So, we are thinking of sending Maria to camp this summer. She gets out of school in a week (!), has 2 weeks off, has summer school for a month, then is off for a month before school starts again in the fall. An opportunity for her to go to camp the last week of summer school (yea, they’re really going to like that…) came up and we’re seriously considering it.
It’s a camp in the White Mountains that is run by the Lions Club for children and adults with special needs. It was built in the 50s, and is going strong and growing, even. They run purely on donations, they’ve never charged anyone for special camp! They go from Sunday to Friday, and apparently the parents are supposed to just drive away.
I filled out the application kind of on a whim, but then when I got the email response, gulp! I spent literally hours this evening filling out the medical evaluation and I’m not done. The application was very thorough, but these forms make that form look like child’s play. They are serious about this stuff! We googled the camp and it’s 3 1/2 hours away. Almost to NM! That even made Manolis gulp a little bit. He’s all for this camp stuff –realizes how good it will be for Maria, but wow. They have an open house a couple weeks before camp that I think we need to go to to check it out. Then we’ll allegedly drop off our precious one for 5 nights.
I think 8 is the youngest they’ll take. She’ll be 9 (!!) by the time she goes to camp. She’s not going next summer – for obvious reasons. So what the hell! I think this year will have to be the year of wild abandon since next summer is going to be……interesting.
Maria got me a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake for Mother’s Day. So thoughtful! And she made me a cute card at school. Her daddy got me flowers and chocolates, the usual and my favorite! I’m so lucky to be Maria’s mom — that’s gift enough for me!
ETA: Andy elbows his way in to add a link to Lions Camp Tatiyee