Special Needs Kids Grow At Camp Adventure

Kids have fun during Super Hero Day last year at Camp Adventure. Courtesy photo


Registration closes on May 30 for Camp Adventure, a specially designed day camp for children and young adults with disabilities

Albuquerque — Every year the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation’s Camp Adventure lets kids who have a physical disability play sports, ride bikes, swim, and do what kids do best.

This year, the deadline to register is May 30. Camp is $50 per week. No campers are turned away, regardless of their ability pay.

For 2017, Camp Adventure is bigger and better than ever. The weeklong day camps at LA Cueva High School in Albuquerque allow kids with physical disabilities to attend a camp and enjoy the physical activities that all kids enjoy.

“This is a once-a-year experience for lots of these kids. At Camp Adventure, we say ‘Absolutely yes you can,’” CTHF Executive Director Jeff Hoehn said. “This day camp is designed so kids can succeed.”

This year, there are two Camp Adventures; June 5-9 is reserved for children ages 6 to 12, June 12-16 is reserved for those ages 13-19. Each camp is designed with age-appropriate activities.

Steven Cervantes, a 16-year-old with spina bifida, has been attending camp for several years.

“I was born with a birth defect called spina bifida. I do adaptive sports. I did wheel chair basketball and I also do hand cycling,” Cervantes said. “Camp Adventure was a chance to get out and have fun and do things I usually don’t do, like play and we built stuff. This year, I’m just looking forward to having a lot of fun like I did last summer.”
“It’s his once chance a year,” said mom Liz Berstecher, whose son has attended camp for
several years. “Kids can do fun things that they didn’t think they could do.”

Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation is a philanthropic organization providing individualized services that bridge the gap for families and children with special needs that enable them to reach their full potential by giving them the same opportunities as children who are developing typically.

Camp is staffed by qualified instructors and volunteers who provide instruction, encouragement, and support. Nurses are on site during both weeks of camp to assist campers with self-care needs and to provide first aid if needed.

For more information, contact Valerie Higgins, 505.243.6626 or vhiggins@cthf.net.