Clarksville, OH – The Amputee Coalition is excited to host its annual Youth Camp for the 10th consecutive year in Clarksville, OH at the Camp Joy campground July 8-13, 2019. The Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, (or as the kids call it, “Amp Camp”), brings kids from cities and towns across the country who are living with limb loss and limb difference to connect and support one another. There are no costs for the families of the young people who attend thanks to supporters of the Amputee Coalition and the National Limb Loss Resource Center that the Amputee Coalition operates.
The Camp brings together young people between the ages of 10-17 for a traditional multi-day overnight camp experience without parents. All counselors are trained and are people living with limb loss or limb difference to be able to best relate to the kids. The camp includes opportunities for kids to be kids. Arts and crafts, swimming, climbing, playing, singing, and sharing stories are all part of the activities. So are opportunities to talk with one another about living with limb loss and limb difference and building lifelong friendships.
“Some of these kids have never seen another person with limb loss or limb difference before coming to camp, let alone someone their age,” said Tonya Osborne-Simpson, Director of Support and Outreach for the Amputee Coalition. “The kids often say that they feel like the camp allows them to connect with others who truly understand them and it’s really empowering to see their confidence and resilience grow during camp and when they go back home.”
With more than 2 million Americans living with limb loss or limb difference, over 600 children who lose a limb to a lawn mower every summer, and 1,000 children born with limb difference every year, the youth camp is vital to reach young people living with limb loss and limb difference to provide support and guidance.
To find out more about the Camp and the Amputee Coalition, visit: https://www.amputee-coalition.org/events-programs/youth-camp/