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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Camps, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services, Sports

Mission: The mission of Camp Summit is to provide barrier-free outdoor experiences that promote personal growth and foster independence for children and adults with disabilities. We offer weeklong camp sessions during spring break, summer and fall months as well as weekend sessions and respite days. Campers are offered a wide variety of traditional camp activities in our barrier-free environment all of which are adapted for our campers' abilities and not limited to their disabilities. Our goal is to help children and adults with disabilities reach their own personal peak by providing recreational, therapeutic and social activities in an authentically natural camp setting. The benefits of our camping program are endless! Campers are encouraged to try new experiences in order to gain self-confidence, increase personal independence and learn cooperation.

Programs: Each year there are eleven one-week camp sessions during the summer and weekend sessions in the spring and fall. We have "camperships" available for nearly 90% of our campers. Even the most severely disabled are welcome at the camp where the camper to counselor ratio is 2-1. The benefits for the campers are endless...they can enjoy the outdoors with their peers while accomplishing personal goals. Families and caregivers get a respite from year-round care. Counselors are college students, some international, training in social service fields, physical therapy, and other special needs areas.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Michelle137

Board Member

Rating: 5

My role at Camp Summit has been many and varied over the years. I am a family member, agency professional, Board Member, and donor. I became affiliated with Camp Summit in 1996 as an agency professional. I had several ladies with developmental disabiltiies that I was responsible for who attended camp. Upon learning of Camp Summit through my job, I began volunteering weekends there. I have 3 persons with DD that live with us in our home and they all attend camp. I also own a day program and a large majority of my clients attend camp. I am able to see first hand how much Camp Summit impacts the lives of those with DD as well as their families. Whether it is a weekend at camp or a full week, everyone has an amazing time. From the nature studies classes to horseback riding to arts and crafts to the so looked forward to DANCE and the many other activities, camp offers something for everyone. Camp Summit and all offered activities are completely accessible to all who attend and that is pretty amazing. Our high rate of returning staff each session is also to be bragged upon. As a professional and more importantly, as a family member, I HIGHLY recommend Camp Summit as the camping destination for your loved one.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Camp Summit is an organization that benefits developmentally disabled children and adults. Because of the positive feedback from campers and parents and the expertly run organization, I decided to become involved at the board level. My experience has been nothing but satisfying. Watching the number of campers and sessions expand to accommodate increasing needs has been exciting. Board members are totally engaged both with their time and with their financial support and it is gratifying to work with such dedicated and interested professionals.

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