HOUSTON – A year-round camp in Washington County is changing the way people with special needs experience camp.
Camp For All is a 206-acre campus in Burton that specializes in activities for disabled children and adults without any barriers, said President and CEO Pat Sorrells. The camp hosts 11,000 campers each year between January and November.
“Campers can go anywhere. Campers can do anything,” she said.
Campers can attend for free.
Sorrells said the camp splits the $1,000 per person cost in half with its 65 community partners. Those organizations sign up the campers, bring the medical staff and provide in-cabin counselors, Sorrells said. The camp pays the rest with the help of donations.
“Campers come here and discover what they can do as opposed to out in the real world what they can’t do. It is life-changing for all of them,” she said.
There is no shortage of activities, including rock climbing, basketball, horseback riding, photography, and campers can even produce a newscast. Plus, the entire facility is wheelchair accessible.
“They really get to do things that they don’t get to do anywhere else,” said camp director Kurt Podeszwa.