I am a school psychologist and therapist, the therapy camp is great! I would highly recommend parents look into this experience for their entire family. This is a great organization to get involved with by supporting, volunteering and donating!
Our 35 yr old son has Down Syndrome and has been attending Adams Camp every year for 22 years. It’s been instrumental to his social growth and his independence. He looks forward to it all year and loves every minute in the beautiful mountain setting.
My son has attended Adams Camp for five years now. It was not an easy transition to go on his first sleep away camp but the support and understanding of the staff has made each camp more enjoyable than the one before. This is virtually the only opportunity to sleep away from home without family, surrounded by peers. So important for his independence, self esteem and socializing.
We love Adam's Camp!! Not only for the support for our son with cerebral palsy, but it's fun for the whole family! Sibling programs are great and give an opportunity for sibs to be with others who understand. Parent programs are so informative and fun - giving us a much needed break and support from others. We look forward to going every year and start counting the days until we meet again as we are leaving camp.
BTW, they also have unbelievable expertise for our campers! They have helped with school advocacy and IEP ideas, too. Fantastic model that we haven't seen anywhere else!
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.
My daughter has gone to Adam's camp for the past three years now, and they always exceed our expectations. The sibligns camp for siblings is just as voluable as the therapy camp for the child withe special needs. Beautiful location, amazing staff, fun activities and therapy in an inclusive environment help my daughter thrive and builds her confidence yearly
Adam's Camp is also organized, easy to get ahold of, and has friendly staff.
My daughter has attended Adam's Camp early start twice and we've had the most amazing experience. They are incredibly organized and the therapists are the best of the best! Each child gets an incredible amount of one on one time with more staff than campers. Each day is well planned with individual and group activities that support the specific needs of each child. Each time we could see great progress in just a week. They are exceptionally thorough and give you an outstanding report at the conclusion of the program with feedback, ideas for the future, and lots of wonderful pictures!
Adams camp is the most non-inclusive camp for children with special needs. When our daughter needed a light on in her room. The camp counselors were not willing to provide any accommodations. I suggested talking to the other children in the room to see if they would mind ...nope, that’s not fair to ask of them. I suggested allowing her to sleep in the day room ... nope. I suggested having a counselor stay in the room with her until she fell asleep...nope. We paid $950 out of pocket and Adams camp was kind enough to refund only half, which I had to fight to even get that. They were originally going to keep the entire amount.
It was our sons first time to go to camp. We were nervous parents of course, they answered all of our questions and reassured us many times. Mason had a blast and didn’t want to come home at the end of camp.
This camp is a catalyst for children with special needs to remove the nearest obstacles and make significant strides in their developments. Our entire family loves it! By receiving intensive therapy each day, masked by games each child likes, they don't realize how hard they are working and how independent they are becoming. We are so thankful for Adams camp!
Adam's camp is a life experience.
As volunteers and conslours we teach our campers independence and help build trust and great relationships w other campers and Faculty. Adam's camp gave me a new perspective on life and a new Passion. I will always be thankful for Adam's camp and what they do for these intellectually challenged individuals.
My daughter Emma has gone to Adam's Camp for the last two years . She started off the week being pretty shy and anxious, but by the end of camp she was socializing with her fellow campers and excited about the new activities she was able to do. The counselors are amazing and provided her with the tools and confidence to ride the alpine slide by herself, go sailing and canoeing all things she was scared to do before! Adam's Camp does an outstanding job providing services and experiences to help kids with disabilities learn and grow to their potential. Emma can't wait to go back next year!
We love Adam's Camp! Our 8 year-old daughter has been attending Adam's Camp every year since she was 2 years old and loves it. She took her first steps learning to walk at Adam's Camp when she was 2 and said her first words at Adam's Camp when she was 4 years old! The therapists here are so amazing and our daughter's confidence soars. We have not found another integrative therapy program that surpasses this one. We have been super impressed with this whole organization and all that they do for children with disabilities! We will continue to come here year after year for as long as our daughter needs it!
This was put first year of Adams Camp. Our daughter had an amazing time and learned so many life lessons. Highly reccomend.
