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August 14, 2009

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August 14, 2009

My son Christopher has autism. He has attended Adam's camp for 5 years - the last 3 years the overnight teen adventure camp. This summer he expressed anxiety about attending camp because of a difficult day camp experience here in Fort Collins. I spoke extensively to Don Kitch, the Adventure Camp director who then had Christopher's counselor call me. The whole staff used the information I provided to make it a great week for Christopher. The fact that I was listened to and my words taken seriously was incredibly important to me and Christopher.

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

Amazing.

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

Serve children, teens, and young adults with disabilities around the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 14, 2009

Our family has been attending Adam's Camp for 10 years and we would not miss it! We started when our son with Down Syndrome was four years old. He did the mountain therapy sessions for 5 years, worked his way through the trailblazer experience and now goes to adventure camp on his own! This gives our son the confidence he needs, social skills he continues to work on, and a wonderful life experience! It has given our family lifelong friendships with the other families, people who truly rejoice in each of our child's accomplishments each year. I have and will continue to recommend Adam's Camp to all families with a kiddo with special needs!

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

my child's growth each year. My family also benefits each year we go. It is wonderful family time and it can be shared with incredible people.

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

the friendships we have made and feeling a part of a "family".

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

dedicated and unconditional in their love of kids with special needs!

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

Serve all the families that deserve to attend Adam's Camp!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 13, 2009

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August 13, 2009

My child visited Adam's Camp three times in the past 5 years. Two trips to early start and one trip to the mountain therapy program. It is an amazing experience, very worth the money spent. My child showed amazing growth after each week of service. There are scholarships available and very easy to obtain. All therapists/employees/volunteers are amazing and can be reached outside of camp. I recommend this camp to every family who has a child with a disability.

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

the amount of growth my child has shown after each one week camp.

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

they treat you like family.

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

very helpful and knowledgeable about the various needs of my child.

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

change the lives of millions of children and families affected by disabilities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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August 13, 2009

I am a professional in the field of speech language pathology , and have worked in four states as an SLP...Texas, Florida, Colorado, and Arizona. Adam's Camp is an ideal setting for children with developmental disabilites as it is truly a transdisciplinary team model that works on children's strengths to achieve their goals. Families leave with a myriad of functional tips and suggestions to provide their own team of therapists with. It is truly a remarkable experience for all involved!

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

Make sure the therapists are trained in other matters that may be pertinent to the children they are dealing with...such as g-tube feedings and transfers of children from wheelchairs to floor and vice versa, prior to camp beginning.

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

the experience to collaborate directly with the other disciplines to work on functional achievable goals for a child in one wonderfully taxing week!

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

Wonderful, although the therapists did get extremely fatigued during the week.

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

Hire therapists to do the therapy and a qualified team of personnnel dealing with sports and the disabled to lead the children in some of the activities..including the use of adaptive equipment if needed.

Ways to make it better...

I had more experience with g-tube feeds and transfers.

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

To keep qualified personnel from being over-worked during the week...also probably hiring the "best fit" therapist for a particular team. I also think that there needs to be a team of people trained to be with the children in some of the activities.

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

It is important to really train the therapists on any medical or technological issues (adaptive equipment etc) prior to camp beginning, if they do not have the training.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 12, 2009

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August 12, 2009

Our son attended Adam's Camp Mountain Therapy program for the first time. This was a unique opportunity for him to enjoy the outdoors. He usually uses a wheelchair and sometimes his walker. But at Adam's Camp he was able to canoe, horseback ride, swim and rock climb in addition to receiving OT, PT speech, music and art therapy each day. Meanwhile, we took our first hike together since our son was born, went horse back riding ourselves and connected with other parents who can relate to our unique situation. We made new friendships, had fun and have decided to come back next year.

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

change the quality of many lives for special needs children, their parents and siblings. It would also provide meaningful and realistic goals to continue at home, the momentum of progress which starts at camp.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 12, 2009

Great camp, our children attend every year and have for 11+ years. We highly recommend, from therapy to adventure camps, our children thrive and look forward every year to Adams Camp.

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

the progress and attitude of my children after they have attended camp. The expereince they have stays with them throughout the year and as they get older.

