Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Amputee Coalition Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp
Each year, the Amputee Coalition Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp provides fun and exciting sports, recreation and social activities for campers ages 10-17. Thanks to our donors, sponsors and volunteers, we are able to bring 100 children who have lost arms and/or legs or who were born with limb differences from all across the country for a life-changing week at camp. The camp experience includes a variety of activities, including fishing, canoeing, archery, team field sports, rock climbing wall, swimming, basketball and creative arts. It also includes a fully accessible ropes course where every child can set his or her own personal level of challenge.
The experience is a confidence booster for the kids and helps them gain self-esteem and independence. A unique aspect of our program is that campers are not accompanied by their parents, which inspires campers to take on new challenges, test themselves and build new friendships in a supportive, caring environment.
Most of the camp counselors are former youth camp attendees and/or are amputees themselves. This provides an opportunity for campers to learn from and be inspired by those who have been where they are. The mentoring relationship that develops between counselors and campers helps to reduce campers’ reluctance to try new activities and gives them greater confidence in using their own abilities. All counselors are volunteers and dedicate a week of their time to help with this event.
The Coalition covers all expenses, including travel, for the campers. The average cost to send a child to camp is $1,500. Since its beginning in 2000, the camp has hosted more than 600 campers with limb loss or limb difference.
To find out more about our camp, click here.