The Amputee Coalition announces in a news release that, thanks to support from sponsors and donors, its 2015 Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp will host 115 campers as well as be extended by 1 day.

The Coalition’s president and CEO, Susan Stout, says in the release that the donor support enabled the Coalition to accommodate more campers this year than ever before.

“This is wonderful news for our campers, who receive so much benefit from the camp. Extending camp by an extra day will also allow us to offer additional activities and camp programming,” she says.

These activities include fishing, swimming, arts and crafts, zip lining, canoeing, sitting volleyball, hiking, a high ropes course, dance, archery, and more, the release notes.

Something unique about this camp, according to Stout in the release, is that parents do not accompany the campers. This way, campers can be inspired to take on new challenges, be independent, test themselves, and build new friendships, the release explains.

Laura Freeman, one of the camp’s counselors, says in the release that she’s seen children and young adults transform from shy and self-conscious to bold and confident as a result of attending camp.

“What an amazing experience it is for someone who has been the only amputee in their community to suddenly be surrounded by over 100 amputees their own age,” she shares.

“I have heard numerous times that a camper returned home and decided to wear shorts for the first time in public,” she says.

The Amputee Coalition Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp will take place Friday, July 10, to Wednesday, July 15, at the Joy Outdoor Education Center, which is about 1 hour northeast of Cincinnati. The Coalition covers all expenses and airfare for the campers, per the release.

To learn more about camp or to donate, visit Amputee Coalition Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp’s website.

[Source: Amputee Coalition]