Jay Nolan Camp Is Back!
A week of empowerment, teamwork, transformation, and fun! Jay Nolan Camp is back!
This long-missed camp, which made its debut in 1980, is returning to Lions Camp at Teresita Pines in Wrightwood, CA to provide individuals with the opportunity to experience new activities, engage with new and interesting people, foster long lasting friendships, and discover the adventurer within all of us. This time Jay Nolan camp is hosted by JNCS subsidiary Jay Nolan Recreational Services, fully dedicated to ensuring a successful and memorable camp for all attendees.
A Fully Inclusive Camp for Kids Ages 8 to 15
The theme of Jay Nolan Camp has been and always will be inclusion. This means that individuals with and without intellectual disabilities are welcome and celebrated. Anyone on the spectrum and those who need assistance with mobility will be provided with all the necessary accommodations and support to fully participate. This unique factor really sets Jay Nolan Camp apart from any other summer camp on its level because of the commitment to inclusion and community. Nowhere else in California does there exist a summer camp for children with and without intellectual disabilities that operates on the scale that JNCS does.
Activities (Never a Dull Moment!)
Day to day activities for all campers include swimming, archery, arts and crafts, sports, games, and an outdoor theater. Each and every camper has the opportunity to try something new or even hone a skill discovered while on camp grounds. But even with what appears to be a fully packed week, there is still an emphasis on down time to rejuvenate and relax with fellow campers or individually. During the day the campers are encouraged to interact with other camp goers in different cabins, and evening activities will consist of smaller groups.
Camp Director Kim Cade-Henry shared how much joy she receives when watching the camp goers and their parents transform after the kid’s time at camp. “For me, it just opens up the door of saying come be yourself in a place that you wouldn’t necessarily be on a regular basis. But the skills that you will take back from here will help you in your regular day to day life because this is where true independence happens for a lot of our kids, as well as parents,” says Cade-Henry.
She goes on to share how she has witnessed kids find themselves and become more independent while attending camp, and parents are able to see the growth first-hand as their children return home with new ambitions for their lives and the skills to achieve it. What speaks volumes, Cade-Henry continues, are the small wins because it is not about teaching, it is about modeling and supporting so campers can learn naturally.
“For me, it just opens up the door of saying come be yourself in a place that you wouldn’t necessarily be on a regular basis. But the skills that you will take back from here will help you in your regular day to day life because this is where true independence happens for a lot of our kids, as well as parents.”– Camp Director Kim Cade-Henry
An Unforgettable Experience for the Whole Family
Camp is not just for the children attending, it is for the entire family. The ability to watch as a camper arrives and undergoes a transformation towards independence is the epitome of what Jay Nolan Camp is about. Parents and siblings come away from camp changed almost just as much as the camp goer themselves. We encourage siblings to attend the camp as well so they can witness the growth in their sister or brother, but also enjoy camp for themselves too and have the opportunity to explore their own needs and wants.
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