tackling the zip- line, but the therapist Adam's camp provides, all of these things are not only possible, but doable. The camp not only takes care and opens doors for our special children, the camp provides sibling camp as well. This provides the siblings of our special children to see, hear and experience their reality with someone who shares in the reality with them. Adam's Camp takes care of the family as a whole, providing a beautiful, safe place to meeta nd share with other families who have similar circustances. Through this effort, lifetime friendships are made not only for the campers, but for the entire family. Through the years, Adam's Camp has strived to keep the best therapist and staff possible. In doing so, the organization diligently handles everything form scholarships for families who need assisstance with camp cost, sometimes sending a family at no cost to the family, to handling office duties with tight budgets. This reflects in the eventual overall quality of the camp.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate concerning the special children and their families. The staff and therapist really believe in what they do in helping the children feel accepted and successful. These individuals create an incredible positive atmosphere.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 22, 2009

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August 22, 2009

I think Adam's Camp is one of the finest organizations I have been associated with. It is truly a community. The ideals and goals of this non-profit are outstanding. It just keeps growing, getting better and better each year. While I have not been directly involved with Therapy Camps the last two years, I am very much an ambassador for Adam's Camp.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the area of multi-disciplinary consult toward common goals.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the mountain setting for both therapy and respite for the families involved

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people who share ideas and are passionate about their professions, yet also open and willing to learn about other domains and expertise.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build it's own camp facilities around the nation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

August 21, 2009

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August 21, 2009

Adam's Camp provides magic for disabled children and their families. For one week, these kiddos have the chance to experience camp like their peers, but also benefit from the extensive and diverse skills of the staff members.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 18, 2009

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August 18, 2009

Our son, who has CP, started attending the "I Can" camp at about age 9. When he was 14 he learned that he was too old for that camp, and needed to move to the teen camp. When he let the staff know how disappointed he was, they came up with the perfect solution - he became a volunteer for I Can! After several years in that role, learning and growing, it was time to move on to college, and Adam's Camp was there again with letters of Recommendation that were heartfelt, not just something jotted down in haste. Now he is in medical school, and while obviously no one thing gets you there, I can safely say thet the self-esteem and self-confidence he was given at Adam's Camp built a great base.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my son prosper from his experiences.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful people invloved.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

skilled and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach and help more children and families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 17, 2009

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August 17, 2009

This is our son's 3rd year attending Adam's Camp, and we love it. The counselors/therapists are wonderful, and they really work hard on treating each kid as an individual. The full-time is also very dedicated, and has been very helpful working with us.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how my son responds to the summer camp experience.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the individual attention given to my son's needs, and the help the office staff has given to me during the application process.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated, hard-working, skilled.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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