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August 12, 2009

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August 12, 2009

Our son had such a great experience, trying new things but needing lots of encouragement which the staff and volunteers gave him. This is his second year with Adam's Camp and both years he has exceeded our expectations of what he would try and accomplish, all due to the loving care and comfort level that is supplied. We will continue to send our 15 year old with Down Syndrome and autism and look forward to his growth and learning.

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

Seeing the joy of my son's face, embracing his new friends when he left camp and embracing the volunteers and counselors

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The staff is just fantastic and try to make it as easy as possible for parents and kids alike. I can't think of anything to change.

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

Seeing his growth in trying new things and making friends, if only for the week.

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

Uncomparable. All were there to provide loving, fun environment for the campers.

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

provide more scholarships for special needs children, young adults and adults who could not afford it, and expand and outreach to more areas that are not as fortunate to have a similar program in their area.

Ways to make it better...

I would love to be able to afford to send our son more than one week a year

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

Funding.

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

We truly love this organization and all that they try to do for their consumers. I would like to donate more but of course raising a special needs child is extremely expensive. Would love to see more income sources to continue their great work!

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

I attended camp. My councilors Chris & Andrea were so cool. I had an awesome time with them. They encouraged me & made me feel like I was important & smart. I can't wait until next year. I enjoyed all the activities, but I really liked helping with the tatoos. Thanks so much. Alex Anthony

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

AWESOME!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 11, 2009

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August 11, 2009

I volunteered with my sister summer of 2008 since she needed to complete her volunteer hours for high school graduation. At first we were both really nervous about the experience because we weren't sure how we were going to deal with children with disabilities. Neither of us had much experience with working with them in the past, and we didn't want to disappoint the counselors or even the kids themselves. Our fears were quickly averted however, as in the first hour of orientation the head of volunteering gathered all of us together and had us discuss all of our doubts about working here. They made us confident in our abilities and they guided us where we were unsure, assuring us that a support system was in place to help us throughout the week. And it turned out that indeed, there was. Both of the lead counselors with the 10 person cabin that I was assigned were available whenever I needed with not only an answer but suggestions for further improvement of my interaction with the kids. Besides the support, the experience itself was life changing. Working with children with disabilities gave me a new perspective about the disabilities and the people that have them. It is hard for most people to separate the person from the challenges that they were born with, and from Adam's Camp I have realized the importance of seeing through these disabilities and treating every person with respect.

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

kind, supportive, very observant with all of the kids' and other volunteers' needs, and most importantly good friends that I intend to continue talking to long afterward.

