According to Camp Summit Board Member and long-time volunteer Meg Frainey,
“Each year Camp Summit welcomes hundreds of special needs campers to a week of adventure, confidence building, and friendship that makes a positive difference in their lives throughout the year.
“Camp activities include horseback riding, adapted ropes challenge course, swimming, archery, arts and crafts, sports, science, and so much more! They can handle the widest range of abilities and challenges because of their barrier-free facility, well-trained staff who can adapt every activity to campers’ unique needs…and some very important two-way radios.
“Two-way radios are the main form of communication between the 70+ staff that carry them throughout the 460 acre property. It’s a huge area.
“Imagine this: A camper with epilepsy is having a blast conquering the climbing wall when the counselors notice a seizure coming on. Because the staff is trained to handle this specific situation, they quickly radio the nursing team to request the camper’s medication. A nurse drives the golf cart to the climbing tower to administer the medicine and, after some monitoring, the camper is able to continue on with their day of fun with friends before ending the day by roasting delicious s’mores that night. Without such attention to details, and the aid of high-quality radios, this camper’s fun may have been disrupted and may not have ended with a chocolate-covered smile!
“The current radios at Camp Summit need to be replaced. A large number of radios are needed, and they’re specifically designed to serve campers on the 400+ acre property. The total cost is $16,000. These radios are critical to the successful operation of camp.
“Any donation of funds to support this or other program needs would give Camp Summit the ability to keep providing high quality services and programs to individuals with a variety of disabilities. Many campers have multiple disabilities. This will also help to keep the cost down for the families as 90% of campers request and receive financial assistance to attend camp.
“Camp Summit is proud of their long-time tradition of never turning anyone away because of their age, inability to pay, or the severity of their disability – as long as Camp Summit can medically manage their care, they are welcome at camp.
“Donations for this and other wish list items can be made via phone at 972.484.8900 or through their website at https://camp-summit.networkforgood.com/. Please select ‘Apply My Donation To’: Wish List”
* Graphic/photo provided by Camp Summit