Children with autism and medical needs often cannot attend summer camp programs because traditional summer camps often can't accommodate intense medical or behavioral needs of children with autism, 22q deletion syndrome, persistent asthma, or a blood disorder. We can. We have. And we've done it for more than 10 years. Every child deserves to experience the individual growth that happens at summer camp in the company of peers and adults who understand them.
Dragonfly Forest is a positive force in youth development. At camp, children become more confident & experience increased self-esteem, develop social skills that help them to make friends & maintain relationships, grow more independent & show more leadership qualities, become more adventurous & willing to try new things, and learn new ways to live with their disease/disorder and maintain a healthy life style. This project will fund 40 camp scholarships for children who can't afford to attend.
Each year we work with about 400 campers, allowing them to learn they are not defined by their disease or disorder. About 85% of parents tell us they see a change in their child after camp. The Top 5 key lessons parents say their children learn at camp, maintained nine months later - Increased Confidence (92.31%), Increased Independence (88.46%), Solve Problem they Face (73.08%), Ability to Get Along with Peers (69.23%), Teamwork (65.38%), and Willingness to Take More Responsibility (69.23%)
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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