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Causes: Autism, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Health, Human Services, Pediatrics

Mission:

  The mission of Adam’s Camp is to maximize the strengths and potential of children and young adults with special needs by bringing together dedicated families with outstanding professionals and volunteers to provide specialized therapy programs, family support and recreational camps.

Results: We began serving children in 1986 and Adams Camp began with 5 families and one program.  Now we serve nearly 1000 children, youth and young adults as well as their families each year. We utilize over 250 volunteers for all programs. All general donations will be designated to our scholarship fund so that Adam’s Camp can continue to ensure every family can access our services regardless of their financial or insurance status. Each year, Adam’s Camp subsidizes nearly 50% of all program costs, reducing out-of-pocket fees for families. So far in 2019 Adam’s Camp has already awarded more than $90,000 in scholarships to families in need.

Target demographics: children, youth and young adults with special needs and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members

Geographic areas served: Colorado and nationally

Programs: Early Start - Intensive therapy for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities. Pathfinder Mountain Therapy - Intensive therapy,education, support and respite for children with developmental delays and their families.Trailblazer - Therapy, socialization and independence building for children with developmental disabilities, ages 8-14, and support, respite and education for their families. Adventure camp for children, youth and young adults with developmental disabilities, ages 8-25, a 5 day/night sleep-away camp in the Colorado mountains providing recreation, social skill development and independence building while providing respite to families and caregivers.

Community Stories

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Laura Baskall S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Lauren Sims P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Lauren R.7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Truly a one of a kind organization! I look forward to working with Adam's Camp every year.

Gina A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

BEST THERAPISTS FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. THEY GO THE EXTRA MILE

Donor

Rating: 5

This was put first year of Adams Camp. Our daughter had an amazing time and learned so many life lessons. Highly reccomend.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Jill M.10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing experience for our son to work as a volunteer with this organization! What a great cause!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 ❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great people doing great things! Gave our kid a moment to be himself with like minded kids.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with them after being a sibling camper for two years

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Dana Nicole U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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. :-)

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Danny E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Diane M.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Mary Kate H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Jeannemarie Donohue F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!