from Camp PALS:PALS was founded in 2004 by three then-high school-aged students, Jason Toff and Josh Stein, from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Jenni Newbury, a sibling and advocate from Hillsborough, New Jersey. The Program was conceived as an extension of a social integration club that Jason and Josh had started at their high school. For its first summer, Camp PALS welcomed a group of 16 individuals with Down syndrome and 16 counselors to Cabrini College for a week of fun and friends.
Over the past nine summers, the organization has grown annually, hosting over 280 campers and counselors in 2012. Last summer, PALS welcomed a new Program: Camp PALS San Francisco. This sparked a new era of PALS Programs in cities across the country. This summer, look for Camp PALS programs in Chicago, Princeton & Georgetown!
The PALS Organization aims to offer young adults with Down syndrome the best experience of their year while providing a variety of new opportunities, exciting activities, and a chance to become more independent. We strive to create an impassioned community: campers, counselors, parents, and friends who encourage each other and grow together. We also attempt to make a meaningful impact in the Down syndrome community at large (see our values).
Dates & Location
- Camp PALS 2013 will take place from June 16-22 at Cabrini College in Pennsylvania. Camper applications will go online right here on January 1, 2013. Check blog.camppals.org for more updates!
- Camp PALS is open to young adults with Down syndrome between the ages of 12-18. Each camper is paired one-to-one with a similarly-aged counselor. Applicants should be ready to thrive in an active residential environment. They should need minimal help with hygiene and be able to work well in groups.
- Applications for Camp PALS 2013 will be available on January 1, 2013. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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