Re: [Scouter_T] Camp Director Question
- Tom Burke asked:
> A non-denominational Christian Camp for special needs children thatTom,
> my Venturing Crew has been going to for the past 3 years to serve
> has an opening for a camp director. I have been nominated to the
> camp founders as a candidate for the position. What materials do
> you know of that would be helpful to a new camp director?
There's an interesting aspect to your post:
->"camp for special needs children"
I don't know your background in this area, nor the camp director's
responsibilities. I also don't know the specific "special needs" of these
campers. The term has far ranging use. It covers physical limitations
(limited mobility, sight, hearing) along with mental/learning impairment
(ADHD, autism, Down's, and everything in between).
Speaking from personal experience, you will discover these campers have
unique and/or special needs you may not have dealt with in the Army or
Scouts (thus the term!). It's hard to describe specifics, as each special
needs child is different. I will assume the camp already accommodates
physical limitations. Things to anticipate for those w/ mental/learning
-challenging speech patterns (or difficult enunciation)
-reduced or limited self-help skills (eating, hygiene, etc)
-unusual food allergies, habits and/or preferences
-unusual or challenging night time habits
-lots of different medications
If you don't have experience w/ special needs campers, I suggest you get
some training. It will help you understand the camper's challenges and
work their parents.
Good luck! This can be a very rewarding opportunity to serve and learn.
- I have served at this camp for the past 5 years working with 3 of the different sessions of campers. The Camp organizes its weeks so that the campers all share similiar difficulties. Some of the special needs are: Visually Impaired/ Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Oncology, Burn Patients Chronic Illnesses (i.e., Diabetes, Asthma, etc.)/ Down's Syndrome - Autism/ Multiple Medical Disorders - Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, and Cerebral Palsy. My wife is a pediatrician, so I do have a built in provider of information. The camp functions with two Physicians and at least 4 nurses at every session to care for the medical needs of the kids.
Thanks for the thoughts.
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