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Easter Seals Camp Fairlee helps a Family Surprise their Aunt with a Trip to Disney

June 3, 2014

Betsy celebrated her 50th Birthday in a big way at Disney with the help of Easter Seals Camp Fairlee.

Celebrating a milestone birthday is a big deal. Betsy’s family knew they should celebrate her 50th birthday in a big way. After throwing her a surprise birthday party, they all gathered to give her a once in a lifetime experience gift -- a trip to Disney World with her friends from Easter Seals Camp Fairlee through their Travel Trip program.

“I loved seeing Goofy, Mickey and Minnie. Everyone signed my birthday card,” Betsy says. “I loved it! It was fun.”

In addition to being the only accessible year-round residential camp for people with disabilities in the region, Camp Fairlee, located outside of Chestertown, Maryland, also offers a travel trip program for adults over age 18. The Travel Trip program allows Betsy, who has Down Syndrome and works at Washington College in Chestertown, to go on much needed vacations to places like Disney World and on cruises to the Caribbean while her family has the respite time they need.

“The Travel Trip program is wonderful. Betsy has been able to go places she normally wouldn't go,” Barbara, Betsy’s niece and caregiver, says. “She loves to travel. And I like that she is taken care of while she is having fun.”

Along with the Travel Trip program Betsy also participates in Camp Fairlee’s weekend respite program throughout the year and the Summer Daily Adventure program. The Daily Adventure program takes campers ages 12 and older to a destination of fun and interest each day, returning to Camp Fairlee each evening. 

Betsy is serving as a “Camp Ambassador” this year as Easter Seals Camp Fairlee celebrates its 60th Anniversary. Go to www.de.easterseals.com for more info, including details about the Camp Fairlee Homecoming event on September 6th.

“Camp is a wonderful place for individuals to go. Camp has so many opportunities that are available to them,” Barbara says. ”As a caregiver, I enjoy the respite time because I know she’s at a place she enjoys. Going to Camp is a great thing for her to do. It is something she enjoys.”

There are still spots available in the summer travel trips. In July the group will be heading to the Jersey Shore to catch some waves, shop on the famous boardwalk and seek some thrills at the amusement park. In August, they are headed to the Great Wolf lodge in the Poconos, an exciting trip that will include visiting one of the largest indoor waterparks, going to the Crayola factory, shopping and a train ride. For more information about these and other upcoming trips, contact Camp Fairlee at 410-778-0566. Learn more about Camp Fairlee at www.de.easterseals.com/fairlee.

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