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Meet Camp Director of Camp Easterseals UCP

Alex Barge

For ten years, Alex Barge has given his heart and soul to Camp Easterseals UCP.  Alex is the Camp Director responsible for making sure campers, staff and volunteers have what they need to make all the camps here memorable, unique and safe.

This is truly a great outdoor experience for special needs children and adults.  Alex says, “Many of our campers spend a large portion of their life inside whether working at a day program, going to school or watching TV.  Coming to camp to try and experience different activities helps show our campers that they are capable of so much more!”

Camp Easterseals UCP offers a number of different camps throughout the year including fall, winter and spring retreats, family camps and summer residential camp. After working at the camp for a decade, Alex enjoys seeing the campers grow over the years.  He says, “It is neat to see campers grow in confidence and social skills. It is also impressive to see staff grow from timid, nervous kids into confident selfless adults.”

Not only is Camp Easterseals UCP an incredible one-of-a-kind camp, it is staffed with supportive counsellors and volunteers to make every camper's experience a positive one.  Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Craig County, Virginia, it makes the camping experience beautiful and full of new memories.

April 2016 Interview with Alex Barge on WFXR-FOX TV

Here’s what campers and their families have to say:horse-camp
David Duncan’s Family
As a caregiver I feel confident that my individual will be taken great care of and cared for. My individual has gone to Camp Easter Seals for over 40 years and camp has been a big contribution to the quality of his life. When asked what is camp to you, David says- "Good!"

Tyler Russo's Family
I was very nervous about how my son Tyler would handle everything at camp. By the counselors and his own account, he had a blast and loved his time!

Garrett Saborsch Family
This is a great respite for us all. Garrett needs to experience life away from us. He also needs to practice communication skills in a more controlled atmosphere, unlike school, where he is more or less on his own.


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