The Issue: Safety at Special Needs Summer Camp
The Arc of San Diego's summer camps serve children, teens, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, including campers ranging in age from 5–68 years old. Approximately 90% of these campers take at least one prescribed medication regularly, with some taking as many as 14 different medications throughout the day. However, due to recent cuts in outside funding, the camp budget is extremely limited. The camp needs help funding a nurse to ensure safety and proper distribution of medication; without a nurse, a large number of campers will not be able to attend.
The Campaign: Hiring a Nurse for Special-Needs Camp
If this Grassroots campaign raises $750, then The Arc of San Diego can hire an onsite registered nurse to be available during one five-day summer-camp session for children, teens, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Along with administering medication to the campers, the camp nurse will also assist with feeding tubes, catheters, and tracheotomy care on a daily basis. Each additional $10 donation will help purchase pool equipment or cover transportation costs for the campers.
The Arc of San Diego's summer resident camps for children, teens, and adults, held at the local San Diego Mountains, provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to socialize with their peers and participate in sports that they might not otherwise be able to engage in, such as swimming and hiking. They also provide traditional camp activities such as arts and crafts, talent shows, and jewelry and soap making. The Arc of San Diego anticipates approximately 120 campers this summer, and with the help of this Grassroots campaign, it plans to redirect its funding to provide more scholarships for prospective campers who cannot afford camp costs.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
The Arc of San Diego
The Arc of San Diego empowers individuals with disabilities through supportive services that range from residential-living programs to summer camps and day trips for consumers of all ages. Highly trained staff and volunteers work together to honor the dignity of the individuals they serve by demonstrating compassion and celebrating diverse backgrounds.