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 11, 2009

These are my thoughts and experiences having been at Adam's Camp. All the following are things I have gathered myself, and are my own sole opinions. I wish to share them with others so they may know its strength. Adam's Camp changes lives. It not only changes the lives of families with children with developmental disabilities, but also families without. Adam's Camp's many programs provide a wide range of services aimed at each individual child. Young children make unbelievable strides in only one week as each of their therapists work with eachother in intensive sessions to achieve a common goal, as opposed to being individual contracted and working on separate goals as is standard at home. With such a structure, each child has the benefit of working toward goals with the advantage of having multiple facets of therapy working in harmony. Such a structure is amazingly uncommon, and quite effective. Such strides make a huge difference in the lives of families. Having a child with a developmental disability proves challenging in many ways, and when a child breaks through a barrier, no matter how simple or complicated, the lives of the child, and the entire family which must care and monitor their child, are changed forever. Imagine having a child with CP and your renowned doctor tells you that your child will NEVER walk. Now imagine your life after Adam's Camp when your child does begin to walk. WOW. How that changes everyone's lives... Such an example is reality at Adam's Camp - and the reality of Adam for whom the camp is named. Now imagine having a teenage child with Down Syndrome. The isolation he must feel, the lack of other children with similar abilities in their own classrooms. Now imagine this same child among a group of his own peers. Learning along side them while being guided by typical teen volunteers. Now your child builds life long friendships with people his own age with similar abilities. Now he gets to explore relationships, feelings, understandings, and build and learn with one another. Now, with typical teenage volunteers, your child learns from typical peers as well. Someone they look at as a peer, because they are a peer, but someone who can help guide them like a trusted adult would. This is the next reality of Adam's Camp. Children learn immensely from each other, and the implications of such a program are limitless for each child, the accomplishments boundless. Now imagine you child years later learning important life skills and acting as a leader to other younger campers. Imagine how greatly your child's self confidence and happiness has improved, and how much that alone will effect your child's performance in sports, academics, and in everyday life... and imagine its impact on the family as well. This, too, is a reality at Adam's Camp. Another reality for every family is the need for space among family members. When your child has a disability, the amount of contact time necessary is unbelievably higher. Whether it's midnight meds, early morning risers, or constant supervision. This routine gets stale for everyone involved, and that's to be expected... and that's OK. Adam's Camp provides a week long change in that daily routine for the campers and the parents. Often after returning a week later, parents have reconnected with each other, as they have gotten distracted by the complications of their daily lives. Multiple times the Parents come back crying, so appreciative of the time they were allowed to relax and reconnect while knowing their child was well cared for - and then how their tears flow when their child, too, had an unbelievable week trying things they had never done, learning more than anyone could ever know. Suddenly, the whole family is rejuvenated, ready for another year of whatever is to come - relishing in how much their love for each other has impacted, and does impact, their lives; even when they didn't notice. Adam's Camp is more than a service provider - they are a community. Most campers return year after year. Even returning more than a decade isn't too uncommon. Every year the family grows, the children grow. The leaders of Adam's Camp know each family individually. The staff, like the children, also return year after year providing immense knowledge to and about each camper - and Adam's Camp is dedicated to providing service to everyone. Yearly, Adam's Camp gives away thousands of dollars in scholarships and Grants, trying to subsidize costs so that no family feels that they cant afford Camp. But perhaps the most striking statements I have heard at Adam's Camp involve campers with behavioral issues. Many of them have been expelled from school, asked not to return because their districts don't want to be held responsible for them. Their parents often nervously ask if Adam's Camp will except them even with such a reputation. I have yet to hear an answer of "no." If schools refuse to help them, who will? Adam's Camp isn't afraid of a challenge, and when these campers have incredible weeks, everyone relishes in the accomplishment. When others stopped believing in them, Adam's Camp opened a door. As far as I know, some districts have even allowed students back after seeing a report of the child's growth at camp - realizing that other professionals have made it work, they can, too. And Finally, imagine yourself a bystander to all of this, someone just reading a review about a camp - no prior involvement or understanding of people with disabilities. Welcome to my life 6 years ago. No knowledge of such a subject, no understanding of people with disabilities, and even a fear of them. "Volunteer," I told myself. Just one week. Scared, I volunteered. A week later, I was changed forever. It was an experience I would never forget - Love, Obstacles, triumph, understanding, patients - All things I learned in further depth than I had ever imagined possible - and all from 10 kids with disabilities, all under 12 years old. I went to Adam's Camp to help kids who needed it, but I was the one who needed help - and they did. Life long friendships, an understanding of people, challenges, ideas, lifestyles; all lessons that change lives, even for those who had no disability besides ignorance and fear. Adam's Camp Changes Lives. I will always go back, I will always keep learning and growing - So will they. The Campers, the families, the volunteers, the camp.

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

my multiple years volunteering with the organization. Results are unbelievable.

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

attempt to make it more well known.

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

How much everyone involved grows every single year - Everyone - Children, families, volunteer, staff - everyone.

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

excellent, from many different backgrounds and fields. Some were teachers and professionals, others students, others accountants, and many many other backgrounds - all caring, all knowledgeable.

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

change the lives of MILLIONS of kids with developmental disabilities.

Ways to make it better...

I had been truly prepared for the lessons I would learn, and had brought a camera.

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

Financial. Tough times mean higher prices.

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

Adam's Camp is run by people who love their jobs and are dedicated ot what they do... and it shows.

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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August 11, 2009

This was the best year ever for Dan the Man Maier - he made new friends, took responsibility for getting himself ready, and was generally a great camper! Thank you to all who make this incredible adventure possible, Dan loves being independent and this camp experience is surely the best opportunity to practice!

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

Personal confidence and independence for my son!

Ways to make it better...

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

get them more funding to serve more campers!

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

everyone is so positive! The program is rich and varied!

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

Fantastic, supportive, creative and caring!

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

make camp available for more campers and more often!

Ways to make it better...

Dan could go another time!

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

fundraising to make this experience available to other campers!

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

thank you for the huge effort to provide fun and care to our kiddos!

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 11, 2009

Adams Camp is a wonderful place for families and therapists. As a speech pathologist I feel that working on a trans-disciplinary team makes me a better well rounded clinician. I learn something new each summer or early start camp that I'm a part of. It's a place where families and therapists come together for one week with the same focus: THE CHILDREN!!!!!!! It's amazing.

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

the many weeks that I have worked as a speech therapist

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

working with many families and therapists.

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

absolutely amazing

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

expand and touch the lives of 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

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August 11, 2009

Adam's Camp provided a very high quality camp experience three summers for my autistic son during typical camp ages (11, 12, and 13). The camp is in a very nice location and the program is outstanding. I was never worried about my son's needs being met. Considering the cost of providing that service and the much lower cost charged to the parents, plus the many scholarships given, Adam's Camp is providing a valuable community service that cannot be met by the few other special needs camps in Colorado alone.

