ERIC Number: EJ880850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
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Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Robbins, Eric M.
Exceptional Parent, v40 n3 p18-19 Mar 2010
Imagine a magical treehouse hidden in the woods, with secret doors and rope swings--the stuff of one's wildest dreams! Imagine children rolling their wheelchairs all the way around a lake and arriving at this wondrous place. At Camp Twin Lakes (CTL), a not-for-profit organization in Georgia, one doesn't have to imagine--it's the real thing. Each year, thousands of kids in Georgia feel the joy of the CTL experience. CTL is actually a network of camps providing programs for children and young adults with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other challenges. CTL collaborates with more than 40 Camp Partner organizations, each serving a different population, to create customized camping programs for each group of kids served. Annually, CTL provides life-changing experiences for more than 7,500 campers from across the state and provides them opportunities to have a shared experience with friends facing similar challenges. The organization's goal is to teach its campers to overcome obstacles and grow in their confidence and capabilities. Programs take place at two fully-accessible campsites in Rutledge and Winder, at children's hospitals across Georgia, and at day camps in Atlanta. In 2009, the CTL experience got a whole lot wilder. After many months of dreaming, planning, designing, and building, the campsite in Rutledge opened an interactive nature trail and fully-accessible treehouse. This past summer, thousands of CTL kids, teens, siblings, and parents enjoyed nature through a different lens at Selby's Treehouse. It is home to therapeutic drumming, as well as nature arts and crafts programs, and a place to learn about nature, the environment, and sustainability. It's also a place to play or just reflect and enjoy gorgeous views of the camp's upper lake. At CTL, they use camp activities to empower their campers and instill confidence and independence. Now, they're also teaching them the power of imagination!
Descriptors: Recreational Activities, Hospitals, Young Adults, Children, Day Camp Programs, Summer Programs, Forestry, Disabilities, Diseases
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia