13 Dec Camp Joy
Camp Joy is an all-volunteer, Christian-based camp for individuals with special needs and intellectual disabilities.
How the Organization Works
Every summer, Camp Joy hosts two one-week camps where approximately 40 campers attend. Camp Joy operates on a 1:1 camper-to-counselor basis, meaning that every attendee has a special friend that can give them the care and attention they need to enjoy the festivities in a safe and inclusive atmosphere. Campers get to participate in different types of activities throughout the day to keep them active and engaged.
In the morning, campers participate in Bible classes, crafts, and other recreational activities. In the afternoon, attendees are provided with activities that they may not have the opportunity to participate in regularly, such as boating, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities. There is also a carnival and game afternoon, as well as a special day when the fire department comes out and lets campers use the firehose. After that, a minister oversees a chapel service before beginning evening activities, which include activities including scavenger hunts, a dance, as well two talent shows: one for the campers and one for the counselors.
Campers are between the ages of 13 and 65, and come from all different backgrounds. A nurse and doctor are always present to ensure that the camp can remain a safe and healthy environment for campers to learn, grow, make friends, and express themselves.
All funds received from Zombie Donuts would help cover supply, equipment, and operating costs of the camp.
For more information and ways to give, visit Camp Joy’s website at http://campjoycem.com/.