My son has attended Adam's Camp for 25 years. He has learned good citizenship, how to be a friend, how to have fun in social settings as well as enjoying an enormous improvement in his competence and self-esteem. I recommend Adam's Camp as a tremendous opportunity for children, adult children, and their families.
My grandson has intractable epilepsy which has caused him to have serious developmental delays. He’s a happy guy and it’s tempting to accept things as they are in a given year because progress goes so slowly sometimes. Then he goes to his yearly time at Adams Camp and they move him leaps and bounds! (Plus he literally leaps and bounds there on dance nights!) He comes home with phenomenal progress and our response to that is renewed enthusiasm and hope for the journey. And his parents and brother have a blast! Can’t imagine anything better than Adams Camp ❤️
Adam’s Camp has served as an invaluable resource for our granddaughter’s personal development for many years and the family continues to look forward to each summer’s new challenges
Our daughter has been attending Adam's Camp for a number of years. The growth and self-confidence that she has attained as a result of her involvement with this organization has been phenomenal. She has Down Syndrome and Autism and her ability to communicate has improved significantly and part of this is attributable to Adams Camps programs.
I love sending my son to Adams camp because it’s a guarantee that he will get experiences there that he wouldn’t normally get exposure to. The staff are always well educated and prepared. The post camp reports they prepare are invaluable and I use it to demonstrate his abilities to new teachers and therapists in his life.
They are the most incredible professionals that work as a team to see your child succeed at the same time that' child has A-blast We enjoyed it as a family Atticus made huge strides that have stuck at home. I hope this they let us come back every year they're incredible people.
Our son always makes incredible growth during his week at Adam’s Camp. This past year the most amazing change was how much confidence he gained. It is the one week a year where your child with special needs and the whole family can be surrounded by other families who have similar challenges. When your child does the things that make him or her different the rest of the year you experience NO JUDGMENT from the other families and staff.
Adams Camp really benefits the whole family! It give the children with disabilities a chance to be real campers, the siblings a chance to relate to other siblings, and the parents a chance to relax and relate to other parents. They take care of their workers and provide a great atmosphere for the all involved!
Adam's Camp is simply W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L!!! My daughter has Down Syndrome and has been going to Adam's Camp every summer for 20 years! She starts talking about going to next summer as soon as she comes home from camp! The staff and volunteers are absolutely great. They love her and she loves each of them. Such a fantastic organization. :-)
My son is now 29 years old and he began attending Adam's Camp at age 6-8. Therapy was incorporated into Camp and it was FUN! The entire family could attend and enjoy activities also - music, horseback riding, all the amenities of the YMCA of the Rockies Camp location.
Fast forward to this past summer, our son attended Adventure Camp and LOVED it. Rafting, canoeing, concert, shopping, Alpine Slide.....Great bonding with other campers and the counselors who truly cared!
Thanks Adam's Camp!
Superb team of counselors! Everyone I have encounter at Adam's Camp has been a professional and a very caring person. From the staff who run the camp to the counselors that interact with the clients. They are always looking for fun things to do the clients. My family loves Adam's camp and we can say enough good things about it.
Joey has been going to Adam's Camp for multiple years, and every year it gets better and better. The counselors are friendly and kind, and know Joey (and all the campers) very well. It is hard to leave a special needs kid at camp, not knowing how they will do and if the counselors will help them when they need it. Adam's Camp is an well anticipated event each year for Joey and for us, knowing he will have an amazing time.
Adam's camp: there's a special place for special people. It includes all children and young adults from all walks of life that have special needs. There are not too many places in the country like it, and it deserves our support. I first became aware of Adam's camp about 30 years ago when a good friend of mine had a child with Down's. Facilities like Adam's camp are very important for a healthy Society.
Adam's Camp is a wonderful opportunity for children and young adults with special needs to attend summer camp, regardless of ability or need. Our daughter has attended five years in a row and it is a highlight of her year. The staff is consistently excellent, the activities are consistently great, and it is a bargain for the price. We would strongly recommend Adam's Camp to other prospective clients, and the organization deserves support from donors as well!
