To make a difference in the lives of children with limb loss and limb difference by increasing their self-confidence and self-esteem through a traditional and supportive summer camp experience.
To become the national model in summer camp programs for children with limb loss and limb difference.
The Amputee Coalition’s Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp began in 2000 as the Youth Initiative. The Youth Initiative was originally a satellite program offered at the Annual Amputee Coalition Educational Conference & Exposition. Realizing the need to have specific programming for its youth members, the Amputee Coalition developed the Youth Initiative to help provide a support group for youths with limb loss or limb difference. The Youth Initiative was held in conjunction with the conference from 2000 until 2002, when it became known as the Amputee Coalition Youth Camp, run by the Youth Activities Program (YAP).
When concerns of security and privacy for the youths were addressed, the camp was moved to an off-site venue in 2003. In 2004, the camp was separated from the conference due to the difficulty of hosting two national events at the same time. The camp was held at Camp Dream in Warm Springs, Georgia, from 2005 until 2007, when we outgrew the facility. In 2008, the Amputee Coalition Youth Camp moved to the Joy Outdoor Education Center in Ohio. This facility offered new activities and more space so that the camp could accommodate more campers.
In the fall of 2009, the youth camp name was changed to honor Paddy Rossbach, former Amputee Coalition president and CEO, who was instrumental in developing the program.
If you are interested in being added to our camp mailing list or want to learn more about our programs, please contact the Program Manager at 888/267-5669 ext. 8103, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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