LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AEDD) - Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled (AEDD) and Camp Aldersgate are collaborating for the first time to provide a unique 3-day camp experience for adults with developmental disabilities from Tuesday, October 23rd through Thursday, October 25th.
Forty (40) adults that receive services through AEDD will attend "Champ Camp" and participate in activities utilizing the scenic environment and accessible amenities available at Camp Aldersgate.
Campers will participate in scheduled activities including scavenger hunts, canoeing, art, wellness activities, archery, drama, basketball, hot dog roast and fishing. Special activities scheduled are a dance, movie night and closing ceremony with a slideshow highlighting the 3-day camp activities.
The purpose of "Champ Camp" is to expose adults with disabilities to a variety of camp related activities and enrich their lives in a new environment. Many have not had the opportunity to participate in the type of camping activities offered at Camp Aldersgate. AEDD's mission is to "empower individuals with disabilities to improve the quality of their lives." Camp Aldersgate's mission is to "create life-changing experiences for individuals with special needs, enabling them to expand their world and express their unique voice." Together these missions fit perfectly to fulfill the purpose of "Champ Camp." A first for both organizations!
The media is invited to Camp Aldersgate during this 3-day camping experience to photograph or film this unique event, and interview campers or staff members.
Camp Aldersgate is a non-profit organization and is the only medical camp of its kind in Arkansas. For more than 40 years Camp Aldersgate has provided year-round programs for children with medical, developmental and physical challenges. Over 200 professionals, including Camp Aldersgate staff, volunteer physicians and licensed nurses, specially trained counselors and remarkable teen volunteers, each selected for their commitment, enthusiasm and compassion, work tirelessly throughout the year. The goal for these camping programs is to provide every camper the ability to experience a traditional camp environment and learn from others with similar challenges and experiences.
Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. (AEDD) is a private, non-profit organization that provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, and preschool-aged children with developmental disabilities or delays. AEDD's services reach 17 Arkansas counties and the organization is licensed to provide residential and community-based services throughout the entire state of Arkansas. AEDD is a United Way Agency and was established in 1971.
In addition to residential and community-based services, AEDD operates the Lacy Landers Skills Training Center, a 60,000 square foot production facility in southwest Little Rock that offers work opportunities, adult development, skills training and therapies. AEDD also provides early intervention and preschool learning for children of all abilities at the Sammie Gail Sanders Children's Learning Center in North Little Rock. The goal of AEDD is to maximize the potential of each person served, while providing integration into the community in the least restrictive and most appropriate environment possible.
For more information on Camp Aldersgate's services and volunteer opportunities, go to http://campaldersgate.net/.
For more information on AEDD's services and volunteer opportunities, go to http://www.aeddinc.org/.