Registration starts for Camp ClapHans
(Monday, January 21, 2013) . Summer camp for kids with special needs opening in June
Registration starts Jan. 16 for Camp ClapHans, a new residential summer camp for children with disabilities that opens in June. The camp is for kids ages 8 to 16 and is an outreach project of the J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities in Norman. The camp is located on the center's campus at 2002 E. Robinson St. and features two cabins and an activities building that are located next to an 11-acre lake.
The deadline to register is May 24. The cost for a weekly camp session is $325, and scholarships are available to families who qualify.
Camp sessions will take place in June and July and will feature themes that focus on different disabilities, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, physical disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities, feeding disorders and sensory issues.
"We will work with families to determine the camp session that will best fit their child's abilities and interests," said Megan Stanek, camp director.
Camp activities will include archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, fishing, field games, horseback riding, hikes and swimming.
To register, contact Stanek at 405-307-2814 or e-mail email@example.com
Stanek said she is thrilled about opening the camp and sees it as a place where children can have fun, make friends and learn valuable skills.
"We have an exciting summer full of activities, exploration and social programs for our campers," she said. "We are beyond excited in taking another big step toward beginning a new project of the J.D. McCarty Center."
The idea for the camp developed in 1995 when McCarty Center officials discussed options on how to reach more kids with disabilities in the summer months when they are out of school and not receiving therapeutic services, said Vicki Kuestersteffen, director and CEO of the center.
The camp was seen as a way to "reach kids in a fun and exciting way and integrate therapy so that we could maintain or increase their functional level," Kuestersteffen said.
Officials broke ground on the camp in October 2008.
|June 9-14, 2013||"Dances with Campers"||Children with a diagnosis of ADHD|
|June 16-21, 2013||"Tales and Legends"||Children with a physical disability|
|June 23-28, 2013||"Voices of the Wind"||Children who use alternative methods to communicate|
|July 7-12, 2013||"Heart of the Wild"||Children with a diagnosis of autism or intellectual disabilities|
|July 14-19, 2013||"Beat of a Different Drum"||Children with sensory issues|
|July 21-26, 2013||"Spirit of the Harvest"||Children with feeding disorders and aversions|
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Fast facts about Camp ClapHans
Registration: Camp registration starts Jan. 16 and ends May 24. To register, call 405-307-2814 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Age limit: The camp is for kids with special needs ages 8 to 16.
Cost: The cost to attend a weekly camp session is $325, and scholarships will be available to help families who qualify.
Camp location: The camp is located on the south side of the McCarty Center's property in Norman at 2002 E. Robinson St.
The camp's namesake: Camp ClapHans is named in honor of the late Sammy Jack Claphan, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an Oklahoma native.
Claphan played football at the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in special education. He later played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers. After retiring from the NFL, he returned to Oklahoma and became a special education teacher. He died in 2001.
Camp ClapHans features two cabins for campers and is located next to an 11-acre lake. The camp is for children with disabilities and it opens in June in Norman.