Camp Buddy is for children with Down syndrome, ages 3-13. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 3-5 and 10-13. For children ages 6-9, it runs from 1 to 4 p.m.
Special education, occupational, physical and speech therapists have designed a customized curriculum to help children retain information they learned during the previous school year.
“Every year we see children improve their skills exponentially. This makes us extremely happy for the children and their parents,” said Savannah Camp Buddy director Pam Hussey.
The goal of Camp Buddy is to promote retention of information by offering programs to prepare children for the upcoming school year.
“Last year, children 6 years old and older enjoyed reading new books on the last day of camp, while children ages 3 to 6 enjoyed a puppet show, costumes, obstacle courses, a cow milking station and many other activities,”
This year’s camp activities include music, dance, arts and crafts, as well as bike, trike and scooter board riding. After camp, each camper is sent home with an individualized therapy plan and a medal.
Armstrong physical therapy students are volunteering their time and skills for Camp Buddy.
Camp Buddy is sponsored by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society and is made possible through the generosity of the community, friends and family of LDSS and events like the Buddy Walk and Night of Champions.
Camp Buddy is $30 per child. This cost includes therapy sessions, entertainment and food.
For more information about Chatham Camp Buddy, contact Molly Marchese at (912) 213-9127 or Pam Hussey at (912) 220-6429.
ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a non-profit support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. We encourage people to bring their children. We are an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. (http://www.ldssga.org/
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