Our Son has attended Adam's Camp Adventure Camps, Winter Camps and Annual Dances for over ten years. To say that Adam's Camp is the highlight of his life would be an understatement. The camps are exceptional, the staff highly trained and welcoming, the counselors motivating and kind. Activities provided by Adam's Camp allow him to develp friendships with other campers and grow as an individual. We would never have imagined that he would experience ziplining, rafting, rock climbing, horseback riding, and tubing. He especially enjoys the dances and Karaoke. Adam's Camp provides respite for the entire family. Moreover, it allows him to enjoy life and thrive in a nurturing, supportive and fun environment. We are so thankful to have Adam's Camp in our lives and know that it makes a huge difference in our son's life.
Adams camp has changed our family’s lives! With our extended family members living out of state we had no one we could leave our son with to have a break from caregivers responsibility. Adams camp has provided that for us. They are our family and I am so appreciative of all the staff and volunteers that care for Nathan. He loves Adams camp and has made so many friends. Would give 10 stars if I could. Thanks Adams camp!
Adam's Camp has exceeded all expectations that I had my first year volunteering. As a volunteer, I have learned and gained so much from the Adam's Camp community! I now have life-long friends and a second home thanks to Adam's Camp. As a volunteer, I have seen how this camp is beneficial to everyone involved: campers, volunteers, counselors and therapists. Everyone is learning from each other and gains new insight to life every week at camp. The gains that therapy sees in all five disciplines is unheard of and is what makes Adam's Camp's therapy program so unique. Meanwhile, adventure camp is increasing independence and creating this community of acceptance and understanding. I have definitely learned so much from my time at Adam's Camp and I have seen so much progress being made, that I know their programming is effective and has long-lasting impacts.
Where do I begin?? This organization is my second family!! Adams Camp provides amazing camp experiences for kiddos with special needs, fosters professional development for all therapists, supports and refreshes parents through respite, and encourages growth and compassion for all. I have high praise for this wonderful group.
I have been a therapist for Adam’s Camp for 19 years and have seen firsthand the tremendous positive impact it provides for families. Truly one of a kind!
Our family has been attending Adam's Camp for 11 years. Our son Ian has Down syndrome and the therapeutic and recreational intervention he receives has made a tremendous difference in his life. As a family we have come to see our annual week at Adam's Camp as our vacation. It is the one place we can go where everyone around us understands our situation, does not judge us and allows us to relax and be a family. The interaction with other families and the sibling program has enhanced our lives immeasurably.
The most surprising thing about Adam's Camp is how they evolve to meet the needs of their clients. They value the family experience and are eager to hear how they can adapt and grow. A rare trait.
Adam's Camp has been a big part of our daughter's life for the past 6 years. She receives traditional therapies about 5 days each week during the year, but these 5 days in the summer at Adam's Camp are so valuable to us. We get different sets of eyes from therapists who bring their experience and expertise. They offer various suggestions on how to handle issues differently in order to help our daughter grow. It's a great feeling that the therapy that she receives at camp is fun for her! They incorporate the different aspects of therapy into typical fun activities that she would not otherwise get to do. We so appreciate that Adam's Camp is here for us, not only our daughter, but for our whole family.
Our daughter has been to Adams camp for the last 3 summers. It is our favorite week of the summer! She is 17 and autistic. She feels very independent going away and we are able to enjoy ourselves without the constant worry of what she is doing. She has meant several friends which is so important. Adams camp is the best organization to work with, the customer service is amazing. We love Adams camp!
We have a seven year old daughter with multiple disabilities but who continues to exceed every expectation ever placed on her. We come to Adam's Camp as a family with both our daughters. Our older daughter is the best big sister ever so it is so nice for her to be with other siblings who really understand her life. Then my husband and I get 6 hours of greatly needed respite each day as the girls lives are truly being changed. The therapists that work with our daughter, NEVER place limits in her and we believe this is the reason she makes incredible gains each week we spend at Snow Mountain Ranch. She has continued to meet a milestone each year we have been at camp. She does do therapy the entire year and has a wonderful school program, but there is just something about being in the multi modal therapies, with people who truly care about her and know her abilities are far beyond what anyone else thinks, that let her truly make breakthroughs we never thought possible. The volunteers who work with her sister make sure she knows how important she is as a person as like any family with a child with special needs, that child needs a lot of time and energy and siblings sometimes feel like they are "second", no matter how hard we try to let them know just how "special" they are just for being themselves. We simply consider everyone a part of our extended family and they always let us know, we are just family and treat us all in ways we sometimes wish our biological families could with an understanding that is hard to find in the world we live in. At this point, we cannot imagine our life without Adam's Camp and all the wonderful things that come with it. It is a camp but the people that choose to spend their time with our family instead of their own are the true hero's and they will never know how much their support, understanding and "life without limits" way of thinking has done for our daughter and all of us as her family! Once you are part of the Adam's Camp family, you will always have someone ready to advocate, listen, help, explain and simply just love for who you are and where you are in this amazing journey of having a child with special needs.