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

better serve many more individuals with disabilities and or lower its costs to the clients it serves.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 12, 2009

My son Jimmy is now 25 yrs old. Jimmy has both developmental and physical diabilities. Throughout the years I have looked for resources that were available to help him reach his full potential. There have been many struggles and disappointments throughout these years. Often times we would reach out to various agencies and because Jimmy doesn't quite fit into any category; we were left with many unanswered questions and no help was offered or available. Jimmy has behavorial issues and has limitations. As a result, I was apprehensive about enrolling him in any programs or activities. I found Adams Camp on the internet several years ago. I thought about sending him to camp but always changed my mind. This year I decided to give it a try. I starting filling out the forms and it took me several weeks to complete them. The forms were quite extensive and thorough with lot of questions about how best to work with Jimmy. Adams Camp kept in constant communication with me encouraging me to complete the forms. Jimmy made it to Camp. My husband and I took him to Snow Mtn Village on 06-29-09. There were many families there and a lot of hustle and bustle. But everyone there was very helpful and the registration process went well. Then it was time to go to the cabin where we met Jimmy's counselor and some of his roommates. At this point, I was still not sure if I was doing the right thing leaving him there. I had a lump in my throat and was on the verge of tears. I hugged Jimmy and said good-bye and told him we would pick him up on Saturday. He's answer was "no Mom, I'm staying here. I was tempted to call him everyday but Adams Camp has a website with pictures from camp. The first picture I saw was Jimmy climbing a poll. He was able to go rafting; played minature golf; bingo; 3-legged race and swimming. I did pick Jimmy up on Saturday. The first thing he said was what a great time he had over and over again. He thanked me and said he wants to go back next year. Adams Camp did for Jimmy what no one else was willing to do. They treated him with respect and dignity and as a result Jimmy felt good about himself. The look on his face was something I will never forget. Thanks Adams Camp!!!!

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

Staff and volunteers are quite impressive. It takes a special person to be able to work at Adams Camp

Ways to make it better...

Can't think of anything. There is nothing I would change

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 12, 2009

Adam's Camp is a wonderful spot for families to come together and learn how to have fun with their child that has disabilities. I worked as a speech therapist to improve communication skills as children are doing things they love - swimming, horse-back riding, hiking, etc. I worked at Snow Mountain Ranch and had such a positive experience. The collaboration between therapists, volunteers, and families cannot be duplicated. Parents and siblings went home with a better appreciation of the disability and the potential each child has. The networking between families was also fantastic!

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

the role of a speech therapist working with families, volunteers, and other therapists at Snow Mountain Ranch in Frasier, Colorado.

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

do so much for so many families in need. Provide therapy in a setting that is not only beautiful, but serves as a respite for the stresses of life with a handicapped child. It also provides so much insight to parents and siblings of disabled children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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August 12, 2009

We experienced Adam's Camp five years ago when we went to the family camp. I have to say it was the "first" real vacation we had as a family. My oldest son, was kept occupied during the day along with his peers, and my younger two, age 4 and 7 took part in the sibling camp. Here we were up in the mountains, staying in a cabin as a family among other families who were "just like us" We truly had a fun and relaxing time! We enjoyed the learning experiences with other adults, and each of my children had their own fun and positive experience. They still remember Adam's Camp! We were able to spend time as a family without our special needs son, and time all together. Respite care became real for that week as well. We went again the folowing year as a family and then my son graduated to the Teen Camp and went alone.

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

We were at our witis end and going to the family camp the first time was something that gave us respite and brought fun back into our family...even if it was only for that one week! Our chldren saw hope and self esteem improved in my special needs son.

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

excellent

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

I wish there were more summer long day camps available to the special needs community..to include the ones with behavior issues. Having a trained behavior specialist to work with and train the staff and parents. We recenly hired one, and what a difference

Ways to make it better...

My son has behavior issues on top of being mild MR,and is higher functioning. I felt that Adam's Camp was not a total a match for him when he got to the Teen Camp. I still highly recommend the camp to others though!

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

Most children need structure and summer is a long time without structure. No matter how creative a mother can be!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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August 12, 2009

I really believe in the Adam's Camp mission to help kids with disabilities and their families. However, from the perspective of a therapist working at the Mountain Therapy Camp, I was disappointed in my experience. I wasn't told many things about what to expect at camp. I didn't bring some things that I needed, and wasn't mentally prepared for the fact that I would be changing kids diapers, helping them change clothes and swimming with them. I thought I would just be doing the actual therapy. One of the kids in my group had significant needs (i.e. feeding tube etc) and it was a very complicated process. I had no prior experience with this and was given absolutely no training, but was expected to feed this child during lunch time when it was my turn. Scary and unsafe. Since the therapists are contractors to work at camp for the week, I felt very vulnerable, like I could lose my license if anything went wrong. Many of the things I was asked to do were outside my scope of practice, and I wasn't given any training for them. The fun and warm fuzzies from serving the kids was outweighed by my exhaustion at working 17 hour days for 1 week, and my worry and concern for the seriousness of the situations I had to deal with.

Ways to make it better...

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

- Give therapists a schedule for the week. - Give therapists a list of items to bring to camp.

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

the wonderful staff, therapists and families that we met.

Ways to make it better...

- I would have been given more information about what to expect. - I would have been given the proper training to deal with the situations I faced.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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