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!
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!
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?
Client Served & Andrew goes to camp. I have not been able to volunteer too much at this point...but plan to in the future.