This was Zachary's 6th year at Adam's Camp. Zachary is 20 years old and has Down Syndrome and every year he attends, we are amazed at what he accomplished. I couldn't believe my son with vestibular issues did the zip line, all the while being encouraged by peers and volunteers with them singing Happy Birthday to him! What ever it takes for a child to be successful at Adam's Camp, the staff and volunteers are there to make it happen. We love that he is well cared for while his Dad and I run through the mountains and enjoy some "our time". We will continue to support Adam's Camp, truly one of the best non-profit organizations out there!
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.
My son has attended Adam's Camp for 20 years. Adam's Camp has built up his confidence and capabilities beyond what was imagined. It is the highlight of his year. The counselors and volunteers are kind and very thorough. His needs are met and his self-esteem is consistently bolstered at every opportunity. - Betty
Adam's Camp is the only family vacation where everyone in our family has a good time! Our three typical children get to do summer camp activities, my special needs child gets summer camp activities that are integrated with therapy in a way she can enjoy, and mom and dad get some time to ourselves to reconnect. Then we all come together in the afternoons/evenings for family time and camp time too. It is the highlight of everyone's summer!
Our 12 year old son, Sam, who has Down Syndrome, his two older brothers, and we, his parents just spent our fourth summer at Adam's Camp. Initially we attended for the respite for us while our son was
in good care. We were amazed and moved by the extremely high expectations, positive exuberance, and the delight in our child by the counselors and therapists. We all left the week feeling like we could all be our best selves all at the same time. We were all so comfortable with the other families in a way we didn't know we needed. We look forward, almost desperately, to reconnecting with each other and families and staff that have become important friends. Snow Mountain Ranch and the Rocky Mountains provide a gorgeous setting. While our sons have not participated officially in the sibs program, a highlight for them is hanging out with other siblings and special needs children. We have received important information and support in a safe setting around topics like puberty, financial planning, and estate planning. For weeks before our return, at the dinner table we ask and answer the question, "What are you most looking forward to at Adam's Camp?" The list is long for all of us.
My daughter Kaitlin has been attending Adam's Camp (Mountain Therapy / Pathfinder) every summer for five years. We can not say enough good things about what this very special experience has meant to our family. Kaitlin is pushed and challenged all week in the most loving and attentive way - the therapists hone in quickly on her areas of opportunity and they just go for it! All the while, she is having a wonderful time - we have photos with miles of smiles to prove it. The feedback and detailed report we receive at the end of the week is so very valuable to bring home and share with her therapists and teachers. Their sibling program has been so much fun for my older daughter - she loves it and looks forward to it every year. For my husband and me, this is a week that we feel safe, cared for, supported and encouraged - and having the opportunity to have some fun and reconnect with each other is priceless. We will be an Adam's Camp family for life. We are truly grateful for all of the hard working, committed professionals who make it happen.
My daughter Paige has been an Adam's Camp camper for at least 10 years! During that time, I have been a volunteer, supporter and and now serve as a Board member(second time around) all because I believe so strongly in the mission, accomplishments and depth of this wonderful organization. My daughter first attended the Trailblazer Camp at age 9 where she received five days of interactive therapy especially tailored to meet her developmental disability needs combined with lots of traditional camp fun. At the end of the week, we met with her therapists and I was truly speechless with the informational book and recommendations they had so expertly created to be used by her speech, O.T. and P.T. at home. Finally, everyone could be on the same page for Paige. That is monumental in the world of therapy for our children. She loved the experience and thrived. After that, there was no question in my mind that she would be returning. The fantastic thing about Adam's Camp is that as my daughter matures, Adam's Camp continues to offer a wonderful summer camper experience for her. During this special week, Paige gets to be just a regular young person, hanging out and having fun with peers and friends while making new ones, further enhancing her social skills and indepdence. With the respect to the volunteers and counselors, they are exceptional. After extensive training, they truly understand what it means to have a developmental disability and know how to bring out the best in each individual. What a confidence builder!
