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Year Two!

Year two opens under the direction of Kyle Cottrell, a licensed occupational therapy assistant. Cottrell has been a therapist for five and a half years and has worked for the McCarty Center for a total of seven years. Cottrell was instrumental in training Camp ClapHans first year staff and was on hand at the camp to consult with the staff.

Registration starts for Camp ClapHans 2014

Registration starts Jan. 14 for Camp ClapHans, a new residential summer camp for children with disabilities that opens June 15. 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 hospital'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 April 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. This summer's camp theme will be the wild west. Campers will be placed taking into consideration social skills, activity level, sensory needs and developmental age. By doing this, we hope to promote friendship, cooperation & social skill building.

"We will work with families to determine the camp session that will best fit their child's abilities and interests," said Kyle Cottrell, camp director.

Camp activities will include archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, fishing, field games, horseback riding, hikes, social activities, and swimming.

To register, contact Cottrell at 405-307-2814 or e-mail

Cottrell said "Camp is a great place for children to have fun, make friends and learn valuable skills."

"We have an exciting summer full of activities, exploration and social programs for our campers," he said. "Camp will run from Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon this year."

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.

Session Theme
June 15-18, 2014 Saddle Up Buckaroos
June 22-25, 2014 Chuck Wagon Roundup
July 6-9, 2014 Jumpin' Jukebox Jamboree
July 13-16, 2014 Rootin'-Tootin' Rodeo
July 20-23, 2014 Head'Em Up, Move'Em Out

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Fast facts about Camp ClapHans

Registration: Camp registration starts Jan. 14 and ends April 24. To register, call 405-307-2814 or e-mail

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 end of the McCarty Center's property at 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.

Cabins Horseback Riding Archery Lake Fishing

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.