When the pandemic compelled an in a single day camp for teenagers with particular must cancel for the second 12 months in a row, organizers got here up with an alternate.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Camp Koinonia gives every week of canoeing, horseback driving and out of doors actions that youngsters with particular wants look ahead to yearly.
“You realize, it provides my son a chance to do one thing that every one youngsters ought to have a chance to do,” stated Lindsey Willis, the mom of 1 camper.
After being compelled to cancel final 12 months because of the pandemic, Govt Director Jacqui Pearl stated they instantly started brainstorming methods to convey the camp expertise to youngsters since they could not come to them within the conventional sense.
They put collectively tons of of kits to provide to Particular Schooling lecturers of greater than 500 college students in three counties in order that they might give the camp expertise within the classroom.
“We’re offering the content material and the actions, in addition to each single piece of provides that they would want to finish these actions. So, we’re taking among the burdens off of the lecturers. From a pupil’s perspective, I hope they go residence and inform Mother and Dad, how a lot enjoyable they’d at camp in class,” Pearl stated.
Pearl hopes they’ll as soon as once more host campers within the fall, however they’re grateful to a minimum of supply some comfort
Willis stated the return to camp shall be a contented reunion for campers who have not seen one another in practically two years.
“You’re simply going to see these youngsters gentle up. THey’re going to be so excited,” Willis stated.
Camp Koinonia, in partnership with the College of Tennessee, hosts a number of residential camps all year long for individuals with disabilities.