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

Provide more specialized camps to meet the needs of every disabled child needing to go to camp, including children with difficult behaviors, children who desperately need therapy, children whose parents need the break, and whose parents cannot afford it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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August 11, 2009

Our 4-year old son, Jake, has Angelman Syndrome and through the many learning sessions that we have attended as parents with a disabled child we heard from many organizations and families about Adam's Camp. We thought we had to wait until Jake was 5 years old to attend an Adam's Camp session, but were thrilled to discover their Early Start Program during Spring Break of 2009. We just made the registration deadline and couldn't be more excited to be a part of this experience. Our high expectations were met and then some!! From the organization of the camp to the staff members, the therapists, the curriculm, the families and the additional meetings held just for parents was unsurpassed. The camp was held at a church for a week with a family orientation the day before camp started. This was a wonderful way to meet staff, view the camp setup, and clock the drive time. Our son benefitted immensely from the therapists approach each day. He would see each therapist for 30 - 45 minutes. They would meet each day to discuss each child and how to incorporate something new from each therapist in all therapy sessions. This provided consistency among all areas of therapy (speech, OT, PT and music) and the results were astounding! Jake loves a challenge and learns quickly, so once he was exposed to this environment he progressed in all areas! We couldn't believe how quickly he picked up on new ideas and accelerated his skill levels during his week at Adam's Camp! On the last day of the camp, there were conferences held for each family, which included all therapists who were involved with the child. They summarized the week verbally and provided us with a wonderful portfolio of Jake's week, tips from each therapist and a mini-evaluation of Jake under each area. This information and nicely organized portfolio was invaluable as we could reference it at home, in school, and with personal therapists to incorporate the lessons learned into Jake's daily routine. We were so thrilled with our experience that we plan to attend Adam's Camp in Spring Break of 2010 and Mountain Therapy in the summers starting 2010. We can't thank the team, staff and foundation of Adam's Camp enough for what they have provided for our family, by giving us the tools to help in aiding our son for success!

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

learning how to help my son to become more independent.

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

Everything! From the parent team meetings, the organization, the therapists, the portfolio summary, etc.

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

Incredible! They were caring, patient, understanding and compassionate with our family and son. We appreciated the initial meeting held at our home with a staff member who met our son and family in order to place him in an appropriate group at camp.

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

Do so much for so many!! It could branch out to other states to help families across the country!

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 11, 2009

We LOVE Adam's Camp!!! It focuses on our entire family. I have 2 boys with physical disabilities. My younger one has been a participate in their mountain therapy program for 4 years and he does so well! A team of 5 therapists work with him and 4 other children for 5 days. They incorporate therapy into fun activities such as rock wall climbing and horseback riding. He has always made amazing gains! My other son is now a regular participate in their "Teen Camp" and he looks forward to it all year! He does regular camping activities with his peers, 2 counselors, and a wonderful group of volunteers! It is a overnight camp and he has established wonderful friendships over the years! I have 2 other children who do not have disabilities and Adam's Camp includes them in their siblings programs. They, also, have parents groups for my husband and myself.

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

We have been attending for 12 years. It is a wonderful experience each year!

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

It is hard to say because there is so much to love about Adam's Camp!!

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

kind, extremely devoted to each and every family

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

expand into other states. They already have 1 satellite in Nantucket. They could, also, give scholarships to families that cannot afford their program.

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 11, 2009

Our daughter has been going to Adam's Camp for 7 years now and it is the highlight of her year. The people that work at the office and at the camps are the top of the top! We were nervous to drop her off the first year knowing that she was almost 2 hours away from home with people we didn't know, but I will tell you that if she could go every week they offer, she would go. The staff makes sure that you know everything you need to know before you get up there and the counselors are just wonderful. We laugh every year because when we drop her off at the cabin and meet with the counselors about meds, spending money, etc. she is telling us to "just go". She never wants us to stay very long because she knows that when we leave, the fun begins. She's always excited to see us when we pick her up at the end of the week but as soon as we're home she's asking when she's going back to camp. It makes for a long few weeks until school starts and we can divert her attention. I can't believe that a random internet search led me to this camp 7 years ago and I'm happier with it now then I even was then. They're growing and improving every year.

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

The personal growth and increase in confidence our daughter gets every year.

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

The people that run it!!

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

INCREDIBLE!!! Caring, nurturing, responsible and wonderful in every way.

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

Serve so many more disabled kids and adults. It would be amazing what they could do based on what they do now with what they have.

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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