MDA Summer Camp Update, 4/20/2020
After careful review of the growing seriousness and community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and discussion with trusted medical professionals and organizations, MDA has made the difficult decision to cancel all summer camp programs in 2020. Our top priority is the health and safety of our campers, volunteers and staff. We know that our campers, volunteers, sponsors, and MDA staff look forward to these life-changing weeks at camp every year, and this decision was not made lightly. Visit the MDA Virtual Camp page to learn more about virtual opportunities for the camp community!

Volunteer at MDA Summer Camp

Make an impact on the lives of children with muscular dystrophy or related diseases during their best week of the year.

Camp can change your life just as it changes the lives of campers.

MDA Summer Camp wouldn’t be possible without people like you. Each summer, hundreds of volunteers serve as counselors and medical staff for up to one week to help make Summer Camp a safe, fun and memorable experience.

As a volunteer, you will be a camper’s “buddy” for the week as you participate in adaptive camp experiences, games, dances, meal time and more. You also will take on the role of 24-hour caregiver, friend and confidence-builder.

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You’re there to help the kids, and you’re also there to help them function independently. If there’s any impact we make, it’s having these kids feel like they have more of an ability to live independently [than they did] prior to camp. As different as we are, we’re not that different.

As far as life decisions go, I cannot think of any other decision I have made that has made such a large impact on my life and career than agreeing to be a part of the MDA camp experience.

Heeren Patel, M.D., medical staff volunteer

At camp, the resiliency of the human spirit is evident all around you. It is a place where “I can’t” becomes “I can,” the “impossible” becomes “possible” and “limited” becomes “limitless.

Kaitlyn Thompson, counselor
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2020 MDA Summer Camps

Camps are held nationwide during the summer months. Use the search below to find a camp near you.

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TN
YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
Antioch, Tennessee
TX
Camp For All
Burton, Texas
CA
Apple Canyon Center
Mountain Center, California
AZ
Whispering Hope (age 13-17)
Payson, Arizona
OH
Recreation Unlimited Farm
Ashley, Ohio
VA
Airfield 4-H Conf. Center
Wakefield, Virginia
WI
Salvation Army Wonderland Camp
Camp Lake, Wisconsin
AZ
Whispering Hope (age 8-13)
Payson, Arizona
MN
True Friends (age 8-12)
Maple Lake, Minnesota
NE
Calvin Crest Camp
Fremont, Nebraska
CA
Grizzly Creek Ranch
Portola, California
MD
Camp Fairlee
Chestertown, Maryland
MN
True Friends (age 13-17)
Maple Lake, Minnesota
NJ
Happiness is Camping 1
Hardwick, New Jersey
CO
Rocky Mountain (age 8-12)
Empire, Colorado
MI
Sherman Lake YMCA
Augusta, Michigan
MO
Pinecrest Camp
Fredericktown, Missouri
PA
Variety Club Camp
Worcester, Pennsylvania
TX
Camp John Marc
Meridian, Texas
CO
Rocky Mountain (age 13-17)
Empire, Colorado
NM
Manzano Mountain Retreat
Torreon, New Mexico
IA
Camp Courageous of Iowa
Monticello, Iowa
LA
Camp Grant Walker
Pollock, Louisiana
OH
YMCA Camp Campbell Gard
Hamilton, Ohio
WA
YMCA Camp Seymour
Gig Harbor, Washington
CA
Camp Cuyamaca
Descanso, California
CA
Camp Harmon 1
Boulder Creek, California
MI
Camp Cavell Conservancy
Lexington, Michigan
WV
Camp Cedar Lakes
Ripley, West Virginia
NY
Rochester Rotary Sunshine
Rush, New York
CA
Robert & Marjie Bennett Foundation Summer Camp
Lake Hughes, California
GA
Camp Twin Lakes
Rutledge, Georgia
TX
Camp Aranzazu
Rockport, Texas
IL
Timber Pointe Outdoor
Hudson, Illinois
IN
Bradford Woods Camp
Martinsville, Indiana
OK
Canyon Camp & Conference
Hinton, Oklahoma
NC
Victory Junction
Randleman, North Carolina
ID
Quaker Hill Camp & Conf.
McCall, Idaho
PA
YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee
Fombell, Pennsylvania
FL
Florida Elks Camp
Umatilla, Florida
NJ
Happiness is Camping 2
Hardwick, New Jersey
SC
Pleasant Ridge Camp
Marietta, South Carolina
MO
Wonderland Camp
Rocky Mount, Missouri
NJ
Happiness is Camping 3
Hardwick, New Jersey
CA
Camp Harmon 2
Boulder Creek, California
OR
Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp
Rhododendron, Oregon
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A volunteer counselor’s role at a glance:

Meet the needs of assigned campers with respect and care

Attend to a camper’s needs, such as dressing, bathing and feeding.

Maintain a clean, orderly and safe environment in cabins

Have fun and participate in daily activities with enthusiasm

Set a high standard of cooperation

Implement procedures to keep all campers safe 

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Application requirements & time commitments:

18+ years of age

24/7 commitment during the week of camp

Ability to attend mandatory at-camp training

Of sufficient strength and health to lift and care for campers

Completed camp application with two references and a background check

Physical exam in the past year and up-to-date immunizations

Interview with MDA staff

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A medical volunteer’s role at a glance:

Supervise and maintain the health and well-being of campers

Dispense medications and perform first aid

Maintain health and treatment documentation

Review all camp applications prior to camp

Be part of the Emergency Decision Team

Maintain equipment and supplies

Please note: Lodging, meals and activities are provided. Transportation to and from camp is the responsibility of the volunteer.

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