Adam's Camp also works tremendously hard year round to raise funds so that no one is turned away.
As a Board member I know that 84% of funds raised go directly back to funding all these wonderful programs - from early start to the young adult camps.
Finally, what makes Adam's Camp so unique, successful and fulfilling to our families is that they have never strayed from the true mission. The basic philosophy of five children, five therapists and five days for those first time therapy groups has never changed. I believe it has now been 27 years that the stories of great things continue. The experience is life changing for so many. Paige continues thrive and love her summer vacation. I am proud to know that Adam's Camp is unlike any other camp I know in the miracles that take place and it has a Board second to none in commitment to this organization.
After all these years of positive and happy experience, I would not change a thing. It is a marvelous group and we are so very fortunate to have these opportunities available.
Our family has participated in Adam's Camp for the past three years. I emphasize family, as Adam's Camp is a family centered organization. Our five year old son, who happens to have Down Syndrome, has benefited most from the unique integrated therapy model; however, his sister has grown through the sibling program and camp environment. As parents, the additional support, resources and respite that my husband and I have received is immeasurable. Our family was welcomed into the Adam's Camp Family when our son was 3 and a participant in the Denver Spring Early Start. Since then we have benefited from two Early Start programs and just last week attended the "big kid camp" (Pathfinder) at Snow Mt. Ranch. We have used Adam's Camp to refocus our goals with our son, gain insights into strategies to support these goals, connect as a family and believe it or not have a vacation. Our Adam's Camp experience has been amazing and this is due to the dedicated, passionate staff that works throughout the year to assure that families are supported. Families don't go to camp for just a week; they are welcomed into the Adam's Camp Family forever. We know that we can count on the staff and team of therapists to support our family's ever changing needs.
My 8 year old son, who has a Down Syndrome diagnosis, has been to Adam's Camp for 3 years and wow! he loves it and always comes home significantly improved in several areas of independence and confidence. Our daughter who is 3 and also has Down Syndrome, attended this year for the first time. She was beaming every day of camp! At the end of the week, she was more verbal and outgoing than when she started. The staff and volunteers are phenomenal, we have loved everyone we work with. This is a top notch organization which is both efficiently run and community connected.
Our son has been attending Adams Camp for 12 years. The therapists are the best I've ever found-and I search high and low! The families of the other participants are fun and relaxing to be with, and very committed to the camp activities. As our son has matured, Adams Camp has always been able to offer the next needed camp. Gradually he has moved from therapy camp, to a sleep-over camp, to full adventure! The camp is safe, organized, and offers kids an experience that is memorable and enriching.
My husband and I are the parents of a 13 year old boy with a neurological disorder. Our family has been attending Adam's Camp for the past nine years. Each year, our son returns home with new abilities that he/we did not know he had. His speech has progressed so much as well as his physical abilities since he started camp. He went from a shy child to one that will talk your ear off !He used to be afraid to try new things, and would quietly watch the other kids. Now, he is ready to try something new, and even if it is scary. Last year, he did the zip line for the first time, and was afraid. This year, he got right on it with no problem, and loved it!
I have been so impressed with the therapists that work with the kids at Adam's Camp. They are there because they want to be there, and they are just as excited about the accomplishments of our son as we are! I also have really enjoyed the parent conferences, which are really informative. Adam's Camp is a wonderful way to meet lots of families who experience the same things that we do day to day.
Our experience far exceeds anything we ever expected for our son, and we plan to return every year.
My wife and I have twin boys 19 years old, both endowed with Down syndrome and Autism; we have been going to Adams Camp for 16 years. Adams Camp has given our sons the opportunity to grow and enjoy activities that 'normal' kids enjoy, the boys have also made friends with many fellow campers, volunteers and counselors.
Adams Camp has also given us respite and is our only vacation we take every year, in all honesty this alone has probably saved our family and marriage. Thank you to everyone at Adams Camp !!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.