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Campers

"Ben loves camp.  He is outside, has many people to interact with and he receives a lot of attention.  Camp is a wonderful place!" - Camp Parent

Who are the campers?   They include people with:

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  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Epilepsy
  • Many other intellectual and physical disabilities

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What are the benefits of the camp experience?

For the Campers:
The American Camp Association and Pilliber Research Associates surveyed campers and parents from 80 camps, including over 5,000 families and found:
  • 96% of campers reported that camp helped them make new friends
  • 92% of campers reported that camp helped them feel good about themselves
  • 74% of campers reported doing things they were afraid to do at camp
  • 70% of parents reported improvement in self-confidence
  • 63% of parents reported that their camper still participates in activities learned at camp
  • Both reported an increase in sense of independence

In addition to the above benefits, studies for campers with disabilities experienced the following:

  • Improved attitude toward disability
  • Decreased anxiety

For Caretakers/Parents:

  • Ability to rest and rejuvenate
  • Respite from 24/7 caretaking responsibilities

What do campers do?

  • SwimmingCamp-Daniel climbing wall
  • Horseback Riding
  • Climbing Wall
  • Canoeing
  • Campfires (with smores of course!)
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Sports & Games
  • Nature Activities
  • Talent Shows
  • Dances
  • Many other fabulous camp activities!

Who are the camp staff?

  • Counselors: Our staff are carefully screened and selected not only from Virginia but throughout the country and world.  The majority are college students in a field of study that serves people with disabilities such as nursing, special education, occupational & physical therapy, speech pathology, and others.  All staff go through a week-long training where they learn caretaking skills, knowledge of how to serve people with disabilities, safety concerns, how to run programs for people with disabilities, and more.
  • Nurses: A licensed healthcare professional is onsite at all times through the summer to administer medications and provide medical care as needed.
Testimonials from Happy Campers at Easterseals UCP

How Does Camp Address Safety?

Camp Easters UCP maintains accredition through the American Camp Association.  "ACA Accredition means that your child's camp cares enough to undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation - from staff qualifications and training to emergency management.  American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the America Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at your child's camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.  Camps and ACA form a parternship that promotes growth and fun in an environment committed to safety." - See more at: ACA's website

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Where does the magic happen?
900 Camp Easter  Seals Rd.
New Castle, VA 24127
camp@eastersealsucp.com
(540) 777-7325

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